On the Road In Ireland, Part Two

In my last post I mentioned walkers, cyclists and farmers for whom the time seemed to stand still.

Now I don’t know in which country you were born and raised and in which one you are currently living… As for me, I was born and raised in Germany and I’m living in Ireland for seven years now. But I still shake my head when I bump into certain situations while driving on Ireland’s roads.

In Germany there are sidewalks throughout the villages, towns and big cities. Driving from one village to the other you do not always see sidewalks. However, there are many (cycle) paths next to the roads. It seems, there the roads are not as narrow as they are over here; and most of them would have a median/centre strip, side line and marker posts. By the way, these marker posts are really great. In German they are called “Leitpfosten” (guiding posts). I sure miss these, especially while driving when it is dark.

Today I’ll share some of the pictures we have taken on Ireland’s roads. Let’s see what you’ll think of them:

By the way, don’t be fooled by the white line you see on the road 😉

Here are people walking out and about… On roads where cars are passing by with speeds of up to 80-100km/h (55-65 mph)

These trailer loads… Not sure the drivers would get away with that in Germany. Notice, no number (license) plate on the trailers 🙄

Last but not least we have the Irish livestock crossing the roads…

… here crossing within village limits. But this also happens outside villages, for example on country roads like the R741 between Ballycanew and Gorey. 😉

No matter if cows, tractor trailers carrying loads, pedestrians, cyclists or dog walkers, you will find them everywhere and sometimes where you least expect them to appear. Please drive with extra care, looking ahead and being ready to use your breaks when needed.

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On the Road In Ireland, Part One

This is an old hand crank (winch) close to Hook Lighthouse in Wexford. It reminds us of the ol’ days, doesn’t it? You will find things like this all over Ireland. Some spots on the Emerald Isle are still pretty much left untouched, time stands still there.

What does this have to do with Ireland’s roads?

I’m curious, when and how the Irish people got introduced to driving. It must have gradually happened just like on the mainland: not much traffic on the roads in the beginning. Only a few cars and tractors coming up the road now and then. Walking along the street wasn’t as dangerous as it is now. It seems for some of the walkers, cyclists and farmers the time stood still ever since…

But more on that in the next post. As for today I would like to share this video with you…

… since it inspired me to write this (and the next) post today. Thank you, Sonia, for sharing that on facebook. 😉

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Champ and Colcannon

There is nothing like living in a country and getting to know the people, their culture, their traditions and their food. For a few years I didn’t know what Champ is and how to cook it.

Champ

It’s a common and loved Irish dish. But what exactly is it? Put simply: it’s enhanced potato puree. 🙂 What make the whipped potatoes so good are their special ingredients: warmed up spring onions and heaps of butter.

Ingredients

  • 800-1000g of rooster potatoes
  • bunch of spring onions*
  • 200-250ml milk (for creamier taste use half milk, half cream)
  • 50-75g butter (alternative: use 3 tbsp of olive instead)
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp salt (pepper to taste)

Instructions

  1. Cook, peel, mash potatoes
  2. Wash and chop spring onions
  3. Warm up milk, butter, salt and chopped spring onions. Slowly add to potatoes and mix well.

*Spring onions (scallions) can be substituted for 200-250g cabbage (kale) and then it’s called Colcannon instead. Of course, you can also add more or less butter if you’d like: best to place the butter dish on the table, too. 😉

Talking about Colcannon, here is a video of an old Irish folk song (about this dish) sung by The Black Family (The Late Late Show on RTE One) — Enjoy!

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