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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#129 Alternatives to Ireland’s Most Popular Destinations PART 2 – AUDIO
Sep30

#129 Alternatives to Ireland’s Most Popular Destinations PART 2 – AUDIO

#129 Alternatives to Ireland’s Most Popular Destinations In this episode Corey shares our listeners’ picks for alternatives to five more of Ireland’s most popular sites. Then Liam honors Ireland’s Titanic heritage by singing the last song reportedly played on the deck of the Titanic. CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON below to listen. Our Podcasts are available on iTunes – here’s our link for Techies Map of Sites Mentioned...

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Exploring the Magnificent Skellig Islands
Sep23

Exploring the Magnificent Skellig Islands

Submitted by Ross: If you happen to be in the South West of Ireland exploring the history, mountains, lakes, and jagged coastline, then one place has it all, the Skellig Islands. These two small islands situated off the County Kerry coast are as beautiful as they are fascinating. The harshness of the landscape, the steepness of the rocks weren’t enough to deter monks to live there as penance for centuries. The Skellig Islands are just...

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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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