My husband and I just returned from a two-week trip to the Republic of Ireland. This was our second visit to this beautiful country. We were there for the first time nearly nine years ago when we helped build a Habitat for Humanity house in Downpatrick, just south of Belfast, Northern Ireland. When we were done building, we drove down the east coast into the Republic of Ireland, staying a couple of nights in Wicklow Head Lighthouse and then continuing down the east coast, around the southern end to the city of Cork. It was a fantastic trip, and we knew we wanted to return.
For this trip, we decided to concentrate on visiting areas along the west coast of the country. We chose Doolin as our base for the first week of our visit. Doolin is regarded as the capital of traditional Irish music. When we arrived, the townspeople were in the midst of celebrating a craft beer and music festival. We joined in, of course!
Here's a photo of my husband and me in front of O'Connor's Pub in Doolin. There is live music in this pub every night during the summer months.
Poulnabrone Dolmen, in the Burren. It's thousands of years old!!
Kylemore Abbey, which currently serves as a Benedictine community of nuns. The Abbey was originally built by Mitchell Henry as a gift for his beloved wife. Now THAT'S love!!!
These are just a few of the places we visited and the sights we saw. It was a wonderful vacation, and I cannot wait to go again. If you haven't visited Ireland, please consider putting it on your to-do list. It's an amazing country, and the people are warm and welcoming.
Thanks for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.