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We started our visits that day at the Hill of Tara (pictured above). Tara was supposedly where about 142 kings reigned. One of the mounds was constructed around 2500BC, which is pretty cool. After climbing a lot of the hills, we headed back to the van and ventured on through Ireland to our next stop, Clonmacnoise.
Clonmacnoise is monastic ruins from the mid-6th century. The beautiful ruins were located on the water, and honestly if I were to build a monastery, I would have built it there also if for no other reason than that it is gorgeous there.
Finally, we reached the city of Galway, where we spent the remainder of the day walking around and exploring. This beautiful city was located on the coast, so most of the rest of the day was spent wandering along the coastline. We even made friends with a Herring who was meandering on the sidewalk. That night we ate in Salthill at a cool pub and headed back to the hostel before our early start the next day.
Oh, and while I was sleeping that night, my alma mater made me proud. The Baylor University Men’s Basketball team WON, yes, they won at NIT. Sic ’em bears.
Friday, 5 April 2013: Friday, we headed to Aillwee Cave for the morning. This beautiful cave has really cool calcite formations and underwater waterfall, but Aillwee Cave is most famous for being one of the oldest caves in Ireland and having the remains of a bear hibernation hole and bear skeleton.
Our next stop of the day was to the Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs were amazing and absolutely breathtaking. I wish we had had more time at the cliffs to explore–the cliffs are easily a place that you could spend most of your day at.
The next part of our day was spent driving to Killarney, where we spent our last night in Ireland. In Killarney, we explored the Killarney National Park and the city center. That night we went to an excellent pub for dinner and then headed to Danny Mann’s pub for live music, where of course we all ordered some sort of Irish drink to toast with to our wonderful time in Ireland.
Saturday, 6 April 2013: Sadly, Saturday was our last day in Ireland. We started our day by visiting Blarney Castle, which is filled with amazing history. Naturally, we partook in the kissing of the Blarney Stone–the Stone of Eloquence and wished on the Wishing Steps in the Rock Close.
After our visit to Blarney Castle, we ventured onward to Cork for a few hours. We ate lunch at a cute little pub in the city and then explored Cork for a bit. We even came across a Capoeira show in the center of town, which was really cool to see!
And that was the end of our travels to Ireland!