Giveaway: Plan Your Ireland Dream Trip
Dec07

Giveaway: Plan Your Ireland Dream Trip

It’s the holiday season and we’ll again be giving away some of our favorite items. We’re starting with a copy of Michele Erdvig’s travel guide “Ireland Dream Trip.” Currently in its 20th edition, you’ll find the annually updated book a one-stop resource for planning a trip to Ireland… especially because it’s filled with all of Michele’s favorite places in Ireland. The prize doesn’t stop there. Michele has...

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Harry Clarke: Genius in Color and Light
Nov05

Harry Clarke: Genius in Color and Light

Ireland’s Harry Clarke created masterpieces of stained glass. Although he died young his reputation was comparable to Tiffany. His art can be found worldwide but Ireland contains the largest concentration of his glorious artwork. You can watch Part Two of the documentary about Clarke  on YouTube. © 2011 Michele Erdvig “Ireland Travel Expert” Web: IrelandYes.com Book: Ireland Dream Trip Custom Itineraries Michele’s Irish...

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Autumn Giveaway: Irish Hat and Scarf Set – The Colors of Ireland
Oct17

Autumn Giveaway: Irish Hat and Scarf Set – The Colors of Ireland

Kick off the cool, crisp days of Autumn with an Irish Fireside giveaway! The winner will be able to snuggle into a warm, cozy hat and scarf set hand-crocheted by the Crochet Divas.  Done in the colors of Ireland – green, white and orange – the scarf has a whimsical shamrock fringe. The fringe can easily be snipped off if you prefer a plainer scarf. How to Enter: Visit the Crochet Divas’ website and view their items...

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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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Ireland 1934
Sep12

Ireland 1934

Many Americans visiting Ireland for the first time have a stereotypical view of what Ireland is. They expect thatched cottages around every bend, sheep dotting the landscape, dancing at the crossroads, rainbows and leprechauns. Although I have yet to meet a leprechaun I have seen plenty of rainbows and sheep. But – alas – thatched cottages are a dying breed and to find them you must go searching or stumble across them. In...

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A Yank in Ireland Remembers September 11, 2001, in Ireland
Sep11

A Yank in Ireland Remembers September 11, 2001, in Ireland

I remember 9-11 differently than a lot of you do. You were at home in the USA watching events unfold on TV. I was far away in Northern Ireland. My husband Barry and I were touring the Ulster History Park – sadly now defunct and closed. It was a gorgeous day with blue skies, fluffy white clouds and crisp weather. The director of the museum gave us a personal tour and then we wandered through the various outdoor exhibits. There were...

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