29 10 2011

After 8 long years we finally made it to Ireland – Matt’s second home and a place that I have heard so much about. We were greeted with the amazing Irish hospitality from the first minute when Barry picked us up from the airport in Dublin and stayed with him and Vicky for 2 nights. After a catch up over a few beers and a quick visit to the Guinness factory we were on the train heading to Waterford.

First stop Full of Bean’s and Matt found Roberto having a cuppa in the office just like he had left him 8 years earlier. Staying in our pikey camper at the Coffee household we spent the first week catching up and being big kids with Keenan and Saoirse, letting Super Mum Glancy show us how its done and keep us going with her Irish hangover cures. The second week we drove the south and west coasts. And week three we were spoilt rotten by Noel and Nicola with more kid time with Sophie “Blue Steel” Hayes!

Kilkenny Castle.

Kilkenny locals celebrating their All Ireland Hurling win!

An excited "Cats" fan!

Kilkenny is painted all beautiful different bright colours!

Guinness anyone? Guinness factory Dublin.

Celtic crosses at an old cemetery over looking the beach.

Barry leant us his van so we took off for a week to travel the south west coast – some of the most stunning country side that we have seen on our whole trip. We spent the days driving through green hill’s, and a very rugged coast line and the nights parking up in a small country town to hit the local pub’s get drunk and enjoy the diddley ey on offer.

Stormy skies over an old cemetery.

Old Bank Golf Club - $275 for a round and booked out until mid 2012!

Kissing the Blarney Stone and hoping for the gift of eloquence!

The bridge at Mizen Head - Ireland's most SW point.

Most SW point of Ireland.

The wind was so strong it is holding me up as I tried to fall horizontally - 55 knots!

Inch Beach on the Dingle Peninsular.

Stunning views on the Ring of Kerry.

Funny looking sheep who roam around on the Ring of Kerry

The Cliffs of Moher - home to the famous surf break Aileen's.

The old fort at the Cliff's of Moher.

The Coffey kids - amazing little humans.

Delicious Thai dinner with our fab hosts Noel and Nicola!

Barry, Vicki, Steven, Coffey’s, Barrett’s, Noel, Nicola, Sophie, Jimmy, Susie, Ron, Prender and team. Thankyou again, we will miss you all, and wish that we were not so far apart, but look forward to the catch ups that are to come in whatever country that is. – Matt & Carls.



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31 10 2011

awesome pictures guys…… looking forward to hearing about everything in person over a lager very soon xxxx

30 10 2011

Jesus guys, just read your page and its fantastic…. We really enjoyed having ye both, and the kids cant stop talking about the famous fair dinkum aussie ocker, all that was missing was the sky blue wife beater!!!!! We miss ye both and cant wait to see ye soon. Ruth and Robbie xxxx

30 10 2011
Matt & Carls

Ahhhh next time we will be sure to bring plenty of wife beaters, and can have an ocker party in the big fellas Bar, smash a few wheat beers sure!! Big hugs and kisses to the munchkins, hope the old boy is taking care of the back and not overdoing the aeroplane’s!!! Hi to all the Lad’s

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