Ireland

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

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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

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

Festivals, Ireland

Ireland | Galway Food Festival 2016

Easter Saturday I attended the Galway Food Festival.  The festival showcases the best in Irish produce and it just celebrated its 5th year.  This year's theme was 100 Years of Irish Food.  I was really looking forward to this festival and it was my first time going.  The festival ran from 24th-28th March and the… Continue reading Ireland | Galway Food Festival 2016

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Ireland | Ireland’s Most Beautiful Drives eBook

If you love to drive and love going on road trips, Ireland has some stunning drives, from The Wild Atlantic Way to the Military Road.  Now this won't be a post about my favourite drives but about a wonderful eBook by Chill Insurance called Ireland's Most Beautiful Drives.  The book features Ireland's Top 3 Favourite Drives, as… Continue reading Ireland | Ireland’s Most Beautiful Drives eBook