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June 30 - July 2

June 30 - July 2 Browne's Hill Dolmen; Glenart Castle Hotel; Arklow Beach; Greystones; Powerscourt Gardens; Dublin.

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 Browne's Hill Dolmen

Browne's Hill Dolmen Near Carlow Town, stands a large megalithic tomb named the Browne's Hill Dolmen. I am standing next to the granite monster for size perspective.

Browne's Hill Dolmen The dolmen is over 5000 year old

Browne's Hill Dolmen The dolmen has collapsed on one side. The capstone is believed to be the largest capstone in Europe, weighing well over 100 tons.

 Glenart Castle Hotel

Glenart Castle Hotel I stayed at a variety of types of lodging throughout my trip -- all reserved ahead of time using the Internet. Even though I had a pretty good idea of what to expect, it still seemed like opening an Easter egg when I actually set foot in my new home for the night. Glenart Castle Hotel was a highlight of my lodging.

Glenart Castle Hotel Glenart Castle was built near Arklow, County Wicklow in 1750 by the Earl of Carysfort. A neat couple now owns the place and has renovated the bedrooms into a moderately-priced B & B (£ 35/night) while putting most of their time and resources into decorating and furnishing the large lounge areas. They have also fixed-up much of the 63 acres of gardens and woodlands around the castle. They will soon be doing most of their catering to larger functions -- exhibitions, private parties, conferences, and weddings. The next time I'm in Ireland, I won't be able to afford 'em.

 Arklow Beach

Arklow Beach Visiting the Atlantic surf was a treat since my only other experiences at an "ocean" have been the Gulf of Mexico at Galveston, TX and the Tampa Bay area.


Greystones Another pleasant surprise was the view of the boardwalk and Irish Sea from my very modest room with a balcony in Greystones, County Wicklow.

 Powerscourt Gardens

Powerscourt Gardens Powerscourt Gardens take up 50 acres of the 64 sq. mile Powerscourt Estate in County Wicklow. The formal gardens were created in the 19th century and took decades to complete. I covered most of the grounds in a brisk walk ( because they were closing) which took about an hour. It was a breathtaking walk -- physically and visually.


Dublin Dublin Castle is more a palace now than a castle. Only the Record Tower (the round tower to the left) completed in 1258, survives from the original Norman castle. In 1907 the collection known as the Irish Crown Jewels was stolen from the tower and never recovered.


Dublin St. Patrick's Cathedral dates from the 5th century when St. Patrick himself baptised converts here. The present building, built by the Normans, dates from the 13th century. I listened to a choir rehersal inside the cathedral. Oliver Cromwell, during his 1649 visit to Ireland, converted St. Patrick's to a stable for his army's horses.


Dublin Near the Front Gate or Regent House entrance to Trinity College stands a statue here of the poet Oliver Goldsmith (1730-74). Within the college I toured the Old Library with its absolutely astounding Long Room holding 200,000 old books. Also worth seeing in the Old Library was the Book of Kells - a lavishly decorated copy, in Latin, of the four gospels from the early 9th century. (This is Ireland's #1 tourist attraction.)

Hope, like the gleaming taper's light, adorns and cheers our way;
And still, as darker grows the night, emits a lighter ray.
-- Oliver Goldsmith.

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 Main Index

June 19 - 21 Hill of Tara; Donaghmore Tower; Slane Hill; Newgrange; Monasterboice; Mellifont Abbey; My Rental Car; Ireland's Roads.

June 22 - 23 Newry, County Down; Mountains of Mourne; Belfast; Carrickfergus; Glens of Antrim; Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge; Giant's Causeway; Dunluce Castle.

June 24 - 25 Arboe High Cross; Tullaghoge Fort; Ulster American Folk Park; Redcastle; Inishowen Peninsula; Grianan of Aileach.

June 26 - 27 Sligo Town; Isle of Innisfree; Carrowmore; Carrowkeel; Aughanure Castle; Connemara; Kylemore Abbey.

June 28 - 29 Cliffs of Moher; The Burren; Poulnabrone Dolmen; Rothe House; St. Canice's Cathedral; Black Abbey; Kilkenny Castle; Jerpoint Abbey; Rock of Cashel.

June 30 - July 2 Browne's Hill Dolmen; Glenart Castle Hotel; Arklow Beach; Greystones; Powerscourt Gardens; Dublin.