In May of 2014, my husband Steve and I spent 2 glorious weeks in Ireland. We rented a car, and Steve patiently drove me to all of the “of the beaten track” locations that I had on my list. Many of these locations we had completely to ourselves, which made for both amazing photos and memories. As I boarded the plane to go home, I knew that I wanted to return to Ireland again, this time to immerse myself into a community and to really get to know the people living there.
I got serious about returning in January of 2016. As both a way to make a longer stay affordable and as a way of participating in something meaningful as an animal lover, I signed on to be a volunteer for a few weeks at a seal rescue north of Wexford in the seaside village of Courtown.
My stepfather will join me for the first week to explore together before I am due at the rescue, and I hope one day to take my 3 grown children. Just as my favorite places in the US, Ireland is a place that I want to share with the people I love.
I’ve decided to fill this opening post with favorite photos from our 2014 visit. I hope you enjoy them and that you will pop by during the next 5 weeks to see new photos and read about my explorations. There is a brief description below each photo. Thank you for sharing my adventure. Eva
Athassel Friary, near Cashel, the largest monastic ruin site in Ireland.
The cliffs at Kilkee on the western coast.
A view from Hore Abbey up the hill to the Rock of Cashel.
Clonmacnoise monastic ruins on the banks of the Shannon River.
Steve in a secret location given to us by our B and B host along the Cliffs of Moher.
The interior of Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin.
Ross Friary near Galway.
Newgrange stone age passage tomb.
Ross Castle near Killarney.