2011 Emerald Awards
Jun25

2011 Emerald Awards

Every year I present awards for the “best of the best” in Ireland. From lodgings to restaurants to pubs. I am extremely particular about places that I personally recommend. Even more so for those receiving an award. For 2011 I am pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 Emerald Awards. Congratulations to all the winners! Hotel of the Year: Kilronan Castle in Ballyfarnon, Co. Roscommon Guesthouse of the Year:...

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Q & A: Where Can I Hear Irish Spoken?
May22

Q & A: Where Can I Hear Irish Spoken?

  To answer this week’s question, I called on an expert. Mo chara (that’s irish for “my friend”) Eoin from Bitesize Irish Gaelic jumped at the chance to share some tips about the speaking the Irish language.   Where Can I Go to Hear Real Irish Spoken? – Anne Marie Sparks via Facebook Irish Gaelic (or simply, ‘Irish’) is the native language of Ireland. If you’re planning a...

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#116 Rural Ireland Chat with Ella McSweeney – AUDIO
May04

#116 Rural Ireland Chat with Ella McSweeney – AUDIO

Episode Guide – Podcast #116 Rural Ireland Chat with Ella McSweeney Ella McSweeney tells about some of the interesting people and traditions she’s encountered on her travels around Ireland for her radio and television programs. CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON below to listen. Our Podcasts are availble on iTunes – here’s our link for Techies Show Notes: 00:00 Intro Fields of Gold by Anne Roos –...

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Thin Places in Ireland
Apr24

Thin Places in Ireland

Ireland is loaded with “Thin Places,” and Mindie Burgoyne put together this video loaded with some of her favorites set to a tune from Anne Roos. You can listen to our interview with Mindie in Podcast Episode #115. Enjoy this post?If so, join our list of e-newsletter subscribers. You’ll receive our favorite news stories on Irish travel and culture delivered to your...

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The Pleasures of Achill Island and Some Valuable Ireland Travel Tips
Oct31

The Pleasures of Achill Island and Some Valuable Ireland Travel Tips

By Judy Arnold After 5 trips to Ireland, choosing something to write about in Ireland is somewhat like choosing which of my grandchildren is my favorite. That said, Achill Island in County Mayo would easily make my list of places where I could spend at least a week and perhaps two. No doubt I never would have heard of it had Michele from www.IrelandYes.com had not given The Bervie B&B a glowing review in her book. Achill Island...

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Turlough Church & Round Tower
Aug20

Turlough Church & Round Tower

Ruined churches like this appear all across Ireland. This one in Turlough, County Mayo, is located very close to the Museum of Country Life. It is believed that St. Patrick founded the church and monastery here and used the nearby holy well for baptisms. Not much is known about the monastery, but in 1351 the Pope settled a dispute over jurisdiction by placing it under the Archbishop of Tuam rather than the Archbishop of Armagh. The...

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