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    Tis nothing but work, work, work for the three of you. And on Patrick's Day too!!!
    We should learn from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism. [/I]

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    Quote Originally Posted by petcul View Post
    Tis nothing but work, work, work for the three of you. And on Patrick's Day too!!!
    What can I tell ya Peter, martyrs to the cause we are
    Just 'cos you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you !

    Remember, experience only means that you screw-up less often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jockser View Post
    What can I tell ya Peter, martyrs to the cause we are
    Thanks a lot, and good luck with the 70 virgins..
    Climate is what you hope for, weather is what you get!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bin Ridin View Post
    Thanks a lot, and good luck with the 70 virgins..
    We should learn from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism. [/I]

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    And on to the final recce

    From Kildare we headed around the Slieve Blooms to Birr, on to Portumna & then into Gort. On our last visit we found a great little café in the square – Gallery Café, highly recommended – where we stopped for elevenses
    And then it was off to 'work'

    First stop was up the hill behind Bellharbour, nice view across to Finavarra :



    These 2 seemed to be stalking me all day :


    The turlough at Callan :


    Lunch in Monks in Ballyvaughan, surprisingly I went for the chowder :


    The pier in Ballyvaughan :


    Then on to the lighthouse at Black Head, next stop Americay :


    There they are again :


    After much toing & froing it was suddenly 6pm & we were only a couple of clicks outside Lisdoonvarna so headed there for a bed.
    Geraldine negotiated a good deal at the Hydro Hotel, where the only other guests seemed to be a German coach tour, so we settled there
    Dinner was a set menu so we decided to wander down the town.

    We chose The Roadside Tavern cos the reviews were good, the menu looked great. Now it's rare that I give out about restaurants but I'm going to have a little rant here – their website said they served til 9pm & the handwritten sign outside the door said "open for food"
    Imagine our surprise when, about 10 minutes after we arrived, a staff member came over to us and, seeing the menus in our hands, said "ah sure we stop serving at 7 on a Sunday". Feckin muppets


    By now it was 9 on a Sunday evening in a very quiet Lisdoonvarna & we were starving. Luckily we found the Wild Honey Inn who were happy to feed us even though it was knocking off time
    We'd a very good dinner, not cheap but worth it (the alternative was a chippy !). My venison (it's a big plate) :


    The following morning it was back out into the hills :


    Along lots of these :


    Saw these 2 again :


    And visited a few of these :


    Lots of water around still :



    Feck, they're still there :


    Met this fella in Ballyvaughan. Apparently there was a vintage rally on but we were on a mission :


    Then up the Corkscrew & into the Burren proper :




    This one's for Bogman :




    Looks interesting but we decided not today :


    This fella got a bit protective as we approached :


    And then it was time for lunch.
    Chowder time, obviously :


    And then myself & Brian shared a 'toasted special' - ham, cheese & tomato. With bacon, sausage & stuffing on the other side :


    This was followed by more wee roads, :


    some nice castles (it's available to rent – we met the caretaker who's fella is apparently an Airhead rider) :


    a few derelict old churches, :



    and another old castle in a lovely location :


    And then as I turned around it became obvious that I was still being followed (although they're not very good at this covert sh1t are they ?)


    From here we went and explored around the ancient settlement of Dysert :






    Final stop before the boring run home was the Lakeside Hotel for Geraldine to check on bookings and for us to have a quick bite.
    In order to add a bit of variety & balance to my diet I chose...



    ... the chowder :


    A great 2 days in a beautiful part of the world with barely a drop of rain. How bad ?

    That's all folks, see youse on the 28th……
    Just 'cos you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you !

    Remember, experience only means that you screw-up less often.

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    wo war toasted spezial?? mein herr??

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    Great shots there, hope that's not roast turkey you are eating towards the end, that wedge tomb is close to Gort far as I remember and a fine example too, well preserved, 2 or 3 of them in close proximity, there's a fine passage tomb near Killaloe, Ashley park as far as I remember, hope to take a trip over there during the weekend we are there, 2nd shot is especially good

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    Blest with the weather you were.
    We should learn from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism. [/I]

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    Far too many of them " little roads " .
    Perfekt ist nicht gut genug.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petcul View Post
    Blest with the weather you were.
    Indeed we were, it was a great two days away. Now all that remains is to put the final touches together or should I say for Geraldine and Jockser to put the final touches together.


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    Far too many of them " little roads " .
    and great fun they were to............ we'll miss ya Ash

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    Really appreciate the work and looking forward to the weekend.

    Lunch looks a wee bit deer....
    Climate is what you hope for, weather is what you get!

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    ah say ah say [foghorn]

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    Used to live in Clare. Loved it. Looking forward to the run, and thanks for all the miles put in!

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    Cant wait now
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