Ireland’s Natural Royalty: the Heritage Trees of Ireland

  There was a time when a mythical squirrel could travel from one end of the country to the other without leaving the oak canopy.   The Ireland of today is better known for its rolling green hillside and dramatic coasts than dense oak forest, but details like this from Aubrey Fennell’s “Heritage Trees of Ireland“ crown the arboriculture as the Emerald Isles “other” natural wonder. This book is...

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Digging Up Dublin’s Wonderful Secrets with Pól Ó Conghaile
Mar16

Digging Up Dublin’s Wonderful Secrets with Pól Ó Conghaile

On my first visit to Dublin, I learned everything I needed to know about the city on the Hop On/Off bus. Yep… St Patrick’s Cathedral, Jameson Whiskey, Trinity College, government buildings, a lap around the zoo, and Guinness… add a stroll down Grafton Street to see the street buskers, and my checklist exceeded my expectations. Plus, the charming bus driver left me well-versed in the nicknames for Dublin public art...

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Eight Websites We’re Thankful For
Nov27

Eight Websites We’re Thankful For

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the US, and it’s a day when Americans reflect on the things for which they’re thankful. This tradition means something different for every family, and at the Irish Fireside it’s a time to look to our favorite web resources and share them with the world. Time Travel Ireland — with its growing archive of distinct places scattered around Ireland, this site combines gorgeous photos with solid...

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In Search of the Mythical, Magical, Mystical in Ireland
Jun19

In Search of the Mythical, Magical, Mystical in Ireland

Longtime friend of the Irish Fireside, Christy Jackson Nicholas has just published a new book for those who feel drawn to the more “enchanted” side of the Emerald Isle. “Ireland: Mythical, Magical, Mystical – A Guide to Hidden Ireland” focuses on the appeal of legends and folklore combined with history and practical information. Christy beckons… “Do you find yourself drawn to the magic of the...

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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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Ireland: A Gathering of Stories FREE Download
May03

Ireland: A Gathering of Stories FREE Download

Our friends over at Awakin Digital Publishing have collected a wonderful series of Irish stories from a variety of interesting people for their Irish in Stories project… including Fra Gunn, Roy Arbuckle, Orla Melling, Liz Weir, and our very own Liam Hughes. The e-book focuses on both the stories and storytellers, and I think you’ll find it an enjoyable read. Download the PDF version for FREE. Enjoy this post?If so, join...

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