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Ireland 2007: Day 3 - Part II


We left Waterville and drove up into the mountains to see spectacular views! It was clear enough that we were able to see the Skellig Islands.

We stopped for more photos at Cooma Cista to look out on Skellig's Bay - more glorious views! Actually the entire day was filled with sight after sight of tremendous scenery. Extra fun was had when Johnny began dancing with Pam and Joanne to the music of an accordian player! They were pretty good, too.

A visit to the town of Sneem showed off a lively main street with all the store fronts painted in bright colors. Many enjoyed homemade ice cream - others enjoyed shopping! The church in Sneem has a fish atop its steeple - in memory of the Irish famine, as the waterfront town was able to sustain its population by living off the water.

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