Introducing Incredible Ireland

Doheny and Nesbitt - Pub Painting by Incredible Ireland

Memories are personal images of life’s journey, and in this day of digital photography we all try to capture life’s special moments through our photos. But have you every thought about preserving your favorite photographic memory through your very own hand painted canvas?   Today I’m delighted to publish a guest post by Incredible Ireland, […]

Ireland’s Round Towers

St. Kevin's Tower, Glendalough, County Wicklow

Slender, tapering, stone towers dot the Irish countryside from the northern county of Antrim to Ireland’s most southern county of Cork. Image Credit The harp and the shamrock are obvious choices for the honorary title of “symbol of Ireland”, but today I once again wish to elevate another emblem to this distinguished title – the […]

The Best Events In Ireland For 2015

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During the summer months Ireland is a land of festivals, celebrations and events. From food festivals to music events, family festivals to active group adventures, Ireland is always a great place to be over the summer. Image Credit I love festivals – I think this affinity for celebrations is an innate part of my Irish […]

Furze – The Yellow Flower Of The Irish Landscape

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Ireland’s hills and hedgerows are blooming with the golden glow of yellow furze. This prolific plant adds stunning color to the Irish landscape each and every year. A Plant Of Many Names:   Now this hill brightening plant bears many names throughout Ireland. I grew up calling it furze. In northern counties this landscape illuminator […]

County Kildare

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County Kildare is Dublin’s western neighbor. This inland county offers plenty of history, spectacular scenery, ancient castles and warm welcoming towns. Image Credit Location of County Kildare:   In 1297 Kildare was first shired. It is the ancient home of the Fitzgerald family, and is one of the twelve counties of the province of Leinster. […]

Knocknarea And Queen Maeve of Connacht.

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Knocknarea dominates County Sligo’s skyline, and together with Ben Bulben, these two peaks are the most striking landmarks in the entire county. Today I thought it’s high time for a scenic interlude, and what better subject matter or mountainous model could there be for a blog post, than the magnificent Knocknarea in County Sligo. So […]

Remembering Easter Monday 1916 Plus Introducing The Easter Commemoration Digest

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On Easter Monday 1916, nearly ninety-nine years ago, Patrick Pearse and the Irish Volunteers, assembled at various prearranged meeting points in Dublin, in a bid to win Irish freedom from British rule. Image Credit   The Irish Proclamation of Independence:   At four minutes past noon on Easter Monday, April 24th, 1916, Patrick Pearse read […]

Ancient Stones And Passage Tombs – A Ramble Around Knowth, County Meath

Ogham Writing on a Stone at Knowth

County Meath in Ireland is home to many prehistoric megalithic tombs built around 3200 BC. Newgrange is the most famous archaeological site in Ireland, but it’s neighboring site of Knowth is well worth a visit. Image Credit We took a tour of this historical gem last summer, and to tell you the truth my kids […]

The History And Origins Of St. Patrick

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Today we celebrate St. Patrick, and everything that is Irish – our customs and culture, our language, our heritage, our food and drink. And I raise my glass to you – the readers of my blog. Thank you all for following my ramblings and recipes. I appreciate your support and your comments throughout my years […]

The Meaning of Some Popular Irish Last Names

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Many of us bear Irish last names or surnames as we say in Ireland. But have you ever wondered about the origins of these Irish names? Image Credit What are the most common Irish last names found world wide? From where in Ireland do these family names hail? What is the most common surname in […]

Ireland – A Land of Trees In The Time Of Saint Patrick

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Trees and forestry played both practical and spiritual roles in the lives of Irish people throughout the centuries. Today Ireland is home to some beautiful woods and forestry, but the number of trees pales in comparison to the vast numbers of living trees on the island before the 17th century. Emerald Heritage, a conservation business […]