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Posted by on Aug 18, 2009 in Audio & Video, Podcast, Shannon | 22 comments

92 Dreaming of County Clare – AUDIO

O'Brien's Tower at the Cliffs of Moher

Sign up for our Dreaming of Clare Giveaway by leaving a comment below. Details in the show notes. Photo courtesy of www.cliffsofmoher.ie.

Episode Guide – Podcast #92 Dreaming of County Clare

In this audio podcast episode, we chat with Geraldine Enright from the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience as she talks about County Clare, Shannon Airport and opportunities a down economy can hold for those who travel.

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Show Notes

00:00
Intro Song: The Devil’s Bit by Theresa Larkin & Noel McQuaid

00:50
The Irish Fireside is now a Lonely Planet Favourite Blog (our entries appear in the lower left column)

01:07
5 Tips You Need to Know Before Renting a Car in Ireland

01:25
Geraldine Enright from the Cliff of Moher Visitor Experience.

1:30
The Cliffs of Moher are among the final 27 selections for the New 7 Wonders of Nature – they need your VOTE!

02:05
Online booking at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience.

02:25
Scenes from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince filmed at the Cliffs of Moher.

02:53
The state of tourism in Ireland.

03:40
Shannon Airport now offers pre-clearance that allows passengers to undertake immigration, customs and agricultural inspections at Shannon… eliminating the need to go through these processes on American soil after a flight lands.

05:05
Question about visitors going to the edge of the Cliffs of Moher

07:04
Buskers at the Cliffs of Moher

09:12
Suggestions for the best value in County Clare

10:10
Travel options in Clare at www.clare.ie

10;30
A few of Geraldine’s suggestions: Banquet at Bunratty, Cliffs of Moher & the newly opened O’Brien’s Tower, Doolin Cave and Burren Perfumery (for cake and nettle tea… mmmm).

11:11
Flying into Shannon

11:30
Dreaming of Clare Giveaway: luggage tags, air fresheners, pens, lanyards, some gorgeous County Clare calendars and some Tina Mulrooney CDs. To qualify, leave a comment below. Your comment should include your memories or favorite sites in County Clare, or for those of you who haven’t been there yet, which Clare sites you’ll include in your dream itinerary. You can also submit a short article about County Clare by emailing it to corey@irishfireside.com

12:23
Will You Go Lassie Go? performed by Tina Mulrooney www.tinamulrooney.com

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22 Comments

  1. I went to Ireland in late June and the first place I stayed was Ennis. I absolutely love it there. My favorite memory from there would have to be watching the Clare vs. Tipperary hurling game and then going out to the local sporting goods store to buy a team jersey. (I also ended up buying a jacket.) I wish I could have stayed longer than just two days!!

  2. Not to put it in too somber of terms, but my father passed away in 2005 and some of his medical issues were attributed to having served time in the military and therefore we received a small payout after he passed. My mom and I chose to use some of that money to take our trip to Ireland – it was part of our healing as my dad’s family is Irish.

    Standing on the Cliffs of Moher was one of the best, most healing experiences of the whole trip. We took at small vial of my dad’s ashes with us and left them there on the cliff and then each took some time to stare out to the sea. I cried quite a bit, but ultimately it was a beautiful, moving, peaceful experience as I kind of left a lot of grief and sorrow up there on those cliffs.

    We drove all over the country, but when I close my eyes, it’s the free feeling of standing up on those cliffs that comes rushing back to me.

  3. Usually I’m up in the north, but one of my memories of Clare is taking a long rainy trip one autumn day to see a friend play at Glor Music Center in Ennis — only there over night so didn’t get to see much beyond the music, but music was completely worth it. And even in the audience, musicians Manus McGuire and Mairtin O’Connor, among others. Great evening of music altogether.

  4. We were in Ireland a year ago, and, it still brings tears to our eyes to see our pix of the cliffs, and County Claire.( http://www.flickr.com/photos/magtimmag/sets/72157606236456936/ ). There isn’t a day goes by that we don’t think of the people and sites. Crossing the Shannon by ferry, wandering through the little hamlets, talking with the people. We are saving to go again, and this time we’ll fly into Shannon. Can’t wait…

  5. They did a great job with that center…blends in very nicely and is educational. BTW I bought a knitted hat from one of the vendors and didn’t see another like it anywhere in Ireland. I really treasure it.

  6. HAD SUCH A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE MY LAST TRIP TO ENNIS AND CLARE. FLEW INTO SHANNON AND DROVE TO ENNIS TO THE RED COTTAGE B & B, ONLY A FEW KILOMETERS FROM DOWNTOWN. OUR HOSTESS, CARMEL, WAS MORE THAN GRACIOUS, THE BREAKFASTS WERE FABULOUS, THE BAR ATTACHED RIGHT THRU THE SWINGING DOOR, AND A BRAND NEW FULL-COURSE MENU FOR THEIR OWN RESTAURANT UPSTAIRS. WE COULD WALK TO DOWNTOWN AND SAMPLE ALL THE DIFFERENT PUBS. HER SON TOOK US ON A TOUR, IN THE MORNING, TO THE CLIFFS OF MOHER. SPECTACULAR VIEWS AND A WONDERFUL IMAX SCREENING AND SHOPPING INSIDE THE HILLS. THEN DOWN THE ROAD TO FANORE AND DOOLIN. AAHHH, GUS O’CONNERS-GREAT MUSIC.I WAS TOUCHED BY THIS VISIT SO MUCH, I THINK OF IT EVERY DAY AND CAN’T WAIT TO RETURN ASAP.

  7. I recenly visited County Clare, My grandmother grew up in Kildimo close to Miltwn Malbay. She moved to US in 1917 and I was lucky enough to travel to her homeland in 2008 and now in 2009. The experience of a lifetime. My cousins live there and I have never experienced such a life altering place. My roots go deep there and I love the people and country and if posible I hope to call it home someday.

  8. We have visited Clare on each of our four trips to Ireland. Every time, we discover something new and interesting. While we feel that people should visit the Cliffs of Moher (and take the cruise from Doolin, if possible), County Clare is so much more than that!

    Take a walk in the Burren with a guide. Visit the Burren Centre in Kilfenora. Visit each of the Aran Islands (we have one more – Inis Man – to go). Take a walk in the medieval downtown area of Ennis and visit Ennis Friary. Stop at Quin Friary; it contains the most complete cloister in Ireland. And be sure to drop by Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, and stay for the Medieval Banquet at the castle.

    We could spend a month exploring all of the facets of Clare. Someday, we hope we’ll get the chance!

    Slan,
    Kathy

  9. Great podcast — which I was able to enjoy on my walk into work today. Geraldine sure was a dynamo of a salesperson for Co. Clare. That’s fine by me as I’m partial to the West anyway. :) Thanks for the good show and interview.

  10. Cheers for sharing folks, Ennis is my secret place so don’t tell too many LOL! Loved it as a jump off point for Burren, Moher Galway etc. and wasn’t that square lovely? The Cashel Pics are OUTSTANDING! Great Pics of Galway all in all thanks for the wonderful trip back in time and back to the home of my heart. Ta`

  11. These comments are fantastic. The earlybirds get the worm… the writers of these first ten comments are ALL getting some County Clare goodies.

    Don’t worry, we’ve got more to give away, so keep the comments coming.

  12. In September/October 2007, my husband and I took our 3rd trip to Ireland. This time we chose to spend the last several days of our trip in Newmarket-on-Fergus. We stayed at a wonderful little B&B called Country Haven. From Newmarket, we drove to and explored the Lough Derg area one day. What a beautiful area! My husband and I still talk about the stunning blue lake and the verdant green countryside surrounding Lough Derg. Another day we drove to the Burren and poked around that area for several hours.

    We went to visit friends in Ballyvaughan for the afternoon. Driving ‘home’ to our B&B, a rainbow that spanned the entire horizon in front of us seemd to guide us back to Newmarket. Mary had told us earlier that she would not be in when we got back, but that she would leave us a slice of apple pie in the dining room, which she did. We grew to look forward to Mary’s apple pie. One of my fondest memories of staying at Mary’s was the quiet road her B&B was on. We would take a walk each evening down the road, usually with a neighbor’s dog accompanying us. I can still see the moon shining as we took a late evening walk on our last night there….last night, that is, for our 2007 trip. We’ll be back time and gain; we have to for a piece of our heart remains.

  13. My wife and I keep trying to plan our trip to Ireland… And given that we are both big Harry Potter fans, this sounds like a dream location for the trip.

  14. Keep the comments coming. Carla & Michael, we’ve got some County Clare goodies coming your way.

    Anyone want to turn their Clare memories into a short article? We’d welcome that.

  15. My last stay in Ireland was capped off by a memorable day and evening in Clare. This magical county is filled with dramatic earthly beauty, from the “moonscape” starkness of the Burren to the majestic black cliffs plummeting to the sea. I remember standing near the ancient Poulnabrone dolmen looking at the wildflowers and hearing suddenly the May song of the cuckoo. It was the first time I’d ever heard a cuckoo sing and I learned later that it is considered a fortunate moment for anyone to hear it.

    Getting directions is always fun in Ireland. But in Clare, you’ll often hear, “Turn left at the castle,” with the frequency that we in the States might say, “Turn left at the convenience store.”

    Along the way we stopped at a shop in Ballyvaughan to buy a simple lunch of local cave cheese, bread and lemonade and drove up Corkscrew Hill for a picnic at its top. Glad we saw the perspective of the drive after we made it!

    Our gracious hostess at the farmhouse we were staying at in Doolin treated us to dark Irish tea and biscuits after we checked in, and gave us perfect suggestions for dinner and traditional music.

    Of course we stopped at the Cliffs of Moher, which at that time had access right to the edge. What was more dizzying, watching tourists dangle their feet over the edge or watching the churning seas below? Tough call. The beauty of the sight is overwhelming.

    Nearby the farmhouse was a shop where local artisans sold their work. The most colorful and beautiful handmade Aran-style sweaters I have even seen in my life were in that shop. To this day I marvel at my credit card restraint in the place.

    We had a superb final dinner at a Doolin restaurant, a gourmet feast you’d expect at the finest restaurants in Manhattan, not tucked away in a cosy Clare country house. That was followed by pints of Guinness and a lively session at the nearby pub, where some had the courage to stand and sing with the musicians. One Clareman treated us to a performance of his sean nós dancing, too.

    This one stay in Clare inspired the opening to my second novel, “A Sudden Gift of Fate,” that will be published soon. To say visiting Clare is life-changing is an understatement!

  16. The Cliffs of Moher was my favorite memory of my visit to western Ireland in 2007. A must-see. The visitor’s center is fabulous. Not only was it an ideal refuge for a sudden hail storm, it contained wonderful exhibits. I really enjoyed the iMax film they presented. The film wasn’t mentioned in your interview, but anyone who goes to the visitor’s center should make it a point to see this film.

    This podcast brought back lovely memories. Thank you, Corey!

    Anne :-)

  17. I was so excited to hear about the fact that we could walk around the cliffs and feel like a real blond not realizing about the “other” area’s that I could have walked *GRIN*. I was at the Cliffs of Mohr back in July of 05 and was dissapointed not to be up close and even though I saw the other area and thought about sneaking over there…lol I didn’t want to get in trouble. NOW I will be sure and do it next time I am there! It was the funnest weather, one of the only times it rained in the 10 days I was there, no seriously and it was windy and so Irish. From there we went to Bunratty and did the banquet, I agree, it is a must! Thanks for this podcast!

  18. Wow! Thanks.. Looking forward to the goodies.

  19. Never been…… but planning a trip.

    We are going to try to fly into Shannon airport. From there we plan to stay in a nearby BB. Definitely gonna hit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. The next day were gonna make the drive to the Cliffs of Moher. We are considering visiting Lough Derg, but not sure if we will have time. We’ll see. We are also thinking about going to the Glor Irish Music Center in Ennis.

    Im sure we will think of more before we go.

  20. Enjoyed listening to your piece on County Clare, my home away from home. I have been visiting Doolin every year for about 6 years now and my daughter and I both cherish our time there. We just returned from a trip that saw us walking the beaches at Fanore and Lahinch, attending sessions in Kinvarra and Ballyvaughan and a concert at the fabulous Glor in Ennis. The people and the landscape combined make this our favorite place to relax and enjoy the simple beauty as we gaze out over Inisheer!

  21. Thanks so much for the podcast on County Clare. Just to hear her voice describing the Cliffs brought back many fond memories of our trip to Ireland. One that comes to mind is the day we spent just wandering around Ennis and we found this old Catholic church that we could not help but be awe struck by its simple beauty, inside and out. My wife lit a candle for her father and we just sat and took it all in. Even now it brings a great feeling of warmth over me to tell you about it. Keep up the great work that you are doing. Oh, I loved following your American Roadtrip and being from Wisconsin I feel an extra closeness to what you are doing.

  22. In 2007 I spent a month wandering Ireland. I loved it and felt at home from the moment I arrived, but never has a place hit me in my gut like Doolin, Co. Clare. From the moment I stepped off the bus, sunrise filtered through characteristic Irish mist and the smell of peat fires heavy in the air I knew that this is where I wanted to be. I spent my time in Doolin at the Aille River Hostel, a gorgeous little hostel run by some of the most welcoming people I’ve ever met. I felt at home, which, for someone who has almost never felt at home, who has always come down with a case of wanderlust after about 2 days in the same place, was a revelation. My days were filled with a walks along the cliffs that lead from Doolin to the Cliffs of Moher… A trip that had me alternately enthralled and fearful for my life as I made the trek… Stopping frequently to reflect on my surroundings and the blessing of being there. I took a long looping bike ride throught the Burren, stopping at a house along the road advertising lunch to have a beautiful tomato sandwhich and hearty soup before continuing on my way. I was only in Doolin for a week, but it was absolutely perfection. I look back fondly at my days there, I’ve woken up from dreams with the smell of peat fire in my nose and a blissful grin on my face. I find myself perusing Doolin real estate and planning my return. My boyfriend has recently applied for a job transfer to Dublin, and all I can think of is our first weekend trip, back to County Clare, the peat fires, the cliffs, the music and that feeling of being home. <3

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