Howth

Our second excursion in Ireland was to the seaside village of Howth, a past fishing community with an attraction to tourists. After the hour ride on public transport, the Woodcock Global Honors Fellowship began the trek through the neighboring Dublin suburb. The first detail I noticed was the use of blues, pinks, and yellows alongside stone and shades of beige throughout the buildings. Our first stop was the Howth Market, a small pop-up market full of vendors selling various rings, necklaces, and different kinds of food.

Afterwards, the group ventured to the Howth Cliff Walk, a beautiful hike on Howth Head, a small peninsula off of the main suburban center. The hike offered amazing views towards Dublin, deep blue waters, and beautiful rock and shrub formations. Compared to the Cliffs of Moher, the Howth Cliff Walk was substantially smaller and less busy, yet offered another unique perspective that added to the nostalgic, small-town aesthetic of Howth. Another beautiful day in Ireland made the experience much more enjoyable than yesterday, not to say that the Cliffs of Moher were not also breathtaking.

Howth originally started as a fishing community in Ireland, and was also the source of postage for Dublin in the 19th century. Howth is also home to one of the oldest buildings that is still in-use in Ireland: Howth Castle. The seaside suburb also is the location of the Olympic Council of Ireland, which represents the athletes that participate for Ireland (and North Ireland) for the Olympic games. Howth Head has led to Howth’s development as a tourist attraction, for it provides visitors with a view of the east coast of Ireland, and all of its natural beauty.