Wednesday, 24 May 2017

SAFE HAVENS


Following our visit to Woodfield’s Cottage Market we took ourselves off on an adventure.
Driving along the roads of Tipperary, which border the banks of Lough Derg, we visited a couple of the harbours which provided safe havens for the pleasure craft that sail its’ waters.

A crowded signpost with misleading signs
because the road sign did actually
read COOLBAUN.


Brockagh Harbour
the name translates to na brocaí and may mean a dirty (muddy ?) place. 
It certainly has nothing to do with badgers for it is very low lying 
and floods in the winter.


Map of an interesting walk for those whose legs are up to it !


Dromineer Harbour


The name Dromineer in Irish is "Drom Inbhir"
meaning the back or the ford of the river. 



Well, this one could certainly carry a lot of baggage!

Here is an old lady named Miranda that is made of iron - I bet she could tell some tales!

On the skyline are the hills of County Clare in the Province of Munster.
County Tipperary in the Province of Leinster is a long county that shares it boundaries with two provinces in seven other counties: Waterford,Cork and Clare in Munster, Limerick, Kilkenny, Offaly and Laois in Leinster and Galway in Connaught. Five of these are land borders apart from Clare and Galway, which are watery borders. These two counties are divided by Lough Derg, Loch Deirgeirt, meaning "loch of the red eye”’

Ireland’s longest river, The Shannon, which takes its’ name from the goddess Sionnan, flows through the Lough to emerge on her way to the sea on the far side of Limerick City.


Those of you looking for a place to live in Ireland with a grand view 
of Lough Derg might consider this?

Dromineer Bay




22 comments:

  1. I love that you translate things, do you speak Gaelic?

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    1. I speak sufficiently to get around and actually know more words than I actually utter.

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  2. Hi Mel - it's a delight to travel with you ... and I get to see a bit more of the country ... and the more I learn ... lovely, thank you - cheers Hilary

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    1. You are very welcome Hilary and thank you for the comment.

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  3. Beautiful, beautiful. The boats, the harbours, those place names. Thanks for another glimpse of your homeland

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    1. Thank you LA !
      So are you going to relocate and renovate a castle ? :-)

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    2. Renovate? No way. Buy a castle and move in when someone else has renovated, definitely Yes....in my dreams
      ..

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    3. Enjoy your dreams LA!
      I doubt that you would swop the warmth of where you live for the generally rainy island where I live :-)

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  4. There is no country more beautiful than that on a day when the sky is blue.

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    1. I cannot argue with you on that Pat, for Ireland is incredibly beautiful when the sunshines.

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  5. I wish I could have been with you on that lovely trip, Mel! Wonderful harbours, beautiful water, great boats and barges and stunning scenery. What more could a Val ask?

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    1. " What more could a Val ask?" - Only to be there and breathe in the experience , I suppose.
      Thank you for commenting.

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  6. Is that last place move-in-ready?!? I'll take it! (Although it looks to be just a bit drafty.)

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    1. That place... needs a bit more than mod cons me thinks! Although a friend of mine did undertake such a project with a tower house in mid Tipperary check out http://ornatum.eu/9.0.html?&L=0

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  7. Looks like a great location, but the place is going to need a little work. :)

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    1. Ah' Bill, something to do in your spare time as a hobby perhaps :-)

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  8. Thanks for your comments on my blog. We met the Baglady last year. Lovely crew. Your blog brought back happy memories of Lough Derg last year....despite the weather! We will be on her again next week. All being well.

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    1. Thanks Quisma we very much like visiting Lough Derg, although unlike yourselves our visits are from the banks. Have you ever ventured past Killaloe and down to Limerick ?

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  9. The barges are beautiful. I think you may have posted an idea for Pete's next project! Xxx

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    1. Thank you Fran and now I'm intrigued about Pete's next project.

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