Text: “The Boy Travellers in: Great Britain and Ireland” by Thomas Knox, Harper and Brothers, 1891.
On American Travelers, page 2: “They are in a hurry to get to London, and determine that they will see Ireland on their way home…but they longer so long on the continent and in England that they have no time to stop on the way home; and that’s the way Ireland is neglected by the Americans.”
"Why is Ireland the richest country in the world? Because its capital is Dublin every day." :)
We sailed from New York directly to the port of Queenstown, in the Cove of Cork, in Ireland. The journey was less than luxurious, and marked by heavy rainstorms, but as The Boy Travellers pointed out, “the frequent and copious rains gave the hills of Ireland the beautiful green that greeted [our] eyes.” (Pg 4) We were more eager to reach the Emerald Isle and continue our sightseeing than to waste time being bothered by the rain, so we spent the steamship journey talking to passengers about their own voyages and gaining a wealth of knowledge and invitations to dinner by wealthy English businessmen. We promised to call on a few gentlemen when we reached London, but wished to explore those green hills and cliffs of Ireland first.
|Blarney Castle, site of the famous Blarney Stone near Cork, Ireland|
|Lakes of Killarney, some of the beautiful scenery of Ireland.|
From pg 21 of The Boy Travellers.
|Man from Limerick|
The Boy Travellers
My family hails from Limerick, which we saw on our country drives, and when my name was mentioned at the pub there the patrons burst into roars of acceptance and treated us like family for the rest of our stay. I could have stayed there with my new family for days, but we’ve got a whole world to see. The green hills, clear lakes, and proud people of Ireland will not be forgotten.