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How does Ireland Inspire you? Time to show us your creative side everyone!

How does Ireland Inspire you? Time to show us your creative side...

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Posted Wed 23 Jan 2019 12:51 AM
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A few years ago, I moved to the beautiful village of Cobh two weeks after retiring. Everyone was so nice and I made many friends. Frieda and Malcolm, at the tourist center asked me if I would help them translate the visitor pamphlet from English into German. Everything went fine except for one sentence, which l I translated something to the effect "the victims of the Lusitania were brought to shore by the Cobh townspeople and welcomed into their homes". 

Luckily I was forgiven and accepted as a volunteer to be one of the many Cobh Ambassadors who meet and greet the many cruise ships arriving in Cobh each summer. I was very surprised  to be accepted. But  I was told (with a wink and a smile) by a few of the ladies that because most Americans speak very fast, they sometimes have problems understanding. And some of the American visitors have trouble understanding them. But because of my way of speaking slower, they thought I could serve as translator between the two. We all had a great laugh at that. It was all great fun and I spent a couple of years having more fun volunteering.

Even though I had to move back to the States a couple of years ago, I always remember those timers. So this year, I'm headed back for a month in the Spring and another month in the Autumn. I just cannot stay away from Ireland......she keeps calling me home.

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Hello Viktoria!

I'm so glad that you joined our Community and you shared with us your funny experience as a volunteer in Cobh. :D 

Now that Ireland has become your second home, it's always a great feeling to come back and meet again the local people. Will you be staying in Cobh again? Or have you planned to explore new places around the island?

If you need any inspirations for your next trip have a look at this forum and, if you fancy, you can always start a new thread!

Have a great day,

Francesco
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Ciao amici, anzi: "Slainte".
Nutro verso l'Irlanda un amore senza confini. Tutto nasce alla fine degli anni ' 90. In quel tempo (cavoli, sembra un passo del Vangelo..) comunque, in quel tempo mi appassionai ad una razza canina straordinaria, il Setter Irlandese che ho allevato per diversi anni. Volendo sapere tutto sulle sue origini ho cominciato ad appassionarmi all'isola di Smeraldo. Mi sono messo a studiare tutta la storia possibile immaginabile, all'epoca non esisteva internet, quindi giornate intere in biblioteca e libreria. Oggi posso vantare una bibliografia sulla verde Erin davvero notevole. Dalla storia dei Tuatha de Dahnnan fino agli accordi di pace del Venerdì Santo. Spaziando da Wilde e Swift a Morgan Lyvelinn passando da Brendan Bhean fino a Doyle e O'Connor.
Nel Maggio (Belthaine) del 2000 finalmente il grande viaggio. Due settimane nella terra dei Gaeli. Ho visitato tutti i luoghi e i siti possibili immaginabili. Ho visto la statua di Chuculainn morente con la Morrigan sulla spalla dentro il GPO di Dublino, ho incontrato Santi e Re, ho parlato con Micahel Collins a Skibbeeren, ho dormito a Clontarf e mi sono emozionato sulla collina di Tara, assistito alla battaglia tra gli Orangisti e Giacobiti sul fiume Boyne, sono andato a ovest per vedere come si costruicono i Bhaoran e per assistere all'elezione della donna più bella d'Irlanda: "Rose of Tralee", mi sono fatto kilometri fuori strada per vedere il Poulnbrone dolmen, ho avuto le vertigini nella contea di Clare davanti alle Cliff, ho visitato il "Gallarus oratory", sono andato nell' Ulster per vedere la tomba di Re Brian, mi sono steso sulla collina di Macha sognando i "Guerrieri del ramo rosso".
Non voglio annoiarvi oltre, quindi mi fermo qui. Al ritorno mi sono fatto tatuare l'arpa Irlandese in modo che la splendida isola di Erin sia sempre con me. Felice di avervi incontrato. 


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Ciao, Marco.

Mi sono appassionato a leggere la tua storia ed è molto bello vedere come questo legame sia prima nato con la lettura e poi si sia arricchito con l'esperienza che hai fatto nel 2000! :)

Non si finisce mai di appassionarsi a questa bellissima terra: in ogni viaggio si scoprono tanti luoghi, molti dei quali sono splendide cartoline che non ti stancheresti mai di ammirare. Ma, oltre alla natura, ci sono tanti altri siti dove la storia ha lasciato un'impronta con i suoi edifici e nelle sue tradizioni, ed è proprio questo mix di paesaggi naturali e antiche rovine che ti cattura il cuore!

Leggevo inoltre che hai fatto un tatuaggio di un'arpa irlandese: ti andrebbe di pubblicarlo? 

A presto,

Francesco
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Questo invece è il mio campione. Discende direttamente dagli antichi guerrieri "Feniani". Mi fonte d'ispirazione verso la verde isola di Erin. "Erin go brath"https://d2b4i25io5fq3v.cloudfront.net/04-02-2019/a0c37fba-9b98-4542-9b6c-4544.jpg
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L'arpa irlandese, il simbolo ufficiale dell’Irlanda nonché la madre di tutti gli strumenti a corda. Molto bello!

Per non parlare del campione seduto accovacciato, una foto di tre quarti in cui mostra tutta la sua dolcezza!

Grazie per la condivisione, Marco. :)
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We love Donegal. I am an artist and I’ve painted quite a few people along the Wild Atlantic Way. This watercolour is of a cottage at Bloody Foreland in the very North West of Donegal. The smell of Turf here is intoxicating.
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My husband and I eloped to Ireland in September of 2016. Your beautiful island and lovely people had a profound impact on me. I will always hold Ireland near and dear to my heart. <3 https://d2b4i25io5fq3v.cloudfront.net/13-05-2019/a15148b3-0eb6-4f16-9072-893b.jpg

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