An Irish Welcome Without Going Too Far from Home
Aug22

An Irish Welcome Without Going Too Far from Home

I would have loved to have been in Ireland last weekend, but I was perfectly content with the hundred thousand welcomes I received at Milwaukee Irish Fest. There’s something about an Irish festival that gives us an interim taste of the Emerald Isle between trips (even if it includes a few things that don’t resemble anything I’ve seen in Ireland – Can anyone say shamrock sequined feather boas and leather...

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Galway Arts Festival
Aug02

Galway Arts Festival

Galway Arts Festival Parade 2011 from Christopher Tierney on Vimeo. Held every July, the Galway Arts Festival delivers one of Ireland’s premier arts festivals that includes theater, dance, comedy, music, visual arts, and glorious street performance like the scenes from the parade featured in the video above. It’s a lovely time to be in Galway. Accommodations can be limited at peek times, so it’s a good idea to book...

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In Gratitude to Lady Gregory
Jul01

In Gratitude to Lady Gregory

If you love old Irish stories and tales, chances are you’ve heard one through the storytelling of Lady Gregory. Who Was Lady Gregory? Born Isabella Augusta Persee on March 5, 1852 in County Galway, she married Sir W.H. Gregory, a widower who was several decades old than she. They lived in London where they were often visited by such creative minds of the age as Robert Browning, Lord Alfred Tennyson, Sir John Everett Millais, and Henry...

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Some Local Colour in Galway: Play It Again, Roy
Jun17

Some Local Colour in Galway: Play It Again, Roy

Piano player Roy tells how he became a part of the scenery at the Hotel Meyrick in Galway. Gotta say, this is a wonderful peek at some “local colour” in Ireland… and has me remembering my trip to the City of Tribes last summer. Just curious, have any of you heard Roy play? Enjoy this post?If so, join our list of e-newsletter subscribers. You’ll receive our favorite news stories on Irish travel and culture...

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Artist’s Eye: The Long Walk, Where Galway Bay Meets the River Corrib
May27

Artist’s Eye: The Long Walk, Where Galway Bay Meets the River Corrib

Solitude Near the Long Walk by Bernie Rosage www.bernierosage.com This oil painting by Bernie Rosage depicts The Long Walk, a street lined with colorful houses located on the banks of the River Corrib where it meets Galway Bay. The city’s gentry of old used to go for strolls here. Today, people continue to amble the promenade at The Long Walk which was mentioned in Steve Earle’s recent hit song “Galway Girl”… from the movie...

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Glorious Galway Bay and the Atlantic Coast: Day Trips In County Clare
Apr12

Glorious Galway Bay and the Atlantic Coast: Day Trips In County Clare

The mere mention of Galway Bay cues a nostalgic Irish tune for many visitors. Imagine if I tagged on dramatic sea cliffs, cozy villages, welcoming pubs, a boat trip to the Aran Islands, lush green hills dotted with sheep, and the rocky landscape known as the Burren to the mix. The New Bus Route A new bus route from Galway City to County Clare was designed with the dreaming day tripper in mind. The bus leaves the new coach terminal...

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