In June 2011, I was fortunate enough to take an incredible ten day vacation in Ireland.  We started in Dublin, traveled across the country to the Connemara area, and then preceded to work our way down the southwest coast, before returning to the Dublin area for our departure.  This route took us through Clifden, Connemara National Park, Galway, the Aran Islands, Burren National Park, Doolin, the Dingle peninsula, the Kerry Peninsula, Kenmare, Cobh, Tipperary, and Trim.  This made for quite an exciting array of photography opportunities, and I will attempt to post some galleries of my favorite Irish places and photos as time allows.  Thanks to my sister, Lisa, who accompanied me on this trip, and who showed gracious patience (most of the time) while I played with my camera along the way.


This photo was taken in the Kerry Peninsula, at the site of a ring fort.  There is a second ring fort in the distance that you can pick out in the background behind me.  The weather on this particular day was a little chilly despite being the middle of June, and so I am sporting one of my Irish sweater purchases that got quite a bit of use on this trip!    This sweater was excellent at repelling water due to the natural oils in the wool; however, after being out in the misty rain for a while, I had the faint aroma of a wet sheep.  You have to love Irish sweaters, and can really visit Ireland without buying at least one?