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Road Trip, Ireland

Kilkenny, Dungarvan, Midleton, Cohb, Cork, Kilkarney, Burren

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In order to get a little bit off the beaten path and into the countryside, we hired a car in Dublin to drive around the countryside for a week. Here what our route looked like:

We were impressed with how friendly the locals were, for example, in Dungarvan we stumbled across a pitch a putt with a beautiful course, but there wasn’t anyone in the clubhouse when we arrived. Luckily a nice lady was just finishing up her round, offered us her clubs to use, and said she would be back in 2 hours or so. So she gave us tees, balls, clubs, and a scorecard and we were on our way. . .
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We absolutely lucked out and got to experience the only 7 days of summer that Ireland seemed to get this year. The countryside is very similar to that of England and Wales with the green pastures and of course, Barley fields for the Guinness brewery and for the Jameson Distillery. But what makes the Irish countryside a little more unique is the enormous amount of castles and gothic churches they seem to be everywhere. We visited a few of them including the famous Kilkenny Castle and St. Canice's Cathedral.
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We couldn’t miss out on the opportunity to kiss the Blarney Stone (one of the Discovery Channel’s top 99 things to do before you die). So we can now say that we are blessed with “the gift of gab” which apparently means that we can speak Blarney and NOT baloney.
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We enjoyed all of Ireland’s beauty by exploring endless fields of rocks in Burren National Park, trekking on the highest mountain in Ireland (Carrauntoohil - 1,038 meters) and visiting the infamous Cliff of Moher (commonly known to those who have seen the movie Princess Bride as “The Cliffs of Insanity!”)
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We also enjoyed all of Ireland’s whisky and stouts by visiting the 18th century Jameson Distillery in Middleton and popping into pubs for Irish Folk music and taste tests of the finest Irish beverages in little country villages with only a few buildings scattered around the focal point of the town… the pub.
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Dublin, Ireland

Does Guinness really taste better in Ireland?

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Of course everyone talks about Guinness as an Irish beer, but do the Irish really drink Guinness? Or is it a marketing gimmick like Fosters beer – which is NOT the choice amongst the Ausies. We headed straight for the pub with our hosts Barry and Bownie for some classic Celtic music. Luckily, the rumors are true, and almost everyone in the pubs drink Guinness! So we decided to head to the Guinness Brewery and find out how to pour the perfect pint. It hard not to notice how much land the Brewery owns in the middle of the city center, and were quite impressed with their multi story interactive tour.
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We must have easily walked 10 miles a day in and around the city. There are loads of parks and free museums. Our favorite was the Natural History Museum, also known as the Dead Zoo because of all the stuffed animals. We were quite impressed by the vast display of countless animals.
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Through our walking around we learned about Oscar Wilde, the Yeats family, and Trinity College. With a picnic lunch we sat in the sunshine to enjoy the beautiful college courtyard but were sad to have been forbidden to walk on the grass… we imagined how weird Berkeley would have been if we wouldn’t have been allowed to play Frisbee, read, or sunbath on Memorial Glade.
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We liked the feel of Dublin, the bus system and scattered castles. There is an interesting contrast throughout the city between the new and the old. Even the Dublin Castle had a colorful addition to contrast to the old black stones.
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