Posted by: Madeline's Plate | June 14, 2012

A Long Weekend in Ireland

I just may have the slightest bit of a fixation with Ireland. Maybe because I have roots, both protestant and Catholic, in the country. Maybe it was all those Nanci Griffith songs about Grafton Street that my mother used to play. Maybe that class on Yeats I took sophomore year. But despite my enthusiasm (of which there was a lot), I had never been to the country itself.

That changed this year, on my birthday. I was taken to a lovely celebratory dinner at Rustic Stone and over the course of a long weekend discovered Baby Guiness and the wonder that is Irish brown bread.

Most of the time was spent in Dublin, with one day trip to see the Cliffs of Moher in County Galway. After living for 18 months in Texas, my mind was blown by a country so small that we could drive from one coast to the other (and back) in a single day. Well played, Ireland. Well played indeed.

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