Our Journey to Ireland; Part II

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So excited that you joined us for the rest of our journey, each day just seems to top the next. Above, a welcomed road block on the way to County Clare.

Day 3  Continues; We left Portmegee and headed to County Clare to a small seaside village called Doolin. We chose Doolin for its quick proximity to the ferry boats going to the Aran Islands and the traditional Irish music they are known for. We arrived at the charming Atlantic View Bed and Breakfast, with views of the Cliffs of Mohr and ran right out to Gus O’ Connor’s Pub to experience the music, it was the best we had heard.

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Day 4-Galway City; we woke to pouring rain and decided to travel to the Aran Islands the following day. Galway quickly became our favorite city in Ireland, the people were warm and friendly combining a hip city destination placed next to the sea. Great shopping, pubs, food and sights. We stayed at Hotel Meyrick across from Erye Square and found it to be lovely, within walking distance to everything.

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Day 5- Inis Oirr; our favorite destination in Ireland is the smallest of the Arran Islands, Inis Oirr. From the moment we stepped off the ferry we felt overcome with a sense of peace and tranquility. We were immediately drawn to picturesque shoreline and panoramic views of the Cliffs of Moher. We decided to tour the island by foot walking past impressive stonewalls looking out onto the sea.

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What made our experience on Inis Oirr so special were the people we met there. Paul Haggins, who creates Celtic Stone Carvings and has been carving stone for over 25 years around the world. Further down, the Elissa Donoghue host of Teach An Tae Tea Rooms along with her husband Michael who served us scrumptious baked goods. We took a walk to the Arts Center and watched baskets being weaved and walked along the path to purchase authentic Aran jumpers. Inis Oirr is a place we will never forget.

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Day 6- Dromoland Castle, Clare; We decided to spend our final night in a castle located a short distance from Shannon where we flew out of. It was one of the most beautiful accommodations I have ever stayed in. We were treated like royalty from the moment we entered the castle and although we were both sad to leave Ireland we already began planning our next visit at dinner that evening.

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Images of Teach An Tae & Paul Haggins