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Ireland …

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This is the famous Irish prison in Dublin,  Kilmainham Gaol, that is no longer occupied, obviously.  You have to know Irish history to understand the place and respect what it stands for.  It was really a depressing place!  I made several interesting photos in different areas that I will post in the future.  On this trip alone, I think I made over 1600 digital images and took over 25 rolls of 120 b&w with my Hasselblad that I carried along, too.   The image below is a cross I found next to one of the famine houses outside of Dingle.

Do not have much to add to what I have already written.  Below is one of Blarney Castle and yes, I kissed the Blarney Stone and no, Pam did not … you have to lean over backward off of the top of the castle to kiss the stone and she refused to do so.  The the guy holding your ankles so you won’t fall off was really a comedian … I asked him how he ended up with this job and all he said was ” the last guy died”, never smiled or said anything else to me but “next”.

Another famine house somewhere around Dingle.  All I can say is that you have to see one to believe it, and this one was in pretty good shape after 175 years!  I hope you will indulge me on these Irish photos I plan to put up, since I have so many of them.  Also, I am finishing up reading ” Angela’s Ashes ” by Frank McCourt, so I have had Ireland on my mind recently.  If you have not read the book or seen the movie by the same name, the really give you a different perspective on how people lived in a part of the world that is entirely different than ours.   The last one is of the forest out side of the Blarney Castle.

All comments are welcomed and if you have any questions about where we went in Ireland, please do not hesitate to ask.  Thanks … Frank

Written by Frank Hardy

June 2, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Posted in Ireland

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