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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#146 What Is Tax Free and Duty Free Shopping in Ireland? — AUDIO
Sep14

#146 What Is Tax Free and Duty Free Shopping in Ireland? — AUDIO

Michele Erdvig sheds some light on a topic that can save tourists some serious cash on their purchases in Ireland. CLICK for Show Notes 00:00 Liam and the whiskey lady at Shannon Airport Duty Free 01:20 The world’s first airport Duty Free shopping started at Shannon Airport in County Clare in 1947. 01:56 What is Duty Free shopping? How do I shop tax-free in Ireland? What is tax-free shopping? Blogpost...

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Consider This Your “Nudge” to Plan a Trip to Ireland
Aug18

Consider This Your “Nudge” to Plan a Trip to Ireland

  Last week, I sent a e-mail to our e-newsletter subscribers. At the time, I had a message to get out, but it didn’t feel like the right thing to post on our blog… but based on the responses, now it seems like it’s exactly what needs to appear in this spot.   Greetings, I’m feeling a hint of jetlag as I write this, but the buzz from reflecting on my travels around Ireland has been energizing my sleepy...

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