Irish Windows

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Arched window and geriatric Castle – St. Cirains’s Monastery in Shannonbridge Ireland.

Have you ever dreamed of going to  Ireland? I did, and when it finally happened, I hardly dared to close my eyes for fear I’d miss something. Here velvet blue skies flanked rolling green hills, ancient stone buildings hovered on every horizon, and age-old rock walls snaked across the fields. Aside from that,  people have remnants of castles in their very own backyards!

From what I understand, these medieval marvels are protected – big fines if you knock one down to make room for your backyard pool – and people in Ireland seem to take all this antiquity in stride. I remember one house in particular which had a laundry line strung from a crumbling castle turret to a tree. There were sheets hanging on the line and cows grazing peacefully nearby.  What would it be like to look out your kitchen window at an ancient ruin? I’d love to find out.

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Ireland – One Hundred Thousand Welcomes

May the road rise up to meet you.

Traveling from Chicago’s O’Hare airport to its miniature equivalent in Shannon Ireland is like stepping into another dimension. While the two airports are polar opposites – finely tuned chaos compared to small-town bustle – it’s the shift in scenery that takes your breath away. Chicago, a major metropolis of towering concrete, percolates with honking horns and harried people. Ireland, on the other hand, embodies peace and lush green beauty.

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To Drive or Be Driven – Touring Ireland

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This Library Lady article is published on Go Nomad Travel.

 

To drive or be driven, that was the question when I decided to tour Southern Ireland.  Should I do the “typical tourist” thing and sign up for a bus trip? Or be independent, and strike out on my own in a rental car?

For the rest of the story continue to GoNomad Travel. You’ll be glad you did!

It’s one place on earth that heaven has kissed, with melody, mirth and meadow and mist.

National Library of Ireland

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Is this a beautiful Library or what?  Like Trinity, the National Library of Ireland is also located in Dublin, so this city is the lucky host of two cool libraries.

Established in 1877, this is a research library rather than a lending library, and it holds a large quantity of Irish and Irish-related material which can be consulted without charge.

There’s a quiet air of study and concentration here and I didn’t feel we should wander around and disturb people, so we just stuck our heads in and ogled this breathtaking space. Also took a couple of pictures.

If you’re in the neighborhood, check it out!

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By YvonneM – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,