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Colin Egglesfield in Ireland

Colin Egglesfield; Johnny Savage

Photos: Johnny Savage (castle, library); Colin Egglesfield

From left: Johnstown Castle in Wexford; Actor Colin Egglesfield with Sammy of Sammy Sinnott's Pub in Duncormick; Trinity College Library Dublin.

My mom was born in a part of Dublin called Ballyfermot. She came to the states when she was 10 years old, but she’s kept her ties to Ireland strong. I first visited the country when I was 2 years old and have since been back several times to see my relatives and explore its amazing culture.

I spend a lot of time in Leixlip when I visit because my closest relatives reside there. The former Viking village on the River Liffey is known as the place where Arthur Guinness brewed his first pint in 1756. It’s also home to The Courtyard Hotel, where on any given night you can hear live music performed by my cousin Bobby and see plenty of impromptu Irish jigs. If the Guinness tastes right, I tend to join in.

O'Connell Bridge. Photo by Johnny Savage.        

When I’m in Dublin, I start with a walk across O’Connell Bridge to the Trinity College Library Dublin. Then it’s time for a pint at the current home of Guinness: the St. James Gate Brewery. A stop off at The Market Bar on Fade Street in City Centre is a must for great food and a cool atmosphere. Be sure to catch a panto at the The Helix while you’re in Dublin as well. Panto is one of the funniest and most entertaining forms of theater I’ve seen, combining traditional fairy tales, pop culture characters and music. My cousin Karl writes and directs them, and they are phenomenally fun to see. 

Next, it’s south to the Wicklow Mountains, specifically Glendalough, a glacial valley with the most majestic views. Farther south sits Wexford, where my lovely cousin Orla lives with her family. There, you’ll find the Johnstown Castle and Kilmore Quay. If you want a taste of authentic Ireland, stop at Sammy Sinnott’s Pub in Duncormick. Sammy, who I believe is in his 80s, runs the place, and he’ll be happy to light a fire, sit with you and expound upon the history of Ireland.

I hope you get the chance to go see and experience the country that I hold so close to my heart. And if you do, tell Sammy I said hi! // 

Actor Colin Egglesfield is a series regular on Lifetime's The Client List and has appeared in films such as Something Borrowed and this month's A Stranger in Paradise.

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