This morning our group gathered at the Dublin airport and headed west toward Galway. (I always think of of this song when I think about Galway.) This trip is a “FAM” (familiarization) trip where we are learning about what the area has to offer. We will primarily be touring hotels this week which is always fun to think about what property will best suit certain clients. We also had an enjoyable visit of the Celtic Crystal shop where we watched Sean, an expert crystal cutter of 38 years, create a lovely candy dish in front of our eyes. It’s remarkable the talent that some people have! We then worked our way to Abbeyglen Castle, a 200~ year old castle, where we had a lovely dinner and are staying the night. Our group is made up of 25 travel advisors coming from all over the US, and one from Canada. It’s always interesting to learn from others. Now, on to more important matters.
Ireland is comprised of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, although you may cross between the two without necessarily noticing. Ireland was first known by the Vikings as the “Isle of the Woods” and then “Westland Isle”, although I recenty heard a local refer to it as “God’s own country” and he’s not wrong! Ireland is about 1/9th the size of Texas, making it an easy island to cover a lot of ground while on vacation.
Ireland is home to 30,000 castles, give or take a few hundred, although many are in ruins. Still, history runs deep and is fascinating.
Approximately 40 million people trace theirancestry back to Ireland, self included (6%), and I find it to be filled with proud, hard working, and friendly people.
We are off to a great start and as the Irish might say, “We are here hoping for a bit of craic!”