Relax and see Ireland with Dove Chauffeur Drive
Executive chauffeurdriven vacations in Ireland with Dave Hogan and Dovechauffeurdrive
For your own especially designed Tour of the Republic of Ireland/West and South west

Saturday, March 17, 2018

St Patrick's Day on the Wild Atlantic Way with Dove Chauffeurdrive and Dave Hogan

Happy St Patrick's Day to all of our friends everywhere on this, our very special feast day.
Love from all at Dovechauffeurdrive here in Ireland.

Your continuing support is very much appreciated. and we look forward to seeing many of you returning again in the future to tour with us once again.
Thank you sincerely also for those many friends you have sent to us over the years. Our team here and are all set, and ready to go again, as we enter another new touring season. 

I am not going to name anybody here, but you are all remembered, and loved by us here, on this very special day. 
I go to church in a little while now, as this is a holy day here, and i will remember all of your in my prayers.
God bless you all.
 Ireland is known as "The Land of Saints and Scholars", and i think that the above photo of this invaluable Celtic cross at Clonmacnoise, is most appropriate on this feast of our great saint.
It is housed indoors to prevent the weather from damaging it.
 Another picture i took at Clonmacnoise, showing another of the many wonderful crosses, with the ruins of the ancient Cathedral in the background. Another one of our great saints was Saint Coleman, who spent time here.
 Our countryside here is like a tour of a giant museum, this being just another of the hundreds of ruined churches that are there to visit.
 There are also some magnificent cathedrals to see, such as this beautiful one in Cobh, (pronounced Cove), in county Cork. This cathedral overlooks Cobh harbour, from where the vast majority of our emigrants departed, as they fled from poverty and persecution, seeking a better life in the New World. Imagine their sorrow and fear, as they looked back at this magnificent cathedral from their ship, the last sighting so many of them had, as they sailed out through the bay, which is pictured in the background here. It was also the last sight of land for the unfortunate people on the Titanic, as Cobh was the final port of call for them as they set sail on the final leg of their tragic voyage.
 Does Shamrock grow in the USA? I took this picture in my garden this morning.
Our Daffodils were late blooming this year due to the cold weather conditions, but they survived against the odds, and they were a lovely sight this morning in my garden.
More of my lovely daffodils, with my Tiger relaxing in the background. (It must be the child in me).
The Wild Atlantic Way, cold and windy today, but it is always beautiful despite the changing weather. Here we have one of the many Norman Tower castles dotted all over the land here.
One of my own personal favourite pictures which i took at Slea Head on the Dingle Peninsula. Many of these ruined homes date back to famine times, and are stark reminders of just how hard life must have been in these remote areas. They were a hardy people, but their faith kept them going.

If you need me for anything just send me a message. We are waiting to look after you here.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Getting ready for St Patrick's day in Ireland

Is there any other day that is celebrated like St Patrick's day? No matter where you are in this world, it seems that there are people who want to join with us here in Ireland to commemorate our very special Irish day. I suppose it is just that us Irish found it so hard to stay at home, and we brought St Patrick to all of the four corners of the world in our travels. I do not think that it was the famine alone that caused us to wander.  Our monks maybe led the way, and the whole emigration thing just had a magical attraction for many of us. There were practical reason no doubt, but many left simply because they had that wanderlust in their blood. There were always those friends and relations coming back on holidays, and they told us many stories about their lives and their successes in these far off places, and some of what they told us seemed to be wonderful, but it was not always as they relayed to us.We Irish always seem to have viewed the " Far Off Hills" as Greener, and our friends and family members hit off for far off places, and then we had to go after them to seek our fortune.
I myself never experienced famine times, thank God, but i was up and away to England when i was in my teens. I did not stay there too long as i had things too good at home, and i was not long in finding out that all that i had heard about "Over there" was not as appealing as i had thought. I have been to many places since, but Ireland is still the only place for me.
Ireland is truly a land of colour, and it is no wonder that so many people envy us our rainbows.
A land steeped in history and historic memorabilia, much of that still standing proudly today, as you travel around our beautiful rural landscape.
In order to travel on our rather narrow and winding roads you do have to keep them clear. Here i am removing this stone from the roadside in the mountains of Kerry.
Everybody wants to see the cliffs of Moher, and who could blame them. 

From the rugged cliffs, to the magical Ladies View, high in the mountains of Kerry, my Dutch pals, Emiel, Mariette, and their son Marten, would agree with me that Ireland will not disappoint you.

If you want to see it for yourself, why not contact me, and we can get to work on how you too can make your dreams come true.
I would love to hear from you.