Best Boutique Hostels and Unique Budget Stays Along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way
Aug01

Best Boutique Hostels and Unique Budget Stays Along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

When I suggested we stay in hostels on our Wild Atlantic Way trip, Liam groaned, “I did hostels thirty years ago. I’m waaaaaay beyond the age of traveling like that.” He proceeded to recount tales of waking up to a goat in his room, a bathroom with a clear glass door that didn’t lock, and a blanket covered in creepy-crawlies. I assured him I had vetted the properties on my list and, at the very least, promised clean rooms with no...

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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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Postcard from Ireland: Horse on Inish Née, County Galway
May14

Postcard from Ireland: Horse on Inish Née, County Galway

Sending this shot taken during our Irish travels in 2010. We were staying in a lovely whitewashed cottage on the island of Inish Née, near Roundstone.  We were rewarded for rising early to walk the lane with some breathtaking pictures of the island, water, and mountains coming alive. Looking forward to trip number 14 in July….. So much more beauty to be seen!! Suzette – Cincinnati, Ohio The Irish Fireside “Postcards from...

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Connecting with Your Irish Heritage – The Wild Geese
Apr30

Connecting with Your Irish Heritage –
The Wild Geese

For centuries the Irish have dispersed many of their best and brightest to far away lands. Few countries have such an expansive history of emigration… and this tendency continues even today. As a result, Irish traditions have developed that relate specifically to this legacy, such as the Irish wake (which is a special farewell for someone who is living rather than dead) and the greeting “How long you home for?”...

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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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