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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

VIP Whiskey Tour at Kilbeggan Distillery: Kilbeggan, Co Westmeath

The regular adult admission at the Kilbeggan Distillery Experience gets you a fantastic self-guided pass to the facility and a sample of whiskey, but the VIP/Silver and Gold Tours go above and beyond with a personal tour guide, a sample of more whiskeys, and an even closer look at the process (I even met Ireland’s […]

Celtic and Prehistoric Museum: Ventry, Co Kerry

Harris Moore, an American ex-pat, started this private museum about 10 years ago, and has a wonderful collection of items, ranging from ancient bones and artifacts to more recent local crafts in his shop. The collection impressed me, and I’m not easily impressed! This is a fantastic stop on your way around the Dingle loop, […]

Ireland’s Manliest Statue: Sixmilebridge, Co Clare

In what is probably the manliest sculpture in Ireland, artist Shane Gilmore gives us a shirtless, limestone lad marching unimpeded through the waters of the O’Garney River carrying the heavy tools of millwork, thus giving the artwork it’s title, The Miller Returns. The reference comes from 17th Century settlers of Dutch origin who started a […]

Discover Why There’s a Rooster, a Mouse, and a Fly on St Mochua’s Desk: Timahoe, Co Loais

In the shadow of the round tower in Timahoe, a peculiar piece of artwork has been erected. With no explanation, the average visitor is left wondering why a carved book rests on a column with a rooster, mouse and fly. The statue is called St Mochua’s Desk. Mochua is the saint who gave Timahoe its […]

Irish Sport Worship: Limerick City

The Irish love their sport, and Limerick is no exception. In 2011 it was named European City of Sport, and with addition of the Thomond Park Stadium and its museum, the city has taken things up a notch. This 1992 addition to O’Connell Street features two Limerick obsessions, Rugby and Hurling. Sculptor Robin Buick was […]

Discovering Irish Design and Craftsmanship: Cahir, Co Tipperary

It’s refreshing to find a place dedicated to Irish designed crafts. The Craft Granary in Cahir says “no thanks” to mass-produced Plastic Paddy items and specializes in beautiful, handcrafted items by artists from the southwest corner of Ireland. The product line is exceptionally diverse from pottery to glassware to baby clothes to knitwear to painting… […]

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