A Trip to Ireland

Last week, my husband and I were in Ireland. We visited because I had been accepted at an academic conference in Limerick. In fact, the paper I submitted with my colleague Breeanne ended up winning the Hayhoe Fellow Award, or the award for the best graduate student paper.

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We spent a day in Dublin. We got there from Limerick by driving. My husband did a great job driving on the left side of the road with a manual transmission. We had a few close and scary calls, but nothing major. We only got honked at twice the entire week. In Dublin, we attended church, and then basically walked around the city center and visited a few of the major sites there, like the Trinity College library. I also got my picture taken with Oscar Wilde!

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We also visited the Cliffs of Moher, an impressive reminder that humans are small and weak compared to nature. I enjoyed the hiking on the coastal cliffs, but had a full-blown panic attack when Breeanne decided to hang her legs over the edge of the cliff. And my husband, Mike, wanted to do the same. I plastered myself against some rocks as far from the edge as I could and hysterically cried with my face in my hands while Mike took a picture of Breeanne putting half of her body over the edge of a 700-foot cliff. Mike ended up not doing it since I was so upset. However, Mike did get electrocuted! Along the cliffs is some private property with sheep grazing. The fence surrounding them is electrified, and when Mike casually leaned against it, he completed the circuit and got the shock of his life!

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We spent time at Lough Gur, and found impressive the big stone circle from ancient history.

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We also visited a few castles. Bunratty Castle was a fun tour.

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We had a medieval banquet at Knappogue Castle with the conference, so I got a picture of me and Breeanne with one of our professors, Dr. Walton.

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I really wanted to take this couch home with me, but it wouldn’t fit in my luggage.

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The Rock of Cashel was beautiful. It was in ruins, but impressive and had nice views. We also hiked down from it to Hore Abbey in the field below. These sites were one hour from our hotel, and the Rock of Cashel closed at 7 pm. We got to the site right at 6:15, when they would allow the last visitors to enter. I ran up the hill to the entrance, only to find that they did not take credit cards. We had spent our last euros just hours before, as it was our last day in Ireland. The man at the desk, seeing my face and my disappointment, welcomed us in for free.

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One of the greatest things about Ireland is the people. They are some of the kindest I’ve ever met.

Here is the limerick I wrote about my time in Limerick.

There once were two women from the U.S.

They went to Ireland dressed in their best.

They won an award and traipsed the Cliffs of Moher.

Now they are done being stressed!

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  1. Congrats!!! I so want to go back to Ireland – was there in Sept 2014 – the people, the culture, the history – just want to soak it. Loving your captures!

    Happy Weekend – Enjoy 🙂

  2. Oh the cliff! I was sitting in my chair and felt my leg muscles twitching and my stomach clenching. I started crying when I saw Breeanne sitting there,smiling. Beautiful pics! I hope to travel there someday. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    1. Good to know that I’m not the only one that cries when people dangle themselves over the edges of cliffs! I hope you get to visit someday, too. It was so nice.

  3. Looks like you had a great trip. I loved Ireland, although I only saw the south and west sides of the country, so I was not in Dublin. I’d love to go back.

    1. Thank you! The people are marvelous. My friend Breeanne has several stories about their kindness and concern for her, as she was traveling alone and ended up with pneumonia at the end of her trip. They were wonderful to her!

      1. Yikes. Pneumonia on a trip. I am glad she was comforted and helped. My old boss arrived at night at this Inn and was told he was on the wrong side of the country, as the town had a similar, but different name. The drove for several hours and the folks stayed up until Midnight and had hot food waiting for them. Their generosity is heartwarming.

    1. Well, my goodness! Apparently! 😉 It was a report of interviews and observations conducted with website owners and their use of data analytics. We basically found that independent site owners have no idea how to use analytics and essentially play with it, misuse it, or ignore it. We proposed ways that experts in our field (technical and professional communication) can support site owners in interpreting this data in order to improve their businesses and websites and how we can train our students to be prepared to do this in the workplace. Thanks for asking!

  4. Your trip sounds amazing. I love the travel photos. Congrats on your paper winning the award but it sounds like the best reward was traveling in Ireland with friends.

  5. It looks like you had a great trip, and great weather, and you took some beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing them. I especially like the one of you guys jumping. 🙂
    And, congratulations on the award!

  6. Congratulations on the award! Your pictures are great, i’m incredibly jealous! Ireland looks like a beautiful place to visit. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Congratulations on winning the award! How fun it must be to travel to different academic conferences! I hope that I get to do that one day. 🙂 I read the PowerPoint slide which is behind you in one of the photos and your research sounds really interesting.

    Ireland looks lovely and I enjoyed your limerick!

  8. Hi Emily. I am from Dublin and have been following your blog for awhile. Love it. Glad you had a good time in Ireland. Would love to know what your paper was about. Congratulations on your award.

    1. You live in a lovely city! How nice that you have been following my blog. My paper was about website owners’ use of analytics data and how experts in my field, technical and professional communication, can support them in using it more fully. Thanks for asking!

  9. Wow! Emily, you have done it again. Mesmerised your readers and, this time around – for me at least – made us jealous! It seems that you had a fabulous time. Yes, that couch, it looks very homey. Oh, to go to the land of Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, Seamus Heaney. It’s still on my bucket list.
    Congratulations on your award.

    1. Thank you, Simon! It was a very nice trip. I wish I had had more time for literary explorations while there. We did visit the Frank McCourt Museum in Limerick. A little strange, but fun.

  10. I’ve always wanted to visit Ireland.
    Thanks for taking us there Emily J. and congratulations on your award!
    If you feel like “visiting” Greece, check out my latest post “summertime in Greece”.

    1. I definitely feel like visiting Greece! There’s another conference there next year, but I’m not sure if I can apply because it always costs a lot of money to travel. I’ll check out your post!

  11. Congratulations! What an honor! I have the privilege of studying abroad in Limerick this semester – many of the places you mentioned are places I’ve been researching and hope to visit. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I’m so jealous! You’ll love the university in Limerick. It is beautiful. Such a gorgeous campus, and like I said, the people there are lovely. Have a great time this fall!

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