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Celtic tribes arrived on the island between 600-150 B.C. Invasions by Norsemen that began in the late 8th century were finally ended when King Brian BORU defeated the Danes in 1014. English invasions began in the 12th century and set off more than seven centuries of Anglo-Irish struggle marked by fierce rebellions and harsh repressions. A failed 1916 Easter Monday Rebellion touched off several years of guerrilla warfare that in 1921 resulted in independence from the UK for 26 southern counties; six northern (Ulster) counties remained part of the United Kingdom. In 1948 Ireland withdrew from the British Commonwealth; it joined the European Community in 1973. Irish governments have sought the peaceful unification of Ireland and have cooperated with Britain against terrorist groups. A peace settlement for Northern Ireland, known as the Good Friday Agreement and approved in 1998, is being implemented with some difficulties.

Dublin by day, Budapest by night
Submitted by bugsly on Friday, February 3, 2006 - 11:59 Core | Fly | Foreign Language and Music Study | Hungary | Ireland | Walk

This morning we set off for Trinity College in the center of Dublin to see The Book of Kells. The Book of Kells is a sight within itself, with all of its illuminated letters, complex drawings and beautifully scribed Latin. The book itself has been bound into four volumes and depicts the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. I especially enjoyed seeing the complex illuminated letters. My favorite thing about them was the red dotted rim and gold filling on each one.

After moving on and driving to the airport, we boarded our plane to Budapest, Hungary.

Upon arriving in Budapest, we were met by the brother-in-law of the owner of the house where we are staying (a friend’s home that isn’t here right now!). He drove us from the airport to the house in the village of Diósd giving us ideas on local food, shops and how to get around. The house is very comfy, colorful and warm, even though it’s 26 degrees Farenheit outside! Then, when my dad and I walked to the local bar, we stepped inside and had the following conversation…

“Do you speak English?”

“I do not understand English!”

“Food?” (we were pointing to our mouths and making eating gestures!)


Then we heard rapidfire Hungarian being spoken by the woman and the customer, and just as we were about to leave, she jumped up and pointed to the market nearby. At the market, nobody spoke English either, but we managed to buy enough food and drink for dinner.

And now we are all going to go to sleep because we have had a very tiring day.


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O'Leary's Farm
Submitted by bugsly on Wednesday, February 1, 2006 - 11:43 Core | Ireland

During our time at O’Leary’s Farm we have had a lot of fun; we even got to see a lamb being born. In the mornings I collected eggs, while Michael fed the chickens. After that we got to feed the baby lamb, Fred, who is extremely cute and fuzzy. We also got to herd the sheep and their lambs down the lane to a grassy field. It’s very fun to see the lambs run, which is actually called gambling. At tea time, we had freshly made marmalade with some pheasant, potatoes and vegetables. Phil O’Leary and her husband Gabriel, made us feel very at home along with their farm volunteer Nathan, from Maine. Overall, we had a great time getting to live on a farm.


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Blarney Castle and much more
Submitted by bugsly on Monday, January 30, 2006 - 14:58 Car | Core | Ireland | Walk

This morning we said goodbye to our hostess Eileen and left for Cork, Blarney, and Kilrane.

In Cork, we stopped at the English Market and got lots of little snacks and such. We also saw such things as tongues of various animals, a lamb’s liver, a cow’s stomach, and fish with their teeth still in and eyes the size of golf balls. I myself, got a very good tuna sandwich whereas everyone else went for the cheese sandwiches. Eventually we left all things good and disgusting, and headed for Blarney…

In Blarney we stopped of course at Blarney Castle. The estate we walked through was about three acres of very green grass and The Martin River (otherwise known as the River of Knowledge)! The castle itself is very well preserved and very tall. We got to see rooms in it such as the Young Ladies Room, the Earl’s Bedroom, the kitchen, and the Murder Hole. We climbed to the top and leaned over backwards with an attendant, hanging upside down 150 feet in the air to kiss the Blarney Stone. YYYYUUUUCCCKKK!!! I forgot to mention that the stone is extremely smooth, I wonder why…

Eventually we moved away from Blarney on our way to Kilrane. Not much was to be seen because it was motorway at night all the way there. Kilrane is a tiny town next to Rosslare Harbor on the Irish Sea. Today has been great fun and some disgusting sights too!!!


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A wonderful walk along the beach and lots of relaxation
Submitted by bugsly on Sunday, January 29, 2006 - 15:08 Car | Core | Ireland | Walk

This morning we all had a slow start but eventually we decided to go for a walk. We walked along the coast and in the sand, stopping to look for shells and skipping stones. After about four hours of walking along, we went back inside as the tide was coming in. We were all so tired from our walk that we each relaxed for about an hour before heading into the town of Kinsale.

Once inside the town, we stopped for groceries and to see a little shop called Granny’s Bottom Drawer, where my mom bought an Aran sweater that a couple of nice women helped her pick out. After shopping for a while, we stopped for lunch at a café called The Blue Haven. I had the best melty baked potato I have ever had in my life and my brother and dad shared a delectable apple crumble with cream. Finally, full and tired, we headed back to the B&B for the evening.


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Killarney, Kenmare, and Kinsale
Submitted by bugsly on Saturday, January 28, 2006 - 08:27 Car | Core | Ireland

Today we saw some of the most beautiful countryside so far, and the best weather too! We are now just three miles from Kinsale, in a small but charming B&B that we settled into after having dinner at a Fish n’ Chips place in town. This morning we set off for Killarney only stopping on the way for lunch at a cute restaurant in Castleisland. After finally arriving in Killarney we found a bookstore and a few other shops, and then moved on.

We created a route that was very scenic and beautiful but also very windy. By about halfway we decided to get off at a highway exit and get to the Seafield Farmhouse B&B just outside Kinsale during daylight hours (which we did not make!). Now we are all reading our books and lying down for we have been sitting in the car for a while.


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This really is the Emerald Isle
Submitted by bugsly on Friday, January 27, 2006 - 13:25 Car | Core | Ireland | Walk

Ireland really is gorgeously green (my favorite)! Today we took the idyllic route through the countryside from Limerick to Galway. On the way we stopped for a meal at the Weavers Rest in Loughrea, a small town on the way.

Upon reaching Galway we set out in search of Claddagh shop and a fisherman’s sweater. A Claddagh (I assumed that you were wondering) is a ring that has a heart being held by two hands and wearing a crown, this symbolizes the reign on love and friendship. It is customary for an unmarried woman to wear the crown side facing her heart and when she marries she turns it around, for instance I wear mine with the crown facing me where as my mom wears it away from her.

You may also be wondering what a fisherman knit sweater is, it is a sweater knitted by the wives of the fishermen very thickly. The natural oil from the sheep’s wool is waterproof, making the sweaters perfect for fishing days. Each different family had a different design, for instance they may have two cables with a honeycomb pattern in the middle or something like that.


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One penny please...
Submitted by bugsly on Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 13:17 Core | Fly | Ireland

Today has been a bunch of traveling, but all for good results. In the morning we headed on the Ryanair plane to Shannon, Ireland, but there was something special about these tickets. They each cost only one penny! Except the tax is ₤27.00, bringing the total to ₤27.04! It was pretty funny!

After the short flight we drove through Shannon to Limerick (Gaelic: Luimneach) until after a long search we finally found the Avondoyle B&B where we met the proprietor Evelyn and will be staying for two nights. After we settled in we went off to dinner at great modernistic pub, Collins, to have a wonderful meal. And now we are all taking a moment to take in wonderful Ireland.


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