Category Archives: Ireland

Dragons and Lions and Sheep! Oh my!

Happy Year of the Sheep – or Goat – depending upon who you are talking to and which language you’re speaking. In Korean, Mongolian and Chinese it’s both a sheep and a goat; in Vietnamese it’s definitely a goat; in Japanese it’s … Continue reading

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Turrets and Airships

Take a short ten minute drive from Wexford town centre along the road to Kilmore Quay, and you will find a rather beautiful castle with gorgeous grounds and an unusual history. Johnstown Castle is not so well known outside of the local … Continue reading

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A Door to Remember

Wandering past politically grandiose government buildings in Dublin‘s city centre earlier today, my eye was caught by a rather striking door across the street on the corner of Merrion Square. Its panels glowed blue red through the snow flurries that … Continue reading

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Winterval

Ireland’s Waterford City celebrated its 1,100th birthday last year. Founded by the Vikings in 914AD, the city lays claim to being the oldest area of continuous urban settlement in Ireland. It occupies a strategic spot at the confluence of three rivers which … Continue reading

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The Spinc of No Return

Glendalough is a gem in the heart of the Ireland’s Wicklow Mountains. The name is Irish for “Valley of the Two Lakes” and the area is teaming with monastic ruins and abandoned mining villages. Most of these sites are accessible via short, … Continue reading

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Echoing the Ancients in the Cradle of Samhain

The morning of October 31st started off grey and rainy and got stormier as the afternoon approached. I pressed my nose up against the window and watched as the clouds grew thicker and rain spilled down in sheets. It was the … Continue reading

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Dancing with the devil

Tucked between Templar ruins to the north and an ancient lighthouse to the south, Loftus Hall is a foreboding presence on the Hook Peninsula, even on the sunniest of afternoons. Originally home to the Redmond family from around 1350, it was gifted … Continue reading

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Mount Leinster and the Nine Stones

Ireland may not be home to the highest mountains, with only a select few topping the 3,000 foot mark, but what they lack in stature they make up for with their views, and the stories they inspire. The Blackstairs Mountains, like … Continue reading

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Death most ancient on Witch Mountain

Northwest of Dublin in the county of Meath there is a strange and mystical string of hills known collectively as Sliabh na Cailli, which translates as Hills of the Witch but more commonly referred to these days as Loughcrew. The three main peaks … Continue reading

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Hedgerow Harvest

I can’t help but be filled with glee around this time of year when the autumnal equinox arrives in the Northern Hemisphere and like magic, hedgerows everywhere dress themselves in jewel-toned berries, hips and haws. John Keats encapsulated the season in … Continue reading

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