10 Reasons Why I Love Northern Ireland

This post was originally published in May 2022. It has been adapted for visitors who want to experience the best the Northern Ireland has to offer. It first appeared on Sarah la viajera, a website focused on sharing the ins and outs of moving to and living in Spain as an American abroad.

I live in Spain full-time with my husband and he is from the island to which this website is dedicated. I’ve never managed to write about a country that has completely captured my heart and it’s one I have a standing invitation to go to every summer for the foreseeable future.

In September 2019, I added a new country to my homes away from home around the world when I got married to my Northern Irish fiancé on a shockingly warm and sunny (albeit windy!) day at the Presbyterian church in his hometown on the North Coast.

That country is none other than Northern Ireland, a severely underrated part of both the UK and the Isle of Ireland if you ask me. I could list a whole lot more than just ten reasons why I love Northern Ireland but I’ve managed to narrow it down to the top contenders in this post.

The possibility of meeting someone from an entirely different country while living abroad in Spain didn’t even occur to me until a couple of years after I met my now-husband – in quite practically the rainiest town in all of Spain: Santiago de Compostela.

I was never one of those people who dreamed and pined away for the island like so many other Ireland lovers had before me. The abundance of rainy days, green landscapes and Irish blessings certainly did intrigue me but they didn’t convince me enough to plan a trip there because the locals also spoke English.

(Or so you’d think depending upon which part of the island you visit!)

Unbeknownst to me, my very first visit to that mystical island coincided with meeting my future in-laws and seeing the part of the Emerald Isle where my husband grew up.

I am very fortunate to now have family and a few new friends in a country so rich in history and beauty as Northern Ireland. Since I’ve spent a considerable amount of time seeing different parts of it (and some from my window in self-isolation), I feel compelled to share more and hopefully inspire you to visit the Wee North one day soon.

Now that that’s all said and done, let’s get to having some good craic, shall we?

10. The endless shades of green pastures

This post I wrote during my first visit to Northern Ireland in December 2017/January 2018 is still my favorite thing that I’ve ever written about the country. I slowly figured out that I was always destined to visit it.

Up until this year, I’ve only managed to visit NI during the summer twice of the five trips I’ve made to the country.

Do you know what visiting in the winter means?

Lots and lots of gazing into pitch-black landscapes either from the windows inside a cozy house or car.

There’s nothing like the first time you see the sun begin to set around three-thirty in the afternoon on a chilly winter’s day. It’s odd, to say the least, and even after three visits, you think I’d find it normal. Only the contrary, I’m only sort of used to it. I’ve helped a few locals come to the realization that Northern Ireland does get really dark in the winter.

Here is what the sun setting at 3:30 pm at the beach looks like if you want a sneak peek!

A little bit of perspective on your home country goes a long way, doesn’t it?

Nevertheless, I had incredible luck the day after I landed in Dublin. The coach bus ride up to Belfast (and then later picking up my husband’s car to continue the journey up to the North Coast) was foggy and misty so I hardly saw the coveted green pastures and rocky coastlines countless guidebooks and movies have shown me in decades past.

Travel tip: If you’re traveling from the East Coast, flying from either New York (Delta), D.C or Boston area airports to Dublin is the fastest and most direct way to travel to the island. Aer Lingus, Ireland’s national airline offers direct flights from a variety of other US cities such as Chicago, Miami, Orlando, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

On the second day of my first visit, I woke up to the sun shining and blue sky peeking out from under the fluffy clouds. Much to my surprise within a couple of hours later, the clouds and light sea fog burned off and the day took on a brilliant blue hue, albeit short-lived. My word, though, it felt magical.

In August 2021, I went on a light solo hike on the Ulster Way and took in some gorgeous views of both Rathlin Island and Fair Head in Ballycastle. I definitely recommend staying in one of the cottages along this route or doing part of the hike to later bask in the ocean views.

Five visits later and I am still in awe of how intensely green the fields and pastures are. You can certainly tell during any given year if the island has received even more rain than usual. And as a friend told me a few years ago: Everyone falls in love with the land of 50 shades of green. If you grew up in a dry, arid climate, then the damp, verdant Isle of Ireland is definitely something you should experience in your lifetime.

9. Bottomless cups of tea all year round

My great-grandparents grew up outside of London, England and immigrated to the US in their mid-to-late twenties in the early 1900s. My grandpa (their youngest son) grew up with tea time with sugar cookies that his mother was known for but she tragically never wrote the exact recipe down for them. He never drinks tea any other way other than black with milk and sugar.

As I’ve been told many times before, my great-grandmother managed to retain a bit of her English accent whereas my great-grandfather didn’t maintain a lot of his during his 50-odd years living in the United States. She grew up in West Ham and most likely had a Cockney English accent which is much, much harder to hide and tone down so it’s no wonder that it stayed with her even longer than her lack of belief in Americans to make a good cup of tea.

Now that you know a bit more about my family’s history with tea, it’s easier to understand that drinking tea and having tea time were two things that brought me and my husband together.

You don’t meet too many American families who prefer tea over coffee when it comes to family get-togethers but a lot of my extended family and I are tea drinkers. It felt so natural to me to slip into a sort of familiar yet new-to-me tradition in another country when I developed feelings for my husband all those years ago and then met his parents early on in our relationship.

One of the seven(!) cups of tea I had on my first full day in Northern Ireland

My first full day on the North Coast at the end of 2017 consisted of waking up at my boyfriend’s home for tea for the very first time, spending more time with his parents, meeting one of his mentors at his house, stopping for tea at a couple of cafés due to the bitter cold and then capping off the night with one last cuppa. I love these wee metal milk jugs (see above). 😍

Now, as the wife of a Northern Irish man, I drink tea when we go up to his parents’ house with dinner no matter the season because it’s always temperate enough for a hot cuppa. Later on during the same day, we have bedtime tea – a ritual that has always been a custom for my husband growing up.

Thompson’s Family Teas’ is dubbed as “Northern Ireland’s favourite tea,” but it is also one of the oldest tea companies around dating back to 1896. Punjana is the one my husband drinks through thick and thin. If you’re sensitive to caffeine like I am, I would either steer clear of this type or be prepared to add lots of milk to it.

I think the most impressive part of the company, though, is how the Thompson Family has blended their tea for four generations!

8. Breathtaking natural beauty and ancient ruins

Fair Head

Ballycastle Beach, Northern Ireland with Fair Head in the distance. You can even hike up to the top of the cliff if you’re feeling bold!

Ballycastle, Northern Ireland

The picture I took above in 2021 is actually available as a tea towel design that you can buy at a shop called Homemade Beautiful Northern Ireland. We received ours as part of a wedding gift along with a matching coaster set which we use daily in our living room. I love the beautiful view and that I can see it every day.

Dunluce Castle

Keep your eyes peeled for castles along the coastal highways. Dunluce Castle is located just off the A-2 Motorway which is more commonly known as the Causeway Coastal Route

Giant’s Causeway

The mere mention of Northern Ireland might trigger this world-famous phenomenon: The Giant’s Causeway outside of Bushmills.

Carrick-a-Rede Island

The Rope Bridge which you can see above connects the mainland to Carrick-a-Rede in County Antrim. It is wildly popular among tourists and locals alike and it reopened in 2022 after being closed for over 2 years. *We finally got to walk across it together that July.*

My first official view of Northern Ireland’s rugged coastline surrounded by its signature greenery was Carrick-a-Rede Island. It’s fitting too because I had spent months (and now years) beforehand dreaming of walking across that wee rope bridge. However, a combination of the weather and opening hours (read: they close really early and it gets dark even earlier than that) made it nearly impossible to walk across the famed rope bridge.

Back when my husband and I were only friends in the summer of 2017, he hunted for a postcard with the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge on it to send to me before he returned to Spain for another school year. He’s lucky he even found any postcards because, in my hometown of Dayton, Ohio, it’s nearly impossible to find a single postcard unless you go to the USAF Museum Gift Shop!

Antrim Coast Gems

Then I took the very same postcard back up with me to where it came from just to get a picture at Ballycastle Beach with it.

I love the red Royal Mail post boxes all around the UK.

The Dark Hedges

You might think this is King’s Road from Game of Thrones but it’s actually the Dark Hedges which consists of two rows of approximately 150 beech trees that James Stuart planted in the 18th century leading up to the entrance of his home, Gracehill House.

The House Across the Street From Bregagh Road and the Dark Hedges

When I finally visited the Dark Hedges in September 2019, I realized that this private residence -which looks like a lovely colonial home- likely never gets photographed due to the major Game of Thrones attraction it’s located near.

Downhill Strand & Mussenden Temple

Another absolutely stunning pair of attractions: Downhill Beach and overlooking it lie Mussenden Temple, an 18th-century former estate library that was modeled after Rome’s Temple of Vesta. Yet another Game of Thrones site for your Northern Ireland tour.

The View from Scrabo Tower (Newtownards)

Scrabo Tower has been closed to the public for a while but the views from up top are really impressive both on sunny and cloudy days. The tower is a replica of Scottish watchtowers.

Stormont Estate

The grounds around the Parliament Buildings and the Stormont Estate are perfect for a big, long walk

There are so many more places I’ve yet to see and explore around the six counties in Norn Iron (see the slang section for the definition of this phrase). I’m very blessed to not only be able to live in a country as beautiful as Spain but to also have access to quite possibly the greenest country I’ve ever seen. It feels like I won the lottery and I remind myself how lucky I am especially on bad or frustrating days.

Articles and Resources on Northern Ireland Travel

Maja covers how to budget for a multiday trip up to the Wee North and what to see and where to eat in Belfast in the Northern Ireland category on her blog, Away with Maja.

Cathy from The Girl Who Goes details how you can manage a day trip up to the Giant’s Causeway from Dublin.

(Although, the point of my post is for you to be inspired to spend a lot more time than just a single day there.)

And finally, but not an exhaustive list of articles, Liz from Young Adventuress has an affinity for the verdant island and is actually one of the very few bloggers who acknowledge that Northern Ireland is separate from the Republic of Ireland. So many internationally-minded travelers have either never even been to Northern Ireland or they only spend a day or two in a rush to visit everything they possibly can.

It is only about 5500 square miles (or about the size of the state of Connecticut) but it is definitely worth it!

7. Kind-hearted, friendly people

I don’t even know where to start when it comes to talking about the (Northern) Irish people. There are so many nice things to say about them honestly.

One thing that has stuck with me over the years is an impression a group of strangers made on me back when I was just getting to know the country.

Looking back on it, however; I realize it was the act of kindness that was displayed and not the people who were involved. What was that good deed, you might be asking yourself?

Well, it was the simple act of holding a door open to the Bob and Berts coffee shop that we had just left. One nice young man held it open for seven(!) people and every single one of the members of that group thanked him personally. My jaw hung open as I watched the exchange play out.

If you had looked at my face at that moment, it would have looked like I was in shock or horrified at what I was looking at.

Quite the contrary!

I was stunned yes, but also in awe of the kindness I had witnessed. And very touched even to this day.

That day and the day we got married are two moments in time when I experienced such a welcoming mixture of both kindness and gratitude from his family. I feel very grateful and privileged to have had these experiences and connections with the people in this wonderful land.

New Year’s Eve 2017. My future in-laws (but at the time were my boyfriend’s parents) made a bit of an NYE party snack spread to help me feel more at home because my family usually has finger food and drinks a couple of hours before midnight when we watched the NYE show and the Ball drop in NYC.

Andrew introduced me to the leader of the summer mission he was a part of for over a decade and we enjoyed tea and biscuits. I was encouraged to try everything on the plate especially when the wife may have noticed I was dodging the marshmallow ones!

These pictures are all from the same visit (2017/2018). We met the wife of one of his oldest friends for tea and I knew instantly that we’d get along. She played the piano at our wedding and became my anti-anxiety buddy all throughout 2020.

6. Never-ending lexicon of Irish slang

Another tea towel keepsake we got at our wedding from Homemade Northern Ireland that can serve as your cheat sheet to Norn Iron slang. Unfortunately, the tea towels are no longer available on the shop’s website so I can’t link directly to them.

I swear that I have learned a new word or a new way to pronounce the same word every other day.

This isn’t to say that I’m upset about any of this. I am a lifelong learner.

And I’m also someone who had previously said, “I’ll never say the word ‘wee'” to my husband when we were just (albeit closer) friends in early 2017. Later that same year and the day after my 29th birthday – I’ll never forget it- this phrase naturally slipped out of my mouth as Andrew went to put our tray away at one of the Sevilla Starbucks’ locations: “I just want to take a wee photo first [of the Catedral de Sevilla].”

He hadn’t heard me in all honesty because he had walked far enough out of earshot that he really did miss what I had said that one fateful Sunday morning. But, since it was such a big deal for me to go against my ingrained American terminology, I had to tell him. And now I use the word every day almost five years later. It is one of the inevitable side effects of dating someone from a different city or country or dating someone in general. You pick up on their words and phrases and vice versa,

I get frustrated in a good way (think of a fist shake into the air with a smile on your face). My mind is also blown most of the time when I learn a new word or hear it spoken in context by a local. I plan to write a separate post on some of the most popular and/or peculiar Irish slang words so I won’t go into as much detail here.

I will say that whether you visit the country or marry someone from it, the huge lexicon of slang the Irish possess is mind-boggling. It will keep you entertained for years and years, let me tell ya.

One of the words that stuck out to me that Andrew taught me when we were pretty much only acquaintances at the time. He was leaving Spain for the near future (as far as I knew back then) and because I likely wouldn’t ever see him again (ha!), I asked if he could teach me a couple of slang words from Northern Ireland on his last night in Santiago.

Banjaxed.

adjective. informal.

Definition: ruined, incapacitated, broken

Seeing a word as strange as this one might not stick in your mind but that was not the case for me. He taught me another one as well but I don’t remember it to be honest. Banjaxed just stuck for some reason and I never told anyone in my family that he had taught me some slang words or really that I had met a kind Northern Irish man with a good sense of humor back in 2015.

But my goodness, I was so excited when I heard my future mother-in-law say “so the car (or tire) was banjaxed.” in the living room while she was telling a story to Andrew, his dad and me during our first meeting.

I whispered to Andrew while her attention turned back to the TV that was murmuring in the background.

“Your mum said banjaxed” with a gleam in my eye and a grin on my face.

I think he enjoyed how much I loved listening to all the different accents and hearing some of the words he taught me in the country itself.

So my hope for you is that you too will get to experience that same type of excitement I (still) have when you’re listening to and absorbing all of the Northern Irish accents and slang.

Shout out to two podcasts co-hosted by Northern Irish folk that have helped expose me to more accents. The Rend Collective’s Chris and Gareth from (or around) Bangor, UK on Where’s the Joy in That? and Mel from County Armagh on the Making an Effort podcast.

5. You’ll never look at rain the same way again

As the locals told me in Santiago de Compostela, “Rain is art!” and Northern Ireland could quite possibly be the master artist when it comes to rain.

Or sea fog.

Or just regular fog! I would normally say it’s all the same but in rainy climates like these, layers and layers of different types of weather exist.

Some time ago on my Spain-focused blog, I wrote about how living in a rainy climate changed me back when I was living in Santiago de Compostela. It is a magnet for rain but this wee country knocked it off of the number one rainiest city on my list.

Pack a good waterproof raincoat, some rain boots if you plan to be outside a lot or go hiking and an umbrella but be forewarned it might get broken if the weather is really intense. The wind gusts up there are something else and I won’t lie. I almost thought I would get blown away if it hadn’t been for my love’s strong grasp on my arm as we linked arms and walked along the coast. They are strong and could easily rip an umbrella apart so my advice is to stick to a raincoat with a good hood!

4. The tenacity of the Northern Irish people throughout history

The extensive dessert menu I saw at O’Connor’s was picture-worthy. The restaurant may not have all of these items available at one time but doesn’t it make you believe that Northern Irish people love a sweet treat? (December 2017)

One of the things I love the most about Northern Ireland is that it possesses a rich yet complex history. It’s one of the oldest settlements in Europe and pretty complicated for such a wee place.

I must confess that I didn’t know more than a handful of details about it almost seven years ago.

It was the part of Ireland that belonged to the UK, Belfast was the capital and the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland had a tricky relationship throughout the centuries. However, I didn’t know or couldn’t exactly remember why their relations were tense.

That was about all I knew until my husband came into my life and taught me loads of things. It helps that he has both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in History. Being in a relationship with him means that I have a built-in tour guide nearly everywhere we go so that’s a big plus!

The Ship Quay (pronounced ‘key,’ definition: a bank where ships and other vessels are loaded) is a famous street and comprises one of four streets that jut out of Londonderry’s diamond (center). The walls are another impressive landmark.

The history between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland is, in a word, complex. Derry is one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements on the Isle and references to it date back to the 6th century. It’s worth exploring for at least a day and seeing the historical district and the old architecture and reflecting on the city’s story.

The reason why it is referred to as both Londonderry and Derry depends on where you are from. However, Londonderry is most often used in the United Kingdom because of London’s (and the central government’s) investment in the city hundreds of years ago. The name Derry originates from the old Irish word Doire meaning, “oak grove” or “oak wood,” due to the large quantities of oak trees in that area.

I highly recommend a visit to the Tower Museum that’s located within the historic walls and tells the story of Derry from the 1600s to the present day. It highlights its tumultuous past, the people’s struggle for civil rights (from 1968 to 1972) and the conflict (The Troubles) that ensued between the Catholics and Protestants on the island. There are also tunnels and interactive exhibits to give you a real feel for what life was like throughout its history.

I definitely recommend a visit up to the lookout point at the top of the museum to see the city itself but I got so engrossed in the historical depictions and posters that we ran out of time to do that. So, definitely plan a good amount of time to be able to go through the content inside the museum at a reasonable pace and allow enough time to enjoy the rooftop views, especially if it’s a rare sunny day.

Views of the Walled City from the Waterside of Derry when walking along the River Foyle from the train station

And if you’re an American who’s visiting for one of the first times, be careful referring to the country as Ireland. Over the last few years, my eyes have been opened to the fact that it’s sort of a stereotype that Americans play up and refer to that part of the world as Ireland, when in fact, it’s composed of two separate countries: The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. It’s not “North and South Ireland” or “the North.”

I won’t deny that I have opted to say Ireland or that my husband is Irish (since he has dual nationality with the Republic of Ireland now) for simplicity’s sake or if I need to give a brief overview of my background. And because I don’t want to go into so much detail and explain why he’s British but not English. However, if I meet someone who does seem open to learning about the differences between the two countries or they ask me, “Is he from the part of Ireland that belongs to the UK?” then I will happily go into more detail. I just feel that Americans as a whole should learn more about the island’s history and give Northern Ireland a chance when planning a trip there. But, overall be careful what you say when referring to the two countries or else you may find yourself lost in an argument with a taxi driver one day.

For a sort of lighter and more entertaining (yet dramatic) way to learn about the country’s history, Derry Girls on Netflix is a great series that melds both pop culture from the 90s and major historical events that affected Derry at the time.

3. How locals love Americans (and their own connections to the US)

Chances are you will most likely be familiar with Irish immigration to the United States in the 1800 and 1900s. In fact, about 4.5 million Irish immigrated to the US and at one point comprised about half of all immigrants around the time of the nation’s civil war. A lot of Americans living there or who were born there today have Irish ancestry and travel to the Isle of Ireland to trace their family roots.

Though the famed “unsinkable” RMS Titanic passenger liner was supposed to arrive in NYC in April 1912, the voyage and many other boats that went before and after it, in a way can represent Irish immigration to the United States of America over the centuries. 

Family connections to the Isle of Ireland are likely one major reason why you’re thinking of planning a trip there. In 2019, the island received 11.3 million visitors. This was during a regular year of tourism so the numbers may not be quite the same post-pandemic but there are lots of signs pointing to the official return of travel this year. However, a lot of people I’ve talked to recently want to take a trip, especially an overseas trip that they’ve had to postpone for a couple of years (myself included). Book early and plan for a little extra travel time (and waiting time at the airport) because it’s set to be a busy summer for places like Ireland, Spain, Italy, France and Portugal (and even more crowded on the islands attached to each of those countries.

The Irish really like having Americans visit and many of them will tell you about their family that had moved to North America (with a special interest in Canada from the Northern Irish). They, like so many others around the world, love American music, movies and TV shows and generally love hearing about where you’re from and why you came to visit Ireland. Join one of them for a pint or a cup of tea and you’ll quickly make a new friend!

Though the Titanic never made it all the way across the Atlantic Ocean to its final destination in New York City in 1912, the Titanic visitor center in Belfast, where the famed ship was built, is well worth the money and time. The building alone is unique and impressive but the two-hour-long self-guided (or privately guided) tour through the nine different galleries is incredible and really helps bring the whole voyage to life. And you can even buy some specially blended tea called Titanic Tea in the gift shop, though now they sell it outside of the shop and even in the US if you want some to remind you of a visit to Belfast, otherwise known as, the “Big Smoke.”

2. Chili chicken penne pasta (and other delicacies)

My first chili chicken dish

We went to a local, authentic Irish pub after going to church with Andrew and his mum at O’Connors where I had my first taste of chili chicken. It’s something I saw all over menus in the country and realized the locals have a big affinity for.

Though I didn’t see an ad for McDonald’s sweet chili chicken wraps until August 2021, I knew that if I ever saw it listed on a McDonald’s menu, it had to be a true part of the culture. The world-famous chain is known for adapting its menus to include country-specific items around the globe. I don’t eat there much anymore but always loved looking at menus around Europe.

The Ramore in Portrush is one of my husband’s and mum-in-law’s favourite places to eat for lunch. I quickly fell in love with both the food, the views of the harbor and the boats docked around it! (Pictured not Guinness but a blackcurrant cordial for about £1)

Ulster Fry

If you’re heading down to either Belfast or across the border to go to Dublin, Moes Grill, located inside a shopping center off the highway, is a great spot for a hearty breakfast like a fry. (Clockwise from the top: Potato bread, mushrooms, sausage, bacon and a fried egg)

Bob & Berts

Opened in 2013 in Northern Ireland, Bob and Berts is a wee coffee shop chain all over NI and now in England and Scotland. I love their hot chocolate, their fry (the first one I ever had was from there) and just the name.

Black Currant Cordial

55 Degrees North is another one of my favorites and the views from all around the second-floor restaurant facing the sea are simply stunning. Their lunch deals are amazing and this whole pitcher of squash or cordial (highly concentrated flavored water) was only about £1.50 for the whole jug! You can drink cheaply but well if you cut out soda and order this.

It was a complete game-changer for me.

Wee Milk Jug Milk

My husband’s hometown of Ballycastle, population 5,200 (approximately) is one of the few small towns that still have a milkman delivering milk to anyone who puts a few coins out (see the orange coin box in the back) in exchange for these wee jugs.

Suki Tea

Apple Loves Mint tea is sold and served in Suki Teapots (see above) in Ground Coffee shops all around Northern Ireland. It has such a lovely taste!

It may not serve the *healthiest* food but Greggs (which shares similarities with 7-Eleven’s in the US) stores and frozen food lines at Iceland (the supermarket, not the country!) are mighty tasty. I especially love their steak bakes and sausage rolls! Yum.

1. Because I love a Northern Irish man

After our civil ceremony in Gibraltar where we legally tied the knot before our Northern Ireland wedding ceremony (Sept 2019)

Photo credit: Aaron Jean.

A Northern Irish poet I recently discovered, Seamus Haney, compares marriage to his wife, Marie, to the scaffolding masons erect to use for the beginning stages of building construction. Here is an expert from his poem entitled, “Scaffolding”:

[Masons] are careful to test out the scaffolding; / Make sure that planks won’t slip at busy points, / Secure all ladders, tighten bolted joints;” — work that’s not spent on the edifice itself but supports the greater work to come. Their care only pays off “when the job’s done,” when “all this comes down” to reveal “walls of sure and solid stone.”

Gazing out at the Glenariff Forest Park waterfalls almost two years to the day we took photos here before our wedding reception (Sept 2021)

Throughout the course of knowing each other, my husband has told me all sorts of quirky fun facts and great stories and shown me countless pictures (and places in real life) of Northern Ireland. The happiest he ever made me back when we were friends was extending an official invitation to stay with him and see his country in person one bitterly cold January evening when I was nursing a cold a few years ago. Thanks to that firm foundation of communication, trust and respect we established as friends, it turned into the very thing we needed to build our love on and I have been particularly grateful for that experience in the past couple of years.

Getting married almost six months before a global pandemic struck has led to some rocky and unstable times but the one thing I can count on is him and how firm our love for one another is.

It is magical to see him in his home country and it’s something I definitely recommend everyone do whenever they meet an Irish person (friend or otherwise) outside of their habitat. You need to see them in their country – it just gives a whole new perspective on who they are and the way they live. I’m very blessed to have had so many incredible experiences -both wet and dry- in this country so far and I look forward to all the new things I’ll learn both about Northern Ireland and my handsome and incredibly charming Northern Irish husband as time goes on!

When we finally got to go back to the location of our wedding reception in September 2021 after a pretty rough couple of years.

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