Category Archives: Ireland

By Hook or by Crook

Down on the southernmost tip of Ireland‘s Hook Peninsula lies the world’s oldest, intact, operational lighthouse, Hook Lighthouse; a flashy (pun intended) black and white striped Norman structure dating back to the 13th century. When you get inside it feels … Continue reading

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Do the knight thing

On the western side of Ireland’s Hook Peninsula lies a diminutive village by the name of Templetown. The area is steeped in history for the land around here was held for many years by the Knights Templar after their return from … Continue reading

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Kilmore Quay

Kilmore Quay on the south coast of Ireland is everything you might imagine a fishing village to be. It is the kind of place where nautical themes abound… …where brilliant blues cosy up beside sparkling whites… …a place where dogs take themselves for … Continue reading

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The birthplace of Guinness

The Guinness Storehouse at St. James’s Gate in the heart of Dublin is a traditional stop on the well-worn tourist path. Here, for a price, you can take a self-guided tour with a pint waiting for you at the end and plenty … Continue reading

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Sheep Olympics

The little town of Gorey in Ireland has been jumping this weekend as sheep lovers flocked from all corners of the world to attend the 2014 Golden Shears aka the Sheep Olympics. It made local news headlines back in October of … Continue reading

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Looking for Brian Ború – Killaloe

April 23rd 2014 marks the thousandth anniversary of the death of a legendary High King of Ireland. Every Irish person, child and adult alike, is familiar with the name of Brian Ború; his stance against the Vikings and his death at the Battle of … Continue reading

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Saint Patrick and Saint Toothless

Just south of County Dublin in Ireland lies County Wicklow, often referred to as the Garden of Ireland because of its stunning landscape and coastline. In keeping with the natural beauty of the area, the name Wicklow is thought to … Continue reading

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People’s Procession of Light

‘Tis the season for festivals. After celebrating the festival of Wren Day last week, I was in a party mood so I popped in to Dublin’s city centre tonight to watch the People’s Procession of Light. This is New Year’s Eve … Continue reading

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The Ancient Festival of Following the Wren

The day after Christmas Day goes by many different names. In a number of European countries it is known simply as the second day of Christmas – you know, the day your true love gives you two turtle doves and … Continue reading

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Christmas in the oul’ country

This time last year I had a lot of fun putting together a little video of Christmas in Seattle, so I decided to do it again this year from the other side of the world. Here are a few images … Continue reading

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