A Christmas to Remember in Ireland (Irish Christmas Traditions)

Christmas Day Swim in Ireland, alttext

A Christmas to Remember in Ireland Like many parts of the Western world, Christmas in Ireland is a time of merrymaking and celebration, where gifts are exchanged, copious amounts of food is eaten, drinks are drank and the arrival of Santa Claus is awaited with fervent excitement by the little ones.  Traditionally beginning on the 8th December, the Christmas festivities ... 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 »

Irish souvenir ideas : here’s what you said

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One of the most popular posts on this site is one I wrote about a year ago – Unique Irish Gifts To Give Your Loved Ones. You’ll find some good suggestions in the article, and some in the comments section too, for things you can bring back with you from Ireland. However, with such a high demand for information like ... Read More »

Where to find traditional Irish food in Ireland

Irish Stew and Guinness

Dorothy, from New England, was recently in touch via Facebook with a few questions before she left for her vacation to Ireland. Like most tourists, Dorothy probably wants to experience a real taste of Ireland while there. She asked: I would like to try some Irish food and drink…traditional, or popular with locals. What would you suggest? These days restaurants ... Read More »

Irish Faerie Folk of Yore and Yesterday – The Morrigan

Morrigan

The ripe, heavy moon hangs low and full in the sky, while the swirling, dry leaves scrape against each other, rustling and crumbling in the night wind. Soon we will all feel the crisp bite of winter, the dying of the year. But for now, it is Halloween… All Hallow’s Eve… and we have time to visit but one more ... Read More »

Why Dublin is the Perfect Place to Study

Trinity College Dublin

A freshly pulled pint of Guinness, live music, gentle laughter and the clinking of glasses in a true Irish pub are only the beginning of what Dublin has to offer. Students can expect a city jam-packed full of something for all the senses; there’s education, culture, great food, and the opportunity for a whole load of fun. The streets are steeped ... Read More »

Irish Faerie Folk of Yore and Yesterday – Caorthannach

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Vampires, Soul-stealers, Headless Horsemen, Changelings… all indeed terrifying Celtic myths. In this article, however, we explore one of the most frightening, most intimidating creatures yet. In short, if it’s not one thing…it’s your Mother. We’ve all known (or personally experienced) an overly-protective Mother. Perhaps a Mother that’s a bit overbearing? Bossy? Even literature and Hollywood have used the sometimes precarious, ... Read More »

Have you ever been to Ireland? Can you help with some trip planning advice?

The excitement and anticipation of planning a trip anywhere, can frequently be coupled with a little bit of angst and nervousness. Chances are you’re spending quite a bit of money, maybe year’s worth of savings, and this may be a once in a lifetime trip, which you want to go off without a hitch. That’s why getting some great travel ... Read More »

Planning to visit Dublin city? Consider these tips before you go…

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Never go on holidays without a plan! That’s how I approach all my trips, and it generally proves to have positive outcomes. I don’t know about you, but I can’t just get on a plane, land somewhere, and then start exploring. I have to at least know a little about what I’m going to do when I get there, what ... Read More »

Irish Faerie Folk of Yore and Yesterday – The Gancanagh

Gancanagh

Welcome to the 2nd edition of the Irish Faerie Folk of Yore and Yesterday series, leading up to All-Hallows Eve! I get to start this story by addressing my fellow female romantics out there. You know who you are. You’re the ones who grew up dreaming of finding true love…the ones who cry, like clockwork, at movies where the girl ... Read More »