Postcard from Ireland: Nun in Solitary Prayer at Knock Shrine
Jul24

Postcard from Ireland: Nun in Solitary Prayer at Knock Shrine

  On a recent trip to Ireland, we stopped at the Knock shrine in County Mayo. The site has become a significant pilgrimage site for Irish Catholics. Here is a description of the events that occurred in 1879 taken from a chapel plaque: On 21st August 1879, fifteen people of varying ages witnessed, over a period of two hours, the apparition of Our Lady, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist on the gable of the church. In the...

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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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Planning an Itinerary that Starts from Shannon Airport
Jul09

Planning an Itinerary that Starts from Shannon Airport

Summer greetings from Ireland where the farmers in our parts are bringing in their second cutting of hay and silage, tourists are mastering roundabouts, and everyone is enjoying the long hours of daylight. Two weeks ago, I hopped across the Irish Sea and spent a few days in London where I was invited to speak to a large group of bloggers. Fortunately, I was able to talk about three topics I know well… e-newsletters, the Shannon...

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Tips for Planning Your Irish Itinerary
Jun17

Tips for Planning Your Irish Itinerary

I’m in charge of the itinerary for our family trip to Ireland, and I’m struggling to figure out how to put together a schedule that let’s us see a lot, but won’t leave us exhausted (and make me crazy trying to plan it). — Nan   When planning a big trip, it’s easy to feel pressured to get it right. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution, but here are a few tips that might help you along the way....

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Everything was going great until we were about the leave the airport…
May12

Everything was going great until we were about the leave the airport…

You know how sometimes you end up doing something foolish; and it’s made worse because it’s going to be costly, and you only have yourself to blame? Last week Liam and I arrived at Shannon Airport, cruised through immigration and customs, collected our luggage, and caught the shuttle to our rental car without a single issue. It wasn’t until we were loading the car that we realized that THREE bottles of Irish whiskey we purchased...

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Could My Perfect Irish Holiday Rental Be a Scam?
Apr21

Could My Perfect Irish Holiday Rental Be a Scam?

My heart sunk when I received an email in February from a reader named Dana… She found the perfect Dublin vacation rental property on VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner), which is part of HomeAway — both are well-known, trusted vacation rental websites. When she inquired, the property manager wrote back with bad news. The townhouse of her dreams was no longer available. However, she was directed to another property listed on a...

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