Mellifont Abbey, County Meath
Sep06

Mellifont Abbey, County Meath

Founded in 1142, Mellifont Abbey in County Meath was the first Cistercian Abbey built in Ireland. The remnants of the octagonal lavabo (shown above) are one of the sites most notable features. While you’re planning your itinerary, you may also include the Boyne Valley, Newgrange, Monasterboice, and the town of...

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The Historical Chalices of Tipperary
Jul29

The Historical Chalices of Tipperary

If you ask people what is the oldest manufactured object in daily use in their area, they might not immediately think of the chalices in their local church. But this may well be so, and the story behind each chalice may be interesting in itself. This video from County Tipperary offers a little insight into the a bit of history many wouldn’t think...

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Lough Erne’s Devenish Island
Jul07

Lough Erne’s Devenish Island

Here’s a fascinating look at Devenish Island in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. The segment comes from the British television series Countrywise. FYI – the video is only three minutes long… even if the play guide says it’s...

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Tintern Abbey
Jul01

Tintern Abbey

Mindie Burgoyne writes about the history and inspiration she draws from this County Wexford site. Mindie’s site, Thin Places, focuses on unique places… many in Ireland… where a gentle veil between world’s may exist. Tintern Abbey – the Other Tintern in Ireland...

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You Should Be Here Traveling Ireland
Jun23

You Should Be Here Traveling Ireland

Gotta admit, I’m a sucker for looking at other people’s Ireland travel slideshows… even though some of them can be quite, well, boring. Fortunately, FunTravelGuy.com kept his video slideshow moving swiftly… as you can see, they saw a lot of the major attractions in Ireland. I love the “You Should Be Here” and other comments peppered into the show. And a big gold star for taking good notes on places...

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Sunwise Walking
Jun21

Sunwise Walking

Happy Summer Solstice! Thinking about the sun (and I’m not currently seeing it where I am!) made me think about the ancient Celtic tradition of turning sunwise or deisol, as P. W. Joyce puts it in his A Social History of Ancient Ireland. To be fair, Joyce points out that this tradition was not only practiced by the Celts, but by other ancient people as well (Latins and Greeks.) He says it was just as common among the Christians as it...

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