Since St. Patrick’s Day is approaching, I thought I would share a few thoughts about my sojourns through the Emerald Isle. I first went to Ireland twenty years ago. I was a young man then, carefree and ready to see the world. Ireland and the Irish people were warm and welcoming. They didn’t mind sharing their island with a foolish, young American. It was a great experience.
I spent most of my time in Northern Ireland which is politically a part of the United Kingdom. I did travel down to Dublin, but unfortunately I never made it to the western side of the Island. I hope to remedy that soon. In honor of old St. Patrick I thought I would share three of my favorite places. Two of them are in N. Ireland and one from Dublin. Unfortunately, my pictures don’t do it justice.
Carrickfergus is a small town not far from Belfast. It has a wonderful old castle and other historical sights. There’s even a song about it. It’s a great place to stop and journey back in time.
The Antrim Coast Road
When you drive north out of Carrickfergus you can take the Antrim Coast Road. It’s a beautiful stretch of highway that winds along the coast. There are stunning views and tiny villages all along the way. At the other end of the highway you can visit Giant’s Causeway, an impressive group of hexagonal rock formations. Here’s the website.
It’s hard to say enough good things about Dublin. It is a modern, cosmopolitan city steeped in grand history. There are ancient cathedrals, incredible museums, and Trinity College, which houses the Book of Kells. It’s not everyday you can see a book from the 9th Century.
I would encourage everyone to visit Ireland. Pack an umbrella though, you’ll need it.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone.