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Hi everyone--I was wondering who has visited Ireland and what your favorite memory from the visit was?

One of my favorite memories was on my first visit in 1995. I stayed at Cregg Castle in Galway and the family there entertained us with live music by the fire. It was like a dream!

Also a more recent memory from last year was meeting up with my Dad and his girlfriend and having pints at the Temple Bar in Dublin after a fine meal at the Boxty House.

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Posted: 08-Jun-2006, 06:52 PM
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Favorite memory... hmmm, not sure. There's wandering Brighid's Gardens, and there's walking Ross Road, headed out of Cill Airne on a peaceful morning.... Or wandering around Galway (Actually wandering around town on FOOT! And feeling safe about it! WOW!)
Then there's watching seabirds in flight, and the breakers on the rocky shore.


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I have to say I love Galway--it beats Dublin hands down. I'm glad I insisted we go there last year--my boyfriend said :"Ahhh! So this is like the real Ireland?" :-)
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Posted: 08-Jun-2006, 09:16 PM
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My ancestors are fom Galway. I'd love to visit there!
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Posted: 08-Jun-2006, 09:25 PM
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Going to County Carlow and meeting distant cousins (MacDonald).

The only dissapointment was most of them were complete snobs to us!
Oh well.

Other than that I don't remember much, I was young.
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Posted: 08-Jun-2006, 10:08 PM
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Went two years ago and the highlight was finding the Egan Homestead or what's left of it. That was very exciting to see the house that my G-G-Grandfather built by hand in the 1830's. Made sure I brought home a few samples of it. Somewhere in this forum ( I think it's in General Discussion), there are pictures of the house.

The other fun part was, accidently running into relatives that I didn't even know I had. I was invited for dinner and many hours of stories that followed.

We have a family reunion planned for next April in Shrule. I'm in the process of planning the trip with flights and hotels. Should be fun to meet some of the American relatives that I haven't met yet and more of the Irish relatives that I missed on the trip the first time.

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Posted: 09-Jun-2006, 09:49 AM
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all my ireland memories are still fantasy.... *sigh*

like the fine lil cottage of Sean Thornton......

"A fine, soft day in the spring it was when the train pulled into Castletown -- three hours late, as usual -- and himself got off."


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As are mine. I've only visited Ireland in picture books and travel guides. And CelticRadio.net
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The last time I visited was for a week with my family. We traveled in a white astro van from England where I was stationed. The best part of the trip was a short time at a road sign and that was almost a scene from the quiet man.

We were stopped and I was out of the van looking at the sign and the map that I had. An old fella came up to us and asked where I was heading, I told him Roscommon. He then looked at me and pointed to a road to my left and said, "Do you see that road over there?" "Well don't take that one it will do you no good!" It took several more minutes to get the correct road and we did finally make it to Roscommon, but I will never forget the directions.


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Posted: 09-Jun-2006, 10:50 AM
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My plans are to take the family to Ulster Ireland with the Ulster-Scots Soceity next summer. Tracing my family back to Ulster has been fun. I have learned that my father's mother and Father are decendents from Ulster with Land Grants from King George, III of England. king.gif On my grandmother's side the land grants were for rewards in serving with George Washington in the French and Indian Wars. My grandfather's family land grant is in Elon North Carolina and my grandmother's family's land grant is Barnwell South Carolina. I have discovered some family in Ulster. cool.gif
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McKenna, I love the Boxty House too! Mmmm...yummy memories.

I had my first beer ever in a Dublin pub (Guinness of course) and it was sooo good.

My favorite Ireland memories are from the trip to Dublin I took with my mom in 2000. Both of us had only been to Ireland once before, but never with each other. We met some amazing jazz musicians at a bar (very Commitments-esque) and ended up hanging out with them. At one point my mom asked the bartender if she had any mexican beer (my mom's favorite). The response still makes me smile: "I can give you a pint of Guinness with a worm in it, if that'll suit you."

I'm planning a trip in October and thinking about going to Kilkenny. Has anyone ever been there?



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Posted: 09-Jun-2006, 01:15 PM
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coastman, Q.what is the differance between apple and an orange
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QUOTE (teashoci @ 09-Jun-2006, 01:15 PM)
coastman, Q.what is the differance between apple and an orange

And you mean what by this?
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Posted: 09-Jun-2006, 06:31 PM
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My favorite memory of home was spending the Winter Solstice on Tara.

I arrived there at ten in the morning, after a half hour hike from the bus stop. Saw the ravens of the Morrigan flying next to me along the road. Didnae' even realize that I was on Tara until I was near the top, thinking that I'd see her off to the side somewhere. Tend to forget how huge she is. Stopped in at the gift shop and cafe there, decided to go ahead and treat myself to a solstice meal. Ordered a chicken melt sandwich, a carafe of coffee, and a double chocolate brownie with REAL fresh cream for dessert. The place was beautiful, the meal heavenly. I finished around noon, got up to go pay, and was told that it was on the house, in honor of the Solstice. A local told me a few moments later of where I could find the Well of the Sacred Cow. I found the well, with the cows watching over it. I prayed, yelled out so the Fae could hear me, and found my way past the fences onto Tara's summit.

I walked through the Stones in the cemetary, walked around the Mound of the Hostages, stood in awe before the "Lia Fail" several times during the day. There was fog and clouds constantly around the top of Tara, and crows and ravens flew in continually all day. It felt separated from the world and like home. I talked with plenty of people who came and went there. I even found out where the faerie tree was and left a gift. I traipsed the Banquet Hall, walked through the Rath of the Synods, strolled by Grainne's Enclosure, hid among the Sloping Trenches, talked with the trees, laughed with the sheep(and there were a lot of them), and enjoyed my visit home.

My whole intent was to wait for the evening solstice gathering, since I had missed the morning one. I saw glimses of the Otherworld that will remain in my memory. but I wove magick anyway, to give a gift to Tara for the experience given. Night came, with fog and mist still around, and most people went home. For a time after it got dark, I was the only one alone on Tara, till first one man, and then another, came to where I stood by the Lia. Like me, they were there for the evening service.

We stood, sat, talked and walked around the Lia for the next two to three hours. the stars appeared above and disappeared in the mist several times, and the mist, when it came in, always smelled like oranges and cinnamon, and maybe a few berries here and there. Which we thought was strange for it being winter of '05. Just as it turned 8, a peculiar couple came along from out of the mist and talked with us awhile, wove some magick of their own, and talked some more. I had seen them earlier in the day. They told us something profound: "Tara is for everyone. after a little while, they went back the way they came, and disappeared.

About a quarter hour later, the soltice group came for the evening service. We greeted them at the gate, the three of us, and participated in their opening service,... but we didn't stay. We agreed that whatever we were meant to do, whatever it was, we did it long before the group came. One of the guys gave me and the other a ride to the bus stop in Navan, bade us farewell, and drove off. We then caught the bus back to Dublin, said our farewells, and went our seperate ways into the city centre.

I call them my brothers to this day, even though I may never see them again.



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Posted: 10-Jun-2006, 11:11 PM
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Well it's been about three years since I've been to to Ireland and I miss it so.

My favorite memory of that glorious island is when my fiance and I went to Rossbeigh. It's small bay right across from Dingle Bay and its a few minutes outside of Cillorglin (which is located in county Kerry). Anyway it's not a huge tourist spot so it was just us not only was is tremendously beautiful but it was also my first time seeing the ocean. I mean what beats that? The first time you see the ocean is in Ireland? It was an awesome experience.


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