Ireland: A Photo Journal

When Irish eyes are smiling, and excuse my melding of lyrics, the whole world smiles along.

From a way of life where history, culture and family storytelling is passed down the generations through song and artisan crafts, to the best brews – Guinness, Smithwicks, Kilkenny, the list goes on – and genuinely friendly people, a trip to the Emerald Isle really is like finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Lucky, yes; memorable, absolutely.

Herewith, a visual delight of Counties Kilkenny and Wexford. www.ireland.com

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1Kilkenny-Castle

  Kilkenny Castle, built in 1195 by William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke

2Music-at-Lanigans-Pub

 

Music and storytelling go hand in hand at Lanigan’s Bar in Kilkenny City

3A-pint-of-Smithwicks

A pint of Smithwick’s, an Irish red ale brewed in County Kilkenn

4Joe-O'Connell

 Joe O’Connell shows off his border collie’s herding skills at County Kilkenny’s Jerpoint Park

5The-tomb-of-St-Nick

The tomb of what’s believed to be St. Nicholas’ relic, at the Lost Town found at Jerpoint Park

6JerpointAbbey2

The historic remains of Jerpoint Abbey

7DunbrodyShip

The Dunbrody, a reproduction of a famine ship that brought Irish immigrants to Quebec, in New Ross, County Wexford

8New-Ross-Kennedy

The John F. Kennedy memorial, at the port at New Ross

9Bodrhan-Drums

Traditional Bodrhan drums wait to be played, at The Sky and The Ground pub in County Wexford’s Wexford Town

10Thatched-House-Wexford

A thatched roof house, an architectural art still alive and well in County Wexford

11Wexford-Town

 Ancient city walls and church spires stand guard in Wexford Town