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  • Ballyfin showcases Ireland's best
    Ballyfin showcases Ireland's best
    BALLYFIN, Ireland- As the carriage circled the hill, Billy the Irish cob glanced back at Lionel Chadwick, the coachman at Ballyfin manor, as if to say, “I’m ready, old son. What about you?”“Chirrup,” clucked Chadwick,...
  • Brian Boru, Dublin Castle
    The Battle of Clontarf (1014)
    Brian Boru captured the Irish kingship in the eleventh century. A rival emerged to challenge Boru's claim in 1013. The next year, the king met his enemies on Good Friday at Clontarf. The bloody Battle of Clontarf featured Viking warriors and...
  • Poet William Butler Yeats lives on in County Sligo
    Poet William Butler Yeats lives on in County Sligo
    It only takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes to drive the entire length of the Wild Atlantic Way in Country Sligo, but it’s here that you’ll find Yeat’s countryside. Growing up here, he spent much of his childhood in the northern...
  • Faolansidhe, Irish Wolf Spirit of Time
    The Wolf Year Legend of Donegal, Ireland
    Combining the zodiac systems of the Western world and Chinese culture, I'm a Scorpio who was born in the Year of the Boar. The word "zodiac" can be traced back to the Greek for the twelve equal divisions of a circle and has come to...
  • Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa: a southern Irish coastal oasis
    Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa: a southern Irish coastal oasis
    Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa lies in a picturesque location near the most southerly point of Ireland in county Cork fronting several beaches along a series of peninsulas jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean.Reached via a winding road that...
  • A voyage to Iceland with the Vikings
    A voyage to Iceland with the Vikings
    SOUTHERN NORWAY, Viken Bay -- It’s 879 A.D., and Hallgerdyur is getting her 19-year-old son Skarphedinn ready for his first (and quite possibly his last) voyage to the New Lands. She packs his clothes and a few toiletries in a little box,...
  • Navigating Dublin, Ireland
    Navigating through Dublin Ireland
    Arriving to Dublin Airport, the welcoming mist and fog welcomed me to Ireland. Once the car was hired, I was off to Dublin while enjoying the challenge always encountered when faced with driving on the left side of the road. Avis is always a great...
  • Stained Glass
    Another perfect day in Dublin
    Another Perfect Day in DublinThis is a follow-up to my previous article, “The Perfect Day in Dublin.” As I was actually in Dublin for five days, the following are recommendations which you might consider for your next couple of days in...
  • Ireland's first Ambassador to the U.S., Timothy A. Smiddy, Minister of Irish Free State, and J.B. Wright, 1924.
    Irish Embassy celebrates 90 years of Ireland-U.S. relations with concert Oct. 5
    The Embassy of Ireland will celebrate 90 years of Ireland-U.S. relations by hosting a free outdoor concert with traditional music and dancing at Washington's Dupont Circle on Oct. 5, from 2 to 4 P.M.Performers include the local Irish Inn Mates...
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    Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way
    It’s on the edge of Europe, where land and sea collide. Ireland's 1,500 mile coastline known as The Wild Atlantic Way runs from Kinsale in County Cork in the south to the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal to the north. It is the longest...
  • Calvary
    Calvary (2014) Brendan Gleeson, Kelly Reilly
    Calvary is a very ambitious little movie that tries to tackle a lot of weighty issues, and seems to be an exploration of its writer-director John Michael McDonagh's complicated and untenable feelings towards the Catholic Church. Most of the...
  • Ireland's festival honors author of ‘Dracula’
    Ireland's festival honors author of ‘Dracula’
    An international program of activities was announced today honoring one of Ireland’s leading authors – master of the Gothic genre, Bram Stoker, whose vampire thriller, ‘Dracula,’ has sold tens of millions of copies...
  • Guiness Shamrock
    The Perfect Day in Dublin
    Recently I had the chance to add my 51st country to my list of countries visited. The beautifully green and incredibly hospitable country of Ireland was my destination and it did not let me down. I visited Limerick, Galway, the Cliffs of Moher,...
  • Songs of Innocence album
    U2's benchmark branding "Songs of Innocence"
    Very few artists in music achieve superstar success. Those that have tend to give back to their communities and fans whether it's through special concerts, discounts on merchandise or the occasional free music download. There are some that...
  • Calvary
    Calvary
    Martin McDonagh is an extremely important and respected playwright. He is also a pretty good filmmaker. His films are In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths. His plays have won too many awards to mention, but some of the titles are The Beauty Queen of...