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Mannanán Mac Lír on the Dingle Peninsula

These days, when I’m not living and working in my inner city apartment in London’s Bermondsey, I wake up each morning on Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula. My home here is a stone house built low in the grassy foothills of the last mountain range in Western Europe. The house has stood for over a hundred years. It was built by men ... Read More »

Free Family Fun In Dublin

When funds are tight, you could just stay at home – or you could find cheap and inventive ways to enjoy yourselves on a family trip. You can’t get any cheaper than free, so if you’re looking for some budget-friendly ways to occupy the children next time you’re in Dublin, read on: Free Family Fun in Dublin Botanic Gardens It’s ... Read More »

Ardgillan Castle Co. Dublin – An Eighteenth Century Irish Country House

Ardgillan Castle is a distinctive country house, set in a 194-acre demesne near Balbriggan in Co. Dublin. The house was built by the Reverend Robert Taylor in 1738 and remained in the Taylor family until 1962. In 1982 the house became the property of the local authority of Fingal County Council and opened its doors to the public for the ... Read More »

The Fighting Irish Remembered At The County Carlow Military Museum

County Carlow Military Museum is a showcase and a tribute to some of the bravest and most adventurous men and women that Ireland, and more importantly County Carlow, has ever seen. The Museum opened in 2001 and was refurbished in August 2012. The Museum started in the local FCÁ hut after a former member and friend to all (Donie Cunningham) ... Read More »

120 Seconds Of Video To Make You Fall In Love With Ireland

Wicklow Mountains

CAUTION! This video will make you fall in love! (with Ireland) 🙂 Michael & Trish, of Wild West Irish Tours, have put together this video, with beautiful music and stunning Irish scenery. They asked Cathy Jordan, of Irish Traditional band Dervish, if she could tell them why so many people all over the world feel like Ireland is “home” in ... Read More »

Visa Requirements For Entering Ireland (and a funny story)

A few years ago I was passing through Shannon Airport on my way back home for a visit. I had gone through the passport check, and was waiting on the other side of the immigration kiosks while my wife was being processed. There was a tourist at the desk next to her, and for some reason he had presented 2 ... Read More »

Bantry House and Garden, Co. Cork – A Mid 18th Century Georgian Country Residence

Bantry House is the ancestral home of the Earls of Bantry which is situated overlooking Bantry Bay in West Cork. The title lapsed in 1891 but the house is still owned and lived in by the direct descendant of the 1st Earl of Bantry, Egerton Shelswell-White and his family. Since 1946 the House and Garden has been open to the ... Read More »