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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Mebh’s Cairn Knocknarea, Co Sligo

Knocknarea is an iconic landmark in Sligo. Located on the scenic Strandhill road, the small mountain rises prominently with dramatic sheer edges facing Strandhill. There are several cairns on top, the largest called Mebh’s (Maeve) cairn. There is a nice climb to the top with breathtaking views of Strandhill, Sligo town, Rosses point and Lough […]

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Annestown Beach: Annestown, Co Waterford

On the coast road between Tramore and Dungarvan, Annestown Beach offers a pleasant seaside stop. The shoreline is a mix of sand and rock; and when the tide is out, there are a few sea caves to explore. Cliff walks rise from both sides of the car park, but the eastern edge warns of dangers. […]

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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 […]

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Scientific Ireland at Birr Castle: Birr, Co. Offaly

It’s not often that you find a mix of everything that makes Ireland magical in one spot, but that is exactly what you find at Birr Castle Demense. Historic castle- with aristocratic family still in residence. Check. Scenic parklands.  Check. Magnificent gardens.  Check. World changing scientific discoveries. What?  Not what you think of when you imagine Ireland? […]

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Historic Pubble Cemetery: Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh

  Just 6 miles from Enniskillen is the Historic Pubble Cemetery. It is thought that this place has been used as a burial ground for over 1000 years. It is also believed St. Patrick preached at this place. Some 200 years later a wooden church was built here. This was eventually replaced with a stone […]

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Ballintubber Abbey: Ballintubber, Co Mayo

Ballintubber Abbey is a beautiful historical site of great sacred importance. The Abbey was founded in 1216 and will celebrate 800 years in 2016. The church was built by King Cathal Crovdearg O’Conor and local folklore tells the story that the king built the church there to repay the kindness of a man he once […]

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Barryscourt Castle

Barryscourt Castle is a wonderfully restored tower house, occupying a ancient site. The 16th century castle was home to the Barrymores a powerful branch of the Barry family and is in a bucolic setting near Carrigtowhill in West Cork. © 2013 Michele Erdvig IrelandYes: Barryscourt Castle Heritage Ireland: Barryscourt Castle

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Broome Bridge and Sir Hamilton’s Eureka Moment: Cabra, Co Dublin

Eureka! The Irish invention that helped to land a man on the Moon. This plaque is by the Royal Canal at Broome Bridge. It’s far from Dublin’s beaten track, yet, it is a place of pilgrimage to those in the know, and hundreds gather to mark the anniversary every October 16th. And what are they […]

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Exploring the Hill of Tara – Sacred Well, Sheela-na-gig, and Sloping Trenches: Tara, Co Meath

Most people who visit Tara spend 20 minutes going to the top and back – and they miss so much. Tara has many hidden corners, and here are three of my favourites. The Sloping Trenches: these two round earthworks are away from the main track, on the quiet western side. They veer off the edge, […]

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