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March 10, 2017

Scenes From Ireland


I have so much love for this country. Its beauty is just indescribable. Look at the quality of light, and imagine that reflecting around you everywhere, off everything.

My Mom and I went to Ireland after the renovation. It was amazing to spend some Mother-Daughter time together, and the perfect end to months of renovation stress. I had felt glued to my home with all the decisions that needed to be made on a daily basis, so when it was all over the idea of getting out of the house for a vacation was incredibly appealing. And Ireland no less!

My Mom’s only request was that we go on a bus tour, which was fine by me since I definitely did not have the time or energy to organize a self-guided tour anyway.  After some research we decided on the Celtic Royal Coach Tour offered by Royal Irish Tours, a company based in Toronto. The 8 day tour along the coastline included stays in Malahide, Belfast, Donegal, Westport, and Bunratty. I have so many great memories from all these places but my favourite stops were at Belfast and Westport. The anthropologist in me was so intrigued with the history of Belfast, and in particular “The Troubles” from the 1960s to the 1990s. I was blown away by the wall, still there, separating the Protestant and Catholic neighbourhoods.

The thing I liked best about this tour was that it felt so intimate, travelling along the countryside and seeing so much of the geography. After Belfast we stopped mostly at smaller communities, in addition to doing a walking tour in Derry and some shopping in Galway. We didn’t even spend an hour in Dublin and I was totally fine with that. Dublin is easy enough to plan on your own. This tour was more about Ireland’s hidden treasures. In a later post I’ll have to write about the time we stopped at Killary harbour on the day of their annual ram fair. It was, for me, a surreal cultural experience. Trading rams. NOT something I’m used to seeing here in Ontario.

While shopping in the seaside village of Westport I came upon some culinary items by one of my favourites, the Irish designer Orla Kiely. I love her use of colour and her whimsical, modern patterns. I’ve included some of her work in my shop as I’m just obsessed with it.

I will leave you with some pictures from my trip. Honestly, I took hundreds, but I can only share a few. I still miss Ireland and its beauty, but now my son wants to go so hopefully we’ll return someday soon. | Scenes from Ireland

Battle of the Boyne Museum | Scenes from Ireland

Carlingford Lough | Scenes from Ireland

Belfast | Scenes from Ireland

Peace Wall Between Catholic and Protestant Neighbourhoods | Scenes from Ireland

Belfast University | Scenes from Ireland

Belfast City Hall | Scenes from Ireland

Belfast City Hall | Scenes from Ireland

Dunluce Castle | Scenes from Ireland

Giant’s Causeway | Scenes from Ireland

Donegal Bay | Scenes from Ireland

Belleek | Scenes from Ireland

Ballintubber Abbey | Scenes from Ireland

Ram Fair, Killary Harbour | Scenes from Ireland

Kylemore Abbey | Scenes from Ireland

Kylemore Abbey | Scenes from Ireland

Kylemore Abbey | Scenes from Ireland

Westport Coast | Scenes from Ireland

Cong Abbey Ruins | Scenes From Ireland

Cliffs of Moher | Scenes from Ireland

Cliffs of Moher

What are your favourite memories of Ireland?

Thanks for stopping by! In between posts you can find me on Instagram, sharing the stuff of daily life.

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