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Northern Ireland’s Great Outdoors – Go Explore It!

Kinbane Castle

It won’t be long now before people are getting busy planning their trips to Ireland for next year, and I wanted to put together a few suggestions for things to do in Northern Ireland. I’m going to be optimistic and say that a wonderful summer is on the way, and with that in mind I’ve come up with a few ... Read More »

Five Great Reasons to Visit Belfast

Titanic Center, Belfast (image credit Flickr user amandabhslater)

This time two decades ago, the idea of visiting the Northern Irish capital city would have been a very faint one – before the Good Friday Agreement was signed in 1998, Belfast was hardly on the map as a city to see! However, over the past 15 years, the city has really come out of its troublesome shell and, nowadays, ... Read More »

A day out in Cobh – what not to miss

Cobh Cathedral, st colmans cobh,cork cathedral,things to do in cobh

The small waterfront town of Cobh (pronounced Cove), in Co. Cork, might come up in your web searches for a variety of reasons. The town is probably best know for it’s Titanic connection – it was the last port of call before the tragic ship set sail for the New World in 1912. You also might find yourself reading about ... Read More »

Discovering the Dingle Whiskey Distillery

Dingle Whiskey Distillery casks

On a rainy, misty afternoon in Dingle County Kerry – weather which turns out just perfect for whiskey making – but not so much for mountain walks – we popped into the Dingle Whiskey Distillery, the town’s newest addition, to see what this small artisan distillery is all about! The distillery was founded in November 2012 by Oliver Hughes – ... Read More »

Mussenden Temple – photos and facts

Mussenden Temple

Mussenden Temple is a small circular building located on cliffs near Castlerock in County Derry, Northern Ireland. The temple was built in 1785 and forms part of the estate of Frederick Augustus Hervey, the 4th Earl of Bristol, Bishop of Derry. Built as a library and modeled from the Temple of Vesta in Italy, it is dedicated to the memory ... Read More »

6 unusual looking buildings in Ireland

By many countries standards Ireland has a lot of unusual looking buildings. Castles, Round Towers, incredibly detailed churches etc aren’t too commonplace in many countries, but certainly plentiful in Ireland. But apart from those types of buildings, we don’t have many structures that you would look at and think, wow that’s unique, or that’s sort of out of place. So ... Read More »

Ten top things to do in Dublin, as chosen by a Dubliner

The Temple Bar Pub

Ireland’s capital city of Dublin is a vibrant and vivacious city. It is literally packed full of things to see and do whether you are looking for a lively music scene, to unlock the secrets of the past, or perhaps to walk in the footsteps of Joyce or Behan or even Bono, as long as you have the energy, Dublin ... Read More »

Glendalough Round Tower and the Wicklow Mountains National Park

Glendalough Round Tower

As you may have seen in the news this week, President Obama has been in Northern Ireland at the G8 summit. While he has been distracted with matters of the world, his lovely wife and daughters got to do a little bit of sight-seeing. Whoever created their itinerary made a great choice when deciding on a trip to Glendalough. I’m ... Read More »