Finally an entry about why I came to Dublin in the first place and why you really didn’t miss anything if you spent your St. Patrick’s day anywhere else.
I was looking forward to this day for a long time, made plans about my outfit and where to go. Finally on that day I went to see the parade in the morning. Unfortunately I was too late to get a spot to see properly what was going on. But at least I can tell that it wasn’t the party I was looking for. The parade is more suitable for families. However, I don’t regret going there and here are some pictures I took:
After the parade I stayed in the city centre, mainly in and around temple bar although temple bar was so packed that the police had to close off the area. Beside the fact that the city was more crowded and everybody wore something green it felt like yet another usual day in temple bar: tourists everywhere and you have to wait for ages to get your pint of beer. After pubcrawling the entire afternoon I called it a day and went home a little bit disappointed. Now I get why most of the Irish people don’t celebrate this day in the city centre, but rather stay at home for house parties. Here are some more pictures:
After lots of studying I used my weekend off to travel to Cork and the Ring of Kerry. As all major cities are reachable by the cheap buses, this was the option to travel to Cork. I met a friend there in the evening and woke up almost in the city centre and having the best weather. I liked the city, and I wouldn’t say it’s typical Irish.
The next day we rented a car and drove to Blarney Castle. It was a completely different experience than Dunluce Castle in Northern Ireland, but definitely worth a visit.
We were a little bit disappointed about the Irish weather, but drove towards the Ring of Kerry anyway. Below is a map of the route we took (clockwise instead of anti-clockwise).
Close to Skibbereen we found a beautiful beach, and the Mizen Head, Irelands most southern point, rewarded us with terrific cliffs.
When we reached Kenmare, i.e. the Ring of Kerry, the sun was already about to set and we didn’t see much of the landscape. However, after waking up in Cahersiveen the next day we got stunning views on the Atlantic.
The last stops were the Gap of Dunloe and Killarney’s national park. It was a shame we just had 1.5 hours left to spend there.
It was another great trip and probably even more adventurous than the one to Northern Ireland. I can definitely recommend everyone to visit Kerry. There are also the highest mountains in Ireland and I would love to come back for hiking.