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Bunratty Castle and Folk Park Gets Worthy Upgrade
Jul20

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park Gets Worthy Upgrade

I first noticed the changes at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park last summer. Every building in the folk park boasted a fresh coat of paint, the furniture and decorations inside the cottages had gone through a deep cleaning that dislodged years and years of dirt, and there was a new cast of characters roaming the streets. It might not seem like much, but the little upgrades enhanced every moment of the visit. Not only were the buildings...

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Enchanted by Irish Thatch
Dec15

Enchanted by Irish Thatch

There’s something irresistible about a thatched cottage in Ireland. One can hardly resist stopping the car to snap a photo after spotting one of the country’s iconic natural-roofed homes. I spent many nights dreaming of thatching my own cottage in County Tipperary… even though the application would be a complete historical inaccuracy… and probably financially impossible. It made for a charming fantasy though,...

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Introducing Ireland’s Great China Makers
Aug12

Introducing Ireland’s Great China Makers

As Corey and I prepare the set up at Milwaukee Irish Fest this weekend, we decided to enhance our booth this year with information about some of Ireland’s most popular china makers. While you may have heard of Irish Belleek, you might not be so familiar with the stories of Irish Wade, Royal Tara, Arklow, Nicholas Mosse, and Donegal Parian. Of course we’d love for you to stop by and check things out in Milwaukee, but since...

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Words and Phrases that Have a Different Meaning in Ireland
Mar18

Words and Phrases that Have a Different Meaning in Ireland

My time in Ireland was brief, so I promised my cousin I’d call her on the phone rather than pay her a visit on the evening before my departure. Imagine my horror when I made the phone call as planned, and she immediately asked when I’d be arriving for dinner. Some how, the clear message that I’d “call” was not received… or was it? That was the evening I learned that although we both spoke English,...

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Happy St Patrick’s Day from the People of Ireland… and Liam Neeson
Mar14

Happy St Patrick’s Day from the People of Ireland… and Liam Neeson

https://youtu.be/DXifIS5pBi4 I’d say this St Patrick’s Day message from Tourism Ireland does a pretty good job of putting all of us in the...

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