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Searching for Bono and Licking Donuts in Ireland

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  4. German Castles, Ausfahrt Jokes and the Sound of Music
  5. Amalfi Coast, Pompeii and Pizza Galore 
  6. The Long Way Home to Belarus… Literally
  7. Searching for Bono and Licking Donuts in Ireland

Warning! Lots of U2 references ahead. In fact, I was writing this post while listening to some of their greatest hits. All I can say is U2 and Ireland are Magnificent

After our whirlwind tour of Europe (plus family visit), we had a one-night layover in Dublin before our flight back to the States. And naturally, I wanted to make the most of it. After going back and forth, I decided against staying in central Dublin and settled on Fitzpatrick Castle hotel, located in the suburbs. Good choice.

For $98 per night (with the help of $100 Orbitz coupon), it was a fantastic deal. I won’t focus on the hotel itself, you can check TripAdvisor for that. Short review: family rooms are basic, carpet is old, but hotel has lots of character and location can’t be beat. Oh, and breakfast (12 euros per person) is once again, magnificent.

When I told our taxi driver where we were staying, he said that Bono from group U2 lives in that neighborhood. He then proceeded to ask me if I knew who Bono was. Hmm, let me think, I might have heard the name. He only happens to be the frontman of the best music band of all time! Not to mention, the guy with the coolest pair of shades, always.

So, I decided to be on the lookout for Bono. Who knows, maybe we would  run into each other. Our flight wasn’t scheduled till 2 PM, so we had some time to explore the area. The next morning I told  my husband we are going for a walk, but he protested and said he just wanted to relax in the room. He didn’t sleep very well and was exhausted. Apparently, my daughter is a sleepwalker and he caught her trying to exit our room in the middle of the night.  He had a hard time relaxing after that incident.

But I told him it’s not often that we are in Ireland. In fact, this was our first time. Who knows when or if we’ll be back. We are going to do some sightseeing, darn it! And we’ll enjoy it, too. I didn’t tell him about my quest to meet Bono because he wouldn’t understand. I’ve read about coastal  village of Dalkey which is located not far from the hotel, so that’s where we went. I’ve noticed that the entire way was downhill which meant, we would have to  be coming back uphill (more on that later).

But the weather was gorgeous, and I was enjoying my tiny sample of Irish life. I kept humming lyrics from “Beautiful day”

It’s a beautiful day
Sky falls, you feel like
It’s a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away…”

Apparently, Irish people love to sleep in. It was 8:00 AM in the morning, and this is what the village of Dalkey looked like:

Dalkey castle, located on the main drag

I wanted to have breakfast in an authentic Irish pub, but nothing was open. Eventually, we saw a tiny grocery store and decided to just buy some snacks. The kids were starving at that point. When we entered the shop (we were the first customers of the day), my son spotted donuts and ran towards them. Before I could stop him, he licked three. Great, now I have to buy all of them! And he is no dummy. When he saw that his strategy paid off, he licked the fourth one for good measure.

Armed with snacks, we kept on exploring, while enjoying beautiful coastal views:

Use of image is permitted under Creative Commons license, credit goes to Yashica Girl on Flickr

I’m pretty sure the view above inspired U2’s song Every Breaking Wave:

Every breaking wave on the shore
Tells the next one there’ll be one more
And every gambler knows that to lose
Is what you’re really there for

Summer I was fearless
Now I speak into an answer phone
Like every fallen leaf on the breeze
Winter wouldn’t leave it alone
Alone”

Of course, it didn’t take long for kids to say they are ready to go back to the hotel. Oh, and they wanted my husband and I to carry them. Uphill? I think not. I decided that taxi was our best option, otherwise, my husband would jump off the cliff in despair.

But how do we hail a taxi? Our phones weren’t working, and I wasn’t sure who to ask for help. I saw a gas station and decided to go there. The attendant lady was super helpful and offered to use her cell phone. I was beyond grateful and stupidly exclaimed: “You are a wonderful Irish person!” Facepalm.

Ten minutes later the taxi came and took us back to our castle. Best 8 Euros I’ve ever spent. Time for real Irish breakfast in a real Irish hotel. Since the kids were full after eating donuts, my husband and I took turns going to the fancy restaurant where we dined in peace.

I never got to eat in an Irish pub. I also didn’t run into Bono. But in a way, I feel like I’ve walked in his shoes. I’ve witnessed beautiful, rugged scenery of Ireland and met friendly, hospitable Irish people. I was grateful for miles and points, and the fact that Aer Lingus flies non-stop from Dublin to Orlando, which gave us an excuse to sample this remarkable country. A land of poets and musicians, land that gave us U2.

Song for someone

If there is a light
You can’t always see
And there is a world
We can’t always be
If there is a dark
Now we shouldn’t doubt
And there is a light
Don’t let it go out.

And this is a song
A song for someone…”

Aaaand it’s a wrap of my 7-part series. Finally.

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Author: Leana

Leana is the owner and founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.

4 thoughts on “Searching for Bono and Licking Donuts in Ireland

  1. Beautiful Day was our wedding song when we were announced as a new married couple!

    My husband is at Fitzpatrick Castle this week. I’ll tell him to look for Bono!

    • Nancy, I love the song “Beautiful day”! Definitely a classic. Yes, tell your husband to look out for Bono while in the area. You never know, he may be home, resting from tours and other commitments.

  2. 😀 I can relate to this article!
    – A few years ago I was given a ticket to see U2- it was awesome! I was seriously singing “It is a beautiful day” everyday for a month after that!
    – Ireland has been on my travel list for years! But so far I have only been to the Dublin airport for a quick plane change. 🙁
    – The opening times of restaurants and shops in Europe drove me insane when I lived there for a year! Everything was closed on Sunday! Restaurants closed from 3-7pm! What?! And any day if you wanted to close you just put a small sign in the window.
    – My kids ALWAYS whine about walking. We often argue about taking a taxi, but our stories usually involve us walking back anyway since taxis for 5 are tough to find.
    -And this morning before reading this article I ate a doughnut which my daughter convinced me to buy(she didn’t lick them though)! 😀

    • I love donuts myself! Those can be a total diet buster, right? But totally worth it.
      I’ve never been much of concert goer even before having kids, but I would definitely make an exception for U2. Will need to keep an eye on their touring schedule. You’ve inspired me!

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