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10 things I learned about Ireland on my first visit

In late September I arrived at Cork Airport in Ireland for my first ever visit to the island.

I have lots to say about it but here’s a starter list. From the stunning green to the sumptuous food, and all between, Ireland has a lot to love.

10 of the many things I learned about Ireland

10. It is indeed green. Ridiculously verdant, emerald, everything you can imagine green to be and more.

Ireland is green, just as they say | Jill Browne

Ireland is green, just as they say | Jill Browne

 

9. People often forget that the witty Oscar Wilde and the scary Bram Stoker were both Irish.

8. The last passengers to board the Titanic got on at the harbour town of Cobh, on the south coast. Cobh is well worth a visit, and among its many attractions is the Titanic Experience.

7. The Cork and Kerry Mountains are real, not just part of a song.

 

 

6. The Cork and Kerry Mountains are also big and very beautiful.

5. The photo opps are endless.

 

Beautiful colours, photo opps everywhere in Ireland | Jill Browne

Beautiful colours, photo opps everywhere in Ireland | Jill Browne

 

4. The Dingle Peninsula beaches look just like they did in Ryan’s Daughter.

 

 

3. Dublin has fresh, local food and imaginative creative chefs serving up the best meals, like the dramatic soup I had at Fade Street Social.

2. What everyone says about the people is true: they are friendly and hospitable.

and finally

1. I should have gone there sooner!

 

Sun on the mountain in Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland | Jill Browne

Sun on the mountain in Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland | Jill Browne

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1 Comment

  • Reply
    jh1950
    November 9, 2017 at 2:11 am

    I like Ireland too, a beautiful country and very friendly people. James Joyce was also Irish althoufh not as witty a writer as Oscar.

    Did you visit the General Post Office Jill, it was the focus of fierce fighting during Ireland’s struggle for independence, the holes from the British bullets are still visable and were left as a reminder of that terrible civil war.

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