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Flashback Friday – Ireland

There are so many words that come to mind when I think of Ireland: lush, wet, breathtakingly beautiful, disarming, historic, real, edgy, political, troubled. And, whether you’re in Northern Ireland or in the Republic, there is a raw truth that makes you see the humanity on both sides of all the things we’ve read about for years. The people we met personify salt of the earth and, without exception, I felt like what you see is what you get. Oh, and the music and the joy and the laughter. If you ever need a dose of that, the Irish will teach you in spades.

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29 & 28 Merrion Street Upper, Dublin

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Aran sweaters are always in style here. Galway Woollens, Westport, Co. Mayo.

 

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Art in our hotel in Bellina, Co. Mayo.

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Our version of Downton Abbey and home for the week – Drenagh Georgian Estate, Limavady, Co. Derry.

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My husband settling in to his farm life on the estate.

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Essential footwear.

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One of the secret gardens on the estate.

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Moss drenched staircases to a grand balcony.

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Many of the country roads across Ireland are this narrow. Road atop the cliffs of Slieve League, Co. Donegal.

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Very woolly sheep above the cliffs of Slieve League, Co. Donegal.

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A typical looking cottage somewhere in Co. Donegal.

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The center of a roundabout in Bushmills, Co. Antrim. Flying the flags for the Queens’s Jubilee.

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Pride of Bunn dry docked near Ballymena, Co. Donegal.

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Lobster traps near Ballymena, Co. Donegal.

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An afternoon tea at the Merrion Hotel, Dublin (with a spot of whiskey too).

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Atop Binevenagh, near Limavady, Co. Derry.

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Our group of friends who joined us on the trip, standing atop Binevenagh, near Limavady, Co. Derry, looking out over the North Atlantic.

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Potatoes, potatoes, potatoes everywhere.

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Donegal Tweed Factory, Ardara, Co. Donegal.

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Tweed Loom near Killybegs, Co. Donegal.

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Bay near Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, Ballintoy, Co. Antrim.

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Fish n Chips, Bushmills, Co. Antrim. The best that I’ve had in a long time!

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A view from Malin Head, Co. Donegal.

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Happy cows near Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills, Antrim.

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A newly sheared lamb near Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills, Co. Antrim.

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A view of sunset outside our Georgian Manor.

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Our uber stylish friends, dressing the part on our pre dinner walk.

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The clan, toasting to another wonderful day in Ireland.

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When in Rome, or rather Bushmills in Co. Antrim, have a Bushmills or few!

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11 Comments

  1. Diana August 30, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    Clearly, you must know how happy these photos made me….xo Diana

    • dianiliving August 30, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

      Diana, I thought of you the whole time I was writing it. If anyone gets this place, you do! xoxo

  2. Heidi August 30, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    What a beautiful series of photos! Thanks for posting them for all our enjoyment :)

  3. Heidi August 30, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

    What a beautiful series of photos! Thanks for posting them for all of us to enjoy:)

    • dianiliving August 30, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

      Thank you, Heidi! And, thanks for following the blog! xo

  4. nancy August 30, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    The Georgian manner you stayed in was lovely but I am going to guess it was built by an Englishman…..the British were brutal to the Irish…..the Irish lived in poverty while the British took the best land and had the peasants do the farming….

    • dianiliving August 30, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

      That is true, Nancy. They were brutal. If you look at any country’s history, there was brutality. Brutality remains worldwide. The beauty to be found is in the people that have not been defined by their circumstances and it is evident from my experience in Ireland. Thanks for your comments.

  5. Lisa August 30, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

    I was just in UK for 5 weeks and was going to go to Ireland but everyone saud the driving is crazy there so we went to south Wales pembrokeshire, a stunning place, castles, roman ruins…… But the driving was crazy there too! Had my fill of narrow roads for a while. The estate looks stunning!

    • dianiliving August 30, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

      Hi Lisa! Wales is beautiful and I know what you mean about the roads. Thanks for reading the blog! xo

  6. doris porch August 30, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    gorgeous photos of the Emerald Isle… Love it there, and miss it like one misses another person!!
    The place, the people, and beyond all else the MUSIC

    THANKS FOR SHARING

    • dianiliving August 30, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

      Thanks for your lovely message, Doris. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. xo

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