Day 6: Ring of Kerry, Muckross House, Killarney

Saturday, October 13th

We began today with Irish breakfast, then headed around the ring of Kerry.

Our first stop was at a village that simulated life in the 1800s.

 Mary gets to know an Irish one of the wolf hounds. These dogs are huge!

Mary gets to know an Irish one of the wolf hounds. These dogs are huge!

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 we enjoyed some Irish coffee to warm us up for the long journey ahead.

we enjoyed some Irish coffee to warm us up for the long journey ahead.

We then continued our journey around County Kerry, stopping for lunch at a seaside village.

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The scenery along the route was breathtaking and included sheep, goats, and of course lots of cows.

 Catie makes friends with the locals

Catie makes friends with the locals

 the view from the roadside

the view from the roadside

We made a stop in the Village of Sheem. Every corner of Ireland seems to be steeped in history and beauty.

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We then continued to Muckross house. This historic manor hosted Queen Victoria in 1861. Though she only stayed for two days, the owners went bankrupt preparing the house for her visit! No pictures were allowed inside.

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We arrived in Killarney at St. Mary’s Cathedral to prepare for Mass. This gigantic Gothic structure is truly breathtaking! Mass was followed by a short organ concert by our director, Jeremy Kiolbassa.

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At the end of the day, we retired to our hotel in Killarney. Some of the group opted to try a sampling of the local whiskey…

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