At breakfast I asked around as to where I might be able to get one of the small Roundstone St Paddy's Day Posters that I'd seen in windows of businesses & vehicles around the village. When the lovely Eileen from Wits End B&B heard I was looking for one, she suddenly disappeared while we were still having our breakfast, returning 10 mins later with said poster! She'd apparently pinched it off a van parked down the street.... I think she did tell [not 'ask', I'll bet] the owner of the van that she was taking it! What a great gal she is & what a great souvenier of a wee village I absolutely loved!
|Bog land, Connemara|
|Kylemore Lough, Connemara|
|Freshly cut peat bricks stacked & drying, Connemara|
|Peat drying off in the fields, Connemara|
|The things you see on the road through Connemara, Co. Galway|
Next stop was Cong. An unlikely name for an Irish village I've always thought. The village is half Co. Galway & half Co. Mayo. It's a gorgeous place. There are several attractions well worth a visit here. Cong has been made popular in more modern times for it's connection with the movie "The Quiet Man"  starring John Wayne & Maureen O'Hara [a movie I've never actually seen].
|Cong Abbey [right], Cong, Co. Mayo|
|Celtic Cross Gravestones, Cong Abbey, Cong|
|Cong Abbey Archway, Cong, Co. Mayo|
|Stone Cottage, used as the Revd & Mrs Playfair's home in the movie The Quiet Man, Cong|
|Stone bridge, Cong, Co. Mayo|
|The ruins of Cong Abbey, Co. Mayo|
|Monk's Fishing House, Cong|
Story has it that a net would be set in the river via the hole in the floor. Once enough fish had been caught, a bell would be rung and the cook would come down from the abbey to gather the fish to cook up for dinner.
|Looking through the Archway gate toward the Monks Fishing House, Cong|
|Stone archway in the grounds of Cong Abbey, Co. Mayo|
|In the Woods, Cong Village|
|'The Quiet Man' Museum, Cong|
|Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo|
|Ashford Castle, Cong|
|Roscommon Castle, Roscommon|
|The ruins of Roscommon Castle, Roscommon|
|Abbeyshrule Cistercian Abbey, Co. Longford|
|Abbeyshrule, nr Ballymahon, Co. Longford|
|One of the many stone bridges over the Royal Canal, Abbeyshrule, Co. Longford|
Last year, Abbeyshrule was awarded the Tidy Town winner for 2012 & when you visit, you understand why.
|Bog Oak Sculpture of Abbeyshrule Cistercian Abbey, Abbeyshrule|
|Bog Oak Sculpture of Aeroplane honouring the connection with the nearby Aerodrome, Abbeyshrule, Co. Longford|
|Bog Oak Sculpture honouring the connection with the waterways that run through it, Abbeyshrule, Co. Longford|
|Donna with the owner of the house her Gt. Grandmother once lived in at Colehill|
We continued on to a nearby school at Tashinny where her gt. gt. grandfather was the first headmaster, then visited distant relatives just down the road whom Donna had been directed to, before her exhilerating journey around her ancestral home was complete.
|Marlinstown Court B&B, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath|