Padraig was raised in Malahide, although his family is originally from the seaside horticultural town of Rush, a few miles north, so he is very familiar with all the "hidden" and wonderful areas that North County Dublin has to offer.
We met in the US and I married him and moved to Ireland in 1983 and lived and raised my three boys there. The majority of our days were spent in "Whitehedge", a house Padraig designed and built on his family's farm . We watched as Malahide and Dublin grew into the modern, yet still quaint and typically Irish, town and city it is now.
I am originally from Latham, in upstate New York, just outside of Albany. Each year while living in Ireland I journeyed back across the ocean to see my family with my boys, and my family and friends often took the journey over to see us in Dublin. These visits gave us the opportunity to show off some of the best sights in our area that are not found in any of the tour books. Everyone fell in love with Ireland....which is why we can't stay away for too long also!
We made a decision to move to Saratoga Springs to be closer to my family and aging parents for most of the year at the moment, (which is another great town, let me say). We like to travel to other countries and experience other foods and cultures. Padraig likes to garden, as did his father before him, who was a market gardener from the town of Rush for many decades of his life. We love the arts and photography. The pictures of Ireland on the walls were taken by my son on his last trip over to see his friends and to go surfing in Lahinch.
We are in our 50's and so feel as though our lives are continuing to develop as we try new things, meet new people, and stay connected with our family and loved ones.
As an American , I really wish you all the very best of days and memories on your Irish adventure! If I were to offer any suggestions for your trip it would be not to take the Irish too seriously if they "slag" you, (make fun of you), they aren't looking to upset you or for a fight, its just their way. Join in with the banter if you are lucky enough to be included, and don't take offence. Enjoy the many topics that arise in (email hidden)st anything can be discussed knowledgeably and on many levels. Embrace the many differences, and enjoy a "jar" or two while you're at it!
We so hope you enjoy your time in Ireland and to realize it isn't too far away to make a return trip back whenever you can make the time or when you miss its unique flavor...I know I do!