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An Irish mile

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While we were staying in beautiful Mannix Point Camping in Kerry a couple of weeks ago, Bláthnaid and I ventured out to Ballycarbery Castle on foot.

The Castle didn’t look too far from the campsite and we thought (or rather I thought) that it would be a nice stroll.

Mannix Point 

The castle was a lot further away than we (I….’I’, I am reminded….) thought it would be, and I had some job to keep Bláthnaid going, after she deemed my statement of ‘It’s only around the corner’ to be an untruth.

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Mannix Point Camping – a gem in Cahirciveen, Kerry

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A few weeks ago I was searching for somewhere in Ireland to take a week’s holidays.  Just a change of scenery for myself and himself, and the two girls (16 and 20).

Camping is our preference. Also important is peace and quiet at night. And scenery. And close proximity to shops and night life (just in case we get fed up with the peace and quiet). Oh…and a beach – daughter number one had placed great importance on the presence of a nice sandy beach.

Not an easy task to find a campsite in Ireland that ticks all the boxes, as I soon found out.

A campsite that we’d been to a couple of years ago in Kilmuckridge was ruled out as there weren’t many shops around.  Another one in Cork was also crossed off the list for the same reason.  Our favourite campsite in Killarney didn’t fit the bill as there was no sandy strand within walking distance. Mayo was deemed too far as we were only going for one week. One by one, potential sites were eliminated from a list that I’d compiled from various camping websites and recommendations on forums.

Mannix Point

Mannix Point

I came across the website for Mannix Point camp site during my search and thought the place sounded lovely. I liked the warm, personal welcome from Mortimer Moriarty in the ‘About’ section of the website. I loved the pictures in the photo gallery of the pitches beside the water, with yachts sailing by.  And the music sessions in the camper’s sitting room with turf fire sounded just perfect. And on a discussion forum that I consult on an occasional basis, another user who was in Mannix Point at the time, recommended it.

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O’Shea’s ‘Next Pint, New York’

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It’s good to be back home!

I’m just back from a week in the beautiful Kingdom of Kerry, bringing home a mountain of photographs that will take me an eternity to process, and a massive laundry pile of sheets, sleeping bags, towels, clothes, etc., etc.  Camping is great, but it has its teeny disadvantages.

This evening I was skimming through the images I took, when I came across this one of a small pub on Valentia Island.

O'Sheas - Next Pint New York

It’s a fascinating place, in off the coast, and I had visions of it being the last glimpse of home for many people before they set sail from the Iveragh Peninsula for America during the famine years .

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Shronebirrane Stone Circle

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Shronebirrane Stone Circle

This way to Shronebirrane Stone Circle

When I holiday in Ireland I like to take my two young daughters around the beautiful tourist attractions we have, especially those off the beaten track….to instil a bit of Irish culture in them.  So this year was no different.

Well….it was….and it wasn’t.

It wasn’t any different from the point of view that we went to look at more stone circles and ring forts.

It was *very* different in that the girls are a little bit older than they were the last time we went on an ‘Irish Heritage’ trip, and they don’t have quite the same interest in local sights as they used to.

My fourteen year old is more interested in playing ‘Yu-gi-oh’, a manga strategy game that requires a Degree in Fantasy Monsters and Weaponry and that I certainly don’t have the patience for.  (My concentration levels just about stretch to the game of Simpson’s Cluedo that we carry with us on holidays year after year.)

My eighteen year old…..well…..suffice to say that, even though we were on a camping holiday, she packed half a suitcase full of makeup, and stuck to her guns on the issue of taking her hair straightener along.

Shronebirrane Stone Circle

Shronebirrane Stone Circle

I can’t really blame the girls at not wanting to get out of the car to look at Shronebirrane Stone Circle.  It was lashing rain and there was no visible entrance into the private field it was sited in that we could see.  Maybe this is deliberate, as, apparently, the owners of the field charge a two euro entrance fee.

Two euros is a bit steep to be walking over ‘sheep pebbles’ and wet grass to be looking at a few rocks.  (There goes the culture). I got himself to turn the jeep, then I opened the door, stood up on the runner, and stole the two photographs above before telling him to make a quick getaway back the way we’d come.   As quick a getaway as we could make anyway without tearing the sump out of the jeep.  Just as well we didn’t have my little old butterbox with us.  For two euros ye’d think there’d be a half daycint road up to the place.