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Category Archive: Ireland


Feb 07

One Day in Kilkenny, Ireland

What if you only had one day day in Kilkenny and a local offered to show you around? We had the unique opportunity to be guests of Fáilte Ireland and Kilkenny Tourism. The tourist bureaus showed us a few things to do in Kilkenny that we might not have tried otherwise, and we fit them …

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Jan 25

Is Blarney Castle Worth the Hype, or a Bit O’ Blarney Itself?

Kissing the Blarney Stone is one of those iconic things every visitor to Ireland is expected to do, and that is precisely why I didn’t want to do it. Legend has it that the kiss gives you a little bit of blarney and you’ll become a smooth talker. Yeah, right. Truth be told, we only …

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Sep 30

How to Spend One Day in Waterford Ireland

Less than a 2-hour drive from Dublin, Waterford is best known for its namesake crystal, but that’s not all the city has going for it. If you’re planning a trip through Ireland, spending a day in Waterford will be time well spent.

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Feb 01

Buying a Claddagh Ring in Galway

When we decided to bring our oldest son with us to Ireland, we asked him what he wanted to do most. “I want to drink an Irishman under the table,” came the answer. “You’re on your own with that one,” Dan retorted with a smile. “What else?” “I want to buy a Claddagh ring in …

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Jan 15

Clifden, County Galway – I Found My Family Roots

Dear Luke and Leia, In Clifden, County Galway, I found my family roots in a tiny village named Kingstown. This was the most exciting part of our journey: to see where my great-grandmother came from and to formally meet my Irish family members. The emotions were overwhelming as I finally set foot upon the ground of …

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Jan 08

Dingle Peninsula and Beehive Huts

Dear Luke and Leia, We are visiting the Dingle Peninsula, to see the beautiful cliffs and beehive huts on Slea Head Drive and to find us an Irish pub or two for a bite to eat. Well, the last one should be easy since – being in Ireland – all the pubs are Irish. The …

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Jan 01

Investigating Irish Family Roots: Kinsale, Cobh and Blarney

Dear Luke and Leia, Our journey through Ireland included investigating our Irish family roots. After a stop to see the Rock of Cashel (Saint Patrick was there) our trek led us south to Cobh. That is where the matriarch of our family left for McKeesport, Pennsylvania aboard the SS Majestic. Next we will visit the …

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Dec 18

Jump the Pond To Land In Dublin

.Dear Luke and Leia, We are off to “jump the pond and land in Dublin” and kick off a 6-week tour of Europe. The cool thing is the first 10 days are driving around Ireland with your uncle Jimmy. First on the list, the fantastic city of Dublin, the capital of Ireland.

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Dec 14

First Time in Dublin

There’s a first time in Dublin for us all, I suppose, but ours was particularly memorable. When our oldest son was a lad, Dan had promised him that he would someday take him to Ireland. In 2011, we had a chance to finally keep that promise by flying Jimmy to Dublin so we could enjoy …

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Nov 25

10 Pinterest-Worthy Photos of Irish Cliffs

Beautiful photos of the Irish cliffs along the drive around Loop Head in County Clare, all optimized for sharing on your Pinterest boards.

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