Ireland has always had a stronghold upon my heart and I suppose it has to do with my ancestral lineage and my father has always been obsessed with Ireland! He also owned an Irish Pub in upstate NY called “Carnsie’s”. My maiden name is Carns but according to my Dad the original spelling is “Cairns”.
I have been to Ireland twice over the past several years and the beauty is breath-taking. My favorite visits have been to Dingle Bay and the Cliffs of Moher (picture above). The feeling was as if I were at “home”. The water, green grass and the cliffs are nothing short of amazing. The Irish are simplistic and kind. The food, currents, and soups were amazing. There “soups” were pureed in every restaurant I ate in. Eating breakfast reminded me of eating brunch at my Grandmother’s on Easter Sunday. Chopped fruit, bacon, eggs, toast and soda bread. They did offer baked beans for breakfast so my grandmother did not have it down pat!!
Before I went to Ireland I did research on my Grandmother’s side. Her name was Clara Farrell and she was from County Clare. Knowing this gave me much comfort and interest in my lineage in County Clare.
Another favorite place that I visited is Blarney Castle. The first structure was built in the 10th century. The Castle was surrounded by beautiful gardens and trees, below is a pic of a tree on the grounds.
Over the course of my 2 visits I visited Blarney Castle, Dingle Peninsula, Cliffs of Moher, Dalkey Village, Dublin, Clonmacnoise(a monastic settlement), Connemara (Hills of potato ridges) and Kylemore Abbey and impressive mansion. Ring of Kerry tour mountains and Atlantic Coastline and the famous waterford Crystal Collection. It is true that the “Irish” love to tell tales and sing. I witnessed this when visiting the pubs.
If you have any interest I would highly recommend it and you will not be disappointed. Ireland is a piece of “Heaven” on this earth!