Our flight from the UK arrived in Dublin early in the day so we took the first available bus to Cork. From here, it was only a short (30 min) bus ride to Blarney, the site of a castle and a small stone slab reputed to grant life-long eloquence to all who give it a kiss.
The gardens were also quite impressive, like the illustrations you'd find accompanying a fairy tale.
We then made our way to Killarney, a small city on the west coast of Ireland and very close to the Ring of Kerry, supposedly one of the country's prettiest sites. Unfortunately, we never got as far as the Ring, but did find a national park and Ross Castle nearby.
Next: the search for Mike's Irish roots!