Nine Months in Ireland
It’s time to say goodbye to Ireland. Slán go hÉirinn. After nine months living in the Emerald Isle we have truly been blessed with the most amazing collection of memories to take away with us. Ireland or Éire in Irish, is beautiful. Stunningly so, in a way that takes your breath away. Scenes that look as though they fell from the pages of a fairy tale are common place. Rolling green hills, rocky cliffs, castles and country lanes – yes, all the clichés are true.
In nine months it has been our Irish blessing to have seen more of this tiny country than even most of the locals. We rented a house in Wexford in the south east, a couple of hours from the capital Dublin, and used every available moment to explore Ireland from top to bottom, east to west. And do you know what? It feels as though we’ve only just scratched at the surface.
We ticked off all of the big ticket items, The Cliffs of Moher, The Giant’s Causeway, The Ring of Kerry and so on. But, we also poked about in the tiny unheard of hamlets, small out of the way villages and century old ruins that were free to enter and wander about in. Sometimes we would just hop in the car and go for a drive to see where we’d end up, because to be sure, there is always a treasure to be discovered here in Ireland.
Highlights of the places that we’ve explored are probably too numerous to list off, but County Kerry stands out, as does the Antrim Coast, Blarney Castle and Glendalough. But it’s not just the sites it’s also the people. The field sport Hurling enabled us to become involved in a local tradition, and a community. The wonderful home educators that we met regularly, invited us into their homes and their circles. Workmates who offered a laugh as well as insider tips for further exploration of the country that they are all so proud to call home. And of course there’s that Irish accent that we still have trouble with sometimes! It’s not without some sadness that we continue on Our Global Adventure, and there is no doubt that we’ll all be leaving a little bit of our hearts in Éire.
Slán (Goodbye) Ireland.
Enjoy our beautiful collection of memories of Ireland, nine months condensed into four minutes.