Sunday, June 4. We left Ballymacoda and and drove into Cork, where we visited the Cork City Gaol, complete with audio tour, somewhat creepy replicas and recreations of life in the gaol in the late 1800s, and graffiti from the political prisoners held here during the Easter Uprising.
Holly had just discovered her potential Irish heritage on this trip
and was excited to see the name "Barrett" (her dad's last name at
birth) among the graffiti. Perhaps there's a genetic explanation for
her interest in politics and protest?
After an overpriced-and-unsatisfying lunch at Luigi Malone's
(apparently the Carlos O'Kelly's of Ireland), we headed out through
County Kerry to the Ring of Kerry. The landscape along here is really
amazing; it changes from farmland to rolling hills to stunning cliffs
overlooking the ocean. Eventually we headed out the Skellig Ring to
our destination for that
night: Beach Cove B&B,
situated on the Ring between the tiny towns of Ballinskelligs and
When we got to Beach Cove, we were delighted to see that our cat
drought was at an end! They had a mother cat (dubbed "Meow Meow" by
Holly) who'd just had three kittens (who Holly named "Freckles aka
Fierce", "Li'l Smokey", and "Old Blue Eyes"), as well as a white
female (dubbed "Dirtball") who was extremely sweet but more than a little
mangy-looking. Dirtball was kind enough to accompany us on a walk down
to the beach, since she happened to be going that way anyway.
We had dinner in Portmagee, where we checked out the boats we'd be
taking out to Skellig Michael the next day.