Fam Squad

Posted By: Madison Ward
Posted On: April 25th, 2017

The time has finally come, the highly anticipated arrival of my favorite people in the whole world: the Wards. We haven’t been reunited since Christmas, and lets be real…that is WAY too long. I practically knocked them all over when they came through the terminal gates. The best part of being with family, is that it does not take long for all of your laughs and inside jokes to start coming out.

It was so cool that I got to share my journey of the past year with them, to share my mom and brothers first international experience, and to share my dad’s blast from the past trip.

  1. started our journey off by playing Ed Sheeran’s new album in the Audi that we rented, driving to the center of Dublin. First, stop at a traditional Irish pub to order Guinness’s, cider and Irish stew. We then made our way through stopping at every possible donut shop, the most beautiful garden filled with tulips, and my favorite part: catching up on each other’s lives.

We then started north, stopping in Gormanston to catch out where my dad had coached summers ago, and the amazing “secret bush” formation that is straight out of the Lord of the Rings. Staying in the same movie genre we did a Game of Thrones tour that was led by an extra from the show. No, we did not get to see John Snow in person, but I got to walk on the “Kings Road”…so I consider myself pretty much as extra too J

The Carrick-A-Rede read Bridge got the best of us, and the Giants Causeway was even more spectacular that we could have imagined. Moving our way down through Galway (a day after Ed shot his music video), we got to walk through the busy streets, and it honestly made me wish I was a Galway Girl. Our second to last stop was is Limerick to meet up with my dad’s old teammates from when he played here in the 1980’s. It was so amazing to see them chat like no time has passed, and I hope that one day I can bring my family to meet my Brunell family!

Last but not least: Cork, my favorite place of course!! It was so awesome to show them around the Cork streets, and take them to the English Market. They got to visit CIT, and of course kissed the Blarney stone.

Needless to say I sent them home exhausted, but knowing that I would see them in a month kept us from crying too much…there were still some tears! I couldn’t have asked for a better trip with my family, and I can’t to bring them back and one day bring my family!!


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