On May 17, we all flew from Austin to Dublin. We landed in Dublin at 6:00am Dublin time and were met at the airport by our awesome driver, Des, with whom we would spent the next six days traveling to beautiful and fascinating parts of Ireland.
We hopped in his van and drove first to Cashel to visit the Rock of Cashel. We had lunch in Cashel and drove on to Blarney Castle near Cork and its beautiful gardens and then on to Kenmare for the beginning of a great two days at the Park Hotel in Kenmare. Tha first night was also our first sleep in something like 36 hours. By Kenmare, we absolutely crashed. But by any measure, ours was a very full first day in Ireland.