Pics of Ireland

Here are some of the pictures we took while we were living in Ireland. They're linked by where in Ireland they are, and I'll work on getting specifics onto the page details as time goes on

Note that these pictures are from 20 years ago, so the resolution isn't great, but it was for the time! Our camera was a Sony Mavica. It stored its pictures on a 3.5" floppy disk(!), and at highest resolution could fit 10 pics per disk. Highest resolution was, get ready, 0.3 mega pixels. Yep, zero point three. 640x480 was the maximum image size, which was pretty standard then.

All Pics

Here are all the pics in all of the sections listed above if you'd rather just scroll through them.

All Pics

Slideshow

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Slideshow

Aran Islands

On a trip to Galway, we did a day trip over to the Aran Islands. on the island of Inishmoor

Aran Islands

The Beara Peninsula

Set in counties Kerry and Cork, the Ring of Beara is about an 80 mile round trip drive around the Beara peninsula in southwest Ireland, below the ring of Kerry. Beautiful drive, lots of mountains and coastline. Might be a bit nerve-wracking if you haven't driven in Ireland before, very rural with very narrow roads

Beara Peninsula

Blessington

A town in County Wicklow, 20ish miles southwest of Dublin, home of Powerscourt and Glendalough (various pictures of each inside)


Blessington

The River Boyne

The River Boyne runs through the area of County Meath where we lived (we lived in Slane). Very scenic and historic area of Ireland. Location of Newgrange, which was nearly in walking distance from our house but for some reason we never visited.

River Boyne

Cashel and the Rock of Cashel

Cashel is a town in Tipperary, home of the Rock of Cashel, an incredible ruin of a cathedral burned down by Oliver Cromwell. The Rock was one of our favorite places to visit in Ireland, an incredible place. Thanks Oliver.

Cashel

Dingle

Dingle is the peninsula just north of Kerry. Very hill, lots of scenery. Another difficult drive. We visited with a friend from the US (not Steve) who wanted to try driving, so we let him drive, but there was a certain point on a road in Dingle where he pulled over and said to me "Maybe you should drive...". He did a great job up to that point though!.

Dingle

Dublin

Here's Dublin. We mainly visited the city center area, Grafton Street, Stephen's Green, the Guinness brewery, places like that. You DO NOT want to drive in Dublin. It's a nice place, but we always preferred more scenic holidays when in Ireland.

Dublin

The Gap of Dunloe

The Gap of Dunloe is in Kerry, another scenic mountainous area. We didn't take very many pics of this area.

Gap of Dunloe

County Kerry

County Kerry was the place we visited most, specifically Killarney and environs. Lots to see and do, with stunning scenery. We would consider the pics on this page, along with the Dingle, Killarney, Gap of Dunloe and Beara pages to be all of more or less the same area. Kerry would be our base and we would spread out from there. If we moved back to Ireland, this is where we would move.

County Kerry

Killarney

These are pics from the area around Killarney rather than the town itself.

Killarney

Kinsale

Kinsale is a nice little town, with a harbor and a yearly sailing regatta. So, posh. Quite. Elena and I loved it and visited several times. This would also be a contender for a place we'd move to but you'd about have to win the lottery to live in or near the town!

Kinsale

Slane

Slane is the village where we lived. It's about 30 miles northwest of Dublin, or to be specific, where the N2 meets the N51, almost exactly between Navan and Drogheda (via the N51). Quite steeped in Irish history, with the Hill of Slane being the hill on which St Patrick (supposedly) lit the first Paschal fire in Ireland. There's now a ruin of a monastary there (thanks to Henry VIII) which is fun to poke around. When we lived there the village had 700 people living in it. One primary school, one church (Catholic, of course) and something like 7 pubs. Great place to live.

Slane

Trim

Trim is a town in County Meath, home to Trim Castle. It's about 20 miles southwest of Slane. Parts of Braveheart were filmed at the castle. Nice place for a visit.

Trim