Galway City, The Burren, Kerry and a Dog or Two!

Name of walk Galway City, The Burren, Kerry and a Dog or Two!
Date of walk 2013-07-30

Galway City….

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One of the benches in the city centre contains a seated, life-size, Oscar Wilde sculpture. He is one of my favourite writers, so I had my photo taken next to him. The closest I`ll ever get to genius!

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In the morning we looked around the shops then headed to the Anglican St. Nicholas Collegiate Church.

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Grave of Adam Bures a 13th century Crusader.

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The salmon weirs.

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Cathedral of Our lady Assumed into Heaven and St. Nicholas......built 1965.

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It is rather lovely for a modern church. The altar is built "in the round", ie. it has pews off to the sides and behind.

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Jam packed with stained glass too.

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We head into Clare and The Burren. The rolling hills of Burren are composed of limestone pavements with criss-crossing cracks known as "grikes", leaving isolated rocks called "clints". It is one of the largest karst landscapes in Europe. The region measures approximately 250 square kilometres.

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Then we head down to Kilrush for the ferry across the Shannon into Kerry. View back from the ferry.

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Passing the other ferry going in the opposite direction.

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On our way up to the cottage we stop at Maureen and Steve's to pick up water. Maureen has started a fire in our cottage to air it out, and she has cleaned out all the cobwebs! They have a new ten week old pup called John.......He doesn't look much like a "John"!!

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He is a cutie.

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Would he fit in my ruck sack I wonder!

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Five miles and 800ft up from Kilgarvan village on a single track road is our grassy turn off on the left. Looking back to Gullaba.

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The gatepost with the road behind, we can get a mobile signal here........I`m wearing my "I climbed Carauntoohil" T-shirt.

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Walking forward from the gatepost you soon get a view of the cottage with Patsy's shearing shed behind and Paddy the dog, one of Patsy's sheep dogs.

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The cottage and Paddy. The cottage is where Brendan's Dad was born.

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Paddy guards my car.

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Our home from home. Roast chicken dinner, Paddy gets the leftovers!

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For our first two days in Kerry it rained almost solidly. Typical! On the first day we went to Kenmare and called in on Celia, John (not the dog) and Teresa. Teresa is practising her wrestling moves, she is a big fan and off to see it in Killarney on Saturday.

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John has a new rescue dog called JJ, (Jasper Junior) named after the late Jasper. JJ is still very weary of people after being badly treated in the past.

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Back at Maureen and Steve's..........I left the car door open......Bruno in my car! He wants to come with us. Steve says they can never normally get Bruno in the car!

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Digger, now very old, blind and deaf, but so serene, doubt I`ll see him again.

Patsy next door has holes in his roof, and still has no bathroom or toilet in his house, so he will be moving into our cottage for the next few months. Should keep it well aired for the winter!

Jo.

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