A trip to the ‘real’ Ireland

The lookout castle for the Pirate Queen Grace O'Malley at Kildownet Achill Island County Mayo. — Courtesy Elaine Weintraub

In October, 2018 a trip to the “real” Ireland is planned, and though it will include the famous Cliffs of Moher and a time in Dublin to experience that cosmopolitan city, where the history of the Irish War of Independence is on display, the Guinness brewery is still offering incredible views of the city, and the deer in the Phoenix Park come up to ask for food, the soul of the trip will be the west of Ireland.

According to a press release, travelers will spend several days in the west in the towns of Ballina, Crossmolina, and Westport, from where they will tour traditional holy wells, seaweed baths, experience a genuine Irish pub, and participate in authentic cultural celebrations in Irish pubs where the music plays and the atmosphere is convivial. The tour will visit the small villages not generally known to tourists, and meet working farmers, learn a little Irish Gaelic, and see the castles of the Pirate Queen, Grace O’Malley, whose reign extended over County Mayo, where the tour will be based.

Anyone interested in joining the tour should contact Elaine Weintraub at ecawleyweintraub@gmail.com or 508-524-8023.