These are pictures from our tour through Ireland in September 2008.
Kudos to Aaron, Laurentiu, and Pete for getting the trip signed off.
Kudos to Sarah and Jackie for trusting Steve and I to take them around
the Irish countryside.


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After spending far too long in conference rooms during the week, Pete, Aaron, and Laurentiu were
ready for some relaxing time driving fast on narrow roads - that's right - touring Ireland!
Here is Aaron and his lovely wife Jackie. We think she's carrying a young one named 'Bunratty'.
This is a view looking towards the ocean as we drove from Galway to the Cliffs of Moher.


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If I could keep my eyes open, this would've been a good picture. Our car was the "cool" car
for the weekend. I must say that Steve got his car lost far more than me and he had the GPS!


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Laurentiu enjoying the view out to the Irish countryside. You can still make out the
rock fences used in Irish fields. They're mostly covered in green growth now though.

Cliffs of Moher


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They tell us that it had been raining all summer in Ireland so September was an ideal time
to schedule a visit. This is Aaron and Jackie at the Cliffs of Moher.


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The Cliffs of Moher continue to be one of my favourite destinations in Ireland.


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Same shot but in panoramic looking to the south.


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The rocky beaches and cliffs looking to the north.


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A dark picture of Steve, Laurentiu, Aaron, and Pete.


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Pete carrying a bag showing "I'm Girl". I think I prefer his shirt that says, "Rub my Shamrocks for
Good Luck."


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A great sign for the collection.


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Pete in the foreground looking back to the main tourist area of the Cliffs.


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I liked this little pinnacle hanging out in the water.


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The whole crew from left to right, me, Laurentiu, Aaron and wife Jackie (and Bunratty), Sarah,
Pete, and Steve.


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Similar shot as above.


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I thought this sign was great. Especially with as many people behind it as in front of it.


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I thought this was stellar so I had to jump in on it. Thanks to Steve for the photo.


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I tried to match the pose.

Poulnabrone Dolmen


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On the way back from the Cliffs, we decided to take the more scenic path and loop through the Burren.
This is Aaron next to a 5000 year old tomb called Poulnabrone Dolmen.


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The tomb and I.


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The limestone is in a "karst" form here and forms some crazy water channels around the Burren.
If you don't watch, you'll fall in. This is Sarah wandering the Burren.


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Sarah and Aaron in the middle of the desolate landscape that is the Burren.

Athenry


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One of the last remaining arches in the medieval city wall of Athenry, county Galway. That's Steve
Ranta in the middle of it. Nice wingspan.


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Pete, wandering around the inside courtyard of Athenry castle.


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This would have been an old gunner turret or something to that effect.


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This is an original outhouse, in the sense that inside the castle, people would have hung their
business slightly outside the castle and dropped into this hole below.


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I love the doors on old Irish buildings. This castle is no different.


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Here is an explanation of the Athenry Castle's Great Hall.


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An artist's rendition of what the castle actually looked like back in 1235.


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On the way out of the castle, the ladies got accosted by some drunk locals who wanted their
photos more than anything. The ladies laughed nervously and agreed.


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I like this picture since the local in red is actually urinating on the castle walls.


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Sarah and Jackie and Athenry Castle. We failed to find any Howleys while we were touring although
we found one of Jackie's neighbour's family garages.


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The ladies taking pictures with the drunk locals. Note that this is around noon and these
guys are blazing trashed. They were still at it around 3pm when we started making our way home.
That takes dedication.


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Okay, have a good look at this photo. Note the coffee in the centre of the frame. Also, note
the container of some dairy substance in the top right. We made fun of Steve relentlessly since
he put some of the abovementioned dairy product into his coffe. Who would have guessed it was
actually cream??


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The Athenry Dominican Priory. I love the windows. The ornate carvings are pretty sweet.


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So sweet in fact that I had to climb up onto them. Thanks for the photo Sarah! Let's consider it
a trade for the back flip the night before. :)

Here's hoping this isn't the last we see of our fearless heroes Pete, Laurentiu, and Aaron.
Thanks for a great trip guys, and also to "the customers' wives" - Sarah and Jackie. The both
of you are welcome to visit anytime!

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