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Category: Ireland

Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral

It was early on a Sunday and very much gloomy when we visited Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral. And, in celebration…

The Bookshelf Coffee House

While students, stroller pushing moms, and techies flooded Costa Coffee in the main shopping district of Cork, we wandered a…

Mother Jones Flea Market

Who is Mother Jones? This was the first question that La Niña asked when we passed the sign on the…

Cork and Cobh, Ireland

Cobh (pronounced Cove) is a major port of disembarkation from Ireland; one local we talked to bluntly referred to Ireland…

Clonmacnoise

On a rather peaceful but chilly morning, we headed through the mist and along small bush lined roads to get…

The Skelligs Chocolate Factory

Willy Wonka doesn’t work here… there are no Oompa-Loompas… and there’s no magic ticket, but there’s a factory and it’s…

Geokaun Mountain and Fogher Cliffs

About half an hour after visiting the Culoo Rock area, we encountered the same man walking his dog who told…

The Fairy Houses of Derrynane

The gardens of Derrynane house are vast and beautiful. And, these gardens are surrounded by a rugged, lush, green, mystical…

Ahamore Abbey (a.k.a. Abbey Island)

To get to Derrynane Abbey, you have to trek through forest, across windy beaches, and amongst beautiful iconic Irish views….

Derrynane House

Daniel O’Connel, mentioned in the Irish History in a Nutshell post and Glasnevin Cemetery post, is known in Ireland as…

Druid Garden

The castle in Blarney isn’t the only thing of interest in the area. I’d argue that the grounds surrounding the…

Blarney Castle

“I didn’t travel for 12-hours from North America to Ireland to bypass the Blarney Stone. I came all this way,…

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