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May 5, 2009

2009 Black Diamond Celebration Recap

MonaVie Black Diamond Executives and above distributors recently came home from another spectacular Black Diamond Celebration—a weeklong visit to majestic Ireland. The many magnificent stops during the trip included the Gap of Dunloe, the Ring of Kerry, the Muckross House and Gardens, and the Cliffs of Moher.

The week began Saturday, April 25, when distributors arrived at The Europe Hotel & Resort in Killarney to enjoy a welcome dinner with the MonaVie Executive Team. Resting by the shore of the largest of Killarney's Lakes, The Europe Hotel & Resort is a striking five-star hotel with a 50,000-square-feet spa that provided distributors with absolute luxury and relaxation.

Sunday morning, distributors traveled by boat as well as horse and carriage to a narrow pass between the Macgillicuddy's Reeks mountain range known as the Gap of Dunloe. Drifting along the River Loe, distributors passed underneath the Wishing Bridge, an arch bridge that is said to grant all wishes made while standing on it. When they reached their destination, distributors admired the beautiful glacial valley and enjoyed a private picnic.

The next day was spent riding along the Ring of Kerry and exploring the Muckross House and Gardens. The Ring of Kerry, one of the most stunning stretches of road in Europe, gave distributors the opportunity to discover many charming Irish villages.

Overlooking Muckross Lake, the Muckross House and Gardens was built in 1843. Today, the house is decorated with classic 19th century furnishings, giving guests a sense for the grounds' original ambiance. The vibrancy of the surrounding gardens added to the edifice's overall beauty and elegance.

Distributors enjoyed their final hours in Killarney surveying the foliage at Killarney National Park and partaking in the town's nightlife. From the Europe Hotel & Resort, distributors were transported to Dromoland Castle, a grand, five-star castle hotel.

As the buses pulled up to Dromoland Castle, a grandiose steed and dozens of regal bloodhounds trotted along the path's entryway, giving the guests a proper horse and hounds welcome. Dromoland Castle, one of the most famous castles in Ireland, has been standing since the 11th century when it was home to the O'Briens, Barons of Inchiquin. Distributors commemorated their stay with dinner and a show, complete with traditional Irish music and dance.

The final attraction on the agenda was the Cliffs of Moher. Extending for eight kilometers over the Atlantic Ocean, the cliffs are accentuated by O'Brien's Tower, which stands on a headland of the cliffs. Looking out at the vast expanse, distributors marveled out how far their MonaVie journeys have truly taken them.

Watch the 2009 Black Diamond Celebration video.
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