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Ireland is Made for Romance and Intimate Moments

Ireland is a country of romance and mist fueled by fantasy, ancient castles, Guinness, music, pony treks and a warm cuddle by the fire.

Being Irish ourselves, we at Authentic Ireland are hopeless romantics. Choose one of our Ireland honeymoon packages or romantic getaways that you’ll remember for the rest of your lives.

All our romance and honeymoon vacations include accommodation, transportation of your choice, and a selection of unique Irish experiences and meals. A kiss in Ireland is like no other.  Believe it!

Your dedicated Authentic Ireland writers:  Meredith and Win Blevins

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 What Better Place is there to celebrate your Romance than in Ireland?

Romantic couple on Irish hillside

Imagine the welcoming fire of a 17th century Manor House  in Ireland inviting you into your suite. It’s the perfect atmosphere to reconnect, to unwind, and to enjoy each other.

If you can motivate yourselves to be around other people, take a side trip to the awesome Cliffs of Moher.  For your next stop we’d suggest an elegant castle built in 1590.  Just closeby, it’s the perfect retreat.  Cuddle up and explore the gardens, or amble over to legendary Killarney.  Wrap up your magnificent castle lodging at the library bar.  It is the ultimate kiss.

Dingle is one of Ireland’s best-loved towns, and we’re particularly fond of the Presidential Suite, one of the finest lodgings in Kerry. Dingle’s glorious bay, lovely shops and a world of music… Dingle’s hotel spa and gourmet restaurant are yours for the asking.   Finally, we’d suggest you indulge in each other’s company in charming Adare, and why not make it a Conde Nast Choice Manor House?  840 acres of rolling parkland and gardens will surround you with peace and beauty.

Sometimes the world spins so quickly, and we lose each other.  Our cure?  Surrender, and let Ireland stoke the flames.

featured writers, Meredith and Win Blevins.

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st. brigid of Ireland's loving heart
St. Brigid is a symbol of Ireland’s Loving Heart

IRELAND’S LADY

Couples in Ireland could legally marry on St. Brigid’s Day, February 1st, in County Meath. As recently as the 1920s, they just had to walk toward each other.  If the marriage didn’t work out, they could divorce by walking away from each other at the same spot on St. Bridid’s Day the following year.

St. Brigid lived in 6th century IrelandHer lavish generosity, with food and help as well as love, sometimes put her at odds with her family.  Later, her monastic community sometimes had to do without as she emptied their cupbaords for guests and strangers.

Miracles that run through tales of Brigid are usually about providing bounty. Most of her recorded miracles are feats where she  creates an abundance of food for daily living and for festivals. Examples? The bacon she slips to a dog miraculously reappears in the pot. A stone turns to salt. Water becomes milk, or beer, or an aphrodisiac. Brigid’s miracles also brought dignity to the daily tasks that women devoted so much of their lives to.

The fire in paintings of Brigid symbolize her ability to transcend her position. She is a strong influential woman of transcendent power who sees inside the heart.

And so, one day each year, she gives us a path to eternal love.  And, in an act of compassion, she creates a path out of the woods if love goes wrong.

A few days late, but we celebrate the magic that is St. Brigid!

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Ireland's own aprodisiac, the shamrockIreland’s own aphrodisiac, the shamrock

 Ireland’s Mystic Plant, the Shamrock

The shamrock and Ireland have been linked since ancient times, but not in the same way we think of now.  (Other than the party.)

Ireland has always had great cooks, and under the ancient clan-laws cooks were quite important.  In gigantic cauldrons, the cooks were inventive in cooking for the entire tribe.  This creative tradition continued from the High Kings of Ireland to  the resurgence of high culinary art.

But, one important ingredient has lately been forgotten — the shamrock. In ancient times the shamrock,  a watercress, was believed to have sacred and mystic powers. Those who ate it received the power to see fairies, and in the earliest times the plants were said to be aphrodisiacs, especially for women.

This New Year’s Eve, ask the bartender to make your martini or pour your glass of wine and add a sprig of watercress, hold the olives.

Happy Days!  The Crew at authenticireland.com

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We LOVE our clients!  This just in from Rebecca O’Neal.  Those who travel Ireland often have Irish descent.  So, it’s only natural that going to Ireland feels like going home.  Enjoy the O’Neal’s story and a few gorgeous photos.  Then come home!

“Hi Rebecca,

“I just had to drop you a line to let you know how much we thoroughly enjoyed our vacation. You did a wonderful job of putting it together and it went off without a hitch. The B&B’s were lovely, spotless accommodations. The breakfasts were delicious and plenty. The hosts and hostesses were so friendly and helpful.

“You have many jewels in Ireland but the crowning jewels are the people. The scenery was simply breathtaking and every day was an adventure, especially with my husband driving on the “wrong side of the road” (to us, that is). We had a great little rental car. The GPS was worth the little extra we paid. We had great phone service with our cell phone.

“You had everything reserved and planned perfectly. I’m recommending you to my friends who would like to visit Ireland. Adare was simply spendid and a great way to wrap up our vacation on our last night. You get thumbs up from Rusty and me.

“All the Best and God Bless,

Rusty and Debbie O’Neal”

                  

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The Irish Crown of Love Ring

The Traditional Irish love ring is called the claddagh.  Two hands, holding tight to a heart, below a crown.  What were its surprising origins?

Well.  The ring was designed by a Galway man, Richard Joyce who was captured by an Algerian corsair while sailing to the West Indies in the 17th century.  Next?  What else.  He was sold into the service of a goldsmith in Algiers.  What a trip!

Joyce became a terrific goldsmith.  William III demanded the Moors release their Brit prisoners.  Holy Smoke!  The goldsmith offered half of his fortune and his daughter’s hand in marriage if Joyce would stay and become his partner.

Thanks,  but no thanks.  The Galway goldsmith was still in love with his sweetie back home, and when he returned to Claddagh, he gave his honey the ring he’d made for her while he was in Algiers.

It’s still traditional to give this ring to the object of your affections, and it’s become, well, almost a cultural symbol, worn by the Irish and those who love Ireland, the world around.  Understandable–it is truly a ring of grace, love and beauty.

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