#106 Touring the NEW Waterford Crystal Factory – VIDEO
Jul15

#106 Touring the NEW Waterford Crystal Factory – VIDEO

The city of Waterford has a new sparkling gem to celebrate its crystal-making history. The new factory and visitor centre, called The House of Waterford, has just opened on the Mall in Waterford city, and the facility is pumping new life into Waterford’s tourism identity. In the past, the old crystal-making giant was located on the road leading out of town making city centre an afterthought for visitors. The new, smaller centre...

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An Evening at the Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
Jul14

An Evening at the Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet

The allure of a Medieval Banquet in a 15th Century Irish castle, like the one at Bunratty, has kept the County Clare landmark a preferred stop for travelers to Ireland since the early 1960s. With it being such a well-known experience, I had to ask myself why I hadn’t attended the medieval banquet in any of my previous visits. My main excuse… a fear of tourist traps. I had done medieval banquets and renaissance faires in the US, and...

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Best E-Guidebooks for Ireland Travel
Jun18

Best E-Guidebooks for Ireland Travel

My carry-on just got a whole lot lighter now that I won’t need to carry a single printed book for my trip to the Emerald Isle. Whether you favor the Kindle, Nook, iPad or iPhone, some of the best guidebooks on Irish travel are ready for download. I tested a few publications using… the Kindle for iPhone and discovered a few things in my initiation into the world of digital travel guides. First of all, it takes a while to get used...

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Whatever Part of Ireland Figures in Your Travels & in Your Dreams, There’s Sure to be Music in It
Jun14

Whatever Part of Ireland Figures in Your Travels & in Your Dreams, There’s Sure to be Music in It

Submitted by Kerry Dexter — Musical stories that came to him while watching two friends walk down the walk, while waiting for a session to resume, and while thinking about the fact that a friend told him President Obama includes music from the band Lunasa in his workout music are all part of the sixteen tune sets Peadar Ó’Riada includes on his recording Triúr Sa Draighean. Triúr means three, and so it was. Ó’Riada on concertina...

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A Taste of Ireland’s “Haunted Ground”
May30

A Taste of Ireland’s “Haunted Ground”

Book review submitted by Kim Hathaway Haunted Ground When farmers cutting turf in an Irish peat bog make a grisly discovery, the perfectly intact body of a young woman with long red hair…. After wearing out my tiny iPod shuffle, my husband thought I had mastered the technology and was ready for the “real McCoy.” For Christmas 2006 he gave me an 80G iPod classic. I feverishly tried to fill it with music, but still it had tons of...

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Frommer’s Ireland Day by Day – Guidebook Review & Giveaway
Apr23

Frommer’s Ireland Day by Day – Guidebook Review & Giveaway

When I’ve talked about guidebooks in the past, I’ve put them into three categories: text-heavy reading material, picture-heavy dream books and the hybrids that try to collide words with thousands of pictures. Frommer’s Ireland Day by Day falls into the last category; and all in all, it does it well. As expected the photos are gorgeous, and it engages a Top 10 style to focus its information… Best of Ireland, Favorite Moments,...

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