The Emerald Isle - Autumn 2016

November 28, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I had the good fortune to visit Ireland for the second time in the Fall of 2016. As on my first trip, the weather was fine, and my host and tour guide, the lovely Tess Hughes, took me to many of Ireland's treasures.

One of our favorite spots, Coole Park,  is only a short drive from Galway City in County Galway. Here Lady Gregory and WB Yeats wove a romantic history among the forest trails. Although the house no longer stands, you can still appreciate the environment that drew so many here. You will experience the natural world that Yeats captured in his poetry.

Walled GardenWalled GardenCoole Park, Ireland

Autumn StepsAutumn StepsCoole Park, Ireland

Kiltartan ChurchKiltartan ChurchKiltartan, Ireland

Another beautiful area is around Killarney National Park in County Kerry

Lough LeaneLough LeaneLough Leane and Killarney National Park

County Kerry, Ireland

Irish PastoralIrish PastoralCounty Kerry, Ireland

Mangerton ViewMangerton ViewView of the Mangerton Mountain area, Killarney National Park, Ireland

Killarney ViewKillarney ViewLooking south from Killarney National Park, Ireland

In the National Park is Muckross House. This nineteenth century Victorian mansion is set against the stunning beauty of Killarney National Park. Muckross House was built for Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife, the water-colourist Mary Balfour Herbert. William Burn, the well-known Scottish architect, was responsible for its design. Building commenced in 1839 and was completed in 1843.

Muckross HouseMuckross HouseKillarney National Park, Ireland

Muckross CourtyardMuckross CourtyardMuckross House, Ireland

A lovely site is the village of Adare, a designated Heritage Town, one of the prettiest and friendliest villages in Ireland. It was founded in the 13th Century on the river Maigue.

Adare ParkAdare ParkTown park in Adare, one of Ireland's prettiest villages.

Washing PoolWashing PoolWashing Pool, Adare, Ireland

Far to the north is County Sligo, Yeats country, and home to Glencar Waterfall

Glencar WaterfallGlencar WaterfallCounty Sligo, Ireland

River GarvogeRiver GarvogeSligo, Ireland

Harbor at MullaghmoreHarbor at MullaghmoreMullaghmore, Ireland

Church of St. ColumbaChurch of St. ColumbaChurch of St. Columba, County Sligo Ireland, burial site of W. B. Yeats

Lough of GlencarLough of GlencarGlencar Lough, Ireland Sheeps of the FieldSheeps of the FieldGlencar, Ireland

For the photographs from my 2012 visit, click here:


Thanks for looking, and have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Nostalgiawest!


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