"𝐀 𝐟𝐢𝐞𝐥𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐜𝐥𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐨𝐮𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐮𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐚 𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐚 𝐜𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐥𝐞" .
.📍: 𝐃𝐮𝐧𝐠𝐮𝐚𝐢𝐫𝐞 𝐂𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐥𝐞, 𝐆𝐚𝐥𝐰𝐚𝐲, 𝐈𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝🇮🇪
Dunguaire Castle and its history lies at the heart of the Ireland’s literary revival in the early 20th century. It was built in 1520 by the O’Hynes clan on the picturesque shores of Galway Bay. This restored 16th century tower house sits on a rocky outcrop on the shores of Galway Bay. In the early 17th century the castle passed into the hands of the Martyn’s of Galway. Richard Martyn, Mayor of Galway lived here until 1642 and the Martyn’s of Tulira Castle, owned the castle until this century.
In 1924 Dunguaire was bought and repaired by Oliver St. John Gogarty, the famous surgeon and literary figure. This was the time of the great Celtic revival in Irish literature exemplified by the works of writers such as Synge, Yeats Shaw and O'Casey. It became the venue for meetings of the literary revivalists such as W.B. Yeats, his patron Lady Gregory, George Bernard Shaw, Edward Martin and J.M. Synge. Yeats in particular believed strongly in the Celtic Bardic Tradition and set about reviving the ancient oral customs incorporating them into his plays and poetry.
In 1954 the castle was acquired by Christobel Lady Amptill who completed the restoration started by Oliver St. John Gogarty. Subsequently the castle became the property of Shannon Development. Today the restored castle gives an insight into the lifestyle of the people who lived from 1520 to modern times. From April to October you can enjoy fabulous entertainment and locally sourced food at the renowned castle banquet.
Last member of the team but one of the most important, @carogautier1902! Many will agree her spaghetti sauce is the reason for a lot of great results over the years and she’s also our personal photographer! #pivotbluetrain#pivotcycles_ote
I’m already glad I set a bunch of self-focused running goals for 2019. As my son has become a more independent walker and as cold weather has required more bundling than he likes, his tolerance of being carried for hikes has dramatically decreased. We haven’t been hiking nearly as much as we did six months ago. Instead, we have been running. He loves to ride in our @burleydesign bike trailer (we have a jogging stroller kit) and it has made it a much more positive way for me to get in “mama miles” that he still enjoys. I try and pair our runs with story times at the library, bakery stops, friend play dates, or playground time. Something for him, something for me. Our success rate for runs (neither of us crying too much 😂) has been so good! Definitely feeling a mama runner high lately. Who else runs with their kids?
"It’s just you and the elements with whatever gear, whatever knowledge, whatever fitness, and whatever mental strength you have to push through". You're the only option.
The question is, what is it, that pushes YOU towards that finish line - and makes you come back year after year?
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Read about what pushed Kathi to be the first woman to complete the 1,000 miles to Nome.
@smartwool 150, 350 or 1,000 miles across the wilds of Alaska on foot, skis or bike. Who’s in?
The Iditarod Trail Invitational follows the iconic dog sled route. It’s the race to test—or maybe to find—your limits. Learn more about this incredible journey and the people brave enough to try it. Link in bio!
#gofarfeelgood#iditarod 📷: @itialaska
It’s Friyay! Aka we fiiiinally made it over the top of the hill! Man, that felt particularly long and steep this week. So who’s got big plans to shred or send it this weekend?? My plan so far: run long on Sat and Sunday mornings. Ask existential life questions while doing so. Find some fluffy snow to play in. Eat at least one entire bag of potato chips by myself.
71 21755:00 PM Jan 25, 2019
Time for some ice, ice, baby!
Current status: packing for a month on the road. First up, I’m heading to the Rockies tomorrow for some ice climbing🤙. Side note: this is probably my fav ice climbing photo ever, mostly because of what you can’t see. To get this shot, I was simul-climbing alongside Hayley on a separate rope, swinging away with my ice axe in one hand to stabilize myself while madly hitting the shutter on my camera with the other...all as I was simultaneously moving on a pendulum arc straight towards a very pointy column of ice. It’s a bloody miracle I a) got her in the frame at all, and b) didn’t break my face or my camera on the frozen pillar I was headed straight towards. • •
Occasionally I ask myself: why couldn’t I have picked a more comfortable photo niche, like shooting weddings or bar mitzvahs? And then I remember a) I quite hate weddings, and b) I really love adventures and semi-frozen fingertips. So there’s that.
Happy weekend, you crazy cats!
‘Sup, June-uary? 🤷🏻♀️ After this weekend’s warm, sunny weather (I ran for hours in SHORTS AND A T-SHIRT YOU GUYS), I’m starting to think Mother Nature is as confused as the rest of us are right now. Don’t get me wrong — it’s a nice reprieve from the cold and dark...but it also feels a bit wrong, just the same. Anyone else feeling that same sense of what I like to call “the grateful unease”? Nonetheless, I’ll never *formally complain about a good dose of Vit D. Gotta take it while it lasts!
Let’s just talk about gendered baby clothing for a second. It seems ridiculous, that in the infant world, where the size and shape different between sexes is not significant, yet we are still creating clothes for a pink and blue society. I have to search hard not to buy all blue for my son, I don’t mind blue, and I’m not opposed to putting my son in pink, but I love me some colour variety (as my IG would probably scream to the world 😂). Even the outdoor gear industry is frustrating at times. The girls side is a wave of pink, and the boys side seems to be the usual blue, or a boring black or grey. Some companies are definitively doing better than others, and I’m slowly navigating my way through baby brands. Maybe I was naive in thinking we were getting more progressive, or maybe it used to be worse 🤷🏻♀️?? Any other parents out there have this frustration. Or am I looking in the wrong places? What I do know, is that I love a pompom! And since my Little can’t voice an opinion yet, he is livin’ the pompom life 💫
55 8646:41 PM Feb 6, 2019
Hey you, you’re cute 😋
I feel like I owe y’all a life update since I’ve been a lil MIA lately. I’m taking a bit of a break from traveling. I’m so burnt out from the back and forth (more on that another time) and quite honestly I’ve missed being home and everything that comes along with it. My family, being an auntie, friends, routine, grocery shopping, yoga, running, spinning, movie nights, halo top, late nights, and Sunday brunch. Just to name a few 😜 And not to mention apartment hunting is much easier when you’re not 5,000 miles away.
Thinking another Euro adventure is in order after this break. I loved being in Switzerland last winter... all of the snow globe feels. Any suggestions for winter trips in Europe?