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Visiting Ireland 2019: Best of the rest

From Westport, we drove through Connamara, then flew to Inisheer, smallest of the three Aran Island. On our return to the mainland, we made a short stop in Galway, then drove south to North Kerry, my grandparent’s homeland.

A stunning view in Connemara, south of Westport.

A road in Inis Oirr (Inisheer), with An Súnda Salach (Foul Sound) at right.

Buskars in the Latin Quarter, Galway city.

Looking west at late dusk from the sea cliffs at Ballybunion, in North Kerry, with 15th century castle ruin at right. The land in the distance is Loop Head Pinensula, County Clare.

This is my last post from the road. More photos and reporting from this visit will appear in future articles. Previous posts:

Two of three Aran Islands require water imports

Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Two of the three Aran Islands are running dry of drinking water and have required a massive importing operation from Galway. Inis Meain and Inis Oirr need the help, while the largest island, Inis Mor, has so far avoided problems, the Irish Independent reports.

The problem is caused by a combination of low rainfall, porous limestone terrain that makes it difficult to retain water in reservoirs, and high supply demand from visiting summer tourists.