Friday, March 15, 2013



"Ireland Forever"

I am revisiting my "Ireland Tour"post today. With St. Patrick's Day fast approaching I want to share my love of the "Emerald Isle". I would love to hear if you have ever traveled to Ireland, or if you dream of traveling there someday. 

Tour Today ~ Dublin

Tour Guide ~ Emily

Sharing with you today my photographs of the beautiful city of Dublin and the coastal town of Malahide, a short train ride from Dublin. It was a special trip Jim and I made with my sister and brother-in-law, Iris and Craig. We have friends living in Wales and they met us in Dublin for a wonderful reunion. We sure hope a return trip is in our future.

I am also going to introduce you to a special little guy, and yes he's Irish, well part Irish from this "Bama",  and his great grandmother my mom. He is my three year old grandson Connor.


Kiss Me, "I'm Irish"

Connor now four

The Emerald Isle 


Our Hotel was in the new and trendy "Temple Bar" area

If you visit Dublin you must eat at the Boxty House

Rustic interior and cozy fire

Christ Church

In Dublin's Fair City, where the girls are so pretty

meet Molly Malone 

Cockles and Mussels

River Liffey

Guinness Anyone?

Dublin Doors

Town of Malahide

 Thatched roof home

Castle Gate

Malahide Castle

Castle Door

Thank you for your visit and I hope you enjoyed your tour of Dublin.

A Traditional Gaelic Blessing

Serving a traditional Irish breakfast Sunday

Irish Soda Bread
Pure Creamy Irish Butter
jam and jellies

My sister's Irish Welcome

Thank you for your visit and I hope you enjoyed your tour of Dublin. I would love to hear of your travels to Ireland or your dream to travel someday to the Emarld Isle.


  1. Thanks for the tour...I love that bright yellow door! Connor is adorable with his auburn hair and blue eyes!

  2. Emily, I loved the tour. I have not been to Ireland, but I would love it. Your photos are great.

    And, talk about great, your Connor is adorable.

    Happy St. Patrick's Day and Happy Pink Saturday.

  3. I've been to Ireland many times, Emily. My heritage is part Irish and my sister-in-law was born in County Cork --near Blarney Castle - and I've visited her family with her and my brother. I love Dublin and also Northern Ireland.

    Your grandson is very handsome boy!

    Happy St. Patrick's Day weekend!

  4. Loved the tour and your little grandson is adorable! xo Nancy

  5. I saw your comment on Jeanie’s blog and came for a visit. I enjoyed that tour of Ireland a lot. I have been to England many times but never made it to Ireland yet. You grandson is very handsome. All your photographs are beautiful and that last one, the coffee cup with soda bread and jam is quite appetizing.

  6. What fabulous photos! I don't think I've ever seen pics of Dublin before, I had no idea it was such a beautiful and colorful city! Thank you so much for the tour, my heart skipped a beat when I saw that castle, amazing! Happy St. Pat's!

  7. Although I've been to Scotland and England many times I have never been to Ireland! It's definitely on my list of "to be visited" places. Your photos are beautiful and your grandson is adorable!
    Happy St. Patty's Day!

  8. I would love to go with you looks like you know where to go.
    Would love to see the country

  9. Emily, so glad you shared this again. We have not traveled to Ireland, but perhaps one day we'll find ourselves on the Emerald Isle. Happy St. Patrick's Day......Sarah

  10. Loved the picture, we went to Ireland in 2010, travelled all around the north down to dingman back up to Dublin and stayed there for two days then flew to England went down to wales to Caerphilly to meet a distant cousin i met through It was an amazing trip. 2012 we went back and did the eastern shore down to cork and stayed at a b&b at - just went blank. We were going to do the ring of Kerry, but it was too foggy- so you know what that means- we need to go back. I found my great great grandparents home they first lived in when they got married. Amazing country...

  11. Wanted to add thankyou for sharing your picture and story loved it

  12. I really enjoyed your photos of Dublin and Malahide. I've never been to Ireland, but would love to visit there some day and search for our ancestors' homes.
    Connor is darling and that breakfast has me so hungry. I meant to get Irish butter at the store the other day. Thanks for the reminder. The soda bread looks delicious, too. Happy St.Patrick's Day!

  13. Hi Emily, Your photos are making me yearn for another trip to Ireland. I love it--I could imagine living there and being happy. The people are just wonderful. Dublin is such a great city and the countryside of course is incredibly beautiful too. I feel as if I was back there with your post. And of course your little leprechaun is the sweetest! Thanks for the tour. Linda

  14. I'm singing Calgon take me away to Maldahide!!!! It is totally serene with the thatched roofs and green countryside. The purple storefront is beautiful. What a marvelous trip.

  15. Thanks for this lovely tour!!! Congrats for the sweet Connor!


  16. Thank you so much for finding me- It allowed me to find your beautiful blog by backlinking. Your Connor is beautiful. We have a Connor in our family, too..and I was raised in an Irish community in the mountains of PA. What a wonderful picture tour here. I am your newest follower- xo Diana

  17. What a beautiful post! I've always wanted to go to Ireland and maybe one day! Your snaps are so beautiful! What a handsome little guy Conner is! Well, he's just beautiful!
    Thanks you for popping in to see me and have a great weekend.
    Be a sweetie,Shelia ;)

  18. Oh Emily,
    You always have the most wonderful photos.
    Hope you have a good week-end.
    Thank you for sharing.

  19. Oh boy, that Irish Soda bread looks wonderful. I could eat that right now. yum. Lovely post but I got stuck on that one picture of the bread

  20. Your grandson is a gorgeous little boy...He looks like a print model...Ralph Lauren would love to get his hands on that face.....and Ireland is our next trip to Europe...getting tired of Paris....went this year for the holidays...not a great idea to go in the is not as pretty in the winter...nothing was green.....I want to go to Ireland to shop for woolens and leather boots and all sorts of good things....thanks for the tour of Dublin....Sue @ Rue-Mouffetard

  21. Ever since I was a little child, I wanted to travel to Ireland, Norway and New Zealand. So far, I managed to go only to Norway. I hope to be able to go to Ireland soon, I live in Germany so it is not that far :) I am of Greek origin, and for some weird reason I have always been drawn to may have something to do with the fact that my favourite band is U2 :) They also say that the Irish and the Greek have the same passion for life and are emotionally very alike.....Katherine,

  22. GORGEOUS tour...thanks soooo much!!! Visiting from Seasonal Sundays!
    Such a cutie pie you have there...he is adorable!

  23. I am not even a teeny bit Irish, and I have never been to Ireland, BUT....if I ever go to Europe, Ireland is a must for me...I want to see those rolling hills....

  24. Wow thanks for the tour!

    Happy Pink!.
    Enjoy the new week.



  25. What a charming tour! I so enjoyed each and every beautiful pic. Thank you!!

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  26. Wow, fabulous tour of Ireland. Yes, it is on my bucket list of must see places. I am hoping to go next year. Your grandson, Connor is a cutie! Wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing. Have a happy week!

  27. I certainly did enjoy my "visit" to Ireland. The photo of the green cliffs was breathtaking! And I loved all the gorgeous hanging baskets.

  28. How magnificent. My daughter went to Dublin and absolutely loved it. Thank you for a beautiful tour.


  29. I have never been there but from your pictures, I can see it's beautiful. But nothing tops your grandson's photos. He is a cutie, Emily....Christine

  30. I remember some of those sites from our visit to Dublin back in 2006. Seems a lifetime ago. Valerie

  31. Connor is a very handsome little boy. No, I've never visited Ireland and, yes, I'd love to see the Emerald Isle. Thank for sharing your trip with us. I very much enjoyed seeing these beautiful photos.

  32. Glad you republished this since I didn't see it the first time and it's a lovely post! We've been to England but not Ireland.. sigh, so many places.....

    Happy St Pat's Day.

  33. I have been to Ireland twice as I still have family there. Happy St. Paddy's day.

  34. A wonderful tour of Ireland Emily; a place I hope to visit one day.

  35. That was lovely. I hope to someday visit Ireland - it calls me! Like you, I have a four year old grandson named Connor - and he has a five year old brother named Declan.

  36. Hi, Emily! We're having our house painted, and I have decided I want a traditional white with black shutters since it's a Colonial-style house. I've been thinking I want a red door, but after looking at these, I'm reconsidering. Maybe a different that vibrant canary yellow!!!! That's hot! Connor is just such a little cutie pie! What a kick to have visited such a splendid place!!!!!! Have a great week!

  37. Such beautiful images! Perfect for St. Patrick's Day.

    Wonderful to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  38. Oh, how I love your Irish tour. Ireland is on my bucket list and those colorful buildings make my heart sing. Celtic music is a favorite and between that and the pubs, I think I'd be in my element. Sweet Connor is just adorable -- fabulous photos of him AND Ireland! Belated St. Paddy's day wishes!

  39. Faith and begorrah! I wore me green yesterday, and I thank ye for sharing a bit o' the Irish. (Molly Malone needs a bit more o' the cloth!)

    Your handsome, blue-eyed grandson is PERFECT for a blue boy today.

    As soon as I leave this comment, I'll fix your link.

    Happy Blue Monday, Emily!

  40. Thank you so much for your wonderful tour! I absolutely love Ireland. Bob and I have traveled the Republic Of Ireland but have never been to Northern Ireland.
    In 2010 I went back with a son, daughter and grandson. At age 72, I kissed the Blarney Stone. The first time I was there, I had a broken foot. This last time, I figured I had better kiss that darned thing cause I might not get back again. I did a post about it here:

    I just love Connor. Such a sweet Irish lad! You know the grands are the most wonderful thing, you get to just love, love them without all of life's pressures and responsibilities.
    You can tell he is greatly loved, awesome smile.

    This was a wonderful post. If I get back to Dublin I will check out that restaurant.

  41. :D What a fantastic tour, Emily! I really love your photos....they truly look like picture postcards! Connor is so cute. He's really growing-up!

    Thanks for a lovely post. I would love to learn how to make Irish soda bread. I love buying it at the Continental Bakery, but I'd love to make it at home, too!


  42. As a Dublin born Canadian currently in Sedona this was a trip down memory lane!!

  43. Oh my what a wonderful place! I would love to go someday.
    Connor is a cutie and what a great photo of him.

  44. What a lovely post and by chance somewhere we want to visit one day. As it now seems we will be sharing our time between Italy and Wales maybe that visit can be sooner rather than later. Thanks for your lovely messages about my husband's health, much appreciated.

  45. Hi Emily! What gorgeous photos you've shared. Ireland is the only European country that my hubby and I have visited and we loved it.

  46. Emily, what an amazing post! Your photos are just stunning!

  47. Beautiful photos! An amazing post. I really enjoyed the tour of Ireland.

  48. beautiful photos. I played too. Mine are here and here.

  49. I certainly did enjoy the lovely photos of Ireland and the colourful store fronts! It is truly beautiful there.

  50. What an exciting trip! Your photos are beautiful. I love the thatched roof house and the castle! Thanks for linking this up to Saturday Sparks. Stop by Friday to see the Viewer Favorites.
    Have a Wonderful Day,
    Pieced Pastimes

  51. Hello Emily,
    What a darling your little Connor is! I love the photos of him on the shore. I so enjoyed your tour of Ireland and your tea as well. I love soda bread and didn't get any made this year but there's always next year. Thank you for sharing your wonderful post with us and coming to tea. Happy Spring!


  52. Lovely tour Emily. I spend several months/year in England and keep thinking I should hop over to Ireland to have a look. Maybe this will be the year. Happy spring to you and your adorable little grandson. :)

  53. What a fun tour! Such gorgeous pictures and one major cutie Connor is!!

  54. I dearly love this post. I dream of going to Ireland someday...
    O, how fast Connor is handsome with eyes as blue as the waters.

  55. I can't tell you how special this post was to me - I've been to Europe many time and have never made it to Ireland ( my heritage ) You make me realize how much I need to go!
    Gorgeous Gorgeous Photos!!!
    Please share this at a party I'm cohosting today?
    Erin Go Bragh to you!!!

  56. Thanks, I enjoyed the tour very much, it reminded me of nice memories.

  57. All beautiful photos! Makes me dream of a trip! And what a cutie Connor is :)

  58. Thanks for the tour, it was fun and the pictures were so pretty!

  59. Beautiful tour pictures. Have never been but sure would love to go. What a trip it could be!!

  60. Emily, Ireland is on my bucket list. Loved seeing the pictures and your grandson is such a doll! Thanks for linking to the Open House party.
    xx, Sherry

  61. Beautiful pictures. I am visiting you via No Minimalist Here. I would love for you to stop by My Dream Canvas. I am hosting a Giveaway for my blog's birthday. Please join in if you like it :)

  62. Oh, thanks ever so much for posting these great photos of Ireland! I have never been and may never get to go so this post was a mini trip for me. Conner is one good looking guy! He looks older than four...maybe because he is so cute.

  63. Hi Emily, Thank you for posting such wonderful images of Dublin City and Malahide. Gallagher's Boxty House is great for some traditional music. Did you catch some there? I noticed Christchurch Cathedral and Dublinia Museum too in your photos - both interesting, beautiful and informative places to visit. Ooh to be wandering around Malahide Castle grounds right now..! I hope you enjoyed your special time with so many family generations, in Ireland. Thanks again.

  64. Oh I loved your tour of Ireland! I would return in a heartbeat. Love the pubs. Love the people. Perfect breakfast.

  65. Ireland is still on my bucket list. One day. Thanks for taking me there through your eyes. Conner is so cute. I just want to give him a big hug. I made Irish soda bread, but wasn't happy with the turn out. I will have to practice again and again. This is was much fun.. Happy Spring. xo marlis

  66. Oh, what gorgeous photos! Would love to visit there myself, someday! Connor is such a handsome young man - superb portrait!

  67. Hi Emily! These photos are beautiful!! Thanks for stopping by and linking up with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party and for the follow ~ I'm now following back :))


  68. simply charming! I would LOVE to visit Ireland. I am Irish on my Dad's side and he instilled in his children a love for a country we've never been to. I was blessed visiting your post - your grandson is quite charming!
    I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  69. Hello Emily, Congrats on having the most visits. It is easy to see why. Your tour is wonderful and Connor is adorable. My wish is to go to Ireland one day. My father was Scottish/Irish
    Jeanne, xo

  70. Every picture is better than the last! Stunning! You will be one of the features from Make it Pretty Monday at the Sunday Showcase! Thank you for sharing. Hope to see your prettiness on Sunday for the showcase and on Monday for the party! Wishing you a pretty weekend. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  71. Gorgeous, gorgeous photos! Thank you for sharing. Oh yes, I dream of going to Ireland one day...England, too!

  72. Hi Emily, your photo's of Ireland are beautiful! My friend just came back from Ireland. I would love to go someday! Thanks for sharing. Happy Pink Saturday!

  73. I see Peter has been here too. :) He's so irresistible, isn't he?

    Emily, I have never considered visiting Ireland, wasn't at the top of my wish list anyhow, but after seeing your GORGEOUS photographs who could help but dream of doing the same some day. Oh my goodness!!! THE COLORS!!!!, love, love.
    Thank you for sharing pictures of handsome Connor with us. Those eyes...he must melt your hearts.
    Congrats on being featured at Beverly's Pink Sat. Yay!

    Running off to a Saturday flea market. Wish we could shop together.

  74. I love this post featuring Dublin and all things Irish. I would love to visit there. The pubs with beautiful hanging baskets and the doors. That yellow one pops out! The bridge with the river reminds me of a bridge in Paris. Love the Irish soda bread tray. Makes me hungry.

    Love your pics of Conner. He is quite handsome.

  75. Oh Emily, I remember when you went to Ireland. So, so gorgeous! It is on my 'to do' list before I kick the bucket. lol! Love all of the wonderful doors and flowers. Conner's sweet face certainly is kissable. He's going to break alot of girls hearts! Thanks for sharing with SYC. Your soda bread looks yummy!

  76. Exquisite! Love seeing the pictures from Ireland - I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

  77. Thanks for the tour. I have been telling the husband that I want to go to Ireland.

  78. We have been to Ireland twice both times on CIE Bus tours.
    We loved the painted doors that are so beautiful
    We ate in a few great places, my husband had ro go to
    Dirty Nellies and we were very happy with the food.
    Loved all the churches and especially the countryside.

    Our first trip was just four days called a Taste of Ireland
    because my Mom wanted to visit Ireland before she died.
    She lived about 10 years after her trip and always told
    us how great a trip it was.
    Brings back many fond memories.

    Your Irish soda bread looks delicious.
    Thanks for the fond memories.

    Denise Lamb

  79. Absolutely love the pix of Ireland. Your son is adorable.I want to go there.. my great grandparents were from Ireland. Glad I found your blog.

  80. Enjoyed that a great deal! Conner is getting all grown up! So cute!

  81. The flowers in the boxes are so bright and beautiful! We just returned from a trip to Dublin and it was very nice. There was so much to see and do though, that we didn't make it to the outskirts of town like we'd hoped. Perhaps another time. :)

    I enjoyed your tour.




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