Youghal Medieval Festival in East Cork Ireland

St. Patrick’s Day Contest Entry: A Trip Already Planned

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Ireland has a medieval romanticism that draws you in through the wind in the fields, and is chocolate rich in history and lore. Our lives have been shaped by the events that went on in the Middle Ages and beyond. My trip to Ireland has been planned as long as I began to love others. I would like to start as soon as possible and allot a certain number of days to manage my itinerary to the point where I can enjoy the trip without rushing. I can already feel the cool breeze on my skin as I drive on the left side of the road through the winding back roads of the countryside, from Dun Laoghaire to Dublin and onto Newgrange, over to the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher, down through Shannon and into Blarney Village to tour the castle and to kiss the Blarney Stone, further down into Queenstown, back up to Blessington Lakes, with a day’s hike through Wicklow Mountains, visiting St. Kevin’s along the way, and back up to Dublin to celebrate this wonderfully peaceful yet savagely wrought island at the Guinness brewery; all along the journey stopping in the little villages to visit the pubs and to commune with. I hope to make many friends, although I hear that the locals are not people persons, but we shall see! I originally wanted to make this place the destination for my wedding, but life is too short to wait for the unknown circumstances of planning.

This may be all that I may be able to manage on my first trip, but I have plenty planned to last me each subsequent trip. I’m excited to stop at as many ruins and castles as possible, and to make a pit stop at Dirty Nelly’s in Shannon. I would probably avoid Northern Ireland, as Belfast has notoriously had issues. I would also avoid peat bogs, because, well, I would be lost for thousands of years. I would like to find a four-leaf clover on the Cliffs of Moher, and leave pieces of myself everywhere I go. I have plans on going back many times before retiring there with my own bed and breakfast on Blessington Lakes. Sometimes I’ll travel with others; and at times I will go alone. Being alone would be like going to sleep at night; for the purpose of recharging my mind and soul. Traveling with others would enhance the nurturing side of me that would want to share the experience with others. I just hope whomever I choose has the same respect for the land as I do. I don’t consider myself Irish; I’m actually part Native American with Spanish mix and French heritage, but I think this connection with Irish heritage is ingrained in my total root system from the way, way back. This is a place that calls to me in my dreams and in my heart. Although I grew up in Houston, and my heart and home is in Texas, my soul will rest in Ireland.


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