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 — […]

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Fethard Car Boot Sale: Co Tipperary

For the last 25 years, Fethard has been home to a notable car boot sale (flea market). Items range from antiques to laundry soap to parakeets. There is a small cafe on site, a large parking lot behind, and a very nice playground for the kids. The gates open at 11am and stallholders are usually […]

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A Titanic Memorial to John Flynn: Clonbur, Co Galway

While many Irish were leaving the country for a better life elsewhere, John Flynn had already established himself in Pennsylvania. He had returned to Clonbur to visit his sister, but an urgent letter from his wife called him back earlier than expected. The Boat Agent who sold him a ticket for the Titanic was located […]

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Taking in the Connemara Views with a Stop at Shanafaraghaun Burial Ground: Co Galway

On the scenic road along Connemara’s Lough Nafooey’s northern shore, this quiet little spot provides a comfortable little respite. One online source refers to it as a children’s graveyard, but I’m afraid I don’t know much about it. Just down the road you’ll find Joyce Country Sheepdogs where they run herding demonstrations daily in season. […]

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The Jealous Wall… Ireland’s Largest Folly: Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

Built on the grounds of Belvedere House, The Jealous Wall was intentionally built to look like a ruin. This type of folly was a popular feature on estates in the mid-1700s. Also called a “sham ruin,” the Jealous Wall is the largest folly in Ireland. It was built by Earl Robert Rochfort, who always had […]

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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 […]

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Remembering the Victims of the Titanic: Cahir, Co Tipperary

With the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic in April 2012, small memorials are popping up all over Ireland to note locals who boarded the ship. In Cahir, a plaque has been installed on the Halpin House to mark four locals who were on the ship… only one survived. The Nationalist: Cahir remembers […]

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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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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, […]

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Honoring Olympians: Nenagh, Co Tipperary

The town of Nenagh celebrates her Olympic athletes with a trio of statues outside the newly refurbished courthouse. The statues of Matt McGrath (hammer throw), Bob Tisdall (400 meter hurdles), and Johnny Hayes (marathon) include plaques that tell a bit about them. The ball of the hammer throw seems to disappear from time to time… […]

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