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Céad míle fáilte is Irish for a hundred thousand welcomes.

March 13, 2014 |

By Don & Maureen Anderson Owners of the Cruise Store Top o’ the mornin to ya! With this being the time of St. Patrick’s Day, our thoughts turn to touring the beautiful and enchanting Ireland. Start off your trip in Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland founded by Vikings over 1,000 years ago and named by UNESCO “the city of literature”. This is a bustling city filled with great restaurants, fun pubs, great nightlife and parks galore. Sights not to miss are Trinity College with its library holding the 8th century manuscript of the Book of Kells, created by Celtic monks in 800AD; the elegant Georgian squares with their townhouses and brightly painted doors; Kilmainham Gaol where the leaders of the failed 1916 Easter Rising were imprisoned and executed; the Ha’Penny bridge over the River Liffey. Spend an evening in the Temple Bar district with its lively pubs and live music. Visit the Old Jameson Distillery or Guinness Storehouse, where at the end of your tour you can stop at the Gravity Bar to raise a pint or two while taking in a 360 degree view of Dublin City. Beyond Dublin lie stunning and dramatic landscapes, seascapes, farmland and castles. Visit the Cliffs of Moher with majestic walls of rock rising 700 ft. above the pounding Atlantic; The popular scenic Ring of Kerry drive with Ireland’s highest mountains on one side and Atlantic coastline on the other; take a ferry ride to the Aran Islands or tour Connemara, with views of mountains and shimmering lakes. Get the gift of gab by kissing the Blarney stone at Blarney Castle; take in the beauty of Kilkenny with its castle and walls protecting this medieval city. A myriad of activities await you. Sporting events include Irish football; rugby; fishing; horse racing; and with over 300 golf courses, Ireland is a golfer’s paradise. You could set off on the trail of your ancestors at one of the many heritage and genealogy centers or National Repositories. Take part in a medieval banquet in a castle; pub crawl; see live theatre; music, music and more music. Choose a self guided tour with a rental car and stay in bed and breakfasts, hotels or even castles. Or you can take one of the many escorted tours from 4-14 nights. You will find the Irish are a friendly lot with a passion for music, dance, legends and conversation. So what are you waiting for? Let us help you plan the perfect trip. We are open Monday through Friday 9-5; Saturdays 9:30- 12:30; after hours by appointment. Stop in at 55 Maple Street, East Longmeadow and say hi. Drop us an email at sales@cruisestore.com, or call us at 525-9001. Sláinte!

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