Welcome back to the Friends That Carry On Podcast! We're a group of friends that like to travel the world together. We want to share our passion for travel through travel tips and tricks we've picked up along the way and stories of our adventures!
Once again, we're traveling across the world with our favorite Friends to Ireland. Tour through Ireland with the Friends to explore different Day Trips they've taken and some of the best places to see while visiting. The host and tchotchke holder for this episode is Jim Scott joined alongside Tony Price, Walt Palmer, Jim Wassel, Eric Fargo, Brian Romine, and Jim Read.
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The Friends spent one particular trip to Ireland over St. Patrick’s Day (which you can read and hear more about here!) for the annual Festival thrown there, but then spent the rest of their trip seeing the rest of Ireland. The next day after the St. Paddy’s Festival, the Friends caught a bus tour in Dublin. There they visited three main attractions:
1. Rock of Cashel
According to local legends, the Rock of Cashel originated in the Devil's Bit. It was said that St. Patrick banished Satan from a cave resulting in the Rock's landing in Cashel. It is also reputed to be the site of the conversion of the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century.
It has a very cool, early architecture. Jim Read remembers the cemetery that has Irish cross tombstones. It made a very good picture. For photography, this place is insanely beautiful.
What comes first to Friends’ minds: It has narrow stairways. Basically, it’s just a stone on top of a building. You wind up these stairs, and on top, a guy on a harness grabs and lays you on your back, then you kiss the stone. That’s how you do it. According to legend, with a kiss, you get the gift of eloquence. Nowadays, they have rail beneath that you can grab but on the old days, you simply hang upside-down without holding onto anything.
Once you get behind the castle, there’s an Irish jungle-like scene. Overgrown, vines hanging from the trees, little waterfalls, which was unexpected. They also have a poison garden that has marijuana, opium, belladonna, among others plants.
After Blarney Castle, the Friends went to a nearby town called Midleton to drink Jameson. They noticed that the people coming out of the distillery looked so happy. Well, after they had their turn, guess what? They were smiling so big too and looked as happy as the rest. The Friends highly-recommend the Jameson tour. They all agree it will warm your heart.
Day Trips Outside of Dublin
Dublin is a world-class city. As long as you’re there, it will always feel like you are in the middle of the crowd. But if you go 25 minutes out of the city, you find yourself in the countryside. That’s what Jim Read did. You can also find these places or things to do nearby:
1. The city of Bray: South of Dublin, this city is right by the coast. Lots of good restaurants and bars.
2. Lake Glendalough: An amazing, beautiful lake in the middle of Glen. Take a tour or rent a car and you’ll find a 7th-century monastery, a cemetery, and St. Kevin’s chapel. It has a lot of hikes and smaller lakes. Around this area, there are folk villages where you can get big, heavy Irish sweaters.
3. Powerscourt Estate: See beautiful mansions and manor houses with tiny waterfalls.
4. Rural Pub Crawl: This tour will take you to the pubs in the countryside of Dublin where each pub has stories to tell. In Ireland, you can stop anywhere, go into a pub, order a drink, and you’d look like you belong with the locals. Don’t be surprised if someone asks you to sing.
5. Ashford Castle: Ashford Castle is so accommodating and warm. It was like the Greenbrier or Homestead for Americans.
6. Cliffs of Moher: It’s one of the places that makes you feel small. It’s vast and beautiful. From atop, you can see the waves crashing against the cliff which makes you feel small as a person. There are also boat tours that take you to see it from below.
7. Sean’s Bar: The oldest pub in Ireland, dating back to 900 AD.
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