Postcard from Ireland: Saint Mullins, County Carlow.
Aug01

Postcard from Ireland: Saint Mullins, County Carlow.

This stretch of the River Barrow is steeped in legend and has been settled for millennia. The place name in Irish is Tighe Moling, the House of Moling. Saint Mullins is the location of a monastic site built by St. Moling. He was born in 614 AD and during his lifetime he became a poet, artist and craftsman as well as a priest. Under the patronage of Mae doc ( Aidan ) of Ferns he built his monastery in St. Mullins in the 7th century. He...

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Postcard from Ireland: Howth and Croke Park
Jul29

Postcard from Ireland: Howth and Croke Park

The first photo is of me & my two sons Sean and Tom at Deer Park Golf Course in Howth.  That’s Howth Castle and the Eye of Ireland in the background.  We were in Dublin for the 2012 matchup between Notre Dame & Navy on September 1st but managed to get in a few rounds of golf prior to the game at Aviva Stadium.  For the golf, we played Lahinch in the west and Portmarnock Links and Deer Park in the Dublin area. We stayed...

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Postcard from Ireland: Hook Head Lighthouse
Jul18

Postcard from Ireland: Hook Head Lighthouse

Hook Head Lighthouse is located in County Wexford on the Hook Peninsula.  The tower marks the entrance to Waterford Harbor. On other side of the Harbor is the village of Crooke.  Supposedly, the phrase “by hook or by crook” originated from William Cromwell in the 17th century who was invading Ireland and said that Waterford would fall “by Hook or by Crooke”. Tim — Fort Lauderdale, Florida The Irish Fireside “Postcards from...

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Postcard from Ireland: Mussendun Temple and Downhill Demesne
Jun11

Postcard from Ireland: Mussendun Temple and Downhill Demesne

Mussendun Temple and Downhill Demesne, County Derry, Northern Ireland. Perched on a 120 foot cliff over the ocean, this dramatic spot is a fantastic place to explore and visit. The beach below was used in the Game of Thrones series to film the burning of the Seven Gods. The mansion was built in the 18th century by the Earl of Bristol, destroyed by fire in 1851, and rebuilt in 1870. During WWII, it was used to billet RAF servicemen and...

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Postcard from Ireland: Our Jaunting Car Driver
Jun10

Postcard from Ireland: Our Jaunting Car Driver

This is a picture of Robert–a Jaunting Car Driver in Killarney National Park.  He has been driving in the park for over 45 years, and naturally a wealth of knowledge about the park.  The trip through the park via the Jaunting Car is between one and two hours—depending on what you want to see. Tim — Ft. Lauderdale, FL The Irish Fireside “Postcards from Ireland” series invites readers to submit their memorable travel...

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Postcard from Ireland: Monasterboice
May23

Postcard from Ireland: Monasterboice

  North of Drogheda is the early Christian settlement of Monastboice. The round tower is 35m (114.9ft) high. This place is most famous for it’s 3 high crosses, with Muiredach’s High Cross the most intact and possibly the finest high cross in Ireland. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muiredach%27s_High_Cross We stopped by one afternoon while in the area for a picnic in the carpark and a poke around the cemetery/monastic...

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