Our tour of the south west concluded today as we left Killarney behind and made our way back to Kinvara once again. However, before we left Killarney this afternoon, the ladies did a little shopping and then we paid a visit to the wonderful St Mary's Cathedral in Killarney.
Above: Ted and Michael pictured on the main street in Killarney this morning. The street was all decked out with banners sporting the colours of all the different Irish counties for the coming weekend as Killarney hosts a huge cycle rally in aid of charity, and also the annual clash between two of the giants of Gaelic football, Cork and Kerry.
The Sullivan family pictured on the steps of the Cathedral.
Pictured on the main aisle of the church:
From left: Kaitlyn, Ted, Michael, Erin and Terry.
Kaitlyn, Michael and Ted at the Shrine to the Mother of Perpetual help inside the cathedral. Here we see Michael lighting candles for all of their special intentions, and their families and friends back home.
I like this photo as it gives you a better idea of just how large this cathedral is.
Work commenced on the construction of this great cathedral before the famine, and when the famine hit, work ceased. The foundations had however been laid, and the site consecrated. Work resumed once again after the famine and the cathedral was finally opened in the early nineteen hundreds. During the famine, many starving people came and camped on the site, and died and were buried here in mass graves.
In the photo above, the Sullivan family are standing behind the memorial to the many men women and children who were buried here in mass graves. The inscription on the front of the memorial shows the word "Gorta", which in Irish means "Famine".
Our time in Killarney together was special and i know that everybody had a great time there. We know that there are many people back home in the USA following our tour, and the family send their special love to one and all. You were all remembered in St Mary's in Killarney today.
Tomorrow we make our way to the Cliffs of Moher, the final day, and what a great way to round off this tour. Then it is up and away on Friday and back home once again.