Memories of Ireland

3.17.2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I'm a ton Irish on my mom's side and Paul's mom came here from Ireland when she is in her 20s, so we definitely celebrate this holiday.

I thought it might be appropriate today to post some photos from our trip to Ireland in April 2007. It is a beautiful country...its landscape, its people, its history. If you ever get a chance, you must go. I can't wait to go back there again...someday:)

Paul, my sister Laura and I took the trip together and we had a blast. We flew into the Shannon airport on the west coast, rented a car and drove south along the coast. We hit up Limerick, Dingle, Killarney. Then made our way to County Cork to see Blarney and started north to Kilkenny, staying at a few B&Bs along the way. We ended up in Dublin, where we returned the car and stayed a few days/nights in a hotel, then flew home from the Dublin airport. We also visited Paul's family while there and his aunt gave us a tour of the town (north of Dublin along the coast) where they grew up. So we basically did a U shape of the southern half of the country...gotta go back to see the rest!

Driving on the wrong side of the road is hilarious..it takes a bit of getting used to, but its fun. And the roads are very narrow there, there's always something encroaching on the road, like a tall hedge, a stone wall, sheep, cliffs or houses that you have to be careful of.

Ok, enough blabbing, on to the pics:



{Cliffs of Moher, on the west coast, County Clare...looking South}


{looking North}


{white visiting P's cousin in Limerick}


{on the road to Dingle}


{our horse Creagan that pulled us through the Gap of Dunloe on this trap}


{after the pony and trap ride, we took a boat tour down the 3 Lakes of Killarney}



{Blarney Castle}


{from the top of Blarney Castle...look at those amazing yellow fields! That's gorse its everywhere over there and so pretty.}


{on a walk around the B&B where we stayed in Kilkenny}


{a rainy Kilkenny Castle}


{at Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin...that cross marks the spot of the execution of the leaders of the 1916 uprising}


{outside the St. James Gate Guinness Brewery in Dublin}


{sunset over the River Liffey in Dublin}


Are you Irish? How are you celebrating today? Anyone else been to Ireland?

7 comments:

  1. One of my teacher friends from school is there this week. I'm GREEN with envy. Ha! I'm a little Scot & a little Irish (my maiden name was Dockery), so just have a little fun with it.

    Happy SP Day to you!

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  2. Neat pictures! That's pretty much how I imagine Ireland looking like.
    No Irish in my blood, but I still like to sport a little green!

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  3. Both Dave and I are part Irish. My dad's family is from Cork and Kerry and Dave's is from Donegal. We went to Ireland last summer actually -- spent 3 days in Galway and 3 days in Dublin and had a great time. If I went again though, I'd spend more time in Dublin and then hit up southern Ireland.

    We celebrated tonight with soda bread (delish!), stew and Guinness (of course!).

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  4. More Scottish than Irish, but I'd take a trip to either place any day! More French than anything else though so maybe I should go to Paris first?

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  5. We went to most of those places, not the Castle. It is a wonderful, fun place to visit. Makes me want to go back. We hail from County Cork

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  6. I went with 6 family members in 2004 and we hit Dublin, Kilkenny, Killarney and Galway before leaving out of Shannon. It was magical! I went again in 2007 with my husband, my Mom and a cousin, and we went to Dublin and Belfast then spent time in Edinburgh, Scotland. Another amazing trip. I can't wait to return!

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