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Sat 30-Jan-10
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Danny
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I found this link when I was searching for the Gabriel Potatoes that was mentioned in the link posted by Joanna on her Potatoes thread. The Gabriel refers to Mount Gabriel in West Cork and to a local cheese used in the dish.

But the Aran Lodge web site also has some nice little shots of the towns and villages in West Cork where I grew up. It really is a lovely part of the world.

Feel free to add your links.

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Sat 30-Jan-10
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Lovely images Danny, thank you.  I've been to Skibbereen and love it there.  A magical place to spend your childhood.  I must get the Bike Man to take me back to Ireland - I love it so.Heart

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Sat 30-Jan-10
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 Pictures are beautiful.  I have never been to Ireland, but have always wanted to go.  Perhaps some day I will make it.  Somehow think it would be my kind of place especially the west coast.

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Sat 30-Jan-10
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Looks beautiful Danny. My mother is planning a trip in the ridiculous pimms palace over to the south east coast of Ireland at the end of May. I've never been to the republic before, though I've been to Belfast loads of times, it's an awesome city.

I'm from Bristol originally, then grew up in Bath, but the place that feels like home is Aberystwyth. http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://ww.....n%26sa%3DG

I used to work in a shop there called Stars, http://www.shopatstars.com/ 

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We had a wonderful holiday staying in Bantry when I was a child.

It rained a lot, but was so beautiful. We drove around the ring of Kerry and the only other people we saw were two Chinese gentlemen on bicycles, the lady owner of Bantry House ( this was before it had been smartened up and restored) took us upstairs to the bedroom to show us bed made up with sheets that had belonged to Marie Antoinette-part of the haul one of her ancestors had picked up for a song in Paris at the time of the revolution, she was lovely but did smell VERY strongly of sherry, despite the earliness of the hour.

The most hilarious thing was one even more rainy than normal day some of the other guests at the hotel went to the cinema in Bantry and came back roaring with laughter as one of the films on the bill was a "Look at Life" film featuring my family- this had been made some years before, but films would spend years travelling the cinemas in those days!

The second most hilarious thing was my father getting the car stuck in a bog...

 I long to go back one day.

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Sat 30-Jan-10
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Ah, Toffeeapple, so you have been to Skibbereen! A really sweet little town. Many years ago it was reputed that the people were “snobby”

I never sensed that at all. My tiny village was eight miles east of Skib and 12 miles from Bantry. Back in the early 70s, property in the area was really dirt cheap and we had many British and European people, mostly  “hippies”, move in. It really rejuvenated the area over a period of time. They started the cottage cheese industry that has since taken hold in the region. It was a very good thing. But to the locals at that time it was akin to Martians Invade Planet Earth!

Danuta, I think that anybody who lives in the remote Scottish isles would feel totally at home on Ireland’s western seaboard. All you need is the ability to carry a conversation. And maybe consume the odd glass of Guinness (ask BS for advice). Somehow, I think that is easily within your compass!

Rae: I have been to many parts of Wales (regularly travel to Bridgend in S. Wales) but I have to sadly confess that I never heard of Aberystwyth. Somehow mid-Wales passed me by, or rather I passed it by. Maybe a new holiday destination for us. That site does paint an appealing picture. And, as regards the Stars web site, THAT IS TOTALLY YOU! TY.

Kate: We never knew that you and your family were film stars. All facts leak out slowly on this site!

I visited Bantry House once but probably after your visit because it is now like a National Trust property. It certainly is evocative of an age several centuries ago. Love the sherry bit!

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Danny said:

Ah, Toffeeapple, so you have been to Skibbereen! A really sweet little town.

I loved it and would happily stay there again.

Danuta,  All you need is the ability to carry a conversation. And maybe consume the odd glass of Guinness (ask BS for advice).

No need to have to carry a conversation - you'll be talking to Irish people for goodness sake!  And as for the Guinness, it slides down a treat.

Rae:  I never heard of Aberystwyth.

You'll never get a parking space in term time. 

Kate: We never knew that you and your family were film stars. All facts leak out slowly on this site!

Quickly - get a copy of the film and I'll trade you a copy of 'The Plank' with my other half in it!  Big_Laugh


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Ah now Danny I have a real problem - I do NOT like Guinness.  I think you are right, I must take lessons from BS.  Do you think I should go and visit her in France.  By the way I live on the Kyles of Bute. Although it is quite remote,  I still live on the mainland.  Despite my lack of Guinness drinking, I think I might cope with the crack and love the scenery in your beloved Ireland.  I've always wanted to go on one of these holidays with a horse and a gypsy caravan!!

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TA you are brilliant

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Embarassed Thank you!  (What did I do?)

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TA, you are so naughty. I love it!  Big_Laugh Big_Laugh Ok

Danuta, the trick with coming to terms with the Dark Drop is to be totally immersed in a great conversation. That way, you do not notice the sips going down and it just grows on you.

At least, that was my experience at age 7 (only joking. Honestly!)

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Just some of your comments    Smile Smile Smile   

Away to bed now, night night!

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Danny said:

TA, you are so naughty. I love it!  Big_Laugh Big_Laugh Ok

At least, that was my experience at age 7 (only joking. Honestly!)


Naughty? Moi?!  Monster  And I don't think you were joking - I caught my daughter at the gin - aged six...

Goodnight Danuta, I'm off too, have to listen to Brain of Britain.

Nignt night all!  Sleep well.

I'll try that again!

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don't get me started on the parking in Aber! Steam

The trick, as I found it, was to have your own driveway, and only use your car when going out of town. It's a small place, easy to get around on foot.

If you and Fn do go for a holiday Danny you might benefit from a hotel with parking, like the Belle Vue Royal or the Four Seasons. The best B&B is Sunnymeade, but they don't have any parking. Don't be fooled by the Parc Lodge. It has parking, but is in a stupid place, not easily walkable from the middle of town.

Ah Guinness, drink of the gods. Beautiful stuff. I started drinking wine when I was about 3, watered down of course, and progressed gradually to hiding vodka bottles around my room at 14. T'was a grand childhood Laugh

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