Ireland 2014

Irish Jaunting Car Tour

 

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By Jannet Walsh
From Murdock, Minn.

This is a guided tour by jaunting car, a traditional horse dawn carriage, by Martin McCarthy of Killarney, Ireland.  McCarthy is called a jarvey, a jaunting car driver.  He gives visitors guided tours in the Killarney National Park, area lakes, Muckross House and more, sharing history and folklore in the traditional Irish taxi.

The jaunting car is pulled by Jessie, a gelding Gypsy Vanner Horse.  McCarthy also operates a bed and breakfast at his home called Shepherd’s Lodge.  The commute to work is easy as he boards his horses at home and drives his jaunting car to Killarney’s jaunting car center in town where tourists can take a ride or can also be picked up at their hotels.

Family photographs are included of my Irish family, originating from Killarney and Kilkenny, Ireland.

 

Traditional Irish Music

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By Jannet Walsh
From Murdock, Minn.

This is an example of a traditional Irish music session, Feb. 2, 2014, in Killarney Ireland.  An Irish music gathering is also known in Irish Gaelic as a ceilidh, a gathering for traditional Irish music, featuring local musicians, and often storytellers.

Buckley’s Bar in Killarney, attached to the Arbutus Hotel, was started in 1926 by Tim Buckely, a fan of traditional Irish music, according to Arbutus’ website.

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Details:  Jan. 29 to Feb. 8, 2014
Killarney, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland

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