Food, Culture, Beautiful Landscapes. I am part Irish so it would be a great opportunity to check out my ancestral culture. Plus I might just get to meet a leprechaun right? How cool would that be? Real authentic sourdough bread, and a pint of rich dark ale? I mean a proper loaf of authentic Irish soda bread made with real buttermilk and a real fermented “culture” which has been growing in the back of some farm wives fridge for generations. And made as a labor of love only akin to what my Grandmother could do.Then a Great Irish craft ale to wash it down. I like the reds but a dark rich stout is good too. Heck it might just be fun to check out each of the 50+ craft breweries in the country and have a pint or so. Then it is pretty much guaranteed that I would meet a leprechaun!
I would love to be able to attend an authentic Celtic Music festival. I love Irish fiddle music. Song and dance and music. The Irish Harp.. Oh my. If I could experience the Oul Lammas Fair in Co. Antrim and Puck Fair in Co. Kerry. It would be an item off my bucket list. It’s true! And oh to witness the world championship step dancing competition in Glasgow. That would be a prime experience for sure. And visit all those towns I’ve heard but never seen. Glasgow, Belfast, Killarney, Dun Laoghaire, with great castles and cathedrals. I could pretend I was a viking or a Druid or all kinds of things. I could be Saoirse, the Irish girl from “Secret Of the Kells” who can turn into a seal, go on an adventure to free the faeries and save the spirit world. Or scare myself half to death seeking the “Beast Of Xmoor”. As an abolitionist, I would love to learn firsthand about the Irish Slave trade. Those 30,000 Irish that were sold cheaper even than the black Africans by James II, and 300,000 more sold by the English from 1641 to 1652. I would roam the hills and byways searching for Brigadoon.. Oops that is in Scotland. Drat. Well some similar outside of time town. Outlander also Scottish but I could be a modern-day Claire in Ireland! If only I can find the magic fairy ring….
I want to see and attend service at Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral. And take me to Blarney Castle and please let me kiss that famous bit of limestone. Mainly I would love to stroll the famous gardens there. A tour of the famous Ring Of Kerry from soft mountains, through forest and bog, crossing rivers and visiting pristine beaches, showing all the diverse landscape of the country. I would have to take a long time of it filling up many SD cards with photos. I would finally learn how to use my DSLR with such a wealth of material to photograph. And finally to visit Newgrange the 5,000 Year Old Tomb of Irish Kings.. Oh what great history. Would I be able to hear their whispering?
Are their certain Ireland experiences that draw you towards visiting the beautiful emerald isle? Ireland is a lovely contry for history buffs, “foodies”, beer and whiskey connoisseurs (or so they think) and more. When taking a trip to Ireland, finding activities to enjoy is only half of the problem. The other half is figuring out how to fit all the things Ireland has to offer within your vacation time!