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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A Marriage of Classic and Contemporary Irish Music: Gregory Harrington on Violin
Oct29

A Marriage of Classic and Contemporary Irish Music: Gregory Harrington on Violin

  Although he’s played his violin with many of the world’s most-notable classical musicians, you might not have heard of Gregory Harrington before today. His pedigree places him firmly as Ireland’s premier classical violinist, but it’s his crossover appeal that will win over fans of contemporary and traditional Irish music. In this clip, he plays U2’s “With or Without You” accompanied by...

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Ireland’s Most-Haunted Places
Oct16

Ireland’s Most-Haunted Places

The Halloween season has crept up on us again, which is always a great time to look into Ireland’s slightly spooky and seriously sinister spots. The folks over at the Dunloe Hotel in County Kerry have put together a list of their favorite haunted spots… Still want more sites with a dose of haunting or mystery? We’ve got a few on the Ireland Travel...

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Introducing Ireland’s Great China Makers
Aug12

Introducing Ireland’s Great China Makers

As Corey and I prepare the set up at Milwaukee Irish Fest this weekend, we decided to enhance our booth this year with information about some of Ireland’s most popular china makers. While you may have heard of Irish Belleek, you might not be so familiar with the stories of Irish Wade, Royal Tara, Arklow, Nicholas Mosse, and Donegal Parian. Of course we’d love for you to stop by and check things out in Milwaukee, but since...

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Words and Phrases that Have a Different Meaning in Ireland
Mar18

Words and Phrases that Have a Different Meaning in Ireland

My time in Ireland was brief, so I promised my cousin I’d call her on the phone rather than pay her a visit on the evening before my departure. Imagine my horror when I made the phone call as planned, and she immediately asked when I’d be arriving for dinner. Some how, the clear message that I’d “call” was not received… or was it? That was the evening I learned that although we both spoke English,...

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