Ireland - Day 1: Flight to Dublin and drive to Cork

Excuse me, my dear. Is this the gate to the flight to Dublin? I turn around and look into the friendly eyes of an elderly lady. She is stylishly dressed, has curled her hair nicely and painted her fingernails elegant. I agree and we start talking. Molly was invited to a wedding in Cologne and is now flying back to Ireland. From Dublin, she has to travel four hours by bus to get home, but she's in good spirits. She has a mischievous smile and bright eyes when she tells me about Ireland. I tell her about my upcoming trip and she claps her hands enthusiastically. It's a wonderful tour and I will have a lot of fun. We say goodbye when boarding. So this is how it starts this morning, my Ireland trip.

The Flight to Dublin

On board the Eurowings plane from Cologne to Dublin, a fantastic crew awaits me. The Purser forgets in the explanation of the safety instructions briefly his text. What about the life jacket lamp when it comes into contact with water? The passengers laugh, the mood is solved. He wishes all ladies and gentlemen, children and sweet babies a good flight. He asks for understanding that the babies may cry, that an airplane is an unknown environment. In addition, children are our future and these babies will eventually pay our pensions later. Happy laugh again.

The captain greets us kindly and especially the school class from the Eifel, which flies on a school trip to Dublin. Jubilant joy. During the short flight he explains us both the name of runways (14 left in Cologne) and the control of the aircraft. The manual landing is still the most fun, even if today would otherwise be much automated. He shows us which cities we are flying over (Brussels, London, Liverpool) and keeps us in good spirits with kölscher serenity, as we land too early in Dublin and we are not provided with any stairs to get out. I thank the Purser and captain for boarding and look into enthusiastic faces of people who love their job.

The third nice encounter on this day is at the airport. It's Jimmy, our driver for the next six days. He accompanies our troops the whole time, drives us across Ireland and tells us all sorts of interesting facts. He is a true Irishman and grew up 5 minutes away from Guinness in Dublin. And he knows all the driver colleagues at the airport. Because we still have time until the rest of our party arrives, he invites me for a cappuccino and we talk. In a good mood we gather the rest of the troupe: Jan from the accompanying agency, Matthias, the cameraman, who will shoot some videos in the next few days, and finally Shane, Irishman, chef and brand ambassador for Kerrygold in Germany. We climb into Jimmy's Mercedes Minibus and leave the airport grounds.

First stop: Cashel

The farther we leave the airport and Dublin, the more beautiful the landscape becomes. Gentle hills turn into mountains. Horses, sheep and cows line the lush green meadows along the road. And it's true that the green seems to be much greener than anywhere else. The air is fresh, you taste the sea salt, you smell the grass.Through the delightful little houses, which are close to each other, you always catch a glimpse of a grassy green hill. Here, on the Rock of Cashel, stands an impressive structure that served as the seat of the kings of Munster since the 4th century. We marvel at the ruins and the surrounding area, but our way leads us to the Cellar Bar of the Hotel Bailey, built in 1709. I order fish and chips and enjoy perfectly cooked fish fillets, juicy chips made from Irish potatoes and dribble both with a little malt vinegar. It tastes delicious! When going out, my eyes fall on an automatic umbrella machine.

Second Stop: Bull McCabe's Bar & Grill in Cork.

We drive to Cork and visit Bull McCabe's Bar & Grill. In this pub Shane shoots the first video. He is preparing an Irish burger. This consists of the steak hips of Hereford beef, the Shane wolft and only seasoned with salt and pepper. In addition, there are crispy fried English bacon and spicy, running cheddar of Kerrygold. Salad and tomatoes provide freshness and are served typically with chips , so chips. What we know as potato chips is called crisps . After all takes and pictures are in the box, Jimmy is happy about the burger. We are launching a first Guinness on our time in Ireland.

Third Stop: Gallagher's Pub in Cork

Continue to downtown Cork. Here we have a reservation at Gallagher's Pub. There is live music on this evening. Mochua enchant us with catchy Irish folklore rhythms. Regina plays the violin, Tom accompanies her on the acoustic guitar. Her clear voices go well together and I get goose bumps from the music. We drink Guinness again, share a cheese platter and listen to the music. What a successful ending to a first day here on the green island. Tired, I'm looking forward to my comfortable bed at The Kingsley Hotel in Cork. Now it's time to sleep a few hours to get ready for the next day's adventure!

All items from my Ireland tour:
IRELAND - DAY 1: DUBLIN FLIGHT AND CORK RIDE
IRELAND - DAY 2: ENGLISH MARKET AND BALLYMALOE COOKERY SCHOOL IN CORK
IRELAND - DAY 3: IN BULMAN PUB IN KINSALE AND AT THE DRINK FARM IN OLD HEAD
IRELAND - DAY 4: FROM THE MILKFARM TO THE IRISH CHEDDAR IN COUNTY CORK
IRELAND - DAY 5: OF LIMERICK AND ADARE TO THE CLIFFS OF MOHER

Disclosure: For the tour of Ireland, I was invited by Kerrygold, Bord Bia and Tourism Ireland. The experiences and experiences are my own impressions.