Irish Fireside is a warm and welcoming website, where you can explore all that Ireland has to offer and find help for planning a trip to Ireland, from the comfort of your own home.
From Ireland's ancient past to current day festivals and fairs, Irish Fireside provides a wealth of information, especially about some of Ireland's lesser known sites.
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Irish Fireside's Creators
Corey Taratuta is a freelance writer and designer, and his partner Liam Hughes provides private tours of Ireland from his cottage in County Tipperary. Here's what they say about their writing and photography:
"We created this site for anyone dreaming about Ireland. So sit back, relax, and explore as we share our insight into the Emerald Isle’s destinations, culture, and items of interest to the Irish diaspora."
This is not a typical tourist website, with emphasis on Ireland's famous attractions.
Instead you can take a visual and informative tour through the Irish countryside, visiting castles and ruins, ancient ring forts and dolmens, without ever setting foot on an airplane.
I receive many e-mails and messages on Facebook from readers asking advice on how to plan a trip to Ireland. I love to share stories about my childhood memories of Ireland, and trips I have taken when home, but my site is more of a ramble through Ireland and America, not an in-depth resource for tourists.
And so where do I send my readers who are planning a trip to the Emerald Isle? To Irish Fireside of course. Corey's and Liam's blog posts have helped me on numerous occasions to answer many readers' questions. Thanks guys for such a wide variety of topics and interesting reports and podcasts.
Ireland Travel Kit
Tourists flock to Ireland's more well-known attractions such as the Ring of Kerry and the Cliffs of Moher, but at Irish Fireside they know Ireland has much, much more to offer.
To meet the needs of inquisitive tourists, their Ireland Travel Kit takes you where many have not gone before. The folks at Irish Fireside gathered the best Irish travel experts and bloggers to take you to "Ireland's unique, off-beat, and often-missed sites".
Here's what they say:
"We love enchanted fairy forts, trinket-laden holy wells, and eerie graveyards. The nearby dolmen holds our attention, as does the local music session.We can't resist haunted pubs, beloved movie locations, and shops run by colorful locals."
I highly recommend the interactive map, where you can click on icons to explore Ireland's hidden gems. Truly, this tool is invaluable for tourists wishing to explore hidden Ireland.
Awards and Recognition
In 2013 Irish Fireside was named the Best Blog of the Diaspora by Blog Awards Ireland. The blog has been recognized by Lonely Planet and GoOverseas.
The contributors at Irish Fireside share many of their photographs on Flickr, creatively organizing their shots into photo albums.
I cannot thank them enough for uploading their stunning photos with a creative commons license, allowing bloggers like me to use them, once credit is linked back to their original images.
These amazing shots I used for today's post all come from Irish Fireside's albums. Thanks guys for doing such a fantastic job, helping people discover and fall in love with Ireland.
Where To Find Irish Fireside
You can follow Irish Fireside on:
I hope you find all the tidbits and facts you long to know about Ireland on one of these extensively researched resources from Irish Fireside.
Tips for Planning a Trip to Ireland
I love to write about Ireland and offer tips for visiting the Emerald Isle.
Here are some posts you might find helpful if you are thining about traveling to Ireland.
The Best Beaches in Ireland – A Guide to the Coastline
7 Avoidable Mistakes When Planning A Trip To Ireland
Irish National Parks You Don’t Want To Miss
Wishing everyone happy and informative travel planning.
Thanks for following my recipes and ramblings.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Mairéad -Irish American Mom
Pronunciation - slawn ah-gus ban-ock-th
Mairéad - rhymes with parade
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Once again, Mairead, you've brought the beauty & magic of Ireland into my home via email. The IRISH FIRESIDE site is incredibly informative & the photography is breathtakingly beautiful! I feel privileged to see scenes of the Emerald Isle through the lens of a true artist. Thanks again for doing what you do, bringing Ireland a little closer to the USA with every posting.
Irish American Mom
Debra - I'm so glad to be able to bridge the Atlantic ocean from my own kitchen table, through my ramblings about my homeland. I'm so glad to hear you have visited the Irish Fireside website. They do a fantastic job sharing their work with the world and introducing readers to the beauty of Ireland.
All the best, and enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Thanks for sharing this with us, Ireland has some unbelievable beauties out there.
Irish American Mom
Glad you enjoyed this post and pictures. Thanks so much for stopping by,