My Irish Bucket List: Summer 2015

As I explained on My 90 Irish Nights page, I am spending my 2015 summer outside of Dingle, Ireland working at a small B&B. Though I’ve visited Ireland before, I am excited to further explore Irish culture, language and cuisine while hopefully making new friends along the way. Oh, and of course, doing some work…

My Irish Bucket List: Summer 2015

– Read 3 books on Irish history & culture.

– As I Roved Out by Cathal O’Byrne

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

Dubliners by James Joyce

Check out my ‘Ireland Bookshelf’ and Follow Me on GoodReads.

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Learn to make a proper Irish breakfast & dinner.

After working in a bed and BREAKFAST all summer, I can whip together a traditional Irish breakfast in no time. And yes, it’s delicious. If I couldn’t after all those days, something would be wrong.

As for a traditional Irish dinner of bacon and cabbage, yes I learned to make one. Sadly, I certainly can’t brag that it has the same delicious quality as my breakfasts. But, hey, at least I have learned something??

Pour my own Guinness at a local pub.

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Behind the bar at Murphy’s Pub in Dingle. The Murphy family were helpful and hospitable coaches for this one!

Attend an Irish festival.

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I attended the West Kerry Agricultural Fair and The Dingle Races, both of which are local festivals and were great fun and interesting insight into local life and culture.

Play an Irish flute or the accordion.

Attend the Irish Redhead Convention in Crosshaven in August (!!!)

This was a weekend for the books. Check out my post about the weekend here.

Learn the 32 counties of Ireland.

Want to test yourself? I used this quiz until I could confidently score 100%.

– See a puffin bird up close.

Check out my post about my magical visit to Skellig Michael. It was one of my favorite days yet!

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– Identify and visit my maternal family’s hometown.

Right now we think it might be Bantry in County Cork or Claregalway, but I’m still mid-hunt.

– Complete Duolingo’s Irish lessons.

This one is going poorly. Like very poorly

– Watch a sheep get sheared & help shear it.

Still on the hunt for a friendly farmer to help me with this one!


I am set to leave Ballyferriter in about three weeks, so I still have a bit of time for my last few Bucket List items… Stay tuned!

Last updated on August 30.

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