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An Irish Inheritance

The Emerald Isle overflows with cross-generational appeal for one family tracing its roots.


Temple Bar and the Devine's at the Cliffs of Moher. (Photo: John and Catherine Devine)

Catherine and John Devine of Norwalk, Conn., were looking for a new travel experience related to their Irish ancestry.

And since their daughter Kimberly was studying at the University of York in England for a semester abroad, a vacation in Ireland just made too much sense.

But a key question loomed: How should the three of them spend time together in the Emerald Isle? AAA travel agent Jennifer Kalotai blazed the trail by doing extensive research to help the Devines tailor a vacation to meet their multi-generational needs.

“Ireland appeals to all ages,” said Catherine. “And from start to finish, Jennifer kept us well informed.”

And so began the family’s nine-day Irish Gold tour with C-I-E Tours International.


Cliffs of Moher.

Even though the spring weather didn’t always cooperate, the Devines made the most of of their time on the tour, shrugging off cold temperatures and rain to trace a rainbow from Dublin to Galway and back again.

“My husband and I particularly enjoyed seeing Clonmacnoise with its Celtic crosses and hearing the history of the settlement,” said Catherine.

But one spot had a special resonance for the Devines: The soaring heights and breathtaking ocean views at the Cliffs of Moher. Not only was the weather beautiful and the scenery breathtaking that day, the Cliffs offered a cinematically inspired moment the family won’t soon forget.

“It’s the site of a scene in one of our favorite family movies – the Cliffs of Insanity from the movie ‘The Princess Bride,'” said Devine. “Standing that high up with the gorgeous blue sky above and the blue waterway below was such a memorable moment for us.”

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