Ireland was an afterthought; but when I realized that the plane fare from England was very affordable, I took the chance so I can visit my favorite childhood playmate and cousin whom I haven’t seen for 18 years. I didn’t have a lot of expectations, but I felt that Ireland was familiar. My favorite priest in my school age years was Irish and I grew up loving the music of U2, the Cranberries and the Corrs. I remember singing my heart out to Cranberries’ Zombie during my early teen age years. Two days is not enough to form an opinion, but I think Ireland is unpretentious, raw, bruised but innately strong. I would love to come back and explore some more.
I took the late night flight from Heathrow to Shannon. From the airport, my cousins took me to this pub where my godson (their kid) , who is already an adult (last time I saw him, he was 4 ) bought me a pint of Guinness. ‘It’s a stout, not a beer’, he corrected me. In the morning, you can have another pint so you can ‘rollover from your hangover’; he added. The things you learn from the millenials, these days!
It always rains in Limerick! Beautiful thatched roof structures in Adare.
King John’s Castle in Limerick was built in 1200
Cliffs of Moher
Located in the West Coast, The Cliffs of Moher was an hour drive from Limerick.
Lunch at Durty Nelly’s before heading out to Dublin.
Ha’ Penny Bridge over the River Liffey was built in 1816
River Liffey in Dublin
Night Life in Dublin
Founded in 1030, Christchurch Cathedral is one of the oldest buildings in Dublin
St Patrick’s Cathedral, founded 1191
Guinness along St James
Lunch at Catch 22
Shopping for woolen products at the Home of Aran
The streets of Dublin
The Book of Kells and The Long Room at Trinity College
and that’s a wrap!