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Postcard from Killarney

Postcard from Killarney

My senior year of college, I took advantage of a week-long Thanksgiving break to visit a friend who was studying at the University of Cork in Ireland (utilizing that around-the-world address book to my advantage!). We decided to go to Killarney for a couple of days, to visit its famed national park–a huge tourist draw in summer, but quiet, cold and still stunning in winner.

Killarney National Park

We rented bikes for day, exploring the national park. It was everything that I had ever pictured Ireland to be: lots of green rolling hills. At night, we found a pub with Irish dancing in the back. Crowded with locals, we learned to dance a traditional jig and drink a pint of Guinness.

Irish dancing at the pub

Killarney National Park

Ross Castle Ruins

View from Blarney Castle
While Blarney Castle isn’t in Killarney, it is where I kissed the stone and took this photo. Kissing the Blarney stone is said to endow the kisser with the gift of eloquence.

  • Tour Absurd

    Love it! Just did a post about Blarney Castle myself. I hope you’ll come back to Ireland soon so we can hit a pub together and talk about traveling, blogging, and the world!

  • Anonymous

    I would love to come back to Ireland–I’m 1/4 Irish and I worked in an Irish pub in France! I think Ireland does the best cold-weather comfort food–you can’t beat stew in a bread bowl and a pint of Guinness in a pub on a chilly night!

  • It looks so pretty there!

  • How awesome it must be to ride a bike in Ireland.

    And considering the amount of posts and their quality, no wonder you got the gift of eloquence. 😉

  • Candicewalsh

    Ah, perfect timing as I plot my trip for April. 🙂

  • Beautiful pictures here! Yet another country I have to discover… 🙂

    Mary
    maryaroundtheworld.blogspot.com

  • absolutely beautiful! these photos make me want to get on the next plane…. argh!

  • Anonymous

    The pub culture in Ireland is unsurpassed anywhere in the world! You really can’t beat a cold night, a warm fire, and a ping of the black stuff. One of the many places I’m dying to go back to.

  • Anonymous

    It was gorgeous–so lush and green!

  • Anonymous

    Haha, thanks–although my family will attest that I got the gift of gab LONG before I kissed the Blarney stone! Renting bikes in Killarney is super easy, and a really fun way to see the region. Highly recommend.

  • Anonymous

    Ireland is just like you would imagine it–so lush, green and beautiful! Absolutely loved it and I’m dying to explore more.

  • Anonymous

    GO TO KILLARNEY! There’s Irish dancing at one of the pubs on Wednesday nights–all locals, lots of beer, so much fun!

  • Anonymous

    Me too! I was only able to squeeze in a few days–I want to see much more of the countryside, and I still need to visit Dublin. And I just love the pub culture–I wish we had that in the States!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks! Killarney was gorgeous–well worth a visit!

  • Debby Joanna

    I love the picture..so beautiful n natural

  • camorose

    Glad you like it!

  • camorose

    Glad you like it!