Ireland | Green, green Éire

“Dear Erin, how sweetly thy green bosom rises!  An emerald set in the ring of the sea.  Each blade of thy meadows my faithful heart prizes, Thou queen of the west, the world’s cushla ma chree.* ”
John Philpot Curran (1750-1817) Irish politician and orator

From County Cork to Connemara, I was struck by the glorious green of Ireland.  Here’s a preview of my journey across the emerald isle.

Kilkenny meadows

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Connemara

Jerpoint Abbey, Thomastown

Dublin Castle

Kilkenny road

Asparagus soup, Campagne restaurant, Kilkenny

Roche House, Kilkenny

Pottery, Ardmore

Kilkenny hills

Mossy well, Inn at Ballilogue Clochan, Inistioge

The Blackberry Café, Thomastown

Kilkenny Castle

Clifden, Connemara

Butler Garden, Kilkenny

Scallops with spring pea purée, Mount Juliet, Thomastown

Sheep in Connemara

Green van, Ardmore


Inn at Ballilogue Clochan, Inistioge

Butler Mansion

Bedlam Restaurant, Dublin

Smithwick’s Ale, Clifden pub

Mount Juliet, near Thomastown

Ballinderry Park, Kilconnell

Cushendale Mills, Graig-na-managh

Dublin pub

Kylemore Abbey grounds, Connemara


* “Cushla ma chree,” (chuisle mo chroí) is an affectionate term of endearment, literally translated from Gaelic as “O pulse of my heart.”

5 responses to “Ireland | Green, green Éire”

  1. Cora Eng

    Looks like heaven on earth and makes me want to return!

  2. Cindy

    I was fortunate enough to be able to travel this beautiful “green” country with my sister, the blogger.  Fresh off the plane last night and back into the reality of my work week it was nice to get a little respite and relive our trip through these photos.

  3. Christi


  4. karen & LeRoy Schmidt

    These pictures brought back so many wonderful memories.  Thanks for sharing your pictures

  5. Ann

    love all the pics 😉
    Some remind me of Scotland.