In Search of Castle Matrix
Jul17

In Search of Castle Matrix

For over a decade, my car rental maps had tempted me with a pink star marking the location of Castle Matrix. It was just a ways outside of Limerick a few miles from Adare. On our way to visit Imen from www.marriedanirishfarmer.com, Liam and I decided to stop. A Hidden Castle We drove from one end of Rathkeale to the other and beyond in search of the landmark. When we clearly went too far, we stopped and asked for directions from a...

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A Visit to Nenagh Castle
Jul03

A Visit to Nenagh Castle

For nearly 20 years, I’ve looked up at the grey stone remnants of Nenagh Castle and dreamed of the day I could wander around the chambers and climb to the very top. From the cylindrical keep, I envisioned gazing out over the town and soaking up the North Tipperary scenery. Well, that dream has come true… Full Access to the Castle It’s taken about 800 years, but Nenagh’s impressive castle has finally opened to...

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4th of July: Ireland Gets in on the Fun
May22

4th of July: Ireland Gets in on the Fun

While St Patrick’s Day has become a moment for the world to be a wee bit Irish for one day a year, it looks like the family-friendly spirit of the 4th of July is getting bigger and taking hold in Ireland. I’ve come across not one, not two, but THREE major celebrations in Ireland this summer. IRISH AMERICA DAY New Ross, Co Wexford The area is home to the ancestors of John F Kennedy and the Dunbrody Famine Ship & Emigration Centre,...

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Parkes Castle and Lough Gill
Feb28

Parkes Castle and Lough Gill

Located 7.5 miles (12km) from Sligo town, Parkes Castle and a driving tour around Lough Gill make for a wonderful day out. The castle offers several rooms to explore, but a visit is made memorable by walking the high walls and taking in the view of the...

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Cliffs of Moher Missing from 7 New Wonders List
Nov11

Cliffs of Moher Missing from 7 New Wonders List

An unexpected early announcement by the New 7 Wonders Foundation of the top ranking 14 candidates in the New 7 Wonders of Nature online global contest were announced today. The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland’s finalist in the global campaign, did not appear in the list and therefore the Cliffs cannot now be named among the New 7 Wonders of Nature. The Cliffs of Moher vote, which had gained significant momentum in the final weeks of the...

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Starlings Over Lough Derg
Nov10

Starlings Over Lough Derg

Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo. A chance encounter and shared moment with one of natures greatest and most fleeting phenomena. In one of nature’s amazing occurances, two British women captured a flock of starlings (known as a murmur) over Lough...

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