Postcard from Ireland: Hook Head Lighthouse
Jul18

Postcard from Ireland: Hook Head Lighthouse

Hook Head Lighthouse is located in County Wexford on the Hook Peninsula.  The tower marks the entrance to Waterford Harbor. On other side of the Harbor is the village of Crooke.  Supposedly, the phrase “by hook or by crook” originated from William Cromwell in the 17th century who was invading Ireland and said that Waterford would fall “by Hook or by Crooke”. Tim — Fort Lauderdale, Florida The Irish Fireside “Postcards from...

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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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Highlights of the Wild Atlantic Way
Jun13

Highlights of the Wild Atlantic Way

You may have heard about Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way… the world’s longest defined coastal driving route. It’s quite spectacular and the folks at the Dunloe Hotel put together a little infographic that I thought did a nice job of featuring some of the highlights along the route. Enjoy this post?If so, join our list of e-newsletter subscribers. You’ll receive our favorite news stories on Irish travel and...

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Postcard from Ireland: Monasterboice
May23

Postcard from Ireland: Monasterboice

  North of Drogheda is the early Christian settlement of Monastboice. The round tower is 35m (114.9ft) high. This place is most famous for it’s 3 high crosses, with Muiredach’s High Cross the most intact and possibly the finest high cross in Ireland. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muiredach%27s_High_Cross We stopped by one afternoon while in the area for a picnic in the carpark and a poke around the cemetery/monastic...

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Postcard from Ireland: Connemara
May21

Postcard from Ireland: Connemara

Stopped roadside from Clifden to Oughterard on the N59 to snap this beautiful island. I’m sure it has a name but I do not recall it now (if I ever did) as this photo was taken in 2010. Anyway, I’m pretty sure those are the Twelve Pins in the background. It’s such an amzing place, Connemara. Wendy — Santee, California The Irish Fireside “Postcards from Ireland” series invites readers to submit their memorable...

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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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