Anyone for a swim...?
Born in a place surrounded by sea and mountains, for me, the sea means serenity and calm, the mountains mean life and peace. The week before I went on this trip, I met a girl on holiday from Dublin. Once she found out I was going to her home place and found out how passionate I am for being near the sea, she suggested I go to Brittas Bay. When we arrived we parked in the car park for 5E and walked along the dunes to this 5km stretch of beautiful white sand dunes and clean beach. The plan was to make a stop on our way down to Waterford and have lunch at Brittas Bay but... we didn't see a place where you could have something to eat or have a cup of coffee, so I would suggest, if you are thinking about going for the day you take some sandwiches with you and make the time to take it all in. It is a very picturesque place of natural beauty. As my friend Claire proudly mentioned, this beach won a European Union Blue Flag (the international emblem for the highest quality beach areas in Europe.) I couldn't agree more... ideal for swimming, providing it's warm or just go for it... take a walk and admire the wildlife species if lucky, and admire its delicate plants.
No doubt this is a very popular place for day tripping Dubliners etc., but I would not have known about it if it weren't for Claire. I imagine it would also get quite busy on good sunny days, so not sure if the parking would be a problem.
- Water Sports
- Sailing and Boating
Check out Browne's Hill Dolmen...
Check out Browne's Hill Dolmen near Carlow. Browne's Hill Dolmen is the largest of its kind in Europe with the capstone alone weighing 100 tonnes. The dolmen dates from around 2500 BC and is thought to have been the burial place of a local king.
IS THIS THE REAL "HOLLYWOOD" ?
The tiny village of Hollywood is located near the Wicklow Gap road, near its junction with the N81 national secondary road and if the story is to be believed one of the village residents gave the name to the more famous Hollywood in the USA. While on a day tour by coach the driver explained that one of the villagers, Mathew Guirke emigrated to America in 1850 with his family to escape the potato famine, but he traveled to many places in America learning different trades and doing different jobs along the way. Some years later he bought a race track and started a small community and called it Hollywood after his village. And according to the coach driver this is the same Hollywood that we know today.
I did not do any research on this until now and Wikipedia fails to mention this in either of the entries in the two different Hollywoods, but i did find this interesting link that i posted below. Read for yourself and make your own mind up.
The village even has the same sign on the hill as its more famous cousin.
HOLLYWOOD POST OFFICE & THE AMERICAN CONNECTION
I bet when young Matthew Guirk emigrated to America in the mid 19th century to escape from the famine he would not have expected that his family would still be running the small post office in his home village of 100 residents, Hollywood. Many tourists stop in front of the post office to have their photo taken with the famous "Hollywood" letters on the nearby hill. In fact his great grand nephew, Jim Guirk ran the post office until he died in 2003. The post office closed for good last year (2014).
Read more in the link below.
The Great Sugarloaf Mountain...
The Great Sugarloaf Mountain not to be missed, to enable you to capture an impressive sight of the “Garden of Ireland”. It's simply breathtaking from the top of this mountain.
A neat little village on our...
A neat little village on our way to Glendalough. The medieval church (see pic) is lovely, isn't it?