5 Tips for Using Dublin Bikes
Oct30

5 Tips for Using Dublin Bikes

  Emily Westbrooks tells us, “One of the best ways to get around Dublin City Centre is on a Dublin Bike. The rental bikes arrived in Dublin last year, and they’re a huge hit!” Emily gives us five excellent tips for a smooth ride at www.fromchinavillage.com/2011/10/dublin-bikes/ Emily Westbrooks is a freelance writer from Maine who now lives in Dublin. She writes daily about her life and travels on her blog, From...

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The Beauty of Ireland’s Weather
Oct20

The Beauty of Ireland’s Weather

It may be unpredictable, but Ireland manages to be beautiful no matter what Mother Nature kicks up. Enjoy this video collection of images from Irish Weather Online.

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Ancient Sites in County Cork… that Are Not Blarney
Aug30

Ancient Sites in County Cork… that Are Not Blarney

County Cork’s most famous attraction may be a particular castle with a rather famous stone, but Ireland’s largest county holds many ancient sites. Filmaker Mark Long has created a few short films highlighting megalithic sites around Cork. Megaliths: Stone Circle from Mark Long on Vimeo. Drombeg Stone Circle, also known as the Druids Altar is one of Ireland’s most famous Bronze Age monuments. Also present at the site...

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Dromana Gate in County Waterford
Aug16

Dromana Gate in County Waterford

I can’t say I’ve ever seen anything described as Hindu-Gothic before finding Dromana Gate. The arched opening covers a little road between Cappoquin and Villerstown in County Waterford. It was built as a temporary wedding present for a popular landlord around 1830, and he and his bride liked it so much, they had a permanent version constructed. Abandoned Ireland has a nice write-up about the site. The gate is near Lismore...

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Life’s a Beach… Inch Strand on the Dingle Peninsula
Aug06

Life’s a Beach… Inch Strand on the Dingle Peninsula

Magnificent Sky from McKay Glasgow on Vimeo. This video brings me back to my first experience driving on an Irish beach. For me, it was at Dungannon on the Hook Head Peninsula in County Wexford. This one was filmed on Inch Strand on the Dingle Peninsula (Corca Dhuibhne in Irish… even if the film-makers say it’s Ventry...

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Hillwalking to the Stone Circle on Kilmacoliver Hill on the Kilkenny and Tipperary Border
Aug01

Hillwalking to the Stone Circle on Kilmacoliver Hill on the Kilkenny and Tipperary Border

Went yesterday to Kilmacoliver Hill, on the Kilkenny, Tipperary border to climb the hill and visit the ancient stone circle and burial chamber up there. There’s a looped walk from the village of Tullahought that is featured at www.trailkilkenny.ie/walking-trails/kilmacoliver-walk/ (which includes GPS info). Fantastic views from up there and the hike is suitable for older children – ours are 11 and 13 and they enjoyed it....

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