Jersey Week is that week in November where schools are closed on Tuesday for Election Day and then Thursday and Friday for the NJEA convention. Some school districts close for the entire week while other hold classes (albeit poorly attended) on Monday and Wednesday.
Each year, we use this week as an opportunity to squeeze in another vacation prior to year end. This year for Jersey Week, my better half planned a trip for the family to Ireland. We landed in Dublin and stopped in County Cavan to see a distant relative. From there, we headed to Galway and used that as a base to see the towns of Cong (the setting for the Quiet Man) and Connemara. Then we went headed to County Clare to see the towns of Kinvara, Doolin and Ennis with stops at the Ailwee Cave and the Cliffs of Moher. Finally, we returned to Dublin and spent two days touring the city. There was a lot of good food, great people and fantastic beer (Guinness, Dooliner, Kilkenny Red, and O’Hara’s and Bullmer’s cider) and of course, Jameson. Rather, than provide a rather terse description of the trip, I will allow the pictures to tell the tale.
My better half planned the trip to a tee and aside from a little nip in the air and a little rain, this was a fantastic trip. If you are looking for a place to go, I highly recommend a stay in Ireland.