Weather in Ireland

@CatNPK (461)
United States
March 8, 2007 11:02am CST
Ireland is a popular travel destination in the US, which is understandable since an estimated 40 million citizens consider themselves Irish descendants. For 6 months I lived in Malahide, a beautiful small town just north of Dublin. The coast line of Ireland is powerful, and I always enjoyed the emerald green grass in spite of the winter weather. Today I live in western Washington state, which has very similar climate and vegetation - even to the point of both suffering from invasive English ivy. There is something deeply moving about the cold wind and grey skies of winter, which give way to a dry, almost Mediterranean heat during summer. Both are inspiring, both can be overwhelming.
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• United States
9 Mar 07
My husband and I have always wanted to go to Ireland for a visit. The climate would not btoher me a bit as I live in NY and am used to cold and winds. The dry heat would be nice though. I love to read Irish tales and think about what it would be like to be there. Living there had to be absolutely a lifetime experience !!
@CatNPK (461)
• United States
9 Mar 07
I did love living there. I really recommend Malahide as a great vacation destination - it's a wonderful "village" athmosphere but on the light rail it takes little time to get the 13 km to downtown Dublin.
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@raydene (9875)
• United States
10 Mar 07
I really want to go to Scotland because I had a GreatGreatGran from there.She left so many stories behind passed through the generations but my mother-in-laws mother was from Count Cork,the land of the rebels..(maybe that's why my kids were so wild growing up.LOL). I wish I could send her.She is going to be 88 this year so I probably never be able to.She still drives her car to the post office 6 days a week and to get groceries every Monday so maybe we'll make it. It must have been wonderful to be there.How long does it take to fly there? And how were the people?Did you hear any gaelic? Thanks for giving me something to ponder. Raydene
@CatNPK (461)
• United States
13 Mar 07
No one is too old to travel! Sounds like she is doing well enough to handle the trip. I never heard Gaelic spoken on the streets, but then I did live in Dublin. Parts of the west coast and other outlying areas are still almost completely Gaelic speaking, although the vast majority speak English. In schools kids still learn Gaelic all the way through to taking the matriculation exams to graduate high school. From NYC to Dublin it only took about 5-6 hours with a very short stop at an airport on the west side of the country (I can't remember which).
@ginagee (843)
26 Mar 07
It's not the travelling so much but whether she can get insurance to cover her. My aunts and uncles are in their 80's and still love to travel but do have problems with long haul flights so it's definitely something you should look into before you tell her you've booked it!
@LiminaL (164)
• Italy
19 Mar 07
well, the weather there is certainly inspiring and overwelming it deeply impacted me during the time I've been spending there. It's really unstable and extremely changable, dynamic, alive. This, I believe, is the thing about it that I enjoy the most : such an instability enhances the variation of light and impressions, the general athmosphere of places during the day course. anyway: it is extremely extremely humid! a bit too much in the long run
@CatNPK (461)
• United States
19 Mar 07
I found that the summers are quite dry, although in general what I like about living in Western Washington is that here we have a somewhat less humid environment with three good dry summer months - much better than it is on the East coast of the US.
@weemam (13377)
13 Mar 07
I am Scottish through and through but my husbands grandparents were Irish , I have heard so much about it and I would love to go visit some day , we can but dream , so they say xx
@CatNPK (461)
• United States
14 Mar 07
Scotland is beautiful too. I have only been to the south between Edinburgh and Glasgow, but I really want to head up to the Shetland Islands one day.
• Italy
21 Apr 07
My wife and me we did our honeymoon in Ireland in October 1997. We are from Sicily (Italy, not Alaska...)so let imagine us facing drizzling rain for 10 day on 12... But it was beautiful anyway: we visited wonderful places as the Cliffs of Moher, the Connemara, some corners in the Burren, Inishmore (one of the Aran Island) etc... We hope we will go again in Ireland probably for a second honeymoon to visit the southern part of it as we crossed the island from Dublin to Limerick and then we made aclockwise tour in the north...