"FOOTLOOSE IN IRELAND"
|Part one ~ WALKING THE DINGLE WAY|
|Dave and I walk 55 kilometres in County Kerry, on one of Ireland's prettiest trails. With advice from local experts Claire and Kevin, we set out from the village of Camp down fuschia-lined lanes, across a lonely peat bog and reach the wild coast at Inch Strand, an exquisite location for the classic 70's film 'Ryans Daughter'.|
At Annascaul we meet Eileen at the South Pole Inn, who tells of ex- landlord and Antartic explorer Tom Crean. Our trail then takes us past Minard Castle and through the lanes and fields to the delightful fishing and tourist town of Dingle with almost 40 pubs! Publican John Benny tells of the colourful life and gaelic music in this pretty and isolated town. We ride out on a boat to see Fungi the Dolphin before heading out to Ireland's most westerly point. After crossing Ventry Strand, ancient remains, beehive huts and wonderful views are to be had as we round the breathtaking coastline to Slea Head and finally arrive at Dunquin, the tip of the Dingle Peninsula and the edge of Europe. More on DEBRA'S DIARY
|Part two ~ DISCOVERING DUBLIN|
sound advice from Tourism Director Frank McGee, Dave and I begin our
Dublin trail on the banks of the river Liffey. First stop is the No.1
tourist attraction: the Guinness Storehouse where I learn to pull a
perfect pint. Our walk continues, first to historic O'Connell Street
and then Trinity College.
Well-known author and Dublin guide, Pat Liddy tells of his city and its long history from the Vikings to Independence from British rule. Our trail takes us next to the castle where we are shown round the magnificent State Rooms.
Dublin is home to two cathedrals, both have medieval origins, we continue by them down to busy Grafton Street and St Stephens Green where a Georgian city starts to unfold. Pat tells us of life in those times.
MAP OF DINGLE PENINSULA
MAP OF DUBLIN
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Our trail ends at Merrion square and the Parliament building, but all is
not over... as a finale we take a ride on a Viking Splash tour,
not on your average tour bus though: we board a 60-year old American
DUKW amphibious vehicle! Lynn the Red is our host as this amazing
machine plunders the streets of Dublin and finally takes a dip in the
Grand Canal Basin!
Watch VIKING SPLASH TOUR movie
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|Also included in the Footloose in Ireland DVD is a bonus chapter with a rail trip to Dublin Bay, Malahide Castle, Howth and Dun Laoghaire.|