A blog about Ireland

Adam and Val’s Irish exploration – what on earth is this all about?
(Go straight to the bottom of this page to read the day by day blogs)

A good question.

And there isn’t an easy answer.   Val and I like travelling and exploring and since retiring from most of our paid and voluntary work in 2020, we had hoped to use our time to see the world while we were still fit and able.   Unfortunately retirement coincided with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic which meant that our plans were immediately thwarted.

So having endured, along with most of the rest of the world, on-off lockdowns for a year, we decided not to mope but to use the coming time when global travelling may be curtailed or at least difficult, to explore somewhere closer to home but still largely unknown.   At around the same time, we had been doing some research on our ancestry – as you do when you reach a certain age – and discovered on Val’s mother’s side an extremely interesting Irish branch which could trace its history back to the Kilkenny area until at least the early 1700’s.

So the answer suddenly became obvious.   We would leave the UK for a while, and go and explore Ireland.   Neither of us had ever lived abroad so we decided to make a proper go of it and not just to explore Ireland, but actually to live there for a while.   So we spent the summer of 2021 packing up everything in the UK  and getting the paperwork together so finally left for the Emerald Isle at the end of September 2021.

We don’t know exactly how long we will be away, but it’s likely to be a decent while.  Though, being close to the UK, we will of course be making trips back from time to time.

So, this section of the website contains a day by day record of Adam and Val’s Irish Odyssey.  Click the links below to find the page you want to read.

Ireland day 0121. Thu 27 Jan 2022- Marmalade!
Ireland day 0120. Wed 26 Jan 2022- Delays
Ireland day 0119. Tue 25 Jan 2022- más-español
Ireland day 0118. Mon 24 Jan 2022- Aerobic
Ireland day 0117. Sun 23 Jan 2022- NewbridgeDWC
Ireland day 0116. Sat 22 Jan 2022- Sugarloaves
Ireland day 0115. Fri 21 Jan 2022- Oranges
Ireland day 0114. Thu 20 Jan 2022- E8
Ireland day 0113. Wed 19 Jan 2022- Recce
Ireland day 0112. Tue 18 Jan 2022- Harbour
Ireland day 0111. Mon 17 Jan 2022- Cow
Ireland day 0110. Sun 16 Jan2022- AGM
Ireland day 0109. Sat 15 Jan 2022- Geology
Ireland day 0108. Fri 14 Jan 2022- Archaeology
Ireland day 0107. Thu 13 Jan 2022- Swannery
Ireland day 0106. Wed 12 Jan 2022- Science
Ireland day 0105. Tue 11 Jan 2022- Frustration
Ireland day 0104. Mon 10 Jan 2022- Vermeer
Ireland day 0103. Sun 09 Jan 2022- Dodder
Ireland day 0102. Sat 08 Jan 2022- Coastal
Ireland day 0101. Fri 07 Jan2022- Cephalopod
Ireland day 0100. Thu 06 Jan 2022- ChesterBeatty
Ireland day 0099. Wed 05 Jan 2022- Heliotropes
Ireland day 0098. Tue 04 Jan 2022- DunLaoghaire
Ireland day 0097. Mon 03 Jan 2022- EPIC
Ireland day 0096. Sun 02 Jan 2022- Metals
Ireland day 0095. Sat 01 Jan 2022- Greystones
Ireland day 0094. Fri 31 Dec 2021- Burrow
Ireland day 0093. Thu 30 Dec 2021- Planning
Ireland day 0092. Wed 29 Dec 2021- Return
Ireland day 0091. Tue 28 Dec 2021- UKXmas2107
Ireland day 0090. Mon 27 Dec 2021- UKXmas2106
Ireland day 0089. Sun 26 Dec 2021- UKXmas2105
Ireland day 0088. Sat 25 Dec 2021- UKXmas2104
Ireland day 0087. Fri 24 Dec 2021- UKXmas2103
Ireland day 0086. Thu 23 Dec 2021- UKXmas2102
Ireland day 0085. Wed 22 Dec 2021- UKXmas2101
Ireland day 0084. Tue 21 Dec 2021- Midwinter21
Ireland day 0083. Mon 20 Dec 2021- Rush&Lusk
Ireland day 0082. Sun 19 Dec 2021- Vartry
Ireland day 0081. Sat 18 Dec 2021- StAnnes
Ireland day 0080. Fri 17 Dec 2021- Rogerstown
Ireland day 0079. Thu 16 Dec 2021- Pumpkin
Ireland day 0078. Wed 15 Dec 2021- Routines
Ireland day 0077. Tue 14 Dec 2021- Market
Ireland day 0076. Mon 13 Dec 2021- Unorthodox
Ireland day 0075. Sun 12 Dec 2021- GrangeC
Ireland day 0074. Sat 11 Dec 2021- Trooperstown
Ireland day 0073. Fri 10 Dec 2021- Hirecar
Ireland day 0072. Thu 09 Dec 2021- Robswall
Ireland day 0071. Wed 08 Dec 2021- GPO
Ireland day 0070. Tue 07 Dec 2021- Barra
Ireland day 0069. Mon 06 Dec 2021- Treaty
Ireland day 0068. Sun 05 Dec 2021- Poolbeg
Ireland day 0067. Sat 04 Dec 2021- Castles
Ireland day 0066. Fri 03 Dec 2021- Quiet
Ireland day 0065. Thu 02 Dec2021- Lowtide
Ireland day 0064. Wed 01 Dec 2021- Henrietta
Ireland day 0063. Tue 30 Nov 2021- Newbridge
Ireland day 0062. Mon 29 Nov 2021- Titanic
Ireland day 0061. Sun 28 Nov 2021- Tymon
Ireland day 0060. Sat 27 Nov 2021- Estuary
Ireland day 0059. Fri 26 Nov 2021- Wintry
Ireland day 0058. Thu 25 Nov 2021- Chilly!
Ireland day 0057. Wed 24 Nov 2021- Templebar
Ireland day 0056. Tue 23 Nov 2021- EFPTOZLPED
Ireland day 0055. Mon 22 Nov 2021- Riverbank
Ireland day 0054. Sun 21 Nov 2021- Blessington
Ireland day 0053. Sat 20 Nov 2021- Megawatts
Ireland day 0052. Fri 19 Nov 2021- Treats
Ireland day 0051. Thu 18 Nov 2021- Testdrive
Ireland day 0050. Wed 17 Nov 2021- Booster
Ireland day 0049. Tuesday 16 Nov 2021- Cars?
Ireland day 0048. Mon 15 Nov 2021- Airport
Ireland day 0047. Sun 14 Nov 2021- Castleknock
Ireland day 0046. Sat 13 Nov 2021- Glenbarrow
Ireland day 0045. Fri 12 Nov 2021- Buses
Ireland day 0044. Thu 11 Nov 2021- Broadmeadow
Ireland day 0043. Wed 10 Nov 2021- Mysterons
Ireland day 0042. Tue 09 Nov 2021- Bike
Ireland day 0041. Mon 08 Nov 2021- Flu
Ireland day 0040. Sun 07 Nov 2021- Exeat
Ireland day 0039. Sat 06 Nov 2021- M1
Ireland day 0038. Fri 05 Nov 2021- Benighted
Ireland day 0037. Thu 04 Nov 2021- Bond
Ireland day 0036. Wed 03 Nov 2021- Lithostrotion
Ireland day 0035. Tue 02 Nov 2021- Education
Ireland day 0034. Mon 01 Nov 2021- Mugsgame
Ireland day 0033. Sun 31 Oct 2021- Samhain
Ireland day 0032. Sat 30 Oct 2021- Snowdon
Ireland day 0031. Fri 29 Oct 2021- Rubbish
Ireland day 0030. Thu 28 Oct 2021- Consolidation
Ireland day 0029. Wed 27 Oct 2021- Moved!
Ireland day 0028. Tue 26 Oct 2021- Spaghetti
Ireland day 0027. Mon 25 Oct 2021- Gap
Ireland day 0026. Sun 24 Oct 2021- Howth
Ireland day 0025. Sat 23 Oct 2021- Beaulieu
Ireland day 0024. Fri 22 Oct 2021- Keys!
Ireland day 0023. Thu 21 Oct 2021- Fishy
Ireland day 0022. Wed 20 Oct 2021- Donabate
Ireland day 0021. Tue 19 Oct 2021- Termonfeckin
Ireland day 0020. Mon 18 Oct 2021- Slane
Ireland day 0019. Sun 17 Oct 2021- Fáilte
Ireland day 0018. Sat 16 Oct 2021- Carlingford
Ireland day 0017. Fri 15 Oct 2021- History
Ireland day 0016. Thu 14 Oct 2021- Ramparts
Ireland day 0015. Wed 13 Oct 2021- Fourknocks
Ireland day 0014. Tue 12 Oct 2021- Gormanston
Ireland day 0013. Mon 11 Oct 2021- Laurence
Ireland day 0012. Sun 10 Oct 2021- Loughcrew
Ireland day 0011. Sat 09 Oct 2021- Laytown
Ireland day 0010. Fri 08 Oct  2021- Flathunting
Ireland day 0009. Thu 07 Oct 2021- Skerries
Ireland day 0008. Wed 06 Oct 2021- Busy
Ireland day 0007. Tue 05 Oct 2021- Trim
Ireland day 0006. Mon 04 Oct 2021- Phones
Ireland day 0005. Sun 03 Oct 2021- Camino
Ireland day 0004. Sat 02 Oct 2021- Drought
Ireland day 0003. Fri 01 Oct 2021- Boyne
Ireland day 0002. Thu 30 Sep 2021- Surprises
Ireland day 0001. Wed 29 Sep 2021- Arrival