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 […]

Continue Reading ...

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 […]

Continue Reading ...

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 […]

Continue Reading ...

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 […]

Continue Reading ...

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 […]

Continue Reading ...

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 […]

Continue Reading ...

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 […]

Continue Reading ...

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. […]

Continue Reading ...

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 […]

Continue Reading ...

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? […]

Continue Reading ...

Exclusive Updates