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Adare

Twelve Bens

 
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Ardmore

Celtic Cross

Kylemore Abbey

 
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Blarney Castle

Mat the Miller

Glendalough

 

From ancient Celts,

to Vikings and Normans...

to English domination and famine,

to an independent, free Irish state...

In a few words, Ireland is simply brimming with mystery, history, magic and rugged beauty.
For some reason, ever since I was young I have had a liking for anything Irish. I fell

in love with their pottery, china, crystal, sweaters, and jewelry first. From this began

a yearning to visit Ireland. I have always had a deep fascination with the medieval time

period...knights, castles, fashion and the daily life of men and women in that time. At

the first opportunity, I escaped to the enchanted green isle and was simply amazed. I had

always pictured Ireland as a country of rolling green hills over run with grazing sheep and

dotted with crumbling castles and ruins. And yes, I did find plenty of that. What I did not

expect was the sheer rugged and majestic beauty. I visited southern Ireland from east to west

and the further west I traveled, the more I was surrounded by mountains everywhere. I had no

idea Ireland had such a wild terrain. Each view was more breathtaking than the last. While there

my family and I lived as kings and queens, staying in one gorgeous castle after another. I have

tried to capture both the history; the fantastic topography; and the quaint, picturesque scenery

that encompasses Ireland.