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Ireland

Going green (really green) on the Emerald Isle for St. Patty’s Day

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As Ireland’s national holiday approaches, visions of all things green will sweep over the island, as well as fill the minds of Irish descendents spread across the globe, many of whom make pilgrimages back to their motherland on the ever-popular St. Patrick’s Day. Green everything in all shades is usually
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Celtic Heritage and Genealogy

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Posted in Destinations, Europe, Ireland

Tracing your cultural heritage and family genealogy is a fascinating undertaking. Family origins have an interest that goes beyond mere intellectual curiosity. We feel bound by our connections to the past, by an archetypal respect for all that has come before us. The mystery of your family’s origins is waiting
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Cork for Foodies

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Posted in Activities, Culinary, Europe, Ireland

Irish butter is the best Foodies, take note. There is a secret little corner of Ireland that is a true foodie paradise. I know what you’re thinking: Ireland? A foodie paradise? But this traditionally non-culinary country is learning the ropes with food, a movement that has started in the southern
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Camping & Hillwalking in Ireland

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Ireland’s lush, green scenery begs to be explored on foot. Despite the fact that it is a relatively small country, many of its best scenery – lakes, valleys, mountains and hills – remain more or less unspoiled and wild. Add to that the country’s numerous national hiking trails and designated
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Ireland’s Puck Fair- No Kidding, the Goat is King

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For three days each year in August, more than 20,000 people converge on Killorglin in Kerry in Southwest Ireland for the coronation of a goat. But not just any goat. No sir. That is King Puck on the stage in the center of town overlooking the river Laune. It is
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The Pattern Festival: An Irish Celebration

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Posted in Activities, Backpacking, Europe, Family Travel, Festivals, Historical travel, Holiday Travel, Ireland, Luxury, Solo Travel

Every summer, Irish Counties such as Mayo, Kerry, and Waterford celebrate the “Pattern,” or their Patron Saint feast days. Ardmore, a sea-side village in County Waterford, upholds the true Irish spirit of its yearly Pattern Festival with full pints and traditional Irish tunes. Having been settled by St. Declan before
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Beginner’s Guide to Backpacking Ireland

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Ireland is one of the best backpacker destinations in Europe. First of all, it is small and compact, yet extremely varied. There are also great transport links around the country and, best of all, the people are super friendly. The country also has a wealth of budget-friendly accommodations options, such
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Top Sights of Belfast and Northern Ireland

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Traveling through the back roads of Northern Ireland or dining in one of Belfast’s contemporary restaurants, you would never know that the country was once plagued by violence. The Northern Ireland of today is quite a different place to the images that filled the world’s TV screens in the 70s
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Discovering the Isle of Man

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Sitting quaintly out in the middle of the Irish Sea, somewhere between Britain and Ireland, is the Isle of Man. A British crown dependency with its own parliament, known as the “Tynwald,” the island is not technically part of the United Kingdom, but its foreign affairs and defense are overseen
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5 Scenic Treasures of Ireland

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Ireland is one of the most lush, beautiful countries in the world. Its quiet pace and the warm, friendly manner of the Irish people are sure to draw you in. Whether you are traveling with your family, a solo backpacker or a couple on a romantic getaway, there is no
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Dublin’s Top 10 Literary Sights

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From Samuel Beckett to James Joyce, there are few cities in the world that have produced so many outstanding writers as Dublin, Ireland. The Irish are known for their witty way with the English language and Irish writers have more than once been awarded accolades like the Nobel Peace Prize
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Ireland’s Pathway to the Stars

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Posted in Europe, Ireland, Spiritual Travel

For something off the beaten path that may lead to a lifelong hobby, consider exploring Ireland’s Neolithic past. The equipment is simple: sturdy walking shoes and a rain slicker layered over a sweater and your favorite camera. Why would anyone track the Neolithic in Ireland? Lots of reasons! First, the
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Celtic Knots – Irish Destination Weddings

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Posted in Ireland, Travel Hippy

Ah, weddings. Dreams and decisions. White dress, or ivory? Tie and vest, or cravat? 20 guests, or 200? Chapel or castle in Ireland? Really? With some planning a destination wedding in Ireland seals the deal in an amazing country surrounded by centuries of heritage. More and more brides and grooms,
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Ireland Off-Season

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Posted in Europe, Ireland, Travel Hippy

Everyone wants to go to Ireland, and it seems that everyone wants to go in the summer. Now don’t get me wrong. There is much good to be said about the warm days of summer on the greenest of islands. However, fall, winter, and spring offer their own special charms,
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