Blue Monday – Images Of Ireland To Cheer You Up

This day, the third Monday is January is rated to be the bluest and saddest day of the year. It is on this day that the excitement of Christmas and New Year has waned. The credit card bills are arriving and chances are the diet and dry January are getting tedious. To add to Blue Monday, many people were ill over the past month with Omicron, which meant less fun and enjoyment.

Blue Monday – Images of Ireland to Cheer You Up

So, here are some lovely images of Ireland to cheer you up and get you thinking about the spring and summer. Maybe these places will inspire you, and be something to look forward to. The happiest day of the year is ahead, with 14 July, being the date to anticipate.

Dublin – capital of Ireland

The Samuel Beckett Bridge

Here is a hug from Dublin. This is the Samuel Beckett Bridge, in the Docklands area of Dublin and it is one of the newest bridges in Dublin. It can move sideways to allow large ships up the river. The bridge was designed by Spanish Architect Santiago Calatrava and Roughan O’Donovan (Ireland). It represents a harp on its side, the national instrument of Ireland. The bridge is often lit up, the next big lighting will be green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Kerry – known as The Kingdom

Kerry Scenery

This is the Gap of Dunloe, and is one of the most scenic drives in Kerry. On one side is the MacGillycuddy Reeks and the other the Purple Mountain and Tomies Mountains. The Gap of Dunloe is one of the most visited places in Ireland. Visitors can walk, drive, climb and hike the Gap. The favourite way to see the Gap is by pony and trap. The local jarveys have been taking people in their traps up the Gap since the mid 19th century.

Cobh, Co. Cork

Cobh, Port of Cork

The colourful town of Cobh in Co. Cork is a very important place for many United States citizens. It is from here that ancestors left from Ireland to take the boats to the new world. Titanic called in to Cobh on its fatal journey. In Cobh, there is a museum about the Titanic which displays the world people were leaving. Now cruise ships still call to this port, though only for leisure these days. The pretty town is overlooked by an extraordinary cathedral, and worth a visit.

Connemara – Co. Galway

Connemara – Galway

The west coast of Ireland has the most stunning scenery and this is why it is known as the Wild Atlantic Way. Connemara is a destination that you must see. The scenery is wild and rugged, peppered with bluey, purply mountains, the Twelve Bens. Being by the coast, there are islands to explore and the freshest fish and seafood possible. There are lots of beautiful beaches for sea swimming.

The Burren, Co. Clare

Poulnabrone Dolmen, Burren, Co. Clare

The harsh, grey landscape of the limestone-clad Burren seems like an unlikely place where people would live, but they did. Remnants of the past 5,000 years dot the Burren with reminders of their lives. Could your ancestors have helped to build this tomb about 4,200 BC? The Burren is an incredibly unusual area in the whole of Europe and well worth a visit on trips to the west of Ireland.

Joan Scales
Award-winning journalist, Joan has been writing about travel and tourism for many years principally for The Irish Times and lately for travel2ireland. Joan has appeared many times on television and radio talking about the business of travel and all its component strands. She is also a public speaker and has appeared at many international conventions and conferences.

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