Cate's Global Story

Photo Story: Off-Season Ireland

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! A few years ago, Aaron and I celebrated our 10th anniversary with a 3-week trip to Ireland. We found a super deal on plane tickets and wondered if we were crazy to go there in December. Turns out it was a fantastic time to be there!

Jan30.12

One of the perks of off-season travel is having amazing places like¬†Dun Aengus all to yourself…

March14

…or a secluded beach.

Oct23

There are lots of cliffs in Ireland, so you find lots of signs like these. Cliffs + snow/ice + narrow roads + driving on the left side of the road = a road trip you won’t quickly forget.

May3

Ireland isn’t as intensely green in the winter but it’s still gorgeous, don’t you think?

July4

After 10 days driving around southern Ireland we rented an apartment in Dublin for about 10 days. We arrived just as a huge snow storm shut everything down. It was the perfect backdrop for Christmas.

Jan21.12

The snow melted quickly, though, which made it easy to get out and see the city.

June12

View from the Guinness Storehouse.

4.21

How adorable is this kid?

4.13

Hot soup, hot tea, and fresh bread with Irish butter is the perfect lunch on a cold day (too bad it looks like our lunch is about to slide off the table ;-)).

Sept28

If you get the opportunity to go to Ireland, go. Don’t worry about the time of year!

Want more Ireland?

:: St. Patrick’s Day Pinboard with fun recipes, decorations, and travel inspiration.

:: A few more photos of our trip to Ireland.

:: 10 things we learned in Ireland.

:: Christmas in Ireland.

 

Have you been in Ireland? What’s your favorite memory?

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Hello, I'm Dr. Cate Brubaker! Are you a returnee who has been surprised to find your return "home" harder than going abroad? I created the Re-entry Roadmap workbook just for you. If you work with returnees, I'm here to help you with innovative resources and training that will make it easier to provide meaningful support for your returnees.