Episode 50 – For the Craic

Episode 50 is here! This is the last podcast in the 50 Reasons to Visit Ireland series. This week Caitlin and Joe discuss Irish Craic. Craic is defined as “a term for news, gossip, fun, entertainment and enjoyable conversation, particularly prominent in Ireland”. Listen to find out the origin of the word and the different levels of craic.

  • Check out this video where Obama addresses students by asking ‘What’s the Craic’
  • Click here to watch an Irish woman try to explain what “craic” means.
  • This video is the guide to Irish accents.

Potts & Plans

Caitlin’s Tour – Email us at info@crystal-travel.com for more information!

  • Find out about Caitlin and Joe’s suggested tour: Caitlin and Joe took their favorite parts of the podcast series and put them in a tour! This self-drive tour gives you the chance to see some of Ireland’s most popular destinations. You will have time to explore Dublin, Belfast, Sligo, Galway, and Cork! You are sure to have a lot of good craic on this tour!
  • 10-day self-drive tour with the freedom to incorporate any destination you wish.
  • Mention the podcast for a little surprise on your vacation.
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

 

Episode 49 – For the Family

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During episode 48 Caitlin and Joe sit down with special guest, Ava, to talk to her about Ireland. She tells us her favorite places she has visited in Ireland. Caitlin and Joe also cover great family activities in Ireland.

  • Check out this video of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. It is a great place for some family fun!
  • This video shows a family exploring Kildare and Wicklow. Check out all their awesome adventures.
  • Westport is full of family fun activities. Check out all that Westport has to offer in this video.

 

Potts & Plans

Charming Ireland Tour

  • This self-drive tour allows you to travel around Ireland taking in the beauty and charm at your leisure. This tour is full of wonderful destinations including Wicklow Mountains, Kilkenny, and Dublin city.
  • 7-day self-drive tour with the freedom to incorporate any destination you wish.
  • Mention the podcast for a little surprise on your vacation.
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

Episode 48 – For the Adventure

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During episode 48, Caitlin and Joe discuss the wide variety of adventure in Ireland.  Among these adventures are coasteering, bog snorkeling, recreational tree climbing, hill walking and surfing. Check out this podcast for the best places to go on these awesome adventures.

  • Click here to watch a video of people coasteering on the Wild Atlantic Way.
  • Watch as surfers from Red Bull surfing ride the monstrous waves of Ireland.

 

Potts & Plans

Irish Foray Tour

  • This tour takes allows you to experience many wonders of Ireland such as Newgrange, the Hills of Donegal, the Cliffs of Moher and the Blarney Stone. You’ll also have plenty of time to take in all the adventure Ireland has to offer!
  • 9-day self-drive tour with the freedom to incorporate any destination you wish.
  • Mention the podcast for a little surprise on your vacation.
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

Episode 47 – Because You Got Married

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During episode 47 Caitlin and Joe talk about the best couple destinations in Ireland. Learn all about Joe’s Ireland wedding, classic wedding traditions and castles that are perfect for Irish weddings.

  • Click here to see the honeymoon testers’ visit to the Emerald Isle. They visited the beautiful Aran Islands.
  • Check out the wide variety of honeymoon opportunities Crystal Travel & Tours has to offer!
  • Ireland.com has some great suggestions for places to go to get a Romantic Ireland get-away.

 

Potts & Plans:

Paddy’s Second Honeymoon

  • This tour takes you through the coast of Connemara, through the hills of Donegal, streets of Dublin Isle of Skye and Royal Mile in Edinburgh. This tour will show you the best unspoiled and well-traveled destinations.
  • 12-day self-drive tour with the freedom to incorporate any destination you wish.
  • Mention the podcast for a little surprise on your vacation.
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

Episode 46 – Because it’s Christmas

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In episode 46 learn all about the Christmas traditions of Ireland. Caitlin and Joe talk about the best Christmas Markets, the classic polar plunges and New Year’s festivals. Also listen as Joe discusses the differences in holiday traditions between Ireland and United States.

  •  Click here for SNL’s Christmas Surprise video. Caitlin and Joe try to get on Sue’s level of excitement during this episode!

 

Potts & Plans:

East Coast Excursion

  • This tour is perfect for wanders, dreamers and poets. Get lost in the beauty and Christmas decorations while exploring the history of this area.
  • 9 day self-drive tour with the freedom to incorporate any destination you wish.
  • Mention the podcast for a little surprise on your vacation.
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

Episode 45 – For the Hidden Gems

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We welcome Caitlin’s dear friend Josh to the podcast this week. He sits down with us as we discuss the hidden gems of Ireland. We will reveal the beautiful, scenic places that are less well know such as Downpatrick Head, Slieve League Cliffs, Mussenden Temple and many more!

  • Check out this video of Belleek Pottery.
  • Click here and here to learn more about Ghost Adventures Leap Castle.
  • This video shows the Magic Hill that we discuss in the podcast.

 

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We had zero chill about Josh joining us this week.

 

Potts & Plans:

  • Create your own tour of Ireland using the expertise of Crystal Travel & Tours. Pick out some hidden gems you’d love to see and we can help you arrange an itinerary!
  • This tour can be as long or short as you would like with the freedom to incorporate any destination you wish.
  • Mention the podcast for a little surprise on your vacation.
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

Episode 44 – Because You Like to Run

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Ireland is a very popular place for runners and people who enjoy the outdoors. This week we sit down with our co-worker Ann who loves to run in Ireland. Learn all about the Dingle Half & Full Marathon, the Connemarathon, the Clare Burren Marathon and much more!

  • Check out this video of The Dingle Marathon which is often referred to as Ireland’s Most Scenic Marathon.
  • See The Rainbow Run from 2014 here.

 

Potts & Plans

Running Around Ireland

  • This tour gives you the opportunity to run in some of Ireland’s best cities and towns and try a few beers along the way!
  • 9 Day tour with the freedom to incorporate any destination you wish.
  • Mention the podcast for a little surprise on your vacation.
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

Episode 43 – For The Photos

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This week Joe sits down with photographer Manuel Palacios who recently traveled to Ireland to take some incredible pictures. Listen to find out what he has to say about capturing amazing photos in Ireland.

  • Click here to visit Manuel’s website to see some amazing photos.
  • Here are some ideas for photos you could take in Ireland!

 

Potts & Plans:

  • Create your own tour of Ireland using the expertise of Crystal Travel & Tours. Pick out the sights you want to photograph and we can help you arrange an itinerary!
  • This tour can be as long or short as you would like with the freedom to incorporate any destination you wish.
  • Mention the podcast for a little surprise on your vacation.
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

Episode 42 – Mythology & Folklore

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Irish mythology and folklore is unlike any other form. The mythology features gods that are surrounded in mystery. Learn about leprechauns, fairies, heroes and much more!

  • Check out this video explaining why Irish mythology isn’t more popular.
  • Click here to watch a video convincing tourists leprechauns are real.

 

Potts & Plans

Ireland’s Ancient East

  • Explore Ireland’s Ancient East which stretches from Newgrange to Waterford Viking Quarter. Enjoy the stunning Irish countryside and sample local cuisine.
  • 7 Day tour with the freedom to incorporate any destination you wish.
  • Mention the podcast for a little surprise on your vacation.
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

 

Episode 41 – Sligo

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Sligo is along the northwest coast of Ireland. The name ‘Sligo’ translates to ‘Shelly River’ which is due to a large amount of shellfish in the surrounding waters. The town is full of rich history to discover.

  • Watch the Galway song Joe mentioned here.
  • Check out this video that shows the Sligo Food Trail and all the delicious food it offers.

 

Potts & Plans

Wandering Aengus (Yeats Tour)

  • Spend time in Ireland relaxing while exploring areas closely related to Yeats. Scenery, nature and history are key components of this tour.
  • 7 Day chauffeur tour with the freedom to incorporate any destination you wish.
  • Mention the podcast for a little surprise on your vacation.
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

 

Episode 40 – Westport

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Westport is located in Country Mayo along Ireland’s west coast. It is a popular tourist attraction with rich ancient past, unique architecture and friendly locals.

  • Watch the 2012 Westport Food Festival promo here.
  • See why Westport is the best place to live in Ireland.
  • Listen to kids explain their favorite things about the Westport House.

 

Potts & Plans

Unwind in Ireland

  • Spend your time in Ireland relaxing while still enjoying the beautiful sights and friendly walking towns.
  • 10 Day self-drive tour with the freedom to incorporate any destination you wish.
  • Mention the podcast for a little surprise on your vacation.
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

 

Episode 39 – Killarney

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This week is all about Ireland’s Adventure Capital. The area has beautiful landscapes to explore like the Killarney National Park and it is big for marathons. Killarney is also a very popular area along the Ring of Kerry.

  • Check out this video with an aerial view of Killarney for a taste of its beauty.
  • Here is a look at the show “Celtic Steps” at the Killarney Racecourse.

 

Potts & Plans

6 Day Ireland Experience

  • This tour has something that will appeal to everyone and combines all the different reasons people visit the beautiful country.
  • 6 Day self-drive tour with the freedom to incorporate any destination you wish.
  • Mention the podcast for a little surprise on your vacation.
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

 

 

Episode 37 – Dublin

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This week we discuss the largest city in Ireland: Dublin. The Emerald Isle’s capital is located at the mouth of the River Liffey. The city was originally founded as a Viking settlement.

 

Potts & Plans

St. Patrick’s Trail

  • Follow in the footsteps of St. Patrick and see some very cool stuff along the way.
  • 7 Day self-drive tour with the freedom to incorporate any destination you wish.
  • Mention the podcast for a little surprise on your vacation.
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

Reason 36 – Cork

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This week we discuss the Rebel City of Cork. The city is situated along River Lee which divides to break the city into two islands. We discuss Cork and Dublin’s rivalry and talk about must-see places to visit.

  • “The Bells of Shandon” made the 8 bells of the Church of St. Anne famous.
  • Watch a short video about the Cork Butter Museum here.
  • Click here for some pictures from the Franciscan Well Brewery.

 

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As Caitlin calls it, here is the “Peter Pan” tree found on the grounds of Blarney Castle.

 

Potts & Plans

Viking Tour of Ireland

  • Track the invaders who became more Irish than the Irish themselves.
  • 8 Day self-drive tour with the freedom to incorporate any destination you wish.
  • Mention the podcast for a little surprise on your vacation.
  • Find more Tours for the Reasons at crystal-travel.com/reasons

Reason 28 – Irish Stout

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Episode 28 explores the most popular Irish Stouts including Murphy’s, Beamish and of course, Guinness. Caitlin and Joe dive into the history of each classic Irish drink and give tips on the best ways to experience them!

  • After Joe complains about the small and crowded Gravity Bar, it is announced that it will double in size!

 

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Above is Ann enjoying her favorite Irish Stout- Guinness!

 

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Phrase: Níl aon cheann ar an pionta seo

Phonetic: Kneel aon cyonn err on puin-ta shuh

Translation: There is no head on this pint.

 

Potts &Plans

Old Irish Pub Tours

  • Experience some the best Old Irish Pubs and try a pint of Stout to taste it for yourself.
  • 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

 

BONUS: Game of Thrones

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This bonus episode talks all things Game of Thrones. Special guest, Katie recently traveled to Iceland and tells us all about the breathtaking filming locations. She was blown away by the tour. Even if you are not a Game of Thrones fan, the amazing sights and nature make this an awesome day trip!

  • With our Game of Thrones Day Tour you will journey into the South of Iceland to see picturesque views when Game of Thrones was filmed.
  • The 4 night Game of Thrones Escorted Tour will take you to Northern Iceland for the breathtaking filming locations where you will have a guided tour of various filming locations.
  • Explore the various Game of Thrones Tours we offer in Northern Ireland. The stunning scenery and numerous filming locations make this tour a favorite of many!

Reason 27 – Traditional Irish Recipes

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The Traditional Irish Recipes episode takes a closer look at some celebrity Irish chefs, cooking experiences you can have in Ireland (like the one above) and some of the amazing traditional Irish food.

 

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Phrase: Ar mhaith leat Bricfeasta Gaelach?

Phonetic: Err woh lat on brick-fosta gaylock?

Translation: Would you like a Full Irish Breakfast?

 

Potts &Plans

Irish Foray

  • Experience and cook some amazing traditional Irish food as you journey through Ireland.
  • 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 25 – Ireland’s Ancient East

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Ireland’s Ancient East consists of 17 counties that cover 5,000 years of Ireland’s history. The three main regions are the Historical Heartlands, the Celtic Coast and the Land of 5,000 Dawns.

  • Map of Ireland’s Ancient East.
  • The photographs Frank Corry took of Glendalough every day for 5 years.
  • Here’s the video Caitlin and Joe were both talking about but didn’t realize it.
  • More information on Obama’s Irish roots that were mentioned in trivia.
  • Foolish endeavor- Joe knew he didn’t have the phrase right so he looked it up – it’s “fools errand”

  

Some photos of Joe’s time at the Hill of Uisneach

 

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Phrase: Ní féidir liom Gaeilge a labhairt go fóill

Phonetic: Knee fay-ger lum Gale-ga allow-urch guh foal

Translation: I still can’t speak Irish

 

Potts &Plans

Ancient East Tour

  • Experience the Ancient East’s abundance of historical attraction and tread where legends were born to truly grasp the beauty of Ireland.
  • 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 24 – Causeway Coast

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The Causeway Coastal’s route is 120 miles spanning from Belfast to Londonderry. It is said to be the most beautiful drive in Ireland filled with folklore, legend and history.

Caitlin enjoying her time at Giant’s Causeway

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Phrase: Go mall

Phonetic: Guh mahl

Translation: Go slow

 

Potts &Plans

Causeway Coast (self-drive)

  • Experience the Causeway Coastal route by taking in a rich tapestry of rolling hills, crumbling castles and epic coastal stretches.
  • 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 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.

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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