Postcard from Ireland: The Sky Road in Clifden, Co Galway
Oct31

Postcard from Ireland: The Sky Road in Clifden, Co Galway

These photos look back and on to Clifden Bay from a Sky Road High at a pull-off between the Belleek and Fahy townlands. From this position you have a breathtaking panoramic view of Clifden Bay flowing into the Atlantic Ocean and out to the Turbot and Inishturk Islands. That morning the sun was finally breaking through the clouds scattering rays of light throughout the water, meadows and sky almost like watching the painting of a...

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Postcard from Ireland: Saint Mullins, County Carlow.
Aug01

Postcard from Ireland: Saint Mullins, County Carlow.

This stretch of the River Barrow is steeped in legend and has been settled for millennia. The place name in Irish is Tighe Moling, the House of Moling. Saint Mullins is the location of a monastic site built by St. Moling. He was born in 614 AD and during his lifetime he became a poet, artist and craftsman as well as a priest. Under the patronage of Mae doc ( Aidan ) of Ferns he built his monastery in St. Mullins in the 7th century. He...

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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: 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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