Along the Green Walk boardwalk at Glendalough, County Wicklow. Ireland travel tips | Ireland vacation |

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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Irish Gothic Rosserk Friary, County Mayo

Built in the late Irish Gothic style, Rosserk Friary was founded in 1460 by a member of the Joyce family. This community was created for Third Order Franciscans… married men and women who chose to lead a Franciscan life, but due to their marital status could not join the First Order (friars) or the Second […]

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Cahir Castle, County Tipperary, Ireland. Ireland vacation | Ireland travel tips

Cahir Castle – One of Ireland’s best preserved and often missed castles, County Tipperary

The fastest route from Dublin to Cork follows the M7 & M8 through County Tipperary. And while many travelers make the stop at the castle-topped outcropping of stone in Cashel, very few make the small detour into Cahir. Cahir Castle is one of Ireland’s largest and most well preserved, held privately until 1961. Though used […]

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Tobernalt Holy Well, County Sligo

While on a beautiful country drive in County Sligo, we came upon an amazing spiritual and peaceful place known as Tobernalt Holy Well. More Info: Submitted by Kim Hathaway –

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Private Sitting Room, Knappogue Castle, County Clare, Ireland.

A Night in Knappogue Castle, County Clare

Though the beautiful grounds and gardens are still accessible to visitors you can now only enter Knappogue Castle in two ways: at the nightly Medieval Banquet which takes place April – October, or by renting the castle (or being a guest of someone who is) for a special event or as lodging. We were incredibly fortunate […]

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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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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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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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