Comments on: Roadtrip to Ireland The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:31:40 +0000 hourly 1 By: Stacey Stacey Mon, 04 Mar 2013 14:31:43 +0000 Jump into the sea in Howth followed by calamari with lemon on the pier. Visit Avoca and pick up beautiful wool, and a snack of course! Have the kids do a jig on the Aran Islands… And have a beach picnic in Dingle (it’s chilly so wear your Avoco blankets and scarves)!

Have so much fun!

By: Pamela Pamela Sun, 03 Mar 2013 10:00:44 +0000 we are doing this same trip next week! we are driving from paris to cherbourg to hop the oscar wilde with our 4 children! we are staying in cork, dingle and galway. i’m loving all the tips here from your commenters! looking forward to hearing about your trip!

By: Aoife Aoife Sat, 02 Mar 2013 03:20:17 +0000 <3 Seamus Heaney – perfect quote!

By: Ann Ann Sat, 02 Mar 2013 02:11:55 +0000 I’m so sad I’m late in commenting on this but we went there so long ago it’s hard to remember (pre-kids). I remember loving Doolin and Galway. Tops. It’s all gorgeous though and such friendly people. We did a driving tour too and stayed in farmhouse b&bs except in Dublin of course. We visited family in the north and enjoyed that so much. We’ve been thinking of taking the boyz there soon so I will be coming back to these comments and saving where you went with your family.

By: Heather A. Heather A. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 20:48:44 +0000 Yes, Kinsale! Love this town. Was a highlight of our trip of the Southwest of Ireland!

By: Ma Ma Fri, 01 Mar 2013 15:12:20 +0000 Rock of Cashel is pretty cool! I have some pictures of it on my site ( I also like Killarney.. it’s a very cute town. How fun… I wish I could be there, too. That’s where my husband and I want to take the kids for their first European trip. :D

By: Maike Maike Fri, 01 Mar 2013 12:02:22 +0000 I wish you such a good time in Ireland! My favourite little country in Europe. Since you announced the trip, this comment section is overflowing and I am not sure if you can read all that is posted here.
Just try and take the music in. The people. The landscape. All the irishness.
It can be like a good therapy session. Life changing and all that.
Have a wonderful time!

By: Annie Annie Fri, 01 Mar 2013 03:49:02 +0000 I haven’t been to Ireland but my aunt runs a writer’s and artist’s retreat in West Cork near Beara so if you ever need to do a retreat to work on a project, look up Anam Cara.

I thought I’d leave you a favorite poem (you can always substitute Cork for Clare) that be fitting. It was read at a friend’s funeral and I love it:

And some time make the time to drive out west
Into County Clare, along the Flaggy Shore,
In September or October, when the wind
And the light are working off each other
So that the ocean on one side is wild
With foam and glitter, and inland among stone
The surface of a slate-grey lake is lit
By the earthed lightning of a flock of swans,
Their feathers roughed and ruffling, white on white,
Their fully grown headstrong-looking heads
Tucked or cresting or busy underwater.
Useless to think you’ll park and capture it
More thoroughly. You are neither here nor there,
A hurry through which known and strange things pass
As big soft buffetings come at the car sideways
And catch the heart off guard and blow it open.
~Seamus Heaney

Hope the trip catches your hearts off guard and blows them open!

By: Claire Claire Thu, 28 Feb 2013 21:36:31 +0000 Ireland is such a beautiful place. I was lucky enough to visit there a few years ago, although mainly did the top half (we literally drove across from Dublin and then over the top and back down).

If you’re visiting the Cliffs of Moher, there’s a gorgeous tiny town really close to them called Doolin. We ended up staying a night there and had dinner at the tiny pub – it’s full of colourful buildings with thatched roofs and a short walk to the beach. If you like cliffs then further north there’s also some beautiful ones called Slieve League Cliffs. We stayed at a hostel in Donegal and the owners recommended them to us since we liked the Cliffs of Moher.

If you’re going even further north then the Giants Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge are both musts visits.

I hope you guys all have a great time! :)

By: Lindsay Lindsay Thu, 28 Feb 2013 21:03:38 +0000 Aran Island was by far the best thing I saw in Ireland. If those are the only cliffs you see, you won’t be disappointed. It’s fun to do a little “hiking” around and see beautiful countryside.

By: Tracy Tracy Thu, 28 Feb 2013 20:00:50 +0000 I’ve no tips on Ireland and it is still on our wish list, but I can totally relate to the kids wanting to go to Egypt. Our boys hoped and hoped we would make it there before we moved back to the states. It didn’t work out, but the Egyptian exhibits at the Louvre, though obviously not the same as being there, were a pretty great substitute.
Happy Trails!

By: brenda brenda Thu, 28 Feb 2013 19:39:23 +0000 I agree with the aran islands . I am an Irish expat living in Boston. I am beyond excited that you are going to Ireland. Of course I am going to recommend my hometown of Galway City on the west coast. You can do the Cliffs of Moher from there as a daytrip, also get a ferry to the Gaelic speaking Aran Islands and Galway is a beautiful family-friendly walkable city. Best place to eat, right next to the city museum in the Latin quarter is Ard Bia, then walk the promenade or visit the really little sea-side aquarium, on a Saturday there is a farmers/crafts/art market. If you go to Dublin you must visit Dublinia a great educational and fun place for kids, mine love it, it is a virtual tour of Medieval Dublin and you should check out the Irish Design Shop in the RHA and visit the city centre Powerscourt Townhouse for design shopping- Article for homewares and Bow for clothes and Jewelry all from Irish designers. In Cork you have to experience the English market. Have a great time ! Eat, drink and be merry and enjoy the craic agus ceol( fun and music)

By: Erin Erin Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:05:54 +0000 I just got back from studying abroad in Cork, Ireland in the fall! I love Cork. If you get a chance to go to Dingle you should definitely do it. It’s a tiny little town with a really beautiful coastline. Also St. Finn Barres cathedral in Cork is really nice and the Cliffs of Moher are a must! Jackie Lennox Chip shop is known for it’s (cheap!) fish and chips and I probably went there once a week. They give you a LOT of chips and you can get them with garlic mayo (which is my favorite) or curry or other kinds of dip!

By: Kyran Kyran Thu, 28 Feb 2013 16:16:20 +0000 Thought of you all when I saw today’s “Dispatch from Dublin” on Poppytalk, and clicked through to the author’s Dublin-based blog (she also wrote the Design Sponge city guide) Looks like a fun resource. Hope you are having a wonderful time! xo

By: JenReyn JenReyn Thu, 28 Feb 2013 13:18:24 +0000 Yes, I second Christchurch in Dublin…the kids will love the mummified cat in the organ. Also, the book of Kells at Trinity college is so very interesting. We also loved the early man site at Newgrange…so cool! The Bunratty castle would be so fun for your kids as well. There is an entire village set up just like medieval times. There were women dressed up, baking fresh apple pie in one of the “houses” and the castle is so fun for children to explore. I loved Ireland and can’t wait to take my kids there this summer after our move to Heidelburg. Speaking of moving…any chance you could do a post on moving across seas. My husband is a BYU professor and we are doing a a sabbatical for 8 months starting in May…I’m kind of panicking about going with 5 kids…and a dog!

By: April April Thu, 28 Feb 2013 12:13:27 +0000 Having recently returned from a monthlong trip to Ireland, I highly recommend your ideas. A word of caution about the driving the ring of Kerry: it is very curvy and extremly narrow in many places. Allow the tour buses and trucks the right of way. Dingle was a favorite as well as ennis. Great deals on wool items in all Aran markets however the larger ones have more variety( 2 for 1, childrens & household items). Make sure your cameras are fully charged. Locals depend on the tourists andare exceptionally helpful Enjoy.

By: Megan Megan Thu, 28 Feb 2013 11:51:53 +0000 I live in Cork now, past 8 years, from the States originally. Anyway, don’t know how long you are planning on staying but if you’re based in Cork, there are a ton of things to do and so many more you won’t be able to get to. But it’s beautiful and if the kids are ok with driving you’ll be able to see a lot. Based on numerous friends and family coming to visit and several road trips, the Cliffs of Moher are definitely must see (who wouldn’t want to see the cliffs of Insanity!). They are about 2.5 hours drive from Cork. Then Dingle and Slea head drive, it’s less tourist populated than the Ring of Kerry, both have their merits, but I think Dingle and Slea Head Drive beat out the Ring of Kerry. Around Cork itself, Kinsale is great and Charles’ Fort is fun to run around in. There are some great beaches around there with surfing if you fancy that. Surfing is a winter sport in Ireland and you just need some good wetsuits. I’d recommend Garretstown or Inchydoney beaches. Also out in West Cork is Drombeg Stone Circle, dating back to the Bronze age, with the ruins of prehistoric huts next to it.

Anyway I’m sure you have too much to do and see already. It’s a great area. Now you’ve got me thinking of doing the opposite journey, Rosslare-cherbourgh!

By: Design Mom Design Mom Thu, 28 Feb 2013 09:53:15 +0000 Wow! The whole family is just pouring over all these comments and suggestions. We’re so excited to start exploring! And so grateful for your suggestions. We can already see this trip won’t be long enough at all — there’s just so much good stuff to see! Thank you for your help. You guys are the best!

By: Aoife Aoife Thu, 28 Feb 2013 09:28:24 +0000 Ooh another Aoife from Cork! I’m kind of embarrassed by myself. I’ve lived in Ireland, both Cork and Dublin, my whole life and have barely visited any f the places mentioned here!

I’m in East Cork which was already mentioned above. Just getting ready to head out to my weekly mum and baby group. This week it’s in Ballycotton which I’m so excited about because i’ts such a beautiful village. Bit out of the way but on the drive down I’ll pass my mothers flower shop in Castlemartyr (which reminds me, I need to change her window display!), Garryvoe hotel and the beach, Stephen Pearce pottery where you’ll find a lovely cafe and iconic pottery, Shanagarry Design Centre, where you’ll find another cafe and lots of lovely things to buy, Ballymaloe Cookery School where world famous chefs have learned their trade, a gorgeous shop and farm shop, walk around the gardens to see the animals (I recently did a one day course there and learned how to make butter, cheese and yogurt, and got to drink raw milk!) And maye if I’m lucky I’ll be able to buy fish from the fishermen on the pier, or at the very least in the shop up the road. Which is infinitely more exciting than buying it in the supermarket!
Fota Wildlife park is a favourite with my kids, as is the house next to it and the beautiful gardens.
Now I think I’m going to make a list from all of these recommendations and try to get to see at least some of my country this year!
Thanks for visiting and reminding me how lucky I am to live here!

By: carrie mckown carrie mckown Thu, 28 Feb 2013 07:30:37 +0000 Beyond the above comment about the Blarney Stone and the “silly tourists”…
In the mid 90′s after completing our trip to the top to kiss the Blarney Stone we were told by a the bus driver that the staff urinate on the Blarney Stone at each closing of the castle tour. I have no proof of this but it did cast a bit of nastiness on our visit. He could have been teasing us as “silly tourists” but be warned.