Ireland’s Best: Destinations to Watch
Jan13

Ireland’s Best: Destinations to Watch

Irish tourism comes into the year on an extremely high note. 2015 was the best on record for visitor numbers, currencies continue to stand strong against the euro and sterling, more flights are connecting Ireland to more places, the country hasn’t tarnished its reputation for hospitality, and security-concerned travelers still view Ireland as one of the Europe’s safest. Those attributes make Ireland a great place to visit...

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Traditional Textile Crafts of Ireland
Jan03

Traditional Textile Crafts of Ireland

The Aran sweaters, Irish lace, woven tweeds, and fine linen stand out among Ireland’s unique history of textiles. The traditions go back generations, and the craftsmanship remains today. Our friends at www.murphyofireland.com put together this informative, interactive story map to show the roots of Ireland’s best-loved textiles. You can view the full-screen version...

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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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#147 What Sites Can I See Outside of Dublin Without a Car? – Featuring Pól Ó Conghaile – AUDIO
Nov04

#147 What Sites Can I See Outside of Dublin Without a Car? – Featuring Pól Ó Conghaile – AUDIO

Pól Ó Conghaile answers Terry’s question about seeing sites outside of the Capital without renting a car. CLICK FOR SHOW NOTES 00:00 Liam talks about Drogheda and Oliver Plunkett’s Head 01:15 Terry asks, “We’ll be in Dublin this September, and want to strike out and see some other parts of Ireland, but we won’t be renting a car. Where should we go and how should we get there?” 01:30 Pól Ó Conghaile –...

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Finding Our Creative Centers in Ireland
Nov02

Finding Our Creative Centers in Ireland

— Submitted by Yvonne Higgins Leach My life partner Ed and I attended our first artist residency – he as a photographer, and I as a poet – in West Cork at a beautiful manor house on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork during early October, 2015. The residency is called Anam Cara and is run by owner and wonderful host Sue Booth-Forbes (www.anamcararetreat.com). By sharing meals with Sue and the other visiting artists, we felt an...

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A Marriage of Classic and Contemporary Irish Music: Gregory Harrington on Violin
Oct29

A Marriage of Classic and Contemporary Irish Music: Gregory Harrington on Violin

  Although he’s played his violin with many of the world’s most-notable classical musicians, you might not have heard of Gregory Harrington before today. His pedigree places him firmly as Ireland’s premier classical violinist, but it’s his crossover appeal that will win over fans of contemporary and traditional Irish music. In this clip, he plays U2’s “With or Without You” accompanied by...

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