A Day Along the Shannon Estuary
Sep16

A Day Along the Shannon Estuary

A journey to Ireland’s “prettiest village” leads to gardens, ruins, the discovery of Irish coffee, dolphin watching, and Europe’s first international airport.   Mummy, look,” announced the little girl stretching her hand across the railing next to me. I followed her finger to the splashing water about a quarter mile away. From the upper deck of the car ferry, I could see dolphins skimming the surface of the Shannon Estuary. As...

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Artists Eye: The Fairy Rath

The Fairy Rath by John O’Grady – www.johnogradypaintings.com John O’Grady is an Irish artist living and working in France. He paints his Irish landscapes from memory and they represent the places, times, and moods experienced whilst living there. When describing this acrylic on board, John says, “The Fairy Rath holds a special place even now in Irish country traditions, a particular tree or trees around the...

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On the Trail of a Lesser Known Irish Saint

Following the Pilgrims   According to A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland by Samuel Lewis, 1837, Cranfield Point on the banks of Lough Neagh in County Antrim was the site of pilgrimage this time of year. There lies the remains of a 13th-century church, described by Lewis as “a noble pile of ruins.” And nearby a holy well said to be blessed with the healing powers of St. Olcan. This saint may not be well known today, but St....

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#126 Liam and the Old Souls of Ireland – AUDIO
May09

#126 Liam and the Old Souls of Ireland – AUDIO

Episode Guide – Podcast #126 Liam and the Old Souls of Ireland In this episode Liam talks about Irish story telling and the old souls that bring tales to life as part of the launch of Gavin Greer’s free ebook “Ireland: A Gathering of Stories” – Including a story from his neighbor Katie Madden. CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON below to listen. Our Podcasts are available on iTunes – here’s our link for...

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Titanic Belfast
Mar31

Titanic Belfast

“She was fine when she left here.” Indeed, the largest “unsinkable” ship in the world was A-OK when she departed on her maiden voyage fresh from the Belfast shipyards of Harland and Wolff. What happened then became legend. Titanic Belfast traces the doomed ship from conception to building, christening to departure, sinking to myth and everything in between. Is it worth going out of your way to see? Click for...

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History of Ireland in 100 Objects: FREE Download
Mar23

History of Ireland in 100 Objects: FREE Download

  Whether it’s distinct stone tools that mark technical advancement; carefully crafted gold torcs; a washing machine which became a symbol of Irish feminism; a computer microprocessor that foreshadowed the Celtic Tiger boom; or a white hankerchief waved on Bloody Sunday, objects help tell the story of Irish history. “A History of Ireland in 100 Objects” teaches us about the people who lived on the Emerald Isle...

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