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FOR ME, the real Ireland is on the back roads. That’s the green isle I envision when I close my eyes, winding around its rocky coastline on tiny lanes lined with centuries-old stone fences. And that’s exactly what my fellow MatadorU faculty member Candice Walsh and I did this spring on a quest to uncover her Irish heritage.

For nearly two weeks we made our way across the southern coast, bobbing and weaving through tiny hillside towns all the way to County Sligo. What follows is a photo-album-worth of images from the trip.

[Note: Scott and Candice's visit was sponsored by Tourism Ireland.]

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About The Author

Scott Sporleder

Since graduating from San Diego State University, Scott has dedicated 3 months a year to travel and photographing the world's unique cultures. While not on the road, you can visit Scott every summer at the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach. You can also view his travel photography at ScottSporleder.com.

  • Escaping Our Comfort Zone

    stunning

    • Scott Sporleder

      Thanks! It’s a stunning place.

  • Escaping Our Comfort Zone

    stunning

  • Escaping Our Comfort Zone

    stunning

  • Carolyn Hopkins

    B E A U T I F U L.

    • Scott Sporleder

      Thanks Carolyn :)

  • Anna Maria O’Connor

    Beautiful photo journey of my home.

  • Anna Maria O’Connor

    Beautiful photo journey of my home.

  • Udayan Chattopadhyay

    Wow — visiting Ireland is definitely going on my bucket list!

  • Sarah Goldsworthy

    Gorgeous photos

  • Sarah Goldsworthy

    Gorgeous photos

  • Susan Toulson

    Love your photos, brings back so many memories of all my trips “home” to Eire.

  • Cathy McCoy-Morgan

    Lovely pics! We leave Monday for another trip back to Ireland…hope my pics turn put 1/2 as god as yours!

  • annie

    Such a beautiful place! I want to live here ! :)

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