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Why Visit an Irish Castle?

Why Visit an Irish Castle?

Need to experience something real? Touch something that is older then everything you know?

 There is a need in most of us to place ourselves in history. Stand in a stone ruin, carved by hand by people who had families, told stories and had their own ambitions and needs. Ireland’s castles, lived in by powerful and power hungry men and women whose pride and perhaps greed still resonates today through the smooth cold stone that protected and supported them, are some of the most fascinating in the world.

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Irish Whiskey Tasting In Galway City

Irish Whiskey Tasting In Galway City

Ireland has a very sophisticated whiskey tasting trail throughout the country. My focus this weekend was on the West of Ireland and the loveliest little city in Ireland – Galway.

Head to Shop street (yes you guessed it – lots of shops!) but a few great traditional pubs too, with some outdoor seating for the brave and fantastic welcoming interiors. A wall of Whiskeys meet you , the choice is staggering. Only the truly knowledgeable can go it alone without the guide of a detailed menu and description of what is on offer.

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The Irish Gift of the Gab

The Irish Gift of the Gab

The Irish are well known around the world for their way with words, sometimes referred to as the Gift of the Gab. In reality, this is much more than being quick witted and having a talent for spinning entertaining yarns over a pint (although it's true we are indeed quick witted and enjoy spinning yarns over pints); the Irish Gift of the Gab has stemmed from a population that has endured much hardship, including famine and recession and, being from a small Island, is prone to emigration. Despite living all over the world, either by choice or necessity, Irish people have retained a tangible identity which is kept alive through stories and songs. This identity is most evident on Saint Patrick's Day when, the 100 million or so, Irish diaspora celebrate their Irish ancestry.

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How to Have a Perfect Weekend in Cork, Ireland

How to Have a Perfect Weekend in Cork, Ireland

A ‘once in a lifetime trip to Ireland’ is impossible – You can’t visit just once. The landscape, the people and atmosphere make it difficult for anyone who has experienced it to stay away for too long. Every time you make the trip you’ll find a new hidden gem; a little rocky cove, a scenic walk, a lively pub all there, as if waiting for you to discover them. As a regular visitor I have found one recipe for a perfect weekend in my favourite county of them all – Cork.

Saturday:

 Flying into Cork airport is always a pleasure.

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Centuries of Belief: Evidence in the Irish Landscape

Centuries of Belief: Evidence in the Irish Landscape

Ireland has a predominantly Catholic population. The religion is understood to have been brought to Ireland in the early fifth century by the country’s patron saint, St. Patrick. Prior to the introduction of Christianity, the Irish people had a very different belief system of which little is now known. Although Irish people accepted Christianity, they were slow to give up their old beliefs entirely. We can see vestiges of these old beliefs across the Irish landscape in the form of holy wells. These wells were considered sacred places to the pre-Christian Irish and so were amalgamated into the new belief system. There are an estimated 3000 holy wells in Ireland, many of which have had a shrine to the Virgin Mary added to Christianise the site. 

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