Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Adventures in Ireland Part 1

Hey everybody!  I've been back from Ireland a little over a month now and it's taken some adjusting, in addition to the fact that there was a ton of stuff going on from the moment I got off the plane.

I had a great time with my girlfriend and we did a LOT of sight seeing.  This was my third trip over and it was definitely the busiest.

Please note that all of these photos if not taken by me, were taken by Lisa. 
My TOP TEN list of things we did in Ireland this year*:

*This Top Ten was virtually impossible, so I'll be posting some other highlights tomorrow.  An addendum, if you will...

10.    Guinness Store House.  This was really pretty cool.  Seven floors of Guinness information (how they make it, starting with the farming) and memorabilia.  Plus, I got to try my first pint of Guinness though I'm sorry to say, I just couldn't get through the whole thing.

My first pint of Guinness!  (And probably my last...)

9.  Craggaunowen.    This is a cool archaelogical open air museum in County Clare.  The downside is that it was pouring rain the whole time we were there, but we made the most of it.  I think we particularly liked the Woodlands Walk portion the best.  That's where we got to go on a little walk....through some woodlands.  There was also a reconstruction of an old boat called The Brendan.  The whole boat story is not coming back to me just at this moment...

8.  Dublin Pride.  We were supposed to go the Pride parade, but due to some navigational difficulties, we missed it.  We still got to go hang out a the block party.  And the highlight for me was a happy little boy on his (I presume) uncle's shoulders carrying a handmade sign saying "Gay or Straight, My Uncle Is Great!"  It made me think of my niece.  :)

7.  Hampton's.  This is my FAVORITE restaurant in Limerick.  Being the food lover that I am, I figured this deserved a spot on my top ten list.

6.  National Leprechaun Museum.  This was a fun little touristy stop.  Lisa, being a Leprechaun herself, really enjoyed it. 


5.  The Burren.

4.  Dunbrody Famine Ship.

3.  National Irish Heritage Park.  County Wexford.

2.  Cobh.  This is the town that used to be Queenstown and was the last port of call for the Titanic.  It's the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, so they had a coupla interesting things going on.

1.  The Long Room at Trinity College Library - Dublin.  OMG.  I can't even describe how amazing this place is.  Shelves and shelves and shelves of old books.  Bibliophiles like me will find themselves drooling here.  Unfortunately, photographs are not allowed inside the library, so here's a link to an amazing picture

Thanks for stopping by today!  And check back tomorrow for some more Ireland Highlights!


  1. Why no photos of the National Heritage Park?

  2. Love seeing your (and Lisa's) pics of Ireland!! Looks like so much fun! And I just have to say how pretty look in them!

  3. This is great! Looks like you two had so much fun!