Old Church in Dromavalla

The old church in Dromavalla stands in ruins today. It was originally dedicated to St. Lawrence (Cill Lorcan), Lorcan is Lawrence in Irish. It dates back to the 15th century and was part of the Agustinain Monastery of Killagh near Milltown, which is about 4 miles away.

You can see the mountains in the distance in this picture. It was a beautiful day for getting out in the rare sunshine and taking pictures. This is within walking distance of our house.

Here is an interesting headstone we found in the cemetery. Kevin especially liked this one... 

It spoke to him, with a very clear message, "That way dumb #$%!"

by Kewl Black Kat

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Gluten Free at the Phoenix Inn

It's hard to believe I know, but I had a delightful gluten free meal at a 'Chinese' restaurant! Their fried rice is even gluten free. The chef was very knowledgeable when it came to preparing food for people with gluten and/or wheat intolerance. We enjoyed their free Prawn Crackers while our meals were being prepared. I had a delicious meal, ginger and spring onion sauce with scallops and rice. I am still amazed. And very happy, I will definitely eat there again, or maybe order take away.

Phoenix Inn
Chinese Restaurant
Mill Road, Killorglin, Co. Kerry
Tel: 066-9790917

Highly Recommended
4 paws up!

UPDATE: This restaurant is under new management, has changed the name and the menu!

by Kewl Black Kat

I've Been Pucked!

My first Puck Fair in Killorglin, Ireland 2010.

     A wild mountain goat is ceremoniously caught, probably in someone's pasture, and crowned King Puck. He is then suspended on a platform in Killorglin's town square. This does seem kind of cruel, he is up so high, and for 3 days no less. Since this was my first Puck, I really had to see what Puck was all about, so I did venture out to take a few pictures.

     A couple of weeks before Puck, the city started preparing. Big cement blocks were placed around town, new fences installed, chains and pad locks appeared where none had been before and gates were closed and locked. Businesses covered their shop windows with plywood and closed. Many local people have taken their vacations during this time.

     The day before Puck, camper trailers began appearing along the roads and streets taking over the sidewalks, parks, residential roads and green belts. Children from the campers ran wild through the streets, even climbing over the fence in our yard while their mothers parked their arses on the cement wall in front of our house oblivious to the havoc their "caravan chimps" were wrecking.

     An Irishman told us "Don't say anything to the 'Knacker' children unless you like hospital food." Good advice or not, I was now afraid.

     Roads were closed and blocked off as cows were brought into town. Ohh, so much cow shite! Yecch! Lots of noise too as local bars stayed open late into the night.

     By Friday morning, all the visitors in the town had disappeared, like magic. Now all that's left is the mess. I put a pair of tennis shoes left inside our fence out by the street, hoping the child who left them would claim them, but the street-cleaner scooped them up. Locals tell me that this was a rather lame Puck Fair, not so much going on with the economy being so bad, fewer people attended. I'm glad it was quiet in comparison to years past.

by Kewl Black Kat
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Chelsea's Gluten Free Wedding Cake

The most amazing thing about this cake is not that it's beautiful, but that it's gluten-free! This is a picture of the cake at Chelsea Clinton's wedding from ETonline.com. This cake is also helping to increase gluten-free awareness in the US. 

And did you see the pictures of Chelsea? She is absolutely radiant, such a beautiful bride.

Here in Ireland everyone seems to know what gluten is and how to prepare food without contaminating it with wheat or gluten. So, it's usually easy to eat out here. 

It's a much different story in the US, but I will save those comments for another blog.  

by Kewl Black Kat

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Gluten-Free Menu at Castle Hotel, Macroom

One of my favorite things to do is to just go for a drive and see what interesting things we can find, no agenda, no plans....this trip, however, was proving to be quite disappointing. But then we decided to stop and eat at the Castle Hotel in Macroom, Co. Cork, Ireland. It was absolutely delightful. They had a wonderful gluten-free menu and I was thoroughly impressed. The food was delicious! I usually can't have soups at restaurants because they are thickened with flour, but here I had an excellent cream of mushroom soup. My main course was grilled shrimp skewers with a sweet chili sauce. I find it hard to believe and nothing short of amazing, but the gluten free menu included desserts other than ice cream! Sticky-toffee-pudding no less! mmmmmmmmmmmm........we shall return! And best of all, prices are very reasonable.

Highly Recommended!
4 paws up!

by Kewl Black Kat

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