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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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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