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Trip Goals

  • Solo circumnavigation of Ireland, 1200 miles in 3 months.
  • Paddle the technically challenging West Coast with tidal races to 9 knots and waves typically between 5’ to 10’. Combined conditions found in few places around the world and nowhere on this scale in North America.
  • These conditions will be especially challenging at places such as the following headlands: Mizen, Slea, Loop & Malin as well as the Bloody Foreland, an area where ships of the Spanish Armada wrecked during a storm in the late 1500’s.
  • Visit significant locations including the following:
    • Skellig Michael, a 7th to 12th century island monastery that is 7 miles offshore and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
    • Off shore islands in the west such as the Aran and Blasket Islands. Home to megalithic as well as Celtic Christian sites.
    • Giants Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage site where 60 million year old interlocking basalt columns form a stunning site. Features prominently in the legend of the Irish giant Finn McCool.
  • Answer the question: does Guinness in Ireland taste different than Guinness here?



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  An Irish joke:

    Two Irishmen are out fishing. One of them found a lamp. Rubbing hard a Genie appears saying since it is sunday, he only gets one wish. Thinking a bit, he tells the Genie, make the ocean waters Guinness. In a flash the Genie was gone and the waters had indeed changed. From the back of the boat came, ‘Good going Patrick, now we are going to have to pee in the boat!’

  An Irish curse:

    May those that we love, love us
    Those that don’t, may God turn their hearts
    And those he can’t turn their hearts,
    may He turn their ankles so we can see them coming

Finally, my favorite Irish blessing:

    May the road rise to meet you,
    May the wind be always at your back,
    May the sun shine warm upon your face and
    May the rains fall softly upon your fields.



Photo by Carl Mather

    Thanks for visiting,

    Sam Crowley
    Marquette, MI


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