Friday, 23 September 2016

Thursday in County Clare Ireland

Thursday morning at Ennis, Co Clare and the weather is fine and sunny with a little cloud and a cool wind. After breakfast - and no I didn't have the full Irish - I decided to go to the Burren Centre in Kilfenora, about 27 km away.

The trusty inbuilt GPS wanted to take me the direct way and I wanted to go where I wanted so I turned it off and made my way towards Kilfenora. On the way there I saw a sign for the Dysert O'Dea castle so turned off the road and made my way down a very narrow road, all the time praying that I would not meet an oncoming vehicle. The prayer must have worked as I didn't meet anyone on the way.

Dysert O'Dea Castle, Corofin, Co Clare
The Castle was built in 1480 by Diarmuid O’Dea, Lord of Cineal Fearmaic. The uppermost floors and staircase were badly damaged by the Cromwellians in 1651. Repaired and opened in 1986, the castle houses an extensive museum, an audio visual presentation and various exhibitions.(Thanks to the Dysert O'Dea Castle website - you can read more about it here)

I went on to Kilfenora and the Burren Centre and the amazing Kilfenora Cathedral. I found the Cathedral truly moving. The sun was shining, the breeze was gentle and the silence profound. I will post my photos on Instagram but here are a couple

Kilfenora High Cross East Face

Entry to the Chancel - very low
You can read more about the Cathedral here

After leaving Kilfenora I came back to Ennis, found a Tesco and bought some supplies I needed and decided to come back to the hotel. I will be hopefully meeting up with Pauleen Cass later tonight.


  1. Your post makes me want to return to Ireland ASAP.I read your post I was wondering if you would meet Pauleen and if you went to the Conference.

    1. Thanks Jill. Yes I met Pasuleen for coffee etc and am attending the conference. We both laughed that we live 100km apart and catch up in Ennis.