Trip to Ireland
September – October 2006
Friday 29 September
After a leisurely Irish
walked through the beautiful gardens and took in the museum. The best part was the walk through a medieval
town although the entire exhibit was well done. The 275 bus to Dingle
was again a talking bus, but
we were treated to a duet of two monologues. The two women managed to
talking, without pause, right through to Dingle. There are great banks
of fuschia hedge which is not
We left Tralee
came through heavy rain and arrived at Dingle in the sun.
Lunch was at John Benny's pub:
Shepherds Pie/Roast beef
Irish coffee (Mary)
Dingle obviously makes a great deal from the
many of the attractions were closed down already although many of the
tacky stores were still open.
We took the bus back in wonderful weather. The
hills were very green indeed and the
sheep looked like poppy seed had been sprinkled all over a green lawn.
Sean, our driver knew how to pace himself to keep
there were a couple of long waits.A grumpy old man got off just
outside of Dingle. He had got on, on the
way in and didn't have
the right change. It didn't look as if
he paid on the way back either. Sean let us down in Bennerville and we
Ireland´s only commercially operated windmill. It is also the
tallest of its
kind in Europe: 21.3 metres high.
century windmill is now open to the public. There are many fascinating
to be seen as the giant sails turn. The adjoining building houses
exhibitions on emigration and The History of Milling.
The mill was interesting in itself but there was a
viewing area over the mud flats where we could see curlews, oyster
lapwings and many other wading birds. As we left to walk into Tralee
along the canal a cloud covered the sun and the light gave some
effects. It was a pleasant sunny return
to Tralee. We
several fields of cattle and some
horses, one of which was a still as a statue.
There were a family of swans in the canal basin, male, female