Postcard from Ireland: Curraghmore House
Sep14

Postcard from Ireland: Curraghmore House

Curraghmore House, Portlaw, County Waterford. If you look closely, you’ll spot the top LePoer Tower in the upper left side of the photo… which was featured in Episode #23. Submitted by AJ...

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Bunratty Castle and Folk Park Gets Worthy Upgrade
Jul20

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park Gets Worthy Upgrade

I first noticed the changes at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park last summer. Every building in the folk park boasted a fresh coat of paint, the furniture and decorations inside the cottages had gone through a deep cleaning that dislodged years and years of dirt, and there was a new cast of characters roaming the streets. It might not seem like much, but the little upgrades enhanced every moment of the visit. Not only were the buildings...

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Celebrating a Hundred Years in Music at Ireland’s National Concert Hall
Mar23

Celebrating a Hundred Years in Music at Ireland’s National Concert Hall

The centenary of the Easter Rising in 1916 is being marked by talks, plays, books, seminars, parades, speeches, art works, and many other ways across Ireland and through its diaspora across the world. In the heart of Dublin City, Ireland’s National Concert Hall is joining in with a series if concerts running from 28 March through 3 April in Dublin, a concert in London on 29 April, and three longer running projects across the year of...

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The Women who made Aran Sweaters
Feb22

The Women who made Aran Sweaters

Ireland has always had a long tradition of knitting and to this day it still is a very popular pass time however, no one could knit an Irish Sweater like the women of the Aran Islands. The women of the Island’s invented and first designed the traditional Aran Sweater. It was their passion. Without the Aran women’s passion for knitting we would not have today’s remarkable Aran Sweater. The women of Aran prided themselves on their...

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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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