A Day Along the Shannon Estuary
Sep16

A Day Along the Shannon Estuary

A journey to Ireland’s “prettiest village” leads to gardens, ruins, the discovery of Irish coffee, dolphin watching, and Europe’s first international airport.   Mummy, look,” announced the little girl stretching her hand across the railing next to me. I followed her finger to the splashing water about a quarter mile away. From the upper deck of the car ferry, I could see dolphins skimming the surface of the Shannon Estuary. As...

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The Tale of Three Ladies, a Rental Car, and a Pesky Irish Goat
Jan29

The Tale of Three Ladies, a Rental Car, and a Pesky Irish Goat

Here’s a story of an Irish Travel Mishap contributed by Karen Newhouse… My two friends and I had been making yearly trips to see parts of Ireland since I studied there in 2003. In 2009, we were renting a cottage on a family farm on the Finvarra peninsula, County Clare. We used the location as a central point to explore the sites from Limerick to Galway. We soon learned there are unexpected hazards to staying on a working farm. The...

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Artists Eye: Ireland’s West Coast Before Sunset
Jan07

Artists Eye: Ireland’s West Coast Before Sunset

London-based photographer Przemek Czaicki captured this image of the Cliffs of Moher while visiting County Clare. He told us about his unique adventure… Cliffs of Moher by Przemek Czaicki – http://creative-distortion.co.uk/ I was travelling the West Coast of Ireland seeking photographic opportunities. It was a cool adventure, because two of my friends joined me for a few days on this excursion. We got to drive around the...

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The Quiet Man Pub for Sale in Cong, Co Mayo, Ireland
Jan01

The Quiet Man Pub for Sale in Cong, Co Mayo, Ireland

Pat Cohan’s Pub played a starring role in the 1952 classic film The Quiet Man… well, the exterior did anyway. In the village of Cong, the building was actually a shop and did not start serving pints until 2008 when it was remodeled into a pub — complete with a replica of the interior featured in the film. The owners are hoping to sell it for €300,000 (about $396,000)… any takers??? More info:...

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Artists Eye: Heading Into Town
Oct19

Artists Eye: Heading Into Town

Heading Into Town by John O’Grady – www.johnogradypaintings.com John O’Grady is an Irish artist living and working in France. His Irish landscapes represent places, times and moods experienced whilst living there. When describing this oil painting on panel, John says, “The West of Ireland has big open skies, looking out onto the Atlantic. Small villages are dotted across the mountainous landscape and if...

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Poitín: Irish Moonshine – VIDEO
Dec28

Poitín: Irish Moonshine – VIDEO

Irish Moonshine from Richard Bangs on Vimeo. Richard Bangs has a very nice series of Irish segments that are worth a viewing. This one gives us a taste of poitín! It reminds me of this day from our Irish-American Roadtrip… which includes our friend Bit telling us the connection between cowboy music and Irish...

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