Ireland: Third time's a charm

I have been fortunate to travel to Ireland with my husband Tim twice before (that's about 40 times less than him but who's counting?), but having just been married in November, this was our first trip together as husband and wife and this visit felt particularly special. This time, I skipped the photos of rolling hills and stouts and enjoyed just spending time with family and friends instead. We did take a couple of short day trips and soaked up a bit of culture while we were at it... here are a few snaps from "in-the-meantime"....

At the top of 100+ steps at Bantry House & Garden http://www.bantryhouse.com/bantryhouse/

At the top of 100+ steps at Bantry House & Garden http://www.bantryhouse.com/bantryhouse/

Some of the giraffes at Fota Island Wildlife park    http://www.fotawildlife.ie

Some of the giraffes at Fota Island Wildlife park    http://www.fotawildlife.ie

Thirsty....???

Thirsty....???

*Sllllluuuuuurrrrppp* yum!

*Sllllluuuuuurrrrppp* yum!

A beautiful post-supper view of Inchydoney Beach 

A beautiful post-supper view of Inchydoney Beach 

Farm charm

Farm charm

Hanging around with cousin Anna, age 6

Hanging around with cousin Anna, age 6

Ease on  down the road...

Ease on  down the road...

Did you know? "Over 160 years ago, Henry Ford’s grandfather, John, and father, William, left their Irish homeland in search of prosperity in the ‘New World.’"

Did you know? "Over 160 years ago, Henry Ford’s grandfather, John, and father, William, left their Irish homeland in search of prosperity in the ‘New World.’"

Clonakilty Point to Point Race, Inchydoney Island

Clonakilty Point to Point Race, Inchydoney Island

On the final jump of the final race, this horse (who was favored to win) sadly fell and broke its leg.  We were standing very close and it was difficult to watch such a large, strong, animal go down so fast and hard.  As we walked away in sadness, we learned the horse would shortly be shot and killed as it was no longer fit to race- Something we also learned was not only necessary but common.  One of the most culturally shocking events I've ever experienced anywhere, and a reminder that life can be cruel and unfair, no matter what the odds.   

On the final jump of the final race, this horse (who was favored to win) sadly fell and broke its leg.  We were standing very close and it was difficult to watch such a large, strong, animal go down so fast and hard.  As we walked away in sadness, we learned the horse would shortly be shot and killed as it was no longer fit to race- Something we also learned was not only necessary but common.

One of the most culturally shocking events I've ever experienced anywhere, and a reminder that life can be cruel and unfair, no matter what the odds.