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Jersey Week in Ireland

Jersey Week is that week in November where schools are closed on Tuesday for Election Day and then Thursday and Friday for the NJEA convention. Some school districts close for the entire week while other hold classes (albeit poorly attended) on Monday and Wednesday.

Each year, we use this week as an opportunity to squeeze in another vacation prior to year end. This year for Jersey Week, my better half planned a trip for the family to Ireland. We landed in Dublin and stopped in County Cavan to see a distant relative. From there, we headed to Galway and used that as a base to see the towns of Cong (the setting for the Quiet Man) and Connemara. Then we went headed to County Clare to see the towns of Kinvara, Doolin and Ennis with stops at the Ailwee Cave and the Cliffs of Moher. Finally, we returned to Dublin and spent two days touring the city. There was a lot of good food, great people and fantastic beer (Guinness, Dooliner, Kilkenny Red, and O’Hara’s and Bullmer’s cider) and of course, Jameson. Rather, than provide a rather terse description of the trip, I will allow the pictures to tell the tale.

Cabra Castle, Kingscourt, County Cavan

The first Guinness of the trip

Galway Bay

Cloister, Ross Errilly Franciscan Friary, Near Headford, County Galway

View from the bridge, Cong, County Galway (Setting for the Quiet Man)

Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, County Galway

Dunguaire Castle, Kinvara, County Galway

A Guinness sign outside a pub in Kinvara

Waterfall inside the Ailwee Cave, County Clare

A sign for Dooliner outside of Fitzgerald’s in Doolin, County Clare

The Cliffs of Moher, the southwestern edge of the Burren region in County Clare

A second view from the Cliffs of Moher

Bunratty Castle, County Clare

Exterior of the Guinness brewery, Dublin

Running our fingers through the barley inside the Guinness brewery, Dublin

Interior of an old washback inside the Guinness brewery, Dublin.

The East Wing, Kilmainham Jail, Dublin

The Exercise Yard, Kilmainham Jail, Dublin

Chandelier insider the former Jameson distillery, Dublin

Christ Church, Dublin

A Kilkenny Red at The Quays, Temple Bar, Dublin

The Spoils from our trip.

My better half planned the trip to a tee and aside from a little nip in the air and a little rain, this was a fantastic trip. If you are looking for a place to go, I highly recommend a stay in Ireland.

16 replies »

  1. The ROK is correct. Well done on the photos. Looks like the Limpd clan got to see and taste some wonderful stuff. Bravo!

    Let us know when we can drop by to see the other 480+ photos.


  2. Love your itinerary! It looks like you weren’t able to hit any of the smaller brewpubs in Dublin, though, like Messrs Maguire or The Porterhouse Brewing Co? Both worth checking out next time. And I personally love that almost everything is poured on nitrogen, probably due to the Guinness influence. An Irish Red on nitrogen is so incredible! Thanks for the chandelier picture- that is seriously inspiring!


    • Thanks AT. While we did manage to get in a few pubs, with our three children along, we had to scale back the pub crawls. And, we really didn’t spend enough time in Dublin to do the city justice. That will be remedied on the next trip.


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