START Ireland 2009 FINAL - PUBLIC
1 Tour Overview Dublin 2 nights 2 Wicklow Mts Walk 5 7 nights County Clare Doolin 3 Foulksrath Castle Hostel 6 Shannon 4 1 night Rock of Cashel Fly Home
Arriving at Dublin Airport at 10:00 a.m. we are picked up and taken on a tour before checking in at the hotel mid afternoon. Airport Phoenix Park Hotel
Phoenix Park - on the way to our hotel in Dublin one of the largest enclosed urban public parks in Europe measures 707 hectares (1,750 acres), with a walled circumference of 16 km has been home to a herd of wild Fallow deer since the 17th C. contains the residence of the President of Ireland built in 1754 contains the Zoological Gardens features the Papal Cross has other monuments - e.g. Wellington Monument is a 63 metres (210 ft) and the phoenix monument is a Corinthian column with a Phoenix bird erected in 1747. has the Deerfield Residence, the official residence of the U. S. Ambassador. contains Ashtown Castle, a restored medieval tower house dating from the 15th C. People's Gardens located close to the Parkgate Street entrance
The phoenix monument is a Corinthian column with a Phoenix bird, erected 1747.
The Papal Cross is situated in Phoenix Park. It was erected for the visit of Pope John Paul II in1979. He held Mass for over a million people.
The Ha'penny Bridge (Liffey Bridge, officially) is a pedestrian bridge built in 1816 over the River Liffey in Dublinand is made of cast-iron.
After dinner at the hotel and an evening walk, we head to bed to rest up for a whole day of walking in Dublin the next day.
DAY 02 Itinerary – Walking in Dublin 2009 September 12 Saturday After breakfast at the hotel, we ventured out on various self-guided walking tours during the day. Numerous and excellent tour maps were available for download off the Internet prior to leaving home so we could plan some aspects of these walks.
Sample of maps available off the Internet (PDF). hotel Dublin Tourism Centre
The Book of Kells is an illuminated manuscript in Latin, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament together with various prefatory texts and tables. was transcribed by Celtic monks ca. 800. is a masterwork of Western calligraphy. is also widely regarded as Ireland's finest national treasure. illustrations & ornamentation surpass that of other Insular Gospels manuscript today comprises 340 folios and, since 1953, has been bound in four volumes. The leaves are on high-quality calf vellum. is on permanent display at the Trinity College Library, Dublin. takes its name from the Abbey of Kells that was its home for centuries. The Abbey of Kells is a former monastery located in Kells, County Meath, Ireland, 40 miles north of Dublin.
Molly Malone Statue, Grafton Street, Dublin "Molly Malone" or "Cockles and Mussels" is a popular song, set in Dublin which has become the unofficial anthem of Dublin City. It has also acquired the status of an Irish anthem. The statue was unveiled during the 1988 Dublin Millennium, declaring June 13 as Molly Malone Day.
Another sample of maps available off the Internet (PDF). There were several maps like this “iWalk” map. They came with descriptions in text format for each numbered item on the map.