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Spotted This Week – May 18th – Irish Interest

It’s that time of the week again – FRIDAY πŸ™‚ The work week is almost over, and time to throw the feet up with a few pints of my favorite Guinness.
Before I do that, I am going to share a few interesting links from around the web that caught my eye since last week.

Travel Tips

IrelandwithKids.com breaks down the pros and cons of buying the Dublin Pass, and where and how to get the best deal. The Dublin Pass gives you admission to 32 of Dublin’s most popular attractions including the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Castle and the Dublin Zoo. You can purchase 1, 2, 3 or 6 day tickets.
The pass is definitely worth looking into if Dublin is on your summer vacation plans. It’s not for everyone though. I was in Dublin recently for a few days with my young kids, and as anyone with young kids can tell you, things don’t always go to plan! Planning 3 adventured-filled days would be all well and good until the first tantrum was thrown. Plan your purchase carefully.

Rural Ireland

Last week I posted an article about old ruined Irish farmhouses that dot the Irish countryside, and posed a question about whether an effort to restore them should be made. Afterwards, I heard from Aine who, earlier in the year, had written an article along the same lines, but with both an Irish and American theme to it. You can read Aine’s article here.

Irish Food

You’re going to LOVE the wealth of recipes that Mairead has put together for us on IrishAmericanMom.com.
This is one that everyone needs to know – How to make the perfect Irish Chips.
Mairead beautifully illustrates all of her recipes with real pictures of the ingredients and the progress of the food as she prepares it. The pictures alone will get your mouth watering.

A Movie and a Walk

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A couple of weeks ago I watched a very entertaining movie with my wife, The Way, starring Martin Sheen. The movie is about a guy who embarks on The Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James, after his son had attempted it but died soon after. Basically he wants to complete the 500 mile walk across Northern Spain in honor of his son.Β Well, after watching it, my wife and I talked about how wonderful it would be to actually do the walk at some point in our lives. Finding the time would be the hard part. We’d probably want to set aside a month or more to do it (recovery included). Out of the question for now! But it got me thinking, “do we have anything like that in Ireland?” We most certainly do. The Ulster Way, in Northern Ireland, is a 625 mile walking route that circles the North of Ireland taking in some beautiful landscape such as the Mourne Mountains, the Giant’s Causeway, and the Sperrins. I’d love to extensively walk the beautiful hills and valleys of my own country someday, but the responsibilities of life prohibit it for now.

That’s if for now folks! Thanks for reading. And an even bigger thanks if you share this post, or website, with a friend or 2. Just grab this link http://gotireland.com/?p=3254 and email it to a friend who loves Ireland πŸ™‚
Oh, and if you have anything of Irish interest that made you laugh, cry, cheer, or perk up your ears this week, please post a link in the comments below.
See you next week.

P.S. Before I forget! One last thing…for all you kind people who visit this website…I will have some more free CDs coming your way very shortly πŸ™‚
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