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SHINY, HAPPY PEOPLE...DRINKING BEER

Life in the tiny village of Castletownshead in Cork County, Ireland confirmed everything we're heard about this country. Beautiful landscapes, friendly people, lots of beer, and a rainbow everyday.

Pubs of Dublin
Pubs of Dublin

We stopped for a drink at the famous Temple Bar

The Phoenix
The Phoenix

Cottages in the village of Castletownshend has names, not street numbers.

Our little main street
Our little main street

The hill of our fishing village's main road led straight down to Castlehaven Harbour.

The Infamous Alan
The Infamous Alan

Our colorful neighbor and his love for hard apple cider and cigarettes was well-known throughout town.

The Irish American Gang
The Irish American Gang

New friends' made is hard to leave with our time in Ireland ended.

Familiar Taps
Familiar Taps

The best way to make friends in Ireland, is a visit to the local pub.

Mizen Head
Mizen Head

The most southwestern point of Ireland is home to a famous lighthouse that's kept ships safe for hundreds of years.

Lighthouse at Mizen Head
Lighthouse at Mizen Head
Toe Head
Toe Head

Liv sitting in the pillowed tufts of grass on Toe Head peninsula.

Working SCAR
Working SCAR

The Skibbereen Charity Adventure Race is an annual event with the support of many local citizens. If you're an adventure racer, you just found your another good reason to visit Ireland.

Athletes of SCAR
Athletes of SCAR

Racers make their way down Castletownshend's main street.

Rainbows
Rainbows

I'd thought it was a cliche', but Ireland really does have rainbows every single day.

Irish Coastline
Irish Coastline

A sunset picture taken from a hill near our cottage.

Tree Huggers
Tree Huggers

Our girls' days spent climbing trees and making forts with their friends were absolutely priceless.

The Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher

The trail running along the famous cliff line invites a lot of stopping, gazing, and sometimes cuddling.

Looking Down the Cliff
Looking Down the Cliff

Much to my motherly chagrin, Emily takes after her dad and needs an up close view of every major drop-off she sees.

Knockomagh Hill
Knockomagh Hill

The Loch Hike Walk took us up through the forest to this overlook offering sweeping views out to the Celtic Sea.

Connemara National Park
Connemara National Park

This unique preserve near Galway helps visitors understand the history, science, and beauty of Ireland's peat bogs