Postcard from Ireland: Hook Head Lighthouse
Jul18

Postcard from Ireland: Hook Head Lighthouse

Hook Head Lighthouse is located in County Wexford on the Hook Peninsula.  The tower marks the entrance to Waterford Harbor. On other side of the Harbor is the village of Crooke.  Supposedly, the phrase “by hook or by crook” originated from William Cromwell in the 17th century who was invading Ireland and said that Waterford would fall “by Hook or by Crooke”. Tim — Fort Lauderdale, Florida The Irish Fireside “Postcards from...

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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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Worth Their Salt:  Ireland’s Saltee Islands
Dec05

Worth Their Salt: Ireland’s Saltee Islands

We’re heading to the Saltee Islands on the advice of my mother. I’m home from Australia with my Aussie husband, and she deems it a fitting daytrip for us and my two younger sisters. She’s been there before. Although Great Saltee is Ireland’s largest bird sanctuary, she assures us we won’t need binoculars or an extensive knowledge of ornithology to enjoy it’s many charms. The Saltee Islands lie about 5 km off the southern coast of...

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A Spooky Occurrence in Kilkenny

Claire Nolan is the author of a novel called The Stone, Alice Kytler, the last witch of Ireland, a medieval tale of money, power, witchcraft, family, and death. Claire is originally from Kilkenny, the town where the subject of the book, Dame Alice Kyteler, was born. An infamous figure in her day, Dame Alice was accused of everything from murder, blasphemy, and sorcery. The Stone tells the story of a noble woman who disappeared without...

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Cahir Castle
Sep21

Cahir Castle

Among Ireland’s largest and most memorable castles, Cahir Castle in County Tipperary finds its way to the favorites list of many visitors. Dalene and Peter Heck from www.hecktictravels.com would likely agree. The couple shared this image of Cahir Castle… follow the path and it will take you to the enchanted Swiss Cottage. More photos of Cahir at: www.hecktictravels.com/photos/cahir-castle-cahir-ireland...

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Ancient Sites in County Cork… that Are Not Blarney
Aug30

Ancient Sites in County Cork… that Are Not Blarney

County Cork’s most famous attraction may be a particular castle with a rather famous stone, but Ireland’s largest county holds many ancient sites. Filmaker Mark Long has created a few short films highlighting megalithic sites around Cork. Megaliths: Stone Circle from Mark Long on Vimeo. Drombeg Stone Circle, also known as the Druids Altar is one of Ireland’s most famous Bronze Age monuments. Also present at the site...

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