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St. Mary's in downtown Killarney.

Day two: Killarney


We woke up a little later than we wanted […. like at noon] and went to get our rental car. But Kilarney doesn’t have an airport, so the nearest care hire was at the nearest airport in Kerry. So we took a cab to the Kerry airport, checked in with Hertz. We made sure to get an automatic to make the transition easier.


For those that don’t already know, in Ireland they drive on the left hand side of the road and the steering wheel is on the right hand side of the car.


My friend decided that she didn’t want to drive at all, so I became the designated driver by default.

I LOVE how all the buildings look like this! In Alaska plants growing on the side of a building is bad.
I am naturally a worrisome driver, so I was pretty nervous at first, but surprisingly driving wasn’t all that difficult to get used to.


I think the most confusing part of driving over there is the roads. They are more narrow then any two lane road I’ve seen in the US and In Ireland the yellow line is on the side of the road and the solid white line is in the middle of the road, which is yet another thing that is completely flipped from the way we are used to in the states.  Oh and did I mention the roads are narrow!? It took some getting used to for sure.


Anyway, once getting comfortable with the driving we decided to find the actual town of Kilarney. We found the town all right, but finding a specific street proved to be a bit more difficult than we thought it would be. In the city the street signs are not on posts like in the US they are on the sides of buildings in what seemed to be completely random places.

So we literally drove in about 50 circles trying to find a restaurant that was recommended to us, before we decided to just park and wander around.


We walked thru downtown Killarney and looked at some shops. We wandered over to St. Mary’s Church of Ireland. It was a beautiful church, I would have loved to have taken pictures of all the stained glass and all the detailed work on the wall inside but there were people praying inside and I didn’t want to be rude. So I just recommend going and seeing for your self.


After we finally found the restaurant that we were told about we sat down to eat dinner. I think the place was called Danny Mann’s. But I could be wrong. It was good food, but pretty typical of any restaurant really. Nothing to write home about.


Then after dinner we drove in about 40 more circles trying to find Ross castle.

[It probably isn’t that hard to navigate in Ireland, it’s just the two of us weren’t the best at it.] It was getting dark when we finally found the castle. We saw a bunch of deer in the trees in the parking lot. We then walked around the castle and took pictures. The lake was quiet and pretty, with swans and ducks swimming around. 


On our way back to the car we stopped and talked with some local fishermen. One was actually named Patty the other was Bill. They were nice guys who used to work at the Midleton Distillery in Co Cork. They said they would give us a tour of the factory if we were headed south, so we took their phone number just in case. But we never did call because our plans had us heading north.


It was a Sunday night so there wasn’t much of a nightlife in Killarney that night. So we tried to find a liquor store to bring some beer back to the Hostel, but we couldn’t find one and none of the stores had any beer. So we gave up and grabbed some sodas and snacks and some Irish magazines and headed back to the hostel to catch up on all the Irish movie star’s gossip.


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St. Marys in downtown Killarney.
St. Mary's in downtown Killarney.
I LOVE how all the buildings look …
I LOVE how all the buildings look…
I love the bright orange of this h…
I love the bright orange of this …
We slept on the bottom bunks.
We slept on the bottom bunks.
inside our room at the hostel
inside our room at the hostel
photo by: Paulovic