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Places to Go: Ireland

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By Allison Schroeder
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Several years ago, I visited the beautiful country of Ireland with my family and grandparents. We took a weeklong tour of Southern Ireland, and we went to some of the most beautiful parts of the country.

I remember my family loved it so much the first time we went that we ended up going a second time to site see around Dublin, because you can spend days in that city without having done everything.

The people in the country were nothing but kind when I visited. The food was delicious everywhere we ate, and despite the little bit of chilly and wet weather, it was a blast.  

Let’s get into some of my favorite places in Ireland!

Where to visit in Ireland:

1.  Galway

Cue Ed Sheeran’s “Galway Girl.”

One of my favorite locations to visit was Galway because of the history inside of this fishing village. It is notorious for its Claddagh ring that dates to the 17 century and holds a special place in some hearts of the Irish.

The ring stands for love, friendship, and loyalty. Depending on how you wear the ring and which hand, it can stand for a multitude of things.

I hope to one day return to Galway to explore the area more now that it has been a few years.

2.  Dublin

When I went to Dublin, I did not know what to expect. Initially, you see a busy city that seems very confusing, but in all reality, it was not that hard.  Every time we got lost, we were told it was only a five-minute walk to our destination, and the people were kind and helpful when we were lost.

One of my favorite spots in Dublin was Trinity College Dublin where you were given the chance to walk into the massive library filled with books, including the Book of Kells and take in the hidden part of the city.  

There is also the Guinness Storehouse where you can have the brewery experience of the famous Irish beer, Dublin Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and many shops and pubs to experience.

3.  Cobh

Cobh, formerly known as Queenstown, is a historic part of Ireland because it was the last stop for the Titanic before its unforeseeable demise. You can learn more about the history of Cobh at their Cobh Heritage Centre, where you can also learn about the story of Annie Moore, the Lusitania exhibition, and other fascinating stories.

4.  Blarney Castle, Cork

Although the Blarney Castle is said to be a tourist trap, I found the castle a beautiful site to see.  Medieval castles are just one of the things I find intriguing to visit when in Europe because they hold history in some form. The surrounding area is also a wonderful area to visit because of its waterways, architecture, and lovely shops and eateries.

5.  Cliffs of Moher

By far one of the most magnificent sceneries I have ever laid eyes on, the Cliffs of Moher is the place to go. Although you must endure a long walk, you are constantly rewarded with the beauty of the cliffs and the Atlantic Ocean right there.  Anytime I think of that trip, I just remember the beauty of Ireland.

Throughout all my travels, I have been to some of the most magnificent places, but Ireland was by far the greatest place I have ever visited. 

It’s hard to give this magnificent country justice through words, so if you get the chance, you should take a trip to Ireland!  You will not regret it!

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