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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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: http://www.holywellsligo.com/about.html Submitted by Kim Hathaway – www.irishstudiestogo.com

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