Postcard from Ireland: Nun in Solitary Prayer at Knock Shrine
Jul24

Postcard from Ireland: Nun in Solitary Prayer at Knock Shrine

  On a recent trip to Ireland, we stopped at the Knock shrine in County Mayo. The site has become a significant pilgrimage site for Irish Catholics. Here is a description of the events that occurred in 1879 taken from a chapel plaque: On 21st August 1879, fifteen people of varying ages witnessed, over a period of two hours, the apparition of Our Lady, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist on the gable of the church. In the...

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Postcard from Ireland: Claregalway Friary
Apr06

Postcard from Ireland: Claregalway Friary

Claregalway is a small town, 10 miles north of Galway city and is home to the ruins of Claregalway friary. The Claregalway Friary is a medieval Franciscan abbey and can be seen from the main road through Claregalway. Today, the abbey buildings and grounds are open to the public free of charge. The burial grounds surrounding the building are maintained and still in use. Submitted by Patrick Dinneen – www.photoblog.ie The Irish Fireside...

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#143 Where Can I Go to Hear Irish Spoken? – AUDIO
Mar10

#143 Where Can I Go to Hear Irish Spoken? – AUDIO

Eoin Ó Conchúir from Bitesize Irish Gaelic steps in to tell us a few spots that are perfect for catching locals using the Irish language… during your trip and before you leave. CLICK FOR SHOW NOTES 00:00 Liam and “Go Mall” in the Gaeltacht region. 01:15 Mary Mulvihill – www.ingeniousireland.ie 01:53 Anne’s question: “Where can I go to hear people speak Irish?” 02:00 Eoin Ó Conchúir from...

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#140 Feeding Your Soul on Clare Island and on Your Trip to Ireland – AUDIO
Jan30

#140 Feeding Your Soul on Clare Island and on Your Trip to Ireland – AUDIO

Carl O’Grady takes some time to talk about the wonders of Clare Island and Corey offers a few tips that will help you take a second look at your travel plans and assure you don’t over extend your itinerary. Have a listen and feel free to read the show notes: CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON below to listen Photos from Clare Island: Sheep on Clare Island Ballytoughey Loom Napoleonic Tower on Clare Island Chocolate Cake from Anna's Cafe on...

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Postcard from Ireland: The Sky Road in Clifden, Co Galway
Oct31

Postcard from Ireland: The Sky Road in Clifden, Co Galway

These photos look back and on to Clifden Bay from a Sky Road High at a pull-off between the Belleek and Fahy townlands. From this position you have a breathtaking panoramic view of Clifden Bay flowing into the Atlantic Ocean and out to the Turbot and Inishturk Islands. That morning the sun was finally breaking through the clouds scattering rays of light throughout the water, meadows and sky almost like watching the painting of a...

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Best Boutique Hostels and Unique Budget Stays Along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way
Aug01

Best Boutique Hostels and Unique Budget Stays Along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

When I suggested we stay in hostels on our Wild Atlantic Way trip, Liam groaned, “I did hostels thirty years ago. I’m waaaaaay beyond the age of traveling like that.” He proceeded to recount tales of waking up to a goat in his room, a bathroom with a clear glass door that didn’t lock, and a blanket covered in creepy-crawlies. I assured him I had vetted the properties on my list and, at the very least, promised clean rooms with no...

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