Hey Femm readers. This is part three of my Ireland travel blog. In this post I’ll be sharing with you guys the city Cong/Connemara, Ballylongford, the Cliffs of Mohr, the Dingle Peninsula, and the Ring of Kerry. To be honest, my family and I didn’t get to travel the Ring of Kerry because I ended up getting sick. However, we did get to drive through parts of it like Killarney. You know the town in Bing Crosby’s Christmas soundtrack. The song Christmas in Killarney. We even stopped at a grocery store that had a Christmas beer with Crosby and the song title on it. Let’s being with the awesome town of Cong/Connemara.
4. Cong/Connemara- the town Cong is a part of the county Connemara. It’s a beautiful country but the main reason why my family and I made a quick stop here was that that was where the John Wayne film, The Quiet Man, was filmed. It’s a classic film that’s great to watch on St. Patrick’s Day or any day for that matter. The movie also had the leading lady Maureen O’Hara play Wayne’s love interest. If you’re a fan of the film, of John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, or just like to visit film locations then this is the stop for you. The town has the bridge that Wayne’s character was standing on when he saw O’Hara’s character off in the distance. When you go into the town you can also see a statue of the two actors. It also has the pub they filmed in, the kind of bike that was in the film, and the house that was in the movie as well. The pub had pictures of film scenes there and some of the behind the scenes action. Shops also had souvenirs of the film too.
5. Ballylongford- Now my family and I got to stay at an awesome bed and breakfast while we stayed in this town. The name of it was the Castle View B&B. It was called that because they had a run-down castle on the property. You used to be able to go in the castle until a protected species of birds started to live there; so now it’s not allowed. The B&B had the best food there too. Our hosts had their own farm there so the food was all fresh. In fact, most of the surrounding land was farmland. The best part was that you could walk to town. It was a shorter walk than Galway. Also, when you are walking in Ireland bear in mind that they do drive on the left side of the road, the streets can get narrow with sharp curves, and sometimes taxi drivers drive fast. The town itself had some shops much like Galway, just with a little less hustle and bustle.
6. Cliffs of Moher/Dingle/ the Ring of Kerry- Now, unfortunately, the trip to the Cliffs of Moher were a bit quick for us since I was sick. In fact, I hope to return there one day to enjoy it more. Not only that but we had more bad luck because of the weather. It was freezing cold with rain. Sometimes it would be a drizzle and then it would be that misty stuff with some serious wind coming from the sea. Other than that, it was very beautiful. Trust me, the stop is well worth it. The view is awe inspiring. You know that scene in Titanic when Jack and Rose are on the bow of the boat? That’s what standing on those cliffs feel like. And thankfully these cliffs do have guard rails. After the cliffs, we stopped in the small town of Dingle that was in the Dingle Peninsula. It was a small town near the coast so there were a lot of boats there. It was a nice break and thankfully I began to feel a bit better. Dingle was just a short stop for my family, but we did want to stay in it longer than an hour. Since I still wasn’t up to par we didn’t do the full Ring of Kerry.
What I remember most about the Ring of Kerry was that it went up into the mountains of Ireland. The land was so wild and ancient looking up there. If I wasn’t sick we could’ve stopped at certain places to hike around. They have some great cliff spots to check out. We even drove past some waterfalls or just parts of the mountain where water naturally ran off the sides. Did I also mention that there are more sheep up there? We did stop at a spot called Mt. Brandon; that’s the name of my brother in law. There was an old fort up there and an amazing cliff side. Again, one with no guard rail so be careful; especially if you’re an unskilled hiker. Alright that’s all for this post. In part four I will tell you about the last three places we visited. ‘til next time.