CONNEMARA... SPECTACULAR LANDSCAPES AND A LAND OF SMALL VILLAGES WHERE GAELIC IS STILL THE SPOKEN LANGUAGE AND WHERE LITTLE HAS CHANGED SINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME.
Dublin -Wild Connemara – Day Tour
Pick-up Location – Old Church, Suffolk Street, Dublin 2
Taking a scenic route to Oughterard, ‘ The Gateway to Connemara’. You will pass through many quaint towns and enjoy beautiful scenery before we enter the Connemara National Park, which has no boundary lines but is marked by its truly outstanding beauty and panoramic, unspoiled views.
During the high season ( April – October ) this tour includes a 1.5hr boat cruise around Killary harbor.
During the low season ( November – March ) the boat cruise does not run but instead we will visit the Killary Sheep Farm. You will be given a skilled sheepdog demonstration and told about how the people and the livestock cope with the barren land and the harsh weather. You will also be given a demonstration on Turf cutting. Maybe turn a sod yourself!
Our next stop is to Kylemore Abbey, said to be one of the most romantic castles in Ireland. Here you can get some photos of this amazing setting and relax for some lunch ( not included ).
Home to a Benedictine order of Nuns for the past 100 years, Kylemore Abbey welcomes visitors to embrace the magic of the magnificent 1,000-acre estate.
The Castle was built in the late 1800s by Mitchell Henry MP, inspired by his love for his wife Margaret.
You can make a wish at the Giants Ironing Stone, meet the resident Connemara Ponies and enjoy wholesome food and home-baked goods in the Café or Garden Tea House. Please note: Lunch is not included in tour price.
You may wish to sit in on one of the History talks that take place in the Abbey three times a day, or enjoy a tour of the Welled Garden.
You wont want to miss a browse through the Craft and Design Shop for unique gifts including Kylemore Abbey Pottery, award-winning chocolates handmade by the Benedictine Nuns, Kylemore Abbey Luxury Caramel Sauce and Kylemore Jams handmade onsite in their Chocolate Kitchen!
The beautiful neo-Gothic Church is a short walk from the Abbey, nestled nearby is the Mausoleum where Mitchell and Margaret Henry are buried side by side.
Afterwards we visit the intriguing Glengowla Silver Mines which were abandoned in 1865 and is now run as a museum and a fascinating insight into life back then.
The Mines are owned and run by Keith Geoghegan and have been intrinsically entwined with the Geoghegan family for generations and ancestors have lived and worked that mine and farmland for generations. The family moved into the Mine Agent’s Cottage after the mine was closed and continued to live in the cottage until 1989.
We then set on our way back to Dublin and reminisce about our adventure to Ireland’s wild west.
A Poem by Seán Hewitt
I will encounter darkness as a bride
And hug it in mine arms.
Measure for Measure
All distance emptied, the world reduced
to an arm’s length. The closeness of the night
is absolute: nothing to steady an eye on,
nowhere to rest a thought. My life is narrowed
to the ground beneath my feet. There is a guilt to it,
a clandestine hush to the fumbling of breath.
Whole fields have surrendered – the night
lifts its hood over them, calms them, sings a hymn
of warm silence to lull the grass to sleep.
A small wind brushes past my leg,
somewhere a bird settles in a hedgerow
or rests its full breast in the stubble of the corn.
The dark wants my life for itself. It raises its lips
to mine, its breath is in my breath, and I think
its face pauses before mine. Imagine its contours –
the deeper pools of blackness – its full embrace.
My limbs are buoyed helplessly by it, and I float.