Norm’s Thursday Doors :

My doors this week come from the fabulous Muckross House in Killarney, Co. Kerry.  This is a 19th century house built on the shores of the Lakes of Killarney, with magnificent gardens and old trees.   The house was built in 1839, and extensive work was done on the house and gardens in preparation for the visit of Queen Victoria in 1861 .

Muckross House, Killarney

This is the main entrance to the house, which is open to the public, and furnished in the original style – a very grand mansion, but probably not so grand for those living ‘downstairs’ and having to carry everything up two or three flights of stairs from the kitchens in the basement.

 

Muckross House, Killarney

And these are some of the doors from the back of the house – probably a storeroom.

Servant’s Entrance?

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Climbing Cardiac Hill

 

Jaunting cars in Muckross Park,Killarney

Jaunting cars in Muckross Park,Killarney

Killarney is a beautiful place, it has the Lakes of KillarneyMuckross House and Gardens,  and Killarney National Park, which consists of about 4 300 acres, with many wild deer roaming the hillsides.   There is also Torc Waterfall and Torc mountain, and many other attractions in the area.

One of these ‘attractions’ is Cardiac Hill, a very steep climb made of uneven stone steps, in all we counted over 3000 steps to get to the top….there is a rope barrier to hold on to, if that is any consolation, and you will probably be completing this course in silence…the exertion of climbing and breathing will not leave much room for anything else.

Are we there yet....are we....

Are we there yet….are we….

Still, we persevered and the views at the top were worth the climb, apart from the aching legs next day, that is!

Lakes of Killarney, as seen from above.

Lakes of Killarney, as seen from above.

This climb doesn’t bring you to the top of Torc Mountain, in fact I think the trek up to the top of Torc is easier than this one, as it is more spread out with gentler climbs.But that’s for another day!!

Innisfallen Island, Lakes of Killarney

Innisfallen Island, Lakes of Killarney and Killarney town in the background

The Lakes of Killarney

We recently went hiking in Killarney National Park, around by Muckross House then to Torc Waterfall and we climbed up ‘Cardiac Hill‘ – a very good name for this very steep strenuous climb.   As you will see from the photos though, the climb was definitely worth it, though my body was aching for a few days afterwards!

Killarney National Park

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Autumn colours in the park

These photos were taken in Killarney National Park last October, when the autumn colours in the trees were magnificent.   Killarney’s National Park is about 25 000 acres in extent, and comprises the Lakes of Killarney, Muckross House, very old oak and yew forests, and a very large herd of native Red Deer.

Storm Darwin struck last week, and hundreds of trees were felled, and it may be a long time before the park is fully open to the public again.

I hope you enjoy these photos of a happier time for all the visitors to the park.

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The Lakes of Killarney

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A trip on a jaunting car through the park.

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