The three things that intrigue me most about Ireland are the food, the people and the history. As a lover of food, I dream of enjoying the famous seafood of Cork and Galway… lobsters, clams, oysters and fresh salmon. The thought of a table full of fresh oysters and pints of Guinness continually haunts my dreams. To visit inn after inn, munching on farmhouse cheeses in the country would be sublime, and delving into the haute cuisine of the major cities and trying new twists on traditional fare would show me the true taste signature of the country. Dining on Ireland’s well-known lamb would be delightful as well. As a lover of beer, Ireland is the place to be with world famous brews (and also the rumor that Guinness tastes better in Ireland!), I would be happy to tour Ireland beer by beer and enjoy what each region has to offer. As a lover of Guinness, Harp, Kilkenny and Caffrey’s I feel like I’ve only scraped the surface of Ireland’s beers.
One day I want to mix with the famously friendly locals, enjoying a pint at a neighborhood pub, reading Ireland’s many poets and writers in the very places they wrote their works, or having a stroll down winding streets. I would love to sit for a night and enjoy traditional Irish folk music in a dim pub the way it is supposed to be enjoyed. The music of fiddles alternately chills my blood and heats it up. The best way to get to know a place is to meet its people and if the friendliness of the Irish I’ve encountered in Canada is any indicator, I would be well treated there. Afternoon chats in museums and historical spots, evening conversations over pints and the exciting talk that takes place late at night after too many drinks and dancing are the way to get straight to the heart of a people and I would endeavor to do so; I know the company of the people there would make me a better person (although the feistier sorts could get me in trouble!).
Lastly, the history of Ireland has always been appealing to me. There are layers of history in Ireland and the bloodlines are old… buildings and monuments can be found everywhere. I’ve read many historical accounts of Ireland and to see the landscape and the ruins with my own eyes would complete the picture I’ve grown in my head over the years. I would attempt to fit in as many castles and ruins as I could as well as ambling around cities that have buildings older than any in Canada. I would love to be able to see as many as I could in a trip and breathe in the epic splendor of all Ireland has to offer! Winning this contest would be a dream come true. To be able to eat Ireland, to know Ireland and its people and to see Ireland’s history laid bare before me would bring to life a long imagined desire of mine. Thank you for taking the time to read about it.
There are so many different ways to go about discovering Ireland. Whether it be through the famous cuisine, the hospitable locals, or the rich history of the country. Our travel agents are dedicated to helping put together a customized tour that can focus on just one theme, or try and fit in as many wonderful experiences Ireland has to offer as possible!