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Sláinte Mhath: Ireland Road Trip Coming Soon!

The Black Abbey

In a magical May in 2007, my lovely spouse traveled to Ireland to visit with me for a few days while I was toiling away “over there.” I was “stuck” there for a month, in the village of Adare, consulting my buns off for a multinational corporation. Tough work, when you can get it.

Anyways, Paula Jo fell in love with the country where “no matter where you point your camera, you shoot a picture postcard.” She even looked at houses for sale, briefly; her better sense kicked in shortly thereafter, and we didn’t relocate. Yet.

Well, now it’s time to go again! The Emerald Isle of (at least some of) my ancestors beckons, and we’re headed over for two weeks of fun, food, frivolity and full pints. When we’re not toiling over tots of the local distilled products, of course!

Plans are still not fully formed, but we do know we’ll spend a few days in the Dublin area. Every statistician who lays claim to being a “complete” professional simply has to visit Guinness. In particular, St. James’s Gate Brewery, where William Sealy Gosset toiled for years to improve their ale, using (and even inventing) tools of the statistical trade. Mr. Gosset even published under a pseudonym famous in the field: Student. I plan to buy at least a tie to commemorate the visit. Oh, and I also intend to significantly sample the products. Repeatedly. Reproducibly.

We’ll have a tour guide for the next few days, as we travel down the east coast and along the southeast regions. Waterford, Wexford, Cork and more beckon. Then we’ll locate in Adare, at our favorite “new” hotel, the Dunraven Arms. Founded in 1792, it’s the most modern hostelry in the area (sort of). We love it there!

We’ll take day trips from Adare, weather permitting, to places like the Cliffs of Moher, the Rock of Cashel and more. We’ll be thinking of you, of course, while we’re touring around. I’ll be posting here when I can get a good connection, to keep you drooling over our good fortune updated on our adventures and discoveries…

Enjoy the (Fad Saol Agat) Heat!

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