IRELAND

After our first date sharing white clam pizza at Todd English's restaurant, Figs, in Charlestown, MA, I giddily told my roommate that I met the man I would marry. A fabulously romantic man, my future husband orchestrated a journey to Ireland. We landed in Dublin to a record breaking dry spell and heat wave. We kept cool drinking iced tea at Bewley's in the morning and sipping champagne in the Horseshoe Bar at the Shelbourne Hotel before (and after) dinner. After a couple of days exploring the shops along cobblestone paved streets, popping into pubs to sample brew and boxty, and betting on Irish horses, we tucked ourselves into the tiniest car I have ever rented and headed south. We spent the first night in County Wexford's Marfield House. The emerald scenery and country charm pairs beautifully with the marble bathrooms and centuries old fine antique furniture. Pale pink climbing roses bloomed on the tennis courts and a peacock roamed among guests at dinner hoping to nab bread crumbs we eagerly offered. Four days into our week long journey we decided to hike in the Ring of Kerry. It was in the Gap of Dunloe, surrounded by breathtaking views and sheep crowding the dirt roads and hillside, that Tim sat down and took off his shoe. It took me a moment to realize what he had in his hand. It wasn't a pebble lodged from hiking, but rather a lovely diamond engagement ring. Happier than ever before in my life, we road horses together along the Dingle peninsula, took a local bus to the movie theatre to see Circle of Friends, and enjoyed boisterous, happy people willing to celebrate our engagement with a pint. 


DON'T MISS

IRISH DERBY FESTIVAL -- Curragh Racecourse, Co. Kildare, Ireland

RING OF KERRY -- Ring of Kerry Tourism, Riverside House, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

DINGLE HORSEBACK RIDING -- Baile na Buaile, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland

GAP OF DUNLOE HIKING-- Co. Kerry, Ireland

PUB CRAWLING

HORSESHOE BAR -- The Shelbourne Hotel, 27 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, Ireland


EAT

THE RESTAURANT AT MARLFIELD HOUSE HOTEL - Courtown Road, R742 Gorey, Co. Wexford, Ireland


STAY

Marlfield House Hotel
Sheen Falls Lodge
Cliff House Hotel
The Shelbourne Hotel

MARLFIELD HOUSE HOTEL

Courtown Road
R742 Gorey
Co. Wexford, Ireland



 

 

 

 

 

 

SHEEN FALLS LODGE

Kenmare
Co. Kerry, Ireland

 

 

 

 




CLIFF HOUSE HOTEL

Middle Road, Ardmore
Co. Cork, Ireland

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Shelbourne Hotel

27 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, Ireland

 

 


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READ

ANGELA'S ASHES by Frank McCourt

THE GATHERING by Anne Enright

THE COUNTRY GIRLS by Edna O'Brien


SEE

INTO THE WEST

THE SECRET OF ROAN INISH

THE COMMITMENTS

CIRCLE OF FRIENDS

MY LEFT FOOT

MICHAEL COLLINS

P.S. I LOVE YOU

LEAP YEAR