The Long and Winding Road to Gleninchaquin: Beara Peninsula, Co Kerry

Hidden in a scenic glacial valley less than 20 miles from Kenmare is Gleninchaquin Park. A small one-track road meanders deep into the Beara Peninsula. At one point an even smaller side road leads to Uragh Stone Circle. As you near the park the vista opens to dramatically display Inchaquin Falls cascading about 300 feet […]

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Uninterrupted Time at Rathgall Hillfort: Shillelagh, Co Wicklow

While not a place you would necessarily make a destination in itself, the Rathgall Hillfort in Wicklow (just west of Tullow, Carlow) is a lovely stop if you find yourself nearby. While excavations have taken place here, the site now sits on its peak awaiting any travelers who happen to search it out (or take […]

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The Medieval Treasures of Fethard: Co Tipperary

The village of Fethard is home to a surprising number of medieval ruins. The old walls still surround the village and a signposted walking route has been established. Visitors can stroll along a section of the tall walls from the grounds of Holy Trinity Church which was built by the Normans in the 1200s Inside […]

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The Lucky Ducks of St Stephen’s Green: Dublin

While St Stephen’s Green is popular with locals and visitors needing a break from the city, during the 1916 uprising, the park was a battle site. The grounds keeper of the day James Kearney wouldn’t let revolution endanger his rare breeds of ducks. He convinced both sides to stop fighting for one hour a day […]

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Oscar Wilde in the Park: Dublin

The jury’s out on whether Mr. Wilde would approve of the slightly bawdy statue commemorating him in Merrion Square. Perched on a rock in the park with a green carnation in his lapel (an historic clue to his homosexuality), the dapper writer’s gaze is split between the feminine figure of his pregnant wife on one […]

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Patrick Kavanagh on the Grand Canal, Dublin

Ireland is known for honoring her writers. When Patrick Kavanagh stated the best way to memorialize him was with a bench, Dublin gave him a permanent spot along the Grand Canal with a statue by John Coll. Wikipedia: Patrick Kavanagh Story Map: Kavanagh’s Parnassus Come Here to Me: Kavanagh’s two Dublin seats and an international […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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The Round House and Walking the Grand Canal: Tullamore, Co Offaly

The Round House at Boland’s Lock is one of the grandest lock keepers homes on the canal. When architect Michael Hayes submitted his bill to the Grand Canal directors in 1800, they refused to pay the bill due to its “extraordinary and unnecessary” extras… all details that make it even more interesting today. The Grand […]

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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, […]

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