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.
29 & 28 Merrion Street Upper, Dublin
Aran sweaters are always in style here. Galway Woollens, Westport, Co. Mayo.
Art in our hotel in Bellina, Co. Mayo.
Our version of Downton Abbey and home for the week – Drenagh Georgian Estate, Limavady, Co. Derry.
My husband settling in to his farm life on the estate.
One of the secret gardens on the estate.
Moss drenched staircases to a grand balcony.
Many of the country roads across Ireland are this narrow. Road atop the cliffs of Slieve League, Co. Donegal.
Very woolly sheep above the cliffs of Slieve League, Co. Donegal.
A typical looking cottage somewhere in Co. Donegal.
The center of a roundabout in Bushmills, Co. Antrim. Flying the flags for the Queens’s Jubilee.
Pride of Bunn dry docked near Ballymena, Co. Donegal.
Lobster traps near Ballymena, Co. Donegal.
An afternoon tea at the Merrion Hotel, Dublin (with a spot of whiskey too).
Atop Binevenagh, near Limavady, Co. Derry.
Our group of friends who joined us on the trip, standing atop Binevenagh, near Limavady, Co. Derry, looking out over the North Atlantic.
Potatoes, potatoes, potatoes everywhere.
Donegal Tweed Factory, Ardara, Co. Donegal.
Tweed Loom near Killybegs, Co. Donegal.
Bay near Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, Ballintoy, Co. Antrim.
Fish n Chips, Bushmills, Co. Antrim. The best that I’ve had in a long time!
A view from Malin Head, Co. Donegal.
Happy cows near Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills, Antrim.
A newly sheared lamb near Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills, Co. Antrim.
A view of sunset outside our Georgian Manor.
Our uber stylish friends, dressing the part on our pre dinner walk.
The clan, toasting to another wonderful day in Ireland.
When in Rome, or rather Bushmills in Co. Antrim, have a Bushmills or few!