September 17 - 25, 2015
Our ladies trip to the Emerald Isle started in the beautiful city of Dublin, with our lovely tour guide, Carmel and we started with a walking tour which took in St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College. Next a stop at the Jameson Distillery and a fun filled evening at the Taylors Three Rock Restaurant for dinner and an Irish Cabaret.
The Next day we set off to Belfast and the birth place of the Titanic. Our tour of the Titanic Museum and the city was very interesting to listen to the history of the city with the unrest they lived with for many years and how now it is all in the past and they live peacefully with each other - thanks to Bill Clinton!!
Our next destination was the Giant's Causeway & Donegal, the ancient town founded by Danish Vikings, and ending in Sligo for the evening.
The Cliff's of Moher are a spectacular limestone cliff 668' high! This was our somewhat "damp" stop today with the evening spent in Ennis. Tonight's dinner was a gourmet delight, meticulously prepared for us by the owners of the Cloister Restaurant; Noreen and Dermot. They do a fantastic job of the meals and well as the atmosphere in theie 13th century Friary that they restored to its current splendor.
Today took us to the "Ring of Kerry", with 100 miles of panoramic coastal views. The colorful farmhouses, sheep and patchwork fields dotted with crystal clear lakes was a beautiful sight indeed! The farm fresh food we experienced throughout Ireland was fantastic as well as the option of Jameson Whiskey in your morning porridge!
The sparkle from the House of Waterford was hard on the eyes as we entered the city of Cork where the Waterford Crystal factory is located and we of course went on a tour and tried to keep our wallets in our purses!!
We stayed the night in the near by seaside village of Tramore and of course visited a pub; Aggie's that was established in 1730!
Early this morning we were off to Avoca and the hand weaving mill to see the making of beautiful blankets, scarves, sweaters etc. We then circled back to where our trip began in Dublin at the Guinness Brew house for Guinness Stew and beer!!