Built Environment, Ireland, Natural Environment

Ireland | Connemara Photo Essay

The wild and rugged landscape of the region of Connemara in the west of Ireland is like nothing I've seen before. It is where the famous Connemara Marble is mined. The mountains reflect the different shades of green that can be found in the marble. It's truly a sight to behold. It's also where the… Continue reading Ireland | Connemara Photo Essay

History, Ireland

Ireland | A Walking Tour of Galway City

I'm extremely lucky to be living only 40 minutes away from the cute little city of Galway. Yes I just described a city as cute 😜. But not only is this city cute, it's a city rich in history and culture. Having already checked out the foodie side of Galway I thought it was time to experience… Continue reading Ireland | A Walking Tour of Galway City

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Ireland | Clare Island Photo Essay

Clare Island off the west coast of Ireland is a place of unspoiled beauty. Everywhere you turn is an opportunity to capture the wild and rugged landscape of this island. It's a nature lover's paradise and the perfect place to get away from it all for a day or a weekend. Have you been to… Continue reading Ireland | Clare Island Photo Essay

Archaeology, Ireland

Ireland | Clonmacnoise Photo Essay

Clonmacnoise is an ancient monastic site in Co. Offaly founded by St. Ciarán in 544. Clonmacnoise in Irish is Cluain Mhic Nois meaning "meadow of the sons of Nos". The site includes the ruins of a cathedral, seven churches, two round towers, three high crosses and the largest collection of Early Christian grave slabs in Western Europe. Today… Continue reading Ireland | Clonmacnoise Photo Essay

Built Environment, Ireland

Ireland | Moore Hall Photo Essay

Moore Hall is situated to the south of the village of Carnacon in Co. Mayo, lying on Muckloon Hill over looking Lough Carra.  It was once the home of George Moore and his family. The Moores were a family of sportsmen, patriots, statesmen, writers, and artists. The house was built in 1795 but destroyed by a fire in… Continue reading Ireland | Moore Hall Photo Essay

Ireland

Ireland | Cong Photo Essay. 

Cong is a beautiful village on the border of Co. Mayo and Co. Galway in the west of Ireland. This little picturesque village and surrounding area is steeped in history dating back to 7000 years. But we'll leave the history for another post. I'm extremely lucky to work in Cong. There is more to this… Continue reading Ireland | Cong Photo Essay. 

Archaeology, Ireland

Ireland | Croagh Patrick Photo Essay

Croagh Patrick is situated 5 miles outside of the picturesque town of Westport in Co. Mayo. Known as Ireland's holiest mountain, it soars 762 metres above the surrounding countryside. People have been flocking to this mountain on pilgrimage for 5,000 years. Legend has it that St. Patrick banished the 'snakes' from Ireland from this mountain.… Continue reading Ireland | Croagh Patrick Photo Essay

Archaeology, Built Environment, History, Ireland

Ireland | 5 Must Visit OPW Sites

The Office of Public Works is responsible for the care, maintenance, and operation of Ireland's most important heritage sites.  The list includes historical houses, gardens, historic battle sites and islands of cultural importance.  In total the OPW looks after 780 sites.  All the sites are an integral part of Ireland's cultural heritage.  The OPW have… Continue reading Ireland | 5 Must Visit OPW Sites

Ireland, Language

Ireland | A Country Without A Language Is A Country Without A Heart

I once participated in a #CultureTrav chat on Twitter and the topic was languages.  We all speak a language in one form or another.  When we learn a new language it helps us communicate and learn about another country's culture.  Some languages are easier to learn than others and we're drawn to the musicality of… Continue reading Ireland | A Country Without A Language Is A Country Without A Heart

England, Personal Stories

England | What One Got Up To In London

London was calling me for a May bank holiday weekend.  With Ireland being neighbours to Great Britain the flight only took just over an hour.  Pure bliss and no jet lag.  I flew from Knock to Luton with no hiccups.  It was my first time flying on my own, I've always travelled in groups and… Continue reading England | What One Got Up To In London