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    Posted March 4, 2014 by
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    Glorious Ireland

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    Of bonnie glens and dewy greens


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     fgen told me about the most memorable parts from a first trip: '(a) Early morning mist rising over the green rolling valleys, lush with dew, as soulful as Irish folklore and ancient runes. (b) Kissing the Blarney stone, bending back at a precarious vertigo inducing angle after climbing a mossy, slippery, twisting stairway. (c) Wandering the harbor of Kinsale, tossing a ball around with a playful dog, with no one else in sight but a pair of swans. (d) Downing a frothy glass of Guinness along with a serving of fish and chips bathed in tartar sauce at one of Dublin's numerous bars, relishing the fiddle and the accordion dueling in the corner, and the lonesome flute dripping in melancholia. (e) The smoky aromas rising from the fresh foods on display at the early morning farmer's market in Cork. (f) The sudden swarm of gulls rising from the bank of the Lee river. '
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    Picture list: 1. A lone raven overlooks the harbor at Kinsale. 2. The roads of night time Cork. 3. As enchanting as Celtic music and poetry, the soulfully melancholy Irish countryside is also the land of fabled dragons and leprechauns, of ancient runes and misty rolling hills. 4. Drenched by all year round rain, the `Emerald Isle' is decked out in full regalia in 40 shades of green. 5. Blarney Castle, clothed in a mossy sheen, is known for its Blarney stone that endows a kisser with the gift of the gab. 6. Located at the mouth of the Lee river, Cork, the second largest city in Ireland, was founded in the late 6th or early 7th century by St. Finbarr, who went there to kill the last dragon in Ireland. 7. A few regulars at Kinsale harbor. 8. A local serving of fish and chips to calm an appetite. 9. The charmingly quaint sea-side resort of Kinsale packs a wonderful harbor and an assortment of pubs and bars, shops and galleries strewn around its narrow cobbled streets. 10. As cosmopolitan as any other city, Dublin's character derives from its ability to seamlessly weld together cathedrals and pubs, virtue and vice. A pint of Guinness and an hour of Celtic music suffices to set even the most jaded soul aflutter.

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