- Posted March 4, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Of bonnie glens and dewy greens
- 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.