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As my family is in transit to Ireland, I wanted to share this short trip report and photos from Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan who traveled to Ireland with her husband and three young sons in 2011.
When we took our three young children to Ireland for the first time, there were a few must-do items on our list.
Spend as much time with family as possible.
Visit the Lough.
Items 1 and 2 were easy! My husband is from Ireland but moved away at a young age. Much of his family still lives there and on visits back home, some of his fondest memories were of playing at the Lough in Cork city with his cousins. They’d feed the ducks and swans, walk down the street a bit to the shop and buy candy. He’d delight in the Irish money and the superior Irish chocolate.
The Lough was a highlight for our family in 2011. Despite the rain, the playground was voted “very fun” and the birds were “amazing” according to our kids, then ages 6, 4 and 1. Having my husband’s wonderful aunt and uncle join us made the day even more special.
The author and her boys at Blarney castle
To complete task 3, we visited Blarney and Cahir Castles. While Blarney has always been well-known, the amount of visitors at the castle far surpassed anything I’d seen since my first visit there in 1995. But the park surrounding Blarney offers a lovely garden, a cave and lots of room to roam, as well as ice cream. We enjoyed ourselves and the crowds didn’t bother us. But to really explore a castle in detail, we headed to Cahir Castle. There the boys (and Mom and Dad) were able to really crawl over, on, inside, and under everything from deep dark dungeons to tower tops, inside banquet halls and behind cannon barrels!
Checking out the cannons at Cahir Castle
We kept plans simple, made family a priority and had an incredible visit.
Exploring Badger's Cave at the base of Blarney Castle
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