Capturing Ireland

I’ve visited Ireland many times since 2010 and always think of returning.  I’m not alone; over one million North Americans visit the Emerald Isle each year. Perhaps fascination abounds because of her exports: leading men with lilting accents, film classics such as the Quiet Man, or literary masterpieces from Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift, or in more recent decades, Frank McCourt with his tragic memoir. Or perhaps it’s because 40 million Americans claim to have Irish ancestry. Without fail, when I tell someone I’ve been there, they’ll respond with one of two things, “I’ve always wanted to go there!” or a wistful, “I wish I could go back.” Many people report this thrall after leaving, and no matter how many years pass it haunts them still; it certainly haunts me. I’m not even Irish (that I know of), so perhaps it’s my Viking ancestry? They first raided Ireland around 800 A.D. and kept returning until Brian Boru put a stop to it in the 11th Century. But let’s not speak of that dark day in history…

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10 comments on “Capturing Ireland

    • Thanks! I’ve been fortunate to travel to Ireland a few times now, and there’s always something new to see. The bridge was a little scary – especially when you’re in the middle of it and it starts swaying around a little!

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