Visit to Ireland

My wife Lisa and all around me know that my trip of a lifetime would be to travel to Ireland.

That dream became a reality a couple weeks ago as I journeyed with the Avalon North Wolverines Search and Rescue to tour the Emerald Isle. The primary purpose for the trip was educational and competitive in nature as the group toured a great deal of the country to meet with their Irish colleagues. I had the honor of interacting with and learning from the many zones of the Irish Coast Guard. they hosted our group with perfect precision and made our trip life altering, well at least for me.

I had my visions of what I wanted to see, some prompted by songs , stories, history , scenery, and even the fantastic marketing and age old branding of the country many of our ancestors called home.

I have to admit with much excitement that my expectations were met and exceeded. I have to thank the gentleman who visited Newfoundland back in October 2008 and who in return hosted us in fine style. I will thank them many times throughout the next few blogs, yes, the next few blogs as it is impossible for me to present all the pictures taken by us in one posting.  It would not do the trip and experience justice.

Pictures do tell a thousand words but I can’t wait to tell you all about the amazing two weeks!!!!

Our first day was filled with much history and sightseeing.   Dublin is a hot bed of culture, arts, and commerce.  It was very charming in many aspects;  I bet one could spend a two week vacation exploring this wonderful city.

Wolverines on streets of Dublin

Wolverines on streets of Dublin

Irish Parliament Building

Irish Parliament Building

Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle

Wolvervines in front of Dublin Castle

Wolvervines in front of Dublin Castle

Kilmainham Gaol Chapel was the setting for the marriage of Grace Gifford and Joseph Plunkett. They were married,  only allowed minutes together before Joseph was taken away to be executed in the morning for his part in the Easter Rising of 1916.

Inside Kilmainham Gael

Inside Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gael Chapel

Kilmainham Gaol Chapel

This was a emotional place for me as it confirmed its reality, it was no longer a song. The song “Grace” has been sung by many, but in my opinion no can sing it like Jim McCann.

Guinness

Guinness

Newgrange, older than Stonehenge and 500 years older than the Pyramids.

Newgrange, older than Stonehenge and 500 years older than the Pyramids.

Victoria Day Weekend

Ok this is a start, I will be posting some pictures next week, but going camping tomorrow , have a good Victoria Day weekend, a holiday is a holiday *W*

Danny Cleary

Congrats to Danny Cleary first star of the game tonight!!!!! Go Red Wings!!!!!
Take care
Ron