Postcard from Ireland: The Causeway Coast
May13

Postcard from Ireland: The Causeway Coast

I loved the Northern coast line! It was beautiful from the small towns like Portrush, with it’s sandy beach and surfers. To the ruins of Dunluce Castle perched on a cliff. And the unique coastline of Giant’s Causeway. It’s hard to pick just one. I only spent one day in the area, but I’m sure could have spent several in this area. Denise – Terre Haute, Indiana The Irish Fireside “Postcards from Ireland”...

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Postcard from Ireland: Kells Priory, County Kilkenny
May12

Postcard from Ireland: Kells Priory, County Kilkenny

In September 2011, we visited Ireland on our honeymoon. Every place we went to was more beautiful than the next and the people in all parts of Ireland were simply amazing. During our travels we had the pleasure of staying at the Lawcus Farm Guesthouse in Kilkenny, Stoneyford Co. The owners, Mark and Anne-Marie Fisher, told us of a Priory that was nearby. We took the short drive from their Bed & Breakfast and came across beautiful...

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Postcard from Ireland: Dingle, Co Kerry
May11

Postcard from Ireland: Dingle, Co Kerry

I think the picture that most says “Ireland” to me is this one, taken in my favorite part of Ireland, the Dingle Peninsula. Forty shades of green, the distant sight of the blue Atlantic ocean, and black-and-white cows. Mountains, whitewashed houses, and rolling fields bordered by stone walls and hedgerows. Bright sunlight on everything, but the grey clouds hint of the rain we’ll soon get – and will soon pass. That’s the Dingle...

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Postcard from Ireland: Loher Stone Fort
May10

Postcard from Ireland: Loher Stone Fort

In County Kerry just off the N70 between Caherdaniel and Waterville, overlooking Ballinskelligs Bay, stands the Loher Stone Fort. Had we not had a local friend for a guide we would never have known it even exists. It can be a bit tricky to locate but if you know what you are looking for it is worth the hunt! We found it much more interesting than Staigue Fort, besides being easier to get to, and free! As you can see, the day was...

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Postcard from Ireland: The Wishing Tree – Killary Harbour, County Galway
May09

Postcard from Ireland: The Wishing Tree – Killary Harbour, County Galway

This is a Wishing Tree in Killary Harbour in Galway’s Connemara that I stumbled across while touring the region. I just love the symbolism of these trees where people for centuries have been tying pieces of ribbons or some other small personal items as an offering to the local saint or goddess in the hope that their dreams and wishes, blessings or solace would be fulfilled. It is so moving to see the flashes of vibrant ribbons and...

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Postcard from Ireland: Stepping on to the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
May08

Postcard from Ireland: Stepping on to the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

I snapped this photo just before I took my first step on the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge in Northern Ireland. I’m not a fan of heights, but it was a long walk from the visitor’s parking lot to the bridge, so I felt compelled to make the crossing. The return trip was actually scarier than the initial crossing because the bridge seemed to bounce more and the rocks below looked more jagged. Fortunately, the weather was great...

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