Thursday, March 17, 2011

10 Reasons to Love Ireland


Being that it is St. Patrick's Day and all

I couldn't resist sharing some of the reasons I fell in love 
with
Ireland 


1. Country lanes lined in stone walls
 
Plenty of these roads where you can find yourself virtually alone

2. Castles and forts

Charles Fort in Kinsale ... in the past, it was Britain's largest star shaped fort

3. Wild, windy cliffs of Dingle and Galway

I may be smiling but it was frickin windy up there!

4.  Green grass with all its various hues

Cattle and sheep dot the lush valleys and hills

 5. Irish pubs

Filled with music, Irish whiskey and all kinds of characters with a story.

6.  Guinness
 
Did you know that 5.5 million pints are consumed around the world.  But on St. Patty's Day?  
That number more than doubles to 13 million pints!
 
7.  Music

Irish seem born with a love of music and at some point, all join in to sing
 
8.  Literature
 
Greats such as James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and Oscar Wilde. Photo of Trinity College.

9.  Redheads and freckles

Lest you doubt my Irish heritage of red hair and freckles, here with lovely lady in Dingle

10.  Villages filled with people 
of tenacity & endurance,
passionate & poetic 
for their homeland

Photo of a small coastal village in Cork County

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~



Hope you have a Lucky Irish Day!
missing the mom gene

3 comments:

Michael Offutt said...

Wow. I totally need to go abroad. Ireland is now on my list of wonderful places to visit before I perish. Thank you for the great pics.

Country Girl said...

From a fellow Irishman ~ Happy St. Paddy's Day to ya! I loved all these photos here. Wowza!

missing the mom gene said...

Actually the photos don't do the countryside justice. It was such an awesome country especially the small villages along the southern coast. Only had enough time to visit the south. Can't wait to visit the north. The people were the best!