Begorrah I’d love to see the Emerald Isle! To steep myself in a culture most endearing with traditions adopted nearly world-wide has been a life-long dream! As a history buff I long to walk where so much history has transpired. From the grandiose library at Trinity College with the astonishingly beautiful Book of Kells to enhancing my gift of gab by kissing the stone at Blarney Castle the jewels of Ireland are many indeed.
After a day of exploring abundant stone circles and stunning ancient graveyards I would fortify myself at a famed Irish Public House. To be surrounded by the rolling lilt of the Irish accent while sipping a true Irish coffee would come close to perfection. If a band was playing some fine Celtic music…my toe would be tapping for certain. I might even be tempted to learn Irish dancing…if the public house crowd was jolly and forgiving enough. Perhaps I could learn to play a bodhran or a tin whistle!
I’ve spent hours looking at stunning images of this beautiful land…To capture the Giant’s Causeway with my own lens and to hang those images in my home to always remember my visit would be an honor. I’d love to drive the Wild Atlantic Way and listen to crashing waves…..living in flat Texas it is hard to conjure up what it must feel like to be so high above the ocean. I’ve never had the joy of ending a day with a perfectly drawn pint of Guinness with a shamrock on top … but I’m sure I would love it!
Hard to know what part of Ireland I’d love most. In Dublin alone there is so much I long to see…St. Patrick’s cathedral, the prehistoric treasures in the National Museum of Ireland, and the world-class art in the National Gallery are all on the to-do list. Yeat’s Abbey Theatre, the park at St. Stephen’s green…and seeing Ha’Penny bridge at night perhaps after a visit to the Brazen Head must all be included. I would love to add my patronage to the hoards who have been there since the middle ages. Imagine! It is difficult as an American to think of structures much less businesses in such generation-spanning splendor.
My grandmother always collected Waterford Crystal…she proclaimed it the best! To see the factory and bring home a token in her memory would make my heart happy. I’ve had a fascination as well with the age of sail…to see the Dunbrody famine ship would be quite an insight into what some of my own Irish ancestors might have been through. In that area also appealing to me is Powerscourt House …but mostly the gardens! I could stroll quite contentedly in the gardens for hours.
I also would find myself a true Irish fisherman’s sweater…I love the chunky textured knit of this iconic textile and would wear it through the rest of my winters….for I am certain it would last. Ireland to me would be a sensory feast….sounds, smells, sights, sensations, tastes that cannot be had anywhere else. May the luck of Irish guide me to Ireland soon!
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