Ireland 2011 - Day for New Things

This morning we were all in Killarney ... what a beautiful town, I wish I had more time to explore but this place will be a place I come back to.  I could of spent hour wandering, exploring and watching the world go pass at some of the outdoor eateries and coffee shops.

The morning consisted of going to the Muckross House and Gardens; Muckross is translated to english as Pig Peninsula.  Their claim to fame at the Muckross House was that Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited the Herbert Family in August of 1861. Today, the House is owned by the State and many of the rooms have been restored to its original Victorian style.

The gardens are amazing. Many different kinds of plants, flowers, & trees have been bought in from many parts of the world.  The house and gardens over look Muckross Lake, which was extremely rough today.  The wind was just a whipping through the valley.

Muckross House & Gardens

Then it was on to "The Lake Hotel" where we had "Tea & Scones".  Well this was sinfully delicious!!  The scones are covered with red jelly and thickly whipped cream.  It was just awful!!!  Nestling on the lakeshore of Lough Lein, Killarney’s lower lake, The Lake Hotel, Killarney enjoys the most magnificent setting with the truly unique backdrop of the mountains, islands, woodlands and the 12th century McCarthy Mor castle ruins. The Lake Hotel is a four star, family run and owned hotel and has been welcoming guests since 1820, so a long tradition of warm Irish hospitality awaits all visitors.  Truly, beautiful place and wonderful scenery to look at while you are having tea!!

Then it was on to Limerick, but first with a stop at Adare in the Co. of Limerick.  And went to the Holy Trinity Catholic Church which was founded in 1230ad.  The current building was restored in 1811 and 1852. 

Today, was a rainy, windy, and sunny day.  And in the end, we enjoyed an evening of great Medieval Entertainment.  In the lush green countryside of County Clare is beautifully restored Knappogue castle, home of Lord and Lady Gort.  Dine by candlelight in the beautiful  15th century castle of the MacNamaras.  Truly, enjoyed this Authentic Irish Medieval Experience ... Knappogue Castle Banguet

Knappogue Castle Banguet Video

Will try and add some photos tomorrow :)  Got a few good ones from the banguet and also from the Cathedral.