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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 […]

Tragedy at Menlo Castle: Galway, Co Galway

Menlo Castle, a once magnificent home of the Blake family was built in 1569 on the banks of the River Corrib. In 1910, Menlo Castle was gutted by fire trapping two servants & Miss Ellen, the invalided daughter of the Baronet & Lady Blake. The two servants were forced to jump from the roof of […]

Visit Some of Ireland’s Oldest Monuments and Tombs at Lough Gur: Bruff, Co Limerick

Long before Ireland became the ‘Land of Saints and Scholars’, it was the land of Druids and Celts. Stone age, and later Bronze age, peoples who arrived on the verdant shores and found a place that called to them spiritually. Some of Ireland’s oldest monuments and tombs lie near Lough Gur. As far back as […]

St Berrihert’s Kyle and Well: Glen of Aherlow, Co Tipperary

Truly hidden in the Glen of Aherlow, there are no signposts that will lead you to these sites dedicated to St Berrihert (sometimes called Bernihardt). From the road, a stile takes you over the fence to the path lined with rushes. The circular kyle is made up of more than 75 pieces of stones — […]

14th Century Carrigaphooca Castle and Stone Circle: Macroom, County Cork

About half way between Cork and Killarney, in a field just a couple of miles outside the town of Macroom, lies the remains of Carrigaphooca Castle. The castle was built as a defensive tower back in the early 15th century, but these days it is known locally to be one of the most haunted castles […]

Drombeg Stone Circle: Rosscarbery, Co. Cork

Known locally as the Druid’s Altar, Drombeg Stone Circle is set on a hillside in rural West Cork about 1-½ miles east of Glandore. Dating back over 2,000 years, the stones stand sentinel over the countryside with distant views of the ocean. Thirty feet in diameter, the seventeen stones have a flat altar stone, which is […]

The Ghost Village at An Port, County Donegal

Not far from the village of Glencolmcille in west County Donegal there is a hidden village, found only by driving along an old road away from the main roads.  The village, now deserted, is called either The Ghost Village or The Deserted Village and sits on a rocky coastline just above the sea.  In earlier […]

The Mummified Cat and Rat of Christ Church Cathedral: Dublin, Co Dublin

Most people visit Christ Church Cathedral for its lofty interior, stained glass windows, colorful tile floor, the tomb of Strongbow, and the underground crypt, but it’s the two unexpected residents who catch many people’s attention. A cat and a rat were discovered in an organ pipe in the 1850s, and their mummified bodies are now […]

Duckett’s Grove: Rainstown, Co Carlow

Built in 1830, Duckett’s Grove’s “Castellated Gothic Revival Style” puts it squarely in the storybook castle category. In recent years, the old walled garden has been restored, and some of the out buildings have been turned into a tea room as well as work areas and shops for local artists. 2012 saw the opening of […]

A Sea of Celtic Crosses at Na Seacht dTeampaill: Eoghanacht, Co Galway

Na Seacht dTeampaill, or the Seven Churches, is a ruin of several ancient churches on the island of Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands in County Galway. The site is near the middle of the island, and can be reached in many ways from the main port town of Kilronan. It’s about 5 […]

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