Nicole O'Neil Photography
Cemeteries, Castles and Guinness.
I think this is the worst jetlag I have ever had, but luckily, it's getting better. I only woke up at 4:30 this morning instead of 2:30. I have had the last two days to catch up and readjust which is nice and I've spent quite a bit of time staying awake and meeting up with people at my favorite place to meet, socialize, and work out of the house, Zumes Coffee House. After a 4 month renovation, they opened the day I got back and I couldn't have been happier.
Anyway, this is the last of my Ireland blogs. I plan on having an exhibit that will feature pictures from my travels to Ireland, Italy, and DC as well as Charlestown and Boston pictures. This should take place in November, so keep an eye out for the announcement. I will also do a recommendations blog to summarize the best places I stayed and visited during this trip.
I headed out of Belfast in the morning, as I stated in my previous post, with one stop at Milltown Cemetery. The first picture below is from that cemetery (the rest were featured in my last blog post). I then, traveled south toward Dublin and stopped in Trim, Co.Meath along the way to check out the Trim Castle. Trim Castle was the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland.
I arrived at my next and last accommodations in the afternoon. I was staying in a country house in Ashbourne. I had decided that I did not want to stay in the city for my final nights. There was an equestrian center on the property as well, so I walked around and explored that afternoon before going to get dinner and then again the next morning.
I started my final day at Glasnevin Cemetery, the largest non-denominational cemetery in Ireland. This cemetery was created in 1832 as a result of Catholics not having the right to conduct a catholic funeral in protestant cemeteries (and not having cemeteries of their own). Many prominent figures of Ireland are buried there. These include Daniel O'Connell, an Irish political leader who fought for Catholic emancipation as well as Michael Collins, an Irish revolutionary leader.
My next stop was the Guinness Storehouse for the tour (and of course, my free pint of Guinness). It's one of those things you should do when you're over in Ireland. I was lucky to be there on a Sunday so the drive into Dublin was not bad.
After, I drove along the coast and back to the B&B, but had enough of my camera, so the Guinness pictures were the last. Hope you enjoyed!
10/10/2012 06:39:33 am
Nicole. Thanks for sharing your very interesting posts and beautiful pictures. Congrats on a successful journey into Ireland. You're a brave girl.
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