Irish Road Trips – 5 Of The Best

The entire island of Ireland is full of delightful and spectacular places. There are historic locations, tourist attractions, and natural wonders everywhere. If you are not in Ireland for long enough to explore it all, then you need to pare down your itinerary to just the best trips. Read on to discover PassSmart.com’s top five Irish road trips, to help ... Read More »

Activities in Dublin for Adrenaline Junkies

Lest you think a visit to Dublin is all about gentle strolls past Georgian buildings or quiet pints in relaxed pubs, we’ve been looking at the range of activities out there for those who would like to get off the beaten track, up the mountains, under the waves, or even airborne on their visit to Dublin. Adventure Centre If you ... Read More »

Irish Faerie Folk of Yore and Yesterday: The Changeling

Admit it. We’ve all had the misfortune of meeting a child who just didn’t seem quite right. Willful and mischievous? Ill-behaved and undisciplined? A “bad seed” perhaps? Of course, we smile politely and pretend we don’t notice…but we keep an eye on them while we’re there, nevertheless. It could all be simply the fact that the child is very, very ... Read More »

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 »

Irish Faerie Folk of Yore and Yesterday: The Sluagh

So you’ve read of the Dullahan, who takes your life when your time is up. And you now know of the Dearg-Due, who takes your blood if she has the chance. But what about the thing that takes your soul, whenever it pleases? Nearing Halloween, or Samhain, it seems easier to let your mind wander to darker things.  Cooler nights, ... 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 »

Irish Faerie Folk of Yore and Yesterday: The Dearg-Due

You’ve probably heard of the saying, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” No one wants to be on the receiving end of one of those. People native to our beloved Ireland are probably familiar with the legend of the Dearg-Due. One of the most tragic and frightening cases of “a woman scorned,” her legend is still whispered at ... 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 »