Getting an Ireland Fix
I was feeling a little homesick for Ireland. Thank goodness our friends on Facebook and Twitter swooped in to share some of their favorite things about the Emerald Isle. Feel free to add your picks in the comments.
The stars on a moonless night. Lambs baaing on the hills. The smell of furze. The ever-present ocean. Little forgotten roads the motorways bypassed. Layers and layers of history. Cliffs, beaches, mountains, stone walls, lush landscapes, bleak landscapes, soft rain, spring cuckoos, bluebell forests, a peat fire, castle ruins, abbey ruins, cozy B&Bs, sticky toffee pudding, Irish breakfast,
How complete strangers chat to you in queues, on buses etc and it’s not remotely creepy! Living here, I take it for granted but it’s only when returning home after travelling that you realise it doesn’t happen everywhere. Ih fact, if you did it in some countries, they’d cart you away..
Tiny, winding roads through gentle, rolling hills, and then suddenly…. SHEEP!!!!
Christy Jackson Nicholas
Scones topped with jam and cream…
The unmistakable scent of turf smoke…
I love the bartender who kept his pub open til 6 am when I was in Dublin last week and poured me all the Midleton Rare I could drink since it was my birthday. I’d have to say that the people are what I love most about Ireland.
The peace I feel when I close my eyes and have the feeling like I’m exactly where I’ve always belonged. That and the giant rhododendron bushes in the Muckross House gardens. And hearing Molly Malone just about every night in one pub or another. Never got old.
Karen Harrington Coles
How when you walk into a small town market, the cashiers/owners greet you and ask how your day is going.
Standing at Dun Aegus on Inis Mor looking west over the Atlantic, thinking of Vikings and thousands of years of history & survival…
The roads, the villages, and the people. Never have I met people more caring for a stranger than when I was in Ireland.
The brown bread. I can’t recreate it no matter how hard I try.
Jody L Halsted
How after a Guiness at the village pub the barman says, “you’ll be joining us tonight for the sing song” and wont’ take no for an answer.
The small town Irish Parade in Kilkenny!! And How everyone is so Friendly!!!
Karen Helgesen Gurnavage
The people; everyone is warm, kind, friendly; pubs are home type and wonderful to join in. I loved especially, Galway and that whole area.
Nina Charters Scripps
The fact that you’re never alone in a pub for long.
Been once But it won’t be the last Your NOT a stranger for more than a moment, your welcome and treated like an old friend.
Most hospitable people, and I’m a southerner in the U.S. so I know a bit about that. Sure loved my daily bowl of seafood chowder! Ahh, traveled the west of Ireland and everywhere you look it’s beautiful. Cliffs of Moher are hauntingly beautiful, The Burren, Galway Bay at night time…I had just told my husband this evening that I’m ready to go back.
Phyllis Richardson Sherman
How intense the “Green” really is!
Micheal A. Hodge
I need one too! Even the birds seem happier there!!
Walking among the people and hearing everyone talk.
Mary Kay Cutrera
The ruins in the farmer’s fields…amazing to see!
Fall in Clare
Piper Ferry from Greencastle to Magilligan’s Point, coastal route
The women, music, scenery, history, and Guinness!
Mist hovering at the top of Knocknarea! Stone cirlces in cow pastures! : )
The Hedges have Daffodils and Gorse, the sun is shining the wind is whistling over the slieve and we are about to go on the 30 mile round trip for the weeks shopping.
Driving the Conor Pass!
The people, the accent, the green fields, the fresh air, the music, the craic, the history, the wiskey? The beer, the poetry that is Ireland…i just love it all!!!
The forgotten places off the beaten track where time stands still.
I’m fascinated by the sometimes seamless blend of religious and folklore traditions.
Climbing Croagh Patrick, pub scene, Avoca, Sunday roast dinner Fagan’s, rhododendrons Muckross Gardens, and the people!
Being inside on a cold, windy night & a fire made w/ briquettes.
I miss the people…their love of music and hospitality!!
Penelope Verstege (@cdnpenny)
Vicki Griffin (@schoolgeekVicki)
The native tongue and the accents. All I know of the land is what I’ve seen in pictures.
Lynn Green (@kandls)
Michelle Eisenber (@MMEPhilly)
I got engaged atop the Cliffs of Moher @ sunset…a sight like none other. Need to go back…SOON!!!
John Duffy (@jmduffy97)
The warmth of the people & the view from my garden.
Arianna Maree (@Aria511)
The smell of a turf fire! Sweet, smokey, inviting! The sound of Trad in a local pub! Got meself cryin’ here!
Joan Parks (JustJoan308)
The Burren – and the flowers that grow in the Burren.
Sheila R. Lamb (@sheilarlamb)
The music and the people – roll on July!!! yeao!
Kim Piper (@KimPiper1)
I love the friendly people! AND the Cliffs of Moher is one of the most serene places on earth.
Jessica Mullins (@jessmullins79)