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 […]

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The “Secrets” of the Belleek Parian China Factory: Belleek, Co Fermanagh

Serving as a pilgrimage site for fine porcelain collectors, a tour of the Belleek factory offers an up-close look at the intricate processes required to produce the high end china. The tour invites visitors to look over the shoulder of the craftspeople as they work, and things get a bit hands-on when a lucky (or […]

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A Walk to Roogagh Waterfall: Garrison, Co Fermanagh

  Located just outside of town, the five minute walk to Roogagh waterfall offers a great spot to stop and stretch your legs. The steepest part of the gravel-lined walk is at the very beginning; after that, it’s a pretty easy stroll. (Note: the water level was a bit low when I visited) More Photos: […]

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Split Rock Boulder: Easkey, Co Sligo

The enormous boulder in the field beside the road is said to have been placed there by the giant Finn McCool. He challenged members of his band, called the Fianna, try tossing a large stone to the sea. Being a bit of a show-off, Finn chose the biggest stone he could find and hurled it […]

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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 […]

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Visiting Clonmacnoise: Clonmacnoise, Co Offally

If you think of High Crosses and Round Towers when you picture Ireland, a visit to Clonmacnoise in County Offaly should probably be part of your itinerary. Once a center of learning, religion and trade, Clonmacnoise sat at the junction of Ireland’s north/south and east/west trade routes. Founded by Saint Ciarán in the 6th century, you’ll find […]

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Art, History and Room to Roam at Lough Boora Parklands: Leabeg, Co Offaly

This low lying bog area was once a major peat mining operation. But once the peat was cutaway, the land wasn’t left fallow. Instead a group formed and created an inviting parkland for everyone to enjoy. Lough Boora Parklands in County Offaly offer plenty of outdoor activities from cycling (bikes are available for rent) to […]

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Legend of the Connemara Giant: Recess, Co Galway

Just before you reach Clifden, the unofficial “capital of Connemara”, you pass Joyce’s, “One of the Best Craft Shops in Ireland.” As we did enter those doors, I can tell you, it is a really good craft shop. I purchased some Connemara Marble coasters that remind me daily of our last trip to Ireland. Right across the […]

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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 […]

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Majestic Kilcrea Abbey: Ovens, Co Cork

One of Cork’s most majestic Abbey ruins, located just South of the Cork to Killarney Road (N20, between Ovens and Farran. It is located closer to Cork, rather than Macroom. If you stand at the entrance gate to Kilcrea Abbey, facing away, to the West, sighting along the tree-lined boulevard, you can see Kilcrea Castle […]

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