July 1, 2013
A group from Perry County made their way to Ireland last month for a tour of the Emerald Isle. They started in Dublin and traveled across the country before ending their tour back in the country’s capital.
While in Dublin, the group took a tour of the Georgian Squares, O’Connell Street, and St. Stephen’s Green. They also visited Trinity College (the oldest in Ireland) to see the Book of Kells, and ended with a visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
They left Dublin for Galway where they visited the River Corrib and Bowling Green (where John Wayne shot the movie “The Quiet Man”). They concluded with a visit to the Maam Cross and Spiddal.
On the journey from Galway to Kilarney, the group visited the Cliffs of Moher and the Bunratty Castle. While in Kilarney they made their way around the Ring of Kerry and visited the Bog Museum.
The trip from Kilarney to Cork led them to the Blarney Castle where they kissed the Blarney Stone, giving them the gift of eloquence. This portion of the trip was concluded with the Queenstown Experience.
On the way back to Dublin a stop was made at the Irish National Stud, where they toured the national horse breeding farm. The trip was then concluded in Dublin where they took in a play and some Irish folk music.
Members of the group included Danica Ward, Hayley Back, Tracie Prater, Linda McGuire, and Tony McGuire. Next year’s trip will be Italy, to the cities of Venice, Florence, and Rome.