Relax and see Ireland with Dove Chauffeur Drive
Executive chauffeurdriven vacations in Ireland with Dave Hogan and Dovechauffeurdrive
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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Gallagher family in Ireland

My latest tour began on Wednesday with the Gallagher family, Bob,Sharon, Stacey and Kevin, all the way from the Boston area. From the word go it was so easy to be with this happy group who had come to Ireland after already having spent the earlier days of their vacation in Iceland.
On Wednesday morning we were up and awy to the Burren of County Clare and the Cliffs of Moher, and from there we were to make our way to the south of the country and the town of Killarney.
 Our first stop today was at the historical Corcomroe Abbey in County Clare, not far from the town of Kinvara.
From the left in the picture above we have, Kevin, Sharon, Bob and Stacey.
 Inside this ancient Abbey, dating back to the eleven hundreds.
 Pictured together on the hillside on the Corkscrew hill in the Burren.
 Our first photo together at the awesome Cliffs of Moher, from the left, Sharon, Bob, Kevin and Stacey.
 Another lovely pictured of my happy group.
 Thursday we began our tour of the Dingle peninsula, one of my own personal favourite areas. Here we have my group together at the lovely beach at Inch, which featured in the movie, Ryan's Daughter.
The day was cool, showery and windy, but still really nice for traveling.
 The Beehive huts near Slea Head are ancient stone dwelling places, and are most interesting, and well worth a visit.
More interesting still for Stacey was the opportunity to cuddle this baby lamb.

Another lovely picture of our very happy Stacey

How cute, Kevin and Stacey with their two pet lambs.
Mom Sharon just had to join the party, and you can tell that she also was loving this special occasion.
Here we have the family, all together, sitting on the wall at Slea Head, at the tip of the peninsula, with the historic Blasket islands in the background.
What a lovely day we had together today, and a day i know  the Gallagher family will long remember, especially their visit to the baby lambs.
Tonight, after a lovely meal together in the Uptown restaurant in Killarney they are off to the wonderful Celtic Steps show at the racecourse grounds, a show, featuring the best of Irish traditional music and dance.
Tomorrow, weather permitting, they are on their way to the magical Gap of Dunloe.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Laura and Tom in Connemara with hewly found relations.

Today we returned to Connemara, and the home of Tom's newly discovered relations. Tom had arrived here with very little definite information on his Connemara family, but with a little help from friends of mine in the area where we felt they may have resided, some of my own experience, and a load of divine intervention, we not only found his cousin Ann, and the site of the old family home.  we have now opened the door for Tom to trace more of his family back in the Boston area.
All of this has been far beyond Tom's expectations.
 I have to call this picture, one of a family gathering, and what a happy occasion it was. From the left we have, Oliver, husband of Ann, Tom's cousin,  who is seated next to him, then Tom, and his wife Laura, all seated around the kitchen table in Ann's home in Connemara. In the background here you can see the traditional kitchen dresser, where the family would display their ornaments and tableware etc. These were always a center piece in every Irish kitchen.

 Ann and Oliver brought us to visit the family graveyard, where many of their ancestors had been, and still are, buried, This graveyard was located right on the shores of Galway Bay, with the Aran Islands close by at at the mouth of Galway Bay.
 Oliver, studying some of the literature and records of the family history, into which he had put a lot of hard work, researching the family for Ann. Ann is also helping as she studies more documentation. Oliver and Ann were really lovely people, and it must have been really special for Tom to find such sincere, warm, and friendly people in his search for family roots.
A picture taken from the family graveyard, of Galway Bay, and the Aran Islands in the misty background. What a beautiful, and peaceful place to be laid to rest.

Tom and Laura are today leaving Ireland, after what i hope has been an exciting and rewarding visit to Ireland, and i would like to thank them for choosing my service, and wish them a happy and safe journey home. May God speed them.