Caragh Lake is just visible off in the distance and the Caragh River is right next to the road. You can see the mist coming in.
Our next stop is Rossbeigh Beach. It is mostly empty this time of the year. This is one of the "Prove you are in Ireland" photos taken on the beach.
We stopped in a small town just down the road, I think it might have been Glenbeigh, and I had my first encounter with a pub. There were US license plates hanging behind the bar so I wandered over to look at them, two gentlemen who where having a pint (before lunch) asked "Are you on holiday, then?" Yes, I am. "Would you be from the States then?" Yes, I am (really all I have to do is open my mouth and speak to make that apparent!) "Where in the states?" I am from Missouri. Long pause and blank stares. "Would that be close to Arizoniay?" Not really. It would take two days to drive there. Missouri is in the middle (this soon becomes my standard) "Well, it is a big place, America." It really is. "Enjoy your holiday!" I will! Another cool thing was that they had their black and white collie dog with them in the pub!
We stopped for photos one more time before lunch between Glenbeigh and Kells for the ocean views. You can tell the weather is getting worse.
Daniel O'Connell Church in Cahersiveen. It was pouring down rain by then so I hustled inside! Beautiful stained glass windows behind the main altar and also behind the two side altars. I doubt my pictures do them justice!.
MacGillycuddy's Reeks which contains many of the highest mountains in Ireland. It is very green but very few trees, the exception there being the Sitka pine farms which are being subsidized by the government. There are ruins of houses all along the way, dating to the great potato famine which holds a place in their collective memory much like the War Between the States does in the US. Ever the builder's daughter I asked what the houses were made of, the old buildings are made of native gray limestone and the newer ones of cement block both are stuccoed and painted so it is very hard to tell how old a house is! Each house is ringed with pavement on three sides-no plantings like we have- the town houses and some country houses all have a short wall around the front. I asked Dennis about the why of that, I don't think he really knew as his answer was "It's traditional."
Arriving back in Killarney we are free for the night and I was invited to walk with Merry Lee and Jenni into the National Park, more on that tomorrow, then we dined in town on Fish and chips, yummo! Later I joined a group bound for a pub for traditional music and had my second Guiness!