Emerald Isle

Have you been to Ireland? If so, what did you love about it: the friendliness of its people, the sweeping landscapes, great pubs, uplifting music, the coast, the castles? We asked BERGEN readers to share their favorite memories.

“My husband, Joe, and I visited Ireland this past October and had an incredible trip. We rented a car and visited several enchanting sights and cities. On our way to Dublin, we stopped in Monkstown, a little town on the coast, where we got a chance to visit with some distant relatives. This had special meaning to us because we are expecting our first child in March. We saw where my greatgrandparents grew up, and it was fascinating to learn about my Irish roots. It was a trip we will never forget.” —Danielle Suscovich, Midland Park

“In July 1996, my brother, sister and I visited Ireland with our mother, Mary Cleary Schuber, who was born in Cloyne, County Cork, Ireland. Mom has since passed away, but to see this beautiful country through her eyes was a memory we treasure. From the music, poetry and lovely people to the castles and fairy tales, we had a fabulous time. They say in Ireland there are no strangers, only friends you haven’t met before, and that is so true.” ––Elaine Schuber, Oradell

“My husband, Joe, and I have taken numerous trips to Ireland over the past 12 years, and each time we go, it feels more and more like ‘going home.’ A few years ago, Joe was offered the opportunity to work in Ireland for just over a year. I was able to visit and explore more of the island. One day, I met my favorite Irish tenor, Anthony Kearns (pictured above). Another day, we visited my friend Velda, who breeds Irish Wolfhound puppies. In March 2015, we adopted Murphy, who flew from Dublin to Newark and now makes his home with us.” —Katherine Pursley, Mahwah

“I traveled to County Kerry with a dear friend and found a people kind, strong and soulful. The beauty of the landscape was breathtaking: The green meadows and farms were dotted with sheep and cattle––every view was a picture postcard. Quaint pubs were in every lovely town. One in particular had a band playing Irish music. Heading home, I must have left my scarf on my chair. One of the musicians ran out to the street to give it back. Another Kerry man told me, ‘See, Love, now that is Ireland.’ It was so true!” ––Lisa Isaac, Westwood

“We enjoyed a fantastic journey with my Irish mother and two teenagers. I was worried that the kids would be bored and not enjoy all the touring we did, but they had a blast. We stayed in a castle, kissed the Blarney Stone, and looked up our ancestry— memories to last a lifetime.” ––Bob Conti, Hillsdale

“My husband and I took a trip to Ireland and traveled across the country. My favorite stop was Kinsale, a historic fishing town in County Cork. We also had the best meal of our trip there at a well-known restaurant on the Bandon River called Fishy Fishy. For an appetizer, we ordered mussels in an Irish butter cream sauce, and as an entree, I got salmon, which was in a chili sauce. It was truly delicious!” ––Megan Bell, Montvale



At its highest point, the Cliffs of Moher rise 702 feet above the Atlantic Ocean



Built in 1592, Trinity College in Dublin is the oldest university in Ireland.



Those who visit the Blarney Castle in County Cork know not to miss the opportunity to hang upside-down over a sheer drop to kiss the Blarney Stone, which is said to give the gift of eloquence.



St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin is the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland, the tallest church in Ireland and the largest, making it a must see.



Calling all stout fans: The Guinness Storehouse in Dublin consists of seven floors covering everything from how Guinness is made to the history of beer.


Pedestrians have plenty of shopping options along High Street in Galway.


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