Tag Archives: northern ireland

Irish Lace, County Fermanagh

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, […]

Castle Ward, Classical Gothic Fantasy: Strangford, Co. Down

  Castle Ward is an eccentric, historic 18th Century mansion overlooking Strangford Lough. Built by Bernard Ward 1st Viscount Bangor and his wife Anne, the battling spouses each wanted a different design. He wanted Palladian style with columns, pediments and clean lines. She adored the neo-Gothic genre that was the rage at the time. They […]

Mussenden Temple, Memorial to an Irish Scandal: Castlerock, Co. Londonderry

  What do you get when you mix together a middle-aged, wildly eccentric Bishop Earl, a touch of Italy, immense wealth and a beautiful young woman? A scandal fit for 18th century Londonderry and an enchanting folly that still exists today. Perched precipitously on the edge of a cliff overlooking the ocean Mussenden Temple is […]

The Dark Hedges: Stranocum, Co. Antrim

The Dark Hedges is a fantastic avenue of beech trees that looks like an impressionist painting by Van Gogh. Well over 200 years old, the trees twist into incredible shapes, forming a tunnel leading to Gracehill Golf Club in Northern Ireland. Hidden away deep in the countryside of County Antrim, legend says the spectacular avenue […]

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