Subject: Re: Southwestern Ireland
Hi, Lucy! I was in Ireland 1 year ago for 3 weeks. About the south-west. It's one of the most pleasant and friendly parts of Ireland. Try not miss Bantry bay, Glengarriff. This area is super-picturesque and totally different from other parts of the island - thanks to the Gulfstream. The climate is warm and there are even bamboo plants in Glengarriff. From the last take a bout to a tiny island called Garinish with its magnificient batanical gardens. It's about 20 min boat trip and on the way you will see also plenty of seals.

In Bantry, don't miss the Bantry House. You can stay in one of these villages for a very moderate price.

Near Cork you also must visit Blarney castle with its famous stone, Cobh, Kinsale and take a tour of the whole Beara peninsula.

In Cork itself I recommend you to visit St Anne's church to ring bells yourself. That's a special experience.

In the North don't miss the Giants causeway and the Antrim coast as whole, Ennikillen and baot trip of the Erne lake to the Devenish isalnd with its ancient monastery, castle Coole, Florence Court and of course the majestic Marble Arch Caves.

Have a nice trip, Alex Elbert, Jerusalem, Israel