Q & A: Ireland’s Great Famine… Recommended Reading
Aug03

Q & A: Ireland’s Great Famine… Recommended Reading

Do you have any recommendations for a good book on the potato famine? – Dana S via Twitter Ireland suffered more than one famine in its history, but the years between 1845 and 1852 mark the era many call the Irish Potato Famine. A million died and another million emigrated… quite a grim time in Irish history. Yet, it is also the period in which many of the Irish diaspora recognize as their family’s direct ties to...

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Q & A: Should I Change My Plans to Visit Belfast and Northern Ireland?
Jun29

Q & A: Should I Change My Plans to Visit Belfast and Northern Ireland?

I’m going to Belfast this summer. Don’t know whether I should be worried about the recent riots? (note: this article was originally posted in June 2011) – Tanya Wren via Twitter I should start by confessing my bias. I love Northern Ireland, so it pains me every time the country gets bad press. Last week at the same time one of her own was celebrating victory at the US Open, Northern Ireland made headlines as two...

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Q & A: Why Are the Entrances to Sacred Sites in Ireland so Uniquely Shaped?
Jun20

Q & A: Why Are the Entrances to Sacred Sites in Ireland so Uniquely Shaped?

My husband and I recently came back from our first trip to Ireland, and we’re wondering… Why do Irish Burial Grounds have a ‘V’ slot near the entrance way?  It was at practically every one that we went into. – Tink Vasickanin via email Those mysterious entrances have captured the curiosity of many visitors to Ireland. Tink admits to letting her imagination run a bit wild with thoughts of the shape...

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Q & A: Tips for Women Traveling Solo in Ireland
Jun13

Q & A: Tips for Women Traveling Solo in Ireland

Do you have any tips for women traveling alone in Ireland? Do you recommend it? –Sylvia via Facebook There are no specific travel warnings for women traveling alone in Ireland, and I’d say the women I know who have done it tell some of the most amazing stories from their travels. Also, there are no social downfalls to being an unaccompanied female traveler in Ireland. You might surprise a few people, but you won’t be...

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13 Things You Should know About Irish Gaelic Before Visiting Ireland
Jun05

13 Things You Should know About Irish Gaelic Before Visiting Ireland

You’ve probably already heard of “Gaelic” or of “Irish Gaelic” before. It’s the ancient Celtic language that still survives in some communities. Here’s a quick list of what you need to know about the language! The term “Gaelic” can refer to both Scots Gaelic and Irish Gaelic. Those Scots and Irish Gaelic are very similar. People in Ireland simply refer to the Irish language as...

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Irish Words You Can Learn Before You Go-Audio Edition!
Jun01

Irish Words You Can Learn Before You Go-Audio Edition!

The Irish language can be elusive. When you visit Ireland, it’ll be there. You’ll see bits of it written down. You probably won’t hear it spoken. However, if you say a few phrases while in Ireland, it’ll put a smile of amazement or wonder on a local’s face when the words come from your lips. Eoin from Bitesize Irish Gaelic has stepped in to help you learn some useful Irish Gaelic phrases that you can...

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