Saturday, November 28, 2009

Our Thansgiving Newsletter

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Donkey Suckling an Orange

This is probably one of my favourite photograph from the summer that I took. I was on the Blasket Islands off the coast of Kerry in September hiking with a small group and we came across a field of Donkeys. There was about six in all and the one in the photograph took a particular interest in us. I usually carry an apple for the random beasts i encounter when walking .. unfortunately when i searched my bag all i could find was a solitary orange. I didnt really think the donkey would go for it being all hard on the outside and difficult to peel but i was wrong. He got his big chops into it and bit hard until the juice was flowing freely on his big teeth and all over the grass canvas below. In moments he had consumed the fruit, skin, peels, juice and pips ... The funny part was the obvious enjoyment he was getting from having something sooo sweet to suck on .. a big change from his regular diet of poor quality island grass ... his fellow donkeys surely missed out .. so the next time you see a donkey in a field .. sure you know what to give them to produce a sweet smiling photo opportunity !!!! Shane Leahy
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Thursday, November 19, 2009

10 Best Places to See in Ireland in 2010

Here are the 10 Top naturally beautiful places to visit on your Private Guided Tour of Ireland in 2010. Most of these places are on or near areas that are "more famous"... however these places are all strikingly beautiful and almost untouched. I emphasise on a Private Guided Tour of Ireland as some of these places are hard to find and you really will need an expert driver guide to find, enjoy and appreciate these naturally beautiful and untouched places in full.

10. Achill Island & Atlantic Drive, Co Mayo. - Achill is Irelands most accessible island with stunning views and pirate legends.
9. Sally Gap Drive - Co. Wicklow. - Built by the British to uncover Irish rebels in Hiding this is great high mountain scenery.
8. KnockmealDown Mountains - Co. Tipperary - Unspoilt scenic drives with rhodedandron forests and pristine lakes.
7. Kilkenny Craft Trail, Co Kilkenny. - Pottery, leather, woodwork, stained glass, all very high quality and very assessible.
6. The Mourne Mountains, Co. Down - An area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, see the mountains fall to the sea ...
5. MullaghMore, the Burren Region, West Clare - A Hidden gem this is a honeycomb mountain with wild flowers galore.
4. CarrowKeel & CarrowMore , Co. Sligo - Perhaps the most significant neoglithic cemetary in Europe .. and amazing views.
3. Antrim Glens & Causeway Coast Co. Antrim - Coastal scenery doesnt get better than this .. magnificant driving terrain.
2. Slieve League - West Donegal - Highest sea cliffs in Europe, quaint villages, Irelands most rural and rugged landscape.
1. Beara Peninsula - West Cork - Perfect for touring with breathtaking vistas and charming villages. Healy Pass is awesome.
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Monday, November 16, 2009

Recess !! Wheres Recess Gone !!

This wonderful piece of mock- art shows that the Irish still have a sense of humour during the challeging times of our economic meltdown. I took this photo while driving through Connemara. Of course the sign is for a wonderful little one horse village called "Recess" but some fanciful artist added an "ion" to it and it becomes an icon to the dreaded R word .. well at least we can laugh about our predicament and no matter what anybody says its not as bad as the last one .. we can still put turf on the fire and afford the odd latte ( which didnt even exist the last time around) .. so the best way to beat the recession is to laugh in the face of it !!!!! shane
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Friday, November 13, 2009

Mauerfall 2009

We were lucky enough to visit Berlin at a very special time, the 20th anniversary of the falling of the Wall on November 09th 2009. This is one of many photos I took of the dominoes that they lined up on the location of the Wall in the city centre. At around 8pm local time the dominoes began to fall which was extaordinary to watch. I was lucky to be invited to a party in the Marriot Hotel so I got a birds eye view of the falling dominoes. An experience I will not forget. Check out all the videos on You Tube .. it was quite magical !!!!
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Monday, November 2, 2009

Limited time to See Ireland ?? Try one of our Customized Short Tours of Ireland

Ireland Chauffeur Travel Short Tour of Ireland packs in the very best highlights of the Emerald Isle in the limited time you have at your disposal. All our tours are fully customized and below is just a flavour of what we can accomplish in a short period of time. On our tour you will see a mixture of ancient and modern sights as well as natural beauty and wonders as well as our finest National Parks. Our tour begins in Dublin taking the very best of the Capital including Trinity College & the Book of Kells, Phoenix Park, Guinness Brewery & the City Centre. We travel to Wicklow Mountains National Park, Kilkenny Castle and the Rock of Cashel. Onwards to Killarney and the immortal Lakes of Killarney incorporating Muckross House & Torc Waterfall and mountains. North to Cliffs of Moher, Ireland's most spectacular natural wonder and the surrounding Burren Region. From West Clare we travel north to Galway City, Ireland's most cultural city and finally returning to Dublin taking in Clonmacnoise Monastic City and the spectacular rivers, lakes and bogs of the midlands. On the tour you will see Castles, monasteries, cathedrals, churches, and landmarks from Irelands unique and chequered past. For a sample tour see the following