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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

A Sweet Stop at the Chocolate Garden of Ireland: Rath, Co Wicklow/Carlow

Nestled at the edge of County Wicklow, the Chocolate Garden of Ireland is a treat for travelers of any age. While the Chocolate Garden is a tasty stop any day, if you can plan ahead to attend one of their Chocolate Workshops, your whole day will be sweeter.  The hands-on workshop includes a bit of […]

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 […]

Delicious Tea and Pancakes at The Strawberry Field: Blackwater, Co Kerry

The Strawberry Field is a fantastic tea and crepe/pancake restaurant, just 4k from Molls Gap on R568. We got there 15 minutes before closing, and had a much-anticipated afternoon tea with delightful, delicious, delectible crepes. We got several types of tea to share – Strawberry Vanilla, Blackcurrant, and Peppermint Tea. I ordered a lemon/honey crepe, […]

The “Lucky” Headless Child of Prague and the Secrets of Bunratty: Co Clare

Although a stop at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park won’t put you off-the-beaten-path, a few things in the park are definitely worthy of “offbeat” status. Inside J.J. Corry’s Pub, just above one of the doors, a headless Child of Prague statue stands over everyone who enters and leaves. How’d something like that miss inspection? Well, […]

A Tasty Memory at The Burren Smokehouse: Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare

Lisdoon, Lisdoon, Lisdoon, Lisdoonvarna! Every time I visit this area, this song is stuck in my head – the Christy Moore version, of course. Lisdoonvarna is a lovely town, northeast of Doolin in County Clare. On the main road through town, there is a small smokehouse. This place is marvelous! It is full of local […]

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