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Dublin, Ireland

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timI traveled through Ireland for three weeks and had some great times. I met interesting people, enjoyed the country's beautiful scenery, and drank many a Guinness. I also hit some lows, since I was there during 9/11 and watched the Twin Towers fall in a small village pub with the stunned locals. The outpouring of grief from this faraway country across the Atlantic was overwhelming.

I also wrote many stories about my time here, but they were erased by the faulty handheld device I'd typed saved them to. I can share my photos, but not much else. :-( top

The sun sets over row houses on the streets of Dublin. Light filters down on a doorway in the Guinness brewery, a 64 acre complex founded in 1759. Two and a half million pints of Guinness are brewed behind these doors every day. Dublin's famous River Liffey during sunset. A couple walks adjacent to Dublin's famous River Liffey during sunset. The Temple Bar in the lively A Guinness advertisement adorns one of the many pubs in the lively Temple Bar area of Dublin.

County Wicklow, Ireland

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A Celtic cross headstone in a graveyard near the Glendalough Monastery. The monastery was founded during the sixth century and remained active until the sixteenth century. A Celtic cross headstone in a graveyard near the Glendalough Monastery. The monastery was founded during the sixth century and remained active until the sixteenth century. An unlikely sculpture in Ireland, a statue of the Hindu elephant-god Ganeesh stands in Victoria's Way Sculpture Park in Roundwood. The park is the product of one person, an interesting man who spends several months out of the year directing his team in India to build sculpture embodying his theories on life. A sheep looks curiously onward in the middle of a green Irish hill covered in yellow wildflowers. Two sheep walk up a green Irish hill covered in yellow wildflowers.

Kilkenny, Ireland

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Three traditional Irish pubs sitting side by side in the quaint town of Kilkenny. Traditional Irish pubs line a street in the quaint town of Kilkenny. Originally built in the 12th century, Kilkenny Castle is pictured here with an exceptionally green lawn and blue sky.

Cashel, Ireland

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The arches of a 700 year old gothic cathedral on the Rock of Cashel. Other medieval stone buildings share the view from the Rock, rising high off the surrounding plains on this solitary hill. A Celtic cross sits in front of a 700 year old gothic cathedral on the Rock of Cashel. Other medieval stone buildings share the view from the Rock, rising high off the surrounding plains on this solitary hill. The stone wall and historic gothic structures of the Rock of Cashel.

County Kerry, Ireland

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Cows stand watch in a field near Killarney in southwest Ireland Sunset reflects over mountains near the Healy Pass, the area between Counties Kerry and Cork in southwest Ireland. A few minutes later a sheep farmer in a tatty wool sweater greets me warmly with his in a thick Cork accent, saying

County Cork, Ireland

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The Hodnett family built the Belvelly Castle in the 15th century to guard the thin waterway separating Cobh's Great Island from the mainland. The name of the castle means Blarney Castle, built in 1446 by the King of Munster, now made famous by the Blarney Stone. Legend says that to kiss the Blarney Stone brings the gift of articulate and convincing speech. Blarney Castle, built in 1446 by the King of Munster, now made famous by the Blarney Stone. Legend says that to kiss the Blarney Stone brings the gift of articulate and convincing speech. Cobh was the last port of call for the Lusitania, a port of call on Titanic's last voyage, and the last port a majority of Irish immigrants saw as they sailed away to America and Australia during the potato famine. The port exists today as a picturesque small town with a line of colorful buildings facing the water. Rowhouses rise up a hill in Cobh, County Cork. Shadows fall over the sidewalk in the city of Cork.

Dingle Peninsula, Ireland

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A colorful Irish pub on the Dingle Peninsula. A beach in the beautiful Dingle Peninsula, reaching off Ireland's west coast along the Atlantic. The rugged Atlantic coastline in Ireland's beautiful Dingle peninsula. A statue of the Virgin Mary overlooks the Atlantic in Ireland's beautiful Dingle peninsula. The sun shines patches of light onto a beach in the Dingle Peninsula.

County Clare, Ireland

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The rugged shale and sandstone Cliffs of Moher, rising 660 feet above the Atlantic on Irelands west coast. Smiling cows look over the hill on Ireland's west coast. An old stone bridge crosses a stream in the small village of Doonbeg, County Clare. A grass roofed house on the west coast of Ireland. An old shoe sits in the window of a traditional grass roofed house on the west coast of Ireland. Boats in Ballyvaghan sit high and dry during low tide. (West coast of Ireland.)

Galway, Ireland

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Surf crashes along the cliff-covered coast of Inishmore Island, County Galway. The 87 meter-high view looks out from the 3,000-year-old Dun Aengus ring fort, inhabited from 1100 BC to 1000 AD. Surf crashes along an 87-meter high cliff of Inishmore Island, County Galway. The view looks out over the 3,000-year-old Dun Aengus ring fort, inhabited from 1100 BC to 1000 AD. (The fort stands on top of the cliff.) A fisherman's net piled alongside a country road on Inishmore Island, County Galway. Unique rock formations surround the 3,000-year-old Dun Aengus ring fort on Inishmore Island, County Galway. Celtic crosses stand on a hill near the small town of Inveran, west of Galway, on the west coast of Ireland. Clumps of yellow and brown seaweed cover tidal flats during low tide in County Galway on the west coast of Ireland. A tree stands alongside a lake in the Connemara area of County Galway, near the Kylemore Abbey. The image of a mountain and a group of trees reflects from the surface of a lake in the Connemara area of County Galway, near the Kylemore Abbey. A tree stands alongside a lake in the Connemara area of County Galway, near the Kylemore Abbey.

Antrim Coast, Ireland

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The unusual rock formations of the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland, a mass of 40,000 basalt columns created by cooling lava. A small home on the Antrim Country north coast island of Carrick-a-rede.  The island is connected to the mainland by a small rope bridge that dangles high over the water. Larry Bane Bay in the north coast of Antrim Country, near the Carrick-a-rede Island rope bridge. Larry Bane Bay in the north coast of Antrim Country, near the Carrick-a-rede Island rope bridge. The unusual rock formations of the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland, a mass of 40,000 basalt columns caused by cooling lava. The unusual rock formations of the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland, a mass of 40,000 basalt columns caused by cooling lava.

Belfast, Ireland

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Mural on Sinn Fein headquarters depicting Bobby Sands, the IRA leader of the 1981 hunger strike in Maze Prison. Located in the Falls Road (Republican area) of Belfast.XXXXInscription reads, Mural in Protestant Shankill Road area of Belfast honoring the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) and Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF). XXXXInscription reads, Cartoon mural in Protestant Shankill Road area of Belfast depicting a caricature of Sinn Fein leader, Gerry Adams, being chased back to Dublin by a Loyalist bulldog. Mural in Protestant Shankill Road area of Belfast honoring the Loyalist martyr Cartoon mural in Catholic Falls Road area of Belfast depicting a caged bird escaping from behind bars.XXXXInscription reads (In Irish), Mural in Protestant Shankill Road area of Belfast.XXXXInscription reads, Mural in Protestant Shankill Road area of Belfast honoring the Scottish Brigade of the Ulster Defence Association. The UDA is the largest Loyalist paramilitary organization in Northern Ireland.XXXXInscription reads, Mural in Protestant Shankill Road area of Belfast honoring the  Ulster Defence Union (UDU), Ulster Defence Association (UDA) and Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF). XXXXInscription reads, Mural in Protestant Shankill Road area of Belfast honoring the Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF).XXXXInscription reads, Mural in Protestant Shankill Road area of Belfast honoring the Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF), 2nd Battalion.XXXXInscription reads,

Dublin, Ireland

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The sun sets over row houses on the streets of Dublin. Light filters down on a doorway in the Guinness brewery, a 64 acre complex founded in 1759. Two and a half million pints of Guinness are brewed behind these doors every day. Dublin's famous River Liffey during sunset. A couple walks adjacent to Dublin's famous River Liffey during sunset. The Temple Bar in the lively A Guinness advertisement adorns one of the many pubs in the lively Temple Bar area of Dublin.