I make no secret of how much I love Ireland. It feels like home, but cooler than a packet of Rascals. I am lucky enough to be married to a real Irishman who drinks Guinness and have family over the water.

The first time I visited Ireland was back in 2008 – all on my own. I chose a self-drive holiday and to find accommodation on the day. It was one of the best holidays I have ever had.

Ireland is magical. The landscapes are picture perfect. The people warm and inquisitive.

Ferry to the Aran Islands - Ireland

My first day in Ireland I would’ve caught a ferry from Doolin to the Aran Islands, but weather had other ideas. I found alternative accommodation at a little farm B&B. That night as I wondered where to go for dinner an American asked me if I wanted to go to the matchmaking festival not too far from there. Of course I could not say no – where in the world else would I see something like this? So off we went to find this festival in Lisdoonvarna.

At the festival we were let in without paying entrance fees, because the “wee lass might find herself a husband”. The locals danced, swopped partners and was merry all night and roped us in quite eagerly.

The next day I caught the ferry to the Aran Islands. Check back to read my series on Ireland and other places. 🙂


Susann is a travel, parenting, beauty and lifestyle blogger in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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