Dursey Island by Cable Car

A spontaneous detour to Dursey Island meant a thrilling ride via the cable car over to this widllife sanctuary for our current guests. The cable car was installed in 1969 and it can carry six people, or 1,200 pounds, or three people and three sheep, whatever combo you want! It creaks along at a snail’s […]

Allihies Copper Mine, Beara Peninsula, Ireland

The Allihies Copper Mine is one of the last copper mines operating in western Ireland, dating back to 1813. The mine was first operated as an open pit mine, with the miners scooping the ore out of the side of the mountain and smelting it right on the spot. Tailings litter the area around the […]

Scenes from the Ring of Kerry

Driving from our last stop at Dingle over to Kenmare, we took the Ring of Kerry along the Iveragh Peninsula of western Ireland. It’s the “long way around” to Kenmare, but it resulted in some spectacular scenery. The Ring of Kerry is a road traveled by most of the big tour companies. We take the […]

Postcard from Ireland

Our guest Audrey Thompson meets a donkey and a dog and two cousins who run a little concession along the road leading to the Ring of Kerry, Ireland on August 28.

If you don’t like the weather in Ireland, just wait 20 minutes

A shower approaches the Old Head of Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland.

Today’s Adventure in County Cork, Ireland (Queenstown)

We traveled down the new M-8 motorway from Cashel down to Cork, a trip which now takes just over an hour that in the past would have taken more than two. The Irish love their new motorways, paid for in large part by the EU, which of course, is now broke. “There will be no […]

Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland at Sunset

We enjoyed an evening stroll around ancient Hore Abbey on the outskirts of Cashel today before a late, light dinner at a pub. The glow of the sunset against the 13th century ruins of Hore Abbey is always magical, especially for first-time Ireland visitors Bob, Paula and Audrey.

Trim, County Meath, Ireland

Welcome near arrivals Bob and Paula Leitzell and Audrey Thompson (Paula’s sister) for your third trip with European Focus! We spent the first day exploring the Newgrange passage tomb, built around 3200 BC and recognized as one of the finest examples of ancient tomb building in the world. For lunch, we drove through the countryside […]