We toured southern and northern Ireland. It was shortly after the Good Friday Peace Accord, so we wanted to go in search of O'Neall ancestors ... whom we did not find.
Here is where we went.  Ireland 1997 tour Luimneach (Limerick) Castle  Luimneach Irish road, between Shannon, where we arrived, and Cashel  Ireland 1997 Ruined monastery, 13th century  Athassel Priory Round tower  Cashel
Cashel Rock, seat of the kings of Munster, built mostly in the 12th-13th centuries  Cashel Our first Irish breakfast  Cashel Downtown Kilkenny  Kilkenny Irish houses  Kilkenny Tourist at the abbey  Jerpoint Abbey
Cistercian abbey, built in 1180  Jerpoint Abbey Sandycove strand and Joyce's Martello Tower  Dublin Actor "reading" the Martello-Tower episode from Ulysses on Bloomsday, 16 June  Dublin Davy Byrnes Pub, featured in Ulysses  Dublin IE97 08 dublin 01ab
Grafton Street  Dublin Trinity College  Dublin Our cantine, the Duke Tavern, in Duke Street  Dublin National Library of Ireland, where we did not find any info on our ancestors  Dublin Mr Joyce  Dublin
James Joyce Center  Dublin The door to No. 7 Eccles Street, now installed in the courtyard cafe of the James Joyce Center  Dublin Round tower  Monasterboice Beautiful Celtic cross, c. 10th c.  Monasterboice Cats on base of cross  Monasterboice
Lavabo  Mellifont Abbey Megalithic burial mounds  Knowth Rock carvings  Knowth Grain storage area  Knowth Newgrange passage tomb (in the rain), built around -3000  Newgrange
Umbrellas at the entrance  Newgrange Megalithic rock carvings on entrance stone  Newgrange Ancestral coronation stone for the Clan O'Neil, in the middle of a field  Tullhaghogue The largest lake in Ireland or the British Isles  Lough Neagh American John at French John's mausoleum  Shane's Castle
Lakefront and orangery of the castle  Shane's Castle The castle  Shane's Castle Tourist at the ruins  Shane's Castle Skerry Church, where the Catholic O'Neils were once buried, is now an empty ruin.  Skerry Church And this was  not  easy to find.  Skerry Church
The other side  Skerry Church Carnlough Strand  Carnlough Birds on the beach and hedgerowed fields  Carnlough A beautiful Irish glen and park on the coast of County Antrim  Glenariff Stream in the Glenariff Forest Park  Glenariff
Siv at Glenariff  Glenariff Rhododendrons were in full bloom everywhere.  Glenariff Ess na Larach Fall  Glenariff Supposed grave of legendary Irish poet  Ossian's Grave The beautiful Antrim Coast  Antrim Coast
Water, grass, hills  Antrim Coast "Shane O'Neill's Cairn" near Cushendon, erected in 1908  Antrim Coast You can see Scotland on the other side.  Antrim Coast The Antrim Coast Road is really only one lane wide, so why do they paint a line down the middle?  Antrim Coast Glen after glen  Antrim Coast
Tourist on basalt column  Giant's Causeway Wind-blown tourist  Giant's Causeway An Iron-Age fortress in County Donegal  Grianan of Aileach Inside the fortress  Grianan of Aileach The Diamond (the central square)  Donegal
Tourist at the tomb of WIlliam Butler Yeats  Drumcliff Carrow more is the site of about 30 megalithic tombs, like this menhir.  Carrowmore Downtown Galway  Galway This guy just cannot stay out of a bookstore. Especially Kenny's!  Galway South of Galway, the Burren is one of the largest karst landscapes in Europe.  The Burren
Rocks and water  The Burren A beautiful day  The Burren Flowers  The Burren And another narrow Irish road  The Burren Typical Irish road, with rock wall or hedge so close to the road there is no way to get off it  The Burren
Some rock wall  The Burren Beautiful cliffs  Cliffs of Moher Tourist at the cliffs  Cliffs of Moher It was very windy and very cold.  Cliffs of Moher Poulnabrone Dolmen with tourist  The Burren
The tower where Yeats lived with his wife, George, and family  Thor Ballylee