We were blessed with the opportunity to take a 12-day family vacation to Ireland touring the entire country. One thing Danelle really wanted to do while we were there (and that I thought was pretty cool, too) was stay in a castle, so we went a little early and tacked on a couple of nights at Dromoland Castle near Shannon.
Brian Boru, the High
King of Ireland.
Wikipedia begs to differ, saying instead that the first building constructed here seems to have been a tower house built in the 15th or early 16th century. A thousand years would seem to be a fairly significant discrepancy. But whatever the case, the place is pretty cool.
53rd parallel passes through Ireland. For an idea of how far north that is, the 53rd parallel also passes through the Aleutian Islands. Which explains why the sun doesn't set until after 10 p.m. But when it did set over Dromoland Lough, it was pretty nice -- even with a fairly heavy cloud cover.
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