Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone. As they say, everyone is Irish during
St. Patricks Day. Speaking of the Irish, wouldn’t now be a great time to talk about Ireland?
I escorted a group of our friends and clients to Ireland in 2010. I wanted to make their
experience of Ireland something they wouldn’t be able to do on any other tour of the
country. To make this a unique experience, I custom built the itinerary, which allowed me
dictate every piece of the adventure.
My group ended up doing and seeing more in 10 days in Ireland than what most people
would see or do in 14+ days in country.
We literally circled the entire country in 10 days. We started each morning with a fabulous
Irish breakfast at 8am. Our days were long and FULL of adventure. We normally didn’t
end up eating dinner until after 8:00pm. Of course our group did all the “normal” touristy
things throughout the country – kissed the Blarney, spent a couple of nights in castles,
went to the pubs at night to drink Guinness and Irish Whiskey, listened to the locals
play music in the pubs and saw Irish cloggers dance their way into our hearts and
But, some of the unique items of our trip included being in the town of Derry, Ireland on
the day that they read the ruling of Bloody Sunday. What an historical day that was in the
town of Derry, and we were right there in the heart of it. The youngest Mayor in the
history of Derry met us along a side street in town and was gracious enough to greet us as
visitor’s to his town and even gave us time to take photo’s with him.
We ended up in Drumcliff, County Slingo visiting poet & playwright, W.B. Yeats burial site
on the day that would have been his birthday, June 13th. Was it just by chance or could I
possibly have planned this in advance? Only I know the truth….
Another stop along our way through this fabulous country was a visit to the Slieve League.
Don’t know what that is do you? Well, its a extrodinary coast line of cliff ranges. If you
think seeing the Cliffs of Moher is something to see, make the trip further North and take
in the beauty of the Slieve League. You can actually hike across the top of this mountain
range but I warn you in advance that at certain points along the path it becomes impossible
to pass another person (way too narrow), so if you greet a fellow hiker along the way, one
of you will have to lay down so the other can step over him.
The Giant’s Causeway I think is a MUST SEE in Ireland. I often ask myself why so many
tourists visit the wonderful country of Ireland but do not take the time to go see this
natural wonder? It is truly a great site to see. My youngest traveler in our group was a
boy of the age of 12. Standing there viewing this natural wonder in Ireland, he turned and
looked at his mother and said “I’m going to get married here someday”. If a 12 year old
boy can see the beauty of Giant’s Causeway, I think you too would be impressed with it.
The highlight of this trip for me was when we went to the Down Cathedral. This is where
St. Patrick himself is buried. – No, St. Patrick is NOT buried in Dublin like so many tourists
think. My father, having passed away 7 years prior to this journey never had the
opportunity to visit the country that his people came to America from. I took my father’s
picture with me on this trip and placed his picture on the grave of St. Patrick.
We made the journey to Ireland together in spirit.
If you have not had the opportunity yet to visit Ireland, I would recommend you do so.
Make the highlights I provided above a part of your journey as well. Take friends and
family with you to enjoy all these great sights and may you make wonderful memories of
your own. May the Luck of the Irish be with you all!