The Women who made Aran Sweaters
Feb22

The Women who made Aran Sweaters

Ireland has always had a long tradition of knitting and to this day it still is a very popular pass time however, no one could knit an Irish Sweater like the women of the Aran Islands. The women of the Island’s invented and first designed the traditional Aran Sweater. It was their passion. Without the Aran women’s passion for knitting we would not have today’s remarkable Aran Sweater. The women of Aran prided themselves on their...

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Ireland’s Best: Destinations to Watch
Jan13

Ireland’s Best: Destinations to Watch

Irish tourism comes into the year on an extremely high note. 2015 was the best on record for visitor numbers, currencies continue to stand strong against the euro and sterling, more flights are connecting Ireland to more places, the country hasn’t tarnished its reputation for hospitality, and security-concerned travelers still view Ireland as one of the Europe’s safest. Those attributes make Ireland a great place to visit...

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Traditional Textile Crafts of Ireland
Jan03

Traditional Textile Crafts of Ireland

The Aran sweaters, Irish lace, woven tweeds, and fine linen stand out among Ireland’s unique history of textiles. The traditions go back generations, and the craftsmanship remains today. Our friends at www.murphyofireland.com put together this informative, interactive story map to show the roots of Ireland’s best-loved textiles. You can view the full-screen version...

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Tips to Upgrade Your Holidays
Dec18

Tips to Upgrade Your Holidays

Christmas is coming and I thought you deserved an upgrade. No I can’t slip you into First Class on your next flight, but I can make a few suggestions to treat yourself and your family this holiday season. Here are a few ideas… Hot Chocolate Upgrade Perk up your favor  ite winter treat with a bit of Irish Mist. This decadent recipe comes from a friend of ours. — Bit’s Irish Kiss Egg Nog Upgrade Add an Irish...

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Enchanted by Irish Thatch
Dec15

Enchanted by Irish Thatch

There’s something irresistible about a thatched cottage in Ireland. One can hardly resist stopping the car to snap a photo after spotting one of the country’s iconic natural-roofed homes. I spent many nights dreaming of thatching my own cottage in County Tipperary… even though the application would be a complete historical inaccuracy… and probably financially impossible. It made for a charming fantasy though,...

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Finding Our Creative Centers in Ireland
Nov02

Finding Our Creative Centers in Ireland

— Submitted by Yvonne Higgins Leach My life partner Ed and I attended our first artist residency – he as a photographer, and I as a poet – in West Cork at a beautiful manor house on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork during early October, 2015. The residency is called Anam Cara and is run by owner and wonderful host Sue Booth-Forbes (www.anamcararetreat.com). By sharing meals with Sue and the other visiting artists, we felt an...

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