A few wanderings on the magic Isle

( just a few!)

It’s wonderful to be back in Ireland again!

-Oh, and by the way, The Queen is still Queen of Scotland!! I’m not sure what to think of that as we watched the news of the results of the Scottish referendum in Ireland.

In Dublin we had supper at the Brazen Head, the oldest pub in Ireland at a location that’s been  an inn or tavern since the 1100’s- great lamb stew and Bailey’s Cheesecake to die for! There was great “Craic” in a pub in Cork where we listened to the traditional Irish Music that I love.

The Wicklow mountains are breathtaking and there is a lake deep inside the mountain heart that is the jewel in the glen. The mist added to the atmosphere of history and wild beauty but for most of our stay the weather remained quite mild and often sunny.  Everywhere in Ireland, especially in the countryside you can turn a corner and come upon a grand estate behind the trees or a ruined castle on a hill.

Yes, that is me kissing the blarney stone  though it’s really not necessary as I already have the gift in my blood ( or so I think).  However, I should say, I am not a talker as a rule but if you get me started on a subject dear to me then you pretty much have to knock me on the head to shut me up.

As an interest to photographers, Father Francis Browne sailed on the Titanic,  boarding at Southampton and disembarking at Queenstown ( now Cobh) on orders of his Jesuit superiors.  While on board he took the superb (now famous) photos of life aboard the great ship before she sailed to her final, tragic destiny. He remained a keen photographer all his life.

I’ve written a bit more on the historic sites of  Ireland on my google blogger “Gateways and Journeys”  so as time is limited  I will leave this post as is and get ready to go and enjoy Killarney.

Do visit Ed Mooney for his histories of old ruins in Ireland.