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It is very hard to put all the impressions on paper now when feelings are cooled and time did its mission.

Ireland, in general is wonderful country with interesting and friendly people full of spirit and culture caught in all parts of their beautiful country. At first glance you can see that civilization is centuries old.

I fell in love in every little part that I saw and I’m sorry that I hadn’t enough time to see everything, although I think that it is impossible.

At the first place, it is nature…I saw just few parts, but that was enough to have an impression of pure, healthy and interesting countryside.

shannon.jpg (12694 bytes)Shannon River is the longest river. It is wide and landscape surrounding is gorgeous. It looks like every leaf and every plant are meant to be just at that place…It is same with Glendalogh lakes that are just 48 km from the capital.
You need 20 minutes of walk up to the Upper Lake glendalough.jpg (12274 bytes) but it is worth every step. Breathtaking view…Of course, monastery of St. Kevin that was once famous school for Europeans now is one of the most important traces of old Irish Christianity culture and the proof of how long Ireland is one of the centres of European culture.
Powerscourt Gardens powerscourt.jpg (13026 bytes) are the place you have to see when you are in Ireland. Once property of English aristocracy-today one of favourite tourist’s attractions - perfect for one day trip. Italian, Japanese and other gardens for your eyes and nose and Pet Cemetery as unusual attraction.

Sightseeing in Ireland is not just sightseeing. It is learning about history full of problems, about unique customs, great people and rocket in economy in the last decade of 20th century. All that I have heard totally impressed me and I’d need years to write all!

I was settled in Dublin and had a time to visit all Dublin City attractions but Trinity College trinity.jpg (13899 bytes) with its famous Book of Kells was my favourite.
Molly Malone mollymalone1.jpg (15573 bytes) and Grafton Street grafton.jpg (21604 bytes)
O’Connell Bridge with it’s statues and GPO building (General Post Office- where famous 1916 revolution took place) gpo.jpg (16553 bytes) and shopping in Henry Street; 
Oscar Wilde oscar.jpg (3154 bytes) and James Joyce saluting you from gardens and streets and from every bookshop window. 
It is the best to eat your lunch in unique city parks like St. Stephen’s st.stephens.jpg (20976 bytes)

Further away are Kilmainham Gaol (I have remembered Daniel Day Lewis and I was boring to death to the guide with questions about famous prison and movies made inside it); Phoenix Park (the biggest city park in Europe and second in the world!) with the President’s home, home of US Ambassador, Pope’s Cross, beautiful places for picnic or sport and famous Dublin Zoo; National Botanic Gardens with plants older than 400 years and mixture of beautiful smells and colours…There are so many things to see and so little time to do so!!!


So, listen people…if you are thinking where to spend your “little extra”, forget about hot summers in Mediterranean and take a chance on Emerald Isle, miracle land of rich nature, friendly hosts and innumerable ways to have fun.
Of course, if you are coming from the country with low standard, be careful! Ireland is really expensive so take care of every penny or you are lost!
But, don’t forget to taste Guinness and catch that rare sun on the coasts of Cork or Galway! And you are obliged to enjoy in Irish Coffee!!!


Sláinte! (Cheers!-in Irish)


Traditional Brown Bread
Irish Coffee



Now, learn this great and “easy to sing” song and you are one step closer to Dublin!

 Molly Malone

In Dublin's Fair City
Where the girls are so pretty
I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone
As she wheel'd her wheel barrow
Through streets broad and narrow
Crying cockles and mussels alive, alive o!

Alive, alive o!, alive, alive o!
Crying cockles and mussels alive, alive o!

She was a fishmonger
But sure 'twas no wonder
For so were her father and mother before
And they each wheel'd their barrow
Through streets broad and narrow
Crying cockles and mussels alive, alive o!


She died of a fever
And no one could save her
And that was the end of sweet Molly Malone
But her ghost wheels her barrow
Through streets broad and narrow
Crying cockles and mussels alive, alive o!