Clare

Yesterday we drove from Keadue in Rosscommon to Clare. Clare is our favorite part of Ireland. The first time we came to Ireland we spent a week in Clare and it will always feel like ” our” Ireland. We have lots of favorite places to visit and it is easy to get around.
We are staying in Doolin. Doolin is a little village by the sea famous for its pubs and for traditional Irish music. It is a good base in Clare because you can get to everything during the day and then park the car at night and walk to dinner at a local pub where there will be music. Nice.
We arrived last night. We are staying at a B&B called Doll’s Cottage. It is owned by the son of the famous Gus O’Connor. You could not ask for a better host. After a warm welcome he advised us where the best music would be.

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Our room is very welcoming.
After dropping our things we headed out to O’Connor’s for dinner. It is a pretty traditional pub with great decor.

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W got a seat by the fire which was very cozy. The band was in the next room but it was crowded. We could hear the music from here and be toasty warm.

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This is a mural of the famous Fisher Street in Doolin painted in 1935. The houses are painted different colors now and there are a few additions, but it is still very much like this.

After a delicious breakfast this morning we were ready to head out. Sean, our host, had given us maps and many tips on things to do. We headed for Kilfenora.

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The Visitor’s Center was not open but we were still able to go into the church.

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It is a lovely church yard.

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I noticed this arrangement of heather on one of the newer graves and couldn’t resist taking a picture. I love heather.

Kilfenora was built in the 12th century on the site of an earlier church.

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The architectural detail of this alcove is exquisite.

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This Celtic Cross was moved inside to protect it from the elements. It used to be outside the church.

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I love this little doorway.

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Another cross, though this one has lost it’s head.

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Kilfenora is also known for this effigy of a bishop. For a small church there is a lot to see!

Our next stop was Ennistymon. Our host had told us of a waterfall we had not seen before.

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You can see from the amount of water cascading over the rocks how much rain Ireland has had recently. Amazing.
From here we went to Corrofin. There is a pottery shop there that I never miss.

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She has beautiful things. I chose small things so I can tuck them into my suitcase for the trip home.

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I like her blue and white patterns. With sheep yet!

Our last stop was the Burren Perfumery. This is an amazing place. They make soaps, lotions etc. They grow the herbs and flowers there.

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You can see it is already getting dark. We will have to come back tomorrow to see the gardens. But I did get some nice lotion.

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We ended the day back in O’Connor’s Pub.

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An Irish Thanksgiving Dinner. Yum!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

About patti

I am a retired kindergarten teacher, tending a new kind of garden now, raising chickens and exploring permaculture. I live with my husband, Bill, my beloved dog, Fergus and my cat, Mighty Merlin. We have a small cottage and a tiny bit of land called Brookwood Shire. It is our sanctuary.
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4 Responses to Clare

  1. I had poached salmon and turkey for Thanksgiving!! Your food looks delicious! Following with great interest..

  2. My French Heaven says:

    Some really good pictures here! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. In all the time I have visited my son in London and travelled in England, Scotland, Wales and other parts of Europe, I have never been to Ireland on holiday. I was there once for a few days for work but nothing more. Your photos are gorgeous and I can see that I have missed out on visiting a very beautiful country.

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