The Old Irish Bicycle

Old Bicycle in Bunratty Folk Park

Old black bicycles remind me of Ireland. These vintage cycles are part of our past, and are lovingly referred to as High Nellies. Image Credit Long before the car appeared in Ireland and for many years after its arrival, when only a few wealthy people could afford such automated luxury, the bicycle was Ireland’s chosen […]

Ogham Stones And Ancient Irish Writing

Standing Stone in Bantry, County Cork

Ogham (pronounced oh-am) is an ancient form of Irish writing comprised of patterns of parallel strokes to the side or across a continuous line. Image Credit Well, that’s the technical explanation of this old Celtic form of communication, but for me the very word brings to mind images of ancient stones pointing skyward in mystical […]

Congratulations To Emerald Heritage

Emerald Heritage Logo-001

I love sharing success stories with an Irish twist and today I’m delighted to share some wonderful news of Emerald Heritage’s ongoing accomplishments and accolades. This year Emerald Heritage will reach a global audience of 60 million viewers when it is featured on two international travel programs. The Glens of Antrim earned a well deserved […]

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

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

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

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.

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

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 […]