Ireland Part I

With a nice long break from classes (even though we have only been at it for two weeks), it was the perfect time to take a trip. After spending some time in Belfast this summer, I knew that Ireland would always be one of my all time favorite places. Ever. So I decided to do a bit more exploring of The Emerald Isle during the most recent break. Since I had been to Dublin this summer, I wanted to go somewhere new for this trip, so my first stop was Donegal Town, which was beautiful.

Highlights include:

Donegal Castle



Check out how intricate the fireplace is. Maybe someday if I’m lucky, I’ll have a fireplace with my family crest hand carved into it…J.O.K.E.

Walks along the bay



and the Franciscan Abbey ruins




The next stop was Galway, sort of. I actually spent one of the two days that I was there on Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands. Unfortunately, it was POURING RAIN the whole time, so there wasn’t as much to see as there would be in the summer time, but I am still glad that I went. I had a delicious lunch (potatoes au gratin never tasted so good), and now I know that the best time to visit the Aran Islands is on a sunny day.


The second day was actually spent in Galway, and of course the weather was perfect. The sun was shining all day. It was hardly windy. The temperature was lovely. I started the day at the Galway City Museum, which was so so great. They have exhibits ranging from Bronze Age (I think…) artifacts and Irish history to the story of Gaelic Football in Galway. In March, they are opening a section on the history of the Easter Rising of 1916, which was not the beginning of, but the significant force that led to the independence of the Irish Republic.

The Spanish Arch
The River Corrib runs only six kilometers from Lough (Lake) Corrib to the ocean, but it is the second largest river in Ireland in terms of flow rate. Isn’t that wild?
Galway Bay
Galway Bay. I don’t believe there is anything as beautiful as a sunny day in Ireland.

One thought on “Ireland Part I

  1. Catherine,
    You are always having such amazing travels and experiences!
    All my best,
    Enjoyed your article in the local newspaper last week.

    “life is a journey,” . . . . pick a direction, find some good traveling companions, and enjoy the trip, because there may be nothing at the end of the road. Haidt, The Happiness Hypothesis.

    Alton Campbell, Ph.D.
    Director University Honors Program
    Room 315A, UI Commons
    University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
    Office: 208-885-7702
    Cell: 208-874-3614


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