Now that the contest's entry deadline has come and gone, I wanted to post this special thank you to every participant and to the sponsors who have given one of us, along with a friend or family member, the opportunity to experience (for the first time or once again) the spectacular wild west of Ireland.…Continue
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Have you ever had a place strike at the core of you, even though you've never been there? It's a sort of remembering....like something calling to you that you don't really understand yet. Like fog rolling off of hills as the landscape reveals itself, or a walk through a wood so covered in moss and foliage you feel…Continue
Added by Jennifer Elizabeth Shaw on June 11, 2015 at 12:30am — No Comments
Visiting Ireland is a dream... one so far unrealized. But it isn't like I've never been there... only that I haven't been there in this lifetime. I have desperately wanted to go to Ireland since I first heard of it as a young child. It is still as though the places I lived throughout my life have never really been home. Forever my heart has been in exile... because that green island that was…Continue
Added by Patricia Shea on June 10, 2015 at 10:30pm — No Comments
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”—Saint Augustine
I am not really sure when our sons love for pretty much anything and everything Irish began. His passion runs deep and has continued to grow stronger over the years. His obsession for the music, history, food and culture is indescribable. When he was around four…Continue
Added by Mary Renee Robb on June 10, 2015 at 10:30pm — No Comments
"Your soul knows the geography of your destiny. Your soul alone has the map of your future, therefore you can trust this indirect, oblique side of yourself. If you do, it will take you where you need to go, but more important it will teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey."
John O'Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
For me, a trip to Ireland through Wild West Irish Tours would be not only the vacation dream of a lifetime, but also the "spiritual…
Beyond the Blue Door ~ Dreams & Memories of the Wild West of Ireland
Nothing like a wee bit o' procrastination! When I first read about the Wild West of Ireland contest I knew that it was something I wanted to do. I had ideas of an album of photos of my travels to Ireland with captions about the many wonderful memories I have of travelling in Ireland. However, I have so many photos and…Continue
Added by Angela Serola on June 10, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments
Have you ever had a feeling of déjà vu and known it was something you can’t possibly have experienced in your own lifetime? I get this feeling often, a heartfelt pining for a time period I’ve never lived through and a place that I’ve never even visited. Many of these feelings are tied directly to Ireland in the early 20th century and onward. I’ve never been to Ireland and although I’m not about to disclose my age, suffice it to say that while I may not be a spring chicken anymore I certainly…Continue
Added by Wendy Kowal on June 10, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments
Sitting quietly alone, gazing out the window at the sight,
Of night’s grasp soon giving way to morning’s light.
The sun slowly rising, erasing the morning gloom
With me sitting quietly alone in that room.
Enjoying the peace and solitude of this place,
A good book in hand, feeling the rising sun in my face.
The smell of eggs, rasher, sausage and toast,
Being prepared by our gracious Irish hosts.
Suddenly out of the corner of my…Continue
Added by William Huckeby on June 10, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments
My great-grandparents came from a farm in Clongoonagh Townland, in the southern part of Sligo County, west of Tubbercurry. They had a dairy farm. My cousin Jackie O'Hara still runs the farm, along with his wife Ann and their grown children. My body feels like part of my sinew, heart muscle and spirit must still be along the wee lanes and stone walls of Ireland. There is so much to explore and experience; The Strandhill Beach, with the seaweed bath places, Rosses' Point, Tubbercurry town…Continue
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Added by Patricia Lee Teich on June 10, 2015 at 7:23pm — No Comments
My husband and I were very blessed to go to the Wild West of Ireland 10 years ago after we were first married. To borrow some lyrics from an Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny song best describes our yearning to return to the Wild West.
My time in the Wild West of Ireland
"I am ever in your debt,
For the sights and sounds of yesterday
Are shining memories yet."
We visited the land of our fathers' faith in Ireland's Wild West,
Croagh Patrick, Clonmacnoise,…
Can you be homesick for somewhere that you have never lived ? I have visited Ireland twice in my 35 years on this earth. I remember after my first visit at 19 thinking if I die tomorrow then I can be happy because my eyes have never seen such beauty. For me Ireland has always been a place to heal your soul, at 19 during my first visit I was healing from some health issues…Continue
Added by Sara Blersch on June 10, 2015 at 6:30pm — No Comments
I want to return to Western Ireland for spiritual and artistic reasons. In college I fell in love with Irish literature, from the pagan/pre-medieval myths to the current day. I love Irish music, too. And oddly enough, I married a man from County Cork (we met in college). My mother’s family has a lot of Irish heritage as well. We are descended from a man who came on a ship to New York Harbor on Christmas Eve, 1847. I can only imagine what was in Martin’s heart when he left Cork and when he…Continue
I remember the first time I learned from my father that we are Irish. I was a little girl, not even old enough to go to school yet, and he told me that our name, O'Brien, means that we are Irish. I cannot explain it, but from that time forward, I was so very proud of my last name. In the years that followed, I became more and more interested in my heritage, a past that was not shared with my father by his family. I discovered that my father's great-grandfather had come to the United…Continue
Added by Cindy O'Brien Lee on June 10, 2015 at 5:11pm — No Comments
Visiting Ireland has long been one of my deepest desires. I have Irish ancestry on both sides of my family, but sadly very little of the Irishness has been passed down, save my red hair, a few sayings, and tall tales that are no longer credited to their birthplace, but relegated to Ozarkian culture.
As a history teacher, I include a…Continue
Added by Cindy Willis on June 10, 2015 at 5:10pm — No Comments
Growing up in a Donegal emigrant household in the New York Metropolitan area shaped my life profoundly. From the beauty of the Gaelic language spoken in our sitting room to the wild yarns spun around the kitchen table to impromptu trad seisiuns and step dancing at parties, our rich cultural heritage permeated every aspect of our family life.
I'm saddened that my seven-year-old daughter, Brídín, has missed out on these experiences. She was born and reared in Tennessee, and although I…Continue
My husband passed away 3/31/15. I did not need a boulder up side my head to make me realize that tomorrow is not guaranteed. But a boulder it was to be. We had many plans but alas, that was not in the cards. I promised my husband that I would not sit in the house and wither away. What better way to keep that promise than to go to Ireland and explore? What little I know of my "roots" is my family, the Parhams, left England for Ireland. Where it goes from there I know not but it will be…Continue
I have been to Ireland twice. But I NEED to go one more time. On my first trip my best friend and I rented a car and had the most amazing visit. But even then we knew that we weren’t seeing the “real” Ireland. By the time we got to the Blarney Castle, we didn’t even want to go in – and we didn’t. There were so many tourists and it just didn’t appeal to us. By then we had been several days into our visit and we found that what we really enjoyed…Continue
Added by Debby Barnes on June 10, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments
One May we rented a house on the shore of Lough Swilly in Rathmullen, Co. Donegal, within sight of the cove that launched the famous Flight of the Earls.
Just after dawn one morning, as my wife and granddaughter slept, I grabbed my camera and car keys and slipped into sweat pants and a plaid shirt and went out the door into the fresh Irish morning. I drove north up the coast road for four or five miles then turned off onto a narrow lane that disappeared between bight…Continue