We did indeed make it to the Dingle Peninsula our last full day in Ireland, and to the town of Dingle. Alas, we missed meeting Kieran Murphy by just a few minutes (we got off to a late start, missing the 11am ferry and then stopping many more times than planned to ogle the spectacular scenery). We did, however, get to sample Murphy’s Ice Cream and it was wonderful stuff! Our favorite flavors (that we tried) were the honey lavender and the chocolate with Bailey’s Irish Cream, though the chocolate raspberry and the non-chocolate Bailey’s were also very good. They didn’t have the brown bread flavor we’d heard about, so we weren’t able to sample that, alas.
I can definitely say that anyone visiting Ireland should make an effort to see the Dingle Peninsula if you can at all manage it. The intensity of the green, the mountains with stone walls crawling all over them and dotted with sheep, the blue of the ocean, the ancient ruins around almost every turn… it’s almost too breathtaking to describe. As soon as I figure out how, I’ll post some pictures.
We’re home now, and over the coming days and weeks I’ll be filling in a lot more details about our experiences (and the ice cream!) from the copious notes I took along the way. Those two weeks were among the best I’ve ever spent. A wonderful time seeing wonderful sights with wonderful company (my two daughters) and eating wonderful ice cream!