Tony's EPIC Road Trip Ireland
DUBLIN - ATHLONE - GALWAY - CLIFDEN - CONNEMARA NATIONAL PARK - LIMERICK - ADARE - LISTOWELL - DINGLE - KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARK - CORK - CARRICK ON SUIR Text and Photos: Tony Steurer 2,200 km / 1,370 miles
Very big forts in Lismore and Cahir. The latter claimed to be impregnable until the English took it in a ten-day siege. Driving through the Vee, a darkish range of mountains up to 800 metres high. Completely different scenery here. In Carrick-on-Suir is Ormond Castle, Ireland’s only renaissance castle. Wealth found its expression through loads of crown glass. Turning east: More industrial estates, mostly food, textiles, pharmaceuticals. JFK’s great grandfather was born in New Ross. The Radio says that currently up to 1,500 people emigrate from Ireland every day. A lot of 'For Sale' signs. Many people are forced to sell because they can no longer service their mortgages.