S: Republic of Ireland March 2011
BC: "May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, The rains fall soft upon your fields, And until we meet again, May God hold you In the palm of his hand." ~Irish Blessing
FC: Republic of Ireland | March 2011
1: March 10, 2011 - March 20, 2011 March 10-12 Toured the exciting city of Dublin observing the elegant Georgian square with the famous colorful doorways and the serene views within St. Stephen's Green Park. Walked across the River Liffey to O'Connell Street and viewed the General Post Office where the 1916 Uprising started and observed the somber figures of the Famine Memorial. Visited Trinity College to take in the beauty of the Book of Kells, the architecture of St. Patrick's Cathedral, and learned about the Vikings who settled in Ireland. We enjoyed an exciting evening on a Pub and Music crawl through Temple Bar. Visited the Old Jameson Distillery to learn how smooth whiskey is created and enjoyed testing the differences between Irish, Scottish and American whiskey becoming a "Certified Whiskey Tester". March 13 Departed Dublin to visit the National Stud, and the Japanese Gardens for an evening in Kilkenny, founded in 1192. March 14 Took photos of the Rock of Cashel, and continued south to Blarney. Visited Blarney Castle and climbed to ramparts to kiss the "Stone of Eloquence." Traveled through County Cork to Macroom and continued on to Killarney. March 15 Toured the Ring of Kerry and stopped in Kells to meet a local farmer, learning how dogs herd flocks of sheep. Crossed over to Valencia Island to visit the Skellig Experience and learn about early Christian Monks who braved harsh conditions on the rocky offshore islands. Returning to Killarney, we stopped in Sneem to view the Lakes of Killarney from Moll's Gap. March 16 Drove north through Listowel to Foynes to visit the Flying Boat Museum where Irish Coffee was first created. Then onto Bunratty Village via Limerick. Stood in awe of the majestic views from the Cliffs of Moher that rise to heights of 700 feet above the churning Atlantic swells. Continued through the Burren and around the shores of Galway Bay. March 17 Traveled through the heart of Connemara and along the Inagh Valley to see the granite hills of the Twelve Pins and sparkling lakes on our way to Leenane. Embarked on a short cruise of Killary Harbor, a 9 mile fjord and enjoyed views of hills where traces of pre-Famine "lazy beds" of potato ridges still exist. Drove south through the town of Clifden and returned to Galway to enjoy the St. Patrick's day festivities. March 18 Traveled from the west coast of Ireland back to Dublin to visit the Guinness Storehouse and explored the many levels of exhibitions, ending in the rooftop "Gravity Bar" for a view over the city while enjoying a creamy pint of "black gold"! We finished off our tour with an exciting evening of Food, Folklore and Fairies at the Brazen Head Pub - Dublin's oldest pub dating back to 1198. March 19 Relaxing day sightseeing in Dublin. March 20 Left Dublin for our return flight home and began planning our next visit to the Emerald Isle...
2: Céad Míle Fáilte
4: Pionta Guinness, le do thoil. "A pint of Guinness, please."
5: May your day be filled with blessings like the sun that lights the sky and may you always have the courage to spread your wings and fly!
7: Legend of Saint Patrick Good St. Patrick travelled far, to teach God's Holy Word And when he came to Erin's sod, a wondrous thing occurred He plucked a shamrock from the earth and held it in His hand To symbolise the Trinity that all might understand The first leaf for the Father And the second for the Son The third leaf for the Holy Spirit All three of them in one.
8: Go mbeannai Dia duit "May God bless you."
9: Bail ó Dhia ort "The blessings of God on you"
10: May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, May good luck pursue you each morning and night. ~Irish Blessing
11: St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time - a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic. ~Adrienne Cook | "Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling..."
14: IN | WHISKEY | THE | JAR | Uisce beatha
15: Irish Coffee Pour hot coffee into a coffee mug until it is 3/4 full. Add 1 tablespoon brown sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Add 1 1/2 ounces whiskey and stir. Top with heavy cream by pouring it slowly over the back of a spoon.
16: When Irish eyes are smiling, 'Tis like a morn in spring. With a lilt of Irish laughter You can hear the angels sing.
19: Póg mo thóin!
20: OF | LUCK | THE | IRISH | Blarney Castle
21: May luck be our companion May friends stand by our side May history remind us all Of Ireland's faith and pride. May God bless us with happiness May love and faith abide. ~Irish Blessing
22: Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Duit ~ "Happy St. Patrick's Day"
24: Ha'Penny Bridge | O'Connell Street | Life is Good | Celtic Cross
25: National Stud Farm | St. Patrick's Day in Galway | Adh na nEireannach
27: May the Irish hills caress you. May her lakes and rivers bless you. May the luck of the Irish enfold you. May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you. ~Irish Blessing
29: Turnips & Lillies Lillies & Turnips