My middle name is Patrick, I'm Irish... but for some reason Ireland wasn't that high on my list of places to go. Some friends said they were going and asked if I wanted to join. Of course I said yes and it turned out to be one of the most epic times I've ever had.
We stayed in Dublin and visited the famous Temple Bar area and saw all the landmarks and attractions. We went to countless pubs to drink and meet locals and even made some friends that we still keep in touch with today.
Since we used Dublin as a hub, we were able to visit smaller cities and areas nearby. We saw Glendalough which is a glacial valley in County Wicklow that had this amazing Monestary founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. We went to a small fishing village called Howth to eat awesome seafood and even went to a suburban seaside town called Dun Laoghaire which was amazing and lowkey.
We took a train to the west to see the magnificent Cliffs of Moher and got some pretty cool photos. Funny side story... while on the train this old man passed out these small cups and then poured everyone a shot of Jameson Whiskey and did a massive cheers. The Irish love to drink... it's true, no doubt about it.
We visited Northern Ireland to roam around Belfast and also see the Giant's Causeway which is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns that formed from an ancient volcanic eruption. Overall, we pretty much saw it all and did it all. It was an amazing trip and best of all... the weather was perfect.