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IRELAND- BEHIND THE SCENES

By Jenn Byrne for Sunday Afternoons

October 29th, 2018

Inis Mór is one of the Aran Islands, a collection of islands off the west coast of Ireland in County Galway. The 845 locals primarily speak Irish, or Gaeilge, and this island is famous for Dún Aonghasa, a prehistoric fort built on the side of a cliff, and the wormhole, a large naturally formed rectangular pool. I spent the day exploring the island with my friend Becky and my favorite traveling companions, my parents. We rented bikes in town and rode the length of the island, exploring the sites before capping the day off with a pint of Guinness at the local pub.

Jenn's Mom in front of an Irish Coffee shop....get it....Irish coffee...hehe

My parents are Ireland’s number one fans. Just look at that grin on Mom’s face! They particularly love the friendly pub atmosphere where they’re always bound to strike up a conversation with their neighbor.

Becky cruising on a rented bike next to an iconic Irish style rock wall by the ocean.

Renting bikes is very popular on the island as it’s only 12 square miles.

Beck peering over a cliff looking into the ocean in Ireland.

“You built a fort here?” – Becky’s thoughts on Dún Aonghasa.

Jenn's parents having a blast in Ireland by walking under some cliffs next to the ocean.

The hike out to the wormhole follows the cliff, and you can get some pretty exciting waves crashing along the way.

Jenn's parents pointing out the site to each other in Ireland.

We stopped for a minute to enjoy.

Jenn's parent looking into a chaotic wormhole created by years of waves eroding the cliff side.

The wormhole: a naturally formed rectangular pool.

My parents: a naturally formed set of soulmates.

A couple walking in tide pools under an Irish cliff side.

As the sun was setting, we realized we needed to get back to the bikes and head back into town.

A donkey looking over a rock wall in Ireland.

This guy checking us out.

The group toasting with Guinness to a trip well done!

Any good day in Ireland should end with a round of pints at the local pub. Preferably with my parents.