Ireland … Clonegal, a town less traveled

bridge4A few years back Tony Hanks, lost a bet and as a result, had to hitch hike around Ireland with a fridge.  He wrote a book about his travels (Round Ireland with a fridge) and because of the book’s popularity a movie was made.

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Click on round ire1 for the trailer.

I liked the book but I haven’t seen the movie.  He and his fridge  made their way from Dublin to Donegal, from Sligo through Mayo, Galway, Clare, Kerry, Cork, Wexford, Wicklow–and back again to Dublin. In their month of madness, Tony and his fridge met a real prince, a bogus king, and the fridge got christened. They surfed together, entered a bachelor festival, and one of them had sex without the other knowing. And unexpectedly, the fridge itself became a momentary focus for the people of Ireland.

…but they never made it to Clonegal.

Clonegal is a Switzerland like village in the southeast of County Carlow, Ireland.  The Irish name for it is Cluain na nGall, meaning “meadow of the foreigners”.  It is just over a mile north of where the River Slaney and the River Derry meet.

It is the home of Huntington Castle built in 1625.  The stained glass windows in the oldest section of the castle are of a family tree design in which the name of William Penn is prominently displayed.  I asked about this and was told that the family at one point owned Pennsylvania.  Right.  The castle was also the setting for Stanley Kubrick’s movie Barry Lyndon.

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Clonegal was recently selected the Tidiest Village in Ireland 2014.  Clonegal also was awarded a “Gold” medal making it the 5th Gold medal in five successive years.
  And as they say a picture is worth a thousand words….

osborn3He seems to be overjoyed at finishing his hike on the Wicklow Way or had one too many at Osborne’s and will craw up to Johnny Dunnes.

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clonegal signThe way to Clonegal.

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The Yew Walk.  These trees are said to be over 800 years old.

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View from the castle window.

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This sign is more appropriate in the United States Senate chambers.

 

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Home of Artist Mark O’Neil and his Millhouse Studio.

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Sha-Roe Bistro and Main Street

 osbornJack Purcell’s old pub now Osborne’s

band of brothersA Mark O’Neil painting

cas drivemantel piece (226x101) (2)Home of Brow Studio.  A driftwood art gallery.    www.driftwoodartdesigns.com

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This latest award for Clonegal is quite an accomplishment  and the people responsible for making this beautiful village what it is today should be acknowledged for their hard work and effort.  Those that live here are very proud of “the town less traveled” and we thank you and salute you all.

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