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FC: Blank Canvas | Ireland Spring 2011

1: Ireland Spring 2011 From the oldest pub in Dublin to the the best view in Ireland on the Ring of Kerry, we four drank of Ireland's culture, natural beauty, and --of course-- centuries-old recipes for alcohol. Mom had her first Guinness (ever), Kristen met U2 (sort of), Andrew drove through one of the scariest traffic cities on the world (on the wrong side of the road), and Nick read Ulysses in the city of its inception (and nearly finished 4 chapters). In the end, we all came away with memories everlasting. | "dance with me in Ireland" -Yeats

2: Dublin Quick! we have but a second, Fill round the cup while you may; For time, the churl, hath beckon'd, And we must away, away! Grasp the pleasure that's flying, For oh, not Orpheus' strain Could keep sweet hours from dying, Or charm them to life again. Then, quick! we have but a second, Fill round the cup while you may! For Time, the churl hath beckon'd, And we must away, away. -Thomas Moore | Molly Malone | Trinity College

3: No trip to Dublin would be complete without a trip to a pub or two or three, but who can count after all that beer? | The Brazen Head is officially Ireland's oldest pub, dating back to 1198. | Dublin offered us beautiful sights from Phoenix Park to The River Liffey; | and Trinity College, the writers museum, and an impromptu street appearances by U2 ensured that we soaked in the full spectrum of Irish cultural offerings. | The River Liffey | Temple Bar | Dublin Writers Musem

4: Guinness | "I'm only a beer teetotaller,

5: Swirling clouds tumble as the storm begins to calm. Settle. Breathe in the moment, then break through the smooth, light head to the bittersweet reward. Unmistakeably Guinness, from the first velvet sip to the last, lingering drop. And every deep-dark satisfying mouthful in between. Pure beauty. Pure Guinness. | This is Mom's first Guinness, ever! | not a champagne teetotaller." -George Bernard Shaw | The Gravity Bar at the top of the Guinness Storehouse tour gives a 360 degree view of Dublin.

6: "Better belly burst | Jameson

7: than good liquor be lost." -Jonathan Swift | After Mom discovered Jameson and cranberry, she began to see much of the city through these eyes.

8: "and down the iron stairs we | Kilmainham

9: Kilmainham Gaol (Jail) is one of the largest unoccupied gaols in Europe. Over the 128 years it served as a prison, its cells held many of the most famous people involved in the campaign for Irish independence. The British imprisoned and executed the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising here including Padraig Pearse, Joseph Plunkett and Thomas Clarke. | tramped, Each from his separate Hell." -Oscar Wilde

10: Ring of Kerry One wonders in this place, why anyone is left in Dublin, or London, or Paris where it would be better, one would think to live in a tent or hut, with this magnificent sea and sky, and to breathe this wonderful air which is like wine in one's teeth. -J. M. Synge | Muckross House

11: The Ring of Kerry (or Iveragh Peninsula to give it its correct name) is part of the mystical & unspoilt region of Ireland. Above all, the Ring of Kerry provides an insight into the nation's ancient heritage. | Possibly the best meal of the entire trip! | Torc Waterfall | Ross Castle | Our Stig | Waterville, County Kerry

12: "O, to have a little house! | Muckross

13: To own the hearth and stool and all!" -Padraic Colum | Muckross House is situated close to the shores of Muckross Lake, amidst the beautiul scenery of Killarney National Park. Muckross House was built for Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife, the watercolourist Mary Balfour Herbert. Building commenced in 1839 and was completed in 1843. This was actually the fourth house that successive generations of the Herbert family had occupied at Muckross over a period of almost two hundred years.

14: "By degrees the castles | Ross

15: are built." -Irish proverb | Ross Castle in Ireland is a typical stronghold of an Irish Chieftain of the Middle Ages. It was built in the late 15th century by one of the O’Donoghue Ross chieftains.

16: "A piece of the sky and a | Lady's View

17: chunk of the earth lie lodged in the heart" -Thomas Moore

18: "And soon, too soon, we part with pain,

19: To sail o'er silent seas again." -Thomas Moore

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