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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, […]

Walk Through History at Enniskillen Castle: Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh

One of the six counties of Northern Ireland, Fermanagh is often referred to as ‘The Lakelands’ as nearly 1/3 of the county consists of Upper and Lower Lough Erne and its rivers. Situated between the lakes, at one of the only ancient entrances to Ulster, sits Ennsikillen Castle. From its 15th century position of strength […]

1000+ Years of Waterford History: Waterford, Co Waterford

When we visited Waterford recently we met many tourists who had plans to view the city’s famous crystal (which is stunning), wander a bit, and then quickly leave, allowing a mere 2 hours to “see it all”. I urge you to spend a bit more time in Waterford. It is, after all, the oldest city […]

Discovering a Local Legend of St Nicholas at Jerpoint Park: Jerpoint, Co Kilkenny

I remember hearing the local legend of St. Nicholas being buried near Jerpoint Abbey when I visited in 2008.  We were told that the nearby Church of St. Nicholas as his final resting place after his remains were brought to Ireland by two Crusading knights. At that time the church wasn’t easy to get to […]

Three Reasons to Visit the Irish National Stud: Kildare, Co Kildare

Just 30 miles from Dublin, the Irish National Stud is a perfect place to explore just after arriving in Ireland or a nice afternoon trip from Dublin. Three reasons you should visit: The Horses.  The birthline of horse racing royalty across the globe can be traced back to the Irish National Stud.  From the beautiful […]

Ireland History at the Connemara Heritage & History Centre: Lettershea, Co Galway

Ireland is filled with history… from the bronze age to today, you’ll find history around every turn of the narrow, hedgerow lined roads. If you find yourself in Connemara, a terrific stop for “sneaky education”- that is, learning so interesting and fun that you don’t realize you are learning anything- can be found at the […]

Ireland History at the Connemara Heritage & History Centre: Lettershea, Co Galway

Ireland is filled with history… from the bronze age to today, you’ll find history around every turn of the narrow, hedgerow lined roads. If you find yourself in Connemara, a terrific stop for “sneaky education”- that is, learning so interesting and fun that you don’t realize you are learning anything- can be found at the […]

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, […]

Mummies in the Crypt at St. Michan’s Church: Smithfield, Co Dublin

Above ground, the church houses an organ Handel supposedly favored and rehearsed his Messiah. Underground, the church’s crypts are an experience unto themselves. You’ll find yourself guided down the cobweb-lined stairs to vaults that house the death mask of early Irish rebel Wolff Tone and the coffins of the Sheare brothers whose sentences in the […]

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