July 31, 2019

Ireland: Guinness experience

In Ireland, two-thirds of the malting barley crop goes into making Guinness beer. Here are a few of the graphics we saw when touring the …

July 31, 2019

Scotland: Connecting with roots, sites of Edinburgh

Several alumni group members found connections to family roots in Ireland and Scotland on the trip. Brad and Kathie Sanderson rented a car and drove …

July 28, 2019

Ireland: Hurling

Hurling is an outdoor team game of ancient Gaelic and Irish origin. SDARL Alumni went to the Saturday afternoon game featuring Limerick versus Kilkenny, where 55,001 …

July 28, 2019

Ireland: Learning about whiskey

A few days earlier, our group visited the headquarters of Alltech. The founder of that company also set up a distillery in an abandoned church …

July 28, 2019

Ireland: Thanks to the Crinions for hosting us, Limerick dinner

Michael and Patrician Crinion were instrumental in making this a wonderful trip. Our group presented them with a gift at our dinner Friday night. Having …

July 28, 2019

Ireland: Connections to presidents

We stopped at the Barak Obama travel plaza to learn a bit about the connections to our presidents. I hope you can read a bit …

July 26, 2019

Ireland: Rugged beauty

Terry Jaspers checks out the peat that has been stacked to dry. The landscape of the Burren has been shaped by geological forces for hundreds …

July 26, 2019

Ireland: Kylemore Abbey

Originally a castle built as a romantic gift for the beautiful Margaret Henry in 1867, Kylemore Abbey is steeped in tales of romance, tragedy, spirituality, …

July 26, 2019

Ireland: Bit of blarney

Barney Castle is a medieval stronghold in Blarney, near Cork, Ireland, and the River Martin. Though earlier fortifications were built on the same spot, the …

July 26, 2019

Ireland: Dining at Bunratty Castle

Our group heading into Bunratty Castle. Bunratty Castle is a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland. It is located in the center of …

July 24, 2019

Ireland: SDARL Alumni learn from Alltech, dairy operation, bull farm and enjoy farm-to-table supper

      On Tuesday, our group visited the Alltech European Bioscience Centre at Dunboyne, Ireland. Kevin Tuck, Managing Director, told us the company has offices world-wide …

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