The Irish in America

DAY 11: Cliffs of Moher


Cliffs of Moher, County Clare

Cliffs of Moher, County Clare

When we fly into Shannon Airport, we usually arrive in Ireland around 9am. Although you have travelled for nine hours and all you really want to do is take a nap, it is 9am and a brand-new day in Ireland.

My favorite warning sign, posted at the Cliffs

My favorite warning sign, posted at the Cliffs

No one wants to waste a minute of time on a trip, so we hit the ground running. A natural first stop from Shannon are the Cliffs of Moher. The fresh Irish air hits you hard as you walk along the path and view the Cliffs. It is really the best thing. I feel like the grime of air travel is swept from my skin and hair, away out to sea. I always feel refreshed and ready for the trip to begin.

Until you get back to the car and realize what you are actually ready for is an early dinner (preferably at Monk’s in Ballyvaughan) and a comfortable bed.

The Cliffs of Moher have become my favorite “first-day-in-Ireland-when-arriving-at-Shannon” activity. Not to be missed.


Photos by Regan McCormack


Author: Aine

I live in Saint Paul, Minnesota. My heritage pretty much covers the map of Ireland: great-great-grandparents from Cork (Crowley, Foley, Regan), a great-great-grandmother from Clare (Quinn), a great-great-grandfather from Fermanagh (McMahon) and his wife's parents from Mayo (McAndrew), a great-grandmother from Connemara (Hannon) married to my great-grandfather from Laois (McCormack), great-grandparents from Sligo (Flannery), and a great-grandmother from Kildare (Hill). All of those people ended up in Minnesota, where my four grandparents were born. Three and four generations after my people left Ireland for America, I retain all Irish heritage. So much for the melting pot...

2 thoughts on “DAY 11: Cliffs of Moher

  1. Sounds exhilarating! And I also like the warning sign. That ought to get people’s attention!

    • Wind burn never felt so good!

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