Tag Archives: Ireland

Irish Lace

A recent article in Ireland of the Welcomes magazine about Irish lace lamented that there is no “dedicated textile museum where collections can be viewed.” But in a sleepy little town near Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh is the extravagant Sheelin Lace Museum. Layer upon layer of antique Irish lace is artistically showcased among elegant displays of jewelry, embroidery, feathers, […]

Craggaunowen – Walk Through Ireland’s History: Kilmurry, Co Clare

Most tourist to Ireland will miss Craggaunowen, though many of the country’s most popular sites lie nearby. A perfect site to pair with the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, Bunratty or King John’s Castle, a visit to Craggaunowen allows you to walk through Ireland’s history in a way that is both fun an educational. Built […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Drombeg Stone Circle: Rosscarbery, Co. Cork

Known locally as the Druid’s Altar, Drombeg Stone Circle is set on a hillside in rural West Cork about 1-½ miles east of Glandore. Dating back over 2,000 years, the stones stand sentinel over the countryside with distant views of the ocean. Thirty feet in diameter, the seventeen stones have a flat altar stone, which is […]

Clare Abbey: Clarecastle, Co. Clare

Clare Abbey is a scenic ruin of crumbling walls, tracery windows, a tower and ruined battlements. At one time the largest and most important Augustinian monastery in County Clare, its former glory slumbers by the railroad tracks surrounded by fields of cows and sheep like countless other ruins scattered all over Ireland. IrelandYes: Clare Abbey History […]

Treasure Hunting at the Kilkenny Car Boot Sale: Brownstown, Co Kilkenny

There’s a little bit of everything at this large car boot sale just outside of Kilkenny city (FYI – car boot in Ireland refers to the trunk of the car and a boot sale would be known in the US as a flea market)… clothes, antiques, housewares, tools, live chickens, meats, candy, and even “40 […]

Romantic Gougane Barra: Pass of Keimaneigh, Co. Cork

Gougane Barra, Ireland’s first forest park, is secreted away in a glacial valley. Surrounded by the Sheehy Mountains the former monastic site is a popular venue for Irish weddings. A small Romanesque-style oratory sits on an island in the lake, reflected romantically in the still waters. Over 1,000 acres of woods and mountains contain walking […]

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