Some of you may have celebrated this past weekend, and some of you may celebrate today. Either way, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This year’s holiday seems to be giving way to a little bit of a brighter outlook as far as being able to get back to life as usual.
Continuing the theme of sharing my Irish art, we’ll finish up a few more pieces. To see my complete gallery of work based on travels to Ireland, go here.
A year ago, I published a series of posts around a Virtual Tour of Ireland. With March upon us, I figured it was time for some more thoughts and images of Ireland. The series includes most of my original Irish art, but I found a few more.
Below is a painting I finished after spending time in Kinsale, a historic port and fishing town in County Cork, Ireland.
You may remember the “Virtual Tour of Ireland” series a few months back. Out of that trip came a few paintings that we can refer to as “the pipers”. The Irish bagpipes, sometimes referred to as uilleann pipes, must have made an impression on me, because going through the inventory recently, it seems I turned out quite a few after that trip. Here are two below.
Continuing our virtual tour of Ireland takes us on to the Ring of Kerry. If you missed the previous posts, in this series, start here.
Dingle to the Ring of Kerry
After leaving Dingle, it’s on to the Ring of Kerry. Paul Brown of Kenmare Taxi & Tours was the guide for this leg of the tour. Leaving Dingle offered a chance to take in the breathtaking view at the top of Conor Pass, one of the highest points in Ireland.
Driving this route is not for the faint of heart. The road weaves its way around sharp cliffs. There are some narrow passes where only one vehicle can pass, and drivers need to stay alert. Thankfully, Paul Brown’s skillful driving meant the trip down was pure enjoyment. This video gives a sense of the pass, along with some commentary from Paul. Paul is an expert guide and offers tours of Kerry and beyond. Make sure your speakers are on! Yes, the video looks upside down, but it will play in the right orientation.
Next Stop: Killarney National Park
Since they had two days with Paul on the Ring of Kerry, he was able to take them on a lesser-traveled route through the Macgillycuddy Reeks down to Killarney National Park.
Killarney National Park
Killarney is a town on the shores of Lough Leane in County Kerry. Next door is Killarney National Park. There are many things to see and do in the Park, including the Victorian mansion Muckross House.
A popular activity is to hire a jaunting car in Killarney town. Jaunting cars are a traditional feature of the National Park. Below is a rendering of the jaunting drivers around Muckross.
Killarney is a busy tourist town as it’s the most frequented overnight stop for tourists visiting the Ring of Kerry and Killarney National Park. This painting is of the corner where Casey’s combination audio/visual and liquor store sits.
Kenmare is also a great launching point for the Ring of Kerry. The town is quieter than Killarney but filled with interesting and friendly places.
Stay tuned for our last post in this series, where we’ll wrap it up with some final thoughts and pieces of art from some other areas of Ireland.
We hope you are enjoying the virtual tour of Ireland.
Our hearts go out to all of the people that helped to make our various trips to Ireland special. We know that the current situation is making life difficult for people at home and abroad. We are looking forward to the day we can get back to Ireland and other beloved spaces!