Inspired by the Lakelands of Fermanagh
Mar28

Inspired by the Lakelands of Fermanagh

Many visitors may have dipped into County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, on a visit to the Belleek Pottery factory, but many people don’t realize taht the waterways of the county offer several different ways to experience the inland county beyond Belleek. To my delight, they’ve put together an excellent website with loads of fantastic information and even some perfectly planned itineraries. www.fermanaghlakelands.com...

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Raising Intercultural Kids
Jan24

Raising Intercultural Kids

We get a lot of requests for tips for traveling with children… and we’re always happy to offer our suggestions (like a visit to www.irelandwithkids.com). In addition to finding amazing places to take your kids, there are many other ways to prepare your children for experiencing new cultures. Our friends Dr. Jessie Voigts and her daughter Lillie Forteau over at www.wanderingeducators.com have written a nice resource guide...

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Best of 2011 from the Irish Fireside
Jan01

Best of 2011 from the Irish Fireside

It was a big year for Ireland. Well-known visitors, a bump in tourism numbers, new travel apps, great deals for travel, and a renewed interest in Irish heritage filled the plus side Rough economic times, an increase in taxes (not for Irish tourism products though), and the passing of Ireland Expert Pat Preston on the negative end. As we look back on the year, we celebrate the many wonderful posts published last year by highlighting...

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Artists Eye: Irish Christmas Market
Dec15

Artists Eye: Irish Christmas Market

2011 Continental Christmas Market by Patrick Dinneen www.photoblog.ie Patrick (Pa) Dinneen hails from Cork but lives in Galway. His photos capture many scenes from around Galway and elsewhere. This image was from the 2011 Continental Christmas Market in Galway’s Eire Square. Be sure to visit Patrick’s website where you can see more gorgeous photos from Ireland and purchase cards and prints of his work. . About...

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Ireland Unveils the Certificate of Irish Heritage
Dec11

Ireland Unveils the Certificate of Irish Heritage

Ireland has launched it’s Certificate of Irish Heritage in an effort to engage with individuals of Irish descent and honor their ancestors. The online application is open to persons who were not born on the island of Ireland who provide supporting documentation connecting them to one or more Irish ancestors. The process is easy to use provided you have a digital copy of your ancestor’s birth certificate, death certificate,...

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Worth Their Salt:  Ireland’s Saltee Islands
Dec05

Worth Their Salt: Ireland’s Saltee Islands

We’re heading to the Saltee Islands on the advice of my mother. I’m home from Australia with my Aussie husband, and she deems it a fitting daytrip for us and my two younger sisters. She’s been there before. Although Great Saltee is Ireland’s largest bird sanctuary, she assures us we won’t need binoculars or an extensive knowledge of ornithology to enjoy it’s many charms. The Saltee Islands lie about 5 km off the southern coast of...

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