Lunch at The Lake Hotel, Killarney

From the moment I arrived to Killarney, my local friend Aífe repeated one recommendation to me over and over: go to The Lake Hotel. My last afternoon at the conference was gloriously sunny. I could see the rays of sunshine and blue skies peeking out at me from behind the speaker, distracting me from everything he had to say. And…
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Seafari Cruise: Kenmare, Ireland

Having missed out on two days in Ireland, I had some tough choices to make as to what I would have to skip. Seafari, for me, was non-negotiable. Seafari Cruises is run by Captain Ray, perhaps the greatest embodiment of an Irishman you’ll find in all of Kerry. When he’s not running the cruises, he’s still out on the sea,…
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Jaunting to Ross Castle: Killarney, Ireland

Before arriving in Killarney, I had meticulously planned every hour in order to pack in the most possible. I wanted to do the Ring of Kerry, go hiking around Muckross, and kayak through the Gap of Dunloe. It was going to be perfect. But then, life happened. My plane had a freak accident and ended up rerouted for an emergency landing,…
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Postcard from Killarney

Last week I spent four whirlwind days in Killarney, and my experience there only scraped the surface of what the area has to offer. It was my first time properly exploring Ireland outside of Dublin. Most of my time there was spent in workshops and speaker sessions for the conference I was attending, so before I left I was already…
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Franklin Cider Mill

Today made my family and I made our annual pilgrimage to Franklin Cider Mill. As a kid I remember begging my parents to take me here as soon as school let out each day. Walking over the little wooden bridge towards the mill, the smell rich, doughy cinnamon sugar still gets me every time. As an adult, I appreciate this place…
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