Day 15: Homeward Bound

We’d had typical weather for Ireland this time of year: partly cloudy, cloudy, mostly cloudy, and rainy. Temperature ranged from only forty to fifty-five degrees Fahrenheit. In fact, I laughed when I saw the “Spring Arrivals” at Ashford Castle when...

Day 12: Blarney Castle, Kinsale, and the Ring of Beara

It was a chilly day when we visited Blarney Castle, but trees on the grounds were bursting with spring blossoms.  The castle, built in 1446, is the third to be situated on the site, the first being a wooden structure dating from the 10th century. The 13th century keep...

Discovering Dublin: Day 2, Part 2

What’s a trip to Ireland without a taste of Irish whiskey? Newcomer to the field, Teeling Whiskey Distillers in Newmarket was the perfect spot to get a first hand look at the brewing process. Our guide led us through the steps, explaining the how barley is...

Discovering Dublin: Day 2, Part 1

The National Museum of Ireland–Archaeology is located on Kildare Street, as was our hotel, making it an easy first stop of the day. There I found artifacts from prehistoric Ireland and Viking times, including tools and works of gold, bog bodies, and a replica of...

Discovering Dublin: Day 1

St. Patrick’s, the Church of Ireland’s national cathedral, was closed by the time we arrived from the airport yesterday. We’ll return today, but still enjoyed reading about it on a plaque in the lovely park across the way from it. According to...

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