Irish B&Bs Are Reinventing Themselves
Sep01

Irish B&Bs Are Reinventing Themselves

I’ve been staying in B&Bs since my very first trip to Ireland. I’ve watched the days of shared bathrooms disappear, the rise and fall and rise again of a boutique breakfast menu, and sadly, the number of B&Bs in Ireland drop from 4,500 in 2000 to under 1,900 today. It may come as a surprise, but even with fewer B&Bs, there are still plenty of rooms available. According to a recent article by Pól Ó Conghaile,...

Read More
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...

Read More
Sunday Morning Reading
Jun12

Sunday Morning Reading

I won’t have time to send an email blast with my favorite posts of the week, but there were a few headlines I wanted to make sure our readers spotted… Finding Modern Irish Food in Dublin Sarah Jessica Parker Helps Donegal Charity Go Wild on an Isle of Your Own Family Ties in Ireland Fish ‘n’ Chips and Irish Gifts Ireland’s Top Tourist Destination has Nothing to Do With Beer Yeats Sketches Saved from the...

Read More
Traveling Ireland by Bus… with a Bit of Humor
Jun03

Traveling Ireland by Bus… with a Bit of Humor

It’s only June and Alan Bennett is already writing his “What I Did This Summer” report! The writer and comedian is taking buses to events big and small all over Ireland and sharing the experiences via blog, Twitter, and Facebook. Bits of Travel Advice His posts to date have been a combination of trip reports, restaurant reviews, and experience overviews. And in each case delivered with keen — often...

Read More
Atop the Hill at Loughcrew
May15

Atop the Hill at Loughcrew

It’s always nice to travel vicariously through others, and this month I’ve been along for the ride with the blog at http://hayesinireland.blogspot.com/. I’m thrilled they included a day in Louth… Loughcrew is among my favorite sites in Ireland. More video and stories at http://hayesinireland.blogspot.com/2011/05/loughcrew.html. Enjoy this post?If so, join our list of e-newsletter subscribers. You’ll...

Read More
Falling for the Irish History Podcast
May11

Falling for the Irish History Podcast

I’ve completely fallen for the Irish History Podcast. Fin Dwyer takes listeners on a trip through Ireland’s past… and thankfully, gives enough facts to keep it smart and enough excitement to keep it interesting. Tuning in has made me realize just how basic my knowledge of Irish history really is. For example, I waaaay over simplified the Viking’s historic involvement in Ireland – there was a lot more...

Read More