To Ireland and back

Advertising Account Executive, Kelly Malone is back from Ireland and she’s just brimming with tales from her adventure! 

Here’s a look at her trip:

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Ireland was amazing. Ten days of full-on adventure! After finding my terminal for AER LINGUS at JFK, I was greeted by some Irish men heading home who were playing music!

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I landed at 8:55 a.m. and was ready to go. I spent the day with a family friend around a town called Kill. Then did the “Gravedigger” Tour. Where I was shuffled around Dublin on a big tour bus by a guide dresser as a Zombie, who told tall tales of the plague, Dublin jail and other horrifying stories. Happily we ended at a bar, where I was able to have a Guinness.

Guinness Storehouse

Guinness Storehouse

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The next day I went to Glendalough, which means “the land of two lakes.” On the way out to Glendalough I saw rolling hills, beautiful greenery and lots of sheep. I visited the round tour and 13th century graves and finished the day off by walking the 5K around the lower lake. This is where I was able to achieve my goal of finding a four-leaf clover!

At Glendalough holding the lucky four leaf clover I found!

At Glendalough holding the lucky four leaf clover I found!

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Thursday I decided to head North to Belfast. This is where the Giants Causeway and Rope Bridge are located. I was brave enough to walk the rope bridge! It was beautiful.

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Northern Ireland Rope Bridge

Northern Ireland Rope Bridge

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The Giants Causeway was a bit of a disappointment. There were so many group tours and schools that I wasn’t able to enjoy the natural beauty of hundreds of hexagon stones. I was with an Extreme Ireland tour, so I was able to explore Belfast city. It was cool to see where the Titanic was made. But all city centers are generally the same – coffee, food, shopping and the like.

A real life leprechaun!

A real life leprechaun!

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Friday was my first full day in Dublin and I went everywhere! St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle, Jameson Distillery and St. Stevens Green. Walking around enjoying all the buildings and people was so much fun!

Beautiful front prayer area inside Saint Patrick’s Cathedral

Beautiful front prayer area inside Saint Patrick’s Cathedral

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For the weekend we headed South. We stopped at a few castles and ended up in Cork! There was a hurling rematch so everyone in Cork was wearing red and white clustering around televisions in pubs and store windows. Sadly, Cork lost.

Sunday we spent the day making our way to Doolin, a town right outside of my top place to see: The Cliffs of Moher. We went through mountains and stopped in each small town. Finishing the day in the one Doolin pub around the corner from our B&B.

Monday we woke up bright and early to a blanket of fog! By 9 a.m. it had cleared up a bit and we went to the Cliffs of Moher! By far the most beautiful breath-taking place I went in Ireland.

Cliffs of Moher southern Ireland.

Cliffs of Moher southern Ireland.

At the edge of the Cliffs.

At the edge of the Cliffs.

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After the Cliffs, we spent our last two days in Dublin exploring. We found good food, delicious coffee and the Guinness. I learned how Guinness was made, how to taste with all my senses and saw all the great Guinness advertisements. It was great to shop around.

My entire trip was amazing. I was able to do all the things on my list and I found a four-leaf clover! Must have been the luck of the Irish :)

— Kelly