Maam Valley

It’s good to be back on the blog! Margaret and I took our Irish honeymoon the first two weeks of September. It was the trip of a lifetime.

We flew to Dublin and immediately took a train to Galway on the opposite coast. There we rented a car and drove north to Ireland’s northern tip. We spent a day in Northern Ireland along the Atlantic coast (where we got to meet fellow photoblogger Michael McNeill) and then over the next several days slowly made our way back to Galway.

We spent several days in Galway, as this is where Margaret’s family is from. We met cousins and saw the remote western island where her grandfather was born and grew up.

From there we took the train back to Dublin, where we spent a couple days. Then we flew home.

In between all the stops we explored the countryside, seeing cliffs and ruins, mansions and everyday homes, and endless sheep. We ate in pubs and, gluten-free diets be damned, drank Guinness. (It didn’t kill us!)

And we soaked in each others’ company, enjoying how we both just liked hiking through nature and touring historic sites with our cameras in our hands. I shot 999 photos with my digital Canon S95, and five rolls of T-Max 400 with my Nikon N2000.

I’m only about halfway through processing the digital photos, and the b/w film shots should be back from the processor early this week. So as photos become ready, I’ll share the best of them here and tell the stories behind them.

This is the 1,500th post on Down the Road!

Photography, Road trips

Two weeks in Ireland


21 thoughts on “Two weeks in Ireland

  1. Welcome back. Jim! Nice to see you seem to have had a great trip to Ireland, and I hope to hear and see a bit more from it.
    I got a plan and a hope to be able to get over there as well some time in the foreseeable future.
    And also nice to see you actually met Michael when you were around that parts of the island anyway :)
    And that Guiness really sets into the stomach for a while… me thinks. It’s nice enough, though, as long as you don’t “eat” too much of it :)


  2. jonathon Campo says:

    Glad you are back Jim. That sounds like a very nice time, and a great start to a new chapter for both of you. I am looking forward to seeing your pictures. I really enjoy your work. Best wishes to you both.


  3. hmunro says:

    It sounds like you and Margaret had a great time. How wonderful, Jim! So happy for you both. I look forward to hearing more stories and photos as you find time to share them. Welcome home!


  4. DougD says:

    Great, looking forward to some photos and stories now that you’re back.
    Never been to Ireland but Mrs DougD and I did a trip to the Lake District in England when we were new-ishly married in 2000. We found it very civilized to go for a nice scenic hike then arrive at a 200 year old pub for beer and sandwiches with too much butter. Good times!


  5. Christopher Smith says:

    Welcome Back Jim glad you both had a wonderful Holiday/Honeymoon look forward to your stories and photos. I went to Ireland once when I was a wee lad, did a weeks trip in a horse drawn Gypsy type caravan in Southern Ireland around Cork and Kinsale.


  6. Hi Jim – it was great to meet both you and Margaret. Actually it was a little surreal, since our paths only crossed via our blogs – but it was great to be able to spend a couple of hours with you guys for real, so to speak. Thanks for taking time out to stop by my little neck of the woods. Portrush, a dander around the West Strand and Ramore Head, The Habour Bar and Guinness! And the sun shone! Well, of course the sun always shines in Ireland, as we all know :) Glad you made it home safely and look forward to seeing some of your shots of your trip. Best, Michael


    • Michael, we both enjoyed meeting you as well! This isn’t the first time I’ve met someone I only knew online first and the experience is always a little surreal. Both of us keep talking about the wonderful afternoon you showed us. Thank you so much!


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