About Michele Erdvig

Michele has done and seen it all in Ireland. Specializing in Ireland for over 40 years, she is one of the foremost Ireland travel experts in the United States. She writes guidebooks and blogs about Ireland, creates custom Ireland itineraries and dispenses free advice on her Ireland Travel Forum. www.IrelandYes.com

Here are my most recent posts

Autumn Giveaway: Irish Hat and Scarf Set – The Colors of Ireland
Oct17

Autumn Giveaway: Irish Hat and Scarf Set – The Colors of Ireland

Kick off the cool, crisp days of Autumn with an Irish Fireside giveaway! The winner will be able to snuggle into a warm, cozy hat and scarf set hand-crocheted by the Crochet Divas.  Done in the colors of Ireland – green, white and orange – the scarf has a whimsical shamrock fringe. The fringe can easily be snipped off if you prefer a plainer scarf. How to Enter: Visit the Crochet Divas’ website and view their items...

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Blasket Islands: A Lost Way of Life
Oct03

Blasket Islands: A Lost Way of Life

Just off the coast of the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry are the scenic Blasket Islands. They poke out of the ocean like the tops of drowned mountains, so close yet so far away. In 1953 the hardy Irish-speaking  islanders left their insular homes to relocate to a more friendly environment. In their books they recorded a poignant lost way of life that seems romantic and sad at the same time. Today their once snug homes are abandoned...

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Ireland 1934
Sep12

Ireland 1934

Many Americans visiting Ireland for the first time have a stereotypical view of what Ireland is. They expect thatched cottages around every bend, sheep dotting the landscape, dancing at the crossroads, rainbows and leprechauns. Although I have yet to meet a leprechaun I have seen plenty of rainbows and sheep. But – alas – thatched cottages are a dying breed and to find them you must go searching or stumble across them. In...

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A Yank in Ireland Remembers September 11, 2001, in Ireland
Sep11

A Yank in Ireland Remembers September 11, 2001, in Ireland

I remember 9-11 differently than a lot of you do. You were at home in the USA watching events unfold on TV. I was far away in Northern Ireland. My husband Barry and I were touring the Ulster History Park – sadly now defunct and closed. It was a gorgeous day with blue skies, fluffy white clouds and crisp weather. The director of the museum gave us a personal tour and then we wandered through the various outdoor exhibits. There were...

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Ireland Freebies!
Jul01

Ireland Freebies!

We love Freebies! Heritage Ireland and the Office of Public Works is offering free admissions to most of their sites on the first Wednesday of each month for the remainder of 2011. The only places not included are Glenveigh Castle, Co. Donegal and Muckross House, Gardens & Farms, Killarney, Co. Kerry. Tourists who plan on doing a lot of sightseeing in Ireland should think about buying a Heritage Pass. It will save money in...

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