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St. Patrick’s Day Contest Entry: An Irish Husband’s Gift

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I am married to an Irishman who was born on St. Patrick’s Day, and I would love to visit Ireland with him. My husband is 75 years old now so I would like to be able to make our trip there soon. I would like to take our trip to Ireland in the months of September or October. Although my husband is Irish, he has never been to Ireland. He was born and raised in the United States (New Orleans) but he is a great storyteller and he always has an abundance of stories to tell. He is gregarious and never meets a stranger. I can imagine his delight while trading stories with locals in the pubs.

My husband and I have wanted to go to Ireland for years but unfortunately to date we have been unable. I am fascinated with the beauty and history of the country and I believe it would be a treat for my husband to connect with his family’s history. He was a history major in college and to this day he loves history so I know that the connections made in Ireland would be especially meaningful for him. I want to kiss the Blarney stone as I need the gifts of eloquence and persuasiveness that it is reputed to confer. (I want to keep my husband from the stone as he has a sufficient amount of both of these traits and I could not stand for him to develop more of either.) I want to visit the spectacular Cliffs of Moher and take the scenic Cliffs of Moher Cruise from which I will bird watch the numerous species of birds.

I want to sleep in a variety of lodgings including at least one castle and several bed and breakfasts so we can hear the tales of our hosts and learn of their lives in Ireland. I want to go to pubs and check for myself the authenticity of the movie portrayals of the Irish people. I want to eat the local Irish foods and listen to Irish music. I would like to rent a car and drive the country roads to sight-see the natural beauty of this magnificent island. I hope to take the trains and bus’ too so my husband and I can relax and surrender our cares regarding navigation. I plan to fly from the United States to Dublin where I would like to stay a few days before renting a car to go south to Kilkenny. From there, I would like to travel on to Cork and round to the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands. I would love to make a circular trip around the island with a tour of Donegal, Derry, Belfast and on to Dublin where we would catch our plane back to the United States. Obviously my plan to visit the country is quite ambitious and most likely could not be completed in one trip to the country. It is my guess that Ireland would require a number of visits in order to adequately explore all it has to offer.

Do you have any Irish relatives, or a significant other that would like to visit Ireland to find their family roots? We would be more than happy to design a custom itinerary for you that allows you to stay in the cities and towns that your family once lived. All of our current Ireland vacations are 100% customizable to your interests, just ask!

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