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TBR: Ireland Vacation Edition

My wife and I  have wanted to visit Ireland for a long time, so finally, one year after our 25th wedding anniversary, we've pulled the trigger on an 11 day tour in October. The plan is to fly to Dublin, rent a car, spend four days in very nice hotel outside the city, on Dublin Bay. We will make day trips to the city of Dublin as well as to other attractions nearby; like Meath or Wicklow. Then we'll drive southwest to Cork City to stay for three days possibly day-tripping to Waterford, Kilkenny and The Ring of Kerry. From there we'll head northwest to Galway City where we'll spend the last four days, traveling to Connemara, possibly the Aran Islands, and finally heading to Maureen's maternal ancestral hometown of Ferbane in County Offaly. We will high tail it home from Shannon Airport.

So it begs the question, what to read to set the tone for such a momentous trip? When I think of literature and Dublin, I immediately think of James Joyce (The Dubliners, Portrait of…

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