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

Archaeology, Ireland

Ireland | Inchagoill Island Photo Essay

Inchagoill Island is a small island on Lough Corrib in Co. Galway.  Inchagoill comes from the Irish 'Inis an Ghaill' meaning 'Island of the Stranger'.  This special island is home to a number of ancient monastic ruins, some of which date back to the 5th century.  Teampall na Naoimh (Church of the Saints) and St.… Continue reading Ireland | Inchagoill Island Photo Essay

Film & Theatre, Ireland

Ireland | Must See Irish Films

For years film-makers and directors have flocked to Ireland to use its beautiful scenery as a backdrop for some of its productions.  All you have to do is watch the latest installment of the Star Wars franchise and you'll catch a glimpse of the impressive Skellig Michael, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  And there has… Continue reading Ireland | Must See Irish Films