All the Things Irish Firesiders Loved in 2013 – A Joyful Recap
Dec27

All the Things Irish Firesiders Loved in 2013 – A Joyful Recap

Before we flip the calendars and consume our lives with New Year’s Resolutions, we thought we’d look back on the highlights of 2013 based on what YOU liked, clicked, and watched this year via the Irish Fireside. Links to our podcast episodes At Aghaviller Church and Round Tower, Co Kilkenny. Heywood Gardens, Ballinakill, Co Laois. Today’s view from the Black Stones Bridge, Co Kerry. Glendalough, Co Wicklow Foreboding...

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Christmas Dinner Irish Style: Great Holiday Recipes Inspired by Ireland
Dec16

Christmas Dinner Irish Style: Great Holiday Recipes Inspired by Ireland

People like to eat different things at Christmas time, foods that we don’t get the rest of the year. Not that the traditional turkey, ham, and mashed potatoes aren’t welcomed, but often our taste goes international. We at the Irish Fireside of course crave Irish dishes. But no use recommending the dishes we already know about. What about something different? Flavored Mash Adding something to your traditional mashed potatoes can make...

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Getting It Wrong in Ireland: Rethinking Common Irish Travel Advice
Nov26

Getting It Wrong in Ireland: Rethinking Common Irish Travel Advice

The internet has become the go-to place for gathering travel tips for visiting Ireland, but it also leads to some bits of bad advice getting repeated over and over until those nuggets start sounding like facts. Here are a few lumps of advice the internet seems to keep getting wrong… or at least not quite right… NOT TRUE: You should drive the Ring of Kerry in a counter-clockwise/anti-clockwise/clockwise direction –...

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Five Alternative Peninsulas to the Ring of Kerry to Add to Your Ireland Itinerary
Nov21

Five Alternative Peninsulas to the Ring of Kerry to Add to Your Ireland Itinerary

The Ring of Kerry in Ireland’s southwest corner has been luring tourists since before Queen Victoria stopped on the peninsula in 1861. The combination of amazing coastline, dramatic mountains, picturesque lakes, quaint villages, and a history of hospitality keeps “The Ring” on the must-see list. However, it’s not the only scenic peninsula the Emerald Isle has on offer. Here are five often-overlooked...

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#130 Keeping Your Trip to Ireland Alive After You Get Home – AUDIO
Oct16

#130 Keeping Your Trip to Ireland Alive After You Get Home – AUDIO

#130 Keeping Your Trip to Ireland Alive After You Get Home In this episode our listeners share the ways they keep their trips to the Emerald Isle alive. CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON below to listen. Our Podcasts are available on iTunes – here’s our link for Techies Show Notes 00:00 Intro and The Devil’s Bit by Theresa Larkin and Noel McQuaid 00:40 Blog Awards Ireland – Best Blog of the Diaspora –...

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And the Blog Awards Ireland Winner is…
Oct13

And the Blog Awards Ireland Winner is…

The winners of the 2013 Blog Awards Ireland were announced last night, and I’m honored the Irish Fireside earned the top spot in the Best Blog of the Diaspora category which was sponsored by TG4, the Irish language television station. This honor capped off an amazing week where I was… a featured speaker at the Travel Blog Exchange Conference in Dublin, interviewed on RTE Radio One’s Drivetime, interviewed by the...

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