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Cead Mhile Failte to Eire
I am John and I am retired Public servant who takes it easy now and looks after horses on the farm
My wife Therese is a retired Nurse.
We have Terrier dog Brany who is a treat to have around
All our family are working in Dublin and visit us regularly.
May 1 — September 1, 2013
February 1 — September 1, 2013
January 1 — October 1, 2013
A perfect home exchange! In the thirty home exchanges I have done with my husband, this exchange in Ireland was our very favorite. A delightful trip to a fascinating region of Ireland, with delightful and generous hosts. This was a non-simultaneous exchange, so we had the opportunity to meet John and Therese when they visited Montana, and they are truly delightful! Among other talents, Therese is a gifted singer who was a hit on Irish music night at our local pub in Montana, and John is an entertaining storyteller who made many friends in our town. Meanwhile, they took wonderful care of our home, and were conscientious guests. This was our first trip to Ireland, and this was a fantastic visit to this interesting and "undiscovered" region. Their lovely and spacious house is beautiful, meticulously maintained, and very comfortable for us. Sparkling bathrooms and fully complete kitchen (well, two kitchens, actually!) with lovely views to grazing racehorses and sheep and peaceful Irish countryside. The kitchen was nicely stocked including with some fun foods and drinks that we tried for the first time. Beds were very comfortable and we slept like rocks every night -- except a couple times when my husband woke me to see the beautiful sunrise. There's a grocery store nearby and I enjoyed long walks in this bucolic setting. From the home in Longford County, we could go in any direction and find adventure and fascinating history. Although we were a little nervous about driving on the left side of the road, we quickly grew familiar with it and Irish drivers were very courteous. We rented a car in Belfast and explored lots of places including the Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry, Dingle, Galway, Sligo and Derry, Giants Causeway, Sneem, Kilarney, Dublin, and lots of other beautiful spots. Our hosts guided us to some great pubs where we heard wonderful live, Irish music. This gave us some spirit in venturing out on our own, we had some really amazing and memorable experiences in Irish pubs. John keeps a sailboat on scenic Lough Ree on the River Shannon, and I went sailing with his family. What a treat! Beautiful sailing area, we sailed across the lake to an historic hotel/restaurant and had a pint. They had also made arrangements for us to stay at a lakeside retreat with self-catering cabins, which was spectacular. It was wonderful and comfortable, with everything we needed in a beautiful, remote setting on Lough Ree. Our host, Owen, provided helpful books about my topic of interest and had a lot of advice, including which musicians performed at which local pub on certain nights, including the oldest pub in the world, in Athlone! Fun yet plenty of privacy, and we had use of their canoes on the River Shannon. We have no hesitations in recommending this excellent location for a home exchange, and wish we could do it all again!