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Jewels in the Crown

Everyone will have their own idea

The Claddagh is a symbol

of what best captures The Spirit

recognized the world over as an

of Ireland. We talk to one of the

Irish classic. We look at its origins

Bob´s of Cashel who has his own

and at some Irish craftspeople

story to tell.

offering the very best in Irish


jewelry design.


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A visit to Ireland is the trip of a


Beautiful Ireland

lifetime for many. We follow one

From the wilds of Donegal, the

such journey and take a look at

beauty of Kerry to the tombs of

some of the stops along the way.

Meath and surfing in Sligo, Ireland is indeed a spectacular place.


Visitor Attractions

There are so many visitor


Reaching Out

attractions in Ireland the problem

Some great initiatives are at work

will be narrowing down your

to link the Irish diaspora from all

selection. We look at some of the

over the world with their home

best places to see.




A Craft Journey

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Creativity is something that is never

in short supply in Ireland. We look

round-up of whats happening

at some of the finest craftspeople in Ireland, many of whom export to

Out and about in Ireland - a news around the country.

the USA and are available via your

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local Celtic store.

NACTA stores throughout the USA and Canada provide a link with


Chic Shopping

home, great shopping and a great

If you are lucky enough to make it

welcome to all. We visit a few of

to Ireland you might be surprised

these special shops and give you

at the level of quality outlets

a listing of Irish stores well worth a visit.

available that offer great bargains and a great shopping experience.

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Welcome The Spirit Of

Ireland Editor Trish Phelan Copy & Editorial Joanne Punch Editorial Contribution National Museum of Ireland Craft Council of Ireland Tourism Ireland NACTA Graphic Design Distribution North American Celtic Trade Association Devlin Media Tel: 00353 1 8053944 Photography Tourism Ireland Print Whilst every effort has been made to make the information contained herein as comprehensive and accurate as is possible, the publishers accept no responsibility for additions, omission or errors. No part of this publication can be copied or produced without the editor’s consent in writing



éad míle fáilte to the first issue of ‘The Spirit of Ireland’ a new magazine published on behalf of the North American Celtic Trade Association (NACTA) by Devlin Media. The Spirit of Ireland showcases the best of Ireland’s culture, traditions, crafts and heritage and explores the captivating sights and scenic locations which make Ireland such an enthralling and rewarding destination for visitors. It has been said that Ireland is distinctly but somehow indefinably different to other nations. Perhaps it is the majestic landscapes and the echoes of an ancient and medieval past allied to the famously welcoming people and their love of song, dance and poetry which gives the country its special blend of magic. This magic is found throughout the country, from the enchanting surroundings of County Kerry to the timeless beauty of the Cliffs of Moher and Connemara and the wild and rugged landscapes of Donegal. It is found in the small villages which appear to have stood since time immemorial and also in the country’s towns and cities. The retailers, vendors, manufacturers and distributors represented by NACTA focus primarily on Celtic products and have been bringing a taste of the magic of Ireland to their customers for generations. They represent the very best of Celtic crafts and culture and play an invaluable role in promoting Ireland and its heritage and traditions to the North American and Canadian markets. The Spirit of Ireland Magazine hopes to do likewise. In this first issue you can read about the fascinating history of the iconic Aran Jumper and learn about the romantic and captivating tale of the Claddagh Ring and the inspiring story of the bodhran. Read about Ireland’s most skilled and renowned potters, jewlers and craftspeople and take a tour of the country’s most spectacular and awe-inspiring scenery. We hope we enjoy the magazine and we welcome any comments and suggestions. To learn more about NACTA and the services it provides log onto: www. and the magazine is also available to view online at

Trish Editor Sin A Bhfuil Pottery

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The Spirit of Ireland It is difficult to define what exactly is the Spirit of Ireland but one of the things that comes to mind is the sense of connection people have to each other and to their surroundings, whether they live on the island of Ireland or whether looking at it from afar. Unique to Ireland is the readiness to tell a story, any story to anyone who will listen. This is the essence of the ‘cead mile failte’ and one that really does extend a hundred thousand welcomes.


ashel is home to the iconic Rock of Cashel, one of the most spectacular tourist attractions in Ireland and one of the most visited. It is also home to Bernard Minogue, part of the O’Dwyer-Bob clan whose life is intrinsically linked with Cashel and the rock itself. Bernard is curator of Cashel Folk Village and a veritable rock of knowledge when it comes to local history. His

family are an integral part of Cashel with Bernard’s first cousin Elaine Moriarty having taken Queen Elizabeth on her guided tour of the Rock of Cashel during the recent state visit. Bernard’s father was the last sole caretaker of the Rock of Cashel and this job was occupied by his father and his father before him. Billy Minogue, Bernard’s father was caretaker not only of the Rock but also for Hoare Abbey and St Dominic’s Abbey. In

those days there was no such thing as a ride on a grass mower to keep the grass in check so sheep did the job just fine. Paddy Meaney’s herd of sheep lived in the grounds of the Rock of Cashel and they kept the grass in shape with Bill’s kids cleaning up after them when they came home from school. Billy’s family had a gift shop on the site which became hazardous during lambing season since the lambs liked to wander into the shop – a 7

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Spirit of Ireland cause for great excitement for the children however when the rams came looking for their newborns it was a different matter altogether. Ever wondered where the expression ‘battering ram’ came from? Well Bernard knows all about the real thing! The caretaker cottage for the Rock of Cashel sits in the shadow of the great rock and it is a listed building over 200 years old. Bernard’s family lived here before him and his mother was too busy and too late to get to the hospital over fifty years ago, so Bernard was born here in the cottage he now calls home. Over the road from the caretaker house is the Rock of Cashel shop. This used to be Jack Maher’s house but when visitor numbers to the Rock of Cashel became so great, a visitor centre was planned for the site of the original shop run by Bernard’s mother. This enterprising lady bought Jack’s house and turned it into the gift shop it is today now run by Bernard’s sister Ann Minogue-Teehan. After a busy day walking around the rock and shopping for gifts, a nice cup of tea is in order and where better to find the perfect cup than in Granny’s Kitchen. And guess what? Granny’s kitchen is run by Bernard’s aunt, Anna O’Dwyer. At the centre of Cashel village is the Cashel Palace Hotel. As you might expect this too has a story to tell. The Cashel Palace hotel was the site where Arthur Guinness’ father first brewed his famous beer, Guinness. Bernard can tell you this and many other stories. He knows all about the unique artefacts in the folk village, Ireland’s only war of independence, civil war and Easter 1916 rising museum. The museum houses many unusual items including a 4,000 year old standing stone; a 20,000 year old giant Irish elk head – the giant elk being extinct for between 8-12,000 years. Most unusual of all, you can see bog butter dating back to 4,000 years before Christ. Bog butter was traditionally buried in bogs in case a village ran out of food after a battle. If the need arose butter could be dug up to feed the people in case of emergency. The butter is fossilized these days but you can hold a piece of history in your hand at the Cashel Folk Village.

As well as local history you can learn all about the ‘Bobs’. Bernard’s father in law Martin O’Dwyer-Bob is chairman of Cashel Historical Society and he has written eight books on Irish history. Martin O’Dwyer-Bob lives in the grounds of the folk village. He built a cottage on the site and lives there to this day and his four grown up children all live within 800 meters. Martin’s son Billy O’Dwyer-Bob is a roof thatcher and he thatched the two remaining thatched houses in Cashel. Billy is also a songwriter and he wrote ‘Tipperary Girl’ a song recorded by Daniel O’Donnell whose wife is from Tipperary. Billy’s brother Danny O’Dwyer-Bob created the 1916 rising museum figures in the village. The ‘Bob’extension to the name is because there are so many O’Dwyer’s in Tipperary that they are distinguished with a third name that tells one Dwyer from the other. If you say “he’s one of the Bobs” they know which O’Dwyer clan you are talking about. Only in Ireland! Bernard can tell you about his family and families going way back. He recalls stories of the last tinkers in Ireland whose caravan is on show there today. Fourteen children were reared in the space of a few feet in this caravan. At night pallets were laid on top of one and other and the eldest children slept outside between the pallets. Things weren’t so basic for Bernard in his 200 year old caretaker’s cottage where there were seven siblings. Today five of these still live within one mile of The Rock and two more are within 200 meters. Sure why would you leave all the Bobs? ■

To visit Cashel is a visual and historical treat. To visit a natural storyteller like Bernard is a feast to the senses and it is sure to put a smile on your face. Tel: 00353 62 63601. Cell: 00353 87 9151316 Images from Tourism Ireland Story from Bernard Minogue, Cashel Folk Village




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The old fashioned corner shop has never gone out of fashion.


ften copied but never as good as the real thing this is a place that always has what it is you are looking for and you are served with a friendly smile. In Ireland many of these shops are also pubs and garages all rolled into one – a true sight to behold. In the USA and Canada hundreds of Irish shops provide that same homely feel and they welcome customers back time after time, if for nothing else other than a chat and a nice cup of tea. Little wonder therefore that stories would be told of travels to Ireland

and the shops were soon recognized as a great place to source travel information as well as a myriad of other things. And out of this came a recognition that there was a need for a personal and detailed advice service for people wanting to travel to Ireland which was unbiased, informative and obligation free. The NACTA travel service was born and it has been building on its success year on year. The secret is in the giving and receiving of great advice from people who really know where it is that you want to go. Often times travelers

“The remarkable thing about CIE Tours is the value” says Cheryl Parabicoli of The Tinkers Cart, Clinton MA. “Some tour operators ask passengers to pay extra for banquets or visits which can add up to hundreds of dollars. That’s not what I want for my customers. With CIE Tours everything is included – meals, entertainment, visits – there are no hidden extras.”



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Saint Patrick‘s Cathedral Built in the 1200’s with 360,000 visitors per year St Patrick’s Cathedral is Ireland’s largest, finest and most visited ecclesiastical building. The Cathedral is filled with monuments and sculptures depicting famous Irish people including Dean Swift, The Earl of Kildare and, of course, St Patrick.

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each area. Our shops are like little Irish emissaries all over the country and this is what brings people back time and time again. Not only do you have a great shop on your doorstep, you have someone that can help with every aspect of your trip, save you money and even speak the local language (or help you to learn a few words for yourself!). Your Irish shop owner wants you to have a great vacation so they will steer you in the right direction where you can get tips and insider information that will make all the difference.” NACTA Travel is a professional travel agency which works exclusively with customers of Irish import shops to deliver a level of customer service that is truly rare and wonderful. Irish born staff have an in-depth knowledge of Ireland and the British Isles and will work with you to plan every aspect of your vacation. You’ll get insider tips and practical ideas to help make this the trip

“We love CIE Tours”, said Steve & Barbara Hand, of Legends of the Celts, Hayward, WI. “We have travelled with them dozens of times and have never been disappointed. Last year we took a CIE trip to Scotland with our local pipe band and it was first-class.”


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Visitor Attractions There are no shortage of visitor attractions in Ireland - the problem is how to cram it all in! We take a look at a selection of ´must sees´ that are consistently rated in best visitor experience polls.

Trinity College Library, Dublin


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Glasnevin Museum

An intriguing journey through Irelands past


lasnevin Museum is the world’s first cemetery museum. Visitors can immerse themselves in over one million stories and also learn about many of the country’s greatest artists, writers and patriots. The exhibition begins in the basement where visitors descend through layers of earth into the Well of Memory. Here you can see stone drains or Culverts built in the 1800s to curtail the spread of cholera. Next visitors pass screens displaying the names of every person interred in the cemetery. Personal mementos embedded in the Reflections Wall evoke the lives of ordinary and extraordinary men, women and children. You can see highlights of the story of Glasnevin from the first burial, to grave digging, body-snatching and


the impact of diseases on our past population. Touch screens are built into gravestones where visitors can explore these subjects in every detail. An interactive Religions Wall allows you to investigate the multicultural customs and beliefs of the people buried here (all religions and none) and visitors can sit under replica Yew Trees listening to colorful anecdotes of grave diggers as they reminisce about their years working in the cemetery. Of much interest to overseas visitors is the extensive database of online Genealogy services where you can browse archives containing details of previous generations and the precise location of every burial. The Milestone Gallery contains an exhibition on Daniel O’Connell highlighting his role in the development of Ireland as

a modern country and his influence as a global figure in the fight for human rights. Visitors can go into the crypt of Daniel O’Connell and see where many of modern Ireland’s heroes are buried including Michael Collins, Charles Stewart Parnell, Éamon de Valera, Arthur Griffith, Countess Markievicz, Michael Cusack, Robert Erskine Childers, and Gerard Manley Hopkins. Complete your visit with lunch or afternoon tea in the Tower Café and pick up a book or gift as a souvenir of your visit in the Museum Shop. ■

For more information: Glasnevin Museum, Glasnevin Cemetery, Finglas Road, Dublin 11 T +353 1 8826550 E: E: Web:

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“There are over one million stories buried here. Gravediggers, Body Snatchers, Rebels, Revolutionaries, Ordinary and Extraordinary people.� 25

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The Jameson Experience, Midleton 


visit to Cork city must include the Jameson Experience with guided tours available throughout the year. Enjoy an audio-visual presentation retracing the history of whiskey in Ireland. Here you can see the old distillery with kilns, mills, maltings, water wheel and even the distiller’s cottage complete with cooperage and warehouses. Walk through areas dating back to 1795 when some of the building was a mill before being converted for use as a distillery. The water wheel which once operated all of the machinery still turns and it operates the cogs and wheels in the Mill Building. You can also admire one of the original steam engines installed in the latter half of the 19th century. The Still House is a tour highlight the three original pot stills still gleaming like burnished gold. One of these pot stills, installed in 1949 can hold 31,000 gallons (141,000 litres), making it the largest pot still in the world. Visitors get to see the cooperage, where coopers used to make and fix casks and you 26

can visit a recreated warehouse where guides explain the principles and importance of maturation. A great gift to take home is the Jameson Distillery Reserve, a 12 year old whiskey exclusively for sale at Midleton and the Old Jameson Distillery in Dublin. Make it even more special by having your bottle personalized as a great gift or memento of the visit. Open 7 days a week. Visit Malt House Restaurant on site for delicious food and visit the Gift Shop for exclusive shopping. ■


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The Old Jameson Distillery


ne of Dublin’s top visitor attractions, take a trip through the romantic past of Irish whiskey making at The Old Jameson Distillery in Smithfield. Set in the heart of historic Dublin, the Old Jameson Distillery dates back to 1780 with the visitor centre being housed within the original four walls where John Jameson founded the distillery. Rich in history, the centre provides a wonderful insight into the fine art of whiskey making with an audio visual presentation, a walk through the recreated distillery and a whiskey tasting in the Jameson Discovery Bar where you can enjoy a complimentary glass of Jameson and a chance to become a “Qualified Irish Whiskey Taster.” Linger a little longer in the plush Reserve Bar with a Jameson Irish Coffee or simply browse the Distillery Gift Shop  for a special memento of your visit. Having won the title of “Best

Venue for Dinner & Entertainment in all Ireland,” three years in a row, the distillery boasts a range of entertainment facilities including The 3rd Still Restaurant,  JJ’s Bar  and the popular Irish ‘Shindig Nights’ of traditional Irish music, song and dance. Evening packages are available encompassing a guided tour, whiskey tasting, a four course meal and live Irish music and dancing. ■

With over 200,000 visitors passing through the doors each year this is one experience not to be missed. Contact:



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Spend a day with the GAA


roke Park is Ireland’s largest and most iconic sporting arena and the fourth largest stadium in Europe, as headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) a visit here is a must do on any trip to Dublin. Founded in 1884, the GAA is Ireland’s largest sporting and cultural organization. The Croke Park Experience in the GAA Museum and Croke Park Stadium Tour offers a unique opportunity to learn more about the history of the GAA through guided tours and interactive exhibits. The museum traces the birth and growth of the GAA at home and abroad and its unique role in the national political and cultural revival in Ireland. Refurbished in 2010, the museum houses a vast collection that illustrates the development of Gaelic games from ancient times to the present day. Test your hurling and Gaelic football skills in the museum’s specially-designed interactive games area and see how fast you can react. Or test your soloing skills and practice the art of the high catch! Experience the magic of a match day and follow in the footsteps of legends on a

Croke Park stadium tour. Visit the dressing rooms, walk pitch side via the players’ tunnel and take a seat in the VIP area. Guides will also bring you to the Players’ Lounge, hospitality suites and to the media centre on the top tier of the stadium where you will enjoy a spectacular bird’s eye view of Croke Park. Launching in June 2012 is Skyline Croke Park - Dublin’s newest and most exciting visitor attraction allowing visitors to experience the Dublin landscape from 17 stories high - 44 metres above the ground. The rooftop walkway features five viewing platforms with insights into the top sights and visitor attractions in the city. Tours will take place daily from 1st June and last approximately 2 hours. They include a multi-lingual audio guiding device and a key feature is a suspended walkway out over the pitch offering spectacular views into the stadium complex. Come Walk on High at Croke Park. The venue is located within easy walking distance of the city centre with frequent bus connections available. ■

For more, contact the museum on +353 1 8192323 or visit Visit & Gaelic Games Packages available at Skyline Croke Park details will be available on



Book online at and get 10% off adult tickets. Guinness Storehouse®, St James’s Gate, Dublin 8. Tel. 00353 1 408 4800

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Visit the magical home of GUINNESS in Dublin.


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uinness is synonymous with Ireland and a visit to its capital city is not complete without a visit to the home of Guinness. Located in the heart of the legendary St James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin, Guinness Storehouse was the former fermentation plant of the brewery, now reconstructed into a seven-storey visitor experience that recounts the intriguing history of the making of this world famous beer. It is a remarkable story that begins over  250 years ago and ends in Gravity Bar, where visitors will receive a complimentary pint of Guinness  while relaxing and enjoying the breath-taking 360° panoramic views over Dublin. At Guinness Storehouse you’ll experience every aspect of a brewing process that’s as old and unique as the cobbled streets outside. You’ll discover what goes into making the “Black Stuff,” the ingredients, the process, the

passion. You’ll learn about its creator, Arthur Guinness and find out how the drink that carries his name has been transported around the world. You’ll learn to pour the ’Perfect Pint’ from the experts at the newly opened Guinness Academy. At Food on Five visitors can enjoy Irish cuisine with a Guinness twist in a selection of restaurants - Brewers Dining Hall, Gilroy’s Restaurant and Arthur’s Bar. And if you’d like a souvenir to remind you of your trip to the home of Guinness, there’s plenty to choose from in the Retail Store. ■

If you’re travelling to Guinness Storehouse on foot why not make use of the award winning Guinness iWalk – a free walking tour available to download onto your iPod, which guides you from the heart of Dublin to the heart of Guinness.

Contact Tel: +3531 408 4800 Facilities: Bars, Retail Store, Restaurants, Coffee Shop, Complimentary car park, Wheelchair access.


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Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre


anked in the top five FREE tourist destinations in Ireland, a visit to the Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre is a memorable experience guaranteed to be enjoyed by all. For 70 years Newbridge Silverware has been designing and producing quality giftware and tableware. The showrooms retail the most extensive collection of Newbridge Silverware products worldwide together with a luxury collections of jewelry, gift and home products stocked exclusively in Newbridge that cannot be found anywhere else in Ireland. On offer and display is the extensive Newbridge Silverware product range including cutlery, glassware, giftware, kitchenware, earthenware, homeware and jewelry. Featuring a Christmas room, Home Emporium, Jewellery Zone and interior idea focal points, the Newbridge Silverware showrooms provide a dynamic shopping experience. As well as being a shoppers paradise, the Newbridge Silverware showrooms are home to the Newbridge Silverware factory where for 70 years 32

craft workers have been producing the famous cutlery and jewelry. The history of this remarkable company is on full display throughout the showrooms in the form of photographs, memorabilia, media cuttings and archives making it a real place of local interest. A real treat for visitors is the Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre where a Museum of Style Icons is a permanent exhibition dedicated to design and style excellence. The museum showcases memorabilia and garments associated with some of the most legendary stars of the silver screen including Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Princess Diana, Michael Jackson, the Beatles and many more. The story of each piece is told through an audio tour and storyboards, making your visit effortless and completely relaxing. To complete the experience the Gold Medal award winning Silver Restaurant is located on site. Open seven days a week, with free entry and ample car parking, Newbridge is only 45 minutes drive from Dublin Airport â–


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introducing ireland’s premier jewellery, giftware and homeware brand exclusively available online at established in 1934, newbridge silverware has a rich past that creates a glittering present. offering worldwide exclusive jewellery and giftware collections inspired by Hollywood icons Princess Grace of monaco and maureen o’Hara along with many more.

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Cashel Folk Village/Museums... Tipperary‘s star attraction


ecently chosen on national TV 3’s ’Unravel Travel Tipperary’ as one of the “must see” places to visit in Co. Tipperary, Cashel Folk Village and Museum is arguably the finest privately run collection of Museums in Ireland. “Described as a One Stop Shop historical masterclass by Brian O’Neill in his article on educational school tours and “Brilliant”, “5 Star” and a “Little Gem” on Trip Advisor” Cashel Folk Village and Museums was set up in 1984 by Martin O’ Dwyer, Chairman of Cashel Arts and Heritage Society and a prodigious writer of books on Irish history- who has penned 9 different books relating to Irish history. Martins son, the famed singer/ songwriter Billy O’ Dwyer (who recently wrote the Daniel O’ Donnell hit “Tipperary Girl” amongst many other of his excellent songs) carried out all the thatching on the fabulous museums and they stand as testament to his excellent thatching ability. Martins other son Danny O’ Dwyer created the other uncannily life like figures dotted throughout the museumsfrom the 7 signatories of the Easter 1916 Rising to the extraordinarily trueto-life figures in the Famine Museum. Family friend Damien Mc Carron was the creator of the beautiful paintings in the Museums including the scene from the G.P.O in 1916 which features Countess Markievicz, among others. Cashel Folk Village/Museums was one of the residences of Fr. John Lannigan- born in 1758, and a famed ecclesiastical scholar. Throughout the Village/Museums there is a staggering array of historical memorabilia -among them: The original Croke Memorial ♣ The original Blueshirt uniform ♣ The Sheela- na- Gig- The original 4,000 year old Standing Stone ♣ The circa 20,000 year old original Irish Elk Antlers ♣ The commemorative plaque relating to the 1647 massacre in Cashel ♣ The collection of old


surgical instruments ♣ The ancient collection of agricultural tools ♣ The original picture of famed Tipperary priest Fr Francis Gleeson - and we’re only getting started. The 2 real jewels in the crown are... ♣ The finest Easter 1916 RisingWar of Independence - Civil War Museum (plus Audio- Visual Show) in the country. ♣ The Famine Museum- if you have ever seen a more realistic re-creation of The Famine Period - please let us know! Plus, you also have the Audio-Visual show covering this period! Next you can visit: The Garden of Rememberance- The original statue of Sean Russell- former Chief of Staff in the I.R.A in 1939/1940- The Proclamation of Independence- The Celtic CrossThe Penal Chapel- The Old Tinkers Caravan- which was in use up to 1984 at the foot of The Rock of Cashel- The Old Forge- The original old Broughan Carraige- St. Dominics Wishing Well- Ye Olde Shop Fronts. And if you still haven’t seen enough, there‘s the: Rotary Querns, Saddle Stones, old Gaslight, sundial, old hunting traps, hand-made shoes, old Judy, Willow Pattern

collection, handmade Irish dressers, Bog Butter, ancient pictures of the Rock of Cashel, collection of old name plates... The list just goes on and on and on! Cashel Folk Village/ Museums is now open 7 days a week and has its own dedicated website “Cashel Folk and you can e-mail bernard@ for further information. Group discounts are available – as are special price family tickets. We guarantee that if you visit Cashel Folk Village/ Museums and spend the amount of time necessary to view it properly – you will be exhilarated by the experience. But don’t take our word for it – judge for yourself! This is an experience not to be missed. Phone 062-63601 or 087-9151316 and Bernard will be only too delighted to help. Looking forward to seeing yougoodbye for now! P.S the comments in our Visitor Book from tourists tell you far more eloquently than we could just how fascinating our museums really are! ■ Contact: Email: Tel: +353 62 63601 Mobile: +353 87 915 1316 or log onto:

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Cliffs of Moher


he Cliffs of Moher is Ireland’s most visited and many would say most spectacular natural attraction. Rising to 214m (700ft) at the highest point and spanning for 8km over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard in Co. Clare, this is an awe inspiring sight. The Cliffs of Moher is a Special Protected Area under the EU Birds Directive 1979 with up to 30,000 nesting sea birds each year.  O’Brien’s Tower stands at the highest point of the cliffs and boasts spectacular views of the Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. A must see location, visitors can marvel at this stunning natural wonder then drop in on the grass roofed visitor centre set into the hillside. The centre is a unique cave like structure which minimizes the visual impact on this scenic location and uses a range of energy saving and eco-friendly features including geo-thermal, solar energy and water recycling.  Inside you will find the Cliff Exhibition Area, the Puffins Nest Cafe, the Cliffs View Cafe, the gift shop, a baggage store, accommodation booking and information points, graphic displays and images of the Cliffs, including a stunning photo opportunity, public toilets, ATM and a fully equipped first aid room. The centre is fully wheelchair accessible. ■

Contact: Official Cliffs of Moher Product including guidebooks, sea bird ID Cards, maps, DVD’s, unique branded clothing and more are for sale in the foyer area.


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Heritage Week - 18th to 26th August 2012 A Celebration of Culture and Heritage


ourists travel from all over the globe to experience Ireland’s unique heritage and for 8 days during August, Heritage Week with over 1500 free events, highlights the very best that Ireland has to offer. Whether you are seeking family connections, stunning scenery, beautiful rugged coastlines, preChristian tombs, Georgian architecture and medieval castles or foot-tapping to traditional Irish music there really is something for everyone. The week offers a fantastic opportunity to experience authentic Ireland and almost every town and village takes part. Each year events range from 36

medieval fairs, wildlife walks and lectures, classical music and poetry recitals, traditional music sessions, storytelling, historical re-enactments, local history walks and talks, plays, food fairs, craft workshops, historic house open days and lots more! The majority of events organized are free of charge and many National Heritage sites also offer concession rates during the week. The most unique aspect of Heritage Week is the opportunity to experience Ireland’s incredible heritage from the perspective of local Irish people who are passionate about it. Anyone with an interest in Heritage can organize an event during the week which results

in an eclectic and fun week crammed full of events for all ages and interests. While all of Ireland’s national cultural institutions take part tourists also have the chance to experience the off the beaten track Ireland and engage with Irish heritage and culture in a way that is not possible at other times of the year. Uniquely during Heritage Week, the country’s historic past is uncovered and landscapes, folklore and traditional skills and crafts are explained and celebrated. The week offers large events such as fairs and festivals to revived old Irish traditions such as Irish dancing at the crossroads of villages at sunset and early Christian pilgrim walks across

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magnificent landscapes. You will have the opportunity to find out more about your roots and where your people originated, from the people that live there now and whose own ancestors knew yours. Trees provide a living link to our past and Ireland is home to many wonderful forests filled with rivers, streams and waterfalls. When experiencing the fresh vibrant energy unique to such places its difficult not to feel rejuvenated. No small wonder that the country has spawned so many great poets, playwrights and artists from James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and W.B. Yeats to Samuel Beckett, John B. Keane and Seamus Heaney, all of whom are celebrated during the week. Uniquely Heritage Week provides an inspired way to enjoy time-out from busy lives and take in both the natural and creative beauty that Ireland has to

offer by combining folklore and natural spaces with events such as guided forest walks and poetry readings. If you are more of an indoors person many of the country’s beautiful historic houses and castles that don’t normally do so open their doors revealing a world where bygone eras meld with the present through past lives and current generations. Historic houses and homes from Norman and medieval castles and small one roomed vernacular cottages, to stately Georgian country estates all embrace the week. Between stories that have been passed down from generation to generation and the showcasing of many traditional skills and crafts kept alive such as thatching, wrought iron work and basket weaving to name but a few, there is no shortage of things to do and see during Heritage Week, no matter what your age or interest. â–

Contact: Full information about the week can be found on Face book or Twitter.


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Harry Clarke (1889-1931)

A Tour tracing Ireland’s Internationally recognised Stained Glass Genius.

This tour takes you all over Ireland visiting Museums, Galleries and Churches to visit the wonderful inspirational work of Irelands leading designer of Stained Glass in the 20th Century. His work is housed in Museums, Galleries and Private collections throughout the world including the famous Geneva Window now in Wolfsonian Museum Collection, Miami. There are also the nine chancel windows depicting angels in St. Vincent De Paul Church, Bayonne, New Jersey. Harry Clarkes work also includes the illustration of books and fabrics. The minutest of detail and his use of colour sets his designs apart from any other craftsman of the time. This tour will take you from Dublin to Cork, Kerry, Tipperary, Mayo, Galway, Donegal and Belfast and many places in between. There are lectures and talks from experts on Harry Clarke and his influence in the Arts & Crafts movement of the early 1920s as well as the restoration of ancient stained glass.

Discover Harry Clarke with Culture & Heritage Tours Ireland

Tour Dates

10th Sept 2012 – 20th Sept 2012 21st July 2013 – 31st July 2013

Tours also available on request. Call +353 71 913 8945 38

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Irish Heritage Tours


reland, rich in natural beauty and steeped in history and legend, it is a fascinating country to explore. Irish history encompasses legend, tradition, mystery and fact from a tapestry of ancient civilization. A new tour operator with a focus on seeking out hidden gems that are “hiding in plain sight” are offering a different kind of tour. Managing Director Albert Dawson explains, “We seek to let people experience, savor and enjoy a rich and rare land and to highlight the forgotten and interesting places in Ireland. Our tours seek out the obscure and relatively undiscovered culture and heritage of Ireland as we head off the beaten track into a cultural world of discovery.” Whether it’s a tantalizing visit to discover Georgian Ireland, a tour of Harry Clarkes Stained Glass windows or a Battle Fields Tour, this new and exciting tour operator facilitates you in gaining an understanding of Ireland’s unique culture and heritage. Culture & Heritage Tours delivers a refreshingly different approach to experiencing the many aspects of Ireland’s storied past. This company offers themed escorted tours throughout

the thirty two counties of Ireland on subjects as diverse as exploring the links between Ireland and America, famous Irish movie sets such as Saving Private Ryan and The Quiet Man, or medieval Ireland. Itineraries can be created to combine a variety of themes which will allow you to experience Ireland in a unique way. The Harry Clarke Stained Glass Tour brings to life a man that is now recognized as one of the world’s most influential stained glass artists. Despite being beset by poor health throughout his short life, Harry Clarke still managed to create some of the finest work produced in the medium of stained glass in the twentieth century. This tour presents you with a unique and once in a lifetime opportunity to view and appreciate the incredible work of this amazing artist as well as giving you insight into his life and humble beginnings as an apprentice at his father’s studio in Dublin. Clarke’s Geneva Window, now housed in the Wolfsonian Museum Collection, Miami is considered a masterpiece. There are also the nine chancel windows depicting angels in St. Vincent De Paul Church, Bayonne, New Jersey.

While Harry Clarke is the primary focus on this trip, the stained glass tour also looks at the influence of other stained glass artists in the arts and crafts movement in Ireland, including Sarah Purser (An Tur Gloine or in English, the Tower of Glass in 1903), Evie Hone and Wilhelmina Geddes. In Ireland, these talented ladies are exemplary in not just their artistic work but are figures linked to the beginning of women’s liberty in a country which was at the time ‛man in business’ orientated. What makes Culture & Heritage Tours unique is their ability to find the obscure and relatively undiscovered culture and heritage of Ireland. The company create tours that speak to your mind and your senses and open up a world of wonder. Not only do the tours take you off the beaten track, they also take you to a cultural world of discovery while you enjoy comfort and style with well appointed rooms at deluxe hotels and luxury air conditioned coaches. ■

For more information: Check out this and a full range of options on, Tel: 011353.71.91.38949 or email


Discover unique and authentic gifts... UNIQUE GIFTS

Garrett Mallon

Irish Linen House

De Bruir The Irish Handmade Glass Company

Maureen Lynch


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(photograph courtesy Crafts Council of Ireland)

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Top tips for: Great craft experiences Creative daytrips ’Learn to’ vacations Petra Schradi at work

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f you‘re considering a trip to Ireland this year or maybe planning ahead to visit during ‘The Gathering’ in 2013, be sure to include an Irish craft experience on your itinerary. Interacting with the work of craft makers enables you to truly uncover the story of Ireland’s heritage and return home having had a richer cultural experience. Look out for authentic craft 'Imagined, Designed and Made in Ireland' when shopping for gifts for loved ones or a unique souvenir for yourself. The website offers lots of inspiration. Every piece of Irish craft has a story and is made by a real person and comes from a real place. A day trip around Dublin yields a wealth of craft work. Meet fashion designers like Jennifer Rothwell and Heather Finn at Project 51, the Irish design collective at 51 South William Street, where you can also find fabulous jewelry and accessories from talented Irish makers. On Nassau Street The Kilkenny Shop and Design Yard both offer a beautiful range of Irish crafted design. The Design Tower on Pearse Street is home to several preciousmetal workers such as Alan Ardiff and Breda Haugh. Watch them work while you browse their collections. To become immersed in the experience of uncovering Irish craft, why not take to the road and follow one of the many established craft trails or create your own customized treasure hunt by seeking out a craft studio or two in the heart of the countryside. Don’t worry if you only have loose directions – getting off the beaten track and visiting places that don’t often feature in guidebooks can be half the fun! County Kilkenny is steeped in craft making and the MADE in Kilkenny group offers a pan-discipline tour of the county with ceramics, basket weaving, furniture, glass, jewelry, stone carving and textiles all represented. At Jerpoint Glass the public can walk into the gallery/workshop and watch as the makers blow glass. Afterwards make a stop at Jerpoint Abbey and when you’ve worked up an appetite explore 42

Throws by Cushendale, part of the MADE in Kilkenny collective: (Photograph Neil Hurley)

the locally produced award winning Knockdrinna Farm House Cheese. In Kilkenny City visit Kilkenny Castle and the nearby National Craft Gallery, Ireland’s leading centre for contemporary craft and design. The gallery hosts exhibitions throughout the year, developing understanding of the traditional roots of Irish craft and design and its future potential. In County Kerry you could visit

ceramicist Mary Neeson at her Blue Pool Gallery, formerly the Muckross Post Office. This is also where her studio can be found, situated just outside Killarney on the scenic Muckross road. Nearby you can stroll along the edge of the Blue Pool or drive up the road to historic Muckcross House. Further west on the Dingle peninsula, meet Louis Mulcahy who has been throwing pots for 35 years.

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“Your pot can be glazed, fired and sent to you” Visitors to his pottery and shop can have a go at throwing on a wheel under the tutelage of a master potter. Your pot can be glazed, fired and sent to you as the most original souvenir possible of your trip to Kerry. Check out the legendary baking at the café before a brisk walk on Clogher Beach as seen in the films ’Ryan’s Daughter’ and ‘Far and Away’. In Yeats Country in County Sligo, The Cat and The Moon Gallery represents 300 local and national craft makers. Gallery owner and jewelry maker Martina Hamilton’s own studio is to the rear of the premises. Other local talents on show from the Made in Sligo collective include Ana Faye leather handbags which are handcrafted arm candy, soft toys in linen by Oh Dots and clocks by Mark Heaney of Craftwoods. After enjoying some local treats at Kate’s Kitchen next door, perhaps visit the dolmen in Carrowmore or climb Cnoc na Rae to take in the mythology and the views. As well as blazing new craft trails, Ireland offers those interested in craft vacations many unique opportunities to be surrounded by spellbinding scenery whilst honing a skill. Whether it’s learning basket making with Joe Hogan overlooking stunning Loch na Fooey in County Galway or doing a short course in hand weaving at Ballytoughey Loom on remote Clare 43

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Handcrafted on the Dingle Peninsula, Kerry, Ireland

The ideal stop on the Slea Head drive. Browse our pottery and giftware showrooms, enjoy delicious home baking and local food in our CafĂŠ, and try your hand at throwing a pot with the help of a skilled potter. Open seven days Clogher Strand, Dingle, Co. Kerry T: +353 66 9156229 E: 44

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Cheese Bell and Tall Straight Vase by Louis Mulcahy

Jerpoint Glass Studio

(Photograph Trevor Hart)

(Photograph Neil Hurley)

Island, you’ll be creating even more than unforgettable memories. Make the Irish craft experience your own! For information on craft courses and workshops as well as a searchable listing of craft events and activities for adults and children alike and details of craft trails in Ireland, visit www. And if you can’t make it to Ireland anytime soon, why not visit your local Irish store to enjoy the authentic Irish craft experience, visit ■ For further information, visit:

Joe Hogan, Basketmaker: (Photograph courtesy Joe Hogan )


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Beauty knows no Bounds Some places in Ireland just draw you in. Some places are such a wrench to leave, that many never do. The Dingle Peninsula is one such place.


long the winding roads of the Dingle Peninsula, far from honking highways and maddening crowds you’ll find a rather perfect flower – the fuschia. These hot pink pods dot and pepper roadside bushes as if they exploded from a piniata, found themselves rather comfortable here on this strip of Atlantic heaven and thought ’Hmm, yes, this will do nicely’. And who can blame them. The fuschia hugs roadsides that lead from miniature villages like Ballyferriter where life, and even time seems to have slowed to a restful rhythm with the soundtrack of a lyrical Gaelic tongue to towns like Dingle, where… well, let us tell you a bit about Dingle. Fishing ports big or small are usually concerned mostly with fish. 46

Catching fish, selling fish, eating fish and even sometimes swimming with fish. And while the port here is a dainty delight and the sight of crispy battered cod arriving to your table is enough to make you sing, the town of Dingle has embraced more than the humble sea-dweller. You see Dingle at a point in history that has yet to be decided emerged as a beacon of light calling beguiling and bewitching artists, artisans, authors and all sorts of creative minds to make the town their home. Suffice to say a stroll up any street in the town is a feast for the creative senses. Where visitors ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ at the worldly wonders in every window; it could have you darkening the pub door for a restorative pint. A word of advice however, before that pint, take your ‘oohs’ and

‘aahs’ inside one particular shop, that of Danish Dingle denizen, the weaver, Lisbeth Mulcahy. This boutique of beauty is unusual for two things; the first being the rather stunning way in which Lisbeth and her team have taken fine wool and created tapestries, wall hangings and scarves that sing of the beauty, the otherworldliness and the charm of the Dingle Peninsula. And the second unusual thing? Well, we’ll have to visit Lisbeth’s husband for that. Out from Dingle, along a ten minute stretch of road famed for Atlantic Ocean views so good they should be rationed, lies the showroom and workshop of master potter, and Lisbeth’s other half, Wexford man, Louis Mulcahy. So much as utter the word pottery in this part of the world

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“As far west as you can go in Ireland and you happen upon the Dingle Peninsula”

and before you’ve finished the ‘y’, a local will be half way through the directions to this paean to ceramics. Step inside the showroom doors, past the shining ceramic busts of wild faces, cartoonishly large barrel chested urns and giggling folks getting their hand(s) dirty ’throwing’ their first pot under expert tutelage in the open-

room, to find yourself in a wonderland of handcrafted masterpieces. Everything here, from the plates and cups that marry so beautifully with the grub found in the upstairs cafe (prepare to forgo convention and drool like a Labrador over chef Emer Fallon’s Goat’s Cheese Salad with Onion Marmalade and a slice of moist

Lemon Drizzle Cake) to the exquisite lamps that beg to adorn a cosy library corner, has passed through hands of Louis, his son Lasse, or one of their master potters. And to think, that craft, that attention to detail, that love, really, embodied in those pieces of pottery have found themselves in Japanese boardrooms, New York apartments and English Country houses. And while the pottery here is a product of Louis’ 40 year long journey, laced with dashes of creative genuis and defined by talent, it is also an embodiment of a place that must be seen to be believed. As Louis and Lisbeth Mulcahy know, some places in Ireland just draw you in. The Dingle Peninsula is one of those places. ■ Contact:


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The Bodhrán


eep in The Claddagh region of Co. Galway in two workshops, Michael Vignoles builds beautiful Bodhráns and Uilleann pipes. Michael is a master of his craft, drawing on skills developed over many years. His drums and pipes are played all over the world and he runs regular workshops on the history and playing techniques of these age-old Irish instruments. The Bodhrán, which some believe comes from the Celtic war drums are traditionally made from goat skin. The skins were once prepared by burying them for six to eight weeks, then soaking in a river to wash away the hair but more modern curing techniques are available these days. Like all good craftsmen Michael takes great care in selecting his materials explaining “I have a friend in Limerick who supplies me with the skins already cleaned, fantastic, thick, lovely and white.” In the hands of a skilled player the Bodhrán can be a subtle and exciting instrument striking the skin in a variety of ways, one hand tucked in behind it, pressing to vary the colour and intensity of the sound. To hear the Bodhrán is to hear Ireland’s


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heartbeat - a living part of Irish music. “I began making Bodhráns because people were coming into sessions with awful Bodhráns with skins like paper,” Michael remembers. Quite unusually for a percussion instrument, all Bodhráns are ‘tunable.’ Michael Explains “There is a mechanism in the rim allowing you to take the tension off the skin if it’s too high or to heighten the tension if that’s what you want. It’s to accommodate temperature differences but it is also useful if a musician wants to align the Bodhrán with that of a sessions pitch.” All Vignoloes’ Bodhráns come fitted with genuine goatskin and a Celtic leather studded strap. They all have key adjusting tuners or Vignoles unique hand tuning‚ Claddagh Angler‘ system. Of course Michael’s satisfaction and pride doesn’t end with the sale of the finished product. “To walk into a session and a really good Bodhrán

player is playing your drum, that kind of satisfaction is lovely to have.” Michael and the Uillean Where Spain had bellows-blown pipes in the 15th century, Uillean pipes originated in Ireland in the 18th century says Micahel Vignoles. “They can truly be said to be our national instrument. The Irish pipes have a warm tone and in the hands of accomplished players provide their own harmony. Michael´s interest with the Uilleann Pipes began in the 1960’s and 1970’s with the sound of Planxty. “There was a magic in the air that time” he recalls “and the sound of the pipes really appeal to me. I thought to myself, I have to get a set even if I never learn how to play them.” After catching the Uilleann bug Michael set about getting his own set. It was during this process that he bumped into Eugene Lambe from Fanore, Co. Clare, who introduced him to the art of pipe building. An incredibly complex instrument to make, a full set of pipes would take in the region of seven to eight weeks to make from start to finish. The instrument making is an art form in itself and as Michael says “I hate to call it work”! ■

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Own your own Irish Cottage


in a Bhfuil pottery can truly claim to be a traditional cottage industry. Authentic Irish cottages are hand made by William Adamson in the living room of his own traditional cottage. Here there is no mass production and no standard moulds just whatever it is that Will is thinking of at the time. Will crafts every piece of pottery by hand meaning that no two pieces are ever exactly the same. Will is delighted to welcome visitors into his home to show how he creates his wonderful range of incense holders, smoking chimneys, Irish villages, derelict cottage and even farm animals. Watch your own Irish cottage glow with the flicker of candle light and imagine you are back home no matter where you are in the world. Better still come visit Will to see for yourself. â–

Will crafts every piece of pottery by hand meaning that no two pieces are ever exactly the same

Contact: Sin A Bhfuil Pottery, Gurth, Kilgarvan, Co Kerry Tel: +35386 3492703 Email:


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The story of Belleek


n 1849 John Caldwell Bloomfield inherited the Castlecaldwell estate which encompassed the village of Belleek from his father. Mindful of the plight of his tenants in the aftermath of the potato famine he sought to provide some form of worthwhile employment. An amateur mineralogist, he ordered a geological survey of his land and to his delight the survey revealed the necessary raw materials to make Pottery were in abundance - feldspar, kaolin, flint, clay and shale. The village of Belleek, whose name in Gaelic, beal leice, translates to ‘Flagstone Ford’ was a natural choice to locate the business. Caldwell pulled strings, lobbied and practically paved the way single-handedly for the Railway Service to come to Belleek. By rail coal could be brought in to fire the kilns and the finished Belleek product could be sent to market with ease. Young apprentices and capable workmen were to be found locally but as the pottery’s success hinged on talented craftsmen and experienced potters, high wages and a better lifestyle were offered to craftsmen in Stoke-on-Trent, UK, then the pottery hub of the world. By as early as 1865 the company had established a growing market throughout Ireland and in the UK, United States, Canada and Australia. Prestigious orders were being received from Queen Victoria, the Prince of Wales and the nobility. Belleek had firmly established itself as one of the world’s finest potteries.

155 years of Brilliance Beautiful and unique porcelain is characterized by its translucence and iridescence. From the beginning designers, potters, cutters and artists at Belleek handmade the finest quality porcelain and crystal. Each item is meticulously crafted, carefully inspected, gift boxed and marked to declare its authenticity. To celebrate 155 years in business Belleek are delighted to launch the limited edition ’155th Anniversary

Collection.” Each of the three pieces in the collection will only be made during 2012. The beautiful pieces in the collection each represent a part of the rich history of Belleek craftsmanship and will make a truly special addition to any home.

Aran Collection Hand knitting has been popular in Ireland since the 17th Century, originating on the Aran Islands which lie on the most westerly point of Europe, across from Galway Bay. The designers at Belleek were inspired by the rustic and beautiful patterns found in Aran hand knitting. Each unique pattern originates from different families and holds its own name and story. The classic Aran weave found on the dinner plate is complimented by desert/salad plates representing different elements of knit designs, such as Cable and Tree of Life. This allows mixing/matching of pieces to create unique, textural place settings Belleek designs are both classical and contemporary reflecting elements of nature and Irish life in exquisite and intricate patterns yet tableware is microwave and dishwasher safe making it a stylish and practical addition to any modern home.

Visitor Centre In addition to buying beautiful items of pottery or crystal you can visit Belleek for yourself in the imposing Castlecaldwell House, now the visitor centre which up until 1988 was used to produce Belleek. Here there is a museum, tearoom, video theatre and showroom. The centre houses one of the oldest and most prestigious pieces of Belleek ever made. The Belleek International Centre Piece is believed to have been designed by Frederick Slater who came to Belleek in 1893. It is reported to have taken him seven weeks to create. The creation stands 28 inches high and over 16 inches wide at its widest point. The urn shaped vase is exquisitely decorated with flowers and Irish Harps and it rests

on a scrolled base which also supports three Irish Wolfhounds. Behind the harps and forming an integral part of the vase, is a beautiful example of pierced work which would have been popular on a number of early Belleek designs. Each leaf, flower, harp and Irish Wolfhound was created by hand even every bead and chain link which is connected to the wolfhound was created and joined by hand. ■



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Eric Byrne at Joyce’s Marble Quarry in Recess Co. Galway where raw Connemara Marble is selected for Hennessy & Byrne products. The ancient marble bed at this quarry was formed over 900 million years ago.

Set in Stone


beacon of optimism in recessionary times Ireland’s Craft industry is enjoying something of a boom. The Irish craft businesses contribute €500 million to the Irish economy annually and employ almost 6000 across the country. Indicative of this renaissance in Irish Craft is Hennessy & Byrne, an emerging craft business established just sixteen months ago. Based in Dunboyne Co Meath, Hennessy & Byrne specialize in handcrafting gift items and tableware made from Connemara Marble, Kilkenny Limestone and Dublin or Wicklow Granite. Products includes napkin holders, candlesticks, tea light holders, cheeseboards, salt & pepper sets, clocks and a selection of elegant handcrafted serving utensils. All products are crafted from the finest native Irish stone making each item unique. “The ancient stone used in our range was formed up to 900 million years ago so our giftware is not just made in Ireland, it is literally from Ireland’s bedrock” explains Eric, the Dublin born, second generation stonemason and designer/maker of the Hennessy & Byrne range. Eric Byrne learned his craft at his father’s side starting in the monumental business handcrafting 52

headstones and fireplaces and then on to bespoke kitchens and bathrooms. When the Celtic tiger ceased to roar Eric looked at new ways of utilizing his skills and his unique raw materials and he fixed on a range of beautiful household products. Eric explains, “I looked at ways to adapt my skills to create a new career path. Stone cutting and carving was a passion for me so the creation of a range of stone giftware was essentially an extension of this. In late 2010 with the support of my wife and family Hennessy & Byrne Limited was established”. Eric continues, “Launching a completely new and unique range of products on to the Irish market was daunting, however, the future for our fledgling business is looking bright”. Eric concludes: “We exhibited at Showcase, Ireland’s creative Expo at the RDS in January and we were thrilled when one of our signature pieces, our Connemara Marble Salad Server Set was selected for inclusion in the 50 Top New Products. We have received a tremendous response from the public and from retailers to our designs and we are now stocked in several retail outlets nationwide and in the United States”. ■

To view the Hennessy & Byrne range in full visit

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Me and my Buddies

Bogbuddies rock!” the girl said as she waited to have her ‘Bog Sheep’ gift wrapped. “My Dad will love this. He grew up on a farm in Co. Clare. These are so cool!” I am at The Bastion Gallery gift emporium in Athlone to meet Ethel Kelly and her two brothers Vincent and Anthony McCay, the team behind Bogbuddies. Bogbuddies are a fun range of over fifty characters handmade from real Irish turf. The range includes everything from Bride & Groom to Home is Where The Heart Is. The idea was born over two and a half years ago. Since launching at Showcase in 2010, this trio’s unique products have gained much critical acclaim. The brand is now stocked by many of the biggest names in Irish gifts. A major government body will soon use their Bog Shamrock on international trade missions. Ethel, Vincent and Anthony hail from the bustling midlands town of Athlone in Co. Westmeath, an area famous for its bogs. This is a family

business. Brothers Vincent and Anthony are in charge of production. They collect the bog near their home before returning to their studio where the process of bringing it to life begins! Ethel Kelly will be familiar to many American buyers. Ethel runs the award winning Claypipe Visitor Centre in the village of Knockcroghery where she also manufactures her now famous Ogham Wishes. Here the BogBuddies are mounted and framed and then packed for shipping to their new homes all over the world. Ethel also handles the distribution and wholesale end of the business. Ethel was recently awarded the prestigious Best Irish Craft Company 2011 by NACTA for her excellent service to the North American market. BogBuddies are an innovative and fun range of Irish gifts. Each one is unique so it is no surprise that they are selling like hot cakes. The range includes gifts for all occasions including weddings, engagements, birthdays and holidays. Customized and corporate orders are welcome. ■

A major government body will soon use their Bog Shamrock on international trade missions

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ho doesn’t love shopping and even better, everybody loves a bargain. You don’t have to give up one of your favorite things on a visit to Ireland. You can enjoy outlet shopping with a difference in the luxury of a stylish village setting in the heart of Kildare countryside. Kildare Village is a destination that is more than the sum of its parts. With over sixty international brands to choose from, each in its own elegant boutique, offering previous seasons’ collections at up to 60% off, every day, all year round, you can stretch your spending power with clever investment buys. In an era where it’s more chic to shop intelligently than ever before, Kildare Village leads the way, confidently offering the crème de la crème of quality labels to the enterprising shopper. Kildare is known as thoroughbred county as it is famous the world over for horse breeding. Queen Elizabeth included a visit here on her recent visit to Ireland and had she needed a great place to shop then the Kildare Village would have fit the bill perfectly! Though on Dublin’s doorstep,

Kildare Village feels a million miles away from busy city life. Surrounded by the unique plains of The Curragh Race Course and the historic town of Kildare, this is a delightful day trip from Dublin or a super stop-off on the road-trip to the south west. Get introduced to European fashion names from beautiful bag-maker Anya Hindmarch to legacy labels Jaeger and L.K. Bennett or sample one of Ireland’s leading design talent at Louise Kennedy whose classic pieces will keep forever. Thomas Pink, Hackett and Hugo Boss will convert shopping-shy men as they find the perfect shirt, tweed sports jacket and sleek suit respectively. Shopping works up an appetite and L’Officina, the Village’s Italian trattoria, is on standby to satisfy hungry style-hunters with its fresh, authentic fare. On a sunny day the terrace, with views of the Grey Abbey makes a perfect spot for an al fresco lunch or reviving café and dolce. Starbucks coffee provides a quick caffeine fix and snack if the shopping is simply too good to interrupt for long. Getting to Kildare Village couldn’t

be easier. Tourists can hop on the Kildare Village Shopping Express, a direct, daily coach service to the Village from Dublin Airport and Georges Quay, Dublin. There is also a regular train service from Dublin Heuston station for the 35 minute journey to Kildare station taking in the views as you wile away the short trip down or if travelling by car, Kildare Village is easily found just off the M7 motorway at exit 13. If Ireland is the first stop on a visit to the UK and Mainland Europe, why not think about taking in one or more of the other eight outlet Villages, for Kildare Village is part of a collection of nine Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages, each located just outside an exciting European city. Between them, the previous seasons’ collections of 900 stand-out international brands are available with savings of up to 60% and sometimes more. These chic destinations are a ’must’ for travellers in Europe. In fact it may be worth planning one’s itinerary around them. Exceptional Value is Always in Style. ■ Contact:


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reland has something unique to offer the millions of visitors who flock to its shores every year. Few need much encouragement to do a little shopping along the way but how about getting money back on your purchases. The purchase of goods in Ireland is subject to sales tax called VAT (Value Added Tax). This tax is already included in the purchase price and typically can account for up to 23% of the gross value of your purchases. The great news is that with the FEXCO HORIZON card, you can purchase gifts and products without paying this tax once the goods are exported within 3 months of purchase. The FEXCO HORIZON card simplifies the tax free shopping process for you, as the card records your purchases electronically and simplifies the refund process at the point of exit. To get the FEXCO HORIZON card, you can either receive one before your trip by logging onto www. and following the

steps to “Get your FEXCO HORIZON card”. Alternatively, upon arrival in Ireland, the FEXCO HORIZON card is available through various tour operators or at any FEXCO Tax Free affiliated shop. FEXCO Tax Free makes it even easier for you to shop on your vacation with its mobile application with GPS locator which uses your current location to identify affiliated shops in your vicinity where you can Shop Tax Free. On departure from Ireland, process your refund at the FEXCO Tax Free Shopping desk at Dublin and Shannon Airports. You can also leave your FEXCO HORIZON card in the envelopes available at these desks. Alternatively if departing from another airport or if you don’t have time to leave your documents, don’t worry; you can still process your refund online at FEXCO Tax Free, established in 1986, is Ireland’s leading provider of consumer VAT refund services and

facilitates the logistics of tax free shopping for international visitors to Ireland. The FEXCO Tax Free service is available at over 6000 retailers and FEXCO possess the largest database of merchants of any VAT refunding company in Ireland. All you need to do is look for the FEXCO Tax Free Shopping sticker in store to identify participating locations. ■ For further information on shopping tax free in Ireland, visit


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Blarney Woollen Mills


he Cork/Kerry trail is firmly on the tourist map and with good reason. There are so many wonderful sights to see in this magnificent area and it is well worth stopping off to kiss the Blarney stone, said to bestow the ‘gift of the gab’ on anybody who kisses it. On the journey be sure to make a stop at the largest Irish gift store in the world, merchandising a vast range of Irish gifts including Aran sweaters, Waterford Crystal, Belleek fine china, Celtic jewelry, Irish linen and lace and much more are all available at Blarney Woollen Mills. Over the past thirty years Blarney Woollen Mills has welcomed thousands of happy shoppers and delivered millions of Irish gifts worldwide. A friendly service is assured (they all kissed the Blarney stone!) and you can snap up some fantastic gifts to take back home. Don’t worry if you can’t visit in person, you can shop online from the comfort of your own home. ■ Contact:



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Crown Jewels of Ireland

Jewelry has been used throughout the ages for many purposes but perhaps the most enduring use of this fine craft is simply for the pleasure of wearing it. A beautiful piece of jewelry is a joy to behold. A beautiful piece of Irish jewelry fuses craft and tradition together in the most perfect harmony.


fine example of tradition and craft is the much loved claddagh Ring. The claddagh belongs to a group of European finger rings called “fede rings.” The name “fede” comes from the Italian phrase mani in fede meaning “hands joined in faith” or “hands joined in loyalty.” The claddagh’s distinctive design features two hands clasping a heart and usually surmounted by a crown. The elements of this symbol are often said to correspond to the qualities of friendship

(the hands) and loyalty (the crown). The Claddagh ring or fáinne Chladaigh is a traditional Irish ring given as a token of friendship and love. The design and customs associated with the ring originated in the Irish fishing village of Claddagh, located just outside the city of Galway in the west of Ireland. The people of Claddagh kept to themselves thus ensuring many of their traditional customs survived. “An Cladach” means a flat stony shore. Some 400 years ago in this fishing

village overlooking Galway Bay, lived Richard Joyce a Master Goldsmith. It was he who crafted this now famous design that has become part of the Irish heritage. Legends of the Ring: Legend has it that Richard Joyce of Galway was captured by Algerian corsairs and sold to a Moorish goldsmith who trained him in the craft. In 1689 he was released from slavery as a result of a demand from King William III. The 63

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Moor offered him his only daughter in marriage and half of his wealth if he would remain in Algiers but Joyce declined and returned home. He brought with him the idea of the claddagh ring. The earliest claddagh rings to be traced bear his mark and the initial letters of his name, RI (Richard Joyce). Tradition has it that in The Claddagh these rings were passed from mother to daughter. They were used as betrothal and as marriage rings; worn with the crown towards the knuckle on betrothal and on marriage with the crown towards the nail. The earliest examples that can be dated are stamped R.I. the initials of Richard Joyce and bearing the mark of an ’anchor’ thought to signify hope. Thomas Dillon in Galway knows a thing or two about the claddagh as the original makers of the Claddagh Ring and the oldest jewelers in Ireland. Thomas Dillon’s Claddagh Gold was established in 1750 and it is the only firm still in existence since 1750 making the original Claddagh. This shop is no 64

ordinary store, it is often described as “the smallest museum in Ireland with the biggest gift shop.” It proudly houses some of the very first claddagh rings made by goldsmiths Nicholas Burge, Richard Joyce and George Robinson as far back as 1700-1800. It also displays the “world’s smallest claddagh ring” which is on the top of a tailor’s pin. Other exhibits include examples of rings at various stages of production, from wax blanks to the finished product and a selection of tools used during the process. A Museum of Letters showcases some amazing notes and receipts from some very famous people who have bought claddagh rings here over the years and visitors down the ages reads like the ‘whos who’ of royalty and Hollywood greats. Dillons have sold rings to clients including John Wayne, Bing Crosby, Walt Disney, Princess Grace of Monaco, Gabriel Byrne, John F Kennedy, Queen Victoria and Winston Churchill to name but a few. What is it that still makes the claddagh

“ The Claddagh ring or fáinne Chladaigh is a traditional Irish ring given as a token of friendship and love” so popular today? The Claddagh Ring grows daily in popularity because of its unique design, peculiar history, sentimental appeal and close association with the ancient Claddagh district of Galway. The fáinne Chladaigh is as much alive today as it was hundreds of years ago. Today love-lucky girls the world over are given rings as a sign of love and people worldwide wear the claddagh with pride as a link to their Irish past. ■

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hanore have rewritten the rules when they designed their new range of bridal and engagement jewelry. Four new stunning ranges have been added to the collection. All rings are available in 14ct White and Yellow gold and are hallmarked in Dublin, Ireland.

Love is in the Air Shanore can’t guarantee you will find love at first sight, but they can assure you that you will love trying on their beautiful wedding and engagement ring collection. They are now offering matching sets of engagement and wedding bands as well as matching his and hers wedding bands. Sculpturing Perfection Shanore’s skilled craftspeople have dedicated their timehonored skills into working every ring into a thing of beauty. I hope you agree with me that they have succeeded. Purity of Diamonds The company gives its assurance that they will never dilute the work of their craftsmen by asking them to work with lesser quality diamonds. Laboratory certificates are available for all diamonds larger than 0.25ct. These diamonds are available in various sizes, color and clarity.

Bridal and Engagement Jewelry Our Creative Heritage Shanore are proud of their Celtic roots and its influence on their Irish design. It is one of the niches that make a Shanore designed ring unique. Their promise is that when you choose Shanore you are bringing together original Celtic design with quality materials and true craftsmanship. A passion for Bridal & Engagement Jewelry. ■ Shanore Bridal Collection Contact:


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High Kings and Gold Rings

When Vikings raided Ireland’s monasteries over a thousand years ago they discovered gold and silver which was transformed into precious rings, armlets and brooches by skilled artisans working in Dublin’s Temple Bar area. Although driven out of Ireland by High King Brian Boru, much of this heritage remains today with several artifacts uncovered during excavations at Wood Quay in Dublin. Inspired by these events, Boru Jewelry crafted The Wood Quay range as part of its Celtic Warrior Collection – a fusion of silver, gold and green stone.


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rian Boru was born circa 940, the youngest of two sons of Cennedig, head of Dal Cais, one of the royal free tribes of Munster. His skill as a tactician led him to defeat vastly superior forces including Vikings forces and he eventually becoming High King of Ireland. After two centuries of Viking domination, Brian Boru’s reign between 1002 and 1014 heralded an era of unsurpassed happiness, prosperity and glory in Ireland. A lover of the arts, he presided over a period of great craftsmanship of jewelry, incredible manuscripts and intricate stone masonry. Inspired by this determination to

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Mo Anam Cara [pronounced “Muh Onum Kara”] is Boru Jewelry’s most popular range. Translating as “My Soul Mate”, the beautiful wedding bands available in Silver, 10kt, 14kt,

succeed and conquer, Boru Jewelry was conceived in 1984, having originally existed as Celtic and Heraldic Jewelry Limited, a family-run business with a signature “Heraldry” range of rings bearing family crests. Since then, under the stewardship of lead designer Paul O’Neill assisted by Joe Kelly, lead designer with the original Celtic & Heraldic, Boru has created over 25,000 original products across 200 exclusive collections – including wedding bands, bangles, pendants, earrings and charms. From the history of the Claddagh ring to the story of warrior God Ogma, each piece tells a story. Collections include “Gealltanas Siorai” (Eternal Promise), ‘Mo Anam Cara’ (Soul Mate), Celtic Warrior and Solstice. Stunning gold, silver and conflict-free diamond creations are presented in a luxury gift box stamped with the Boru emblem. Today the company combines craftsmanship with cutting edge technology to create bespoke jewelry for clients. Paul O’Neill, explains, “In 2010 we invested in a state-of-the-art

computer-aided design system which enables us to design without limits. Combining the tradition of old metal craftsmanship with cutting-edge design capabilities allows us to provide clients with a realistic render of their oneoff piece before work even begins on the real thing.” New technology and new talent drive the company into a bright future. In 2012 Lisa O’Neill joined Boru as Managing Director bringing with her a wealth of industry expertise. “I am very excited at the prospect of what Lisa can bring to the company. She is very focused and has a huge passion for giving the best service to customers. I believe that between us this is just the beginning of something very exciting.” says Paul. Lisa concludes: “When it comes to truly Irish hand-crafted jewelry, Boru Jewelry is the best. All of our pieces are designed and manufactured in Dublin – something that is increasingly rare in an ever-changing world.” ■ 

18kt Yellow and white gold and also in Platinum recall ancient Celtic spirals to symbolise the eternal promise of marriage vows. Now part of the collection called‚ “Gealltanas Siorai” which also includes‚ “Gra Go Deo”’ (Love Forver) and “Gra Dilseacht Cairdeas” (Love Loyalty Friendship) rings etc. The rings below are part of the Faith Collection.

Contact: Toll Free (USA) 1866 966 2704 Toll Free (Canada) 1866 902 3730 Ireland/International +353 1 412 3620


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lthough Tara’s Diary has only been around for a few years, it is already establishing a huge reputation. Launched as a Celtic bracelet of treasured memories, it now offers the purchaser, looking for quality jewelry, so much more. Tara’s Diary has now evolved into a unique collection of fine Celtic jewelry that encompasses bracelets & beads, stacking rings, pendants & earrings. Bracelets & Beads The first product launched was the bracelet and that can be worn with a small selection of matching beads or if preferred with a more exotic mix of shapes, symbols and bright colored beads. New beads are designed and introduced for each season and if you want a more relaxed look the silver bracelet can be replaced by using a choice of colored leather bracelets. Stacking Rings Stacking rings were the next addition and they have become extremely popular. Based in sterling silver they also feature Celtic symbols as well as pearls, colored stones and knot-work. You can stack the rings in any order and vary the number of rings in each stack you wear.

Bracelets, Beads and Stacking Rings with a celtic flavor

Pendants & Earrings The most recent addition to the Tara’s Diary collection has been their Pendants and Earrings range. You can match up these beautiful Pendants and Earring with other jewelry from the Tara’s Diary collection. Bracelets & Beads, Stacking Rings, Pendants & Earrings. ■

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Jewels of History


olvar Ltd is a family owned Irish company established in 1941 based in the heart of Dublin, Ireland. With over six decades of tradition and experience in the jewelry business, Solvar has a strong commitment to quality, design and workmanship of the highest standards. They are a recognized leader in the design and manufacture of Destination and Heritage Jewelry, most recently winning NACBA Jewelry Supplier of the Year 2011 and Irish Craft Council Exporter of the Year 2011. This April 2012, Solvar will launch History of Ireland, a stunning new collection of Irish hand crafted jewelry. The collection is available in 14K Gold and Sterling Silver and includes rings, bracelets, pendants, earrings, cuff links and brooches. All pieces in the collection are handmade in Ireland. Each piece in the collection is engraved with symbols that represent some of the most historical eras in Irish history.

The historical time-line begins with the circle of life symbolized by the a Celtic swirl similar to those carved in stone by Ireland’s ancestors some 5,000 years ago. It also represents no end, that to this day we are travelling upon a never ending journey into the unknown future. St. Patrick follows this with a symbol representing his 5th century conversion of Ireland to Christianity. After St. Patrick, there are icons representing the medieval round towers, the Viking invasions, the Norman invasions, the famous Battle of the Boyne of 1690 which marks the beginning of the Protestant/ Catholic discord, the harp representing the united Irishmen, the Irish flag as an emblem of inclusion of all Ireland’s people. The 19th century begins with symbols representing the potato famine, ships representing the wide-spread emigration to other countries, the Easter Rising of 1916 and the separation from Northern Ireland from the rest of the country. ■

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It is often said that the only bad thing you could say about Donegal is that it is very remote. Wiser men say that this is its very charm and many settlers here delight in having such a spectacular and unique landscape to themself. Fortunately the flight links between Dublin and Donegal reduce a five hour drive to a half hour journey and as this is such a short hop, you get a lovely view of the country as you go.


onegal Airport is located at Carrickfinn, Kincasslagh on the west coast in the area of one of the most spectacular sights in Ireland, the Rosses and Gweedore. The airport is only fifteen minutes drive from Dungloe – a pretty market town that plays host every year to the Mary of Dungloe festival, Donegal’s answer to the Rose of Tralee. Gweedore too is right on the doorstep and this is one of the finest places you will ever visit with

its rugged scenery, vast open landscapes and the lilt of the Irish tongue as this is one of many Irish speaking or Gaeltacht towns in beautiful Donegal. The region is noted the world over for unspoiled natural scenery, dramatic coastlines, a thriving fishing industry peppered with picture postcard fishing villages and inhabited islands. Here you will discover a coastline with safe, quiet, sandy beaches that you will very likely have all to yourself. Look out on

timeless islands like Rathlin O’Beirne, Tory and Gola. Wonder at mountains like the white-faced Errigal standing over forest parks and fish-filled lakes and rivers. The region is rich in heritage and folklore; a land that contains a wealth of cultural strengths, a strong sense of identity and all that is best in a rich heritage of Irish music, song and dance. The Donegal Gaeltacht is a vibrant and delightfully different experience, 71

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still retaining the culture of the Celt and the Gael. But don’t take our word for it, come and see for yourself. Here Irish is the everyday spoken language of the people who live and work in Donegal’s cultural heartland. Donegal airport is so in keeping with its surroundings. This is no ugly blot on the landscape. A beautiful yet inconspicuous building welcomes you into a strangely calm environment where the friendly smiles and lack of hustle and bustle continue almost as if the outside comes inside with you. As 72

one of Ireland’s network of six regional airports the facility is a key element of the county’s infrastructure and extremely important as an air access point to this most peripheral region in Ireland. However the calm and ease with which you pass through this lovely space belies its function. Like Donegal itself, it is a joy to behold. The Dublin to Donegal service operates twice daily which is ideal for the leisure and tourist visitor. You might also stretch your legs a little further and take the short hop over to Glasgow with

a service that operates six days a week. Donegal is one of the best surf spots in the world and with its remote, rugged beaches and great breakers coming in from the Atlantic; even watching the great feats of surfers from the white sands of the shore is pretty exhilarating. As a true Irish destination the traditional session is never far away and it is never hard to find a pub in full swing with a music session. Donegal is the home of international stars Enya, Altan, members of Clannad and home

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to Daniel O’Donnell who’s birthplace is Kincasslaagh. If you visit after May this year you can pop in to the new Daniel O’Donnell visitor centre. You can even do a bit of celebrity spotting. For all the attractions of New York City, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are often spotted sipping a quiet pint in one of the locals. It’s about as far away as you can get from the hustle and bustle of city life and that’s just what visitors love best. Donegal is the most northerly part of Ireland sitting right at the top left of the map. Make sure to put it on your map next time you visit Ireland. ■


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Make Harvey’s your Home in Donegal Other than its location, the most outstanding feature of this hotel has always been the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff, and that is still its greatest strength.

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Donegal Hospitality


here is nothing quite like Irish hospitality whether it is a smile at the corner shop, a great meal in a country pub or finding a place to stay that you never want to leave. This is the stuff of dreams and one of the many things that makes Ireland very special. Deirdre McGlone is someone who knows a thing or two about hospitality. Here Deirdre tells her story and what it is that she thinks is special about great Irish hospitality. Having started my first job in a local guesthouse at the age of twelve I fell in love with the buzz, the challenges and the triumphs of working in hotels. The main chapter of my story began twenty two years ago when I found myself at a crossroads following graduation from college with a degree in European Studies specializing in French and

German. Instead of heading to work in the Commission in Brussels, I went to London to experience this great city and while there I worked in hotels. Destiny played its part as it so often does and entirely by chance I was drawn back to the hills of Donegal. I was offered a summer position in a hotel that was just about to open. The hotel was Harvey’s Point Hotel and little did I know how this chance decision was to have a huge impact on my future. That summer job is now my life’s work and my passion. It is also now home to my wonderful family, Marc my husband, Carl, James and Christina my children and my brother in law Jody who first had the vision to build Harvey’s Point and create a unique and unrivalled experience in the most breathtaking of places. Whether it is the passion we have for this special place or the stunning place

itself, year on year since we opened Harvey’s Point has become bigger and busier. Despite our remote location – or perhaps because of it, the hotel became an instant success for romantic getaways, weddings, for Sunday lunch and more recently for our summer dinner cabarets. Food is a huge part of the Irish hospitality experience and we are consistently commended in a plethora of guides for the quality of our produce. Our business has expanded and with the addition of fifty six palatial suites we have enhanced our visitor experience greatly. Our vision is to be recognized as one of the leading hotels in Ireland and so far we are well on track. There is no doubt that it is the people who make the place and we are blessed to be a family owned and managed hotel with a compliment of people

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who genuinely care for guests and for whom going the extra mile is a pleasure. This I suppose is one of the reasons for our success but we really do benefit from the most spectacular location. The hotel is only feet from the dramatic beauty of Lough Eske, its shores spreading for miles and its scenery simply outstanding. Harvey’s Point is a unique destination in many ways but we never get complacent. We have learned to be creative in bundling packages

together so it is not just about a price led offer but a special ’Harvey’s Point Experience’ giving guests the solitude, entertainment or activity that they yearn for. We tailor make activities for our guests, we run in-house wine tastings that are informative and fun, we do cookery demonstrations, guided walks or whatever it is the guest wants to do, we will always find a way. How do we do our PR? There is nothing better than word of mouth, especially here in Ireland. Our guests are our best ambassadors spreading the word about the experience that they have here with us. I said this recently to one regular guest and she swiftly replied “Oh, but this is my hidden treasure – I’d like to keep it to myself!” How do I sum up great hospitality? Love life, relish every moment with the new friends you meet when people come to stay, make each moment special and never stop finding ways to improve on perfection!” ■

Earagail Arts Festival invites you to come and experience a wealth of unforgettable events in the spectacular surroundings of County Donegal.

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“A heck of a lot of fun” The Irish Times

Over the last 24 years we have brought some of the greatest internationally recognised artists in music, theatre, visual arts, literature and outdoor spectacle to this magical county, on the Atlantic north-west seaboard of Ireland. From movie screenings in forests and castles, outdoor spectacle in gardens and parks and world class music in state of the art venues, our festival programme reaches out across Donegal. Wherever you stay you’ll be able to enjoy a feast of entertainment located in the heart of one of Ireland’s most outstanding areas of natural beauty.

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Donegal Diaspora Project


estled in the north-west corner of Ireland, Donegal is a special place indeed. It is a county of modern culture and ancient traditions, spectacular landscapes, great education providers, thriving business and enterprise opportunities. Add to this mix a friendly and generous local community and you have a place that’s worth exploring. Donegal won’t let you down because no matter what you are looking for, its here. Little wonder therefore that Donegal County Council have developed a major new initiative -The Donegal Diaspora Project. The project is reaching out to the community of Donegal, those people with a connection to, or interest in the county – no matter where they live. If you are from somewhere as special as Donegal, of course you want to stay connected with it. The community of Donegal is

scattered across the Globe, some people having recently left with others yet to return, those of second or third generation. Many of the Donegal diaspora act as proud ambassadors in a wide variety of roles and even more would like to find a way to stay connected with the county and promote their identity as citizens of Donegal. Whatever your background, this project will help you to maintain that link to ‘Home’ which is a fundamental impulse no matter where you are. This Diaspora project will provide opportunities for the economic, social and cultural development of Donegal. It is working in an innovative, dynamic way to connect Donegal, creating linkages that develop skills, experience, networks and resources across its communities around the world. The Donegal Diaspora Project is for Donegal and from Donegal. ■

The Donegal Diaspora Project is working to promote and engage Donegal’s worldwide community – its “Pobal Domhanda”. This community is made up of people with a connection to or interest in Donegal, no matter where they may be living.

We want to hear from you.

To keep in touch, log onto, or contact project co-ordinator Sally Murphy on T: +353 74 91 68800.

The Donegal Diaspora Project links people from all parts of the world to Donegal and to each-other, creating networks of mutual interest and benefit in culture, heritage, community, education and economic partnership.


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nitting was introduced to Ireland sometime in the 1600s. Philanthropists rapidly established knitting schools throughout the country to teach the skill to local workers. Once established as an industry in the 18th century, the production and sale of socks and stockings took off and provided welcome cash income for thousands of households. The wearing of knitted garments other than socks and stockings was not traditional in Ireland. The preference until the beginning of the 20th century was for garments made from woven wool and linen. The story of the Aran sweater is the story of the women of Árainn whose creativity at the beginning of the 20th century was initially promoted sensitively

and later developed commercially. The jerseys that the women knit were white or indigo and on these square shaped garments with round necks they improvise as a musician improvises on some simple melody, their own individual fancies. There are circles and ellipses and zigzag lines and dots like a chain of pearl and loops and lovers’ knots and lines like rippled water.

C.C. Vyvyan, On Timeless Shores, 1957. Clara Vyvyan visited the Aran Islands for the first time in the 1930s. Her words describe so eloquently the way in which the knitting of richly patterned jumpers developed. Traditional knitters did not use written patterns and they found their influences from their local

environment and events in their lives. As the numbers of knitters grew from the mid 1930s and as the knitters explored their own creative abilities, the patterns became more intricate and the stitches were given names. ♣ The Tree of Life represents the hope of long life and many strong sons. The Trellis is inspired by the enclosing stone walls of the small fields ♣ The Cable and Diamond stitches combine to link success in livelihood with hopes of prosperity ♣ The double zig zags symbolize the ups and downs of married life ♣ The Honeycomb represents the work of the bee for a deserved reward ♣ The Cable Stitch symbolizes the fisherman’s rope for safety and luck at sea. 79

Celtic Tradition From cottage to commerce Muriel Gahan set up the Country Shop on Dublin’s St. Stephen’s Green in 1931. For the next forty eight years she provided the women of Aran with a retail outlet for their jumpers. Gahan was a lifelong supporter of Irish traditional crafts. She supported the women in the discovery of their own creativity and helped them to develop their craft. Muriel believed that tradition survived by “ever starting afresh and moving onwards.” She actively encouraged the designing of new patterns. The Country Shop was the first premises in which Aran jumpers were sold. Ó Máille’s of Galway followed in the late 1930s and Cleos, which was then situated on South Anne Street, Dublin, followed in the late 1940s. In the early 1950s the businessman, Pádraig Ó Síocháin started selling Aran jumpers through his company, Galway Bay Products. By the late 1950s he was exporting jumpers to the UK. His Japanese customers held him in particular regard and the last Aran knitwear from his company was sold in Japan in 2002.

Marketing the product In the late 1950s Pádraig Ó Síocháin met the artist Seán Keating, RHA, who was also a frequent visitor to the Aran Islands. He commissioned drawings from Keating to illustrate a marketing brochure. The brochure was in four languages, English, Irish, French and German and was titled Sculpture in Wool – Aran, Loch Garman. It was designed and written to appeal to a romantic vision of the knitters and their lives. In the marketing brochure Ó Síocháin described Aran knitting as, “creative folk art of exquisite beauty and quality and is the only one of its kind in the world. Its origins are both distant and fascinating. In their art and craft work are designs associated with their Far East ancestry and with the great Celtic Empire and Civilization.” Ó Síocháin made a point of never interfering with the knitters’ traditional 80

patterns. He believed that the patterns had a direct link with an ancient past. From the late 1950s he supplied the knitters with knitting wool from Dripsey Woollen Mills in Cork. He also taught the knitters to manufacture a product to fit standard sizes.

Today’s Aran products The Aran sweater is one of Ireland’s greatest exports and today it is an iconic Irish product recognised throughout the world. Many artisan producers still exist and many traditional producers in gaeltacht areas still produce the authentic product together with modern adaptations of the traditional knit. Moreover the patterns and stitches of the aran sweater have been incorporated into designs the world over and by some of the top fashion houses. The humble aran sweater has made its way around the world and has become part of the vocabulary of fashion design both at home and abroad ■

Story from Dr Anne O’Dowd, National Museum of Country Life, home to the national collection of objects representing the traditional way of life in Ireland since 1850.

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Tradition of the Fisherman


he Fisherman Out of Ireland story began in 1991 in the village of Kilcar, Co. Donegal. With a strong gaeltacht heritage and local expertise in knitted yarns Fisherman Out of Ireland was originally conceived as an export brand for fine Irish knitwear. Fisherman sweaters have long been associated with Irish coastal communities hence the name given to the brand. Fisherman is very important to the local community of Kilcar as it employs a loyal, local team of 20 people, many of whom have been there since the company started. The company is Irish owned and in an area where industry is thin on the ground this indigenous company is of the utmost importance to the locality enabling people to make a living, preserve their craft and sustain the life of their local, vibrant Gaeltacht community. Each year the Fisherman range has matured and evolved to become what it is today – a quality, contemporary Irish knitwear brand which ships its product to the four corners of the globe. ■

“The quality of yarns is of the utmost importance. We use only 100% natural fibres that are soft and luxurious to touch, many of which have been developed for us at ‚Donegal Yarns’ in the same village. These yarns give a natural, earthly look and they are kinder to the environment”

The company is Irish owned enabling people to make a living, preserve their craft and sustain the life of their local, vibrant Gaeltacht community. “Each year we wipe the slate clean and begin the The women’s range, Fisherman Out of Ireland was launched in 1999 and now accounts for 50% of overall sales.

process of designing a new range from scratch. Every collection is designed with current trends in mind and in colour stories that reflect the natural environment.”

Contact: Fisherman Out of Ireland Tel: +35374 9738233 E:



UTILITY KILT AND DRESS KILT IN A SINGLE DESIGN. The only kilt with a line of interchangeable clip-on pockets.


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The Evolving Options of Men in Kilts


he word “kilt” is descended from the Scots word meaning “to tuck up clothes around the body.” The history of the kilt begins around the 16th century, as an adaptation of a woolen cloak or “plaid” which was largely unchanged from the style worn by Celtic warriors during the Roman era. This innovation which became the kilt was called the Féileadh Mòr, worn over the body like a large shawl, gathered into folds and belted to be held in place around the body. Two large pieces of cloth were sewn together, often up to eight or nine yards in length. The cloth was draped over the shoulder, belted in the middle and hung down above the knees in a skirt-like fashion. The more modern adaptation seen today is known as the walking kilt, emerging in the 17th or early 18th century. Known as the fèileadh beag

(small wrap) this garment evolved by using only one half of the Féileadh Mòr, creating the basis of the modern kilt. With many advantages for use in battle, this new form quickly caught on. The first incarnation of a modern kilt dates from 1792, when pleats were added to the garment. This kilt is in the possession of the Scottish Tartans Society and contains four yards of tartan with wide box pleats sewn in. Kilts seen today are essentially the fèileadh beag with modern adaptations, and often worn with pride as traditional Scottish dress at weddings, national events and as a statement of Celtic heritage. More recently, what is sometimes called the “utility kilt” has hit the fashion scene. Yet another innovation like the great kilt and walking kilt before it, this non-tartan, poly-cotton kilt has become popular among laborers, Celtic festival goers, pub

crawlers and any and every man who demands the ultimate in comfort. Not to mention the counterculture’s embrace of this freest of garments. It is in this spirit of clothing technology and the height of men’s fashion and sartorial usefulness that Kiltman Kilts makes its appearance. We spoke with this half-mythical, halfcommercial clothing maker to learn more about what they’ve done with the kilt and how their design factors into the long history of comfortable outfits from the tunic on. The start of Kiltman was forged in the psyche of modern man. “This skirt par excellence is sewn with a thread stitching together emergent fashion and ancient tradition,” said a Kiltman Kilts spokesperson. Intrigued, we went to their website, and compiled more information about this exciting new offering in the kilt market. 83

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A non-traditional, non-tartan kilt maker, Kiltman understands the needs of the pant-stifled man and the demands of choice seekers. The company began when Kiltman recognized an under served segment of the kiltwearing population and the unmet needs and potential of Celtic goods retailers. Seeing possibility in the growing awareness of un-bifurcated garments, Kiltman developed their system of interchangeable pockets and from there the concept hit the ground running, with cool breezes and toward open horizons. Kiltman specializes in high quality kilts and innovative pockets and carriers. Sporting the only interchangeable pocket catalogue, Kiltman’s Streetkilt is a utility kilt and a dress kilt in a single design, unifying function and formality, the 84

comfortable and the casual with the dressy and designer. A new name in the non-tartan kilt industry, with patented technology and classic design, Kiltman resides at, the online purveyor of Kiltman styles, hand-picked kilt accessories and a new base for information and camaraderie regarding all things kilt. Outfitting the weekend warrior and highland athlete, the pub crawler and the traditional groom, Kiltman’s interchangeable pockets turn the same kilt from sleek dress kilt to highly effective, non-traditional kilt with endless pocket options. Two kilts in one, and attachments to infinity: only Kiltman gives you a day with more options, a kilt with more versatility. From the medieval highlands to post-modern pocket mixing, wear it with pride! â–


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Beautiful Ireland Torc Waterfall, Killarney, County Kerry

The Kingdom Any Kerryman will tell you that there are only two Kingdoms; the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Kerry - “One is not of this world and the other is out of this world�.



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Kiss from a Rose The ultimate example of the Spirit of Ireland!


OOK no further than the Rose of Tralee International Festival when planning your visit to Ireland. It has been the flagship event on the Irish Festival calendar since 1959 and this year’s event will take place from the 17th to the 21st August with a magnificent line-up of entertainment to suit all ages and tastes. The General Manager of the Rose of Tralee International Festival, Oliver Hurley, said: “Spectacular, joyous, funpacked and so full of entertainment that if you were to bottle it, the lid would never stay on is how best to describe the Rose of Tralee International Festival! We are all about connecting the global Irish community of which there are 70 million 87

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people throughout the world.” On the last day of the Festival each year, one lucky lady is chosen to become the Rose of Tralee and in 2011, it was the Queensland Rose, Tara Talbot. This Festival, now 53 years young, would not be the spectacle that it is without 32 very important people... the Roses! These young ladies are the ray of sunshine on a cloudy day and the icing on the cake every year. They bring colour, personality and fun with them wherever they go from the moment they meet in Dublin until the last firework explodes during Midnight Madness at the end of the Festival. The Festival has over 60 Centres worldwide, in Ireland, UK and Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Dubai. A Rose Centre is a local group or organization approved by and officially affiliated to the Festival that organizes a Rose Selection and selects a Rose to represent that county, state, region or territory. In 2011 it was estimated that 200,000 people came to Tralee to enjoy the two spectacular fireworks displays, the Skyfest Airshow and the free Sharon 88

Shannon and Ryan Sheridan Concerts in the town centre. Anyone who is lucky enough to travel to the Kingdom of Kerry in August will enjoy a spectacular carnival atmosphere complete with Skyfest Airshow, marching bands and a magnificent variety of free street entertainment to suit all ages throughout the five-days of the festival. The town centre hosts a huge funfair along with live music in the streets, bouncy castles, Fossetts Circus and farmers markets, all in a friendly safe environment. “Accommodation providers, publicans, shop-keepers and taxi drivers are always ready to extend a warm welcome to anyone who visits the Rose of Tralee International Festival. It’s often been remarked by locals and tourists alike that when you visit Tralee for the Rose of Tralee, you make new friends for life. The event in 2012 is set to attract visitors from all over Ireland, USA, Canada, Britain, Australia, Germany, Luxembourg, Australia, New Zealand and Dubai, many of whom return every year,” said Oliver Hurley. ■

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County Kerry

Lakes of Killarney


ounty Kerry is Ireland’s most popular tourist destination. Located on the south west coast, fanned by the Gulf Stream, it possesses some of Ireland’s most iconic attractions: Lakes of Killarney, Dingle Peninsula, Ring of Kerry, golden sandy beaches of North Kerry, Rose of Tralee International Festival and the world heritage site of Skellig Michael. Whether you are planning a once-in-a -lifetime vacation, returning to find long lost ancestors, seeking genuine Irish culture and heritage, wish to play world famous golf courses, go game or sea angling, get away from it all in the peace and tranquillity of the mountains, national parks and gardens, enjoy the best of Irish food and cuisine, meet friendly people for a chat or music session in a local pub or just want to be pampered in world class hotels and resorts, Kerry has it all in abundance. Killarney, Ireland’s tidiest town, with its lakes, mountains, 10,000 acre national park, Muckross House and gardens and jaunting cars, is welcoming visitors for over 250 years. It has been the inspiration of poets and painters

over the centuries and has the most developed tourism facilities in Ireland. No visit to Ireland would be complete without visiting here. The Ring of Kerry is a world famous scenic drive along the Iveragh coast linking islands, lakes and mountains. Coastal towns and villages like Killorglin (of Puck Fair fame), Glenbeigh, Caherciveen, Waterville, Valentia Island, Derrynane, Sneem and Kenmare are an exciting journey of discovery. Dingle (Daingean Ui Chuis) is a vibrant fishing port, outdoor activity hub and traditional music destination. Mara Beo Oceanworld Aquarium interprets the rich variety of marine life off the south-west coast. On the northern tip of the peninsula is the Blasket Island Center (Ionad an Bhlascaoid Mhóir) which interprets the unique and fascinating literary and cultural traditions of the Blasket Islands. The wider Dingle Peninsula, where the Irish language and culture is alive and well, has the largest collection of early christian sites in Ireland and its spectacular scenery like Slea Head has featured in movies like

Ballybunion Golf Club

Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre


Beautiful Ireland Ryan’s Daughter and Far and Away. Tralee, the county capital, is home of the International Rose of Tralee Festival, Siamsa Tíre – the National Folk Theatre of Ireland, Arnold Palmerdesigned Golf Course, new Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre, Ireland’s Museum of the Year, quality shopping and a host of all-weather attractions. To the north is the ecclesiastical centre of Ardfert, the fishing port of Fenit and miles of blue flag beaches stretching from Banna Strand, to Ballyheigue and Ballybunion. Listowel is a market town famous for its literary tradition and freshwater angling. The seaside resort of Ballybunion is an activity hub with two championship golf courses favoured by US presidents, a water leisure and cultural centre, cliff walking, surfing and a range of family entertainment. Ten miles east of Tralee is Castleisland home to the famous Crag Cave which is open daily to visitors. Kerry and her friendly people are waiting for you. Do come and visit. Aer Lingus, Continental, Delta and United operate direct flights from JFK and Newark to Shannon Airport (SNN) which is just an hour’s drive to County Kerry. ■ Produced with the assistance of Kerry County Council. For Further Information:

Slea Head Drive, Dingle Peninsula

Puck Fair, Killorglin

Skellig Michael

2011 Rose of Tralee, Tara Talbot


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Kerry Airport


irports are usually stressful, busy places that you want to pass through as quickly as possible but seldom do. If you want to dispel every myth about an airport, Kerry airport is a good place to start. The gateway to The Kingdom, the airport is situated in the village of Farranfore on the N23. It is only a leisurely 20 minute drive from the tourist towns of Killarney and Tralee and the scenery on the way is striking. With the new direct connection from Dublin you can be at the heart of ‘The Ring’ in the blink of an eye. The size of the airport facilitates a stress free passage and is a welcome start to your trip to the southwest of Ireland. Within 20 minutes of landing passengers can expect to have collected their luggage, hired their car or jumped in a taxi heading for the beautiful sights of Kerry. The main airlines operating into and out of Kerry Airport at present are Aer Lingus Regional and Ryanair. These airlines operate daily and weekly flights to and from destinations such as Dublin, London Stansted, London Luton, Frankfurt-Hahn, Faro and Alicante but perhaps handiest for visitors from the USA is the ability to

book a flight to Kerry via Dublin Airport on Aer Lingus currently operate flights from New York, Orlando, Chicago and Boston. The flight time from Dublin to Kerry is only 50 minutes and as a regional flight the views on the way are magnificent. Ryanair operate a daily flight from London-Luton to Kerry as well as four flights per week from London-Stansted. Bookings for Ryanair can be made on Kerry Airport is constantly sourcing new routes that will be sustainable and of social and economical benefit to those living, working and holidaying in the region. When you arrive at Kerry Airport you will find a friendly, hassle free, well run regional transport hub where you will be greeted with a traditional “Cead Mile Failte.” ■



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Magical Meath Newgrange

Right next to Dublin is a treat worth exploring. Meath & the Boyne Valley region is a land full of contradictions. Boasting iconic World Heritage sites yet home to some of Europe’s most uber-cool accommodation Meath has much to offer and it is so accessible to the bustling capital city.

High Cross, Kells

Did you know… ♣ Meath is known as the Royal County because it was once the seat of the High Kings of Ireland where they ruled from the Hill of Tara. ♣ It is home to the only official strand races in Europe, which take place on Laytown Beach each September.

♣ Meath is home to one of three World Designated Heritage Sites in Ireland, the passage tombs of Brú na Bóinne (Newgrange) which are 500 years older than the Pyramids of Egypt. ♣ Trim Castle is Ireland’s Largest Anglo-Norman Castle and also the place where the film Braveheart was shot. 93

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♣ Ireland’s version of the Olympic games, the Great Aonach took place at Tailteann (Teltown) located half way between Kells and Navan tri-anually for over 3,000 years. ♣ The ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (Halloween) began in County Meath at the Hill of Ward (Tlachtga) over 2000 years ago. The ‘Spirits of Meath’ Festival commemorates this every October. ♣ The Battle of the Boyne (1690) site in Oldbridge had the largest number of troops ever deployed on an Irish battlefield. ♣ St. Colmcille’s monks fled from Iona to Kells in 806AD where they completed their illuminated manuscript of the Four Gospels – better known as The Book of Kells. ♣ The Tara Brooch and the Book of Kells are two of best known examples of the long tradition of crafts excellence in Meath. 94

Hill of Tara, Boyne


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Yeats County William Butler Yeats hailed from Sligo and the county was very close to his heart. 95

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he Strandhill Lodge and Suites in Co Sligo is rated by Tripadvisor as one of its top hotels worldwide and third best in Ireland. Yet this is not a four star hotel, it is a four star, family run guesthouse. Manager David McCoy tells us about the spectacular setting of this unique property.


Nestled beneath the shadow of the Iron Queen who lies in state on the summit of Mount Knocknarea, Strandhill is an area of unrivaled natural beauty. As its name suggests Strandhill is located on a stunning peninsula with access to miles of unspoilt beach and to the vast open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. As the first land mass this side

of the USA the area is a top surfing destination with breakers to rival those of any surfing destination, yet here there is also peace, tranquillity and serenity in abundance. Sligo is repudiated as being where the first settlers came to Ireland. The Carrowmore tombs, located only five minutes away by car from Strandhill 97

Beautiful Ireland Lodge and Suites have megalithic burial chambers that pre-date the pyramids. The court cairn which is the grave of Queen Medb on Knocknarea overlooks the tombs of Carrowmore and is magnificently haunting when viewed on a crisp winters day. The legendary battlefield of Cú Cullan, Fionn MacCool and the Tale of the Táin bo Cualigne are all inter-woven into the fabric of this magnificent countryside. Within five minutes of Strandhill you can take a horse trek along the coastline of Co Sligo. You can even visit the lovers cave of Diarmuid and Grainne in their eternal quest to find peace. The sight of the sun sinking into Strandhill bay with Knocknarea as its backdrop was the inspiration for many Irish artists and writers including WB Yeats. As a backdrop

“The sight of the sun sinking into Strandhill bay with Knocknarea as its backdrop was the inspiration for many Irish artists and writers including WB Yeats.” to the warm Irish hospitality offered by Strandhill Lodge and Suites it is all the more appealing. This four star guesthouse is located in Strandhill Village offering guests magnificent scenery, top class accommodation and a warm welcome. The property offers a Mixture of superior two roomed suites or rooms with patio or balcony overlooking Strandhill Golf Course, the Atlantic Ocean and Strandhill Village. Rooms are furnished to the highest standard with all of the comfort and modern conveniences of a top quality hotel yet the price and friendliness of a four star guesthouse. With awards from the AA, Georgina Campbell, Failte 98

Ireland and Tripadvisor this hidden gem is only a year old yet it has made a huge impression on visitors and reviewers alike. The property has no bar or restaurant on site (outside of the pretty breakfast room) however this only adds to the charm. Steps away from the house are a plentiful supply of wining and dining options where you get to meet the locals and take in an evening in this pretty coastal village. Dining options include the ’Trá Bán’, ’The Venue’, ’The BellaVista’ and Jade Garden Chinese Restaurant. The Venue Bar and Restaurant adjacent to the Strandhill Lodge and Suites overlooks Strandhill Bay and offers diners an excellent choice a la

carte menu in the most magnificent setting. For cocktails and some live music choose from The Venue, Brees, The Bellavista, The Dunes Tavern and The Strand Bar. Festivals are a way of life in this part of the world with The County Fleadh Cheoil traditional music festival in June and the Warriors Run festival in August, the largest triathlon event in Ireland. Street parties, ceoil agus craic are in plentiful supply no matter what time of the year you visit and even on a regular night it is possible to get live music in many of the bars in Strandhill village. Serenity and beauty are in abundance in this gem of the northwest. With adventure and exploring during the day, fine restaurants in the evening and a great pint with a song at night - where else would you want to be? ■

For more information: Strandhill Lodge and Suites. Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice® 2012 Winner Tel: +35371 9122122 Web: Facebook: Twitter:

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Reaching Out

It is a wondrous thing to be Irish. Ireland’s past is shaped by emigration but this is the very thing that connects us with the rest of the world. 2013 will see The Gathering bring thousands back to their native shore while the innovative Reaching Out project works to connect people with their home. Home truly is where the heart is.


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A Hundred Thousand Welcomes

I am an Irishman first and foremost and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Being Irish and a citizen of the world has made me truly appreciate Irish culture, music and history. Whether you’re first, second generation Irish or even with no connection to Ireland, you should visit in 2013 for a unique experience.” Liam Neeson, Actor The Gathering is a unique event that aims to reach out to Ireland’s global diaspora and bring them home for an unprecedented year-long celebration in 2013. Any time is a great time to visit Ireland but 2013 will be even more special with an unprecedented year-long celebration of all that is great about Ireland.


Communities, villages and towns will come together as only the Irish can organizing everything from boot sales to full scale local festivals. Imagine every town or city you visit having some kind of cultural, musical, art, sports or heritage event? Imagine everyone you meet extending their hand in friendship and a big welcome home and you can begin to imagine what The Gathering will bring. The Gathering is all about connecting – something Irish people the world over do with such ease. Famous Irishmen are no exception and Pierce Brosnan, Liam Neeson, Maeve Binchy and Paul O’ Connell are but a few keen to convey what being Irish means to them.


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Lord of the Dance supports Ireland


rish-American Lord of Dance Michael Flatley whose parents emigrated from Ireland  in 1947 to  Chicago has lent his support to a campaign to deliver a new Irish Government programme called Succeed in  Ireland  to help promote  Ireland  as a destination for international business.   Michael Flatley says “We need to get Ireland back to work. We need to create new jobs, lots of jobs and every single one of us has a part to play to make that happen.”   The ConnectIreland initiative is looking for connections to small and medium sized companies that are expanding internationally. Using these connections, ConnectIreland wants to speak with decision makers to explain why companies should establish in Ireland. The initiative will provide a  significant financial  reward to people who provide introductions to ConnectIreland which result in internationally expanding companies investing and creating sustainable jobs in  Ireland. A connector  who successfully introduces a company to  Ireland  that creates new jobs will be paid a minimum of €1,500 per job, up to a maximum of 100 jobs, payable over two years.   Ireland  is a proven business destination and is already home to a large number of multinational companies such as Google, Intel, Abbott, Pfizer and Microsoft, all of which have significant operations here.   The ConnectIreland initiative is being launched at a time when confidence in Ireland is building as a result of former US President Bill Clinton’s address at The Invest in Ireland Forum in February 2012 in New York City where he told delegates: “It is nuts not to take advantage of this unique moment of opportunity with the best environment for investment and the best workforce in the world,

now is the time to invest in Ireland”. A recent report by The Economist Intelligence Unit provides further evidence that  Ireland  is a prime location for foreign direct investment listing EU market access, competitive corporate tax, talented workforce and a stable regulatory framework that supports business as key benefits of  Ireland. The ConnectIreland program is open to everyone across the world. ■

“Ireland replaces Singapore as the most globalised western economy” Ernst & Young Contact:


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Derry City

Welcome Home


he Ireland Reaching Out (Ireland XO) project is based on a simple idea; instead of waiting for people of Irish descent to trace their roots, Ireland Reaching Out goes the other way. Working through voluntary effort at a town, village and parish level, Ireland Reaching Out identifies the people who left and traces them and their descendants worldwide, pro actively engaging with people and inviting them to become part of an extended “virtual” community with their place of origin. In this way, the entire Irish diaspora can be systematically reunified online and invited back or to engage with their ancestral parish at home. This reverse genealogy process entails the tracing and recording of people 102

who left Ireland and seeking out their living descendents worldwide. Those identified or recognized as persons of Irish heritage or affiliation are invited to become part of a new extended Irish society. The Ireland XO project offers an extraordinary opportunity for local parish communities to extend the numbers of people committed to their parish by inviting its own diaspora worldwide to become involved in their place of origin. The national pilot project of Ireland XO was developed in SouthEast Galway from October 2010 through to July 2011 culminating in a hugely successful inaugural Week of Welcomes in late June. The project won the special award at the national “Pride of Place” Awards in Nov 2011 and in February 2012 was voted the “Best

Community” initiative nationally by the Local Authorities Members Awards (LAMA). The project was founded by entrepreneur Mike Feerick in 2009 and has been funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Heritage Council, the Atlantic Philanthropies, the Ireland Fund, Galway County Council, Galway Rural Development and Irish-American sources. Sponsors include Google, Guinness, An Post and the National Library. In Dec 2011, the project launched a global partnership with the GAA, agreeing to link newly identified members of the Irish diaspora to the network of nearly 500 GAA clubs worldwide. ■


Titanic Tale


Titanic Tale

There can’t be many people who don’t know the story of Titanic. The story begins all over again in Belfast City with the opening of the Titanic quarter complete with an interactive experience to help you relive the past. A lesser known story is of the little ship that brought passengers out to the great liners. This is a story about a little ship with a big history.



Opening 2012

We look forward to welcoming you on board... SS Nomadic Charitable Trust 2nd Floor Lesley House 25 Wellington Place Belfast BT1 6GD Northern Ireland E

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SS Nomadic - a Little Ship with a Big History


he SS Nomadic was built by famous ship-maker Harland and Wolff in Belfast and launched on 25 April 1911. She was delivered to the infamous White Star Line on 27 May and started her service by bringing the rich and famous to The Titanic and Olympic’s gangway doors. As the ship was serving such a discerning client the interiors of this little ship were very plush for her days and as this was the first impression clients got before embarking on their voyage, the interior was quite spectacular. After the tragic accident which befell Titanic, Nomadic continued to service Olympic and other White Star liners but as the impact of Titanic was felt and with the outbreak of world war one, The Nomadic was moved from dock in Cherbourg and sailed to Brest from where she was used to ferry American soldiers around the coast of France. In 1927 White Star Line sold Nomadic and by 1934 the ship was sailing under the French flag and renamed to Ingenieur Minard. Now the ship was used as a troopship and she participated in the evacuation of British soldiers from Le

Havre and from Brest. When Germany occupied France, Nomadic was returned to England where she served as a coastal patrol vessel and minelayer until returning to Cherbourg again in 1945. The ship continued to service luxury cruise liners until November 1968 serving ships including the Queen Elizabeth and Cunard Line before being sent to the scrap yard. By luck or by providence she was sold and Nomadic then became a floating restaurant on the river Seine, near the Eiffel Tower in Paris where she resided until very recently. Back in Ireland a campaign was launched by enthusiasts from Belfast to bring Nomadic back home where she belongs. The campaign was successful and the Department for Social Development purchased the Nomadic for €250,001 at auction in Paris on 26th January 2006. Built by the same men who built the Titanic and after a round trip of 95 years, Nomadic returned home to Belfast amid much excitement and publicity in July of that year. The Department for Social Development set up the Nomadic Charitable Trust in October 2006 with

the aim of raising funding to restore the ship to its former glory and to develop the ship as a tourist and cultural attraction. As the last link to the White Star Line the SS Nomadic is also the last accessible maritime link to Titanic. The ship will shortly take pride of place back in the Titanic quarter and star as a static visitor attraction in the heart of Belfast docks. You can step into history by visiting her and experience firsthand the heritage of one of the great industrial cities of the 19th and 20th Century – Belfast. ■




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Titanic Belfast


itanic Belfast, the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience opened its doors to the world on 31st March 2012. Located in the heart of Belfast beside the historic site on which the worldfamous ship was constructed, Titanic Belfast tells the story of the Titanic from her conception in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and tragic end. The story is brought up to the present with the discovery of the wreck and into the future with live links to contemporary undersea exploration. Housed in an iconic six-floor building, Titanic Belfast includes interactive galleries exploring the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Titanic. The building itself has a protruding bow like structures that is the actual height of the original ship. Looking at it from the air the building forms a star shape to represent the name of the White Star cruise line. Internally using innovative design including CGI the visitor experience focuses on a unique part of the Titanic story and the period in which it was built. The launch of the Titanic Belfast building coincides with the centenary


of Titanic’s maiden voyage. Over 425,000 visitors are expected to visit this year, 110,000 of whom are expected to be out-of-state. Titanic Belfast is not just a stunning visitor experience; it is also an impressive educational facility. Education is at the heart of the project and visitors have the opportunity to gain a comprehensive insight into the social history, industrial development and engineering of the day as well as at the magnificent and sumptuous interiors of the unique ship, Titanic. Its history is brought to life through scale replicas, multimedia displays, digital interaction, moving images, soundscapes, artefacts, top quality graphics and records of passengers, menus and daily activities on this iconic ship. ■ Background: Supported by the Northern Ireland Executive, the £97m Titanic Belfast is a unique public / private partnership funded by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Belfast City Council, Belfast Harbour and Titanic Quarter Ltd. It is operated by Titanic Belfast Ltd and will be owned by the Titanic Foundation Ltd.

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The Abbey Theatre

Cathy Belton, Marty Rea, Lindsay Duncan and Fiona Shaw in John Gabriel Borkman


reland’s national theatre, has been at the heart of Irish cultural life for over a century. If you love culture and history, a visit to the Abbey is a must. The theatre was founded by W.B. Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory. Since it first opened its doors in 1904 the theatre has played a vital role in the literary, social and cultural life of Ireland. Each year the Abbey produces an annual programme of diverse, engaging, innovative Irish and international theatre and it invests in and promotes new Irish writers and artists. The Abbey places the writer and theatremaker at the heart of what it does, commissioning and producing exciting new work and creating discourse and debate on the political, cultural and social issues of the day. Over the years, the Abbey Theatre has nurtured and premiered the work of major playwrights such as J.M. Synge and Sean O’Casey as well as contemporary classics from the likes of Sebastian Barry, Marina Carr, Bernard Farrell, Brian Friel, Frank McGuinness, Thomas Kilroy, Tom Mac Intyre, Tom Murphy, Mark O’Rowe, Billy Roche and Sam Shepard. ■

Alan Rickman in John Gabriel Borkman

Sinéad Cusack in Juno and the Paycock by Sean O‘Casey

The Abbey Theatre is delighted to announce the Irish and UK tour of The plough and the Stars, by Sean O’Casey. Directed by Wayne Jordan, associated artist at The Abbey, The Plough and the Stars opens on Wednesday 1st August 2012. Contact:


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Out & About American Women’s Club Go Global

President Michael D. Higgins, Minister Jimmy Deenihan and Dr. Mary Henry were among the distinguished speakers at the annual conference of the Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas (FAWCO) held in Dublin from 21 March until 24 March. Over 200 members representing American women from around the world converged on the Irish capital. Conference topics included issues facing Americans living abroad as well as updates on FAWCO’s global initiatives, including combating violence against women, providing clean drinking water in Cambodia, etc. This will mark the third time the global conference has been held in Dublin hosted by the American Women’s Club of Dublin (AWCD) which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Founded in 1931, FAWCO is a global network of independent volunteer clubs and associations. There are more than 75 member clubs in 40 countries, with a total membership in excess of 15,000. FAWCO serves as a resource and channel of information for its members, promoting the rights of U.S. citizens living overseas and it contributes to the global community through philanthropy and global issues

task forces. A not-for-profit New York-based corporation, FAWCO are also a UN-accredited NGO with Special Consultative Status to the UN Economic and Social Council. The philanthropic arm of FAWCO - The FAWCO Foundation - is an independent entity, which has donated more than $1,000,000 in education awards and development grants since its inception in 1967. The American Women’s Club of Dublin served as host for this year’s conference with Patti Meek and Nancy Ward at the helm. All 130 plus members were in support of the conference and played an active role in ensuring it’s success. The American Women’s Club of Dublin has been providing women from North America with opportunities to develop friendships and get involved with the Irish community through philanthropic and cultural events and activities since 1972. The AWCD is open to all citizens and long time residents of North America. The club provides opportunities for members to participate in varied activities from cultural tours to book clubs and groups as varied as margarita Mondays, Coffee and Kids and the Professional Women’s Network.

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Crystal Clear Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny was delighted to meet President Obama again so soon after his hugely successful visit to Ireland. This time they met in

Washington when the President was presented with a Waterford Crystal bowl full to the brim with lucky shamrock.

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Eire’s Kids


The new line of products includes a colouring book that features two children travelling throughout Ireland visiting different counties - each has Irish words to encourage learning and to make life simple for parent, crayons are attached to the back of the book for portability. There are also Lucky Zips with cute characters to attach to Jackets, backpacks or any item that use a zip. Cute photo frames, double hooks and mugs compliment the range. Eire’s Kids are also ready to publish their first book in a planned series with fun stories around Irish themes’ and Irish words. Eire‘s Kids launched their products at Showcase Ireland in January and feedback was hugely positive, especially from the American market. Orders are rolling in and Eire‘s Kids seems set to be a great success story. ■




iscover a fun, bright and educational way to celebrate your Irish heritage, culture and language. Eire’s kids was founded in 2011 while co-founders Michelle and Derek were on vacation with their daughter around Ireland and noticed that there wasn’t a great selection of keepsake or souvenirs available for their little girl. The couple spent two weeks travelling Ireland and found the same generic designed gifts available that were more suitable for a teenager or adult and not suitable for a child. In their return the enterprising couple drew up a business plan and designed a number of characters that would appeal to young children and adults buying for children. The intention was to create products that were bright, fun and educational.

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Precious Jewellery reflecting the history and spirit of Ireland

Cat & Moon Martina Hamilton is a genius when it comes to jewelry making and design. Worn the world over her collection is a feast for the senses and a lifetime treasure. You can buy these beautiful pieces from your local NACTA store in the USA and Canada or if you are lucky enough to visit Ireland be sure to pop into The Cat and Moon in Sligo, home to Martina‘s jewelry collection and to a treasure trove of beautiful treasures.

The Cat and The Moon and Martina Hamilton Collections The Cat and The Moon, Shop and Workshop 4 Castle Street, Sligo, Ireland Tel: +353 71 91 43686 US Sales Representative Suzanne Dahm 001 773-852-1063

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Out & About American Retailers at Dail Eireann Irish-American retailers, on a buying trip in Dublin in January, were invited by Jimmy Deenihan,T.D.Minister for Arts,Heritage and the Gaeltacht to visit Leinster House and watch the Dail (Irish Parliament) in session. “It was a marvelously interesting experience for these Irish-Americans whose businesses revolve around all things Irish,” said Anne Tarrant, Executive Director of the North American Celtic Trade Association. l-r Michael Cox, The Scottish & Irish Store, Ontario; Betty Rohman, Harp & Thistle Imports, Peoria Heights, IL; Steve Hand, Legends of the Celts, Hayward,WI; Jimmy Deenihan, T.D. Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; Cheryl Parabicoli, The Tinker’s Cart, Clinton, MA; Fran Siefert, Ballyhugh Irish Imports, Audubon, NJ; Margaret McLemore, Irish Traditions, Easton, MD, Anne Gleine, Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland, Dublin, OH

Nacta Awards The 2012 NACTA awards saw the very best of craft and retail providers from Europe and the USA come together at the annual gathering in Dublin. Hosted by NACTA President Frances Siefert and CEO Ann Tarrant, the event was a resounding success and a great networking event for people on both sides of the Atlantic to come together in friendship. Left: Irish Minister John Perry at NACTA awards with founder and CEO Ann Tarrant and NACTA President Fran Siefert Below left: Presentation of award to Karen Woods, Amethyst Jewelers, Dublin

Below: The NACTA Merit Award was presented to Joe Harbourne of JMH Manufacturing Ltd to acknowledge his commitment to the development of business links with the North American Celtic market and for valued support of the mission and objectives of the North American Celtic Trade Association.


Out & About France. People will no longer need to land bridge between Ireland and France and can instead travel directly. By travelling with Celtic Link Ferries during Summer time you can save up to 35% in comparison to the other operators that also go to France from Ireland. Celtic Link Ferries offer a multitude of value incentives and extras for anybody travelling which include free bike rack transport, free roof box and there is also no charge for baby cots on board either. There is also free travel for pets and Celtic Link Ferries give it’s customers with pets a choice of being in a kennel throughout the sailing or in the owners vehicle What’s more is that Celtic Link Ferries have launched an Easter time sale meaning that visiting your loved ones in

New Horizons Celtic Link Ferries is a low fares ferry company sailing between Rosslare and Cherbourg in France. Its ship, a state-ofthe-art vessel named Celtic Horizon is the newest and fastest vessel sailing on the route and the only vessel in Ireland that travels to France every week of the year. The company which is locally owned in the South-East of Ireland shipped over 60,000 passengers in 2010 and 72,000 passengers last year. Celtic Link Ferries believes that the company will move over 85,000 people in 2012 due to the increased capacity and Celtic Horizon has the ability to carry 1,000 passengers at any one time. Celtic Horizon can facilitate any form of vehicle available including cars, vans, minibuses, campervans, caravans, motorcycles, motorcycle combinations and trailers. Celtic Link Ferries also offer competitive and reliable freight transportation and can ship up to 120 freight pieces at once. Celtic Horizon has a host of modern facilities that will allow you to relax away the hours as you travel to your destination, including two bars and a restaurant which sells a fabulous choice of tasty food such as delicious fish, chicken and beef dishes at very reasonable prices. Celtic Horizon has a fantastic selection of cabins ranging from a two berth outside, four berth inside, four berth outside, large four berth inside, a six berth outside, a six berth inside and a luxurious Suite cabin which includes a double bed, a fridge, wine and cheese in your room a leather couch and your own 42 inch television to watch. However, the most special feature about Celtic Link Ferries are its prices and it offers the absolute best prices for anybody travelling between Ireland and


France and across the rest of Europe has just been made far easier (and far less expensive). Wine trips are becoming increasingly popular with Celtic Link Ferries. The company offers people the opportunity to travel to France with their car, have a 2 berth outside cabin both ways for as little as €200 return (car + driver + two berth outside cabin). Each additional passenger can travel under this deal for as little as €10 extra each.

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Navy & Notre Dame in Ireland

We are all delighted that Navy has chosen Aviva Stadium for its game against Notre Dame in 2012,” said Aviva Stadium Director Martin Murphy. “We fully realize just how important this game is in the U.S. sporting calendar and we are looking forward to hosting what will undoubtedly be a fantastic event. The selection of Aviva Stadium for this game is a huge endorsement of the stadium and it is a terrific boost for Irish tourism as I have no doubt the teams’ fans will travel in great numbers. We are confident they will have a memorable time in Ireland.” The Navy-Notre Dame rivalry is the longest continuous inter sectional rivalry in college football with the two schools having met every year since 1927. The 84th meeting between the two schools will take place on Saturday, Oct. 23, at

the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutheford, N.J. Kickoff is set for 12 noon and will be nationally televised by CBS. Navy and Notre Dame will be the first NCAA teams to visit Ireland since John Carroll University, Adrian College and CMU played Irish opposition in the Celtic Classic series of games between 2004 and 2007. The Aviva Stadium is built on the site of Lansdowne Road stadium which hosted NCAA games involving Boston College, Army, Pittsburgh & Rutgers in the 1980s. The sport of American football has made some significant strides in Ireland over the past decade with membership of the IAFA increasing 10 fold over that period. This increase in interest in the sport, and the consequential larger fan base, has now made Ireland and a viable and attractive venue for major games. ■

Contact: Details of how to obtain tickets will be released closer to the game


An Invitation

Shanahan’s on the Green


merican Style Steakhouse and Seafood Restaurant featuring Certified Irish Angus beef and the freshest seafood and produce from Ireland’s local bounty. In the heart of Dublin City, Shanahan’s on the Green offers attentive service, superb food and fine wines, ensuring that it is ‘THE’ Capital City’s place to dine. From the moment you make your reservation you are welcomed to arrive earlier to enjoy an aperitif in The Oval Office bar. When you walk through the restaurant doors you are greeted with heart warming welcome from the hostess at the front desk and guided to your table or to the bar. As you enter The Oval Office, you will be surrounded by historical treasures, featuring documents and mementoes from each of America’s presidents of


Irish Heritage including The Original JFK Rocking Chair from Air Force One. Service is friendly and slick. You will be spoiled for choice with full bar, the finest of whiskey’s and brandy’s are available including Shanahan’s very own Malt Whiskey and Blended Whiskey. Dining in Shanahan’s is a delight, featuring succulent steaks cooked to perfection using only Certified Irish Angus Beef and the freshest of Seafood from the icy North Atlantic. The elegance of the food and service, however, is maintained in perfect harmony with the warmth, which personifies Shanahan’s team. Shanahan’s on the Green also cater for corporate functions and intimate weddings. See their website for opening hours during Christmas and special events like the Navy v Notre Dame game hosted in Dublin this year. ■

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 5.30pm Saturday 6.00pm Friday Lunch 12.30pm – 2pm 4 Course Table d’hôte menu €45 Monday – Friday 5.30pm to 6.45pm Friday Lunch 12.30pm – 2pm Full à la carte available Shanahan’s on the Green, 119 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 Tel: 00353 1 407 0939 Fax: 00353 1 407 0940 Website: Also available for Corporate & Private Lunches, and Intimate Weddings


ONE STOP SHOPs Your local Irish store is more than just a place to shop. As you step inside the door you can immerse yourself in Ireland whether it be the sights, smells or sounds of the Emerald Isle. And just like in Ireland you can be sure of a warm welcome and a friendly face in each of our featured stores. Here is just a sample of some of the best places to visit for great Irish gifts and a great Irish welcome. For a complete list of Irish shops in the USA and Canada go to Or call toll free 866-622-2244

Ha’penny Bridge, Dublin, OH You are invited to experience Ireland in grand style by visiting Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland, in Dublin, OH. Located in an 1830’s national register building, Ha’penny houses five rooms of Irish and Celtic merchandise. Proprietors Anne and Allen Gleine will celebrate 30 years in business next year. Frequent travels to Ireland for trade shows, visits with vendors and enjoying the beautiful island of “forty shades of green”, the Gleine’s have filled up a couple of passports! The shop is a ’pot of gold’ in Irish treasures. The Ireland Room features a brilliant display of Irish jewelry including of course, the Claddagh Ring and its captivating story of love, loyalty and friendship. There are Irish sweaters, Hanna Hats, music and food. There’s fashion and giftware, Belleek China and Galway Crystal as well as Guinness merchandise and Kilts for rent or purchase. Tel: 614-889-9615 119


Ballyhugh Irish Imports, Audubon, NJ All Things Irish, Coeur d’Alene, ID After falling in love with Ireland on their first trip in 1994 the owners, Craig and Ilene Moss, opened their store in 1998 and expanded the size of the showroom to almost double the original size in 2007. All Things Irish carries a variety of products from Ireland that delights customers for their quality and uniqueness of the product line. The pride Craig and Ilene take in their heritage is reflected in the quality of their products.

Established in 1983 by owner Clare McHugh, the name literally means “place of Hugh”. With links to Co. Clare, Co. Galway and Co Tyrone, Clare and her daughter Frances visit Ireland regularly to source high quality hand-crafted items including knitwear, crystal, china, giftware and clothing. The store also boasts an impressive selection of Irish and Celtic jewelry and Frances is an Accredited Jewelry Professional. “If you are ever in the Southern New Jersey/Philadelphia area, please visit us” says Frances, “and experience Ireland without having to use your passport!”

Tel: 208-667-0131 Tel: 856-546-0946

Things Celtic


County Emmet Celtic Shop, Petoskey, MI

Things Celtic has been serving the Celtic community of Central Texas since 1997, and features some of the finest products from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, & Cornwall. The staff enjoy helping customers find information about their family name, ancestral home or Scottish tartans. Things Celtic regularly hosts Celtic song sessions and Irish-Gaelic language lessons. Several times a year live concerts by Celtic musicians are performed on the “garden stage”. From something as simple as a box of Irish Breakfast Tea or a fun t-shirt, to the perfect wedding rings, kilt or house warming gift, Things Celtic is happy to help spread the Celtic style across Texas!

County Emmet Celtic Shop is located in Petoskey, in Emmet County, Michigan. Emmet County (named after Robert Emmet) is one of 5 counties in Michigan named after “Irish” connections. The owners, Ed and Linda Karmann carry a wide variety of merchandise from Ireland, Scotland and Wales including clothing, food, jewelry, art, books, musical instruments and more. “In the short time we have been in business, County Emmet Celtic Shop has become a popular destination for visitors. We feel like unofficial ambassadors for Ireland and are always happy to share our knowledge and enthusiasm of Ireland with anyone that comes in the shop”.

Tel: 1-888-921-9529

Tel: 231-753-2027


Faith & Begorra, Denville, NJ Celebrating 20 years in business, owner Susan Banks travels to Ireland every year to select the finest in gifts and craft, so that she can share the talents of the many crafts people in Ireland with the American market. Susan also stocks an extensive range of woollen hats and handknit sweaters from Donegal together with a fine selection of jewelry from Dublin’s top designers Tel: 973-625-0070

Molly Malones, Lake George, NY Bill and Emily are happy to be 13 years in the Irish business. “Thinking back to our start it was a wee bit scary. We had no idea if a gift shop dedicated to the Celtic trade would work. Lake George is a resort town with many gift shops, restaurants and attractions. The area is a popular vacation destination from neighboring states and as a result we see a good number of visitors who have an Irish American heritage. We strive to give good customer service, good prices and great products. If you visit Lake George we will be pleased to meet you. Tel: 518-668-3363

Sheehan’s Irish Imports, Kansas City, MO Established in 1985 by Peggy Sheehan and her daughters, Molly & Katy, Sheehan’s has been going strong for over 25 years. What began as a retirement venture for Peggy, selling Irish products in Kansas City, has become a full fledged business undertaking. Sheehans 4,000 square feet of merchandise makes it one of the largest Irish stores in the Midwest. “Our initial goal was to support Ireland’s cottage industries”, says Peggy. “This has grown to include just about anything Irish.” A warm greeting & a hot cup of Irish tea on every visit is a Sheehan’s standard. Come visit soon… Where the flag is flying! Tel: 816-561-4480

The Cross and Shamrock, Hamilton Square, NJ The Cross and Shamrock is a retail store and internet business located in Hamilton Square, New Jersey, Owned by Ann and Len Bauersachs and managed by their son Tim. The family have been serving the people of central New Jersey for over 27 years. “We carry an impressive selection of Irish imports including jewelry, Aran sweaters, Belleek china, Waterford Crystal, Irish food and candy, Guinness merchandise, gifts, crafts, clothing, music and more” says Tim, “but what makes us unique is our huge range of Catholic and Christian goods”. Tel: 609-586-9696 121


Bridget’s Irish Cottage, Bridgewater N.J. Oxford Hall, New Cumberland, PA In 2009, Steve and Cindy Washburn purchased a Civil War era building as the new home for their 26 year old Irish/Celtic shop. The original store was established by Steve’s parents Tom and Barbara who sold handmade sweaters, crafts, jewelry and furniture. With over 2,500 square feet of floor space, the new shop includes a jewelry and wedding area with Celtic wedding and engagement rings, kilt rentals and gifts. Other rooms spotlight sweaters, woollens, apparel and giftware and there is a large tea shop and food market. Keeping with tradition the shop uses real Irish furniture as fixtures and the floors replicate old pine and stone. Oxford Hall has it all. Come and see for yourself.

Bridget’s Irish Cottage was started in 1987 by Bridget Lawn from Dublin, Ireland who still owns the store today. Bringing authentic Irish products from her home country is very important to Bridget and makes visiting the store a must. Bridget and store manager Denise work closely with many Irish companies to create products that make them stand out. They also produce many of their own products making them truly unique. “The next time you might be in our area please stop by. With our music playing and the customers dancing Bridget’s is a fun place to visit and enjoy the Irish Home Land”. Tel: 908-231-0909


Celt-Iberia Traders, New Hope, PA

Kerreen O’Connor’s in downtown Littleton, Colorado has been run by the O’Connor/Shobe family for over ten years. They specialize in fine jewelry from Ireland, kilt rentals, as well as traditional Irish imports such as Belleek China, Galway Crystal, Guinness merchandise, Barry’s Tea and much more. They are always looking for new and interesting items that represent the Celtic heritage that they so dearly love and their shop is actively involved in the Denver Irish community. Kerreen O’Connor’s is a proud sponsor of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and The Colorado Irish Festival, and are active members of the Colorado United Irish Society and Irish Network Colorado.

Celt-Iberia Traders is an eclectic and unique gallery inspired by the rich and culturally distinctive art and craft works of Ireland and Spain. Having traveled extensively within the nations of their ethnic backgrounds, and enjoying the fine craft galleries in the two countries, owners Mike Burns and Richard Cordover decided to blend their love of traditional Irish import shops in this country with craft shop concepts in Ireland and Spain. Although the stock levels are generally 75% to 80% Irish/ Celtic, the introduction of Spanish changes the shop scope from a traditional import shop, to an international European gallery. Celt-Iberia Traders occupies the historic Parry Barn, built in 1750, which features original stone and beam work, with an 18’2” storey entranceway, providing a completely unique atmosphere for the works on display.

Tel: 303-794-6388

Tel: (215) 862-4922

Kerreen O’Connor’s, Littleton, CO




Celtic Treasures 4240 Old Seward Hwy #2, Anchorage, AK 99503 Tel: 907-333-2358 Website: Contact: Lisa Caress-Beu

Celtica 1008 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06510 Tel: 203-785-8034 Website: Contact: Sergio & Luana Berardelli

Suzis’Woollies 420 G St, Anchorage, AK 99501 Tel: 907-277-9660 Website: Contact: Suzi Peri & Ben Alexander

Irish Eyes 8A Olde Mistick Village, 27 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic, CT 06355 Tel: 860-536-9960 Website: Contact: Donna Gorman

ARIZONA Flanagan’s Celtic Corner 222 E. Congress Street, Tucson, AZ 85701 Tel: 520-623-9922 Website: Contact: John Flanagan & Cathy Devine

O’Reilly’s Irish Gifts 248 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032 Tel: 860-677-6958 Website: Contact: Sergio & Luana Berardelli

Tel: 208-667-0131 Website: Contact: Ilene Moss ILLINOIS Celtic Travel Shoppe 908 Stafford Court, New Lenox, IL 60451 Tel: 815-462-3365 Contact: Robert Schuld Coram Deo Books 3269 N. Reed Station Rd, DeSoto, IL 62924 Tel: 618-549-7172 Website: Contact: Mark & Jane Aiken


Coveny Lane 30 East Burlington St., Riverside, IL 60546 Tel: 708-442-4387 Website: Contact: Margo Coveny Rodriguez

Fenwick Float’ors 35034 Buoy Blvd, Selbyville, DE 19975 Tel: 302-436-5953 Website: Contact: Tina & Hugh McBride

Gaelic Imports 6346 West Gunnison, Chicago, IL 60630 Tel: 773-792-1905 Website: Contact: Mary Ann Jones & Suzanne Dunne


Harp & Thistle Imports Ltd 4605 N Prospect Rd, Peoria Heights, IL 61616 Tel: 309-688-5668 Website: Contact: Betty Flanagan Rohman

CALIFORNIA The Celtic Knot 28 Main Street, Jackson, CA 95642 Tel: 209-223-5830 Email: Contact: Patti Busch & Mary Pulskamp Celtic Shoppe 354 East Campbell Avenue, Campbell, CA 95008 Tel: 408-379-7474 Website: Contact: Cathy Cavagnaro Claddagh Gifts 219 East Blithedale Ave, Suite 2, Mill Valley, CA 94941 Tel: 415-388-2625 Email: Contact: Mary Ann King Irish Castle Shop 537 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102 Tel: 415-474-7432 Website: Contact: Orla O’Malley Daly Irish Eyes 101 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672 Tel: 949-498-3003 Website: Contact: Donna Gorman

Celtic Shop of Dunedin 354 Main Street, Dunedin, FL 34698 Tel: 727-733-2200 Website: Contact: Lynn Thorn Faire Isles Trading Co 1115 14th Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34205 Tel: 941-714-0123 Website: Contact: Robin McAllister The Irish Shop 818 East New Haven Ave, Melbourne, FL 32901 Tel: 321-723-0122 Website: Contact: Jaqueline De Poli Irish Treasures 923 Azalea Lane,Vero Beach, FL 32963 Tel: 772-492-0523 Website: Contact: Betty & Noel Cochrane IOWA

O’Ireland 575 Grand Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92008 Tel: 760-720-1500 Email: Contact: Tony Cross

A Celtic Tradition 7672 Hickman Road,Windsor Heights, IA 50324 Tel: 515-278-8302 Website: Contact: Garry & Kris Knapp


Shamrock Imports 391 Bluff St, Dubuque, IA 52001 Tel: 563-583-5000 Website: Contact: Michael & Judy Siegert

The Emporium 1620 Miner Street, P.O. Box 331,Idaho Springs, CO 80452 Tel: 303-567-1151 Email: Contact: Mary Ann Dalpes Kerreen O’Connor’s Irish Shop 2595 West Alamo Avenue, Littleton, CO 80120 Tel: 303-794-6388 Website: Contact: Heather Benedict

St Pat’s Association Irish Gift Shop 1001 South Broadway, Emmetsburg, IA 50536 Tel: 712-852-4326 Website: Contact: Billie Jo Hoffman IDAHO All Things Irish 315 E Sherman Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814

Heartland Gallery 112 W. Main Street, Urbana, IL 61801 Tel: 217-337-4767 Website: Contact: Jan Chandler The Irish Boutique 6606 Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake Plaza, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 Tel: 815-459-1800 Website: Contact: Patrick Barry The Irish Boutique 434 Coffin Road, Long Grove, IL 60074 Tel: 847-634-3540 Website: Contact: Patrick Barry Irish Connoisseur 1232 Waukegan Rd, Glenview, IL 60025 Tel: 847-998-1988 Website: Contact: Megan Quinlisk Van Treek Irish Imports Teahans 600 East Grand Avenue, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL 60611 Tel: 312-595-5504 Website: Contact: Mary Rose Teahan The Irish Shop 100 N Oakpark Ave, Oak Park, IL 60301 Tel: 708-445-1149 Website: Contact: Jim & Anne August Irish Sisters Imports 312 South Third St, Geneva, IL 60134 Tel: 630-208-9300 Website: Contact: Peggy Smith

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Paddy’s On The Square 228 Robert Parker Coffin Road, Long Grove, IL 60047 Tel: 847-634-0339 Website: Contact: John Barry South Side Irish Imports 3446 W. 111th St., Chicago, IL 60655 Tel: 773-881-8585 Email: Contact: Linda & Ron Gorman South Side Irish Imports 7725 W 159th Street, Tinley Park, IL 60477 Tel: 773-881-8585 Email: Contact: Linda & Ron Gorman INDIANA Cragan’s Irish Imports 1643 Edison Rd, Edison Plaza, South Bend, IN 46637 Tel: 574-243-1400 Website: Contact: Larry Wittenbrink & Barbara Mickow Irish on the Square 102 South Main St., Crown Point, IN 46307 Tel: (219) 662-7200 Website: Contact: Peter & Jennifer Townsend KANSAS Irish Crystal Company 7108 W. 135th Street, Overland Park, KS 66223 Tel: 913-341-4438 Website: Contact: Michelle Nestel Paddy’s Irish Shop At Trinity House 7287 W. 97th Street, Overland Park, KS 66212 Tel: 913-652-0080 Email: Contact: Patrick White KENTUCKY Failte Irish Import Shop 113 South Upper Street, Lexington, KY 40507 Tel: 859-381-1498 Website: Contact: Liza Hendley Irish Sea Celtic Shop 333 W. Broadway Street, Frankfort, KY 40601-1939 Tel: 502-223-9946 Website: Contact: Bill Leroy Molly’s Celtic Center 931 Baxter Avenue, Louisville, KY 40204 Tel: 502-459-9888 Email: Contact: Sandy Nedrow

Website: Contact: Cheryl Parabicoli

Website: Contact: Caron & Ed Sullivan

Wexford House Irish Imports 9 Crescent St, West Boylston, MA 01583 Tel: 508-835-6677 Website: Contact: Kathryn Trow

The Twisted Shamrock 276 W. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale, MI 48220 Tel: 248-544-4170 Website: Contact: Jim Monahan & Kathy Sladick



Irish Traditions 35 North Harrison Street, Easton, MD 21601 Tel: 410-819-3663 Website: Contact: Margaret McLemore

Brownes Irish Market Inc 3300 Pennsylvania Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64111 Tel: 816-561-0030 Website: Contact: Kerry Browne

Irish Traditions 141-143 Main Street, Annapolis, MD 21401 Tel: 410-990-4747 Website: Contact: Margaret McLemore

The Celtic Ranch 404 Main Street, Weston, MO 64098 Tel: 816-640-2881 Website: Contact: Terry Kast

MAINE Linda Clifford Scottish & Irish Merchant 91 Main Street, PO Box 27, Bethel, ME 04217 Tel: 207-824-6560 Website: Contact: Linda Clifford MICHIGAN Always Irish 37560 W. 6 Mile Road, Livonia, MI 48152 Tel: 734-462-7200 Email: Contact: Dean & Judy Valovich The Celtic Path 214 E Main Street, PO Box 123, Hubbardston, MI 48845 Tel: 989-981-6066 Website: Contact: Patricia Baese Celtic Seasons 301 N Harbor Drive, Suite B6, Grand Haven, MI Tel: 269.668.8069 Email: Contact: Eileen Boyle Chlebana Colleen’s Gaelic Gifts 15373 Farmington Road, Livonia, MI 48154 Tel: 734-513-2107 Email: Contact: Colleen Haggerty

Doherty & Sullivan’s Irish Goods 213 S.E. Main Street, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063 Tel: 816-524-7151 Website: Contact: Chuck Denton Kerry Cottage Ltd 2119 S. Big Bend Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63117 Tel: 314-647-0166 Website: Contact: Maura Lawlor Sheehan’s Irish Imports 1412 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111 Tel: 816-561-4480 Website: Contact: Molly Sheehan Corkill & Katy Sheehan Morris ’Tis The Irish Shop 1060 Rue St. Catherine, Florissant, MO 63031 Tel: 314-259-1971 Website: Contact: Rhonda & Jerry Dyer NEVADA The Isles 809 S. Center Street, Reno, NV 89501 Tel: 775-247-2781 Website: Contact: Theresa Fegan NEW HAMPSHIRE

County Emmet Celtic Shop 221 E. Lake St, Petoskey, MI 49770 Tel: 231-753-2027 Website: Contact: Ed & Linda Karmann


The Jaunting Cart 7429 Market Street, Mackinac Island, MI 49757 Tel: 906-430-7226 Website: Contact: Patrick McManus

Irish Specialty Shoppe Inc 158 President Avenue, Fall River, MA 02720-2638 Tel: 508-678-4096 Website: Contact: Joseph Reilly

O’Brien’s Irish Cottage 41880 Hayes Road, Clinton Township, MI 48038 Tel: 586-566-9686 Website: Contact: Monica & Patrick O’Brien

The Tinker’s Cart 54 High Street, Clinton, MA 01510 Tel: 978-365-4334

Sullivan’s Irish Alley Inc 104 East Main Street, Flushing, MI 48433 Tel: 810-487-2473

Baile McBreen Gift Shop LLC 107-C North Main Street, Troy, NH 03465 Tel: 603-242-7707 Email: Contact: Elsie Breen Celtic Crossing 112 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801 Tel: 603-436-0200 Website: Contact: Debra Codd Ireland on the Square 6 Market Square, Portsmouth, NH 03801 Tel: 603-319-1670 Website: Contact: Jennifer Dumas

Store Directory NEW JERSEY All Irish 401 Lafayette St, PO Box 599, Cape May, NJ 08204 Tel: 609-884-4484 Email: Contact: Jeanne & Joe Fahy Ballyhugh Irish Imports 235 White Horse Pike, Audubon, NJ 08106 Tel: 856-546-0946 Email: info@ Contact: Frances Siefert & Clare McHugh Bridget’s Irish Cottage Inc Woodbridge Mall, Woodbridge Avenue, Woodbridge, NJ 07095 Tel: 732-596-9200 Website: Contact: Bridget & Norman Lawn Bridget’s Irish Cottage Inc 775 Route 202-206, Bridgewater, NJ 08807 Tel: 908-243-0606 Website: Contact: Bridget & Norman Lawn Bridget’s Irish Cottage Inc Bridgewater Commons Mall, Suite 202, Bridgewater, NJ 08807 Tel: 908-231-0909 Website: Contact: Bridget & Norman Lawn

Website: Contact: Diane Vaughn-Fiocco Kellys A Touch of Ireland 5 South Broadway, Pitman, NJ 08071 Tel: 856-589-4988 Email: Contact: Judy Miller O’Ireland 130 North Broadway, South Amboy, NJ 08879 Tel: 732-525-0515 Website: Contact: Rosanne Savoi O’Ireland 30 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701 Tel: 732-747-4433 Email: Contact: Paul Savoi Out of Ireland Store #22, 3 New York Road, Historic Smithville, NJ 08205 Tel: 609-748-6707 Website: Contact: Kathleen O’Gara Pipeline Celtic Themes 128 Wanaque Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442 Tel: 973-839-4761 Website: Contact: Gerald Rooney

The Cross & Shamrock 1669 Route 33, Hamilton Square, NJ 08690 Tel: 609-586-9696 Website: Contact: Ann, Len & Tim Bauersachs

The Pipers Cove 212 Kearny Ave, Kearny, NJ 07032 Tel: 201-998-3695 Website: Contact: John & Joan Nisbet

Emerald Gifts 137 Parsippany Rd, Parsippany, NJ 07054 Tel: 973-884-3241 Email: Contact: Edward Hansberry


Faith & Begorra 40 Broadway, Denville, NJ 07834 Tel: 973-625-0070 Website: Contact: Susan Banks Ireland and Old Lace 615 E Moss Mill Rd, Unit A-1, Smithville, NJ 08205 Tel: 609-404-4777 Website: Contact: Kelly Coleman Ireland Imports 711 Asbury Avenue, Ocean City, NJ 08226 Tel: 609-398-1948 Website: Contact: Janet Sellers Irish Centre 1120 Third Ave, Spring Lake, NJ 07762 Tel: 732-449-6650 Website: Contact: Mary Foley Reilly Irish Eyes Imports 162 Westwood Avenue, Westwood, NJ 07675 Tel: 201-445-8585 Website: Contact: Gene & Tara Callaghan Irish Pavilion of Stone Harbor 9508 Third Ave, Stone Harbor, NJ 08247 Tel: 609-368-1112

Cashel House 224 Tompkins St, Syracuse, NY 13204 Tel: 315-472-4438 Contact: Mary Jo Coleman Celtic Treasures 456 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Tel: 518-583-9452 Website: Contact: Paul O’Donnell The Danu Gallery 39 E. Central Avenue, Pearl River, NY 10965 Tel: 845-735-4477 Website: Contact: Isabel & Audrey Haley Irish & Celtic Imports Pittsford Plaza 3349 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14618 Tel: 585-389-1790 Email: Contact: Clinton & Rita Lloyd Irish American Heritage Museum 991 Broadway, Suite 101, Albany, NY 12204 Tel: 518-432-6598 Website: www. Contact: Jeffrey Cleary Irish Crossroads Ltd 22 East Main Street, Patchogue, NY 11772 Tel: 631-569-5464 Website: Contact: Kathleen Quinn

Irish Import Shop Greece Ridge Mall, 360 Greece Ridge Center Dr, Rochester, NY 14626 Tel: 585-225-1050 Email: rochesterirish@ Contact: Patricia Lloyd

Vera Casey with her daughters Maureen & Kathleen Casey’s Irish Imports, Rocky River, OH

The Irish Store 5 Jordan Road, Skaneateles, NY 13152 Tel: 315-685-6230 Website: Contact: Roy Floyd Kathleen’s of Donegal 8 N. Park Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY, 11570 Tel: 516-536-9616 Website: Contact: Kathleen Alcock Lennon’s Irish Shop 164 Jay Street, Schenectady, NY 12305 Tel: 518-377-0064 Website: Contact: Dale & Mary Ann May Little Shop of Shamrocks 173 Islip Avenue, Islip, NY 11751 Tel: 631-224-4311 Website: Contact: Linda Low Lynbrook Irish Shop 144 Hendrickson Avenue, Lynbrook, NY 11563 Tel: 516-612-3487 Website: Contact: Jennifer Derrig Manor Irish Gifts 70 Covert Avenue, Stewart Manor, NY 11530 Tel: 516-328-8975 Email: Contact: Richie O’Shea McNerney’s Irish Imports 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY 14221 Tel: 716-870-0033 Website: Contact: Michael McNerney Molly Malone’s Irish Gifts 295 Canada Street, Lake George, NY 12845 Tel: 518-668-3363 Website: Contact: Bill & Emily Manion


Store Directory OHIO Casey’s Irish Imports Inc 19626 Center Ridge Rd, Rocky River, OH 44116 Tel: 440-333-8383 Website: Contact: Veronica Casey, Kathleen Casey Proctor & Maureen Casey Brubaker Eire on Erie 3512 Erie Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208 Tel: 513-321-3287 Website: Contact: Amy Peters Thomas Gaelic Imports 5633 Pearl Road, Parma, OH 44129 Tel: 440-845-0100 Website: Contact: Sue & Jim Henderson Betty & Noel Cochrane, Irish Treasures, Vero Beach FL

Tara Gift Shoppe 250 Abbott Rd, Buffalo, NY 14220 Tel: 716-825-6700 Website: Contact: Mary Heneghan

Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland 75 South High Street, Dublin, OH 43017 Tel: 614-760-0047 Website: Contact: Anne & Allen Gleine

Tipperary Celtic Jeweler – Irish Importer 3956 NY 2 - Brunswick Road, Troy, NY 12180 Tel: 518-279-8272 Website: Contact: Tom McGrath

Irish Crossroads & Gift Shop 30432 Euclid Avenue, Wickliffe, OH 44092 Tel: 440-516-0890 Website: Contact: Michelle Morgan

Traditions Celtic Imports 88 Dunning Road, Suite 10, Middletown, NY 10940 Tel: 845-343-5736 Email: Contact: Nancy MacDonald

The Irish Trading Company 20616 North Park Blvd, Shaker Heights, OH 44118 Tel: 216-371-6886 Website: Contact: Don & Gena Davis

Walker Celtic Jewelry 140 Packets Landing, Fairport, NY 14550 Tel: 585-271-4510 Website: Contact: Stephan Walker Walker Metalsmith 1 Main St, Andover, NY 14806 Tel: 607-478-8567 Website: Contact: Stephan Walker NORTH CAROLINA The Celtic Shop 308 Nutt Street,Wilmington, NC 28401 Tel: 910-763-1990 Email: Contact: Laura Lambert The Curiosity Shop 202 Richland Avenue, Aiken, NC 29801 Tel: 803-644-0004 Website: Contact: John Heaton The Irish Pirate Trading Co. 8700 Emerald Drive, #22B, Emerald Isle, NC 28594 Tel: 252-354-1227 Website: Contact: Tammy Lyons Sinead’s Cottage 2038 Carolina Beach Road,Wilmington, NC 28401 Tel: 910-763-7056 Website: Contact: Sinead Derasmo & Cathy Lynch


The Celtic Rose Peddlers Village Courtyard Store 14, Lahaska, PA 18931 Tel: 215-794-5882 Website: Contact: Marilyn Mellon Donegal Square 534 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018 Tel: 610-866-3244 Website: Contact: Neville Gardner Giggles Gifts 7400 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19136 Tel: 215-624-8311 Website: Contact: Rosemary Veneziale Irish Design Center 303 South Craig St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Tel: 412-682-6125 Website: Contact: Paul Carey Irish Shop 339 East Main Street, Collegeville, PA 19426 Tel: 610-454-0402 Website: Contact: Marie Altieri The Irish Shop 279 Keswick Ave, Glenside, PA 19038 Tel: 215-576-5770 Website: Contact: Charlie & Phyllis Bolton Mignoni Jewelry & Irish Imports 200 Mill Street, Bristol, PA 19007 Tel: 215- 788-3243 Website: Contact: Anne Mignoni Mundy

OREGON Bridie’s Irish Faire 429 SW Coast Highway, Newport, OR 97365 Tel: 541-574-9366 Website: Contact: Susan Spencer PENNSYLVANIA A Lit’le Irish Too 9 Chambersburg Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325 Tel: 717-334-6609 Website: Contact: Tory Warren Celt-Iberia Traders 52 South Main Street, New Hope, PA 18938 Tel: 215-862-4922 Website: Contact: Michael Burns & Richard Cordover The Celtic Cross 729 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228 Tel: 412-306-1890 Website: Contact: Tom Macik Celtic Culture 137 East Main Street, Ligonier, PA 15658 Tel: 724-238-2420 Website: Contact: Andrew Carr

Oxford Hall Celtic Shoppe 233 Bridge St, New Cumberland, PA 17070 Tel: 717-774-8789 Website: Contact: Cindy & Steve Washburn Pipers Way Celtic Imports 109 N. Church Street, West Chester, PA 19380 Tel: 610-431-9772 Website: Contact: Sharon Moffett St Brendan’s Crossing Shops 125 West Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 Tel: 412-471-0700 Website: Contact: Eileen & Elaine Manning Thistle and Pine 7570 Rt 119 Hwy N., Marion Center, PA 15759 Tel: 724-397-2442 Website: Contact: Teresa Perry Tipperary West Irish Imports 3026 Cherry St, Erie, PA 16508 Tel: 814-459-5797 Website: Contact: Jeff Hardner Tullycross Inc 110 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 Tel: 215-925-1995 Website: Contact: Meg Turner

Store Directory SOUTH CAROLINA Regan’s Irish Cottage 2834B Howard Avenue, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 Tel: 843-839-0911 Website: Contact: Theresa Regan SOUTH DAKOTA The Celtic Shop 422 W. Main, Lead, SD 57754 Tel: 605-751-2358 Website: Contact: Charlie Weir & Rose McCarty TENNESSEE Celtic Heritage 634 Parkway, The Village #26, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 Tel: 865-436-2588 Website: Contact: Jeff Stuber Dollywood 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863-4101 Tel: 865-428-9426 Website: Contact: Marlene Robinson

Pixie Treasures Celtic Shoppe 300 Monticello Avenue, MacArthur Center, Suite 104 Norfolk,VA 23510 Tel: 757-961-7494 Website: Contact: Jeanne & Bob Rider The Scoti 35 Main Street,Warrenton, VA 20186 Tel: 540-351-0309 Website: Contact: David McCrabb Scotland House Ltd 430 Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185 Tel: 757-229-7800 Contact: George Grattan WASHINGTON Galway Bay Trading Co 880 Point Brown Ave NE, Ocean Shores, WA 98569 Tel: 360-289-2300 Website: Contact: William Gibbons Galway Traders 7518 15th Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98117 Tel: 206-784-9343 Website: Contact: Eveline Murray The Harp & Shamrock 2704 North Proctor, Tacoma, WA 98407 Tel: 253-752-5012 Email: Contact: Janet Joy

Celtic Creations 208-123 Carrie Cates Ct, Lonsdale Quay Market, North Vancouver, British Colimbia, V7M 3K7 Tel: 604-903-8704 Website: Contact: Helen Richie

Wandering Angus 929 Water St, Port Townsend, WA 98368 Tel: 360-385-3317 Website: Contact: Tracey Williamson & Debbie Sonandre

Clans, Celts & Clover 1-1005 Broadway Avenue, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7N 1C1 Tel: 306-382-4443 Website: Contact: Kathi Davis-Lepage


Out of Ireland Irish Importers 1000 Government Street, Victoria, British Columbia, V8W 1X7 Tel: 250-389-0886 Email: Contact: Theresa Palmer

TEXAS Things Celtic 1806 West 35th St, Austin, TX 78703 Tel: 512-472-2358 Website: Contact: Lanora Davidson UTAH Gypsy Moon Emporium 1011 East 900 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84105 Tel: 801-521-9100 Website: Contact: R. Rauni VIRGINIA Celtic Tides 19 W Nelson St, Lexington, VA 24450 Tel: 540-464-6545 Website: Contact: Mary Jo & John Morman The Irish Collection / Clifton Gallery 125 Mill Street, PO Box 759, Occoquan,VA 22125 Tel: 703- 492-9383 Website: Contact: Ellen Jones Irish Eyes of Virginia 725 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg,VA 22401 Tel: 540-373-0703 Website: Contact: Mike & Bernadette Esler The Irish Walk 415 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314 Tel: 703-548-0118 Website: Contact: Patty Theobald

Ben Heather Celtic Shop 45 Mill Street, Elora, Ontario, NOB 150 Tel: 519-846-2020 Email: Contact: Ken & Helen Picken

Legends of the Celts 10556 Main Street, Hayward, WI 54843 Tel: 715-634-0901 Website: Contact: Steve & Barbara Hand O’Meara’s Irish House LLC 3970 State Highway 42, Fish Creek, WI 54212 Tel: 920-868-3528 Website: Contact: Megan O’Meara

The Scottish & Irish Store East 1713 St. Laurent Blvd (at Innes), Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 3V4 Tel: 613-739-3393 Website: Contact: Michael Cox

Trulley Irish Gifts 609 George Street, DePere, WI 54115 Tel: 920-330-0103 Website: Contact: Anne & Michael Trulley

The Scottish & Irish Store West 194 Robertson Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K2H 9J5 Tel: 613-829-2251 Website: Contact: Michael Cox


The Scottish Shoppe & A Little Bit of Ireland 1206 - 17 Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2T 0B8 Tel: 403-264-6383 Website: Contact: Jim Osborne

A Bit of Home C10 - 925 Rathburn Road East, Mississauga, Ontario, L4W 4C3 Tel: 905-804-1731 Website: Contact: Henry & Geraldine Porsch

Betty Flanagan Rohman, Harp & Thistle Imports, Peoria Heights, IL

The Wee Tartan Shop 177 Queen Street, Port Perry, Ontario, L9L 1B8 Tel: 905-985-6573 Website: Contact: Stewart Bennett


An Invitation

An Invitation


he Strand Bar is undoubtedly the jewel in the crown of the charming and picturesque village of Rush which nestles between Malahide and Skerries along the stunning coastline of north Dublin. Only half an hour from Dublin and easily accessible by train, bus or motorway, Rush offers a genuinely authentic Irish experience complete with traditional old world charm and a warm welcome guaranteed. It is located within the millennium historical walks and has long been a major attraction for Dubliners and tourists alike, particularly on hot Summer days when visitors flock to its two pristine, golden sanded beaches. The Strand Bar is the popular choice for both visitors and locals and offers the full gamut of the Irish experience with its legendary hospitality, an excellent choice of top quality food, friendly and efficient staff and wonderful creamy, velvet pints of Guinness. However, the pubs trademark is its wonderful atmosphere with locals and visitors mingling freely and conversation flowing as freely as the pints of the black stuff. The pub is crammed to the rafters for sporting 128

events and it also hosts traditional live music while the bar area has a pool table, Darts board and Juke box. To the rear of the bar is a large smoking and BBQ area. The Strand Bar can also cater for large parties and events and has a number of function rooms for private parties. A visit to Dublin simply wouldn’t be complete without dropping into the Strand and as a bonus mention the Spirit of Ireland Magazine to Joe, the owner and he will give you the perfect pint of Guinness on the house. As the locals in Rush say, a pint in the strand is your only man. ■Contact: Tel: 00353 1 8437243

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