Usually I visit Ireland at least once a year to catch up with friends. I lived there for tree years moving back just before the millennium. I did not get around to visiting Ireland in 2012, a trip was long overdue.

Wise words

Visiting a crafts fair in Castletown House Celbridge

Castletown House in Celbridge

One of the gate lodges of Castletown House which can be rented as a holiday home :)

The Liffey running through the grounds of Castletown house, on it’s way to Dublin.

Picking black berries for a lovely pudding

View over the Shannon at Clonmacnoise

The pelgrims path on the left and 1 of the 3 high crosses on the right at Clonmacnoise

Clonmacnoise Castle

Birr castle and garden

The telescope at Birr castle is credited with discovering the spiral nature of the Whirlpool Galaxy

As you see, I didn’t even make it to Dublin, so a good reason to return to Ireland soon.