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Killarney Dinner
Treasures of Ireland:
Dinner in Killarney
(Dispatch #6)

Story and photos by Tom Weber

undulating pastures of Tipperary

t's a Long Way to Tipperary, an old music hall song penned back in 1912, was made popular by the Connaught Rangers, an Irish regiment assigned to the British Army, who marched to its lyrics while deployed "over there" during World War I.

Sans helmet, rifle, mess kit and backpack, the intrepid "band of merry media" – 18 travel writers and photographers invited by Insight Vacations (Insight) to document a portion of its Treasures of Ireland journey – are now a good bit away from Cashel and its world-famous "Rock of" in Co. Tipperary.

grazing cows at the Golden Vale

Gliding down the N72, our sleek Mercedes motor coach passes through the Golden Vale – the Emerald Isle's prized dairy region, where contented cows graze, butter churns and cheddar ages – slips into Co. Kerry, known for its majestic landscape, and makes its way towards today's final destination: Killarney, the country's most tourist-friendly town.

driver Eugene

Eugene, our pilot (aka The Quiet Man), brings the two-hour scenic cruise to a full stop in front of the Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa, our four-star digs for the next two nights.

Big Mike

Before we hop off the motor coach, Big Mike, our larger-than-life tour director/concierge/ storyteller, informs us that we'll gather down in the lobby at 7:00 for dinner on Insight's euro. He also suggests to the ladies that they won't be out of place in Killarney if they slip into their "little black numbers." The gals giggle, but there's nary a peep from the guys. We already know the drill: "Just come as you are."

a room at the Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa

Given a spacious, top-floor room at the Plaza with a great view of the town, I quickly shower, put on a clean shirt – it's Saturday night after all – dab a bit of cologne on to keep the banshees at bay and head back downstairs.

Like choosing up sides for a hurling match, the "band of merry media" is divided up into three groups of six and sent off down Killarney's High Street to three different restaurants. It's what Insight calls its "dine-around experience."

menu at Treyvaud's

One group scores Italian, another French, and my party of six, along with our Insight "chaperone," gathers around the table at Treyvaud's, an award-winning international kitchen with an Irish twist overseen by brothers Paul (the celebrity chef) and Mark, who just happen to be the sons of Ireland's very first Master Chef, Michel Treyvaud.

French muscat from the Loire Valley and artisan brown bread with butter

Sipping a glass of Les Folies Landiers, a dry, aromatic French muscat from the Loire Valley, and nibbling on homemade artisan brown bread with a healthy spread of Kerrygold butter on top, I make my selections a la carte – there are no fixed menus when traveling with Insight.

I drop a line into the Atlantic and select an all-fish dinner.

Treyvaud's fish cake

For the starter, the house's fabulous fish cakes in a wholegrain mustard and chives garlic aioli. Delightful.

baked Irish salmon in rustic tomato and herbs sauce

For the main, baked Irish salmon in a rustic tomato and herbs sauce. I savor every bite.

lemon posset

And, for dessert a creamy-smooth lemon posset. I cannot tell a lie, I lick the bowl clean.

Insight Vacations brochure

For complete information on Insight's 100+ premium and luxury-escorted journeys around Europe, including the Treasures of Ireland itinerary where superb dining awaits, just click HERE, or call toll free 1-888-680-1241, or contact your travel agent.

See you tomorrow, well past sunrise, when we'll enjoy a relaxed start to yet another fab day on the Emerald Isle that'll begin with a jaunty car ride through postcard-perfect Killarney National Park.

Oíche mhaith (Good night).

Related Articles:
The Rock of Cashel; The Kilkenny Way; A Donnybrook of a Feast; Dublin and the Book of Kells; Treasures of Ireland: Prologue

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Spent time in Sarajevo in the fall of 1973…beer was excellent!

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Hi Tom,

I must say, you're photographs are always amazing. They are top notch. You bring so much class to Traveling Boy. It's photographs like yours that make me want to go out and do my own traveling. Please don't get tired of sending us your amazing adventures. It's such a delight for the soul.

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Hi Tom:

I'm also an American living in Italy. I've read with interest your blog and articles. I'd like to speak with you regarding residency and citizenship for Americans in Italy as you do seem to have a great deal of knowledge on all of these subjects. Would it be possible to give you a call on the phone? If so, please let me know how to reach you. If not, I can ask my questions via email.

Thank you!

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Hey Tom – Wow! Love those photos – they are so super that they make me A) Want to start eating NOW. B) Go there myself. C) See all that pristine beauty that looks so restful and peaceful. Great story, superb pix!!! Bravo!!

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