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  Derry City

Mon 27-Oct 03	Derry - Dublin		(Bank Holiday in The Republic of Ireland)

Had another tasty B&B breakfast and then went for a wander into Central Derry to see the old walled section of the City.  We walked all the way around the top of the wall - very cool!  There were numerous gates (with roads running through them), ramparts with Canons etc.  Halloween is also very big in Ireland and there were street stalls all over the place selling related T-Shirts, costumes, masks etc, as well as window paintings and signs with all manner of witches and ghosts. 

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The walled City of Derry, Co. Derry

Bishop's Gate

On the North-western corner were large army watch/listening towers overlooking the 'Bogside' (traditionally Catholic) area, where the Bloody Sunday memorial and the (in)famous murals.  A very political city with a history of violence but it was very interesting, pretty and did feel safe (although just a little uncomfortable being in the shadow of fortified guard towers).  Unfortunately we had to be back in Dublin for work tomorrow, as we would have liked to have stayed and explored longer than we did.

Army Post and City Walls overlooking the Bogside area

   

Murals in the Bogside

After a complete circuit of the walls we wandered along the River Foyle waterfront a little before deciding we'd better get back on the road to Dublin as it was about midday.

The quaint Craft Village, Derry

The Witch at 'Tracy's Bar', Derry

After leaving Derry we headed in the general direction of Creggan or Cookstown in search of the Beaghmore Stone Circles.  After a bit of searching and getting rather lost and disoriented we did actually find them (quite to our surprise).  We also stumbled upon the rather picturesque Davagh Forest and then found a road heading to Dublin.

The Beaghmore Stone Circles, Co. Tyrone

A great (5-day) long weekend away - very beautiful everywhere especially with all the autumn colours.

Fri 31-Oct 03    Dublin - saw Deirdre O'Kane @ Vicar Street 

Went to see the Comedienne Deidre O'Kane at Vicar Street, Dublin.  A great show - she was very funny, which I guess is what one looks for in a comic.  The supporting act was Patrick McDonnell, aka Eoin McLove from Father Ted (the episode 'Night of the Nearly Dead').


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