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Golden Ireland

Idir dh谩 l谩imh daoine f铆untach
Scr铆obh an agham i mBanba 贸ir
I nglas b茅inne fial 贸 n谩d煤ir
Fonn ceoil i mBanba 贸ir

There is so much I could say about the emerald isle. Of all the places I roamed in Europe, the Irish were the most friendly to us strangers, and of course having a love for Ireland before I even got there certainly helped. My sister and I rented bikes in Killarney and explored the National Park there, admiring the lakes, mountains, and castle. On our adventures we crossed a small waterway which my sister called a creek, whereat I replied, “No, it’s a brook, don’t you know? We’re in Ireland!”

We bought red Irish cheddar at the grocery store for lunch, and made it up to Dublin, where we saw Riverdance and viewed that ancient old manuscript, the Book of Kells. Not wanting to make a days trip across the island to see cliffs, we contented ourselves with the cliffs of Howth, just outside of Dublin. We stayed in a hostel in Tralee, where I accidentally left my jacket, and subsequently we were scouring all the charity shops in Ireland in search of another jacket, knowing winter was on its way. Due to a disappointing mixup concerning our planned flight to Spain, we stayed in Cork an extra two days, and enjoyed that seaside town.

And I can’t forget the music! My preliminary plans to go to a concert there didn’t work out, but there was no shortage of street musicians, and we enjoyed those immensely. My sister enjoyed the fact that everyone spoke English (I was hoping to hear more Gaelic, myself), and both of us agree that Ireland is definitely on the list of places to return to someday.

2 thoughts to “Golden Ireland”

  1. Dwight’s grandparents were from Co. Clare. We would like to visit there some day. Sounds like you had a very pleasurable time there. I would like to learn Gaelic, heard it was difficult. Do you know it?

  2. Wow, that’s really neat! No, I don’t know Gaelic, but it is on my list of “Languages I would Like to Learn Someday.” I do enjoy listening to songs in Gaelic, now if only I could understand them!

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