On the Trail of a Lesser Known Irish Saint

Following the Pilgrims   According to A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland by Samuel Lewis, 1837, Cranfield Point on the banks of Lough Neagh in County Antrim was the site of pilgrimage this time of year. There lies the remains of a 13th-century church, described by Lewis as “a noble pile of ruins.” And nearby a holy well said to be blessed with the healing powers of St. Olcan. This saint may not be well known today, but St....

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In Search of the Mythical, Magical, Mystical in Ireland
Jun19

In Search of the Mythical, Magical, Mystical in Ireland

Longtime friend of the Irish Fireside, Christy Jackson Nicholas has just published a new book for those who feel drawn to the more “enchanted” side of the Emerald Isle. “Ireland: Mythical, Magical, Mystical – A Guide to Hidden Ireland” focuses on the appeal of legends and folklore combined with history and practical information. Christy beckons… “Do you find yourself drawn to the magic of the...

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A Visit to Nenagh Castle
Jul03

A Visit to Nenagh Castle

For nearly 20 years, I’ve looked up at the grey stone remnants of Nenagh Castle and dreamed of the day I could wander around the chambers and climb to the very top. From the cylindrical keep, I envisioned gazing out over the town and soaking up the North Tipperary scenery. Well, that dream has come true… Full Access to the Castle It’s taken about 800 years, but Nenagh’s impressive castle has finally opened to...

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Artist’s Eye: Stone Row
Apr21

Artist’s Eye: Stone Row

Eightercua/Íochtar Cua, Stone Row/Sraith Ghallán, Kerry by JG O’Donoghue –  www.jgodonoghue.com This row of standing stones from County Kerry was captured with pen and ink by Cork artist JG Donoghue. He shares his interest in ancient Ireland on his blog and Etsy store where you can learn a bit about the unique locations and find out more about his work. . About Artist’s Eye on Ireland In this feature, we highlight...

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Lonely Planet Dublin Guide FREE for St Patrick’s Day
Mar15

Lonely Planet Dublin Guide FREE for St Patrick’s Day

Lonely Planet is getting into the St Patrick’s Day spirit by offering a version of their Dublin City Guide for FREE with their Guides, Phrasebooks, and Maps App. The offer runs in the iTunes store until until 11:59 pm PST on March 17. Since we have a really slooooow internet connection today, we didn’t get to download the app to confirm Dublin is in there. If you download, be sure to report back. Visit the iTunes Link Now...

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Tour a Part of Ireland’s Sacred Past: Follow the St. Patrick Trail
Mar15

Tour a Part of Ireland’s Sacred Past: Follow the St. Patrick Trail

Amid all the celebrations, shamrocks, and green beer it’s easy to forget that St. Patrick was a real man. In Northern Ireland you can easily follow St. Patrick’s footsteps. It’s all marked out for you in a 92-mile drive with 15 key sites. Or, you can just hit some of the highlights. When driving in Northern Ireland you might see these signs marking the trail.   Find the Trail in Downpatrick Downpatrick, County...

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