St Mullin’s Monastic Site – Co Carlow

St. Mullin’s Monastic Site in County Carlow was founded in the early 8th century by St. Moling (614-697 AD) with the help of Gobán Saor Ireland’s celebrated builder. It ranks in importance with Glendalough and Clonmacnoise. Set on a hill overlooking a river the extensive ruins includes a cemetery, monastery, abbey, five churches and remains […]

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The Wreck of the Steamship Plassey: Co Galway

On a recent visit to the Aran Islands I took this picture of the Motor Vessel Plassy (or Plassey). The vessel was built in the early 1940’s and acquired by the Limerick Steamship Company in 1951 and renamed Plassy.  On 8 March 1960, while sailing through Galway Bay carrying a cargo of whiskey, stained glass […]

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A Journey to the Ancient Ring Forts: Cahersiveen, Co Kerry

While the Ring of Kerry has been favorite driving route for tourists, the two ancient stone forts near the village of Cahersiveen often get overlooked. The side-by-side forts can be found just outside of town where signs at a small car park point visitors to the short, rewarding walk to the sites. Cahergal Fort stands […]

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Pallas Castle: Tynagh, Co Galway

Built in the mid 13th century by Richard DeBurgo Pallas Castle in Tynagh is one of the best preserved Castle Keeps in Ireland but is largely unknown. The castle sits in a farm field and should be visited with respect for the farm and general countryside, close the gates and take home only what you […]

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Irish Lace, County Fermanagh

A recent article in Ireland of the Welcomes magazine about Irish lace lamented that there is no “dedicated textile museum where collections can be viewed.” But in a sleepy little town near Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh is the extravagant Sheelin Lace Museum. Layer upon layer of antique Irish lace is artistically showcased among elegant displays of jewelry, embroidery, feathers, […]

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Exploring Kilcrea Monastery and Ovens, County Cork

I recently explored Kiclrea Friary (also called Kilcrea Abbey) and Kilcrea Tower, which is located across the road and a field from the friary. Kilcrea Friary dates back to 1400s and is an ancestral burial place for the mighty McCarthy family of Munster, the most famous  is that of Art O’Leary. His grave is clearly marked and […]

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Fish for the big catch in Killybegs, County Donegal

There’s a sense of adventure in having the chance to hold a freshly-caught, big fish. In the Northwest, you catch most Mackerel and Pollock. Different fishing operators offer a range of fishing licenses – even lobsters! I caught a lot of fish. Evidence above. www.killybegs.ie Killybegs Angling Charters – www.killybegsangling.com Fishing for big fish in […]

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Have a laugh at The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival

In 1995 Irish town of Kilkenny decided to start a festival of comedy. It became a major success and still on every year along with other festivals in Kilkenny. It is also known internationally. The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival is held over the first weekend in June each year and draws major crowds due to […]

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Visit Wells House in Wexford for the Beautiful House, Gardens, and Family Fun

If your Ireland travels take you to the south east be sure to add Wells House & Gardens to your itinerary. The beautiful Victorian house itself is worth the trip. But add in everything else on site and you have a full day of fun and adventure! Beyond the house tour and garden walks adventurous […]

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Beyond Glendalough’s Monastic City

The monastic city of Glendalough, just south of Dublin, is popular with tourists for its wonderful restored round tower, church, and picturesque views. But few tourists take the time to wander beyond the once bustling settlement and into the beautiful valley of the two lakes. In the Glendalough Valley are 9 marked walks of varying difficulty. […]

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