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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Lucky Ducks of St Stephen’s Green: Dublin

While St Stephen’s Green is popular with locals and visitors needing a break from the city, during the 1916 uprising, the park was a battle site. The grounds keeper of the day James Kearney wouldn’t let revolution endanger his rare breeds of ducks. He convinced both sides to stop fighting for one hour a day […]

Oscar Wilde in the Park: Dublin

The jury’s out on whether Mr. Wilde would approve of the slightly bawdy statue commemorating him in Merrion Square. Perched on a rock in the park with a green carnation in his lapel (an historic clue to his homosexuality), the dapper writer’s gaze is split between the feminine figure of his pregnant wife on one […]

Patrick Kavanagh on the Grand Canal, Dublin

Ireland is known for honoring her writers. When Patrick Kavanagh stated the best way to memorialize him was with a bench, Dublin gave him a permanent spot along the Grand Canal with a statue by John Coll. Wikipedia: Patrick Kavanagh Story Map: Kavanagh’s Parnassus Come Here to Me: Kavanagh’s two Dublin seats and an international […]

The Round House and Walking the Grand Canal: Tullamore, Co Offaly

The Round House at Boland’s Lock is one of the grandest lock keepers homes on the canal. When architect Michael Hayes submitted his bill to the Grand Canal directors in 1800, they refused to pay the bill due to its “extraordinary and unnecessary” extras… all details that make it even more interesting today. The Grand […]

The Milk Market: Limerick, Co Limerick

Don’t let the name Milk Market fool you. It’s actually not easy to find milk there at all. In fact, the open air, covered market specializes in artisan foods, fruits and vegetables, meats and seafood, arts and crafts, as well as some vintage items. Each day has a slightly different focus… Friday emphasizes vintage goods, […]

The “Secrets” of the Belleek Parian China Factory: Belleek, Co Fermanagh

Serving as a pilgrimage site for fine porcelain collectors, a tour of the Belleek factory offers an up-close look at the intricate processes required to produce the high end china. The tour invites visitors to look over the shoulder of the craftspeople as they work, and things get a bit hands-on when a lucky (or […]

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