Postcard from Ireland: Old Irish Houses
Jun09

Postcard from Ireland: Old Irish Houses

I recently drove from Galway city to Kilkenny (160km) and noticed a lot of boarded up houses. So on my return trip, I pulled in each time I spotted one and took a photograph. It was quite a ‘funny’ drive. I’d be motoring along keeping an eye out, spot an old house, glance in my mirrors. If the road was clear, do a u-turn, pull in (safely somewhere), jump out, snap-snap-snap, jump back in, turn around again, and drive on. It was fun...

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Postcard from Ireland: Cottage in Knockbrittas, Co Tipperary
Mar08

Postcard from Ireland: Cottage in Knockbrittas, Co Tipperary

We took a little detour outside of Tipperary town and found ourselves driving through a beautiful valley called Knockbrittas. The scenery was stunning, but it was this abandoned cottage that captured my imagination. I had visited the area many times, but some how never managed to find this road. Submitted by Liam The Irish Fireside “Postcards from Ireland” series invites readers to submit their memorable travel moments. Send us your...

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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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