National Ploughing Championships, County Offaly

For Americans, this event feels like a very large county fair or 4H show. Mostly related to farming but they have activities for the whole family. My mom and I went at the suggestion of a relative we had never met who was a farmer and saw things we had never seen before! The things […]

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Crossing the Bridge and the IRA Monument: Killaloe, Co Clare

Today, the historic arched bridge that crosses the Shannon River to connect the villages of Ballina in Co Tipperary and Killaloe in Co Clare adds to the charm of the area. However, in 1920 four members of the IRA were executed on the bridge by British forces. The men were accused of attacking a barracks […]

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The Knights Templar in Templetown, Co Wexford

The lands along the western shore of Wexford were granted to the Knights Templars in 1172 by King Henry II. They set up Templetown as their headquarters. Visitors can wander around the tower and church. The date of the tower is unclear, but the church was built in the early 1800s. Ireland in Ruins Hook […]

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Dining at Kilshanny House, County Clare. Burren Food Trail. Ireland vacation tips.

In the Burren? Eat at Kilshanny House!

Located along the N67 between Lisdoonvarna and Ennistymon, the village of Kilshanny is ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ small. The largest building in this wee village is Kilshanny House – the local pub and, in the spring, summer & fall months, one of the best restaurants you’ve never heard of. A member of the Burren […]

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Though large the Harris Hawks are 'light as a feather'. A Hawk Walk at Mount Falcon is a fun family adventure during your Ireland vacation.

The Falconry at Mount Falcon: County Mayo

Mount Falcon Estate has long been known as a getaway for fishermen as the River Moy, which flows through the estate, is Ire;land’s most prolific Wild Atlantic Salmon River. With the addition of the Falconry in early 2014 families have another activity to keep them enjoying this beautiful estate – a Hawk Walk! As your falconer […]

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Walk Through History at Enniskillen Castle: Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh

One of the six counties of Northern Ireland, Fermanagh is often referred to as ‘The Lakelands’ as nearly 1/3 of the county consists of Upper and Lower Lough Erne and its rivers. Situated between the lakes, at one of the only ancient entrances to Ulster, sits Ennsikillen Castle. From its 15th century position of strength […]

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Meeting the Puffins on Skellig Michael: Co Kerry

A trip to Skellig Michael sometimes includes a rough sea crossing, but a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage site proves to be one of the most unforgettable experiences in Ireland. The island rises sharply out of the ocean and visitors are able to climb over 600 feet above sea level along stone stairs that […]

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Ross Errilly Friary Ruins: Co Galway

Hidden among the inland fields of County Galway, Ross Errilly Friary presents a maze of historic buildings and chambers. The site is unusually in that it has two cloisters, and both are still intact. Wikipedia: Ross Errilly Friary Megalithic Ireland: Ross Errilly Friary Abandoned Ireland: Ross Errilly Friary Library Ireland: Abbey of Ross-Errilly

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Craggaunowen – Walk Through Ireland’s History: Kilmurry, Co Clare

Most tourist to Ireland will miss Craggaunowen, though many of the country’s most popular sites lie nearby. A perfect site to pair with the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, Bunratty or King John’s Castle, a visit to Craggaunowen allows you to walk through Ireland’s history in a way that is both fun an educational. Built […]

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The Long and Winding Road to Gleninchaquin: Beara Peninsula, Co Kerry

Hidden in a scenic glacial valley less than 20 miles from Kenmare is Gleninchaquin Park. A small one-track road meanders deep into the Beara Peninsula. At one point an even smaller side road leads to Uragh Stone Circle. As you near the park the vista opens to dramatically display Inchaquin Falls cascading about 300 feet […]

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