Whether you visit to lose yourself at the pubs of Dublin or in the valleys of green fields, Ireland has a history predating the establishment of Russia and America combined.

Lost in medieval times, Ireland is a relatively modern country.

With its fresh seafood, local ciders, whiskey and friendly people, the country home to the four-leaf clover should be the next stop on your Euro Trip.

DKR1044 1024x678 Ireland, The Wonderland

Since this part of Ireland is part of the UK, the square is embellished with English flags for the Queen’s 60th jubilee. WWI memorial to the fallen soldiers in Bushmills, Northern Ireland.

DKR1657 1024x678 Ireland, The Wonderland

Irish immigrants traveled on vessels of this type in the mid to late 1800s to make their way to Canada or New York over the period of 5 weeks in terrible conditions, which often resulted in about 50% of the passengers not making it alive. Femin Ship in New Ross, Ireland.

DKR1589 1024x678 Ireland, The Wonderland

The original construction began in 1003 and consisted of a wooden structure that grew into the current state over the period of 1000 years. It was updated and rebuilt by its succeeding owners, the latest being Mr. Butler. There is an adjacent house, subsequently called Butler House, built for Mr. Butler’s wife after his passing where you can stay for a very reasonable fare. Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny City, Ireland.

DKR1636 1024x678 Ireland, The Wonderland

The cathedral to which this cemetery belongs was first constructed in the 800s and has a rich history of prosecuting witchcraft as well as withstanding Viking attacks. Canice’s Cathedral Cemetery, Kilkenny City, Ireland.

DKR1141 1024x678 Ireland, The Wonderland

This 60 million year old volcanic lava cracked into nearly perfect hexagonal pieces over the course of two Ice Ages. The legend goes that the giants built this from the coast of Ireland and all the way to Scotland to test each other’s strength in a battle. Similar formations can be found on the opposite few hundred miles North, on the coast of Scotland. The Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland.

DKR1389 1024x678 Ireland, The Wonderland

Test your will by crossing the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge. Ballycastle, Northern Ireland.

DKR9887 1024x678 Ireland, The Wonderland

There is no security, so if you’re not afraid of heights, step to the very edge of the cliff to hear the eco of the falling dust from under your feet and the tweets of the nesting seagulls. Make sure to hold on to something as these cliffs came to fame for throwing 400 starving Irishman in search for food off with a sudden blow of northern winds. The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland.

DKR1521 1024x678 Ireland, The Wonderland

One of the most important reasons to visit a Pub is to be among the public and to listen to energetic and all-consuming Irish music. No wonder so many stars have grown from here. Kilkenny, Ireland

DKR9776 1024x678 Ireland, The Wonderland

Taking the coastal roads is dangerous, but always worth the ‘taking-your-breath-away-moment’ for more than one reason. Connemara Loop, Ireland

Photo credits: Raisa Berger

All photos are subject to copyright and may not be used without the consent of Raisa Berger

About The Author

Photographer

Originally born in Stary Oskol, Russia, Raisa moved to New York in 1999. Growing up in a closed communistic country, moving to America made her ‘salivate’ for more. Not only because America made her discover spectacular experiences, but also because it opened the door to learning about the existence of the rest of the world that Russia had placed an Iron Curtain over.

  • http://pinaythrillseeker.blogspot.com Pinay Thrillseeker

    One of the countries in my bucket list since childhood (used to be a Boyzone fan!). :)