I spent two St. Patrick’s days in Ireland. The first, in 2017, I spent the day working at a pub in Malahide. Let me just say that working in a pub, in Ireland, on St. Patrick’s Day was fucking insane (I did get good tips though). After work I’m pretty sure I just went home and collapsed from exhaustion.
The next St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland (last year) I went up to Skerries, a small coastal town north of Dublin to watch their local parade. The reason I went to Skerries, instead of the big parade in Dublin was I didn’t want to deal with the crowds and insanity of Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day (I mean crossing O’Connell Street Bridge in Dublin on a regular day is busy enough). Also Skerries has real connection to the actual St. Patrick. Just off the coast of Skerries is a series of islands, including one named after St. Patrick himself. It is said that back in 432AD St. Patrick set up a monastery here. The parade in Skerries was small, and I spent most of the day freezing (it was snowing and I was wearing a light jacket and no jumper/sweater). They were doing boat and walking tours of St. Patrick’s Island, but I got there too late for that. Oh well, next time I’m in Ireland, on St. Patrick’s Day.
Both the St. Patrick days I spent in Ireland weren’t too exciting, but I did spend almost two years in Ireland so I thought I’d share a few photos of Ireland (both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland (which is a part of the UK) for St. Patrick’s Day. Photos are in no particular order.
Waterford Treasures is a small museum in Waterford with Viking artifacts. Waterford was the first place in Ireland where the vikings landed.
A walking trail at the Newbridge Estate in Donabate, Ireland. I used to live in Donabate and tried to visit here as often as I could.
A sunset in Dún Laoghaire, a small town south of Dublin.
Pollacapall Lough (Lake) at Kylemore Abbey. This is in the Connemara region of Ireland, which is in the western region of Ireland in the province of Connacht.
The Lagan River in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The yellow Harland & Wolff (H&W) are icons of the cities shipbuilding past.
Street in Kilkenny, Ireland. A great little city to visit with a lot of medieval history.
Street art in the Cathedral Quarter of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Belfast is known for its iconic political murals (definitely take one of the taxi tours to see these). This piece was in the courtyard alley behind some pus in Commercial Court.
The iconic Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. At their highest point these cliffs are 120m above the sea. On my day trip here I lucked out with beautiful sunny weather (though it gets windy so be careful when walking along the cliffs).
One thing I loved about Dublin was all of the colourful Georgian Doors. This was on Winetavern Street, just south of Christchurch Cathedral and the Dublinia Museum.
The monastic city of Glendalough in the Wicklow Mountains. This site dates back to the 6th Century and has one of the most iconic round towers in Ireland.
On a Ring of Kerry tour I visited the Kerry Bog Village, an open air museum that shows how people in Ireland lived in the early 19th century.
Carrick-a-Rede is a rope bridge in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. This was a photo I took along the coastal walk to the bridge. It was so windy when I went they almost didn’t let us cross (safety first) and it was to danger to stop and take any photos while on the bridge.
The famous Blarney Castle in Cork County, Ireland. This is where (if you kiss the Blarney Stone) it’s said you’ll be given the “gift of gab.” I got distracted by all the pretty gardens (and the really interesting poison garden) and did not go into the castle. Oh well, there’s always next time.
While I’m back in Canada this St. Patrick’s Day I’m thinking a lot about my time abroad, and looking forward to my next visit to Ireland and Northern Ireland. Happy St. Patrick’s Day Everyone!