Everyone has a place they would like to visit. I have a pretty long list of locations that I want to travel to someday. I’ve always loved seeing new places and coming to understand a bit of a new culture. It helps give me perspective on life and it makes the world seem big and small at the same time.
My husband and I had the good fortune to visit the cities of Dublin and Killarney, Ireland for just over a week. The trip was organized and set up to showcase the amazing sites, beautiful architecture and welcoming people.
There’s something really special about travelling to a place where your ancestors were born and lived and died. Although my grandparents have an Irish heritage as Whites and Taylors, I didn’t have enough information to do any research. But, my husband has much information about the Dowlings, so we spent a full day of our trip off the beaten path visiting a small town 40 minutes outside of Dublin looking for relatives and taking in the history.
Although we didn’t find a long lost cousin, we did meet a few people anxious to help us figure out where his family was from. We also took the time to visit the Blarney Castle and the Gap of Dunloe, both beautiful historic sites.