Postcard from Ireland: Howth and Croke Park
Jul29

Postcard from Ireland: Howth and Croke Park

The first photo is of me & my two sons Sean and Tom at Deer Park Golf Course in Howth.  That’s Howth Castle and the Eye of Ireland in the background.  We were in Dublin for the 2012 matchup between Notre Dame & Navy on September 1st but managed to get in a few rounds of golf prior to the game at Aviva Stadium.  For the golf, we played Lahinch in the west and Portmarnock Links and Deer Park in the Dublin area. We stayed...

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Postcard From Ireland: Castlewellan Castle
Jun29

Postcard From Ireland: Castlewellan Castle

  Built by the 4th Earl Annesly in the Scottish Baronial style in 1856 Castlewellan Castle  is located in a large  forest park and is framed by the Mountains of Mourne.  Below the castle is a scenic lake. The estate includes the lovely, walled Annesly Gardens. The castle is currently used as a Christian Conference Center. Forest walks, a three-acre peace maze, ponds and fishing on the lake make it a center of activity for the...

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Barack Obama Plaza? The Curious Tale of How an Irish Rest Stop Was Named After a US President
Jun09

Barack Obama Plaza? The Curious Tale of How an Irish Rest Stop Was Named After a US President

Cruising down the motorway between Dublin and Limerick, I am reminded of the building boom that overtook Ireland during the Celtic Tiger years. Before the millennium, a wide divided highway like this simply did not exist in Ireland. Somewhere near Kildare, the stand of modern industrial parks and high embankment walls lining the road give way to views of the Irish countryside. The scene beyond the highway presents an idyllic...

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Postcard from Ireland: Finding Irish Family Roots in County Laois
May21

Postcard from Ireland: Finding Irish Family Roots in County Laois

Here are my postcard photos of Roundwood House which was originally built by my 8th Great Grandfather in about the 1670s.  The long low house was the original dwelling built by the “Dublin Merchant” and Quaker Anthony Sharp.  Anthony was a business associate of William Penn and owned a large portion of the state of New Jersey as one of the original purchasers of land there.  He sent his nephew Thomas Sharp and his son...

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Postcard from Ireland: Birds of Prey
May17

Postcard from Ireland: Birds of Prey

After a walking tour of the Burren in County Clare, we decided to stop into the Birds of Prey Centre. I have visited Aillwee Cave on several occasions but never the Bird Centre. I t was very educational and interesting to see all the different type of raptors – most in their cages but the flying display was a not-to-be missed event. We sat through the entire thing despite a good rain at one point in the demonstration. I took...

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Postcard from Ireland: Bee on the Aran Islands
May12

Postcard from Ireland: Bee on the Aran Islands

This bitty bee photo-bombed my picture of the Aran Islands, and has been my pride and joy ever since! This was the most clear, beautiful day I could ever have hoped for. We felt so lucky to have a day like that in the middle of September (and so grateful for our timing, because the next day it was raining sideways). My husband and I walked up and down the Cliffs of Moher, loving the sun and the sea and the cattle not more than 20 feet...

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