Relax and see Ireland with Dove Chauffeur Drive
Executive chauffeurdriven vacations in Ireland with Dave Hogan and Dovechauffeurdrive
For your own especially designed Tour of the Republic of Ireland/West and South west

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Dingle and Killarney with Dovechauffeurdrive and Dave Hogan

On Monday we traveled from Kinvara to Killarney, where we were to stay for the next four nights, in the
Killarney Plaza Hotel, right in the heart of the town. This is a lovely hotel, and the location could not be better, as it is close to all of the shops and pubs and restaurants, and you will never need a cab or taxi at night when you are ready to retire for the evening.
Two happy ladies, Marissa and Janice, at breakfast this morning in the Plaza hotel in Killarney,
 Entering the Dingle peninsula as we make our way to Dingle town.
 It was overcast today, but never cold or very wet, and acceptable weather for November in Ireland.
 Marissa had a special interest in visiting the Presentation convent in Dingle, a religious order of nuns founded by Nano Nagle, as she herself had received her own education from the Presentation nuns at home in California.The convent in Dingle is now a visitor center, dedicated to Nano Nagle, and there are some beautiful murals painted on the walls in a special room there showing various scenes depicting events in her life.  In the picture above we have Marissa, with the scene showing Nano, known as the lady with the lamp, as she spent many nights visiting people in need in the dark evenings.
There is also the nuns own chapel where the magnificent stain glass windows are an invaluable collection, especially those by the famous Harry Clarke.
 Dingle town is a lovely quaint town, and Dingle harbour is famous for its playful dolphin, Fungi, who attracts thousands of visitors every year, and who venture out on the harbour in pleasure boats to enjoy his playful antics.
Above, we have Marissa and Janice, with the bronze of  Fungi, in the town center.
 Our next stop was in Brian De Staic's jewellery factory. Brian's work is special, and highly regarded world wide, and the ladies were anxious to get their hands on some special items for themselves. One of Brian's specialities, is jewellery engraved with your own name, in the ancient Irish Ogham script, an ancient alphabet dating back thousands of years.
 Christmas is definitely on the way, and Ireland is already buzzing with expectation. In this picture, we have Janice and Marissa, posing with an ancient standing stone, in Brian De Staic's, and with  his lovely Christmas tree, all lit up for the occasion.
This was a lovely day, and a very enjoyable one, with the evening yet to come.

 Tonight we dined in the Caragh restaurant in Killarney town.This is one of my favourite restaurants, if you want genuine Irish food. Janice and i, had the Shepherd's pie, while Marissa had grilled salmon. There was also large helpings of extra mash, and french fries, and roasted vegetables, and then we followed all of that up with desserts. Janice had Profiteroles, Marissa had the Eton Mess, and i had Jelly and ice cream, all delicious.
Life can be tough.
 Later i took this picture of the entrance door to the Plaza Hotel, all lit up for Christmas. We do start early in Ireland, and yes, we do call it Christmas.
Tomorrow we are off to Cork for the day. Make sure to follow along.