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Stab City

Going through my camera bag, and I realized there is a bunch of great stuff I have not shared.  I am not sure how time got away from me.

This past Christmas and New Year, we took my mom and dad on a trip to Ireland.  For Maureen and I, it was a return trip.  We had gone there for our honeymoon two years earlier.  But for mom and dad and the rest of the family, it was their first time.

Maureen and I took to the air a little earlier than everyone else, flying out of Chicago on December 23rd, and landing in Manchester, England for an 8 hour layover on Christmas Eve.  A rainy morning, we took the train into the city and walked about the wet streets.  Although I am sure there are many lovely things to see in Manchester, our tired bodies were really just not ready for the walk we forced ourselves to take, and the highlight was a Full English Breakfast (eggs, bacon, tomato, mushrooms,beans, fried toast and blood sausage), and a strong cup of coffee.  I ate everything except the blood sausage.

Manchester, England

We did manage to take this exhausted picture of us outside Manchester Cathedral before heading back to the airport.  And once we got back to the airport, my body shut down.  I do not sleep on airplanes, so when we found a couch, my body sent me into an instant coma.

After a 45 minute flight, a fight at the car rental counter, and about two hours on the road, we finally arrived at our intended destination, Stab City.  Limerick seems to have gotten a bad reputation over the years, and it was given the unwelcome title of Stab City, but we found the town quite welcoming.  Our stay was very short, but we enjoyed a Christmas morning walk along the River Shannon.  On our way to the river, we took some pictures at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

Along the river, we found King John’s Castle.

King John's Castle

King John’s Castle was finished in the year 1212, and although portions of the castle were lost during the Siege of Limerick in 1642, what remains is still the original structure.

Much of the city was closed for the holiday, but we still met some people walking along the river that morning, and the local wildlife seemed to enjoy the nice weather that morning too.

River Shannon - Limerick, Ireland

Home Again – The Return from Ireland

We just got back last night, and as soon as we dropped our bags at the front door, Maureen and I lapsed into a coma like state, and slept for the next twelve hours.  The trip was a success.  I am sure I will post much more later, but here is a quick retrospect of our trip to Ireland.

We started with an eight-hour layover in Manchester, were we got to take a look at Manchester Cathedral.

Manchester Cathedral

Next stop was Limerick.  This photo is of the Treaty Stone, marking the Treaty of Limerick in 1691.  Limerick Castle is in the background across the river.

The Treaty Stone

From there it was a quick drive to Kilkenny to see another castle, and a really neat town.

Kilkenny Castle

Next up was five days in Dublin with my family.  There will be a lot more on that later.  Pictured below is Kilmainham Gaol, the old Irish jail.

Kilmainham Gaol

On New Year’s Day, we drove up to one of our favorite cities the last time we were in Ireland, and that was Belfast.  We arrived after dark, and as we wandered the city center we found a sculpture entitled, “The Spirit of Belfast.”

The Spirit of Belfast

Our final destination was Bushmills, although we did return to Belfast for one more night to meet up with friends before we had to head home.  This is St. John the Baptist Church.

St. John the Baptist Church