Magnificent Manuscripts

No trip to Dublin would be complete without seeing the Book of Kells http://www.tcd.ie/Library/bookofkells/ at Trinity College. On our first try there was over a two hour wait to get into the exhibit, on our second try, it was an hour and a half wait…so we got in line. We were not disappointed. The first part of the exhibit, “Turning Darkness Into Light” details the … Continue reading Magnificent Manuscripts

Dark Side Of Dublin

After Galway, it was on to Dublin! Prisons aren’t usually on my list of places to see when I’m on vacation. But sometimes you have to make an exception. Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin opened in 1796. While it served as a prison for citizens that committed terrible crimes, it also served as penitentiary for leaders and participants of the Irish rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848, … Continue reading Dark Side Of Dublin

Fish, Chips & Claddaughs

From Dromoland Castle we took the train to our next stop, Galway. While visiting Ireland (and England), I enjoyed my share of fish & chips. From beer battered to sprinkled with sea salt, spritzed with lemon or just fresh from the fryer, my award for the best version of the classic dish goes to McDonagh’s on Quay Street in Galway. http://www.mcdonaghs.net. This place has been … Continue reading Fish, Chips & Claddaughs

Just Add Jameson

The next stop on our trip was the Jameson Experience in Midleton, County Cork. http://www.jamesonwhiskey.com/us/tours/jamesonexperience. Our visit started with a video about the history of Irish Whiskey, followed by a guided tour of the old distillery grounds. It was a lovely afternoon, with the sun casting a beautiful glow on the complex as we walked through the restored buildings learning about the whiskey making process. With … Continue reading Just Add Jameson

Blarney Bliss

On our second day in Ireland we visited the iconic Blarney Castle, http://www.blarneycastle.ie. The bus ride from Cork to Blarney was filled with views of modern businesses blended with traditional Irish architecture. When we arrived at the gate we were greeted with the sounds of birds chirping, a babbling brook and live Irish music. As we made our way from the gates to the castle, … Continue reading Blarney Bliss

Returning To My Family’s Roots

My Grandfather’s Grandmother left Ireland in 1880. Despite tons of research, I’ve yet to determine the county she lived in before she left for America. Which is exactly the reason I wanted to visit the Cobh Heritage Centre http://www.cobhheritage.com. Located in a Victorian Railway Station, the museum features fascinating exhibits about what it was like to emigrate from Ireland. Cobh, formerly known as Queenstown was … Continue reading Returning To My Family’s Roots