On the way home, we enjoyed a long visit at Blarney Castle despite some serious rain.
And yes, we both kissed the Blarney Stone.
Hopefully the promised gift of eloquence will materialize shortly; Lauren's first words after kissing the stone were "Oh yeah, definitely worth thirty bucks!" So I don't think the effect is immediate.
After Blarney, we drove back to Dublin, managed logistics around the rental car and the airport hotel, and turned in early to prepare for our morning flight to Reykjavik
Ireland was everything we'd been hoping and more, and we were excited to see what was in store for us in Iceland.