Friday 21 July 2017

Discover Ireland Explorers competition, the winner is…

Discover Ireland and Independent.ie are delighted to announce the winner of our Discover Ireland Explorers competition.

To celebrate the success of Discover Ireland’s #ThisisLiving initiative we asked our readers of the Travel in Ireland hub on independent.ie to send us their best Ireland holiday memory. The winners were narrowed down to 10 and from the shortlist a winner was chosen for the prize of an unforgettable West Cork adventure break for two.

The winner is Killian O'Driscoll with this post and photograph from his trip from Cleggan Co. Galway to Innisboffin. He's a big fan of travelling in Ireland - "Ireland's a great destination with a huge selection of activities and events of a very high standard throughout the country. Sport, history, culture - there's always something of interest and especially if you get the weather," says Killian. Killian's love of travel runs in his family and goes way back he tells us - "All my family have always loved travel from my Dad's work trips in the 70s and 80s to the then exotic places such as Oregon, Galicia, Romania and student summers throughout Europe and US".

We couldn't resist getting Killian's Top 5 must-sees in Ireland, These kind of tips from seasoned travelers always come in handy:

1. Skellig Michael

2. Clew Bay from the top of Croagh Patrick

3. The peace wall in Belfast

4. Dingle peninsula especially Tra Ban, Ballyferriter, Co Kerry

5. Croke Park

Read his entry below:

The 12 Bens and 10 toes

We took the ferry from Cleggan out to Innisbofin, the island of the fair cow. Sailing away from the mountains of Connemara, Croagh Patrick was glimpsed in the distance - the tiny white oratory gleaming on its summit. The promise of a beautiful and all to rare summer's day. The harbour in Cleggan welcomed us in past its ancient stories of Cromwellian forts and Gaelic pirates. Up on the bikes and away down the quiet lanes. Each view more glorious that the next - the best place in the world, when you get the weather, sure why would you go anywhere else? We could almost believe it. Free-wheeling down to Horseshoe Bay, the 12 Bens showing-off in the distance. The race not to be the last one into the cool, clear sparkling sea. To heaven or to Connaught - a tough choice on a day like this.

Kieran will blog his adventure in West Cork and his posts will be published on the independent.ie’s Travel in Ireland hub. Stay tuned for some top class travel writing from our latest travel writer discovery.

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