In this blog, we continue our look at the great things we can do in this wonderful country.
See the wildflowers at Burren, Co Clare
The Burren is a geographical anomaly and is a National Park. Consisting of limestone uplands that were carved out during the last Ice Age, the rugged landscape and coastline is amongst the most dramatic in Ireland. The Burren has an unusual climate, ranging from 15°C in the summer to 6°C in January. This gives the Burren the longest growing season in the whole of Ireland and Britain, supporting diversity and rich plant growth. Due to this strange climate, the area has plants found in the Arctic, Mediterranean and Alpine areas side by side. During May, the wildflowers poke up between the crevices in the rocks and it’s an overwhelming sight that is picture postcard beautiful. When you’re in the area, you’ll be able to visit the Burren Perfumery, where they make handmade cosmetic products using local plants. You can buy these and even stop in for a cup of tea at their tearoom.
Experience the magic of Christmas on Grafton Street, Dublin
Running form St. Stephen’s Green to College Green, the classic Dublin shopping street takes on its own air of magic when it’s illuminated for Christmas. Between the street illuminations and the shop fronts which are always done up with wreaths and baubles, it would take someone with a heart of stone to not get into the Christmas spirit. Take a trip to the Powerscourt centre to get slightly off the beaten track for small retailers and unique gifts. After your magically trip to Grafton Street, a Dublin adventure wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the infamous Temple Bar area. Enjoy drinks and cheers in any of the many famous establishments including The Porter House or Bad Bobs.
Visit “Craggy Island” and Father Ted’s House Co Clare
The 90s sitcom was a phenomenon, bringing the larger than life character of Father Ted, Father Dougal, Father Jack and their housekeeper Mrs Doyle to our TV screens. You’d be hard pushed to find anyone who doesn’t love the programme. Located in The Burren, Glanquin Farmhouse is Craggy Island’s Parochial House and is the residence of the McCormack family as well as being a functioning organic farm. You’ll be able to visit, but by appointment only, because it is a family home. With visitor groups limited to numbers of twenty, you can enjoy tea and cakes alongside the McCormack family’s Father Ted anecdotes, as well as being able to recreate your favourite Father Ted moments.
Go to a festival in Galway
In summer Galway becomes the festival city, with nearly every weekend packed with events. The Galway International Arts Festival, the Galway Oyster Festival and the Galway races are among the most popular events in Ireland. The city also hosts the Galway Comedy Festival, the Babora Children’s Festival and the Galway Film Fleadh. A literary festival, Cuirt also takes place every year and for foodies, the Galway Food Festival is a major attraction. With so many different events there are loads of events throughout the year, and while you’re there you can take in the craic and enjoy the festival heritage of this wonderful city,