Choosing the Right Irish Airport
Nov22

Choosing the Right Irish Airport

Most people outside of Ireland are familiar with only one of Ireland’s airports — the country’s largest in Dublin. However, there are other options that may suit a traveler’s needs. Let me take a moment to introduce you to them and offer a few “insider tips.” DUBLIN Ireland’s capital city hosts the country’s largest airport. Dublin Airport offers the most flights to and from the greatest...

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I Flew RyanAir, and I Almost Liked It
Oct25

I Flew RyanAir, and I Almost Liked It

What it’s really like to fly on a €10 flight from Ireland. After typing in dates for a flight from Shannon – Ireland’s west coast airport – to London, my computer search churned out an insanely broad range of flight options. Several came in at around €130 ($140), loads more were over €200 ($217), and more than half the results came in at over €2,000 ($2,178). The offer that garnered my attention came from RyanAir. They...

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Postcard from Ireland: Curraghmore House
Sep14

Postcard from Ireland: Curraghmore House

Curraghmore House, Portlaw, County Waterford. If you look closely, you’ll spot the top LePoer Tower in the upper left side of the photo… which was featured in Episode #23. Submitted by AJ...

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Introducing Some of the Best Irish Travel Blog Nominees
Aug22

Introducing Some of the Best Irish Travel Blog Nominees

It’s awards season for the blogging community in Ireland, and voting has opened in the the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards. In all honesty, awards like these aren’t always perfect at highlighting the best blogs; but with a bit of online exploring, they offer a way to discover some great bloggers. You might remember the Irish Fireside won the the Best Blog of the Diaspora when the category was introduced a few years ago....

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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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