Reason 23 – Wild Atlantic Way

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The Wild Atlantic Way stretching from Malin Head to Kinsale Harbor is the longest coastal route in the world. It spans over 8 counties, 5 Providences and has over 1,000 attractions.

Joe devouring some seaweed on a beach in Sligo

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One of the few Wild Atlantic Way points that Joe visited with other people

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Caitlin Egg Conch

Phrase: Tiomáin Go Cúramach

Phonetic: CHUM-on guh KOOR-um-ukh

Translation: Drive Carefully.

 

Potts & Plans

Westport to Kilkee (Wild Atlantic Way)

  • Experience Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way with savage beauty, colossal cliffs and picture perfection.
  • 5 night self-drive tour with freedom to incorporate any other destinations you wish.
  • Mention the podcast for a little surprise on your vacation.
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

Reason 22 – Islands

Scattered throughout the coastline of the island of Ireland are hundreds of smaller islands. In many ways, these undeniably beautiful spots are Ireland at its most traditional.

 

 

Caitlin Egg Conch

Phrase: Ba mhaith liom a bheith curtha ar oileán.

Phonetic: Baw woh lum a veh cur-ha err ill-awn.

Translation: I want to be buried on an island.

 

Potts & Plans

Katie’s Remote Islands

  • Experience Ireland’s West Coast at the epitome of culture, beauty and relaxation.
  • 7 night self-drive tour with freedom to incorporate any other destinations you wish
  • Mention the podcast for a little surprise on your vacation.
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

 

Reason 21 – New Movies

Get your popcorn and Sno-Caps ready as we wrap up Filming Locations with New Movies this week. Beware of spoilers, heartfelt tangents and poor acting attempts from your favorite Ireland podcast co-hosts.

Also, we realize we’re kind of the worst for not mentioning Star Wars. This may change in the future and we’ll leave it at that for now…

  • Take this quiz to learn which animals you’re best suited to turn into if you were in The Lobster. Note: Caitlin’s 3 results were a Peacock, a Water Bear or a Rabbit. She chose Peacock.
  • Joe and Caitlin were actually both right about the name Murron.
  • Irish people react to Hollywood’s poor Irish accent attempts

 

Caitlin Egg Conch

  • Phrase: Tabhair aire
  • Phonetic: Thor arrah
  • Translation: Take care

 

Potts & Plans

Cinematic Ireland

  • What was once on a screen comes to life with this tour featuring many of Ireland’s most beautiful locations and the chance to celebrate some of your favorite movies.
  • 8 night self-drive tour with freedom to incorporate any other destinations you wish
  • Mention the podcast for a little surprise on your vacation.
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

 

Reason 20 – Old Timey Movies

Joe was Far and Away in Ireland this week while Caitlin was in Boston, but that didn’t stop us from talking about Old Timey movies filmed on the Emerald Isle. 

 

Potts & Plans

Cinematic Ireland

  • Tour many of Ireland’s film locations to see where some of your favorite movies took place. The movies were often filmed in areas that are somewhat less traveled.
  • This tour of 8 nights in Ireland aims to show you as many of these hidden (in plain sight) gems as possible, while also giving you the chance to relive some of your favorite scenes from spectacular movies.
  • Mention the podcast for a little surprise on your vacation.
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

 

Reason 19 – Game of Thrones

For many people all over the world, Ireland is a destination first seen on the silver or small screen. As part of our Filming Locations theme, we enter the world of Westeros where the Emerald Isle is a character in its own right. With many scenes filmed in Titanic Studios as well as throughout Ireland, Game of Thrones comes in at Reason 19 this week.

Here’s a pic of Joe keeping the ego at bay on a GoT throne…

 

Caitlin Egg Conch

  • Phrase 1: Seo chugainn an geimhreadh.
  • Translation: Winter is coming.

 

  • Phrase 2: Na rudaí is féidir liom do ghrá.
  • Translation: The things I do for love.

 

  • Phrase 3: Nuair a imríonn tú an cluiche na corónach, tú bua nó tú bás.
  • Translation: When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.

 

  • Phrase 4: Náire! Náire! Náire!
  • Translation: Shame! Shame! Shame!

 

  • Phrase 5: Tá a fhios agat rud ar bith, Seán an tSneachta
  • Translation: You know nothing, Jon Snow.

As shown in GoT, Mussenden Temple oversees the breathtaking Downhill Strand.

 

Potts & Plans

Wandering Westeros

  • Ditch the TV screen and discover the real-life world of Westeros in person.
  • 6-night self-drive tour with freedom to incorporate any other destinations you wish.
  • Mention the podcast for a little surprise on your vacation.
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

Reason 18 – Castles to Visit

We wrap up our Castles discussion this week with the very best ones to tour in Ireland. We cover kissing stones, making wishes, hunting ghosts, feasting at medieval banquets and so much more.

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  • Irish: Cad é an t-ainm an chaisleáin i Cluiche na Corónach?
  • Phonetic: Cod ey on tannum on hoshlawn ee cliha na coro-knock?
  • Translation: What is the name of the castle in Game of Thrones?

Potts & Plans

Ireland Top to Toe

  • Discover the Emerald Isle’s very best castles with additional “must-see” places along the way.
  • 9-night self-drive tour with freedom to incorporate any other destinations you wish.
  • Mention the podcast for a little surprise on your vacation.
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

Here’s a peek into Caitlin’s castle adventures circa 2012.

Reason 17 – Castles (to rent)

We continue our Castles theme today by taking a look at ones that you can rent out for special occasions.

Caitlin Markree Castle Podcast PhotosCaitlin did her best to contain her excitement when she stayed at Markree Castle – she failed!

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  • Irish – Mo dhia! Tá an caisleán mar bhrionglóid
  • Phonetic – Moe yee-ah! Thaw on cosh-lawn shuh morr vring-loge
  • Translation – My God! This castle is like a dream.

Potts & Plans

Majestic Ireland

  • This tour provides you with opportunities stay in some of Ireland’s most amazing Castle Hotels.
  • This castle tour is best enjoyed with a chauffeur driver to allow you to relax and take it all in.
  • Mention the podcast for a little surprise on your vacation.
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

Reason 16 – Castle Hotels

Today, we kick off a new theme on Castles and we take a look at the first of three different types of castle – Castle Hotels.

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  • Irish – Ba mhaith liom a bheith pósta i gcaisleán in Éirinn
  • Phonetic – Baw whah lum a veh poe-sta e goshlawn in eh-rinn
  • Translation – I want to be married in a castle in Ireland

Potts & Plans

Majestic Ireland

  • This tour provides you with opportunities stay in some of Ireland’s most amazing Castle Hotels.
  • This castle tour is best enjoyed with a chauffeur driver to allow you to relax and take it all in.
  • Mention the podcast for a little surprise on your vacation.
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

Reason 15 – Irish Sports

We round off our Culture theme with Irish sports this week. Caitlin asks “What is sports?”, Joe recalls his days playing Gaelic football and together we bring you the best of Irish athletics.

Caitlin egg conch

  • Irish – An raibh tú ag imirt peil Ghaelach ar scoil?
  • Phonetic – On row thu egg imurch pell gaylock sa squell?
  • Translation – Did you play Gaelic football at school?

Potts & Plans

Ireland for First Timers Tour

  • This tour provides you with opportunities to sit down in a stadium with a pint in hand and watch the Irish at their competitive best. You’ll come away with a greater understanding of Irish sports and a passion for this crucial aspect of the country’s culture.
  • Two options of 6 nights are available. We discuss option A, but you can still get your game on with option B or combine the two quite easily.
  • Mention the podcast for a little surprise on your vacation.
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

BONUS – Donegal Update

 

Because our own trips to Ireland are reasons in themselves, we bring you our first bonus episode. Joe recounts one of the most picturesque plane landings in the world, top notch scenery and much more from his return to Donegal for the first time in years.

Bonus Potts & Plans

Donegal to Kilkee (Wild Atlantic Way)

  • Take in the must-see region of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way on the west coast.
  • 9-night self-drive tour with freedom to incorporate any other destinations you wish.
  • Mention the podcast for a little surprise on your vacation.
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

Reason 14 – The Language

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Communication is key – especially in Ireland’s culture. We delve into the Irish language this week and take a look at “Old Ireland” where it’s still heard today.

  • The clever Carlsberg-not-Heineken commercial we discussed
  • Students rocking out from Coláiste Lurgan – an Independent Irish language summer school

 

Caitlin egg conch

  • IrishTá áthas orm nach raibh mé a fhoghlaim Gaelige ar scoil.
  • Phonetic – Thaw awe-hass urum knock row may a o-lem gwale-ga err squell.
  • Translation – I am happy I did not have to learn Irish at school.

 

Potts & Plans

9 Day Irish Foray

  • Tour many of Ireland’s Gaeltacht regions to hear Irish and get your culture fix.
  • 8-night self-drive tour with freedom to incorporate any other destinations you wish.
  • Mention the podcast for a little surprise on your vacation.
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

Episode 13 – Dancing

Where would Irish culture be without the art of dance? The home to Michael Flatley’s inspiration, those big curly wigs and feet that won’t quit is a place you’ve just got to see for yourself.

  • Riverdance, Eurovision in Dublin 1994 – the performance that took the world by storm
  • As Caitlin mentioned, poor Chandler won’t be trying a jig anytime soon…
  • Here’s a visual breakdown of the Siege of Ennis
  • Last but not least, this little one’s first feis is too cute for words

 

Caitlin egg conch

  • Irish – Beimid ag damhsa oíche amárach ag an teach tábhairne.
  • Phonetic – Buy-midge egg dowsa ee-ha am-aw-rock egg on choc thor-nya.
  • Translation – We will be dancing tomorrow night at the pub.

 

Potts & Plans

Charming Ireland

  • Throughout Ireland, you’ll find rich opportunities to experience this cultural art form. From cèilidhs to reels, jigs and everything in between, Irish dance is alive and well on the Emerald Isle and waiting to be discovered. This tour gives you a prime seat (or stage, should you wish to try the dances) in the heart of the it all.
  • 6 night self-drive tour that can be fully customized.
  • Mention the podcast for a little surprise on your vacation.
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

Reason 12 – Music

Continuing our theme of culture, we suggest that Irish music is a good enough reason to visit the island. It’s a pretty difficult one to disagree with.

Caitlin egg conch

  • IrishAn bhfuil Béarla agat?
  • Phoenetic On will bare-la oguth?
  • Translation Do you speak English?

Potts & Plans
10 Day Music Tour of Ireland

  • Ireland plays host to many different genres of music. Between the jigs and the reels to the rock and roll of days gone by, or if country, jazz, or classical suede’s your soul then we have got it all. As you tour around Ireland you will be serenaded by many different melodies, some even combining all types of genre which contributes to a more contemporary variation.
  • 9 night self-drive (or chauffeur drive) tour that can be fully customized.
  • Mention the podcast for a little surprise on your vacation.
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

Reason 11 – Writers & Poets

Starting our deep dive into Irish Culture, we take a look at some of the writers and poets that shaped the Irish literary revival and continued the tradition of Ireland being the land of Saints and Scholars.

Caitlin egg conch

  • IrishÍocfaidh an fear seo as gach rud.
  • Phoenetic Eek-fee on far shuh oss gock rudth.
  • Translation – The gentleman will pay for everything.

Potts & Plans
Wandering Aengus

  • Tour Dublin and much of the west coast and see Ireland’s beauty captured through literature.
  • 6 night self-drive tour with freedom to incorporate any non-literary sites you wish to see.
  • Mention the podcast for a little surprise on your vacation.
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

Reason 10 – Ancestry

Rounding out our theme on Ireland’s History of Emigration, we take a look at the subject of ancestry. What does it mean to have Irish roots, and how can you find out more about yours? We talk to our colleague Katie who tells us her story.

Caitlin egg conch

  • IrishAr mhaith leat cupan tae?
  • Phoenetic Err wah lat cup-on tay?
  • Translation Would you like some tea?

Potts & Plans
7 Day Irish Heritage

  • Tour the bottom half of Ireland and retrace some of your ancestors footsteps.
  • 6 night escorted tour with the option to extend for an extra night at Dromoland Castle.
  • Mention the podcast for a little surprise on your vacation.
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

Reason 9 – St. Patrick’s Day

With just a few days until the entire world pretends to be Irish, we take a look at the man behind Ireland’s national holiday, debunk some of the most popular myths, take a look at his legacy, and see how the day itself is celebrated in Ireland and around the world.

Caitlin egg conch

  • IrishBhí mé ag féachaint teilifís.
  • Phoenetic Vee may egg fay-kinch tele-feesh.
  • Translation I was watching television.

Potts & Plans
St. Patrick’s Trail

  • Tour the top half of Ireland and follow in the footsteps of St. Patrick
  • 6 self-drive tour with overnights in Belfast, Westport, and Dublin.
  • Mention the podcast for a little surprise on your vacation.
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

Photos

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Concentration and determination all rolled into one to make the perfect pint

Reason 8 – Titanic

 

We went with a slightly lighter tone to last week and talked about the most famous shipwreck in recent history.

 

Caitlin egg conch

  • IrishTá sé fuar amuigh agus tá sneachta ar on talamh.
  • Phoenetic Thaw shea foor am-weh og-us thaw schnock-ta err on tolive.
  • Translation It is cold outside and there is snow on the ground.

Potts & Plans
Amanda’s Ireland for First Timers

  • Full tour that can be broken into North and South sections of Ireland
  • Two 6 night (or one 12 night) self-drive tour of Ireland.
  • Mention the podcast for a little surprise on your vacation.
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

Photos

Titanic Opening Day CaitlinCaitlin at Titanic Belfast on opening day in 2012.

Reason 7 – The Great Famine

 

 

Today we started our first reason in our new theme – Ireland’s History of Emigration. The Famine was a seminal event in Irish history and, while you wouldn’t expect to visit Ireland specifically for this one event, there is such a legacy left behind that makes it worth it.

  • Our featured image is one of the haunting Famine Memorial in Dublin

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  • IrishCé mhéad daoine a d’fhág Éirinn don Meiriceá le linn an Ghorta Mhóir?
  • Phoenetic Kay vade dhee-nee a dhawg Erin don Mericaw lay linn on gurta wore?
  • Translation How many people left Ireland for America during the great famine?

Potts & Plans
East Coast Excursion

  • Coastal adventure along the lesser celebrated East Coast
  • 9 Day self-drive tour taking you all the way from Belfast to Cork.
  • Mention the podcast for a little surprise on your vacation.
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

Reason 6: Wicklow Mountains

Our final reason in our Scenery theme. Next week, we start into a four-part theme based around Ireland’s History of Emigration.

  • Here’s the movie I was talking about, based loosely on the life of Martin Cahill: Ordinary Decent Criminal. The last time I watched it was pre-Game-of-Thrones so I didn’t realize Stannis Baratheon was in it. Also, Kevin Spacey’s accent…

 

  • Caitlin egg conch
    • Irish – Tá mé cailín as baile beag ar an iargúil
    • Phoenetic – Thaw may colleen oss boll-ya be-ug air on ear-ghoul
    • Translation – I am a girl from a small town in the middle of nowhere

     

 

  • Tour for the Reason
    Malin Head to Donegal (Wild Atlantic Way)

    • Coastal adventure along the most rugged section of the Wild Atlantic Way
    • 6 Day self-drive tour of the west coast of Ireland.
    • Mention the podcast for a little surprise on your vacation.
    • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

Reason 5: Hills of Donegal

We’ve moved into the top corner of the West of Ireland today.

  • For the record, Caitlin was wrong (making Joe right) about Orinoco Flow. Sail away, sail away, sail away…
  • A bit of Celtic Thunder with Caitlin’s heartthrob front and center (yes, he’s the guy with the long hair)

 

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    • Irish – Ba mhaith liom dul chuig féasta in iarthar na hÉireann
    • Phoenetic – Baw whah lum dhull hig fay-sta in ear-har na hay-rinn
    • Translation – I would like to go to a party in the West of Ireland

     

    Tour for the Reason
    Malin Head to Donegal (Wild Atlantic Way)

    • Coastal adventure along the most rugged section of the Wild Atlantic Way
    • 6 Day self-drive tour of the west coast of Ireland.
    • Mention the podcast for a little surprise on your vacation.
    • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

Reason 4: Ring of Kerry

 

 

  • Urban Dictionary backs up Caitlin’s hypothesis that some people use MacGillycuddy (or another version of it) as a filler word. The number 4 definition is NSFW, however!
  • While Charlie Chapin was famous for his silent movies, one of his most famous pieces is a speaking role.

 

Caitlin egg conch

  • Irish – Gabh mo leithscéal, Seosamh.
  • Phoenetic – Gaw mo lesh-cale, show-sef
  • Translation – Excuse me, Joseph

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Tour for the Reason
Ann’s Irish Adventure

  • Perfect for the light adventure and photography type.
  • Four Westerly Counties. Three cozy B&Bs. Two Remote Islands. One Incredible Castle.
  • 10 Day self-drive tour of the west coast of Ireland.
  • Mention the podcast for a free Cliffs of Moher cruise and Achill Island Ferry.
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

 

Picture from Joe’s Stag Party story

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Reason 3: Dingle Peninsula

In this episode, we talk about “the most beautiful place on Earth”, try to teach Caitlin some more Irish, and introduce a new segment. Some notes below:

  • Joe’s fun fact may not be a fact (hear disclaimer in Episode 1) as we have been unable to get a source to prove it.

 

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Every week I give Caitlin a new Irish phrase to learn. This week:

  • Irish – Cé mhéad caoraigh ar Chorca Dhuibhne?
  • Phoenetic – Kay vade queer-ah air  curka guivna?
  • Translation – How many sheep are on Dingle Peninsula?
  • Answer – Half a million

 

Tour for the Reason
Majestic Ireland – 8 Day Luxury Tour

  • Perfect for honeymoons/special occasion trips
  • Ideal with a chauffeur driver
  • Castle & Superior Hotel stays
  • Can be easily customized for a more modest budget
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

Reason 2: The Burren

Our second reason to visit Ireland is The Burren in County Clare.

 

Caitlin egg conch
Every week I give Caitlin a new Irish phrase to learn. This week:

  • Irish – An bhfuil tú ag dul go dtí Inis Meáin?
  • Phoenetic – On will thu egg dhull go g Inish Maan?
  • Translation – Are you going to Inishmann?

 

Tour for a Reason
West of Ireland Adventure

  • You don’t need to be a thrill seeker to enjoy this
  • Adventure comes in many forms
  • Perfect for families and younger couples
  • Really immerse yourself in Ireland
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

Reason 1: Connemara

Today was our very first real show so we were a mixture of nervous and excited to talk about Connemara. As promised, you will find a few things below that are mentioned in the show:

  • A link to our blog from Katie’s trip to Connemara, full of stunning images from Connemara.

 

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Every week I give Caitlin a new Irish phrase to learn. This week:

  • Irish – Conas tá tú? Tá mé go maith, go raibh mhaith agat.
  • PhoeneticKun-ess thaw thoo? Thaw may go moh, gurra moh og-ut
  • Translation – How are you? I am well, thank you.

 

Tour for a Reason
Westport to Kilkee Self-Drive (Wild Atlantic Way)

  • Filled with rugged beauty and scenic coastline.
  • Adventure comes in many forms
  • Perfect for families and younger couples
  • Really immerse yourself in Ireland
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

 

And here is a photo of Caitlin before and after she was bitten by a Connemara pony

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Reason 0: Introduction

Welcome! Pull up a chair. Do you take milk in your tea? Of course you do.

This is the grand unveiling of our “50 Reasons to Visit Ireland” Podcast and we are really excited about it. Please take a listen to our introduction (above) to find out what it is all about and like us on Facebook so we can send each episode directly to your ears!