Our first stop was in the town of Lisdoonvarna, famous for its Matchmaking. In the past Lisdoonvarna was where the bachelors would head for in the fall after the harvest. The single ladies would also make their way there, and it was here that they would hire a matchmaker whose job it was to try to find them the perfect partner. Many men even travelled from the USA to try to find an Irish wife. Believe it or not, this practice still exists and Lisdoonvarna comes alive every September with a wonderful festival of music and dancing and , of course, matchmaking with the Matchmakers who still carry on their trade. Are you looking for a partner?
In the picture above you can see Ted standing outside the Matchmaker Bar in the heart of the town. If i did not know better i would be inclined to think that he looks like he is waiting for someone.
And in this photo he looks like she did not turn up?
That's more like it Ted, back with the wife and kids again.
Michael and Kaitlyn at the top of the cliffs with O'Brien's Tower in the background.
Michael, Erin, Kaitlyn and Ted all happy and smiling at the cliff top.
A very happy Kaitlyn, smiling for this lovely photo.
Michael and Mom outside the visitor centre.
After leaving the Cliffs we continued our journey around the coast via Blackhead and Fanore. These wild flowers growing by the roadside make a lovely picture.
This is the rocky terrain which makes up the Burren, a region of many hundreds of limestone mountains which once upon a time was the ocean floor.
An old spring well by the roadside where people travelling these roads could find water for themselves and their horses.
The perfect end to another perfect day in Ireland. The weather was kind to us today and just got better and better as the day went on. Ted and Erin managed to escape to have time to themselves for a farewell meal at the famous Moran's of the Weir restaurant in Kilcolgan. This restaurant is indeed worthy of its well earned name, and has been a favourite for many famous people, from not only Ireland, but from all over the world. Seafood is their specialty, and if you like oysters then this place is a must.
Tomorrow morning we head for Shannon airport for the Sullivan's return flight to the USA. This has been a lovely tour with a really special family and i would have to say that the kids were great. Their Grandma Terry was also a pleasure to be with, and Ted and Erin were just so easy to please.
A special thanks to a very special family.
You will always be welcome back.