Ireland: Cottages, Castles, Churches and Gaelic Football

Name of walk Ireland: Cottages, Castles, Churches and Gaelic Football
Date of walk 2014-09-03

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Our cottage at Knockanuha in County Kerry. It was the farm cottage that Brendan's father grew up in and we inherited it from his Aunt Kathy. It is situated 5 miles up a single track road from the village of Kilgarvan, at an elevation of 850ft.

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It has been renovated, and we have added a shower and toilet. Before this the toilet was the great outdoors! Previously there was no TV or phone reception. We now have a satellite dish that picks up Freeview.

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The gate post at the entrance to the cottage is the only place that can sometimes get a mobile signal. In good weather there are views out to The Bird and Gullaba. They are shrouded in cloud today.

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View to Patsy's farm and the slopes of Carran, a 2000ft mountain.

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Carran from the cottage.

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View down the drive towards the cottage, there is no view to it from the road.

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Paddy! He is one of Patsy's sheepdogs. Very friendly and often found outside the cottage. I think my collection of tasty dog snacks may have something to do with this!

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There is just about room for a bunk bed in the bedroom. There is a sofa bed in the living room too.

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View to the bathroom. All the renovations were done by Julian, a carpenter living down the road at Cumeen. He has now moved back, with his family, to his native Germany, but we were lucky enough to see him as he was over on holiday too.

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The main living area.

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Patsy, Philomena and Aoife looking at some old maps of Knockanuha.

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Down in Cumeen with Breda, T.J.,Maureen, Steve and Brendan.

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Ned the dog.

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The weather was mostly poor for the first week so I didn't take many photos. We did a trip to Castletownbere in the rain and looked in at Sacred Heart Church.

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The church and its entrance.

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Rainbows over Kilgarvan Village.

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The Upper Lake on the Ring of Kerry.

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It had actually stopped raining.

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Ross Castle is a 15th century tower house and keep on the edge of Lough Leane, in Killarney National Park.

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It was raining again.

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Rain makes for very moody views.

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A Jaunting Cart.

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We took a walk around the edge of Lough Leane.

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On the Saturday we went to Limerick. Brendan had got two tickets for the All Ireland Gaelic Football Championship semi-final replay between Kerry and Mayo. These matches are usually played at Croke Park in Dublin, but Croke Park was already committed to hosting a American Football game so they chose Limerick to hold the replay, which is only a couple of hours away. We arrived early and parked near the ground and walked into Limerick Town Centre. Looking up the Shannon River towards King John's Castle.

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Kings John's castle was our destination. It is 13th Century.

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We walked the top viewpoints before exploring the courtyards.

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A good place to look around.

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Then we went to St. Mary's Cathedral which was founded in 1168.

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The Lepers Squint. Lepers were not allowed in the church. Looking through this was their only access. Certain aspects of the Christian Church still exhibit as much tolerance today as they did then!

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St, Mary's has eight bells!

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We joined in an outdoor Gay Pride Concert.

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This is the first time in four years that I could use my Kerry shirt for the purpose it was designed for! We are behind the goal, which are the old style terraces. Unlike English football the supporters are mixed together and behave extremely well. A Mayo supporter took our photo. The only violence and aggression is on the pitch!

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The teams parade around the ground at the start.

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After being two goals down, one minute into added time at the end of the game and Kerry are winning by one point 3:11 3:10. Then Mayo get a point and we go into extra time! It was very nerve wracking but Kerry go on to win by 3 points. The media said that this was the best game since 1955! They went on about it for days!

Jo.

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