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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#136 Learning to Speak Irish with Eoin – AUDIO
Mar01

#136 Learning to Speak Irish with Eoin – AUDIO

I must confess; my knowledge of the Irish language tends to be limited to place names and a few simple words like slán (bye) and fir (which means men… as in which door I should enter when I need to use the toilet… for ladies it’s mná). Fortunately, the internet is making learning Irish a bit easier, and Eion from Bitesize Irish Gaelic offers his insights into the Irish languag and teaches us a few handy phrases in...

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Follow in the Footsteps of Irish Saints: Beautiful and “Blessed” Places to Add to Your Ireland Itinerary
Feb24

Follow in the Footsteps of Irish Saints: Beautiful and “Blessed” Places to Add to Your Ireland Itinerary

With over 300 saints directly associated with the island, Ireland earned the title of “the land of saints and scholars.” However from a global perspective, St Patrick maintains celebrity status among Irish saints…after all, he’s the guy who gives the world an excuse to party every March 17th, right? I thought I take a moment to introduce you to a few wonderful places in Ireland that are associated Irish saints:...

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Irish Travel Predictions and Trends for 2014
Dec31

Irish Travel Predictions and Trends for 2014

As we head into 2014, I thought I’d take a moment to highlight a few trends… maybe even make a prediction or two about what the new year holds for those planning a trip to Ireland. The Rise of the Wild West: Failté Ireland has spent the last year polishing up the west coast with a collection of road signs and amenities for its launch of the longest defined coastal driving route IN THE WORLD. They’re calling it the Wild...

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Christmas Dinner Irish Style: Great Holiday Recipes Inspired by Ireland
Dec16

Christmas Dinner Irish Style: Great Holiday Recipes Inspired by Ireland

People like to eat different things at Christmas time, foods that we don’t get the rest of the year. Not that the traditional turkey, ham, and mashed potatoes aren’t welcomed, but often our taste goes international. We at the Irish Fireside of course crave Irish dishes. But no use recommending the dishes we already know about. What about something different? Flavored Mash Adding something to your traditional mashed potatoes can make...

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#133 Fairytale Travel in Ireland with Christa Thompson – AUDIO
Dec13

#133 Fairytale Travel in Ireland with Christa Thompson – AUDIO

#133 Fairytale Travel in Ireland with Christa Thompson The original headless horseman, St Kevin’s hideaway, the remains of St Nick, and the Hellfire Club are among the fairytale treasures from The Fairytale Traveler Christa Thompson. CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON below to listen. Audio Version Audio with Fireside Video Version Photos from Christa’s Trip… . Quotes from this Interview: “A lot of these places are what inspire...

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