Ireland Part I

Ireland:  Part 1

After a rowdy time in London we hopped a quick flight to Dublin.  We would spend one night in Dublin before renting a car and driving the coast of Ireland for two weeks, a road trip that would be punctuated by a surprise visit from a few of our best college friends!!!

 

Our Irish shenanigans naturally began with a pub crawl in Dublin, Laura mastering the craft of pouring Guinness, and of course sampling some very old and very delicious whiskey... 

the streets of Dublin
the streets of Dublin
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some Irish classics
some Irish classics
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keep em coming!
keep em coming!

After surviving a night in Dublin, where the Guinness really does taste better, we grabbed our car and set off on the road.  Driving in Ireland was no easy task, the winding roads were by far the narrowest we have driven to date and of course driving on the opposite side of the road never helps!  We would stay an evening on a farm and eat fresh eggs (fresh as in laid just minutes before Del, our host, grabbed them from a hen and poached up a few for us!), enjoyed a view of the River Lee during our stay in Cork, slept ABOVE A PUB in Clonakilty, swam in the ocean, explored the Ring of Kerry, castles, green fields and of course enjoyed the live Irish "sing-alongs" at every pub along the way!

 

Some highlights of our Irish road trip... 

Laura greeted on the farm
Laura greeted on the farm
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the freshest of eggs!
the freshest of eggs!
thanks Val and Del!
thanks Val and Del!
Sean and Del walk the dogs
Sean and Del walk the dogs
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Sean, a bag o potatoes, and Mrs. Fitz!
Sean, a bag o potatoes, and Mrs. Fitz!
had to grab a pint!
had to grab a pint!
Laura's middle name, named after her Gram
Laura's middle name, named after her Gram
a mid day pint at Cronins in honor of Gram!
a mid day pint at Cronins in honor of Gram!
no joke, we slept here
no joke, we slept here
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After spending our first few days bouncing from village to village, we would spend the following few chilling out in a country house in Kenmare... 

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the simple life, our fave
the simple life, our fave
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We then continued onward to explore the famed Ring of Kerry.  Our amazing host Adah prepared home cooked shepards pie and salmon, delicious!  She also shipped Laura's "world travels" engagement ring which Laura accidentally left in the shower all the way to Berlin to LJ's apartment, a friend of ours who we would be meeting up with during our travels through Europe... thanks again Adah!!!

a home cooked meal, mmm mmm
a home cooked meal, mmm mmm
Ring of Kerry
Ring of Kerry
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We wrapped up the first part of our road trip through the beautiful Ring of Kerry, hopped in our car, and drove 2 hours North to Shannon, Round II with some of the "Team" was about to commence!!!

7 Comments on “Ireland Part I

  1. Fitzgibbons! How appropriate! Reminds me that I need to go to Hotel Rügheim in the town Rügheimer in Germany.

    I definitely will go to that amazing airbnb retreat place with the fantastic view someday.

  2. What a trip! the photo’s of Ireland are amazing! The beaches, the sea, the grass, the pubs. All beautiful and one of my favorite places on earth.
    Didn’t you LOVE the people? They are so spirited and fun! Enjoy! I feel like I am on the trip with you guys. What an opportunity this is for both of you!
    Gretchen in Boston 🙂

  3. Ireland is such a magical place. Thrilled you came across your namesakes!! And, yes, the Guinness does taste better over here!!

  4. How awesome! So happy for you guys! Have a great time! Sean, by the way the Fitzgibbons are from County Cork!

  5. Well loving that you both found your namesakes! Ireland is truly lovely. Fond memories of the people, places, food, countryside, driving which was interesting to say the least and Daryl loved it!
    Guinness is like chocolate milk over there and the best whiskey’s I have ever had. Went to mass in Ennis, different from the states, fast and easy. Outside the church was a faucet built in the wall that had HOLY WATER carved into the stone! We ran to the nearest “Chemist” drigh store and asked to purchase a bottle with a screw on lid to travel… they sold us a urine test! Ha! We laughed til we cried so did the “Chemist” when he found out what we needed it for…
    Ireland is wonderful.

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