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An Irish Smile: A Reader’s Letter from Ireland

 

Clonakilty

As I sit here in my hotel room in Limerick waiting for my ride to get to the Shannon airport, I can’t help thinking about the ten days I’ve been here.  I saw so much of this beautiful island that my ancestors called home. I think I went through at least half of the counties in the Republic of Ireland and with our guide from Tipperary, discovered so much of the history but definitely leaving me with a thirst for more.  I don’t think I’ve seen more beautiful scenery anywhere!  And the ice cream at Supermac’s was divine!

We went off the beaten path many times and adjusted our itinerary if we found ourselves close to something our guide thought we would like to see.  We loved seeing the sheep come up right on the road, the peat that had been cut and stacked, the bog cotton, the flowers!  I could go on and on!

I will be taking many memories home with me but the highlight has to be the people.  They are so warm and welcoming and friendly!  And the smiles!  They were everywhere!  I’m already looking forward to my next trip to Ireland.  And some day I look forward to finding out exactly which part of this beautiful place my ancestors called home.  So as I sit here with a smile on my face as I reflect, I know I have a connection here which will never be broken.

Slainte!

Pat.

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