Our recent getaway to Ireland wasn’t really one for pleasure, as pleasurable as it was in parts. It was more to get a feel for the place and decide if we do want to relocate there. The relocation part to this is a whole other blog post, which will follow this one up in time when it sinks in I have to find a house, schools and move our entire lives from country to another, even if it’s just an hour away by plane.
As much as I wanted to get a feel for the area, I tried to leave the real exploring to when we move over to Ireland. Our research into if we wanted to move over so far had consisted of article after article about the Republic of Ireland as well as watching YouTube videos; it’s incredible what people will record videos about these days. The last time I was in Ireland was several years ago, and I stayed in Dublin, sadly I was eight months pregnant, so I sadly skipped the trip to the Guinness Storehouse. This trip was to explore the west coast and maybe get a sense of what area we want to move to.
I guess the title for this post is misleading, not in the clickbait sense but the fact we’ve not really done Ireland (our Ireland bucket list does seem to be growing by the day, so watch this space) but we did drive around village hopping and seeing as much as we could in 48 hours between the Man’s meetings.
Our base during our stay was in a farmhouse, just 10 minutes from Newcastle West, our first Airbnb stay. It didn’t disappoint, with stunning scenic views and enough space for the 5 of us, we applauded our find.
Most our exploring happened on that one full day that we had over there, we had no itinerary to where we wanted to visit, so it was a go with the flow and just drive kind of exploration. The morning started off with a walk around Newcastle West, we strolled through Desmond Hall and talked about the medieval hall, one of Ireland’s many spacious surviving medieval halls.
After a play in the kid’s park, we jumped back in the car and headed towards Glin and followed the Wild Atlantic Way, towards Tarbert. The map showed a lighthouse, so we set a route towards that but instead ended up accidentally joining a queue for the Shannon ferry which provided a few giggles.
We then headed further west cutting cross country towards Ballybunion, Google told us it was a seaside town, and Google wasn’t wrong. It was a typical seaside town complete with arcades and chip shops, only with the added Irish charm of Irish pubs and beautiful views. Before leaving we had a pitstop at ‘Sundaes Ice Cream Parlour’ where the kids had some epic ice creams, the man had a homemade lemon cheesecake with honeycomb ice cream, and I opted for the warm double chocolate cookie with oreo and white chocolate ice cream and hot chocolate sauce. D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S.
The next morning we headed towards Limerick for one of the man’s meetings, it gave us the opportunity to drive through Adare which has been renowned as one of Ireland’s prettiest towns. It reminded me of our local village Broadway which is in the Cotswolds, and I mentally added Adare to the list of places to explore more of once we’re settled in Ireland.
Having not had breakfast yet once we arrived in Limerick we stopped at ‘Lush Cafe’ for food, I was sold on it after seeing that they had french toast on the menu, something I had been craving all week.
The afternoon saw us browsing shops in Limerick town before heading back to the airport. We left knowing that we will shortly be returning, it’s wasn’t like places we had previously travelled to, those places we did and had to do everything we wanted to because we knew it could be some time until we returned there. Ireland felt different; it was like we were saying goodbye to a friend that we will shortly be seeing again, very soon.