Photos by: Philip Galvin

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The following pictures of Northern Ireland were taken on a one day bus tour from Belfast to Giant's Causeway.


1. Giant's Causeway(Unesco World Heritage Site)

The Legend

Irish giant Fionn mac Cumhail and Scotish big man Benandonner were hurling insults at each other until Fionn built a path of stepping stones to reach Scotland. The path was ripped up by Benandonner. The result was the Giant's Causeway. 






Lava cools and cracks into hexagonal formation.



2. Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge


The expanse is 18 yards and the bridge will swing in the wind or when people are walking across it. 






 3. Road Side Attractions from GIant's Causeway to Belfast




Dunluce Castle

14th century stronghold. it was abandoned in 1641 two years after part of the kitchen collapsed into the sea during a storm killing serveral servants.




Old Bushmill Distillery Company 







4. Northern Ireland Coastline












Our bus stopped in this seaside town before returning to Belfast   









Carrickfergus Castle

12th century Norman Castke situated in a town of Carrickfergus in County Antrim on the northern shore of Belfast Lough. 

It is one of the best preserved medieval structures in Northern Ireland.  Until 1928, the castle played an important military role. 








1. Kerry District Countryside 









2. Ballycarbery Castle


  This castle was build in 16th century but the site was actually used between 1398 to 20th centry.



3. Cahergall Stone Fort 


A  stone ringfort (cashel) built in 7th century AD for defending a farmstead.Walls are 4 meters high and 5 meters thick.



Entrance to fort











View from the Cahergall Fort















Quick historical references to Ireland.

400 BC Celtic tribes invaded Ireland

432  Christianity was brought to Ireland by St. Patrick 

795  Vikings began to raid Ireland

1014 At Clantarf, Brian Boru defeated the Vikings  

1541 Ireland's Parliament was forced to declare Henry VII to be a king

1603  Elizabeth I ended revolts in Ulster

1649  Oliver Cromwell crushed an Irish revolt against England. He took

          many political rights and land away from Irish Catholics 

1690  In the Battle of the Boyne, The English defeated James II and 

         Irish forces. 

1801 Ireland became part of the UK of Great Britain and Ireland

1845-1847 About 750,000 people were killed by a potato famine 

1916  In Dublin, the Easter Rebellion against British rule broke out.

1921  It became a dominion of Great Britain called the Irish Free State

1949 Ireland declared itself a republic

1955 Ireland joined the United Nations

1973 Ireland became a member of the European Community