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    Posted June 16, 2012 by
    Sacramento, California
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    Travel photo of the day

    Traveling the Irish Countryside


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     zdeaconblue was traveling in Ireland and Northern Ireland when he came upon an Occupy Galway site in Ireland. He had a chance to briefly speak with some of the people at the site. 'They were really focused on the EU Fiscal Pact vote that was coming up, and they were against it. The first thing that hit me was actually a feeling of connection. It really struck home how big the Occupy movement had become to see it there in Galway. A feeling of togetherness between people and the sense that we share the same problems, and we're all in this together,' he says. He was shocked to see the Occupy site removed the next morning, and seeing police instead standing where the site once stood. 'This oddly enough also gave me a feeling of connection, having seen similar things happen locally to Occupy encampments in Oakland, Los Angeles, Sacramento and on the news in New York City,' he says. The third photo in this set was featured as CNN's Travel Photo of the Day for July 9, 2012!
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Recently returned from a trip to Ireland, traveling mostly by bicycle gives you an excellent opportunity to take photos. I started out in Galway City where the Occupy Galway tent city was removed on my second day, toured Galway including the remarkable Galway Cathedral. Spent several days in the Connemara Region including touring Kylemore Abbey a former private girls school that Angelica Huston attended.

    Took a ferry out to the Aran Islands for a day and returned to the West Coast including the Cliffs of Moher. Finally spent a couple of days on the Northern Ireland Coast in Port Ballintrae visiting the Giants Causeway which is a world heritage site. A very fortunate trip that only saw rain on one day out of 17.
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