Sunday, November 3, 2013

On Hiatus

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Hi!

As the title suggests, I'm on a blogging hiatus until I submit my PhD thesis in January.

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I hope you all have a fantastic winter, Christmas and New Year!

See you in 2014!!

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(Photos from the Grand Canal in Naas, one of my favourite places in Ireland and a big part of my childhood.)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Mullaghmore Hike

After a family gathering this weekend, my aunts, uncles, cousins, my Dad and I hiked up Mullaghmore in the Burren.

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I love the Burren, it's so wild and unique!

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Just look at this mountain and that incredible swirling pattern. Beautiful!

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We stopped at 'Craggy Island's parochial house' and an awesome viewing point on the way home.

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I love casual hikes like these!

What did you do at the weekend?

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Family Holiday in Kerry, Part Two

We spent one day at Muckross House and Traditional Farms in the Killarney National Park. It was awesome!

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The farms were really interesting, not least because they contained countless baby animals. So cute!

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We went to Dingle twice, a lovely town near the end of the Dingle Peninsula. It was just charming. I tasted the most amazing Guinness and sea salt ice creams, enjoyed numerous pints of Guinness and devoured bunches of oysters and seafood. We also visited the Wildlife and Seal Sanctuary, full of the cutest little seals and birds. It felt good to support the sanctuary so it can continue to rescue abandoned or hurt seals.

I went for a run on the first morning, up early and out the door before most were awake in the house. It was quite eventful. And terrifying. I ran along the beach for about three kilometres and then decided to walk back by the sand dunes and have a little adventure! Oh dear...

In the first half hour, I was walking through the dunes, admiring the interesting plants, rabbits and butterflies.  Then I got 'lost'. I could always see where I was headed but was walking through marsh and tall sharp grass full of big spiders with green bodies... Ugh. The last hour or so was just awful.

Here you can see my view at one point in the walk. The valley is what I was aiming for...

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And in these pictures, you can see how Google maps and my running app placed me in the sea - one long trek through the mud.


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Last but not least, I just wanted to mention good old Irish pubs. Probably the most comfortable places in the world to drink, besides, of course, at home in my pyjamas.

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Monday, September 2, 2013

Family Holiday in Kerry, Part One

About two weeks ago, my family and I congregated in Inch, Co. Kerry, for an amazing week of eating, drinking, sight-seeing, chatting and enjoying each other's company.
It was so great!

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(Click for a larger, more awesome picture.)

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We drove around Valentia Island and stopped at some beautiful sights!

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The Skellig Islands can be seen peeping out of the landscape in the background...

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A sizeable chunk of my ever-growing family!

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More family photos from the week:

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We picked one day to chill out at our rented house, with a view of the Macgillycuddy Reeks, and go to the beach... And typically, the weather was the worst that day - too cold to swim.


Although, that didn't stop Laoisha!

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And we had a bit of a paddle and mess about...

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I hadn't spent much time in Kerry before this holiday but I'll be back again for sure! I still have to hike up the Macgillycuddy Reeks and the tallest peak in Ireland... Maybe next year?

Monday, July 29, 2013

Lately.

Life has been good.
Real good.

The weather's been amazing in Ireland. Like, better than the Mediterranean amazing. It puts my last blog post about the sun to shame. It's been wonderful! And there's no better place to be than the West at times like these.

Paul and I went on a few mini road trips, thanks to my awesome Mum who lent me her car for three weeks! The first weekend, we went down to Clare and up to Mayo. We passed through the beautiful Windy Gap on our way.

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And last weekend, we drove through the Burren in Clare, to Fanore Beach and Lisdoonvarna. We stopped at the Roadside Tavern in Lisdoonvarna for lunch and left more than satisfied. My favourite part were the grilled oysters with bacon, cheese and tomatoes, yum!

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The Galway Arts Festival was going on around Galway for the last two weeks, so we've been enjoying that too. We went to a really fun trampoline act at the Spanish Arch and after, to a very impressive trapeze act in Eyre Square. We've also been out a few nights, enjoying the festival atmosphere!

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I took this video on Instagram during the trapeze...


Mostly though, we've just been sitting out in the evenings, soaking up the sun. It's been so relaxing. We found a great spot to catch the last of the sun close to our house where we can hang out, read and watch all the wildlife. The fish have been jumping like crazy along the river and the bay. They jump so high too! There's also a seal that swims in and out of the bay regularly and we have so many swans, herons, gannets and seagulls. I feel really lucky to live in Galway right now.

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This weekend, I was at a big (huge!) family reunion, with about 120 people from my grandmother's family. I met some people I haven't seen since I was a teenager or younger and some I've never met! It was really fun and important. I'm getting to know my extended family more and more these days and it's great! They're all such wonderful people, I'm really lucky.

I hope your summer's been as wonderful as mine!

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