Mairead from Irishamericanmom.com was nice enough to send along a comment on Irish travel and it got me to thinking about the reasons why people visit Ireland. You may think it is a simple topic but your trip to Ireland and My Ireland favorites are as different and plentiful as the shades of green in an Irish meadow. Not to worry I won’t be listing 40 reasons to visit Ireland.
My Ireland Trips;
My Ireland trips have been for family and always goes back to the Wicklow town of Enniskerry. It’s a nice Irish town with a proper pub, B&B’s, stone center roundabout. It’s near the Powerscourt Waterfall, Powerscourt Gardens, and home to my cousin Jimmy. Nothing makes a drive through the Wicklow hills or a proper pint more enjoyable than to share them with a good friend.
My Ireland trips have been for business. Staying in a Dublin B&B and attending the Enterprise Ireland Shows at the RDS. Crafters, Weavers, Potters, Jewelers, Photographers, Artists, and more all in one huge exposition center showing the best Ireland has to offer.
My Ireland trips have been for Irish music. Chaperoning for the 14 year old Irish whistle and flute player who had qualified to compete in the All Ireland Fleadh. Nothing like staying up to all hours listening to session players from around the world share their love of Irish traditional music with each other.
My Ireland trips have been for pure touristy reasons. Checking out the Book of Kells, The Cliffs of Moher, Galway Bay, Wicklow Hills, Glendalough, Skibbereen, The Ring of Kerry, The O’Shea bar,
My Ireland trips have been for pleasant chats and sometimes heated discussions over a cup of Barry’s tea or a good pint of plain. The chats are one of the nicest unexpected benefits to traveling in Ireland, it does take a little skill though, you need to listen and think before answering. I can remember being in a Dingle pub with a group of locals and a friend from Dublin listening to the political unrest at the time. I was honored to be let into the talks, I listened and learned and realized yet another side of Ireland. I’ve had great chats about wee goats, good dogs, fine horses, bad pubs, fat gossips, old blowhards, and mighty Irish music players. All good.
I’ve enjoyed and hope to enjoy again the good, the bad, and the outrageous experiences of Ireland. The Irish phrase that sums up a good time had, maybe what makes my Ireland times the best, is as follows.– “Ah lads wasn’t the Craic last night grand”. –The Craic, the pure good times, for what ever reason, is shared by all who will engage and share in the experience that is Ireland.
So there are a few of my Irish favorites what are your reasons to visit Ireland? If you have visited before reply with a little story or occurrence and remember, The Craic can be mighty.