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Images of Ireland - Co.Galway - Connemara Nationalpark

The three worst things ...

The Nationalpark in Connemara was disappointing, to be honest, but I liked the cartoons in the Visitor's Center. As talking about scolding women ...

There was this lad, Padraic Flaherty, and he came home drunk every evening toward ten. Now, the Missus was never too happy about it, either. So one night she hides in the cemetery and figures to scare the beejeezus out of him. As poor Pat wanders by, up from behind a tombstone she jumps in a red devil costume screaming, "Padraic Sean Flaherty, sure and ya' don't give up you're drinkin' and it's to Hell I'll take ye'". Pat, undaunted, staggered back and demanded, "Who the hell ARE you?". Too that the Missus replied, "I'm the divil ya' damned old fool". To which Flaherty remarked, "Damned glad to meet you sir, I'm married to yer sister."

Intelligent

If this isn't clever ... not easy to fix a fence at the edge of a cliff, but Irish farmers have to be flexible and deal with the material, nature offers.

Co.Galway - Rinvyle
Images of Ireland - Co.Mayo - Belmullet

Christiana

Inherited the gift to read into your future - Palm - Chrystal - Cards.

I tried to get a view through the windows inside the trailer, but it's closed like a confessional. Actually people might be as scared to get a look into future as they are when telling sins of the past.

Christiana

Future has it's price. No sign would tell, how much Christiana charges, but still many people were waiting in the queue. One day I get back to Belmullet and ask them, was Mrs. Future right?

Images of Ireland - Co.Mayo - Belmullet
Images of Ireland - Co.Clare - Ballyvaughan

Monks

The best fish-restaurant, we were told, is in Ballyvaughan - and it's true. Only negative experience with Monks: You can't move after dinner, and for the case you have more than one day to stay in the Burren, you will get as fat as the grinning symbol on the wall. Despite of that, no regrets.

Leprechauns

Paintings on the wall, tourists love such motives. And tourists love Leprechauns. Irish people don't. Either because they try to live a modern life in a Leprechaun-Free-Zone and don't believe in the little folks, or because they do believe and fear this little bastards, that do people harm, wherever they can. Observe Leprechauns through a webcam, installed near Tipperary

Images of Ireland - Co.Clare - Miltown Malbay
Images of Ireland - Co.Cork - Glengariff

Beara-Post

Postcards from Ireland to Germany (airmail!) need about 3 weeks to arrive their destination. No wonder, they are burried in stone and only God knows, when the prince in a postman's uniform appears to wake them up with a kiss and free them from their stony grave. I recommend to send all cards at the very first day of the journey.

Doggies

Ain't it sweet? It was in the middle of the night and I was scared to death to walk dark Phibsborough Road, when I spied this cute doggies. My fear faded, while I was thinking about this world full of playful minds.

Images of Ireland - Dublin - Phibsborough Road
Images of Ireland - Dublin - Dame Street

Pu (Pooh)

Pu Shan - Chinese Medicine Centre, Suite 14, 24/26 Dame St., Tel: 01-6799753.

Certainly all know Winnie the Pooh, short: 'Pu' in Germany and China. I ever have known, this bear with a simple mind would come out as a great guru one day, and here we are. Since he published his 'Tao of Pu', a book full of bearish wisdom, people are coming to ask for his healing power. What a fortune for Dublin, to have him working there.

Hungry Crow

Muckross House (Killarney) is unthinkable without the crows. Hungrily waiting for the tourists to leave their garbidge on the tables outside. I wonder what they are talking with each other, what 'croak croak croak' actually means, may be something like 'Look at these fat, lazy people there, they hang around for hours and leave nothing behind than plastic, not a single small crumb of cake, feckers!'

Images of Ireland - Co.Kerry - Muckross House
Images of Ireland - Co.Kerry - Muckross House

One crow ...

... will not pick out another crow's eyes. Not sure about that. In fact the Muckross House crow's are feathered warriors. It's sort of a Hitchcock - The Birds - Feeling. By the way, have you know, Hitchcock was half Irish?

Cork Airport Arrival

Turf-fire and fresh bakened brown bread in the center of the Cork Airport Arrival, what more can an Ireland obsessed heart ask for in the first minutes after landing. This special smell ... oh well. Unfortunately the bus schedule won't give much time to rest and taste the bread.

Images of Ireland - Co.Cork - Cork Airport
Images of Ireland - London - Stansted Airport

Survived again

Good to know, at least in the airport Ryanair provides fire extinguishers. But nothing would extinguish the fire of a burning heart, when the airplanes leaves the Irish shore. They don't even offer tissues.

Look right

A necessary warning for Americans and tourist from the continent, indeed. For those at least who know, where right actually is, if not, something goes wrong.

Images of Ireland - London - Stansted Airport
Images of Ireland - Co.Kerry - Gap of Dunloe - Colleen's Cupboard

Colleen's Cupboard

Colleen's Cottage in the Gap of Dunloe, County Kerry, a real rural experience. Not only the scoones, homemade and fresh, the tea, served in an old teapot, the old curtains and decor of the wallpapers, mainly the cupboard catches the eyes and senses. Sorry about the reflection, but it doesn't belittle the funny impression to be back to the Ireland in her 50th.

Take a rest

Jaunting Car drivers have a hard life. Driving the roads of Killarney, County Kerry, and surrounding areas with loads of international tourists and the same questions all over again. And if it comes worse, the customers are animal-rights activists and give out about the poor horses who have to trail the jaunting cars packed with up to 7 people for hours without water or food. But the real hard workers are the handsome coachmen, no doubts, cause the ladies are all after them ...

Images of Ireland - Co.Galway - Galway City

Happy (sweating) Santa

Galway City - middle of July
... unfortunately we have to announce, Santa got a heartattack due to living under wrong seasonal conditions. What happened? Santa, usually around in wintertime, was forced to stay in some touristshop without aircondition in Galway city throughout the whole summer. His contract says, he has to be fulldressed, no matter what. He sweated like a pig, but the shop-manager didn't have mercy. It came as it must, his heart got weak and not even the icebear in the neighbourhood could cool him down. We wish good recovery and hope to have him back next December, in bermuda-shorts?

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