Ireland Cottage, Family And Other Animals

Name of walk Ireland Cottage, Family And Other Animals
Date of walk 2015-08-16

Our cottage in County Kerry is at Knockanhua, five miles down a single track lane from Kilgarvan and at an altitude of 850ft. It is at the end of the valley and very isolated. Brendan’s father grew up here.

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Paddy guards the cottage.

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Paddy is one of Patsy's sheep dogs. He comes often to sample my endless supply of dog treats.

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Looking from the cottage to Patsy's shed.

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View down our drive.

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Looking out from the end of the drive towards Gullaba and The Bird.

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View up to Carran from the cottage. Carran is 2000ft, we would do a walk up here later in the holiday.

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Roger, another of Patsy's sheep dogs has heard that there are some dog treats to be had.

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Patsy and the dogs move sheep up for shearing.

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Patsy in his shearing shed.

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A view out to our cottage.

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Sheep feeling a bit naked.

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View back across the yard to our cottage.

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One of Patsy's kelpies.

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A new calf.

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At Maureen and Steve's cottage in Cummeen, which is on the road down to Kilgarvan. Maureen, Brendan and Brendan's brother, Tim.

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Brendan with Theresa and Celia.

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Ned, Steve's sheepdog.

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Seven month old new sheep dog, and my namesake, Joe. Must be a talented addition!

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Grandad Steve with Paddy and Steven.

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It's a hard life!

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Let the dog see the rabbit!

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Tim and Theresa.

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Steve and T.J separate the sheep from the lambs and move the lambs into a new field. We provide a bodily route blockade.

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Joe sees the sheep in.

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Joe in Steve's field.

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One of our reasons for coming to Ireland was to have a Mass for Brendan's mother, Alice, who died aged 87 at the end of July, and to inter her ashes in Kilmackilloge Cemetary. After this some of us went back to The Lake House beside Cloonee Lough.

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Emer, Paddy and Steven.

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Paddy and Steven.

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Grandma Maureen and Uncle T.J.

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Theresa and Celia.

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Theresa, Tim and Maureen.

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T.j. and Breda.

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Steve and Fr. Buckley.

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Aoife, Philomena and Patsy.

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Theresa and the world's biggest chip!

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View across from The Lake House.

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Cloonee Lough Lake House Jetty.

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Tim and Andy. Andy flew into Cork in the morning to escort Tim back to L'Arche in Preston later that evening. So we took them to Kinsale and Skibbereen.

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Paddy's 4th birthday. A boy can never have too many tractors! Dad P.J. behind.

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Birthday cake time!

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A visit to Dan and Elsie's.

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A round pool table? Only in Ireland. This is at Riley's in Kilgarvan. I have not picked up a pool cue for nearly 15 years, but T.J. insisted I play the landlord, a very good player. I used to play pool for Cumbria and trialed for England many moons ago.....but never on a round table!!!! I was a bit rusty, but still took him to the last ball! The old girl still has it!

A few walks to follow.

Jo.

 

 

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