Things to do in Ireland for Valentines day – February 14th

Forget the usual bunch of flowers, box of chocolates – how about  celebrating Valentines day in Ireland.  Ireland is full of fairytale romance, with its amazing scenery, cobbled streets, cosy pub fires and castles that hold a lifetime of mythical romances in their old stone walls. Here are a few things to experience that will make your Valentines day unforgettable!

Firstly the man himself – St Valentine in Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church in Dublin.   

Due to it’s location in the heart of Dublin and it’s history, Whitefriar Street Church has become a landmark of the city. It is home to st_valentine_dublin_02Our Lady of Dublin and to the relics of St. Valentine. The church is run by the Irish Province of Carmelites.  This is definitely one where appearances can be deceptive as hidden behind the drab, grey exterior of the church walls lies a beautiful church which stores the remains of Valentinus, patron saint of love.  As you pass through the main entrance of the Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church, on the right hand side lies The Shrine to St Valentine.  The statue above the casket, of St. Valentine dressed in red, was carved in the 1960s by Dublin sculptor Irene Broe (1923 – 1992).
Each year on February 14th and in the days and weeks leading up to Valentine’s day, visitor’s flock to the Carmelite Church on Whitefriar Street in Dublin to visit the shrine of St. Valentine. The shrine consists of an altar, above which stands a life-size statue of St. Valentine. Below the altar lies a casket containing the reliquary, which includes some of the remains of the martyred saint in addition to a vessel with some of his blood. Once a year, on St. Valentine’s feast day, the reliquary is placed before the church’s main altar for special Valentine’s day sermons and a blessing of the rings for those with upcoming weddings.


Get a Claddagh Ring  – THE Irish token of Love!! 

Claddagh Ring

Travel west to Galway and to Thomas Dillon’s the oldest jewellers in Ireland and the original makers of the Claddagh Ring.  Thomas Dillon’s Claddagh Gold was established in 1750 and are situated in Ireland’s west coast capital, Galway city, the birthplace of this truly historic Irish jewelry.

The Claddagh ring is a traditional Irish ring given which represents love, loyalty, and friendship (the hands represent friendship, the heart represents love, and the crown represents loyalty) The design and customs associated with it originated in the Irish fishing village of Claddagh, located just outside the old city walls of Galway, now part of Galway City.



Take a jaunting car around the majestic Lakes of Killarney  Jaunting car

Step back in time and experience Ireland most traditional mode of transport with a jaunting car tour where you can discover the hidden delights of the Killarney National Park.  All the tours operate where no motor traffic is permitted- offering you a unique tour. As you ramble along on your tour you are informed of the history, legends and folklore of the area – with some Irish wit thrown in for good measure!  Retire to one of the many  pubs in Killarney town and enjoy some  traditional music!



Take a Selfie at the Cliffs of Moher !Couple at the cliffs

There is great competition these days to get the best selfie  for Facebook or Twitter so silence everyone and head to the Cliffs of Moher on the West coast  of Ireland!  The Cliffs of Moher are some of Europe’s highest sea cliffs and as you walk along a softly winding lane there suddenly the Atlantic Ocean lies before you.  Or rather beneath you, a vertical drop of around 700 feet making the difference. It is a stunning backdrop which has captured the hearts of millions  and has been the backdrop for the many proposals that have happened over the years.