Q&A: What are the benefits and pitfalls of a self-drive tour of Ireland?
Feb22

Q&A: What are the benefits and pitfalls of a self-drive tour of Ireland?

My son and I are in the planning stages of a 15-day visit to Ireland. We decided we are not interested in the canned tours and want to strike out and see the countryside on our own. Could you point out some of the benefits and pitfalls of trying to do tours on our own? Your sage advice would be well received. — Tom Driving around Ireland on your own will definitely give you and your son a chance to see what you want, when you...

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Q&A: How Much of a Tip Should I Leave in Ireland?
Feb17

Q&A: How Much of a Tip Should I Leave in Ireland?

I’m an American, and I’m unsure of what is expected in terms of tipping waiters, waitresses, bartenders, taxi drivers, etc. in Ireland. — Barbara Tipping in Ireland is truly at your discretion and intended to show your appreciation for good service… which differs a bit from the US where many workers, especially wait staff, rely primarily on tips for their income. Irish servers earn a wage comparable to other...

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Best Genealogy Websites for Finding Your Irish Roots
Feb13

Best Genealogy Websites for Finding Your Irish Roots

An increasing number of questions have been coming in from readers looking to trace their Irish roots. To help point everyone in the right direction, I called on my friend Megan Smolenyak to suggest her favorite online resources. You may recognize Megan from Episode #113 of our podcast, her genealogy books “Who Do You Think You Are?” and “America, Your Roots Are Showing,” her appearances on the television...

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The History and Symbolism of the Celtic Cross
Feb03

The History and Symbolism of the Celtic Cross

Celtic Crosses dot hundreds of cemeteries across Ireland and Scotland, as well as Wales, England, Europe, and beyond. Few symbols are as recognizable as the Celtic Cross as the embodiment of Celtic Christianity. It is popularly believed that St. Patrick introduced the Celtic Cross in Ireland, during his conversion of the kings from paganism to Christianity. Some also believe it was St. Columba or St. Declan who introduced it. Other...

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Q&A: What are the rules for traveling to Ireland with medications?
Feb02

Q&A: What are the rules for traveling to Ireland with medications?

What are the rules for traveling to Ireland with medications? My husband takes prescription pills for his blood pressure, and I take Ibuprofen several times a day. Do I take this in my carryon? Should I wait and buy Ibuprofen when I get to Ireland? Is it even available there? –Angie — Indio, CA I recommend placing all your medications in your carryon in its original packaging. For prescriptions, that means it should have...

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#140 Feeding Your Soul on Clare Island and on Your Trip to Ireland – AUDIO
Jan30

#140 Feeding Your Soul on Clare Island and on Your Trip to Ireland – AUDIO

Carl O’Grady takes some time to talk about the wonders of Clare Island and Corey offers a few tips that will help you take a second look at your travel plans and assure you don’t over extend your itinerary. Have a listen and feel free to read the show notes: CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON below to listen Photos from Clare Island: Sheep on Clare Island Ballytoughey Loom Napoleonic Tower on Clare Island Chocolate Cake from Anna's Cafe on...

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