Wednesday, January 16, 2019

2018 Ireland Day Four: Dungarvan to Schull

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 (Go South: Dungarvan to Schull, Co. Cork)

Today, after our typical hearty morning breakfast, we are off along the coast for more sites. Our first stop is Dungarvan Castle (Co. Waterford), a 9th Century Round Tower. Multi-story stone towers like this were built over a thousand years ago by pious monks and endured a long and turbulent history. Founded by Saint Declan, this site is one of Ireland’s earliest Christian settlements.

We then went for a walk in the St. Mary's Church Of Ireland in Dungarven (Co. Waterford). St. Mary's graveyard was established in 1828.

One of the unique things about the rural and narrow roads of Ireland is you never know who you will meet.

Then it was on to the round tower and ruins of St Declan's Church in Ardmore (Co. Waterford), used in the 8th and 9th Centuries.

Our lunch break today was in the town of Kinsale (Co. Cork).

Denice and I got a salad in the farmer's market and tasted some of the bakery for sale.

After lunch it was back in the van and down the coastal road to the Drombeg Stone Circle (Co. Cork), discovered in 1958.  Also discovered at the site, in the dead center, was a container with the remains of a small child.

This night we spent it in the town of Schull (Co. Cork) on the Mizen Peninsula.  Our accommodations were at the Schull Harbour Hotel. 

After visiting this graveyard, Denice and I took a walk on the Foreshore Walk inside the harbor.

This night Denice and I had dinner with our companion Lin at the New Haven Restaurant.  I had lobster tail and a banana split--not together but in their proper order.

After another long day of touring, it is important not to lose your head.

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