CEA Galway’s first excursion was the Cliffs of Moher Experience through County Clare and County Galway of Ireland. The tour offered more than just visiting the cliffs of Moher, we got to see castles, ancient ruins, a surprise helicopter takeoff and even a famous dolphin!
Ireland is a great place to explore because it offers historical ruins as well as stunning landscapes. Brian Slattery, program director for Galway, organized this great day trip through the west of Ireland. It was an experience I’ll never forget!
Dunguaire Castle (Dún Guaire in Irish) was built in the 1500s on Kinvara Bay. It stands 75 feet tall and is picturesque for the many visitors of County Galway.
Across Kinvara bay stands the beautiful sea-port town of Kinvara (Cinn Mhara in Irish).
We captured many great photos as the bright-blue sky reflected in the water of the bay.
This photo was taken standing on the land surrounding Dunguaire Castle
One of the many perks of studying abroad are surprises and chance happenings that you’ll never forget. As we were eating our lunch watching the beautiful waves crash against the cliffs nearby, a group of friends walked up to this helicopter and began taking photos of themselves in front of it. I offered to take a picture of their group and learned that they were an old group of Irish friends taking a helicopter ride together. We got to watch their take-off and even got a wave goodbye on their way up!
We ended the tour at what some call “the baby cliffs of moher”. This is Ballyvaughan during sunset. It was a perfect way to end a long day of touring County Clare and County Galway.
Anna Toman is the CEA Spring 2013 MOJO in Galway, Ireland
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