The Luck of the Irish

Officially, Saint Patrick’s Day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and embraces Irish heritage and culture. Over the years, major celebrations have emerged in cities around the world including Dublin, London, Sydney, Montserrat, Buenos Aires, Montreal, Boston, Chicago and hundreds more. Traditions in many of these places range from parades and festivals, to bountiful feasts, and even drinking green colored beer! (more…)

Dancing in Dublin- Finding The Pot of Gold

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Got a fever for finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow? Why not some leprechauns too? Well then, get yourself to Ireland! Though I can’t guarantee you’ll find a pot of gold when you visit Ireland, I can almost certainly guarantee you will find joy, good times, happiness, beautiful scenery, a charming culture, and a vibrant nightlife. After spending 10 days in the Dublin region of the beautiful country of Ireland and falling in love with everything the country has to offer… here’s why you should go and some ideas for when you visit! (more…)

Joyce's Dublin #happyplace

IMG_1085Dublin – a UNESCO city of literature.  The birthplace of James Joyce and affiliated with nobel prize winners for literature such as Yeats, Shaw, Beckett, and Heaney – this city offers a variety of activities related to their works as well as literature in general.  I spent about five days in Dublin so I had ample time to wander around and see many of the sites.  The city is small but chock-a-block with things to do and see.  Weather permitting I would suggest walking whenever possible (don’t forget to pack your hats and scarves – I definitely underestimated how cold it would be at the beginning of September!).

I spent a full day touring around Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  Trinity College is home to the Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, while St. Patrick’s is strongly tied to the life and works of Jonathan Swift who served as Dean of the cathedral.  At St. Patrick’s hop on a free tour in order to get the most out of your visit!  My tour guide was fun and knowledgeable – I learned a lot about Irish history surrounding both literature and religion.  Marsh’s Library might also be of interest to my fellow book lovers! (more…)