Exploring Ireland

7 Oct

A couple of weekends ago while the weather was still favorable I had the chance to escape Dublin for the afternoon and drive along the coast. The beauty of living in Dublin is that you can leave at anytime and in a matter of minutes you can find yourself driving under a canopy of trees surrounded by the woods or driving along the coast.
IMG_0960For lunch I went to Fern House Cafe at Avoca. Avoca was established in 1723 and wove fabric. Later on the company began to produce colored fabric which became their trademark.The company was later expanded to a cafe and a shop which sells goods made with the traditional Avoca fabric as well as other little trinkets made in Ireland and food. The restaurant prepared a delicious home cooked Irish meal and the scenery of the garden was enchanting.

After lunch we drove out of Wicklow and made our way to the coast. Wicklow’s rich greenery and green-country-road-near-Oonagh-Bridge-Enniskerry-Wicklow-Irelandcharming mountains made for a drive. It is said that Wicklow was founded by the Vikings 795AD and declared to be Ireland’s last county. The name “Wicklow”, an Anglicisation of Wykynlo – believed to be old Norse for “Viking Land”. Since then Wicklow has been known for many other historical happenings including; the “Wicklow Gold Rush” in 1796, Great Famine, in the late 1840s, that resulted with an influx of starving refugees coming to Wicklow and the development of the “Military Road” in the early 19th century.

Dun Leary coastEnding the afternoon on the coast with a breathtaking sunset I found myself in Dunleary. Although, this city was not always called Dunleary. From 1821 to 1920 it was a small fishing village that was called Kingstown due to King George IV visit there and due to the fact Ireland was under British rule. Dunleary is the english translation for this historical town who’s name in Irish is Dún Laoghaire. While driving along the glistening waterfront I also passed the James Joyce Tower. This tower was built in 1804, one of a series of fifteen similar towers built around Dublin to counter the threat of an invasion by Napoleon. About forty feet high walls with walls eight feet thick this tower’s architecture was based on the design of a tower on Cape Mortella in Corsica which had resisted a British attack in 1794.

I hope to stumble across more of Irelands secluded enchanting scenery and historical monuments during my next afternoon drive.

Bibliography
http://www.avoca.ie/home/explore/our-company/history/
http://www.dun-laoghaire.com/harbour.html
http://visitwicklow.ie/towns-villages/wicklow-town/
http://www.gardenofireland.com/wicklow_history.php
http://www.dun-laoghaire.com/harbour.html
http://jamesjoycetower.com

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