Tag: Ireland

Corned Beef and Cabbage – typically … American???

Last year for St. Patrick’s Day, I decided to try my hand at Corned Beef and Cabbage.  Now, honestly, I don’t think I’d ever before cooked a corned beef for anything but to make corned beef hash.  Certainly not as

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Who was St. Patrick? And why does the whole world celebrate him?

    Every year on St. Patrick’s Day, people sport their “green”.  Being Irish, I never felt compelled to “show off” my heritage and if I forgot to wear green that day, oh well.  But for my entire life, I

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Have you seen Ireland’s “Must See”?

The Cliffs of Moher.  One of the most recognizable natural wonders on the west coast of Ireland.  Even the name is magical.  The Cliffs of Moher. The name comes from the Irish word mothar, meaning a ruined fort.  In the

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Gougane Barra – St. Finbarr’s Oratory

As I approached the access to the tiny island, the only sound was the soft crunch of my footsteps on the loose gravel.  The day was sunny and warm; the crystal azure sky turned the glacial lake a deep, almost

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Flying Boats & Irish Coffee – no, we weren’t drinking it!

When flying to Ireland from the East Coast of the US, you touch down in Shannon before the bars have closed in New York or Boston!  The night is yet young, as they say…but finding a hotel to accommodate you

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Céad Mille Fáilte – One Hundred Thousand Welcomes

Landing in Shannon Airport, Ireland is a joy. It is a world class, modern facility with the longest runway in Ireland – and the only one capable of landing the new Airbus A380. But rather than the hectic, frenetic pace

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Hidden Jewels: Loch Gur, Co. Limerick, Ireland

Although I’d heard of Loch Gur and known about it for some time, I had never visited it.  However, prompted by Michael Quinlan, a local author and historian who happened to be the guide on our recent trip, I knew

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