An Irish Postcard – Dunmore East

Anything BUT a sleepy harbour! Looks quiet enough as we approach… Our timing was spot on for the changeover at the Aquapark…. and here’s the next batch – raring to go! But there’s lots more going on… As you can well believe, the seaside village of Dunmore East is a very popular spot in Ireland’s […]

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WATERFORD WALLS 2023

We just missed the Waterford Walls Festival which finished on Sunday (although there was still some activity on Monday – probably because of rotten weather over the past few weeks). The festival includes the usual music, workshops, tours, etc and, of course, art. Dozens of national and international artists create mural artworks around the city […]

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THE BEAUTY AND DIVERSITY OF THE IRISH LANDSCAPE – (2) HER COASTLINE

I bet you didn’t realise that Ireland, hanging there on the edge of Europe, is the 20th largest island in the world. This makes for quite a bit of coastline. Of course the actual length of that coastline is another matter (and all depends on who’s doing the measuring!!) but it’s generally acknowledged to be […]

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The Beauty and Diversity of the Irish Landscape – (1) her Peat Bogs

We may be known for our coastline, mountains, rivers and lakes but I’m starting with my personal favourite – can there be anything more mysterious, bleak and beautiful than an empty bog. And bog we have aplenty! – one sixth of the island is peatland. Traditionally, the land has been associated with poverty and considered […]

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Out and About in Ireland’s Heartland – Clonmacnoise

Location! Location! Location! St. Ciarán certainly had an eye for prime real estate, didn’t he! Clonmacnoise (The Meadow of the Sons of Nós) was ideally placed at the crossroads of two major medieval traffic routes – the mighty Shannon River and the Slí Mór (The Great Way) which traversed the country from east to west. […]

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