The morning of the fifth day, we drove out of Co. Cork and headed for Co. Limerick. Mary and I felt this to be the best day, by a long shot, that we had spent in Ireland so far. The above picture is a photo shopped version of Bunratty Castle that I took through the window of the coach on our way out of town. Before that, however, we visited Molanna (or Molana?) Farm, owned by the delightful Paddy and Marg Fenton.
It was a misty morning and the reds and greens stood out in sharp relief.
These cows were way upon the hill above the farm. We had a delightful visit there, complete with a history of the area and the Fenton family, the recitation of poetry and lots of laughs. I encourage you to visit these two blogs where there are photos of the inside of the house and a copy of the poem. Go Here and HERE
A photo-shopped, water-colorized view of the path up the road from the farm.
Mary with Paddy. The wardrobe coordination was a coincidence.
We left the farm way too soon and headed straight to Limerick town and King John's Castle. This castle was built as a defensive structure and King John (brother to King Richard of Robin Hood fame) never even visited there. Today it is in ruins but it was once a thriving community as seen in the pics I took (through glass) of the miniature model. Go HERE to learn more about the castle and to see a stunning picture of the ruins as seen from the River Shannon.
Mary was thrilled to be going up a tower staircase that dates back to the 1200's.
This is what we saw when we got to the top. I couldn't help but sing: "Limerick, you're my lady, your Shannon waters tears of joy that fell .. . " It all looked so different than I imagined it but I was so happy to see it.
The water color version of the same view.
I look at this picture and all I can think is: Hey! There's a church and a graveyard that I didn't get to explore!
The water color version, because I am *addicted*!
A window from inside the castle. Could someone please tell me an easy and effective way to do this to my windows? Pretty please?
A cool looking building. I would have taken many more but, by this time, I had already used 80% of my camera card space and I was being conservative. In fact, by the end of my trip, I will probably be posting pics of days 11, 12 and 13 in one post.
Next time, we arrive at the Old Ground Hotel, the only one that prompted a spate of photo-taking (LOVED IT!) and dinner at Knappough Castle!