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An Irish Inheritance

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

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Cliffs of Moher.

(Photo: MIKROMAN6 / MOMENT / GETTY IMAGES)

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.

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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Temple Bar and the Devines at the Cliffs of Moher.

(Photo:JOHN AND CATHERINE DEVINE)

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