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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 »

Irish Faerie Folk of Yore and Yesterday: The Dullahan

Oh sure enough, there be no snakes in Ireland to be afear of, but that doesn’t mean the woods are altogether safe. Yer familiar with such classics of Irish folklore as the Leprechaun an’ the Banshee, but have ye ever laid eyes on the Dullahan? Ye’d know if ye had, that’s a fact. (I can only keep up that Irish-Americanized-accented ... 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 »

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 »

Must Be Something in the Irish Water…or the Guinness?

At first glance, he appears as quiet and unassuming as his name. Peter Browne. Average height and weight. Nothing out of the ordinary there. Initially, the thing that stands out is his shoulder-length blonde hair, which falls slightly in his face, almost adding to that shy and inconspicuous demeanor by giving him a place to hide. His eyes might even ... Read More »

Almond, Walnut & Cherry Bar – Irish Inspired Recipe

Once again, my good friend Patricia has shared a tried and true recipe with me and it would be wrong for me to keep something so delicious to myself. Last Christmas, we were fortunate enough to have been showered with a hamper (gift basket for stateside readers) full of lovely baked goods from Patricia but my favorite were these bars ... Read More »

Finding Your Irish Roots At The Boyle Arts Festival, Co. Roscommon

While touring the coasts and traveling the outline of the country is a great way to see much of Erin; journey inland and you’ll find some of the lesser-known towns and attractions the Emerald Isle keeps tucked inside. One of my favorite places in the world is Boyle in County Roscommon. My family is from the nearby village of Croghan ... Read More »

Dublin’s 20th Century Revisited At, The Little Museum Of Dublin

The Little Museum of Dublin tells the story of Ireland’s capital city in the 20th Century. The Lord Mayor of Dublin opened this new and charming non-profit museum in October of 2011. The museum chronicles social, political, and cultural history of the city in a unique way, displaying over 400 artifacts donated exclusively by Dubliners. The wide range of artifacts ... Read More »