It is St. Patrick’s day on March 17th, a time to celebrate all things Irish. I have visited southern Ireland several times over the last fifty years and seen enormous changes. I first visited Dublin about 50 years ago with a school friend. It was during the troubles and we felt uncomfortable speaking with English accents.
More recently we have seen the Celtic tiger boom. A few years ago we flew to Cork from Bristol airport and took a coach tour around the Atlantic coast. I was introduced to a gentler side of Ireland with green fields and narrow lanes. We were able to watch seals sunning themselves on the rocks and listen to harp music.
A virtual challenge
As I can no longer visit in person I decided to sign up for a virtual challenge run by the conqueror challenges. They run virtual challenges from around the world. You are able to connect a Fitbit or other fitness tracker and monitor your progress via google maps. On the way you receive E.Mail postcards and if you succeed they plant real trees. if you want to sign up or find out more my code gives you 10% off any challenge. My #Link will give you 10% discount on any challenge.
The Ring of Kerry is a 200 km route around the Iveragh peninsula in the southwest of Ireland. The road passes mountains lakes and seaside villages. If you are driving you get the best views if you drive in a clockwise direction. It is one of the most beautiful areas in Ireland and was one of the filming locations for Star Wars episode VII and VIII. You will also see villages full of colourful houses as well as castles, ancient churches and stone circles. On the beaches you can puffins, gannets and seals. We were lucky enough to spot this family relaxing on the rocks on a visit to the Atlantic coast of Ireland a few years ago.
I was pleased to find I was starting in Killarney . I remember visiting Killarney national park, Ireland’s first and being tempted to go for a ride in a jaunting cart.