The Buskers and Street Entertainers of Dublin’s Grafton Street

The Lonely Planet Dublin City Travel Guide describes Grafton Street as the “buskers’ Carnegie Hall” and praises some of the performers that ply their trade there by hailing them as “absolutely sensational”. Speaking from first hand experience, they are not far wrong. I picked up the Dublin City Travel Guide for my 3 day stay there back in April. They ... Read More »

The Northern Ireland Wall Murals YouTube Video

To follow up from the previous post I wrote, about the wall murals of Northern Ireland, I wanted to share this YouTube video that I found that I think you’ll enjoy. I tried to post quite a few images from both sides of the conflict in that previous post, but in this 4 minute video you will see so many ... Read More »

Spotted This Week – May 25th – Irish Interest

Another week down. TGIF! This coming Monday is Memorial Day in the United States. Be sure to Thank a Soldier. And now…down to business. Let’s take a look at some of the things that drew my attention this week. As usual, the focus is Irish interest. Beautiful Ireland IrishAmerica.com posted some great shots of Irish landscape photography by Eoghan Kavanagh, ... Read More »

10 Unique Irish Gifts To Give Your Loved Ones

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[sc:corkcity_300 ] People always ask me for ideas about what they can bring back from Ireland for a loved one, particularly for things that I would describe as unique Irish gifts. Of course, what you end up buying/giving is a very personal decision, and finding the right gift can depend greatly on the person you're buying it for. People's tastes ... Read More »

Dublin Castle: At the very heart of Irish history

“Dublin Castle (Irish: Caisleán Bhaile Átha Cliath) off Dame Street, Dublin, Ireland, was until 1922 the seat of British rule in Ireland, and is now a major Irish government complex. Most of it dates from the 18th century, though a castle has stood on the site since the days of King John, the first Lord of Ireland. The Castle served ... Read More »

Spotted This Week – May 18th – Irish Interest

It’s that time of the week again – FRIDAY 🙂 The work week is almost over, and time to throw the feet up with a few pints of my favorite Guinness. Before I do that, I am going to share a few interesting links from around the web that caught my eye since last week. Travel Tips IrelandwithKids.com breaks down ... Read More »

Spotted this week – May 11th – Irish interest

Happy Friday to you! Win a trip to Ireland, beautiful Irish scenery, music and more….here are some snippets of Irish interest, from around the web, that caught my eye this week… Beautiful Ireland Let’s start with something bright and beautiful. Mairead, over at IrishAmericanMom.com, recently posted these fabulous pictures of Irish Lighthouses and the beautiful Irish coastal areas they occupy. ... Read More »

The Ruined Farmhouses of Ireland

Can you believe a family once lived here? There are ruined farmhouses like this one all over Ireland. These days many stand in ruin, wasting away and being used as makeshift farm walls, or a place for farmers to store a few things. What do you think – should some of them be restored to their former glory? Or should ... Read More »