Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Gone to Ireland

Rex and Denise left early this morning for Ireland. In doing some research I found out a few facts about it. Ireland is the 3rd largest island in Europe and the twentieth-largest island in the world. It lies to the north-west of continental Europe and is surrounded by hundreds of islands and islet. To the east of Ireland, separated by the Irish Sea, is the island of Great Britain. Politically, the state Ireland (described as the Republic of Ireland in cases of ambiguity) covers five-sixths of the island, with Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom, covering the remainder in the north-east. The population of the island is slightly over 6 million (2007), with 4.4 million in the Republic of Ireland (1.7 million in Greater Dublin) and an estimated 1.75 million in Northern Ireland (800,000 in Greater Belfast).

A few places they may see while there ~

The Blarney Castle

The Spire of Dublin

Cliffs of Moher

The Ha'penny Bridge

and of course.....

The Irish Elk or Giant Deer, (Megaloceros giganteus), is one of the largest that ever lived in Ireland and could possibly be an ancestor to Thunderhoof. The species has been carbon dated to 11,000 years ago. Its old common name ‘Irish Elk’ is misleading and skeletons have been found in the Irish bogs. The Irish Elk stood about 6.9 feet tall at the shoulders, and it also had the largest antlers. Maybe Rex and Denise can make it over to the Natural History Museum in Dublin to see the skeletons of the Giant Deer.

Safe Travels and God Speed!
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The Hunter's Wife said...

I'm sure they will have a wonderful time and it sounds like there is lots to see.

CDGardens said...

Wow! Looks like a lot of wonderful sites to see on Rex and Denises' trip across the ocean.

Best wishes to them.

Othmar Vohringer said...

I have traveled extensively in Ireland in the early 90’s and fell in love with that country. It is hard to find nicer and more hospitable people anywhere in the world and the countryside are something to be seen to believe. Ireland is hands down one of the most beautiful countries in the world, especially the southern part. The north of Ireland is depressing, like a huge concentration camp where everybody has to be very careful what they say and where they go.