Daniel O'Connor was known as the Great Liberator because he was able to raise himself up to a position where (through peaceful demonstrations) he was able to free the Catholics from opressive taxes, get education for their children and other equalities from the English.
He died during the Potato Famine in 1847. So during our ride through the Ring of Kerry, we saw statues of Daniel O'Connor and Charlie Chaplin. We saw fairy forts or fairy rings (a ring of trees) and standing stones. We went through the Coomakesta Pass, paralleled the Kenmare River, saw Ballinskelligs Bay in the distance, passed through the town of Sneem, took pictures of the Lake of Killarney, and other many beautiful sights. But the Ring of Kerry should not be sped through on a bus. The best way to see it is to rent a car and bring a picnic lunch and when you find that special place that makes your heart sing, stop and stay for awhile.
Our Irish adventure concluded with a couple of hours at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a delightful reconstructed medieval castle and village. Our guide for the castle tour was wearing period clothing and although
they were cumbersome, the clothes of that time were necessary to stay warm. The ceilings were so high and there was so much stone work that there was no way of warming the rooms, even with their enormous fire places. The stroll through the village next door was interesting. You saw spinning and weaving, the apothicary shop, the tanning shop, the animals they were raising, the gardens they were growing, the blacksmith's forge, the doctor's house, the schoolhouse, the artisan's house, the pub and a thatched roofed farm house that looked to me to be a whole lot more confortable and warm than the castle for all it's elegance. One thing I hadn't seen before was how they placed the corn stacks on stone stands to keep the rodents out of them (see picture).
And so we came to the end of our most delightful 15 day journey. I hope this sharing might encourage you to visit this beautiful piece of God's old sod. The food was delicious, the people a delight,
the accommodations ellegant and comfortable and everyone speaks English. It's an easy travel. Try it you might like it.
In closing --- May the angels adore ye, and the devil ignor ye. --- Erin go braugh!!!