Ireland: City of Kenmare

Kenmare

After a very exciting few days in Dublin, Galway, and touring the Ring of Kerry, Joseph and I stopped in Kenmare. This was it! Almost time for my beautiful friends’ Amelia and Jimmy’s wedding. They chose such a cute and quaint town in which to get married! Kenmare only has a population of a little over 2000, but it is busy with tourists doing the Ring of Kerry. (Like us!)

Kenmare

Kenmare

We arrived, exhausted after driving all day, to our Air BnB, right on the border of Kenmare. I waited until near the end to book a hotel/Air BnB and my friend was very worried because there was literally NOTHING left (oops!). However, after two hosts never getting back to me, I found Faye. Her home was just beautiful and she literally made the best breakfasts and meals I had in all of Ireland. I still dream of her Irish breakfasts and homemade bread…..mmm.

Kenmare

Kenmare

Anywho, we settled into our room and freshened up before heading out to dinner. We hopped back into the car and drove into the town center to find a pub Joseph found called Foley’s. We crushed some fish and chips and a cider each! Delicious! Little did we know, the whole wedding party and all my friends were meeting for drinks there! It was great to catch up for a minute before the big festivities the following two days. Joseph and I headed back to Faye’s, as we were BEAT, and we were out in minutes.

Kenmare

Next morning, was WEDDING day! Amelia and Jimmy had their wedding at a beautiful property located on Kenmare Bay called Dromquinna Manor.  The day was a bit gloomy, which is perfect for photos, and the rain held off until dinner! There were lots of drinks to be had, delicious food, more drinks, fantastic live music, and a ridiculous amount of dancing. Oh, and did I mention drinks? BOY, do the Irish and English know how to party! A BBQ was served at midnight and people literally danced until 5am the next morning. Insane!

 

However, the party did not stop there. Oh no, in fact it continued at the bay house right next to the manor the very next day! There were even more drinks to be had (including Joseph’s and my new favorite cider – Stonewell!) and an odd sports game on the TV. This game was called hurling and it involves a stick and a small ball and it is NOT field hockey. Most of the guys were enthralled in the game, Joseph included as he was trying to figure out the game. I was not, so I sat outside catching up with my friends!

Dromquinna Manor

It was such a stunning view right on the bay, with the manor on one side and the water on the other. I couldn’t think of a better place for Amelia and Jimmy to join in marriage – it was just beautiful and such an honor to be able to attend! Unfortunately, Joseph and I had to leave a bit early as we were still pooped from the day before and had an early wake-up to drive to Dublin the next day. However, before we left we got a glimpse of Domhnall Gleeson (aka Bill Weasley!!! Oh, and a lot of other movies, like the 7th Star Wars, Ex Machina, About Time etc.) We were a bit too unsure if it was him and by the time we realized well…he was gone. Maybe next time!

 

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