Serendipity on Tap: A Wedding Anniversary in Ireland that Was Meant to Be
Jun10

Serendipity on Tap: A Wedding Anniversary in Ireland that Was Meant to Be

This, I thought as we stepped into the quiet pub in Adare, County Limerick, must be a sign. Of the only five patrons, four wore charcoal tails, with bow-ties untied, and sat in a semi-circle anchored at the bar. The eldest among this group, a dignified-looking older man with a sharp part in his grey hair, stiffly nursed his pint. The others, much younger, squirmed like students starting an exam they didn’t study for. They...

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Ireland in Bloom
Jun01

Ireland in Bloom

This weekend Dublin hosts Ireland’s biggest gardening event called BLOOM IN THE PARK. As much as I would love to be there, I won’t be arriving for a few more weeks, so I poked around for garden festivals going on this summer. Tralee Garden Festival www.holidaytralee.com/garden_festival.html 15 June – 17 June Galway Garden Festival www.galwaygardenfestival.com 14 July – 15 July Carlow Garden Festival...

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Artist’s Eye: Stone Row
Apr21

Artist’s Eye: Stone Row

Eightercua/Íochtar Cua, Stone Row/Sraith Ghallán, Kerry by JG O’Donoghue –  www.jgodonoghue.com This row of standing stones from County Kerry was captured with pen and ink by Cork artist JG Donoghue. He shares his interest in ancient Ireland on his blog and Etsy store where you can learn a bit about the unique locations and find out more about his work. . About Artist’s Eye on Ireland In this feature, we highlight...

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Getting Creative in Ireland
Mar30

Getting Creative in Ireland

For anyone with a creative bent, there’s nothing like a trip to Ireland to get those creative juices flowing. We came upon The Art Hand in County Waterford when our friend Ruby Clover was invited to teach a course there (her 3-day session on making waaaaay cool collage boxes will be held July 4-6th). If you’re looking for an artistic endeavor to add to your itinerary, take a look at their offerings. This season’s...

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A Delightful Chat About Ireland’s Ring of Kerry – AUDIO
Nov26

A Delightful Chat About Ireland’s Ring of Kerry – AUDIO

There’s no shortage of information about County Kerry, Ireland, but I couldn’t help feeling enchanted by the place hearing Jessie Voigts talk about Ireland’s most famous corner on The Amateur Traveler Podcast. Gotta admit, Jessie’s giggle is contagious, and she was was quite honest about the Kingdom County’s abundance of tourists while still showcasing its appeal. Yes, it’s got a lot of tourists....

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Blasket Islands: A Lost Way of Life
Oct03

Blasket Islands: A Lost Way of Life

Just off the coast of the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry are the scenic Blasket Islands. They poke out of the ocean like the tops of drowned mountains, so close yet so far away. In 1953 the hardy Irish-speaking  islanders left their insular homes to relocate to a more friendly environment. In their books they recorded a poignant lost way of life that seems romantic and sad at the same time. Today their once snug homes are abandoned...

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