Ireland · photography

Have a spot of tea … Ireland

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To be honest I’m not sure where I took these photos of these cool teacups and teapots, I just know they were somewhere on our fifth day of our trip!

Although I wanted to buy a teacup while on my trip I could never make up my mind on which one to buy! At the end of my trip I realized I had more fun photographing the cups and pots as much as I would have had buying one!

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Just loved this sign…

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Until next time, LAF

Day Trips · Ireland · photography

Holy Trinity Abbey Church – Adare, Ireland

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After walking thru the thatched cottages we were able to go in the Holy Trinity Abbey Church in Adare. I love old beautiful churches and took a moment to light a candle and say a prayer for my dad and other family members that have passed.

Check out more on the church at adareparish.ie.

Holy Trinity Abbey Church is part of our heritage here in Adare – we view it with pride and gratitude. There is no record of the precise date of the foundation, the only Trinitarian Abbey in Ireland, but sources suggest that it was established between 1230 and 1240. Dissolved in 1560’s, the Abbey eventually became a ruin. In 1809 the 2nd Earl of Dunraven restored the ruins of the Trinitarian Abbey and gave it to the Catholic Church in Adare. No major structural changes have taken place since 1884 though several modifications and much development have happened during that time. A major programme of critical repairs and elective works, was commenced in Summer 2010 to preserve this treasure in our midst. In 2011, the bicentennial anniversary of the church will be held when we will celebrate that we had the courage both to ensure the viability of the building and enhance the beauty of this place of worship, for future generations.

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Until next time, LAF

Ireland · photography

Dublin Castle – Dublin, Ireland

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On our first day, after shopping in the afternoon on Grafton Street we managed to locate Dublin Castle (which by the way after being awake for like 30 hours at this point wasn’t that easy).

Dublin Castle was built in the 13th century and was the center of British rule for over 700 years. Unfortunately, we did not get to go in the Castle as it was closed until July, 2013 for some reason or another. We then enjoyed the Chester Beatty Library with it’s beautiful ancient bound books and oriental art work. We also were able to enjoy the gardens by the Castle.

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I believe these are Bells of Ireland flowers:

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The snake in the garden…

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A beautiful gate in an area with sculptures for the Special Olympics…

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XOXO, L