Three of Ireland’s Best Hotels

Adare Manor's Library Room.

Three of Ireland's best hotels have just one thing in common: superb hospitality. Otherwise, they're as different as chalk and cheese, as the saying goes. These are upscale lodgings with highly individual character. Ireland's Best Hotels The Falls Hotel and Spa The Falls Hotel and Spa just outside the village of Ennistymon in west Ireland's County Clare, stands on 50 wooded acres above ... Read Full Article

Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

Fanad Peninsula on the wild atlantic way

I stepped off our coach bus unsure of what to expect out of our first stop in County Donegal along the Wild Atlantic Way, a coastal route of about 2,500 kilometers stretching from southern County Cork to the northwestern corner of Ireland. The weather was noticeably cooler than the hot September afternoons I had been experiencing back in Cleveland. Here, the winds were strong and the air as fresh ... Read Full Article

Visit These Top 5 Cities in the Emerald isle

Dublin's Temple Bar

Céad míle fáilte! The Irish saying that means ‘a hundred thousand welcomes’ is something that you’ll hear plenty of times when traveling around Ireland. It’s the unofficial slogan of the Emerald Isle, often considered to be one of the friendliest places on earth and renowned around the world for its iconic symbols: clover leafs, leprechauns, St. Patrick, whiskey and Guinness. Ireland’s ... Read Full Article

In Dublin’s Fair City You’ll find Guinness and Beer Aplenty

The Temple Bar- the most photographed pub in the world

Faith and begorrah! Conquering Dublin’s renown Temple Bar pubs just can’t be done. To be sure, it’s not really the sort of place where you should attempt to stagger from bar to bar, slugging back a quick beer at each (although many have tried and failed). It’s more the place where you go to sit and enjoy the friendly ambience of an authentic Irish pub for an evening, before trying another on the ... Read Full Article

Exploring Inis Meain, the Lesser-known Aran Island

ruins of an old house on inis meain

Visitors to Ireland's Aran Islands, located off the west coast from Galway, will undoubtedly know that the famous Irish comedy "Father Ted" is based on a fictional island fashioned after the smallest of the Aran Islands, Inis Oir (named Craggy Island in the television series). Likewise, the biggest of the three islands, Inis Mor, attracts the most tourists for its remarkable stone fortress, Dun ... Read Full Article

Ireland’s Ancient Burial Mounds

White quartz brought by pilgrims

Older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Giza! My passion for archeology spikes with the thought of seeing 5,000 year-old-tombs! My husband Rick is a willing participant as we point our rental car away from Dublin towards the vast area of Brú na Bóinne. This complex Megalithic site in County Meath, Ireland is known for its three major tombs - Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth (together deemed a UNESCO ... Read Full Article

How Would You Like Your Shamrock? Ask the Ravenous Traveler

Drinking Guinness by BitchBuzz

“How would you like your shamrock,” asked the bartender. It was my first trip to Ireland. I’d ordered a Guinness; I was seventeen; and I had no idea what he was talking about—confused as much by his thick Irish accent as by the question. “How would you like your shamrock,” he asked again. After receiving another blank stare, the bartender shook his head and handed me a perfectly poured Guinness ... Read Full Article

Sláinte! A Visit to the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin


Guinness and Ireland are inextricably linked and no visit to Dublin is complete without a tour of the famous brewery on St James’s Gate. Only a twenty minute walk from the city center, this historic factory has been brewing Guinness on the site since 1759; though, the origin of the current building is much more recent. I didn’t know what to expect from a tour of the Guinness Storehouse. I thought ... Read Full Article

Glendalough Valley in the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland

Celtic Cross II

The monastic settlement of the Glendalough Valley in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains is one of the most beautiful and haunting places in Ireland. And, it’s a bit surprising that this isolated area is not far from Dublin, one of Europe’s busiest metropolises. The untouched wilderness of the Glendalough Valley, with its ancient stone buildings, down to earth locals, and circuitous route (there is ... Read Full Article

24(ish) Hours In Cork

View In Cork Neighborhood

Never have I felt closer to home in a foreign land than when I traveled to Ireland's Cork (city). The industrial heart of southern Ireland is practically a reflection of my American Rust Belt home, Cleveland. Yet when my fellow travelers, Vic and Rob, and I decided to visit Cork, we did so on a whim. This whim was the result of a conversation on what cities we wanted to visit while in ... Read Full Article