When in Dingle: Suggestions from a ‘Local’

When in Dingle: Suggestions from a ‘Local’

Where should I visit on the Dingle Peninsula?  Which shop has the best fish & chips in town? Which pub has the best live music? What activites are worthwhile in Dingle? Where is a good place to stay? If I lived … (read more)

The ABCs of ‘My 90 Irish Nights’

The ABCs of ‘My 90 Irish Nights’

  During the summer of 2015, I spent three months running a bed and breakfast outside of Dingle, Ireland, an opportunity I found through the website HelpEx. Before my arrival in Dingle, there were many questions left unasked and unanswered by both … (read more)

Biking Dingle’s ‘Slea Head Drive’

Biking Dingle’s ‘Slea Head Drive’

The first time I visited Ireland on a family holiday in 2008, I was blown away by the stunning scenery. The endless emerald fields seem to only be interrupted by the vibrant colors of wildflowers or the crystal blue of … (read more)

Kayaking in Dingle Bay

Kayaking in Dingle Bay

When my best friend Damian booked his ticket to spend a weekend with me in western Ireland, we immediately began sorting through our list of possible activities. County Kerry is teeming with outdoor activities and magnificent sights: the infamous Ring … (read more)

Gingers Galore: The Irish Redhead Convention

Gingers Galore: The Irish Redhead Convention

One of my favorite aspects of traveling is partaking in events or activities, however quirky or mundane, that I am unable to experience at home. My most recent, and arguably quirkiest, such experience was my past weekend attending the Irish … (read more)

5 Irish Fun Facts from July

5 Irish Fun Facts from July

In following with my 7 Irish Fun Facts from June post, I wanted to continue in sharing my newfound Irish cultural and historical tidbits from my summer working in Ireland. 1. Sunday drinking used to only be allowed for ‘Bona Fide … (read more)

Puffin Rock: My Day at Skellig Michael

Puffin Rock: My Day at Skellig Michael

There are few days from my travels that stand as much as my day trip to Skellig Michael. From taking puffin bird selfies to exploring the rich, rugged terrain of the island, my visit to Skellig Michael was simply extraordinary. … (read more)

Week 6 in Dingle

Week 6 in Dingle

These past few weeks have been flying by for me. Each morning I wake up around 7 AM and help Aisling prepare and serve breakfast to our guests and then help check them out (not in that way…get your head … (read more)

7 Irish Fun Facts from June

7 Irish Fun Facts from June

This past week marked my one-month anniversary of living in Ireland. In visiting with three friends from home last week, I realized how many random facts I had acquired over this short month while I rambled on as we stumbled from pub to … (read more)

The Asinine Irish Exception

The Asinine Irish Exception

When I initially decided to spend my summer in Ireland, I never considered that at some point during that time I might end up at the guard’s (police) station as a witness. Nor if you had told me that during my … (read more)

Exploring the Dingle Peninsula in Photos

Exploring the Dingle Peninsula in Photos

Over my first few weeks living outside of Dingle, I have taken countless photographs. The Dingle Peninsula, Kerry, is one of Ireland’s most beautiful spots, its rich mixture of rolling hills and rugged coastline jutting out into the Atlantic; nature … (read more)

A Perfect Day at Blasket Island

A Perfect Day at Blasket Island

Off the coast of the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland lies a series of islands known as The Blasket Islands. Forming the western-most inhabited settlement in Ireland until the mid-twentieth century, the Islanders, as they’re locally referred to, were … (read more)

Discombobulated, Arriving in Dingle

Discombobulated, Arriving in Dingle

Last Sunday, I arrived in Dingle after a few hours and two bus transfers from Galway. I was utterly exhausted from an incredibly entertaining night out with two MBA students who graciously let me hitch a ride from Derry, Northern Ireland down … (read more)

90 Irish Nights: My Working Holiday in Dingle

90 Irish Nights: My Working Holiday in Dingle