Tag Archives: Ireland

Driving In Ireland – Not For The Faint Of Heart

Country road in Ireland

Country road

I love having the freedom of a vehicle when I travel. I had researched traveling by train in Ireland and wasn’t happy with what I was finding. I didn’t have a lot of time to go from east to west and there were places spotted throughout the country that I wanted to see. So I reserved a car before my friend and I arrived in Ireland. Continue reading

House of Waterford Crystal

Waterford Crystal Bowl

Waterford Crystal Bowl

It amazes me what some people can do with glass, and at Waterford Crystal, they have perfected their craft. Below is a large bowl with etched designs of London tourist attractions. My friend and I made a trip to the House of Waterford Crystal on our Ireland trip and I really enjoyed the factory tour. Continue reading

Guinness Tour

Two Guinness pints for us with a shamrock on the top

Two Guinness pints for us with a shamrock on the top

No visit to Dublin would be complete without visiting Ireland’s number one tourist attraction. A person could easily spend half of a day here and plan on lunch at the restaurant on the fifth floor. During the tour, you learn about how Guinness is made and the various transportation methods used and you can see the advertising through the years. Continue reading

The Emerald Isle

Lismore Castle

Lismore Castle

There is never enough time to see everything I want on a trip and in Ireland, six months still probably wouldn’t be enough. I loved Ireland, it’s beauty, it’s castle and it’s friendly people. My friend and I flew into Dublin and I had the trip planned out with great detail, even down to some budget conscious hostels and hotels picked out for each city we would be at in the evenings. Continue reading

“This is all Blarney”

Me at Blarney Castle

Me at Blarney Castle

This is the start of a quote from Queen Elizabeth I venting her frustration in dealing with Cormac MacCarthy, King of Munster. The Queen decreed that properties should be occupied under title to her. Cormac MacCarthy responded to each of her letters promising his loyalty to her, but not his land. She finally lost her composure saying “This is all Blarney, he never means what he says, he never does what he promises”*. Continue reading