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Capital City

Experience one of the wildest,

No trip to Ireland is complete without

most enchanting and culturally

a visit to its bustling capital. More a

rich coastal touring routes in the

big town than a city by US standards,

world along 2,500km of Ireland’s

Dublin is a fun destination that is

western seaboard. Take a look at

easy to get around and very easy

some of the scenes that await you

to fall in love with.

on the road trip of a lifetime.

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Pirate Queen

A remarkable woman with a

many ancient sites and castles,

particular resonance this year as

Ireland has its fair share of spooky

Ireland promotes the beauty of

stories. Check out some famous

its western coastline. Ireland’s

haunts and travel through time in

pirate queen, Grace O’Malley

Ireland’s most famous graveyard.

With such a long history and so

was a woman who frequented these waters and she was a force

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to be reckoned with.

Following the massive success of the Army Vs Navy game,

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King Sized Celebrations

University of Central Florida host

Brian Boru was the only king that

Penn State in their 2014 Season

united the island of Ireland. This

Opener in Dublin. This is the first

is the year of his centenary and

time UCF and Penn State have

celebrations are planned country

played outside the United States.

wide to pay tribute to Ireland’s

It promises to be very special.

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great Ard Rí.

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All the latest news from out and about in Ireland.

Synonymous with fantastic food and quality produce Ballymaloe Cookery school share a special

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summer recipe for fresh Irish

seafood.

Little pieces of Ireland are on your doorstop all over the USA and Canada. Your local Irish store offers everything from a smile and a cup of tea to advice on your

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next trip to Ireland. We drop in on a few of these special places.


1934 - 2014

celebrating 80 years

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Welcome Editor Trish Phelan trish@thespiritofireland.org Dir: +3531 4455084 Cell: +35383 4499473 Managing Director John Hogan Production Manager Joanne Punch Publications Director Tommy Quinn Editorial Contribution Tourism Ireland Visit Dublin/Failte Ireland North American Celtic Trade Association www.celticbuyers.com Graphic Design ruth@minxdesign.ie Distribution North American Celtic Trade Association Celtic Marketplace Barnes & Noble Tourism Ireland Photography Main photography

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here’s a new Wild West on the block and it’s not in the USA! Anybody who has visited Ireland and experienced its western shoreline will know exactly why the Wild Atlantic Way is going to be one hell of a road-trip. A coastal route that runs from Donegal to Cork, it is a 2,500km journey of unimaginable beauty. The mighty Atlantic has chipped away at the Irish shore over centuries carving out inlets, islands and gigantic cliffs that are totally awe inspiring. Come to Ireland in 2014 to see for yourself. Discover it’s raw, natural beauty. Kick up your heels at festivals, sing a song in a local pub, eat fresh fish by the quayside and melt into a way of life all but forgotten - except of course in Ireland. One thing you can’t really rely on is the weather but if its castles, culture and historic sites you’re after, then it’s all here. Ireland has its heroes like the great Brian Boru who was the last high king of Ireland. 2014 is the centenary of his death but his life will be celebrated all over the country throughout this year from the place of his birth in Clare to his crowning at Cashel, the Battle of Clontarf in Dublin and his ultimate burial in Armagh. Why not trace in the footsteps of Brian Boru and join in some king sized celebrations? Storytelling is a tradition in Ireland - often embellished with a bit of Blarney – but a little sauce adds to the flavour! You can go kiss the stone yourself in County Cork and spend years telling the story or go listen to the tales of Ireland in the unlikeliest of places. You can trace famine, heroes, villains and scoundrels in Glasnevin cemetery and look up your ancestors while you’re there. If you can’t get to Ireland in person then one way to connect with home is to pop along to your local Irish store. We are proud that our magazine is available throughout the NACTA network in stores that have not lost their identity to commercialism and faceless service; stores where you can meet lovely people, have a chat and a cup of tea and experience genuine Irish hospitality. They can even help you plan your next vacation, now how’s that! And you can pick up the latest copy of Spirit of Ireland while you’re there. What more do you need? Slán agus Bain taitneamh as!

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ince most vacationers arrive at Dublin airport the capital city gets the lion’s share of short break visitors. It’s a great city and easy to negotiate even on public transport so well worth a stopover - but if its high drama and high seas you’re after then there’s nothing quite like Ireland’s Wild West. The Wild Atlantic Way is Ireland’s first long-distance touring route, stretching along the Atlantic coast. It is a 2500km stretch of coastline from Malin in Donegal to Clonakilty in West Cork. It could take weeks or even months to really discover it all or you might do

it over a few vacations, breaking it up into manageable chunks. Whatever you choose, there is lots to discover. The Wild Atlantic Way is the ultimate road trip. There will be signposts and tracks to follow, viewing points, laybys and discovery points that tie in with trail-heads and walking routes; cliff or beaches for surfing or all manner of pointers to activity. The whole idea though is not to doggedly follow signs (which can be a challenge in Ireland) but to enjoy the adventure of going off the beaten track, taking time to slow down and feel like you are on a vacation.

The Gathering was a fantastic success in 2013 but for 2014 and beyond, the Wild Atlantic Way promises to become Ireland’s answer to South Africa’s Garden Route or Route 66 in the USA. Never before did a travel route in Ireland more beautifully embrace the concept of Discover Ireland. It is perhaps Tourism Ireland’s best ever promotion and one that is likely to be overwhelmingly successful and added to over time. Come see for yourself. Experience one of the wildest, most enchanting and culturally rich coastal touring routes in the world.


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ounty Donegal (Dhún na nGall) is very old yet as a tourist destination it is relatively new. Some of the oldest rocks in Ireland, which emerged from the sea 600 million years ago, can be found in Donegal in the Carnaween Hills. The first Donegal people were the Partholans who came ashore at Assaroe. They were hunter gatherers succeeded during the Neolithic era by a wealthy and sophisticated community of farmers. They left behind a rich collection of tombs strewn across the landscape with many large stone tombs from this era still visible today.

The recorded history of Donegal began with the arrival of St. Patrick in the 5th Century and monastic ruins are a reminder of that time. It was the Vikings who gave Donegal its current name - Dún na nGall (‘Fort of the Foreigners’). They arrived in Donegal in the year 807 and they dominated coastal areas up to the tenth century. From then until relatively recent times Donegal was a wild and remote place with a small population for such a substantial land mass. The ‘great hunger’ of 1845 and 1846 devastated the county with thousands dying from starvation or forced to leave

their native land in search of food and work. The famine significantly depleted an already sparse population and those that remained lived in relative poverty. It was not until the 19th century that Donegal began to attract tourists. Artists and writers had recorded the outstanding natural beauty of the area and soon small inns sprung up to accommodate visitors with the first purpose-designed hotel in Gweedore in 1841. Gweedore is still at the very hub of the Irish speaking population in Donegal and you will hear the gaelic tongue being spoken here every bit as often as you hear English. 13


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“Music doesn’t catch fish”

Tourism really became possible with the arrival of the railway in the 1890s stimulating the local economy, easing the transportation of goods and making it easier for tourists to discover the beauty of the country. Tourism is hugely important to the local economy, 14

beautifully captured by a local saying, “music doesn’t catch fish”, meaning that outside of the world of culture, people need to make a living. Fishing is still one of the largest industries in Donegal. Killybegs is the quintessential pretty Irish coastal town yet it is still

the largest fishing port in the country. It is also the home of Donegal Carpets, with tapestries and carpets produced on some of the biggest looms in the world. Cottage industries that had been run from homes and passed through the generations came into their own when


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the railways meant that products could be transported and exported. Donegal yarn, knits and clothing are in huge demand worldwide because of their quality and unique design. This had the effect of drawing attention to the origins of fine lace, Aran sweaters, traditional music and Celtic culture. People came and discovered the wildest, most remote, most rugged, mountainous, barren and beautiful place. It is no surprise that the Wild Atlantic Way starts and ends in Donegal. There is no place wilder or more exposed to the Atlantic than Donegal, and there is no way you can visit Ireland without seeing it for yourself. 15


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onegal is Ireland’s most northerly county with a population of just over 161,000 with a land area of 1,876 sq miles. It is home to Inishowen, the largest peninsular in Ireland, Ballyshannon the oldest town in Ireland and it has Ireland’s largest fishing port, Killybegs. However it is also home to Europe’s smallest fishing harbour, Bunbeg. It has an extensive Gaeltacht area with a large proportion of the population speaking their native Irish tongue. The Donegal coast has some of the most spectacular scenery in the whole country, where the battle between the elements is often startlingly apparent. There are miles of glorious and often deserted beaches which punctuate the shoreline. This is a wild and rugged place carved by centuries of pummeling 16

by the great Atlantic ocean where even in summer a cold chill can whip up from the sea pretty swiftly, so a warm sweater is essential in these parts. While the Aran sweater got its name from the islanders of Aran, in reality the traditional Irish ‘jumper’ was made all over the country, particularly in coastal areas. Fishermen and farmers worked outdoors come rain or shine so the local women developed the heavy handknitted Arans to cope with the harsh conditions. Originally Aran sweaters would have been made using oiled wool, where the natural oils were left in the wool producing a waterproof effect. Local women knit sweaters with the abundance of wool available (sheep can survive in the most barren conditions) and they passed the skill from one generation to the next. There

were no patterns in those days but distinct stitches emerged taking inspiration from fishing nets, fishing cables, bees honeycomb, the zig zag of cliffs and the diamond shapes of fields. Today the tradition lives on and while modern technology helps, the quality and skill involved in producing Irish sweaters is still a highly skilled process. In the coastal town of Kilcar, a thriving sweater business flourishes, aptly named Fisherman Out of Ireland. The factory and showroom are listed on Failte Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way for good reason. So, visitors have an ideal opportunity to see beautiful sweaters being made and maybe pick up a present to take home or to


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wrap yourself up in against the fresh Donegal weather. Many Fisherman sweaters are made with yarns sourced from the rolling hills of Donegal. Donegal Yarns - a local mill based in the same village as Fisherman - makes the renowned Donegal tweed yarn which features prominently in the Fisherman range. All yarns are made from 100% natural wools since Fisherman’s philosophy is to always select natural over synthetic fibres. Yarns are dyed to color palettes for the upcoming season and different stitches and patterns are developed and tested. The process continues with the designing of new men’s and women’s styles. Proto types are made, tweaked and often re-made many times, until they look and fit just right. The individual panels are then knit and inspected for faults. Once examined, they are hand-linked together and then as garments they are washed and steamed to achieve a soft and luxurious handle. Buttons, zips and

labels are sewn in at the end and the finished garment is inspected before being packed and shipped out to the four corners of the globe from the tiny coastal town of Kilcar. Stop by and visit the showroom to see for yourself how simple yarn becomes a beautiful garment that you will yearn for.

Fisherman out of Ireland were awarded the Crafts Council of Ireland ‘Exporter of the Year’ for 2012 and 2013.

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captivating landscapes. Our 10 day Wonders of Ireland tour combines trekking in the spectacular uplands with educational insights by professionals and of course savoring the culture, artisan foods and beverages the Emerald Isle has to offer. Our 5 day specialist tours concentrate on regions of spectacular beauty and the 2014 and 2015 seasons include The East Coast Odyssey, The Magic of the South-West and the Jewels of the West.

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Day 1 Each excursion commences by meeting our clients at Dublin Airport and escorting them to the hotel in the capital. Later we meet for an evening meal and general orientation.

The East Coast Odyssey Experience the prehistoric tombs of NewGrange; Walk the Boyne valley; Trek Pilgrim Path to 13th century St. Kevin’s Monastery, Glendalough, and Wicklow’s Mountains

The Magic of the South-West Visit breathtaking Kilarney National Park; Scale Irelands highest mountains, or its valleys; Boat trips to 8th century Skellig Michael; Walk/Cycle the Kerry Way and experience the majestic Dingle Peninsula

Jewels of the West Hike the world famous cliffs of Moher; Take a boat to Aran islands ; Explore the unique fauna and landscape of the Burren; Trek majestic Connemara and immerse yourselves in the medieval cultural city of Galway “City of the Tribes”

Days 2-3 Our adventures commence with a short visit to a national monument or landmark that sets the tone for the adventure to come. This immersion in the Irish culture continues with a trek in the Wicklow mountains, an area known because of its beauty as “The Garden of Ireland”. Our second day in the Wicklow Mountains allows for the opportunity to climb its highest peak, Lug na Coille, or settle for a more moderate trek in these magnificent uplands.

Days 4-7 Our adventure moves from the Wicklow to the rugged South west of the country, where time spent in Cork and Kerry will afford the opportunity to explore the Dingle, Beara and Iveragh peninsulas. Our clients can choose a day trip to the monastic island of Skellig Michael, a cycle of the Kerry way or an attempt at Carrontouhill.

Days 8-10 Heading north we walk along the beautiful Cliffs of Moher before establishing our base in the medieval City of Galway on Irelands west coast. From here we explore the Aran Islands, and the famous mountains of Connemara and the Burren landscape. Evening entertainment includes traditional Irish music and dance mixed with informative insights into the local regions food industry, culture and history.W

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Earagail Arts Festival 2014

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he Earagail Arts Festival is a bi-lingual multidisciplinary arts festival which takes place each year for two weeks in July. Hosted along the Wild Atlantic Way of the north-west coastline, the festival is unique in that its programmes run throughout an entire county. Over the last 25 years the festival has brought to this magical county some of the greatest internationally recognized artists and companies in music, theatre, visual arts, literature, outdoor spectacles, workshops and circus. With an abundance of beautiful gardens, forest, castles, parks and state of the art venues throughout the entire county, the festival is the perfect cultural experience for visitors to County Donegal. So whether you are visiting Inishowen, Letterkenny or West Donegal, enjoy award winning food,

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tap your foot to a traditional session in a local pub and indulge in a feast of entertainment that will inspire, amaze and delight. Earagail Arts festival is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the language, culture and rural landscape of glorious county Donegal.

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25 Years of Hospitality at Harvey’s Point

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rom humble beginnings as a small Irish cottage, Harvey’s Point has become a multi award winning family run hotel, celebrating 25 years of successful business. Harvey’s Point takes pride in attracting and retaining high quality staff, working with local people, using locally sourced produce and promoting local businesses; making it a substantial contributor to employment, hospitality and tourism in Donegal. On arrival at Harvey’s expect to be wowed by the jaw-droopingly beautiful location. Set right on the lakeside with a backdrop of the Bluestack Mountains, the still waters of Lough Eske are just feet from the hotel making this the most magical setting for a peaceful getaway. Little wonder that when Swiss-born owner Jody Gysling first arrived here 21


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he felt an instant affinity with the surreal surroundings of Harvey’s Point - his ‘little piece of Switzerland’. Marc Gysling followed his brother from Zurich to Donegal and the two set about creating a hospitality experience second to none. Marc met and married Donegal girl Deirdre McGlone and in 1989 the trio opened Harvey’s Point Hotel. Boasting 64 superbly appointed lavish guestrooms, Harvey’s Point’s Suites include executive, deluxe, premium and penthouse rooms together with Lakeshore Suites set amidst splendid landscaped gardens. Harvey’s Point guarantees a magnificent hospitality experience. Indulge in a delicious gourmet meal while enjoying panoramic views over Lough Eske and the mountains beyond; Sit back and relax afoot a roaring log fire in the intimate reading room; Read a book over a tipple in the cosy bar, all of which bear the elegance, sophistication and relaxing atmosphere that Harvey’s Point has become famous for. Recently named as Ireland’s Top Hotel in the 2014 TripAdvisor 22

Awards for a second year running and recognized by CIE Tours International as an outstanding hotel, it’s clear that an exceptional experience is guaranteed at Harvey’s Point. It is so relaxing here that it would be easy to simply arrive and not set foot more than a few paces from the lakeshore but the local attractions of Glenveagh National Park, Slieve League, Magee of Donegal and the Waterbus on Donegal Bay are so easily accessible a bit of exploring is hard to resist. Lots of fresh bracing air, exploring and sightseeing over, head back to Harvey’s for a great meal, a few pints and maybe a music session in the welcoming bar. Travel to Harvey’s Point is hassle-free as the hotel is only 6 km from Donegal Town. Both Sligo Airport and Ireland West Airport Knock are located close to the magnificent property and collection from the airport can be arranged for guests. Harvey’s Point hotel delivers a warm and friendly welcome from the Gysling family and team hospitality at its best in the loveliest of locations.

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Two weeks of music, theatre, visual arts, film, literature, circus & carnival on Ireland’s North West Atlantic seaboard. The Earagail Arts Festival would like to invite you to come and experience a wealth of unforgettable events in the spectacular surroundings of County Donegal. Over the last 25 years we have brought to this magical county some of the greatest internationally recognised artists and companies in music, theatre, visual arts, literature and outdoor spectacle. From movie screenings in forests and castles to innovative theatre, street arts and circus in gardens, parks and state of the art venues, our unique programme reaches out across County Donegal, so wherever you’re staying 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. For more information visit: www.eaf.ie. Tour operators should contact: info@eaf.ie.

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ituated just two hours from the major cities of Dublin, Galway and Belfast, Leitrim is a county where you can explore, experience and enjoy unspoilt landscapes and breathtaking scenery alongside bustling towns and quaint villages. Enjoy lively homegrown traditional entertainment in a variety of venues, soak up the culture and heritage through exhibitions and historical sites, experience a different flavour of the Wild Atlantic Way with ocean to one side and rivers and lakes to the other. Whatever your interests and hobbies are, Leitrim has something for you. The spectacular scenery serves as a base for many activities. Walking is extremely popular, and the constantly changing landscape offers remarkable variety to walkers of all skill levels. There are many cycle trails available also and the variety of trails caters for all skill levels. Golfing and equestrian 24

activities are also available and offer another way to connect with Leitrim’s natural beauty.

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immensely popular, and people from all over the world attend traditional music festivals and workshops such as the Joe Mooney Summer School every year. It can be heard in every town and village, with sessions being held regularly all year round in a large number of quintessential Irish pubs. Leitrim has been the home for many in the literary world, notably John McGahern who was born outside Ballinamore. It has also served as the muse for WB Yeats, who gleaned inspiration from the beautiful Glencar Waterfall. Leitrim is a county defined by water and this has a great influence on its character and the range of water-based activities on offer. This is an angler’s paradise and the area has been the location for many national and international angling competitions. A wide variety of water-sports are available on Leitrim’s waterways; choose to glide gently down a river in a canoe, or experience the exhilarating pace of navigating whitewater in a kayak or catch a wave on Leitrim’s Atlantic coast. The longest river in Ireland, the river Shannon, and Europe’s longest navigable inland waterway, the Shannon-Erne Waterway both flow through the county, offering

great leisure cruising opportunities with everything from barges to modern cruisers for hire along the Shannon. Leitrim is steeped in history, heritage, historical sites and points of interest in the towns and villages along the waterways that tell the story of the county. Discover the impressive Parkes Castle, situated on the shores of one of Ireland’s most scenic lakes, Lough Gill. This fortified manor house was once an important stronghold of the local O’Rourke family, rulers of Breffni and has recently been restored to its true 17th century style. Leitrim is also great as a base for touring the North West, The Wild Atlantic Way and places of interest in Northern Ireland. Leitrim has a vast array of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. If you are seeking accommodation rich in character and history, you could stay in one of the oldest hotels in Ireland. Alternatively, you could stay in luxurious castle accommodation. Self-catering cottages offer you the chance to feel at home on your holiday, additionally there are a large number of high quality welcoming Bed and Breakfasts. If you are seeking something different, why

not consider Glamping? ‘Glamorous camping’ offers you the chance to connect with nature through camping without compromising on home comforts, truly a holiday experience with a difference! Contact www.enjoyleitrim.com

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Lough Rynn Castle

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rom the moment you arrive at Lough Rynn Castle you realize that this is no ordinary place. Secluded and set majestically on the shore of Lough Rynn, this is one of Ireland’s most luxurious Castle Hotels. Lough Rynn Castle is the ancestral home of the Clements Family and the legendary Lord Leitrim. It is one of the few Irish estates that can trace its history back to royal families. Although more of a Victorian Manor the house was called Lough Rynn Castle and it was without doubt the finest ‘big house’ in the country in its time. The gothic character of the architecture together with the traditional walled garden 26


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and converted French Stable yards provide a journey through history that can only be experienced in such an authentic environment. Lough Rynn Castle is steeped in history. It was the ancestral home of the Earl of Leitrim whose family owned 96 thousand acres of land in Ireland. The House and Garden date back nearly 200 years and the walled gardens are quite magnificent, sweeping down to the river bed. The secluded hotel is majestically set on the shore of Lough Rynn, surrounded by over three hundred acres of breathtaking scenery, lush green pastures, ancient forests and historical points of interest. Rich in

character and original charm the castle retains the slender that underlines its history including historical documents, antique furnishings, wood panelling, decorative stone and glasswork, ornate plasterwork and ancient artefacts. The Baronial Hall is the main reception area and it is a room worthy of its name. The Hall features a bay window with uninterrupted views to the lake and it has an enormous Inglenook fireplace, itself a renowned architectural feature of the Castle. Traditional afternoon tea is served daily here which is the perfect way to take in the opulent surroundings and savour a fine selection of delicacies freshly baked in the kitchen. The entire facility is idyllic, rich in history and charmed with natural beauty. The Castle is a luxury 43 bedroomed hotel. As you would expect service and comfort are paramount. Castle bedrooms feature modern comforts such as air conditioning and internet access, while preserving the charm of the antique setting with rich, luxurious fabrics and beautifully preserved original features. Fine dining is assured at The Sandstone Restaurant, a 2 AA Rosette experience awarded for high quality of food and service. If ever you have wanted to be Lord or Lady of the Manor, there is no finer place to live out the fantasy. A guest experience beyond your wildest dreams is guaranteed.

Life at ‘the big house’ Life for those below stairs was not as privileged as it was for those above. Work at Lough Rynn Castle 200 years ago began each morning at 7:30 when the yardman rang the yard bell. He rang it again at midday for lunch and at 5:30 to mark the end of the workday. The workers were kept busy on jobs like planting or working in the stables or steaming potatoes for the pigs. Operators were also needed for farm machinery like the thresher and the steam engine used to power the saw-mill. Each week workers took their place on the `pay seat’ under a porch opposite the offices to wait for their wages. They were paid on a Wednesday to enable them to go to the market or fair day in Mohill on Thursday. A man earned 6d (2½p) for threshing and cleaning a barrel of oats; attending cattle or planting laurels would pay 10d (8½p) a day, while pulling turnips would get you only 6d. In the shops in Mohill the locals paid 2d for a 1oz bottle of castor oil, 2sh/8d for a pound of tea, 1d for an egg (3½d for turkey eggs) and 8d for a four pound loaf of bread.

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FLEADH FUN IN SLIGO

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leadh Cheoil na hÉireann is Ireland’s biggest traditional Irish music festival, a weeklong celebration of Irish music, song, dance and culture. From the first timer to the experienced session musician, you’ll find a cultural mix like no other at the Fleadh Cheoil. Fleadh means party – and this Summer all are invited to visit Sligo, for this annual celebration of all things Irish. From music concerts to street performances, pageants to pub sessions, there’s a great line-up in place for the Fleadh, taking place between 10-17 August 2014. Sligo is known as Yeats country and provides much of the landscape which inspired Ireland’s greatest ever poet. Iconic images of Ben Bulben Mountain and the forest walks at Hazelwood provided the canvas for some of WB Yeats’ greatest works and this landscape provides a wonderful backdrop to Ireland’s great cultural gathering. Every year the Fleadh attracts

musicians and music fans in great numbers, but also offers so much to the casual tourist. Sligo is just a two and a half hour drive from Dublin and the great outdoors – quite literally – lies just on its doorstep. Within 5 minutes of Sligo town you can surf at Strandhill, play golf at the worldfamous links course of Rosses Point, or visit the 7,000 year old megalithic tombs of Carrowmore. That’s before you get to take in one of several blue flag beaches, followed by a relaxing seaweed bath, a bite to eat in one of the award-winning restaurants, before ending the evening at one of many music events that will take place throughout the Fleadh. And what a programme of events there are. Take in live concerts with established acts like Dervish, the Mairtín O’Connor Band, Arty McGlynn and many more. Head for the pub to join in at a session, or for something completely different, what about the orchestral work Boirimhe, a musical re-enactment of the Battle

of Clontarf, which took place 1,000 years ago. From intimate venues like the Hawks Well and Model theatres to bigger spaces like the Knocknarea Arena and the outdoor Gig Rig, you’ll certainly not want for lack of choice! For those who want to immerse themselves in Irish culture, the Fleadh offers a weeklong series of fringe events – many of them free of charge. From music workshops and classes for musicians of all abilities from complete beginner to advanced, to lectures on different aspects of the tradition, through to concerts, indoor and outdoor, intimate sessions in pubs, all of which takes place in a family friendly environment. The centre of Sligo will become fully pedestrianized for the week of the Fleadh to enable ease of access to as many events as possible with ease. Park and Ride facilities will ferry Fleadh visitors to and from the centre of town at regular intervals. Live feeds will be provided through the Fleadh app – which is being developed at 29


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competitions, which are also open to the public to attend. So whether you’re a competitor, family member, supporter or casual observer, the door is open to one and all. It’s been over 20 years since Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann was last hosted by Sligo – the proud people of Sligo can’t wait to bridge that gap this August. To the first time visitor expect a huge Céad Míle Fáilte, and to the returning emigrant Sligo says Fáilte Abhaile; it will be Fleadh to remember.

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Go to Galway

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o visit to Ireland is complete without a visit to Galway (Gaillimh). The city is steeped in history with remnants of medieval town walls next to brightly colored shops and restaurants. The city has a heady mix of old world charm and a contemporary buzz with students making up a quarter of the population. Galway is a place where Irish people go on holidays to unwind, to party, to study or to play. It’s got everything from wonderful restaurants and pubs, superb accommodation, beaches, festivals, culture, sport and outdoor adventure,

no matter what you are looking for, be it to immerse yourself in Irish literary culture, challenge yourself to scale a mountain, taste some of the world’s finest local based cuisine, scuba dive in crystal clear sea, experience the traditions and culture of the living Irish Language, or go back in time to visit some of Irelands best stately homes and castles. Galway never stops with the vibrancy of a University City during the winter months followed by the explosion of festivals all summer long throughout the city and county. It has spectacular scenery allied with friendly

towns and villages, vibrant music and sport and beaches that can make other parts of Ireland green with envy. Galway is the second largest county in Ireland. At one side you have the great Shannon River offering cruising and fishing opportunities as it makes its way to Lough Derg at Portumna where there are beautiful walks, cycle trails, ecclesiastical tours, Portumna Castle (www.heritageireland.ie/en/ West/PortumnaCastleandGardens) and the Irish Workhouse centre (www. irishworkhousecentre.ie). A short trip westward and you can 35


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pick up the lady Gregory trail (www. ladygregoryyeatstrail.com) which will bring you to Woodville Walled Garden (www.woodvillewalledgarden.com) and then on to Coole Park (www.coolepark. ie), the stately home of lady Gregory and oft host of the Nobel prize winning poet, William Butler Yeats who lived nearby in a castle at Thoor, Ballylea. Here you will be able to join the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s great driving route. You can drop into the picturesque village of Kinvara which has its famous regatta of the Galway Hookers (traditional sailing boats) cruinniu na mbad (www. cruinniunambad.com) on your way to Galway City, the liveliest city in Ireland. No matter what your taste is, there is a festival in Galway to suit you, from the Galway food festival, to Cuirt Literary festival, the Galway Film festival, the Galway Arts Festival, the Galway Races, The Festival of the Sea, Galway Oyster Festival, and the Barbora children’s festival to name but a few. 36

Other attractions in Galway is the Druid Theatre, An Taibhdhearc Irish Language Theatre (www. antaibhdhearc.com), Galway Museum, the Town Hall Theatre (www.tht.ie), Corrib Cruises (www.corribprincess. ie) and the beaches and promenade at Salthill. Galway offers a great range of pubs, restaurants, hotels and guesthouses to refresh and revitalise visitors. Galway is the only city along the Wild Atlantic Way and it is a great starting point to explore the Connemara section of this drive as it travels west along Galway Bay. Shortly after leaving the city, you’ll encounter the villages of Spiddal and Furbo. The stunning scenery of this region includes blue flag beaches, mountain backdrops, inlets and bays and the Aran Islands (www. visitaranislands.com) which can be accessed by air from Indreabhan or by ferry from Rossaveal.


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Another attraction along this route is the town of Clifden made famous as the location of arrival for the first transatlantic air crossing by Alcock and Brown who touched down at the Marconi communication centre which in the 1900’s was the centre of all transatlantic communications. Nearby is the visitor centre at Kylemore Abbey (www. kylemoreabbeytourism.ie) which is the biggest tourist attraction in the Galway region and well worth a visit. Take a tour of this romantic stately home which hosted a visit by King Edward VII and enjoy the fruits of the Walled Gardens which in the 1900’s exported locally grown pineapples to London. Kylemore Abbey is right beside the National Park (www.connemaranationalpark.ie). Further along the road is Cleggan and the ferry to Inishbofin, another of Galway’s inhabited islands. All along this scenic drive you will be winding through the 12 pins and the Maamturks mountains which

provide amazing hiking and rambling routes. At Leenane one can experience the beauty of Killary harbour, Ireland’s only Fjord. There is an adventure centre here (www.killaryadventure.com) for those who want to try adventure experiences. Galway is becoming a top destination for adventure races and triathlons (www.gaelforceevents.com). One of the most scenic drives in the world is the journey back through Maam valley from Leenane to Oughterard where you can experience the beauty of Lough Corrib which has angling and boating opportunities alongside the majestic Ashford Castle on the Galway side of the County border in Cong Village. Drive on through Headford to open up north east Galway with the heritage towns of Tuam and Athenry, Loughrea and Ballinasloe. Memories warm you up from the inside. Memories of Galway will keep you warm for a very long time – until perhaps it is time to come again.

While Dublin dominates the east coast, Galway takes that crown for the west. It is a cultural and intellectual city that is charming and beautiful.

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Discover the magic of the Aran Islands with Aran Island Ferries

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Aran Island Ferries, 37-39 Forster St, Galway City, Ireland, Ph: 00353 91 568903/Fax: 00 353 91 568538.


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place that is as wild as you can imagine and sitting right out in the Altantic Ocean, the Aran Islands cannot be missed on a trip around the Wild Atlantic Way. A group of three Islands located at the mouth of Galway Bay, the Aran Islands date back some 350 million years. Like The Burren and the Cliffs of Moher, the landscape is made up of limestone terraces – the three islands are three limestone outcrops of the western Irish coastline. The exposed location means that their susceptibility to the forces of erosion have created one of the most remarkable and beautiful landscapes imaginable. Home of the original Aran sweater the Islands offer visitors a glimpse into a way of life that has long since been forgotten. A bastion of traditional language, culture and music; unique in their geology and archaeology, they defy their small size by all they have to offer. In this rugged outpost discover ecclesiastical ruins from early Christian times, medieval

castles, caverns and cliffs, pre-historic stone forts, sandy beaches, unique flora and fauna and a rich folklore. It is no surprise therefore that the islands have been an inspiration for writers and artists throughout the years. The islands were an important place of pilgrimage in ancient times and there are many early Christian remains including Celtic Crosses dating back

“I am in Aran Mor, sitting over a turf fire, listening to a murmur of Gaelic that is rising from a little public-house” John Millington Synge

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to the 12th Century. Dun Aonghasa is the most famous of several prehistoric forts on the Aran Islands and it is now a world heritage site and one of the biggest attractions on Inis Mór, the largest of the three islands. Come to the Isles In contrast to the color and bustle of Galway city, the Aran Islands are a step back in time and one well worth taking. Shuttle bus transfers are available from Galway City for each sailing for those who require it. Driving from Galway City takes a leisurely one hour drive on the beautifully scenic coast road to Connemara and secure parking is available at the pier for those who wish to stay on the islands for a few days. Several sailings operate per day from Galway City and Connemara from Aran Island Ferries - an award winning Ferry Company offering a year round ferry service to all three Islands. The company is owned and operated by the O’Brien family who has provided safe comfortable passage 40

to the islands for 32 years. This family run company operates a fleet of 6 purpose built, state of the art vessels offering maximum comfort, minimum journey time and a full bar service on board. The journey is a feast to the senses – a forty minute sailing with the most breathtaking views and the freshest of sea air. If you need a little warming up you can enjoy tea, coffee, snacks or something a little stronger with full bar facilities on board. Ferries are also available for private charter as well as their regular scheduled sailings. The O’Brien family has established strong working relationship with service providers on the Islands so they can offer everything from all-inclusive packages to advice and arrangements for the independent traveler. They can offer simple advice or organize bus transfers from the city to the port, mini-bus tours, jaunting cars, bike hire on the Island, entrance to heritage centers, arrange accommodation and lunch or evening meals on Aran.

Contact www.aranislandferries.com


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Trekking Tru Time is a premiere all inclusive multi-day hiking operator offering the very

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best of Irelands upland experiences, cultural and heritage insights and luxury accommoda- Cormac Cullinane tion. TrekkingTruTime was born out of the desire to provide outdoor experiences Cormac is an Irish native and incorporating a professional insight into the landscapes we travel through. Both Martin and Cormac are avid outdoorsmen who have unlimited enthusiasm, passion and imagination that ensure your vacation is a genuine unforgettable experience. Walk Ireland with us today! Wonders Of Ireland Tour – All Inclusive 10 Day Guided Tour with Luxury Hotel Accomodation And Fine Dining (See Website for Details) 2014 Schedule: Wonders of Ireland Tours Run May - Oct. (See Website For Details) • Walk the Pilgrim Path to the historic monastery of Glendalough • Take a boat trip and guided hike on the Aran Islands

• Scale Irelands highest mountain and ramble through the town and National Park of Killarney • Walk the famous Cliffs of Moher

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• Experience the prehistoric tomb at Newgrange and walk in the Boyne Valley • Trek in the Cooley Mountains and walk through the medieval town of Carlingford • Scale Lug na Cuille and marvel at the views across the Irish Sea • Trek the Pilgrim Path to the monastic ruins of St. Kevin in Glendalough

• Scale Irelands Highest Mountain

• Walk through the narrow streets of the “City of the Tribes”

• Ramble through the town of Killarney and its National Park.

• Take a boat trip to the Aran Islands

• Take a boat trip to Skellig Michael

• Trek the rugged mountains of Connemara

• Walk/Cycle the Kerry Way

• Ramble through the spectacular hills of the Burren

• Experience the wonders of Dingle and its surrounding landscape

• Indulge in the fun, music, and craic in Galway City on the edge of the Atlantic.

currently resides in NY. He has lived in the US for over 20 years. Having graduated with a BA in Hotel and hospitality management Cormac worked in Hotel Management / Hospitality in Boston, San Francisco, Florida and New York. He currently works with a Fortune 100 company in NY. For the past several years Cormac has hiked in the U.S., Canada Spain, Peru, and Ireland. He is an ative member of both the NY Mountaineering Association and American Hiking Organization.

Martin Fitzpatrick Martin is an Irish native living in County Galway in the west coast of Ireland. For the past 15 years he has worked as professional Archeologist directing his own limited company out of County Galway. As well as an archaeologist Martin is a keen hill walker and over the last few years has spent most of his free time hiking in Ireland, Scotland, Spain, and France on both guided and non-guided hikes. Martin has taken numerous mountaineering and wilderness courses and continues to participate in advanced Mountain Leader training.

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Magical Mayo

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ead Mile Fáilte! Whether a visitor to Mayo for the first time, returning to rediscover a favourite holiday destination or back home to visit family and friends, the magic of Mayo will capture your heart. The West coast of Ireland provides some of the most rugged coastal beauty 42

and outstanding experiences with the highest cliffs in the world, idyllic blue flag beaches, some of the best surf in the world, bays, islands, inlets and the most delicious and fresh seafood. For holidaymakers and locals alike, Mayo is home to a host of attractions. What better way to

discover Mayo’s charm than taking to the great outdoors? The Great Western Greenway connecting Westport to Achill Island offers an award-winning, family-friendly biking trail with stunning scenery, historic villages, ancient ruined abbeys, arts & crafts, the Gourmet Greenway and Mulranny’s


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famous goats along ‘the way’. Right at the heart of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, Mayo embraces the Atlantic Ocean with many of Ireland’s unforgettable landmarks dotted along its coastline - majestic Croagh Patrick, Clew Bay, Achill’s unmistakeable cliffs, the Stacks of Broadhaven and Dun Briste. Mayo’s Atlantic coastline is a playground for those with an adventurous spirit, offering world class deep sea fishing, surfing, coasteering, kayaking and kite surfing. For something a little more

low key, Mayo North is a haven for walkers, anglers and golfers, with Ballina’s Ridgepool on the River Moy renowned worldwide for salmon angling, the Foxford Way walking trail and championship links golf in Carne Golf Links and nearby Enniscrone Golf Club. Every year, Mayo welcomes its diaspora back home - some of the 3.5 million people worldwide with Mayo heritage visiting to reconnect with family, friends and the communities of home. A host of festivals and events

are held around Mayo throughout the year to welcome visitors both old and new to this beautiful County. To whet your appetite, try Mayo’s big festivals such as the world famous Ballina Salmon Festival, celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year (6-13 July), Westport Festival of Music and Food (29-30 June) and Féile na Tuaithe at the National Museum of Country Life – Turlough Park (24-25 May) to local community festivals including the Bonniconlon Agricultural Show (4 August), Swinford’s Siamsa Sráide 43


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(1-6 August) and the Queen of the Lakes Festival in Ballinrobe (1-3 August). There’s always something to celebrate in Mayo. The rich heritage of Mayo means there’s plenty for culture vultures to explore too. The National Museum of Ireland – Turlough Park tells the story of rural life in Ireland through the years, while the Jackie Clarke Collection shares one man’s genius collection of Irish historical material and Mayo’s religious heritage reminds us the County was once a place of spiritual 44

reflection for the religious, among them St Patrick, Ireland’s national saint. A tour of Westport House, one of Ireland’s best loved attractions and once home to Grace O’Malley, the famous 16th Century Pirate Queen of Connaught, is a fascinating insight into life here through the years. The Pirate Adventure Park has a host of fun activities and attractions for families young and old to enjoy. Want to keep in touch when you’re outside Mayo? www.mayo.ie is an online platform for those at home and

overseas to connect, share good news and catch up on happenings back home in Mayo and in Mayo communities around the world. With features including Mayo success stories overseas, festivals and events in Mayo and further afield, weekly parish newsletters and that most important news of the Green and Red of Mayo, it’s truly the best place to keep abreast of all things Mayo around the world. Contact www.mayo.ie


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Mount Falcon Estate

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he Mount Falcon Estate lies between Foxford and Ballina in County Mayo. Only 30 miles from Knock Airport, the estate is perfectly located for any journey around Ireland’s west coast with plenty to do on site as well as in the surrounding areas. The Estate comprises of the Mount Falcon Country House Hotel, luxury lodges in lake and woodland surroundings, Salmon fisheries, on its own 2 mile bank of the River Moy, over 100 acres of walkways and parkland to discover; and close proximity to world class links golf courses. The ‘House’ was created from the love of a young man for his new bride in 1872, Miss Nina Knox-Gore. Ultred Knox commissioned the finest architect

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of that time, James Franklin Fuller, who also designed Ashford Castle, Kylemore Abbey & Farmleigh House, to construct a palatial home at Mount Falcon, on the west bank of the River Moy. In 1932 the house was bought by Major John and Constance Aldridge. Under their ownership the Estate became recognized as one of Ireland’s premier shooting and fishing country houses. The current owners, including the Maloney family, have lovingly renovated and refurbished the original house adding on a new extension and 45 Luxury Lodges. Mount Falcon now boasts 32 bedrooms, including six suites, as well as all the comforts you would expect from a grand country house, with drawing rooms, dining in the ‘Kitchen Restaurant’ and

the Boathole Bar. The house offers utter luxury and comfort in a style that is in keeping with its distinguished heritage and tradition of hospitality. Mount Falcon is the definitive getaway with something for everyone. Combined with the style and comfort of the palatial country house and the fine dining in the 2AA Rosette Kitchen Restaurant, an Elemis Spa offers a full range of treatments and the beautifully designed swimming pool with panoramic views is the ideal place to unwind after being pampered. The Great Outdoors The Estate boasts a two-mile stretch of the famous River Moy, Ireland’s most prolific wild Atlantic salmon river,


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golfing’. Then in the evening, throw in some clay pigeon shooting and round the day off with fine dining, which might include your own salmon caught that day, freshly prepared by chef.

as well as its own spring fed rainbow trout stocked lake. Anglers will delight at the two-mile private stretch of the Moy. Mount Falcon’s double bank stretch is just above the tide, offering truly superb fishing and the beats are exclusive to the guests at the hotel. For the shooting enthusiast, there is a clay shooting ground next to The Moy, with four automatic traps providing overhead, going away and crossing targets. The expanse of the estate offers many country pursuits including the time honoured tradition of Falconry. You can have a lesson in Falcon husbandry then fly these majestic creatures through the 100 acres woodland estate. For golfers, a purpose built driving range on the estate compliments access to the finest links courses that Ireland has to offer. With 12 golf courses

within an hour’s drive, including the championship links courses of Carne/ Belmullet, Enniscrone and Rosses Point/County Sligo (all of which are ranked within the top 25 golf courses in Ireland by Golf Digest ) this is golf heaven. “Links courses in our region are equal if not better to anything the rest of Ireland & Scotland have but importantly they offer better value” according to owner Alan Maloney. Alan is passionate about his Estate and believes that an offering unique to Mount Falcon Estate is the “Correlation between golfing and fly fishing”; he explains that the same hand eye coordination is used for both sports and that on a sunny day conditions ideal for golf may not be great for fishing; and vice versa. So on any given morning you can look out from your luxury hotel or lodge window and decide ‘fishing or

Dining delights With all that is on offer – luxurious accommodations, spa, swimming pool, clay shooting and truly superlative fishing, what more could anyone want? Simple – dinner! Once again Mount Falcon excels with its 2AA Rosette Restaurant, run by Head Chef Philippe Farineau. The French man has worked at prestigious venues in Ireland including the K-Club, Ashford Castle, Dromoland Castle and Hayfield Manor and now offers food to delight the most discerning at Mount Falcon. Philippe’s philosophy is to source the finest produce (80% grown on the Estate), prepare it simply and serve it appropriately, summed up as ‘Irish Produce, French Heart’. All told, Mount Falcon has got to be the ultimate getaway so give yourself the perfect Wild Atlantic treat and head this way! Contact www.mountfalcon.com

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Grace O’Malley Pirate Queen

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ext stop America! This frequent reminder along the West Coast of Ireland highlights the vastness and distance to be travelled to the next tract of land beyond this small island of Ireland. While the Atlantic Ocean has played a 48

significant role in shaping the physical personality of the Irish coast it also had a massive impact on creating the personality of the people living on this outpost of Europe. Survival of the fittest created a fearless, doggedly determined, quick thinking and

witty people – none more so than the original Wild Atlantic Woman: Grace O’Malley or Grainne Mhaol (Bald Grainne), the Pirate Queen of Connaught (1530 to 1603). Even by today’s standards, it was pretty impressive that this daughter of a


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clansman commanded an army that ruled the seas from Scotland to Spain in the 16th century. Living through one of the most traumatic times in Irish history, Grainne Mhaol was the daughter of the chieftain of the O’Malley Clan who ruled the south shore of Clew Bay with a ring of castles including Clare Island and Cathair-naMart, the site on which Westport House, still owned by her descendants the Browne family, now stands. The sea was in Grainne Mhoal’s blood as the O’Malleys were a long-

established seafaring clan. She got the name “Bald Grainne” or Grainne Mhaol when as a mere child she cut off all her hair to disguise herself as a boy in order to board her father’s ship since at the time it was thought unlucky to have a woman on board a ship. At fifteen, Grace O’Malley assumed the more traditional role of wife and mother but she quickly replaced her more reckless husband, the O’Flaherty Chieftain, in his role as chieftain and avenged his murder. She later made another powerful political alliance when she married for a second time to the chieftain of the neighbouring Bourke clan. A wily woman, she entered a trial marriage and subsequently divorced. She gave birth to Tibbott-na-Long, later Viscount of Mayo, on the high seas as her ship was being attacked by Barbery Coast Pirates. It is said that having just given birth, she put down her nursing newborn and joined her army to lead them to victory. Any woman who has endured child birth can attest to the sheer strength of mind and character that this must have taken! Now, Gaelic law ordinarily prohibited a female chieftain but this did not deter Grace. She led by example. Her ability and success on the fields of battle and in trade - and yes, maybe a little piracy thrown in for good measure - ensured her acceptance as a leader by land and sea. She led a private army of 200 men and a fleet of galleys (ships) and was said to have been “the most notorious woman in all the coasts of Ireland” by Sir Henry Sidney in Elizabethan state papers of the time. This activity was not long in bringing her to the attention of London and Queen Elizabeth I. With sword in hand, she had lead the local clans in rebellions against individual English military generals who sought to curb her power and seize her lands as part of Queen Elizabeth’s colonisation. Grace endured all kinds of imprisonment, deprivation, taking of her lands and cattle and even the murder of her son. Bearing in mind that it was a time when Irish clans were

not inclined to form lasting alliances and so, Grace felt she had no choice to ensure her own family’s survival. In 1593, Grace set sail from Clew Bay for Greenwich in London for a visit with Queen Elizabeth I. As you can imagine, it was not easy to get an audience with the Queen no more than it would be today, particularly with a list of disloyalty, rebellion and piracy as long as her arm! Nonetheless, Grace skilfully negotiated the intricacies of court etiquette and politics and finally met with Queen Elizabeth I. They met as old women and acknowledged each other as queens in their own right. As both didn’t speak either Gaelic or English, they conversed in Latin. Testament to her powers of negotiation, Grace somehow managed to persuade Queen Elizabeth to ignore her litany of wrongs and the recommendations of her own military generals to ensure Grace’s family’s safety and freedom until her death in 1603. Her legacy lives on. Tibbott na Long’s great grand-daughter, Maude Bourke, married John Browne, from whom the Westport House family is descended. In a continued line of strong women, Grace’s 14th greatgranddaughters now operate one of Ireland’s most significant heritage and family attractions in Westport House, site of one of Grace’s castles. The beautiful historic house tells her swashbuckling tale in the world’s foremost exhibition jointly written by her direct descendant, Sheelyn Browne, and eminent historian, Anne Chambers. Families will love visiting the child-friendly Pirate Adventure Park for a day of family fun with swinging ships, water rides, pedalo boats and more. On the grounds and in the house, see her only likeness in the 8 foot tall bronze and alabaster stone statues – after all, there were no cameras in the 16th century! Or – if you dare - visit the dungeons which are all that remain of her 16th century castle upon which the current house is built. A truly remarkable and inspirational historical figure – a woman before her time perhaps but certainly the epitome of the Wild Atlantic Woman. 49


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“They hover over the sea like ancient godmothers - watching each stone, each pebble, each grain of sand, find its way home to their feet�

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hey say that seeing is believing and no words ring more true when it comes to setting eyes on the awesome sight that are the Cliffs of Moher. The Cliffs are located at the southwestern edge of the Burren region in County Clare. They rise 120 metres (390 ft) above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag’s Head and reach their maximum height of 214 metres (702 ft) just north of O’Brien’s Tower, eight kilometres to the north. O’Brien’s Tower is a round stone tower near the midpoint of the cliffs built in 1835 by Sir Cornelius O‘Brien From the cliffs and from atop the tower, visitors can see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay, the Turks and the Twelve Pins mountain ranges to the north in Galway and Loop Head to the south. The astonishing character of the Cliffs of Moher region has evolved through a powerful combination of geology, ecology, archaeology and history. These rich and diverse influences infuse the area with a haunting, spectacular and world-unique attraction. The cliffs take their name from an old fort called Moher that once stood on Hag’s Head at the southernmost point of the cliffs. Shaped by nature this entire

area is designated an area of outstanding natural beauty and form part of The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark – an area with geological heritage of international importance. Geoparks are special regions with outstanding geology and local culture – regions that support sustainable development, research, education and cultural heritage by working closely with local communities and agencies. The landscape in this area

is particularly remarkable and The Burren is in fact one of the largest and most accessible Karst regions in the world. It is the only place on the planet that Arctic, Mediterranean and Alpine plants grow side-by-side. The Cliffs of Moher are one of the top visited tourist sites in Ireland with over one million visitors a year. 2014 promises to see this increase significantly this is one of the ‘must see’ stops on the Wild Atlantic Way. 53


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illwee Cave and its Birds of Prey Centre, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare - a very special place in the heart of the Burren. The cave is located in the karst landscape of the Burren in north west County Clare. The name Aillwee is derived from the Irish Aill Bhuí which means “yellow cliff”. It was discovered in 1944 when a farmer named Jack McGann was following his dog chasing a rabbit. The farmer didn’t tell anyone of the discovery for many years however he told cavers about it in 1973 and that summer the cave was explored. The Marine Blast tunnel was completed in 1992 to allow a circular trip for visitors – a remarkable peek inside the 54

“loved this place passed the day so easily there with all there is do, Tour of Aillwee Cave, Flying Display in Birds of Prey Centre, sample delicious Burren Gold Cheese and Fudge and lots more. .”


Wild Atlantic Way subterranean world beneath the karst rock of the Burren landscape. The cave system consists of over a kilometre of passages leading into the heart of the mountain including an underground river, a waterfall and stalactites and stalagmites. Roughly 300 metres of passage is open to the public, one third of the total length of the cave. The cave is considerably older than most of the Clare caves and originally contained a large stream now backfilled with glacial infill. The formations visible on the cave tour are more than 8000 years old which in itself is amazing but calcite samples in the recesses of the cave have been dated as far back as 350,000 years ago. The cave is a remarkable journey into the Burren underworld into a fascinating world of glacial sculpture. On a visit to Aillwee you can take a tour consisting of a 35 minute guided walk through beautiful caverns, over bridged chasms, beneath rock chasms under strange formations and alongside the thunderous waterfall which sometimes gently sprays the unsuspecting visitor. Marvel at the frozen waterfall and explore the hibernation chambers of the long extinct brown bears. Back at ground level you can visit the Birds of Prey Centre, home to one of the largest and most varied collection of Birds of Prey in the Ireland – Eagles, Falcons, Hawks, Owls, and Vultures. Daily Flying displays provide a rare opportunity to see many of these wonderful species in dramatic free flight set against the Burren Landscape. Book a Hawk Walk A once in a lifetime opportunity to interact with one of nature’s top predators. Guided and instructed by experienced falconers, this hour long “Walk with a Hawk” through woodland and across Burren Limestone pavement is tailor made for anybody seeking a totally unique experience. At the Farm Shop you can watch the award winning Burren Gold cheese being made then peruse around the Woodland Craft Village or visit the gift shop.

“ Great place for a full day out for young and old”

“An Amazing place with so much to do, not just the great cave, but also the Birds of Prey and the Woodland Craft Village is just brilliant.”

A great way to end the day is a visit to the tearoom – have a warm scone and a cup of tea or sip a glass of wine on the terrace taking in the beautiful views of Galway Bay.

Contact www.aillweecave.ie

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A Flying Boat? You betchya!

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hat could be more wild than a Flying Boat? Well along the Wild Atlantic Way, in the picturesque village of Foynes you can find just that. The role played by Foynes in the establishment of passenger flights across the Atlantic is excitingly captured at the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, located in the original Airport Terminal Building. This is a regular stop-off on many CIE Tours trips and a must see for anybody visiting the area. Where else would you get to board the only Boeing B314 Flying Boat replica in the world?! The museum is a step back in time to 1943 and you discover where the delicious Irish coffee came from. A 3D holographic exhibition recreates the night that Chef Joe Sheridan invented the first Irish coffee for some damp and miserable passengers. You can also watch an original film in a 1940’s style cinema showcasing the war years and learn about Patron of the

museum, Maureen O’Hara Blair and the courageous pilots and passengers. The new Maritime Museum looks at the history and personality of the River Shannon from Limerick City to Loop Head. You can view charts, maps and geology records and learn about river pilots, dockers, the tragic story of the Colleen Bawn, the story of transportation and emigration on the river and even about the export of uniforms to the American Confederates during the Civil War. There are amazing records of ships and boats and the story of the Windsor Castle Ghost Ship. The village of Foynes is very pretty with beautiful wooded walks along the banks of the river. Enjoy a snack or lunch in O’Regans Restaurant or take a drive further west on the N69 for stunning views of the Shannon Estuary. Whatever you do you must stop by and get your picture taken with that B314!

For more information: www.flyingboatmuseum.com

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Wild about Kerry


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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 including the Lakes of Killarney, Dingle Peninsula, Ring of Kerry, golden sandy beaches of North Kerry, Rose of Tralee International Festival and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Skellig Michael. In January 2014, the International Dark Skies Association designated a 700 sq.km (270 sq. miles) of South West Kerry as the first Gold Tier Dark Skies Reserve in the Northern Hemisphere and the ideal location to view the night sky unaided. Many of these sites and attractions – the most extensive section of any county - are located on the new Wild Atlantic Way which extends for 2500 km along the west coast. County Kerry possesses the longest 61


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section of the Wild Atlantic Way. For generations visitors have explored the magical Ring of Kerry and added to this is the Slea Head drive, Skellig Ring, Beara Ring and North Kerry Coastal drive - all together adding up to some 350 miles of coastal delights. Experience the breathtaking cliff top walks at Ballybunion, Slea Head, Brandon Point, Foilnageragh and Geokaun on Valentia Island; 13 Blue Flag beaches, world famous links golf courses of Ballybunion, Tralee and Waterville, watersports and festivals. Fly to Shannon Airport and take the coastal route from Tarbert in the north to Kilmackillogue in the south. Get off the beaten track to explore the Hidden Gems like Carrigafoyle Castle, Ardfert Cathedral, Glentenassig Woods, Cloghane, Gallarus Oratory, Kells Gardens, Valentia Island, Derrynane House, Staigue Fort, Oysterbed Pier near Sneem and Bonane Heritage Park to name just a few. No visit to Kerry would be complete 62

without visiting Killarney with its lakes, mountains, 25,000 acre National Park, Muckross House and Gardens, traditional farms and famous jaunting cars. It is an activity paradise – walking, cycling, rowing, fishing, adventure sports – you are spoilt for choice. In 2014 Killarney hosts the Europarc Conference and later the ATTA Adventure Travel World Summit from October 6-9. Dingle (Daingean Uí Chúis), which Fungi the dolphin has chosen as his home, is a vibrant fishing port, activity and water sports destination. Mara Beo Oceanworld Aquarium interprets the rich variety of marine life. The wider Dingle Peninsula, where the Irish language and culture is alive and well, has the largest collection of early Christian sites in Ireland. Its spectacular scenery has featured in movies like 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, Aqua Dome waterworld, Blennerville Windmill, new Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre, Ireland’s County Museum of the Year, quality shopping and a host of all-weather attractions. Further north are the vibrant coastal towns of Ballheigue and Ballybunion and the famous literary town of Listowel with its Writers’ Museum, Theatre and Largitgue Narrow Gauge Railway. Kerry is a holidaymaker’s dream. Whether you are planning an activity break, a family holiday, seeking genuine Irish culture and heritage, peace and tranquillity in national parks and gardens, the best of Irish food and cuisine, or join the locals in a pub for a pint, a music session and a chat; or maybe just get pampered in world class hotels and resorts, County Kerry has it all in abundance.

Ballybunion cliff top walk in North Kerry

Contact Supported by Kerry County Council. Further information: tourismoffice@kerrycoco.ie www.GoKerry.ie and www.countykerry.ie


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aking its name from the scenic surroundings, The Lake Hotel sits in the most spectacular location just a mile outside of Killarney town. It is owned and run by the wellknown Irish hotelier family the Huggards so a warm family welcome is assured. The location of the hotel on the shores of Lough Lein, Killarney’s famous lower lake, is simply awe inspiring and little wonder that guests find it hard to tear themselves away from beautiful open terraces sipping a drink in perfect silence. With the elegant Castlelough Restaurant, the

Devil’s Punch Bowl Bar and relaxing lounges offering magnificent lake views, this hotel is a top notch choice. If you can tear yourself away, the hotel is ideally situated on the Ring of Kerry, close to the Ring of Beara and easily accessible to Dingle. It is right on the doorstep of Killarney National Park. The Lake Hotel has a long tradition of Irish warmth and hospitality and it is quite simply gorgeous. If you don’t manage a stay here then at least stop by for afternoon tea, a delight to the taste buds and to the senses in a setting that you’ll never forget.

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Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre Where Activity and Nature Combine

Viewing & Observation tower Guided Nature Boat Tours Nature and Wildlife Exhibition Bird hides and Nature Boardwalk Visitor Centre and Lakeside Café Open Daily: 10am – 5pm (extended hours 10am – 7pm July and August) 066 7126700 or email info@traleebaywetlands.org

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ralee is best known around the world for the famous international Rose festival but Tralee is an area of outstanding natural beauty and the Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre is set to become a top attraction for the area. Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre is Kerry’s newest and most unique visitor attraction. Located a short drive from the hustle and bustle of Killarney, the wetlands centre is located off the main Dingle Touring Route (N86), on the Wild Atlantic Way and is within walking distance of Tralee Town Centre. An eco–friendly visitor centre it is the perfect destination for a variety of groups from keen bird and wildlife enthusiasts, photographers or conservation/environmental groups through to those simply seeking a relaxing, fun day out in a beautiful natural environment. Situated beneath the backdrop of the

Slieve Mish Mountains with stunning views overlooking the estuary of the greater Tralee Bay, Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre is a beautiful place for a visit, with the Nature Zone offering close views of nature, especially wetland birds and a wide variety of wetland habitats to explore (and you won’t need your wellies!). The Activity Zone offers a light water sports Lake where pedalo boats, rowing boats and water walker zorbs are available. The Activity Zone also offers a short lakeside walk and cycleway suitable for short strolls or cycles. Guided Nature Boat Tours Guided nature boat tours will help visitor’s spot wildlife such as wading birds, dragonflies, shrews, newts, frogs and other wetland mammals en-route through the reeds of the marsh. The tour tells visitors about the great history and folklore of the region and how the wetland area is managed at this world

recognized nature reserve. Visitors will be delighted by how close they can get to the ducks, geese and swans. You can’t fail to be entranced by the beauty and tranquillity of the reserve. (Eco Tourism Ireland accredited and wheelchair accessible). Viewing & Observation Tower Climb to the top of the viewing tower and enjoy the stunning views and panorama overlooking the vast 8000 acre reserve. It reaches out into the mouth of Tralee Bay and the beautiful Slieve Mish Mountains are clearly visible, at 851m from a 20 metre height (stair and elevator access). Binoculars are available for sale and hire. Nature & Wildlife Exhibition Walk through state-of-the-art interactive exhibits that tell the story of natural 67


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Bird Hides & Nature Board Walk There are beautiful walks around the grounds of the nature reserve where you can view birds and geese and a trail with bird viewing lookout hides from which to watch wildlife throughout the seasons, including summer wading birds and the wintering swans and geese. The Nature Board Walk gives visitors a ‘bugs eye view’ of what is living in the wetlands reeds underneath.

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the static and interactive exhibits, high definition video, aquatic tanks, sound boards, children’s area and much more. Tour Guides are at hand to enhance your visit and answer any questions.

Visitor Centre & Lakeside Café There is an excellent purpose built ecofriendly visitor centre which includes a gift shop and licensed cafe. Enjoy 4 star quality, freshly prepared meals, snacks and home-made cakes or simply enjoy a coffee whilst relaxing overlooking the picturesque lake and take in the panoramic views. Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre is open daily 10am – 5pm (March – October), 10am – 7pm (July and August) and 11am – 4pm (November – February) Please note Christmas and New Year Closures. Free WiFi in Café area. Contact www.traleebaywetlands.org


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isted as a ‘must see’ attraction on the Wild Atlantic Way, the opportunity to ‘throw a pot’ at Louis Mulcahy Pottery is something all of the family can enjoy. Louis Mulcahy has been potting for nearly forty years. One of the last few potteries making all their pottery exclusively in Ireland, Louis’ workshop and its sister companies in weaving and lampshade decoration have grown from Louis and his wife Lisbeth’s original two-man operation to employ over forty people. The pottery is well worth a stop when heading to or from Dingle and it is housed in lovely traditional cottages. Stop by to create your own pot at Louis Mulcahy Pottery. “My granddaughter aged 6 made a pot and

she was thrilled with the experience”, oozes one recent visitor. “It’s not just for children, adults too can partake in creating their own masterpiece!” You can also learn how the pottery is made from start to finish at the workshop where there is a full workshop tour (July & Aug or by appointment). Buy a little keepsake at workshop prices and enjoy fresh home baking and local produce in the cafe served on wares from the pottery. The location is splendid on the scenic Slea head drive, nestled at the foot of a mountain and overlooking the magnificent Clogher strand. This is a place to browse, experience, create, learn and immerse yourself and bring home a magical memory.

Contact www.louismulcahy.com

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t’s no wonder they call West Cork “A Place Apart”. Nature sets the pace in this beautiful south west corner of Ireland stretching from smart south-coast Kinsale to three rugged westerly peninsulas reaching into the Atlantic: Mizen Head, Sheep’s Head and Beara. West Cork is the place many Dubliners head for – leaving hurried city lives behind to play along the long zig-zagging coastline and walk or ride through peaceful inland woods and valleys. Hundreds of inlets, tiny coves, safe harbours and blue-flag beaches are just right for long active days in the salty air – learning to sail, surfing, diving, whale watching, island-hopping, bird spotting, kayaking on a salt-water lake in the moonlight, messing about in boats, or simply eating a fresh crab

sandwich on a quayside. There’s something restorative about the temperate climate and sub-tropical gardens, the tranquil lanes thick with fuchsia and monbretia, the sudden glimpses of water through the trees, the shifting light, and the soft greens, greys and violets of bays and distant mountains. There’s edge-of-the-world drama too: climbing up to a mountain pass through ever-changing weather, crossing the bridge to the end of Mizen Head with the Atlantic crashing below, or taking the cable car to Dursey Island - one of over a hundred West Cork islands. Seven of these are inhabited, including Ireland’s most southerly community on Oiléan Chléire (Cape Clear) “the storytellers’ island”, where Irish is spoken as a first language, and there’s an independent way of life. 71


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Cape Clear, the imposing Fastnet Lighthouse stands on a rock known as Ireland’s teardrop – for emigrants to the new world, this was their last sight of their native land. The whole coast echoes with history – ancient sites, ruined castles, coastal forts, copper mines. Cork is proudly ‘the rebel county’ and it was here, at Clonakilty, that Michael Collins – ‘the Big Fella’ – lived and died. West Cork is both very Irish, and quite cosmopolitan. Many have ‘blownin’ on the winds and stayed to make this beautiful place their home. The international slow food movement began in Ireland when the first convivium set up in the region. It soon spread all over the county and now the whole of Cork is rich with artisan and specialist produce with numerous farmers, growers, fish smokers and bakers. There’s a strong creative community here. Arts and crafts, storytelling and traditional music thrive – as do scores of cultural festivals. People here value the good things in life. It feels warm-hearted and kind and it looks remarkably pretty. It’s a place apart.

Contact www.visitcorkcounty.com www.cork.ie

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reland’s southernmost city – capital of the beautiful south west – is high on the Lonely Planet’s list of favorite cities in the world. It’s a spirited, independent place. Frommers Guide, Yahoo Travel and the Huffington Post have also placed Cork in its top ten city break destinations. Cosmopolitan and creative too. And that’s hardly surprising. For Cork is an ancient maritime port that’s spent centuries trading with – and being influenced by – the wider world. And it’s a place of learning, with one of Ireland’s oldest universities at its heart. Cork’s got the depth you’d expect from a European Capital of Culture – the galleries, museums and live

performances, plus a packed events calendar, with more than 25 major festivals each year, including a jazz, choral, folk, Christmas and St. Patricks Festival. Throughout the year the city hums to the beat of the Lee Sessions a series of free Irish Traditional music sessions in some of the city’s quaintest hostelries. And Cork boasts three black stouts – Murphys, Beamish and Me Daza – unlike its poorer neighbor Dublin, which has only one! And there’s a lively city buzz. But there’s also a ‘no-nonsense’ warmth and an unpressured pace that makes you feel time is on your side here. Nature has a hand in that. Cork was founded 14 centuries ago, on islands in an estuary, where the River Lee 73


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joins the world’s second-largest natural harbour. Waterways circle the city-centre, crossed by 22 bridges. Hilly neighborhoods climb the river banks, stacked with colorful houses – and the University’s historic campus seamlessly connects to the city centre. Between the grand Georgian parades and medieval alleyways of the central island is the centerpiece 18th century English Market. It’s loud, lively, and packed with flavour: Cork in a nutshell. The star of this indoor casbah – and of Cork’s great eating-out scene – is the local produce from this fertile region’s fields and seas. To the south, the deep bowl of Cork Harbour, with its sailing races and regattas, is circled by some of Ireland’s iconic places. At the harbour’s edge Cork’s port of Cobh, departure point for millions of emigrants, and the last calling point of the Titanic, is a place with a poignant history beneath its cheerful seaside feel. East of the Harbour is Jameson’s distillery at Midleton: a pure taste of Ireland for millions around the world. To the North West lies Blarney and its castle, legendary home of Irish eloquence. Just south again, on the Atlantic coast, is pictureperfect, smart Kinsale with its yachts, pretty quayside, narrow 18th century streets, festivals and gourmet cuisine. The market towns of Clonakilty, Youghal and Skibbereen are a delight to the visitor and Cork’s coastline boasts some of the most dramatic landscapes in Europe. Grounded, witty and irreverent, ‘The People’s Republic of Cork’ likes to set itself apart from the rest of the country. Yet for all that, it’s an intensely Irish place to visit. 74


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hether you begin or end your discovery of the Wild Atlantic Way at Ireland’s second capital, Cork has much to offer. The city is relatively small by American standards but this makes it easy to discover a vibrant cafe culture and a bustling town surrounded by dramatic scenery. Just five miles northwest of the city is the home of Ireland’s most famous stone and one of its top tourist attractions. Miss a visit to Blarney Castle at your peril. It’s a wonderful spot where you can easily while away a magical day. The famous stone is located about four feet below the parapet on the outside of the castle. To kiss it you must be held by the legs, head downwards, over the battlements. It gives a whole new meaning to the expression ‘hanging out’ but you will be rewarded for your bravery, “Boloney is flattery laid on with a trowel. Blarney is flattery laid on with the lips; that is why you have to kiss a stone to get it” - Monsignor Fulton Sheen. Without a doubt you should try your hand at a kiss. You will certainly marvel at the tremendous stone walls of the castle with its spiral stairwells and deathly dungeons. The walls are a part of living history sitting directly on an eight-meter cliff of rock which formed the quarry for building the structure. The seam on the right-hand side of the wall shows that the Castle was built in two stages, the righthand part being a tall thin tower. The casemented oriel window projects out from the Earl’s Bedchamber and sets Blarney a cut above the everyday Irish castle. The castle’s ‘Rock Close’ and its surroundings is a curious place of ancient trees and far more ancient stones where concealed, irregularly excavated passages descent through solid rock leading down some “Wishing Steps” to a striking scene below. ‘It is indeed a fairy scene and I know of no place where I could sooner imagine little elves holding their moon-light revelry’ said Croften Croker, Researches in the South of Ireland, 1824. By legend this is a garden of druidic

“Boloney is flattery laid on with a trowel. Blarney is flattery laid on with the lips; that is why you have to kiss a stone to get it” origin and a centre of worship in preChristian days. The area has an aura of magic and mystique with its Wishing Steps, Witch’s Kitchen, Druid’s Cave and there are delights to discover such as Lake Walk, an extensive and almost eerie fern garden, the Ice-house, Lime Kiln and waterfall. There are flower gardens waiting to be explored that explode with a riot of color; huge varieties of scented flora and one of the few poison gardens in Ireland – all set in over sixty acres of sprawling parklands, avenues, arboretums and waterways.

Contact www.blarneycastle.ie

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Step back in time to the 1940’s and 50’s West Cork towns, handmade in miniature depicting busy market day with G-scale model trains journeying throughout The road train takes visitors to Clonakilty and back on a 30 min audio tour. While the cafe and gift shop are open in original carriages, children can further enjoy a play in the indoor playroom or at the outdoor play are, an interpretive centre exhibiting the West Cork Railway is on permenent display. “A FUN DAY FOR ALL THE FAMILY”

Open daily 11am to 5pm July & August 10am to 6pm last admission 45 min before closing. Train time table 12noon.12.30. 2,3,4 pm (weekends only September to May)

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visit to the award winning West Cork Model Railway Village is a treat for all the family. On the Inchydoney road overlooking Clonakilty bay, the Model Village is a fully scaled replica of the towns that grew up along the West Cork Railway in the 1940’s. It tells the story of how people lived and worked in those days and gives both child and adult a

love and understanding of local history. Activities at the model village include a 30 minute audio tour on the ‘choo choo’ road train around Clonakilty. There is an interpretive centre featuring film footage of the railway with original artefacts on display. For refreshments

a cafe and craft shop in authentic railway carriages overlooking the bay is the ideal way to end a perfect day. There’s an indoor soft play area, an outdoor play place, picnic areas, coach parking and the village is wheelchair accessible throughout.

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Open all year round 5 miles from Cork Open Monday-Sunday 9-6 Contact info is: www.blarneycastle.ie and info@blarneycastle.ie Phone: 021 438 5252.


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ife wasn’t a whole lot of fun back in the 1800’s for the ordinary man in the street. Step inside the grim yet fascinating world of the prisoner at Cork City Gaol. The most common ‘crime’ a hundred years ago was the crime of poverty. Many were imprisoned for the simple desperation of stealing bread to feed starving families. The prison was originally built in the 1820’s when it housed prisoners who committed crimes within the city boundary. Anyone committing a crime outside that boundary was sent to the County Gaol across the river, of which only the preserved facade now remains, where University College Cork now stands. Cork City Gaol however is beautifully preserved and a quite magnificent castle-like structure. In July and August there are guided tours every half hour. Year round visitors can use a booklet or an audio guide to make their way through the Gaol experience including restored

cells which feature models of suffering prisoners. Some walls even have original graffiti telling stories of the innermost feelings of inmates. The experience sets the scene perfectly while also providing a social history of contrasting lifestyles in 19th century Cork. It’s very moving, bringing home the harshness of the penal system and the desperation of families in a very different Cork to today’s modern city.

“An entrance door of strong oak, studded with flat nails and situated under the Gallow”. Contact www.corkcitygaol.com

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Cod Baked with Cream and Bay-Leaves, with Duchesse Potato This master recipe can be used for most round fish, e.g. haddock, pollock, grey sea mullet, ling, hake etc. Salmon and sea trout are delicious in this way or with a mixture of fresh herbs, e.g. parsley, fennel, lemon balm and chives.

Ingredients 6 portions of cod (allow 175g/6 ozs

Light cream to cover the fish, approx.

approx. filleted fish per person)

300 ml (10fl oz/1 1/4 cups)

1 tablespoon (1 American tablespoon +

15g (1/2oz) roux approximately (see recipe)

1 teaspoon) finely-chopped onion

Enrichment

Salt and freshly ground pepper

15 g (1/2 oz/1/8 stick) butter or 1-2 tbs

25g (1 oz/1/4stick) butter

(1 – 2 1/2 American tbs)

3-4 fresh bay-leaves

Serves 6 Method

Melt the butter in a pan. Fry the onion gently for a few minutes until soft but not coloured. Put the cod in the pan and cook on both sides for 1 minute. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Add the bay-leaves. Cover with cream or creamy milk and simmer with the lid on for 5-10 minutes, until the fish is cooked. Remove the fish to a serving dish. Bring the cooking liquid to the boil and lightly thicken with roux. Whisk in the remaining butter or Hollandaise as an enrichment, check the seasoning. Coat the fish with sauce and serve immediately. This dish can be prepared ahead and reheated and it also freezes well. Reheat in a moderate oven 180ºC/350ºF/Gas Mark 4, for anything from 10-30 minutes, depending on the size of the container. A Scallop Shell of Pollock with Cream and Bay-Leaves Follow the recipe as above. Divide the fish between the scallop shells. Pip a little ruff of

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duchesse potato around the edge of the scallop shell. Reheat in a moderate oven 180ºC/350ºF/

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Gas Mark 4 for anything from 10-15 minutes depending on the size of the scallop shell.

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omantic Ireland is alive and kicking. Poetry is the language of love, but our Nobel-prize winning poet, WB Yeats, was misleading in his poem, September 1913, when he says romance was dead in Ireland and with O’Leary in the grave. Yeats was talking politics, but he later went on to write some of the greatest love poetry ever written. Irish myth is full of romantic tales. Oisin left Ireland with his sweetheart, Niamh of the Golden Hair, on a magical white steed to go to Tir Na Nog, the mysterious land of eternal youth beneath the seas. The legendary couple, Diarmuid 82

and Grainne, found eternal happiness together when they were transformed into magical swans. Oenghus of the Birds was the Celtic God of Love and he helps lovers solve any little problems they may have. His home is at the entrance to the passage tombs at Newgrange in Co. Meath, but there won’t be any need to call on him during a romantic stay on the island of Ireland. Springtime is the most significant time of the year for romance, and of course St Valentine’s Day is the most special day. Gifts of roses and cards filled with love messages are equally the rage in Ireland as anywhere else

in the world. For some Dublin lovers it is also the time for the blessing of the rings at Whitefriars Church near the city centre, as it is the last resting place of St Valentine himself. You can take a peek at the saintly remains if you visit the church. There are so many options for those who take a romantic break on the Emerald Isle, be it the first time away together to while the night away in the dance clubs of Dublin or Belfast, for that unforgettable honeymoon, or even to mark the Emerald anniversary of twenty years together. For those who desire consummate luxury, then


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the ultimate treat is to stay at one of a myriad of plush Irish castles with levels of comfort beyond imagination but restaurants are the most traditional place to propose. Many Irish castles and country houses have their own awardwinning restaurants. Alternatively, a night out in one of those wonderful small restaurants dotted all over Ireland will provide a more intimate experience and could spur some unorchestrated spontaneity. Pangur Ban in Letterfrack, Co. Galway is a cosy cottage with a thatched roof where you can dine on local fare, from the freshest Atlantic fish to Irish stew. The restaurant at

the Bushmills Inn in Bushmills, Co. Antrim, has intimate snugs and offers tasty cuisine in a traditional setting. You can even end the evening with a glass of triple distilled and smooth Bushmills whiskey from the ancient distillery down the road. The precarious rope bridge at Carricka-Rede in Co. Antrim is an equally vertiginous place to make the decisive move. One adventurous man did, with champagne corks a popping, and was accepted. Perhaps the thrill of it all and the excitement of the prospect ahead was what moved him to be original and choose the middle of the gently swaying bridge with its spectacular backdrop of cliffs and foamy sea. Oysters are renowned as an aphrodisiac, as is Guinness stout. At the International Oyster Festival, held in September in Galway, the oysters are plentiful and the Guinness flows freely, so you never know what might happen. The unique blend of the two is guaranteed to get the juices flowing even in the most unromantic of souls. Those looking for that elusive ideal partner should visit Lisdoonvarna in Co. Clare. The local matchmaking festival runs through September and guarantees a better chance of meeting an ideal mate than through Internet dating. The professional matchmakers boast years of experience and much success, but if you’re not lucky, the music, dancing and merriment lasts all day and all night for a whole month. You can make a romantic wish when you interlock your hands in an embrace around St Kevin’s cross in the monastic village of Glendalough in Co. Wicklow. Glendalough is a wonderful mystical valley with two serene lakes, one of which is rumoured to be the home of an Irish version of the Lough Ness monster. St Kevin, the local hermit monk, lived here long ago in a small hut high up on the hillside above the lake with the monster serpent. Given the romantic power of the cross it is a great irony that he rebuffed the only amorous advance ever made to him by a young novice nun and threw her down the cliff and into the lake to her death. A recluse, he

preferred the company of the serpent, animals and birds to humans. He famously stood in the freezing lake with his arms outstretched until a crow that had landed on his hands and built its nest had hatched its young. To cast a magic love spell should really be the last option and is not recommended if you don’t want to run the risk of turning your loved one into a toad. In ancient times, the Celtic Druids used all kinds of plants and herbs for their love potions. It is no great surprise that rose petals were used, but strawberries, apple blossoms, cherries, lavender and vervain were also common ingredients. The most sacred druidic herb was mistletoe, which is still hung in Irish houses at Christmas, and a kiss underneath a bunch will seal a love forever. Collect it from a magical oak tree to get the best effect, but avoid puckering distant aunts with well “rouged” lips early in the evening if you are planning to be successful later. Christmas is also the time to cradle a couple of traditional hot toddies (hot whiskeys with lemon and cloves) in front of a turf fire in a country pub. Sunsets are special times for couples and Ireland has some spectacular fiery displays all year round. For many there could be no more romantic feeling than gliding across a mirror ocean towards the end of a perfect day. The best sailing craft for this experience is, of course, the elegant Galway Hooker, a traditional wooden sailing boat with red sails. The famous Irish songwriter Jimmy Kennedy (who wrote hits for Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, and Elvis) was inspired by such a trip out of Portstewart in Co. Antrim to pen his most famous of songs: “Red sails in the sunset, Way out on the sea, Oh carry my loved one Home safely to me...”

Contact For a trip in a Galway Hooker, www.truelight.ie Galway Oyster Festival, www.galwayoysterfest.com Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival, www.matchmakerireland.com

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ome visit Ireland’s rugged coastline with luxury coach tour operator CIE Tours. Having over 82 years of travel experience and a focus on the exciting and unique destination of Ireland, no tour company is better suited to provide you and your loved ones with an authentic experience of this remarkable country. Highlighted this year in Ireland is the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s first longdistance driving route exploring western Ireland’s most vibrant coastal towns and her rugged, cliff-lined peninsulas stretching far into the Northern Atlantic. Marvel at the Slieve League Cliffs on Ireland’s north east coast. These are the highest sea cliffs in Europe where an almost sheer drop of 2,000 feet separates the Atlantic Ocean from the highest point of the cliffs. Enjoy amazing views of relatively unknown and unspoiled nature. Take a tour of the Ring of Kerry – this is one of Ireland’s most popular circular drives around the Iveragh Peninsula, starting and ending in Killarney. The

100-mile route of ever-changing scenery of mountains and shoreline combined with varying weather conditions ensures splendid views.

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soaring mountains, remote lakes and secluded beaches. The imprint of past generations is everywhere on Achill, from megalithic tombs to ancient forts, historic churches to deserted villages. All of these experiences and many more along the Wild Atlantic Way have been highlights for years on over 20 of CIE Tour’s itineraries, 86

who look forward to experiencing them with travelers for generations to come. Suggested tours that feature these highlights include the Emerald Supreme, Taste of Ireland and the Jewels of Ireland. CIE Tours escorted coach programs are protected by the company’s $550+ Advantage, a no-fee benefit

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Walking in the footsteps of Brian Ború

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istorical sites in County Clare relating to the life and times of Brian Ború are promoted in a newly developed guide marking the 1000th anniversary of the death of the Last High King of Ireland. In the 10th century, Brian Ború was one of the most influential and colourful characters in Irish history. He was born in Killaloe, Co. Clare and he went on to become High King of Ireland ruling from his palace at Kincora in Killaloe. His descendants became the mighty O’Brien clan - one of the greatest Gaelic clans whose influence extends to this day. The Brian Ború Trail features information on the important sites and buildings associated with Ború and the O’Briens, including Kincora, Bunratty Castle, Clare Abbey, Lough Derg and Dromoland Castle. Other sites of interest include Magh 88

Adhair, the place of inauguration of the O’Briens as Kings of Thomond; Scattery Island where Brian Ború attacked and killed the Viking King Ivar of Limerick in 975, Lemenagh Castle, the ancestral home of the O’Briens; Inis Cealtra (Holy Island), one of Ireland’s most famous monastic sites; and Doonbeg Castle, the site of a famous battle in 1595 between the Earl of Thomond and the McMahon Clan. Speaking at the launch the 18th Baron Inchiquin, Conor O’Brien who is a direct descendent of Ború said: “Brian Ború’s influence on Ireland’s political landscape is well known but his legacy is also evident throughout the physical landscape of County Clare with dozens of buildings linked to his fascinating story and that of his ancestors,” explained Lord O’Brien. He added: “I am delighted with the production of this new guide which

is the first of its kind produced for visitors in relation to an individual who is an indelible part of Clare and the island of Ireland’s history.” The launch of the Brian Ború Trail coincides with a nationwide programme of commemorative festivals and events taking place during 2014. The programme features a series of commemorations in the four main locations with connections to the life and High Kingship of Ireland’s best known historical figure. Produced by the Brian Ború 2014 Steering Group, the Brian Ború Trail guide is available at tourist offices, as well as at the County’s libraries and Council area offices. Thousands of copies of the new guide are also being distributed to visitor attractions and accommodation providers throughout Clare. Contact www.clare.ie


April–OctOber 2014 the lOng rOOm, trinitY cOllege librArY DUblin Open Monday to Saturday 9.30am–5pm & Sunday 9.30am–4.30pm. Also includes viewing the Book of Kells exhibition. Admission rates apply. Supported by

Clontarf 1014: Brian Boru and the Battle for Dublin www.bookofkells.ie

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April–December 2014. Temporary exhibition on display at National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Kildare Street. Admission free. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am–5pm & Sunday 2pm–5pm (Closed Mondays).


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he story of Brian Boru has captured the imagination of generations. Boru was born in and around 940 – the date cannot be certain as written records were not kept back then. Brian was the younger of two sons of Cennedig, head of the Dal Cais, one of the great clans of Munster. The Dál gCais were a powerful tribe in Ireland during the 10th century. Brian Boru grew up in turbulent times. The country was beset by fighting between fractioning tribes and the land was regularly invaded by Vikings. Brian’s parents were killed by Vikings and he wanted to drive the Vikings out of Ireland, though later in life he saw the value of partnerships with the Scandinavians (who did not call themselves Vikings) who had settled in Ireland, put down roots and inter-married. Like most young boys of his time Brian wanted to be a great warrior. He grew up to be an exceptional combination of warrior and statesman. He learned the ways of his enemies and overcame opposition by negotiation and forming partnerships as well as by battle. He was a cultured man with a love of poetry and he played the harp. He was charming, charismatic and exceptionally persuasive achieving legendary status even in his own time. Stories of his triumphs led to vast numbers of men volunteering to join his side. When Brian’s brother Mahon was killed in battle Brian succeeded him as head of the Dal Cais clan and he immediately went into battle against his brother’s enemies. Meanwhile, another great leader had emerged in the North, Malachy the second. Malachy became King of Meath and in 980, High King. This he achieved at the battle of Tara in 980 where he overthrew a Norse Army and took Dublin. A clash between the two men was inevitable and in 998 they met and amicably divided Ireland between the two of them, Brian becoming the King of the South and Malachy King of the North. By 1002 Malachy, being

unable to gather enough support to take on the mighty forces of Brian Boru, allowed Brian peacefully to take over his lands. This was the greatest moment in the history of native Ireland. Brian, by his title, “Ard Ri”, was claiming the monarchy of the whole Gaelic race. Brian had much to do as High King to lift Ireland out of the ruins of the Norse Age. He rebuilt ruined churches, built others, he sent overseas to replace lost books and artefacts and he did all that he possibly could to heal the wounds of the past two centuries of Norse pillage. A woman scorned During the course of his life Brian had several wives. His third wife Gormlaith, a princess of Leinster had a son by an earlier marriage to a Viking; she was mother to Sitric Sillbeard, Viking king of Dublin. When he set the troublemaking Gormlaith aside Brian made a bad enemy. Conspiring with Sitric, Gormlaith’s anger called in the armies who wanted to overthrow and destroy Brian Boru. She and her brother Maehnora encouraged Sitric to call allies from throughout Scandinavia to overthrow Brian and complete the Viking conquest of Ireland. Into Battle Sensing battle Brian Boru assembled an army and marched to Dublin. He led his army across Ireland drawing additional supporters as he went. Most warriors fought on foot and barefoot at that. Battle-dress was mostly dried tunics and woollen cloaks or shaggy mantles. Those that had body protection used boiled leather fitted to their torso with the odd warrior donning chain links taken from a dead Dane. Weapons included the battleaxe, short swords, spears, slings, clubs and blackthorn cudgel. As they took the long road into battle the army would have sung marching songs excited by the opportunities for glory and plunder which battle always provided. Brian Boru was now in his

seventies yet still a monster of a man who inspired awe in his followers. But against them were arrayed the Leinster-men and their Scandinavian allies, not only the ships from abroad but the well-fortified city of Dublin itself. This and many more thoughts must have run through the King’s head that fateful day in 1014. Victory and Death The king was too old to fight in the Battle of Clontarf but he oversaw a bloody battle praying in his tent for a positive outcome and sadly hearing of the death of his son in battle. By the end of that day the battle was won. Brian had been victorious and is credited with ending Viking domination in Ireland. The day was not to end well however. As Brian prayed in his tent and the Vikings retreated, one of their leaders, Bothair, saw the king in his tent and struck him dead. Viking presence in Ireland continued after Brian’s death but their military power was crushed. T h e y remained in the country as traders and integrated amongst the native Irish. Ireland was never again to have a King to control the entire island of Ireland. That title died with Brian Boru, the last high king of Ireland. 91


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et your armor ready and prepare to go into battle to celebrate Ireland’s most famous medieval warrior, Brian Boru. Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn and Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan announced a fantastic programme of festivals and events to run throughout 2014 to commemorate Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf. The Battle of Clontarf took place on 23rd April 1014. Brian Boru, his Munstermen and Connaght clansmen were fighting against Máel Mordá’s army from Lenister and Vikings recruited from around the Irish Sea. The battle lasted all day from dawn to dusk. It ended with the defeat of Mael Mordá’s army and sadly with Brian Boru’s demise. The year 2014 is the 1,000th anniversary of the death of the former High King of Ireland and a host of exciting events are being held across the country to mark the life and times of this renowned leader and fearless solider. Visit Brian Boru’s birthplace in Co. Clare Gather the family or a gang of friends and answer the call of the mighty Brian Boru. Share in the story of his life, his triumphs and his tragic death at various exciting events in stunning Irish locations including Killaloe in Co Clare, Brian Boru’s birthplace and the seat of his High Kingship. Cashel in Co. Tipperary is where he was crowned High King of Ireland and he met a tragic end at Clontarf in Dublin where he died in a famous battle. Come join in the fun where you are guaranteed an experience of pageantry, music and living history. Check out great value and top class accommodation and make this an excuse to explore Ireland and delve into its rich history. Why not plan and plot your own Brian Boru trail!

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Go back to Brian Boru’s roots in Killaloe-Ballina Bring the family to the banks of the River Shannon to see where it all started in the picturesque twin towns of Ballina in County Tipperary and Killaloe in County Clare, the


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birthplace of the great warrior Brian Boru in 941. As High King of Ireland, he ruled from Killaloe, making it the “Capital of Ireland.” There are several events taking place on the shores of magnificent Lough Derg, including the action packed Brian Boru Millennium Weekend in April with magical Viking Boats, a massive outdoor feast, re-enactments, games and skills tests, pageantry, food and music. The weekend will also see the launch of the National Brian Boru Trail linking Killaloe, Ballina, Cashel, Clontarf and Armagh. Over Easter the entire family can have mighty fun and join in the Brian Ború Easter Egg Hunt as well as the unmissable Guinness World Record attempt to host ‘The Most Vikings in One Place’. Put on your Viking outfit and join in the fun! If you are into outdoor action join the Brian Boru Celt Guided Walk in Tuamgraney, Co. Clare, (April 20th), home to the Brian Boru Oak which

was thought to have grown from a sapling planted when he and his army camped in the area. Don’t miss the chance to sign up to a new Triathlon challenge created by the Boru Tri Club on June 14th. When you are in the area don’t miss a visit to the Brian Boru Heritage Centre with an exhibition tracing the history of Killaloe from the 10th century to the present day, including its strong nautical links with Lough Derg, the largest of the River Shannon Lakes. The Heritage Centre is located on the bridge in Killaloe in what was once the lock keeper’s residence. Crown a King in Cashel Brian Boru was crowned High King of Ireland at Cashel in Co. Tipperary where he ruled from for 24 years. The Rock of Cashel is famous all over the world and has been nominated for World Heritage status, making it the perfect excuse to see ‘The Rock’ for yourself as the town comes alive in

celebration of Boru’s life and times. One of the main events will be the Crown a King Festival (April) The festival will be jam packed with activities, including a conference on Kingship, family events and great music including The Voice Squad at the Bru Boru Cultural Centre, (May 25th), and Maurice Lennon and friends doing a musical portrait of Brian Boru at the Bru Boru Theatre (April). Do battle in Dublin The Battle of Clontarf Millennium Festival will transform Dublin into a major Viking battle zone with a host of events throughout 2014 to celebrate the life and times of Brian Boru. Dublin City Council is staging one of the largest medieval battle reenactments. ‘The Battle of Clontarf Festival’. This free event includes reenactments of the Battle of Clontarf with armed clad Vikings warriors, including some on horseback. The Viking village will contain static and 93


Brian Boru interactive displays of Viking life and include demonstrations of Viking skills and crafts such as weapons, storytelling, blacksmith, leather working, pole lathe, coin striking, silversmith, hnefatal (Viking chess), have-a-go interactive sword and archery sessions. There will also be a children’s zone with Viking themed children’s art and crafts, storytelling. Expect interactive demonstrations, workshops, archery, arts & crafts, falconry, coin striking, and blacksmithing while experts on Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf will share all of the details that make this part of Irish history so exciting, or listen as the stories unfold as told from the heart of the medieval village. A complete Viking village houses shops, artisan crafts, delicious food, displays, souvenirs, historical displays and vendors. Celtic Games featuring kubb, tug of war, leg wrestling, hurling and the strongest Viking competition are perfect for all the family. Visit the Viking boat and long ship displays, or see any one of the many historical displays throughout the event. With over 300 living history re-enactors doing two 30-40 minute battle reenactments daily, the Battle of Clontarf promises to be quite a sight! Have high tea in a Castle While in this historic area visit Clontarf Castle a stunningly beautiful castle hotel located in the heart of Clontarf. Marvel at the authenticity of this Clontarf landmark and feel a sense of history while sipping a drink, having afternoon tea or stay over for the ultimate treat. It was at Clontarf Strand where the Vikings beached their boats and invaded, only to be defeated by Brian Boru. Brian Boru’s Well, located on Castle Avenue, was erected to mark this historic event. Bram Stoker, author of the world famous novel, “Dracula” was born in Clontarf in November 1847. His Gothic Horror novel was only outsold by the Bible. The Bram Stoker Park commemorates him at his ancestral home at number 15 The Crescent, in close proximity to Clontarf Castle Hotel. 94

Connect with the Past In the city the National Museum is majoring on Brian Boru with the launch of The Battle of Clontarf Exhibition on Good Friday, (April). This will include displays of Viking and Irish weapons, typical of those used in battle alongside hoards of precious silver objects and religious treasures. There are several other events in the museum during the year including Storytelling from Ragnar the Viking, (March 23rd) and a Family Drop in Day, (April). An exhibition at Trinity College Library, entitled ‘Emperor of the Irish’: Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf, 1014, places the historic Brian in his true context while highlighting the development of his legend. Between April and October, visitors to Trinity College Library’s Long Room can explore Brian’s life and afterlife, through a collection of exhibits which date from his own era up to the 21st century. The principle exhibit is the famous 9th century Book of Armagh alongside the Book of Kells. The Book of Armagh is the only surviving item that is known for certain to have been in Brian’s presence; it contains an inscription detailing an agreement in 1004 between Brian and the church of Armagh, hailing him as Emperor of the Irish. A further 40 items (including medieval manuscripts and metalwork) will illuminate aspects of Brian’s life and legend. Among these are such treasures as the 12th Ulster and the Brian Boru Harp. Adventure addicts will love the Battle for the Bay Kitesurfing Festival with a special Battle of Clontarf theme, (May 24th and 25th), including paddle boarding, kids kite competitions, live music, and a food village. For details of Brian Boru inspired events throughout the year Ireland, visit www.discoverireland.ie Armagh – The King Rests It is said that Brian made his will during the course of the battle of Clontarf –“I bequeath my soul to God and to the intercession of St. Patrick,

my body to Armagh and my blessing to my son Donnchadh. “ Brian, by his victory at Clontarf on Good Friday, 1014, delivered a final blow to Viking power in Ireland. After his death Brian’s body and that of his son Murchad were taken by monks to Armagh, His body lay in state for 12 days and then it was buried on the north western side of the church – the side traditionally reserved for those slain in battle. Boru’s bones are said to be buried in the North Wall of Saint Patricks Church of Ireland Cathedral. In the west wall of the North Transept is a granite slab commemorating the burial.

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The Battle of Clontarf Millennium Festival

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here are few more emblematic dates in Irish history than that of the Battle of Clontarf, fought on Good Friday, 1014, when the high-king Brian Boru lost his life in the hour of victory against his Scandinavian and Irish foes. The Battle of Clontarf can be deemed a triumph, despite Brian’s death, on that fateful day. It should be remembered that Brian is probably the most famous Irish person before the modern era, whose death at Clontarf is one of the few events in the whole of Ireland’s medieval history to retain a place in the popular imagination. In the world-famous Book of Armagh (housed in Trinity College Dublin) with its inscription marking his visit to the primatial city in 1005 he is described as Imperator Scotorum (‘Emperor of the Gaels’). The Battle of Clontarf Millennium Festival, being held at St. Anne’s Park in Clontarf, is part of a large nationwide programme of commemorative events that will centre on four main locations with connections to the life and High Kingship of Irelands best known historical medieval figure; Cashel 96

where Brian Boru was crowned High King of Ireland, Killaloe/Ballina in County Clare which was the seat of Brian Boru’s High Kingship of Ireland from 1001 AD until 1014 AD, Clontarf where Brian was killed following his victory over the Viking rulers of Dublin at the Battle of Clontarf, and the City of Armagh where Brian is buried. The Battle of Clontarf Millennium Festival is the perfect event for history enthusiasts and families alike, showcasing exciting elements of Irish culture and history which everyone is sure to enjoy. The event will include twice daily battle re-enactments with over 300 living history re-enactors. Attendees will be able to feel the intensity and excitement of the real Battle of Clontarf, including mounted Viking warriors. The festival will include a wide variety of interactive demonstrations and workshops that are sure to captivate. Attendees can try their hand at medieval skills such as archery and arts & crafts, and watch a variety of demonstrations including falconry, coin striking, and blacksmithing. Experts on Brian Boru and the Battle

of Clontarf will be on site to meet with guests and share all of the details that make this part of Irish history so exciting, or guests could listen as the stories unfold as told from the heart of the medieval village. Kids are well catered for with bouncy castles, face painting and carnival games, a Brian Boru treasure hunt and Viking games. Visitors will also have the opportunity to jump back 1000 years, exploring the wide variety of events and activities throughout the Millennium Festival with a complete Viking village featuring shops, artisan crafts, delicious food, displays, souvenirs, historical displays and vendors. Celtic Games are not to be missed featuring kubb, tug of war, leg wrestling, hurling, and the strongest Viking competition. Visit the Viking boat and long ship displays together with the many historical displays throughout the event. For a once-in-a-lifetime chance to immerse yourself in a key part of Irish history and culture, visit Clontarf. Contact www.brianborumillenium.ie


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ne thousand and one years in the making, The Book of Kells Collection Launches at The Ireland Show. Three Irish companies have been selected by Trinity College Dublin to make exclusive ranges under the Book of Kells brand, which will have its US launch at The Ireland Show at the end of April. Patrick Francis Ireland, Solvar & Wild Goose Studio have been working on designs for the new collection since last summer and are now ready to unveil the results. All three companies have drawn on the rich detail & intricate patterns in the world-famous 9th century illuminated manuscript which is exhibited at Trinity College Dublin. Revenue from the product ranges, which are produced under licence, will help fund the ongoing conservation of the Book of Kells. Inspired by its lavish artwork and using its ornate designs, colors and symbols, Patrick Francis Ireland has created a collection to capture the Book’s history and opulence. Details throughout

the collection include Celtic knot work, strong borders, triple dots and flabella. Colors are true to the original manuscript, with vellum, ochre, rich navy and shades of burnt orange used as a central palette. Renowned for high quality fabrics and workmanship, Patrick Francis Ireland has fused the historical with modern practicality and created a range of fashion accessories including: printed scarves (in 100% silk and 100% cotton), vibrant PVC coin purses and a range of printed quilted cotton products such as tablet cases, bags and purses. Men’s products include branded leather belts and 100% silk woven ties. The Book of Kells Jewelry collection has been designed by award-winning jewelry manufacturers Solvar. This beautiful collection, crafted in Sterling Silver, Gold and Rhodium tone, celebrates the rich colouring and intricate detail that the Book of Kells is famous for. Pendants, bangles, earrings, brooches and beads echo the richly decorated colourful knot work of the famous

manuscript. Celtic culture is interwoven with stories: Solvar’s master designers have carefully crafted the powerful and mystical stories from the Book of Kells into timeless pieces of jewelry to continue this rich cultural legacy. In working on this exciting project, Wild Goose Studio has used its experience in creating beautiful bronze ornaments and wall hangings based on Ireland’s heritage. The Studio’s designers drew on the lavish detail of the original manuscript to carve highly decorative pieces. In common with other of its ranges, Wild Goose Studios looked into the significance of the symbolism in the Book of Kells and used this interpretation to add to each product’s appeal. The Studio’s products include gift boxed wall hangings, sculptural souvenirs and fridge magnets. Each company will have its part of the Book of Kells collection available at the Ireland Show. Contact www.bookofkellsgifts.com

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A Hop and a Skip around Dublin

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trip to Ireland isn’t complete without spending at least a few days in the capital city. You’ll want to take in as much as possible in the time you have so the best thing to do is to let Dublin Sightseeing take care of all of your sightseeing needs with one great value ticket. Dublin Sightseeing has been offering tours and delivering wonderful memories of the capital for over 25 years. Last year Dublin welcomed many North American visitors for The Gathering and this year Ireland celebrates 1,000 years since the epic Battle of Clontarf took place and Brian Boru ended Viking dominance in Ireland. The battle was 100

a pivotal moment in Irish history so come join in the celebrations to commemorate the great man and see Viking Dublin for yourself. Dublin Sightseeing has just the ticket to see it all. The 3 Day Freedom Ticket offers the best value and you get to see all of Dublin’s top sights on the award winning Hop-On Hop-Off tour. You can combine that by seeing the city and its surrounding areas at your leisure on the vast Dublin Bus network. You even get transfers from Dublin Airport direct to your hotel. The ticket can be purchased online at www. dublinsightseeing.ie, or alternatively, visit the friendly Dublin Sightseeing staff at the Travel Information Desk

in Dublin Airport (Terminal 1) where you can purchase your ticket and pick up some great travel tips from the welcoming Meet & Greet Team. Arriving to your accommodation is easy with the express Airlink 747 bus, which is included in your Freedom Ticket. Buses depart every 15-20 minutes and with an on-board announcement system, you’ll get to your accommodation quickly and easily. The Airlink stops within a stone’s throw of most city centre accommodation. Once you’ve arrived, it’s time to explore one of the greatest little cities in the world. Hop on board the Green Tour bus and enjoy the wonderfully entertaining live commentary from


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fantastic tour guides. The sightseeing tour is a great way to see Dublin. Tours run throughout the day, from 9:00am until 6:30 pm (5:00pm in winter months) and with two routes to choose from, the tour covers all top attractions including the Old Jameson Distillery, Kilmainham Gaol and Dublinia, an extraordinary interpretative centre displaying Dublin’s Viking & Medieval history. The Docklands route showcases fascinating new developments in Dublin while still remembering its past. In the heart of Dublin’s Financial Services centre, you can enjoy a fascinating visitor’s experience onboard the Jeanie Johnston, a replica

famine ship which takes you back to the conditions the Irish would have had while crossing the Atlantic to their new lives in North America. Having enjoyed the best sights of Dublin City, it’s great to see what’s on Dublin’s doorstep. Using your Freedom Ticket, take the 130 out to the site of Brian Boru’s fateful final battle. Enjoy beautiful seascapes and see one of Dublin’s best skylines along the famous Clontarf Promenade. By continuing further north along the coastline you can enjoy the fishing village of Howth or a relaxing walk along the fantastic Dollymount Strand. All of this only a few minutes from Dublin City! And to mark the

special anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf, visitors can enjoy a visit to the Brian Boru bar, located in historic Glasnevin. Just hop on Bus Number 140 and while there why not enjoy Glasnevin Museum, where you can avail of a super Geneology Service. There’s so much you can pack into 3 days and your Freedom pass is the only ticket you’ll need to make the most of your stay.

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ocated just 2 miles from the heart of Dublin City Centre and 5 miles from Dublin Airport, Clontarf Castle sits majestically overlooking Dublin Bay. These days a luxury hotel, the castle has lost none of its historic charm. It is a positive oasis, tucked away in a tranquil setting, surrounded by fabulous golf courses and the sounds of lapping waters from the Irish Sea. Clontarf Castle Hotel offers all of the luxury of a deluxe four star hotel in the opulent surroundings of a classic castle. Whether it’s to celebrate or relax, Clontarf Castle is a perfect blend of a boutique and luxury hotel, providing unique style and exceptional service in sumptuous surroundings. Originally a 12th Century Castle, the striking historic exterior combines with rich interior design and the warmest of Irish welcomes. The unique setting provides a modern

aesthetic built around an ancient form. Facilities include relaxing lounges, a choice of diverse restaurants and bars, extensive conference and private

dining facilities and a fitness suite. Clontarf Castle boutique Dublin Hotel, reborn and redesigned, is the choice of discerning guests the world 103


Capital City over. Forget what time it is, Clontarf Castle Hotel is an imaginary world, no longer the past, not quite the future. When you arrive, time stands still. History of Clontarf Castle In 1172 Hugh de Lacy built the castle as an inner circle of defence protecting Dublin. In 1641 George, King of Clontarf, the then owner of Clontarf Castle joined a religious rebellion. The Puritan Republic General, Sir Charles Coote led a troop of soldiers into Clontarf to quell the rebel activities. He found a cargo of weapons and ammunition in King George’s Clontarf Castle. The then massive sum of £400.00 was put on the King’s head and the Castle was confiscated. In 1649 Oliver Cromwell granted the estate to John Blackwell, who sold it to John Vernon, Quartermaster General of Cromwell’s army in Ireland. The Vernons were in Clontarf for almost 300 years with a family motto of‚ ‘Vernon Semper Viret’, which means‚ Vernon always flourishes. Two hundred years later the building became unsafe and a distinguished Irish architect, William Vetruvius Morrison, was called in. He perceived the problem as sinking foundations and the building was demolished and completely rebuilt. The castle as it stands today was completed in 1837. Clontarf Castle changed hands several times since then and in June 1997 it closed for a 12 month, €10 million refurbishment upgrading and renovating the Castle to the magnificent standard of today. Beautifully and sympathetically restored the hotel is still very much a castle but with all of the modern comforts expected of a top quality hotel. The luxurious castle is part of a privately owned Irish collection of hotels and is a popular Dublin conference and wedding venue as well as an ideal base for any trip to Dublin. 2014 has already seen Clontarf Castle Hotel win several accolades. The hotel has come up trumps by achieving a European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) Level 5 Excellence Award, a Green Hospitality Eco-Label and 104

a Deloitte Gold Standard Award for excellent management. A major programme of festivals and events will run throughout 2014 for the Brian Boru millennium with Clontarf Castle very much part of the celebrations. If ever there was a time to visit Dublin and discover its history and diversity, 2014 is a very special year and Clontarf Castle is a very special place to stay.

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St Patrick – Patron Saint of Ireland

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t Patrick’s festival has gone from being a modest celebration in Ireland to a global phenomenon. Everything from the Pyramids of Giza to Christ the Redeemer in Rio and the Australian Opera house are lit up in green on 17th March to celebrate the Irish patron saint. The Great Wall of China was added to the list this year. It’s an amazing tribute to a small island of just five million people. So who was St Patrick, and how can you trace in his steps if you visit Ireland? St. Patrick wasn’t in fact Irish; he was born in Roman Britain to wealthy parents near the end of the fourth century. Although Patrick’s father was a Christian deacon, there is no evidence 106

that Patrick came from a particularly religious family and he himself was not an active believer. At the age of 16, Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of raiders who were attacking his family’s estate. They took the young boy to rural Ireland where he spent six years in captivity working as a shepherd. During that time he was mostly alone and in his solitude he turned to prayer. Lonely and afraid his religion gave him comfort and he became a devout Christian. After more than six years as a prisoner, Patrick escaped his captors walking nearly 200 miles to the coast where he persuaded a ships captain to take him back to Britain. There he began religious training studying for more than 15 years. In his writings

Patrick recounts having a vision hearing the voice of the Irish crying out “We appeal to you, holy servant boy, come and walk among us.” Acting on the vision, Patrick returned to Ireland as a Christian missionary. The Irish culture at the time centered on, a tradition of oral legend and myth, pagan in origin. Familiar with the Irish language and culture, Patrick incorporated traditional rituals into his lessons instead of attempting to eradicate native Irish beliefs. He used bonfires to celebrate Easter since the Irish were used to honouring their gods with fire. He also superimposed the sun, a powerful Irish symbol, onto the Christian cross to create what is now called a Celtic cross, so that


Capital City veneration of the symbol would seem more natural to the Irish. Perhaps the most recognized symbol that St Patrick used was the shamrock, seen as sacred in pre-Christian days. Due to its green color and overall shape, many viewed it as representing rebirth and eternal life and three was a sacred number in the pagan religion. Patrick used an already sacred symbol to teach the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. By showing people the shamrock, a threeleafed plant, he used it to illustrate the Christian teaching of three persons in one God. For this reason, shamrocks are a central symbol for St Patrick’s Day and on Irish Celtic artefacts. Throughout his missionary work, St. Patrick continued to promote the conversion of Ireland to Christianity by electing Church officials, creating councils, founding monasteries and organizing Ireland into dioceses. He is believed to have died on March 17th which is why his life and legacy are celebrated on that day. “If I have any worth, it is to live my life for God so as to teach these peoples, even though some of them still look down on me.” – St Patrick St Patrick’s Cathedral St Patrick travelled extensively around Ireland in his quest to convert the Irish and it is said that he passed through Dublin in the 5th Century. According to legend he used a well in the vicinity of what is now Saint Patrick’s Cathedral to baptise new converts to Christianity. In 1901 building works beside the Cathedral unearthed six Celtic grave slabs. These were subsequently dated to the 10th century. One of these large stones was covering the remains of what appeared to be an ancient well and it is possible that this was the same well which Saint Patrick used in the fifth century. The presence of these stones also proves that the site of St Patrick’s Cathedral has been in use for at least one thousand years. The first record of there being a building here was in the year 890 when Gregory, King of Scotland, visited a church. The decision to build a church here was probably based on the connection with

Saint Patrick. This site was then chosen in 1190 by Archbishop John Comyn to be raised to Cathedral status and eventually the small wooden church was replaced with today’s magnificent structure. The present building dates from 1220. The Cathedral is today the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland (a church of the Anglican Communion) and also serves as a popular tourist attraction. It is one of the largest cathedrals in Ireland at 91 metres long externally and the nave is 17 metres high. For those interested in architecture it is a magnificent example of early English gothic style with heavy buttressing and stout walls. Internally it is decorated with memorials and monuments to important families and individuals connected to the cathedral over the years. Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels was Dean here for many years and his portrait shows St Patrick’s in the background. The Cathedral is open to all people as an architectural and historical site but principally as a place of worship. A modest charge is made for sightseeing visitors which contributes directly to support the future of this historic building.

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y sceptical neck felt chilled and tingled. It was unusually cold in the pub and much colder than outside. I was pleasurably lost in the rural labyrinth that is Tipperary and needed directions. No better place to ask for directions than an Irish pub. “Spooky in here,” I said to the bar manager Vinny Murphy. “Some people say they’ve seen a ghost,” he replied. “I don’t believe in them,” Vinny added almost dismissively showing me his pictures of himself and some famous people who had just dropped into this horsey pub near the world famous Coolmore Stud. “I know what I felt,” I snapped even though I was surprised at the words coming out of my own mouth. I was truly spooked. The irony was not lost on me that they also run the town’s undertakers out of McCarthy’s Pub in Fethard. So much seems to be haunted in Ireland it beggar’s belief. From

castles, pubs, houses, ruins and even the hedges (filled with wailing fairy banshees) there always seem to be some story or rumour of some spirit afterlife activity. Irish folklore is full of tales of the dead and undead. This is the land that sparked the imagination of author Bram Stoker who wrote Dracula. Since time immemorial we have been fascinated with our own mortality and the spirits of the Otherworld. In myth, fairies act as a conduit for the souls of those who pass through from this world into the Otherworld. They are particularly active during November, as it is the end of the spirit year and fairy funerals fill the narrow country roads with grass growing down the middle of them. It is no coincidence that Halloween and its Celtic equivalent of Samhain are celebrated at this time. The wailing banshee is a sidhe or fairy woman who brings portents of death. It can also be the deathly soul of a

local tormented ghost. You might just be unlucky enough to hear one on your way home from an evening of craic (fun) and music in an Irish country pub. It is the most chilling sound you will ever hear. In the dark, on rural roads with no electric light, the healthy infectious Celtic imagination runs wild. If you stay long enough in Ireland you might just start believing yourself. Then again it might just be a cow in a field (well known for their convincing banshee impressions) or perhaps a northwind rustling through the leaves of a tree. Although seeing a banshee reminds us superstitious Irish of death, we are not all that morbid. Even if you ever attend an Irish funeral wake, you will quickly realise that a death is a good a reason to party as any. It is all done with the utmost reverence of course and it helps settle the deceased spirit. Even the most miserable person alive becomes a saint in the reveller’s eyes 109


Eerie Erin when they pass over to the other side. Castles are great places for ghosts. At Ballygally Castle in County Antrim, a luxury hotel with all mod cons, they still retain the stark ghost room of Lady Isobel Shaw. This is in the original 17th century part of the building and you can stay in one of three original rooms here if you are brave enough. Lady Isobel wanders around the hotel and playfully knocks on the doors of guests while they are asleep. Also in Antrim, Carrickfergus Castle is the remains of the finest Anglo-Norman castle on the whole island of Ireland. Here the ghost of the innocent Buttoncap, a soldier who was wrongfully executed for killing an officer, roams the ramparts at night with his head in his arms. His wiser girlfriend hangs round the local pub, the Dobbins Inn. They placate the ghosts at Leap Castle in County Offaly with music and dance. Widely acclaimed traditional musician, Sean Ryan, lives with his family in this most haunted of castles with a dark past of murder and intrigue. It was the seat of the ferocious O’Carroll clan and the ghosts are allegedly protecting some buried silver. Sean refurbished the ruin with his own hands and firmly believes the ghosts are now at ease with his family. They may have caused him to fall off a ladder when he was renovating the place, but now sure they live in harmony together and they like to hear a good tune. He plays a jig on his tin whistle while his dance champion daughter skips elegantly across the floorboards. Nearby the friendly ghost of a monk at Kinnity Castle predicts future events and cracks jokes with that luxury hotel’s staff. Even the modern cities of Ireland have their own share of ghosts. Dublin’s famous Shelbourne Hotel has the ghost of little Mary who wanders the corridors late at night, but means no harm. Goodhumoured Puck, the ghost of a jester, is one of the many ghosts that frequent Malahide Castle, which is just north of the city. Kilmainham Gaol is haunted by the ghosts of Ireland’s political past. It has a macabre history of cruelty and its cold dank corridors will make your 110

spine tingle. In Belfast, a former cleaner who came to a tragic end by tripping over her mop haunts the Linen Mill at Belfast Flaxworks. In the haunted City Hall, at Halloween they tell stories of the local ghosts and ghouls. Catherine McGlone’s spirit haunts Armagh City jail. In 1770, she was the last woman to be publicly executed in the mall in front of the jail. She was hung and then burned and her ashes were kicked about the place. This was considered at the time a punishment befitting her crime of drowning her illegitimate son in the River Callum. The Holy City of Armagh is also home of the Green Lady of Vicars Hill who used to boil children in her spare time. There is no more eerie castle ruins than at Dunluce on the spectacular coast of North Antrim. Perched on an

outcrop of white rock above one of the best beaches in the county, the castle is certainly in a dramatic location. In 1639, it was the scene of a great tragedy when part of the castle including the kitchens fell into the sea. Seven cooks died that night. You would want to be in the whole of your health to visit this place at night. Silhouetted against a full moon shining on a pale wild sea the ghosts of the dead nightly swirl around on the wailing winds that sweep around its walls. Not all ghost stories you hear in Ireland are true and some have more than a touch of blarney. Some ghost stories are convincing; others you should take with a grain of salt. The telling of the story round an open fire is often more important than the truth. If a ghost story is worth the telling, then surely it is worth listening to.


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lasnevin Cemetery is the biggest cemetery in Ireland and one of the largest in Europe. With over 1.5 million buried here over 124 acres, Glasnevin is Ireland’s necropolis –a unique final destination for the rich and famous, paupers, politicians, artists, dream makers, warriors and heroes. What may seem an eerie place for a day out is actually a fascinating journey into the history of Ireland. It tells the story of famous residents, grave robbers, grave superstition, cholera epidemics and the great famine. There is an interpretive centre and an excellent museum but the best way to learn about history is to be told and there’s no better man for that than Paddy Gleeson. Paddy is what you’d call a real Irish ‘character’ full of chat and wit and brimming with banter. He worked most of his life in public service but always loved history so when he retired he decided to share his love of the past with visitors to Ireland tracing ancestors or following the Irish historic trail. Paddy knows the stories of over a million people and 112

they roll off his tongue like music from a whistle. So I started by asking Paddy how Glasnevin got there in the first place. Not surprisingly there’s a story in it. Paddy paints a picture of the 1800’s. The potato crop failed and the resulting famine decimated the population either through emigration or starvation. The hated penal laws were in force discriminating against Catholics. Then a hero emerged called Daniel O’Connell. He founded Glasnevin Cemetery in 1832 as a place where all men could rest irrespective of religion. Up to that point there were no catholic cemeteries. Many were buried in fields or at Bully’s Acre, a hospital cemetery known as the pauper’s graves. Paddy then kicks in to O’Connell and Catholic Emancipation, repeal of penal laws and great Irish statesmen also at Glasnevin like Charles Stuart Parnell. Parnell’s mother Delia, explains Paddy, was born in Boston and Charles got his name from ‘Old Ironside’, Charles Stuart who was in the American Navy. Daniel O’Connell also gets a nod from the USA in President Obama who is inspired by O’Connell as he was a great champion

of peaceful means to political end. You can see where Parnell is buried and read his headstone, then head off with Paddy in the direction of any number of characters including the graves of Lord Casement, Eamon De Valera, Michael


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“There is no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary” – Brendan Behan Collins, or Brendan Behan. Behan’s headstone is written in Irish Paddy explained, because of his great love of the language but Behan only learned Irish in borstal (child prison) and again in Mountjoy Jail, where he was thrown after he tried to kill two detectives in Glasnevin Cemetery at a Fenian funeral. Glasnevin has histories of those from all manner of conflicts be it Fenian, the war in Crimea or the American Civil War. Paddy can tell you all about John Bannon Chaplin who fought for the confederates or John O’Mahony who fought for the Union. You could walk for miles listening to this fella but before you head off you can have ‘the full Irish’ to fortify you first. Paddy says that the early flight into Dublin from JFK brings lots of visitors to Glasnevin who start with the ‘fry up’ and then walk it off around Ireland’s most unusual museum. There is a visitor centre here of course and a full genealogy centre, all top of the range modern stuff, but it’s the likes of Paddy that really make the day.

Speaking of Paddy, well there’s a ‘Paddy’ of another kind very close by. The oldest part of the cemetery has great black iron gates leading out onto a square. Right there in the square is a ‘spit and polish’ Irish pub that hasn’t changed in years, or maybe centuries. Guess what the pub is called? Well says Paddy, technically its John Kavanagh’s pub but its known far and wide as The Gravediggers. And why’s that I ask? Paddy explains, back in the day when graves were dug manually the workers would be killed with the thirst between digs so they’d head to a hatch at The Gravediggers for a pint. More often than not the gravediggers walked off with the glass much to the consternation of the landlord, so it became common practice for them to bring along their own jar to pour the Guinness into, and they would bring it back for a top up as they needed. Dublin slang to this day still uses the word ‘jar’ to mean pint. You might well be asked in Dublin, “Are you going

for a Jar?” If you do then you’ll know where that expression came from. How does Paddy sum up the Glasnevin Experience? “It captures the Spirit of Ireland” he says with wicked smile and a large tongue in cheek.

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he Croke Park Classic will see the University of Central Florida host Penn State in their 2014 Season Opener in GAA HQ on the 30th August 2014. This is the first time UCF and Penn State have played outside the United States. The teams will compete for the Dan Rooney Trophy named after a key player in the GAA’s redevelopment plans for Croke Park in the early nineties. The trophy is made of bog yew and Pittsburgh steel. The yew comes from what remains of forests which grew 4,200 years ago in the Irish midlands. The steel is from Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers The Teams University Of Central Florida UCF will be at the Hogan Stand side for the Croke Park Classic Fast Facts: Nickname Knights Colours Black & Gold Stadium Bright House Networks Stadium (45,323) 115


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Location University of Central Florida, Orlando Founded 1963 Junior placekicker (similar to a free taker in GAA) Sean Galvin hails from Cork, Ireland. Finished 2013 season 12-1 winning the American Athletics Conference and the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl NFL History UCF had a total of 15 players in the NFL in 2012, including several starters and key contributors. Penn State Fast Facts: Colours Blue and White Stadium Beaver Stadium (106,572) Location University Park, Pennsylvania Founded: 1855 6 former Penn State players have been celebrated in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame: Jack Ham, Franco Harris, Mike Michalske, Lenny Moore, Mike Munchak and Dave Robinson Finished 2013 season 7-5 NFL history Penn State had a total of 34 players in the NFL in 2013, including two players in Super Bowl. 116

35 Nittany Lions have gone on to win a Super Bowl ring sharing 52 rings among them. Head Coach James Franklin took over as head coach at Penn State in January 2014 and the Croke Park Classic will be his first competitive fixture at

the helm. Originally from Pennsylvania, Franklin went to collage at East Shroudsbury University of Pennsylvania where he played as quarterback for four years. Prior to moving to Penn State, he was head coach at Vanderbilt.


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hanahan‘s is an American Style Steakhouse and Seafood Restaurant featuring Certified Irish Angus beef and the freshest seafood and produce from Ireland’s local bounty. When Shanahan’s opened in 2000, it hit the ground running. It was an instant success attracting people from all social circles including rock and movie stars, visiting dignitaries, politicians, the corporate community and persons who love great food in beautiful surroundings. It continues to lure people we are familiar with in our broadsheets and big screens, most recently celebrity Will Ferrell and former American President Bill Clinton. Shanahan’s are looking forward to the year ahead having hosted lunches and dinners for the Navy & Notre Dame team and fans in 2012. They are looking forward to the inaugural Croke Park Classic which will see the

University of Central Florida (UCF) face Penn State in Croke Park, Dublin on August 30th 2014. Shanahan’s ethos is simple and sophisticated. Your experience begins upon arrival. Enjoy an aperitif in the Oval Office bar. Take a moment to inspect the impressive collection of memorabilia adorning the walls. Each item commemorates the U.S. Presidents with an Irish connection or ancestry. Marvel at the bar’s centrepiece, JFK’s rocking chair from Air Force One. Dining in Shanahan’s is a delight. The elegance of the food and service is maintained in perfect harmony with the warmth, which personifies the Shanahan’s team. It is important to note that big sports events like the American Football game bring thousands of visitors to the capital for the week and reservations in Shanahan’s fill quickly, so booking

in advance is essential!

Contact Shanahan’s on the Green 119 St. Stephen’s Green Dublin 2 Tel: 00353 1 407 0939 Fax: 00353 1 407 0940 Email: management@shanahans.ie Website: www.shanahans.ie Dress Code – Neat dress required. Jacket and tie not essential

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798 was a historic year in Ireland. The year of the United Irishmen, the Wexford rising, the year that saw the French landing in Killala and the year that Johnnie Fox’s Pub was founded, the crafty pub well hidden in the Dublin Mountains. They say it is the Highest Pub in Ireland, yet neither the height of its fame nor the fame of its height have gone to the Fox’s head. The stone flagged floor is still strewn with sawdust daily and hammered by dancing feet nightly. In fact the longest running all year round show is held here, so if you want that traditional pub but vibrating with youth and life as well as age and antique charm - and if you seek not a reproduction but the 120

genuine article - then your search stops here. The entertainment is outstanding & the atmosphere is unrivalled. Seafood is the speciality of the kitchen at Johnnie Fox’s Pub and there’s eatin’ and drinkin’ daily from 12.30 – 9.30. There’s a mighty choice of quality dishes cooked by award winning chefs like the grand seafood platters, quality hung mountain steaks, succulent scallops or their famous fresh creamy seafood chowder with homemade brown soda bread (baked in their own bakery), then this is the place to be. The pub is situated about 30 minutes from the city centre and now with the M50 motorway it is safe to say that “all roads truly do lead here”, take the exit

for Kilternan and follow the signs up to Stepaside and Glencullen. Or leave the car behind and have a few pints because there is also a nightly shuttle service from the city that brings you out and takes you home again – see website for details. Reservations are highly recommended after 7pm and if you are booking in for the 4 course dinner and dance show (The Hooley) then be sure to make a reservation because this is a hugely popular show.

Contact www.jfp.ie


Out & About Ireland is Out of this World Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has seen it all. Not many get to view the Earth from outer space but Commander Hadfield has had this honour. Ireland is now honoured to have Chris Hadfield act as Tourism Ambassador to Ireland, a service he is happy to give free of charge. In a recent Tourism Ireland video Commander Hadfield experiences key Irish visitor attractions first hand along the Wild Atlantic Way, in Dublin, at the Guinness Storehouse and at Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. The movie went viral attracting massive hits from all over the world. Hadfield loved his experience in Ireland saying “You don‘t have to be from somewhere to appreciate it”. He even gave a nod to Ireland in 2013 when he tweeted photos of the Emerald Isle from space and filmed a zero-gravity rendition of Danny Boy on St. Patrick’s Day.

2 SPECIAL VISITOR ATTRACTIONS SAME LOCATION! This Cork heritage centre is renowned for its wax figures. Step back in time to see what 19th / early 20th Century life was like in Cork inside and outside the prison walls. Amazingly lifelike wax figures, furnished cells, sound effects and fascinating exhibitions. Stepping inside visitors are taken back in time to the 19th century. Wandering through the wings of the Gaol, the atmosphere suggests you are accompanied by the shuffling feet of inmates, each representing their particular period in Irish history from pre-famine times to the foundation of the State. The cells are furnished with amazingly life-like wax figures; original graffiti on cell walls tell the innermost feelings of some inmates while a very spectacular audio visual tells the social history and contrasting lifestyles of 19th c. Cork and why some people turned to crime, and some ended up in Australia. This exhibition fascinates visitors of all ages and nationalities and the tour is available in up to 13 languages Open 7 days a week 9.30 am to 5pm. www.corkcitygaol.com info@corkcitygaol.com 021 430 5022 Admission €8 adult / €7 student / oap €5 child €25 family ( 2 adults and up to 4 children )

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Adventures in Ireland The global organization for adventure and activity tourism, the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) will hold its Adventure Travel World Summit in Ireland for four days in Killarney, from 6-9th October 2014. Approximately 650 decision-makers (tour operators, media, agents, tourism agencies) will gather in Killarney for a mixture of discussion, debate and networking centred on the fast-growing activity travel sector. The direct economic impact for the Irish economy from hosting such a global summit will be almost €1m, and the marketing, industry education and global business connectivity value it will provide will also be hugely significant.


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Trump That US businessman Donald Trump has bought the Doonbeg Lodge and Golf Club in Co Clare. Media reports put the sale price at around €15m. Mr Trump already owns a suite of 15 golf resorts around the world. In a statement, he said the Co Clare resort would be renamed Trump International Golf Links, Ireland.“Doonbeg is an already terrific property that we will make even better - an unparalleled resort destination with the highest standards of luxury,” Donald Trump.

Dongles in Dingle An American University intends to open a new million-dollar campus in west Kerry. The Sacred Heart University (SHU) based in Connecticut, already run Irish studies courses in Dingle however it now intends to expand its presence in the area. The director of SHU’s Dingle Campus said that it would provide a “top class international campus”. He continued, “At the moment students come during the year, not in summer, and probably inject in the region of €500,000 into the local economy. The new development would mean far more students coming over.” It’s also intended that the hall of the new campus, potentially to be located in a former Christian Brothers School, would be available for use by the local community.

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Out & About On Your Bike More than 200 of the world’s top cyclists will take part in the Giro d’Italia race in Ireland over a three day period from May 10 – 12 taking in routes in Belfast, Armagh and Dublin. It is expected to attract around €12 million-worth of international media coverage. After the opening three stages, the cyclists will fly from Dublin to continue the race in Italy.

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Top of the World Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud has been a centre of fine dining in Dublin for over thirty years. It is Ireland’s only two star Michelin restaurant. Situated beside the 5 star Merrion Hotel, the cuisine is contemporary Irish with classical roots. Having featured in everything from the Irish Times to the New York Times, the restaurant is consistently voted best restaurant in Ireland. Now the Guilbaud experience has been listed as one of the top 100 restaurants in the world by Elite Traveler Magazine. Guilbaud beat world-famous establishments like Nobu’s London and Los Angeles restaurants, Momofuku Ko in New York and Alain Roux’s Waterside Inn to reach a very respectable 67th. www.restaurantpatrickguilbaud.ie


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Airbnb loves Ireland US travel company Airbnb plans to double its workforce in Ireland by the end of this year. The six-year-old San Francisco-headquartered firm acts as an online accommodation network for people looking to rent unoccupied living space in their properties to holidaymakers. Airbnb’s chief and co-founder, Brian Chesky said “We came to Dublin because it has hospitality in its DNA and I’ve been so inspired by the culture we’ve already created in our office here.We have an amazing home in Dublin from which we’re supporting our community across Europe, and I can’t wait to welcome another 100 people to join us.” IDA Ireland chief, Barry O’Leary, said that the move adds to Ireland’s reputation as “the premier location” for fast-growing innovative companies.

Light & Form Unite Armoura.com create beautifully sculpted jewelry taking influences from Irish nature, landscape, myth and culture. The collections include iconic pieces such as the Celtic DNA necklace and the Tri-color necklace which have captured the imagination of people of Irish ancestry around the globe and sparked a passionate following of Armoura’s work. Stunning modern jewelry designs are crafted from gold and silver along with precious and semi precious stones. The interaction between light and form allow Armoura’s designs to dance, shimmer and glow. www.armoura.com

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Donegal is Happy Donegal tourism is thrilled to feature on the Oprah Winfrey Show with a video about the county called ‘Donegal Is Happy’. The video accompanies the hit song by Pharrell Williams called ‘Happy’ and it was filmed in 24 locations throughout Donegal over three days with hundreds of happy Donegal people including Irish dancers, Zumba dancers, hairdressers, dancing butchers, a dancing camel and a goose!

Cameraman Shane Wallace of Wallace Media who shot the film, said “We understand that Pharrell Williams will be chatting to Oprah about his hit song and videos from around the world have been chosen to feature as part of a video on the show.” The Donegal is Happy is one of the videos which will be shown. It’s a great coup for Donegal and perfect for this year’s Wild Atlantic Way promotion.

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Out & About Newbridge Style Icons Newbridge Silverware is renowned for style and quality and their jewelry has been worn by some of the world’s most beautiful women including our own Amy Huberman, “Amy is a true style icon, an accomplished, beautiful woman and brings with her to Newbridge Silverware, an attitude of elegance, style and timeless beauty. She embodies the modern effortless style and timeless elegance of Newbridge Silverware.” If you visit the Dublin area it is well worth taking a short side trip to the village of Newbridge where you can take in some shopping and visit the Newbrige Silverware Museum of Style Icons – a free to enter exhibition. There are numerous collections and artefacts relating to stars of the silver screen and many modern day artists including Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Princess Grace, Princess Diana, Michael Jackson, Michael Flatley, the Beatles and many more. Rated as one of the top 5 free tourist attractions in Ireland, it’s a great day out and you can pick up some gifts while you’re there. www.newbridgesilverware.com

Picture Perfect If a picture paints a thousand words then German photographer Stefan Schnebelt is a true artist. Stefan’s photographs of Ireland reflect his love of his adopted second home. His images capture the true Spirit of Ireland and we are delighted to feature Stefan’s work extensively in every issue of Spirit of Ireland magazine. The Wild Atlantic Way is something close to Stefan’s heart and he is launching a dedicated website which features stunning photography tracing the entire route of The Atlantic Way. A book is due for launch later in the year – an ideal perfect present or coffee table read. Stefan also produces a stunning Ireland calendar each year that can be bought online from his site and you can select from a beautiful range of e-cards for that little reminder of home next time you want to send someone home thoughts from abroad. www.stefanschnebelt.com www.thewildatlanticway.com

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The Irish Coin Collection by Solvar

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here’s much to love about Ireland; its richness of history and diversity of culture. Taking inspiration from this Award winning Irish company Solvar has created individually crafted Celtic jewelry as a reminder of a visit to Irish shores or of a person’s Irish heritage. Solvar are delighted to introduce the launch of their new Irish Coin Collection. The concept is based around an interchangeable coin pendant, which is the latest trend to hit the jewelry market. The pendant is fun, elegant and gives the wearer lots of different ways to wear their pendant. The Irish Coin Collection Rhodium Pendant features a 28 inch chain and coin holder. There are 13 coins to choose from, created in Silver & Rose Gold tone. All of the coins in the collection celebrate Ireland’s Heritage and Solvar have selected our most loved symbols – The Claddagh, The Celtic Knot, The Celtic Cross, The Shamrock and The Tree of Life. The two sided coins feature a much loved symbol on the front and an inspiring message on the reverse. Coins can be bought separately to allow the wearer change the look of their pendant as and when they choose.

Solvar is a family owned Irish company with a history and tradition going back over 65 years. Jewelry is crafted in the finest detail to the highest standard, using centuries old craftsmanship skills. The company were delighted to be named ‘Supplier of the Year’ at the North American Celtic Trade Association awards, January 2014. Contact To view Solvar’s full collection & find your local stockist visit www.solvar.ie

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eaving in Ireland dates back to about 1600BC, as pottery from that period shows signs of woven material in which the clay was placed before firing. A fragment of cloth in the National Museum found in a bog in County Antrim dates back to at least 700BC. Stone spinning whorls have been recovered from many excavations such as crannogs or lake dwellings of the first and second centuries and fragments of woven fabric and weaving tools have been found in the excavations of Viking and Medieval Dublin. So important were the skills of spinning and weaving in early Ireland that the Brehon Laws, written about 600-800 A.D., lay down as part of a wife’s entitlement in case of divorce, that she should keep her spindles, wool bags, weaver’s reeds and a share of the yarn she had spun and the cloth she had woven! During the famine years, the tradition of hand-weaver almost disappeared, however in the late nineteenth century the Congested Districts Board and the Irish Industries Association helped to get the craft back on its feet. By the twentieth century there were power mills, handweaving mills and individual weavers operating all over the country. It is a real privilege to visit a working mill employing the skills and techniques of the past particularly in a traditional environment. It is fascinating to watch craft workers going about their business as they may have done hundreds of years ago so a visit to experience this for yourself is a must on the Kerry trail. In the heart of Kerry’s national park the delights of Muckross House await – a nineteenth century Victorian mansion close to the shores of Muckross Lake and famed world-wide for the splendour and beauty of a unique setting. Muckross House is now run by a trust as a voluntary and not-for-profit organisation. Its mission statement is to act as guardians of the heritage of Muckross House and of the traditional farms in their setting within the history and folk-life of Kerry. The house is a fine example of the life of the nineteenth century landowner and there are working farms and a thriving craft industry operating onsite.

One of the many craft experiences here are Mucros Weavers who produce quality woven accessories under the expert eye of master weaver John Cahill. An extensive range of colourful scarves, stoles, capes and rugs are produced from materials such as wool, mohair and alpaca. There is also a headwear and bag collection in beautiful textiles that will stand the test of time and add elegance to any outfit. Woven into the fabric of a local

community quality Irish weaving is more far reaching than traditional craftspeople could ever have imagined. From humble beginnings Mucros Weavers has grown to supply stores world-wide in countries including the USA, Canada, France, Germany and Japan. Contact Come and discover the rich tapestry of Irish handweaving for yourself at www.muckross-house.ie

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Belleek, Classic and Timeless

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ith a 157 year heritage of innovation and craftsmanship, the Belleek Group has remained relevant by putting product development into high gear. The historic pottery is creating tried, true, fresh and new fine quality, hand-crafted gifts, dinnerware and home décor that are a perfect fit for traditional or contemporary homes as well as holiday and special occasion gifts. Both Belleek and Galway have accelerated investments in the design and development of many excellent new products, new product categories and a new sale price collection called ‘Lucky Finds’ that gives retail partners compelling promotions. All this, while staying true to founding principles – a formula that is working very well in both Europe and America. Belleek Tableware includes an extensive range of dinnerware inspired by Irish themes such as rustic knitting patterns found in ‘Galway Weave’ and the iconic Belleek basket-weave with hand-painted shamrocks found in ‘Shamrock Tableware’. Both patterns are beautifully crafted and functional for everyday use. This year, Belleek have introduced kitchenware. Oversized salt & pepper, mixing bowls and a spoon rests bring functional Belleek into the vibrant food preparation market. The new ‘Lucky Finds’ category comprises gifts at very sharp sale retails. Retailers stack these out on feature display tables to drive unit sales throughout the year. For example sets of 2 Claddagh Mugs and new Celtic Mugs, gift-boxed for RRP $19.95, have broken sales records! Belleek Living combines contemporary shapes and unique design 132

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elements, such as stylized applied flowers for 21st century homes. The ‘Rose’ and the new ‘Butterfly Meadow’ collections, for example, appeal to younger couples looking to accent their new homes. Extensive introductions of classic Belleek include many new designs into the world famous hand-crafted Belleek Baskets such as the new Rose Bud Leaf Basket and Flat-Rod Basket range with suggested retails under $100. Each year Belleek add new collections in Christmas decorations. This year, over two dozen new ornaments with unique themes and suggested retails starting at $18 are available. Galway Crystal has introduced six new collections of gifts, home décor and

drinkware at very compelling sale retails. Maintaining fine quality, Europeancrafted, full lead crystal standards that consumers expect from Galway but adding an important new price level to compliment the more traditional Longford and Mystique patterns keeps the range varied yet competitive. The Belleek Group commitment to expand lines, with diverse designs and compelling price points, allows valued retail partners to enhance their Belleek Group offerings in a way which will engage both existing and new customers. Contact Toll Free: 1.855.212.0547. Email: SalesNA@Belleek.ie


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e all have our favourite store. It might be that we love the product range; maybe the location is outstanding or maybe the price is always right. Whatever the reason you love one place over the next, it’s more than just going shopping, it’s about how much you enjoy the overall experience.

When you step across the threshold of your local Irish store you get all of this and more. Leave the busy world behind and step into an immersive Celtic experience. Specialty Irish stores offer a warm Irish welcome; a cup of tea; a chat about the old country; advice on your upcoming vacation or even a ‘wee dram’ at a whiskey tasting.

Each issue we drop in on a few of these special stores and hear about the very special people behind them. You should drop in too, for a little piece of Ireland and a very large céad míle fáilte.

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Celtic Seasons Grand Haven, MI

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ileen Boyle Chlebana, owner of Celtic Seasons says she was inspired to open her shop when her daughter Molly began competing at Feis and performing at local festivals. “After attending the first Muskegon Irish Festival, I knew the time had come to integrate my Irish Heritage with the retail world” says Eileen. Eileen has taken a unique approach to the Celtic market by operating a seasonal shop on the shores of Lake Michigan in Grand Haven-- also known as ‘Coast Guard City, USA’. Additionally, she operates a retail cart at the Portage Crossroads Mall during the Christmas season and is on the road selling her wares on the Midwest Feis and Festival circuit. “My parents, James and Eileen Boyle had made the difficult decision to immigrate to the United States with their five children in 1958. The Irish Economy was in a terrible way and my aunt offered to sponsor the family to come to Alma, Michigan. I was born in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, my father’s home county. My mother was from the Village of Louth. My grandparents received

medals from the Irish Government for their active roles in the fight for Independence” explains Eileen. In the true essence of the Irish charitable spirit, giving back to the community has been a gratifying part of Eileen’s business. Community involvement has included: • Orchestrating an annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner at her community’s homeless shelter • Along with the Quinn School of Irish Dance, created the Hooley for Healing; a St. Patrick’s Day event to raise money for local family’s dealing with cancer • Working with Kalamazoo Irish Club, Eileen runs the Cultural Tent for the Annual Kalamazoo Irish Festival. • In January, together with her brother Tony, Eileen does an Irish culture presentation for Western Michigan University Students going abroad to study the Irish Healthcare System. Eileen wants to welcome everybody to her store; she says “If you find yourself in Michigan, stop by for the craic!”

“This family photo was taken at Dublin Airport just before we got on the plane bound for America. It was March 28, 1958. I’m the little girl in the front. The four young fellas are my brothers, Thomas, Tony, Noel and Gerard. My father is behind me and my mother hiding behind him. The rest of the group is family seeing us off. My mother was pregnant but didn’t tell anyone because she wanted to immigrate”. Eileen Boyle Chlebana

Contact Celtic Seasons, Grand Haven, MI. Tel: 269-352-0376

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Store Stories Ballyhugh Irish Imports Ballyhugh Irish Imports was established in 1983 by owner Clare McHugh. The name literally means “place of Hugh”. Clare was always interested in her Irish roots that go back to her grandparents who hailed from Co. Tyrone. Her husband Frank’s grandparents emigrated from County Galway and County Tyrone. In 1983 with the youngest of her seven children in high school, Clare needed a new challenge. She saw her dream come true and opened her doors on November 1, which is also the first day of the Celtic New Year. Over the years, Clare and Frank visited Ireland and scoured the country for high quality hand-crafted items to sell in her shop. Sadly Clare passed away in September of last year. Her daughter Fran, who has worked in the shop for ten years, is carrying on the tradition traveling to Ireland regularly to find the new and interesting products for which Ballyhugh has become known. Ballyhugh carries quality brands of knitwear, crystal, china, giftware and clothing and boasts an impressive selection of Irish and Celtic jewelry. In 2007, the shop underwent a major renovation, yet managed to keep its warmth and charm. “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!” Ballyhugh Irish Imports, 235 S White Horse Pike, Audubon, NJ 08106, 856-546-0946

Bridget’s - An Irish Tradition In New England, the name Bridget’s has become synonymous with the finest quality imports from Ireland, whether in reference to the Irish import shop, Bridget’s - An Irish Tradition, or its dynamic owner, Bridget Daly. Bridget has been an importer and retailer of exquisite Irish imports for more than forty years and she founded her most recent retail business in 1987 with her daughter, Lorraine. A native of the bustling town of

Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland, Bridget began her business when as a recreational knitter, she found herself constantly fielding questions about the Aran sweaters she was creating as gifts for family and friends. With a long family history of entrepreneurship, it was a natural progression for Bridget to begin supplying these beautiful garments to an ever-growing following of customers by importing directly from the knitters in Ireland and selling in a retail setting. Over the decades her expertise and connections led to the expansion of product lines and services and in 2011, Bridget settled into a lovely shop in her new hometown of Norton, Massachusetts. This busy mother and grandmother translates her passion for all things Irish into Bridget’s - An Irish Tradition, a lively center of activity that beautifully weaves together the threads of family, community and the

best of Celtic culture! Bridget’s - An Irish Tradition, www.bridgetsirish.com

Bridget Daly in her store, Bridgets An Irish Tradition

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Lynn Thorn out side her store Celtic Shop of Dunedin

Celtic Shop of Dunedin After living in the UK for 13 years, Lynn Thorn, the owner of the Celtic Shop of Dunedin, made a quick visit to Dunedin, Florida and fell in love with the town. Lynn is celebrating her 5th anniversary this year and feels like she has found her paradise. Dunedin has a strong Scottish history (the name Dunedin means ‘Old Edinburgh’) and is twinned with Stirling, Scotland. The high school and middle school have large pipe & drum bands; the city pipe & drum band is competing in the World Championship competition in Scotland; every year the Military Tattoo, the Highland Games & the Celtic Festival are held in town. The Celtic Shop of Dunedin has high quality products from Scotland, Ireland, Wales & Cornwall including highland wear, crystal, jewelry, baby wear, bridal items, clothing & food. Dunedin has a great local & tourist trade and won The Walking Magazine’s ranking of “Best Walking Town in America”. Lynn welcomes everyone to her little piece of Celtic paradise. Celtic Shop of Dunedin, Dunedin, FL. www.celticshopdunedin.com

Celtic Stag Celtic Stag is a Celtic themed gift and aromatherapy boutique located in the elegant lobby of the Embassy Suites Hotel at 319 SW Pine St in beautiful downtown Portland, OR. Celtic Stag features fine Celtic merchandise from well-known companies such as Belleek, Galway, Guinness, Mullingar, and Patrick Francis. Many of these products are found nowhere else in Portland! Also featured are fine jewelry from Scottish artist Keith Jack, Ogham prints from Ethel Kelly and gifts from Welsh designer Jen Delyth. And of course, Celtic Stag features the unique, delightful and Celtic-inspired aromatherapy blends from Chad O’Lynn in lotions, soaps and massage oils. The blends are designed to promote wellness and positive life for both men and women in easy-touse daily products. Celtic Stag invites you to explore the wellness and store

information on the company’s blog. Better yet, come visit the boutique at the Embassy Suites to see what’s new! Celtic Stag, Portland, OR Tel: 971269-9055 www.celticstag.com

Chad and Doug in their store, Celtic Stag

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Sheehan’s Irish Imports 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 fully fledged business undertaking. Sheehan’s 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!” Sheehan’s Irish Imports, Kansas City, MO www.sheehansirish.com

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Heartland Gallery Heartland Gallery, an Irish and Celticinspired art and craft gallery, features everything from original paintings, art prints and photography to ceramics, wood, glass, metal and textiles. Owner Jan Chandler recently opened spaces in two new locations after closing its doors in downtown Urbana last year. As well as a collection of art and fine crafts from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany and parts of Canada and the U.S., each location also features an assortment of jewelry. Jan is a member of The North American Celtic Trade Association and has strong connections with The Crafts Council of Ireland. She travels regularly to both Ireland and Scotland to find new artistic treasures to share with the local community. She says that one need not have a Celtic heritage though to appreciate the beauty and the quality of craftsmanship found in the items she purchases and sells. Heartland Gallery, Champaign & Tuscola, IL www.Heartland-Gallery.com

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The Cross and Shamrock 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, Ann and Len have been serving the people of central New Jersey for almost 30 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”. The Cross & Shamrock Hamilton Square, NJ www.crossandshamrock.com

Things Celtic 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! Things Celtic, Austin, TX, www.thingsceltic.com

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estled on Main Street in historic Weston Missouri outside Kansas City, the Celtic Ranch is a special kind of store. Here you can find a collection of treasures inspired by Ireland’s cultural and spiritual ancestors, the Celts. The motto at Celtic Ranch is “If you feed your spirit, things around you will grow” and in-keeping with this ethos the store is lined with trees along the ceiling and its very own forest. “The Forest” is accessed by bridge from the main store to a whimsical place where fairies and leprechauns mingle with wood and pottery items for sale together with beautiful gifts for kids. Sounds of the forest abound with crickets, bird chirping and the rustle of trees – you really feel like you are in the real thing! What’s more, most Saturdays the store mascot, ‘HalfPint McGee’ comes to visit. Half-Pint McGee is a 28” tall miniature horse 146

who even has his own Facebook page. Store owner Terry says “It took forever for those tiny hooves to learn to type but he is actually quite politically and socially minded!” Terry’s love of her ancestry and of nature is clear to see in this little piece of Ireland. She explains, “We’re small and dedicated. We have a unique and eclectic take on Celtic and we want the store to reflect that”. She continues, “My background with a passionately Irish mother and a father who loved horses made it easy for me to tap into the equestrian culture of Ireland. If you look at a Ralph Lauren or an Eddie Bauer collection, the inspiration is often from things you find handmade in Ireland. So we promote the intrinsically equestrian nature of Ireland and our customers love it. Celtic Ranch stocks beautiful textiles from Branigan Weavers, Mucros Weavers, Lee Valley and Hanly

scarves. “We sell beautiful textiles that most horse people love, especially Irish horse lovers. We added the Dubarry of Ireland range last year and it has a great synergy with our Irish made products”. Terry’s love of all things Celtic carries through to the selection of Jewelry, fine clothing and giftware in her store offering an earthy, rugged, primal take on Celtic origins. They even have their own line of Jewelry, Primitiv Celt which currently retails in 12 stores and in two catalogues. Jennye Rose, the store manager is an artist at heart and creates some truly unique designs which the store proudly boasts. Location is Everything Weston Missouri, the Celtic Ranch’s hometown, has much to offer including a distillery and the fantastic O’Malley’s Irish Pub, the oldest pub west of the Hudson River and 4 storeys


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underground. It has a micro-brew, Weston Brewing Company with great beers such as the Irish Creme Ale and the Leaping Leprechaun. So last year when the Celtic Ranch got its liquor license and began promoting a full selection of Irish Whiskeys, it was a natural fit. The store has monthly sit-down Irish whiskey tastings. Customers can purchase a sample shot of any of the whiskeys every day. As if that wasn’t enough, Terry is the designer, promoter and wholesaler of the non-traditional, non-tartan line of kilts, Kiltman Kilts. She explains that the kilts sell well in the Celtic Ranch and mingle perfectly with the grandfather shirts, Irish made sweaters, Hanna Hats and Guinness wear for men. “There are very few shops that cater well-made & unusual clothing for men. And having the whiskey in the store doesn’t hurt either” Terry laughs.

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ALASKA Celtic Treasures 4240 Old Seward Hwy #2, Anchorage, AK 99503 Tel: 907-333-2358 Website: www.celtictreasuresak.com Contact: Lisa Caress-Beu ARIZONA Flanagan’s Celtic Corner 2719 E. Broadway Blvd,Tucson, AZ 85716 Tel: 520-623-9922 Website: www.flanaganscelticcorner.com Contact: John Flanagan & Cathy Devine CALIFORNIA Celtic Shoppe 354 East Campbell Avenue, Campbell, CA 95008 Tel: 408-379-7474 Website: www.celticshoppe.com Contact: Cathy Cavagnaro Claddagh Gifts 219 East Blithedale Ave, Suite 2, Mill Valley, CA 94941 Tel: 415-388-2625 Email: claddaghgifts@comcast.net Contact: Mary Ann King Irish Castle Shop 537 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102 Tel: 415-474-7432 Website: www.irishcastle.com Contact: Orla O’Malley Daly Irish Eyes 101 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672 Tel: 949-498-3003 Website: www.irisheyesmystic.com Contact: Donna Gorman O’Ireland 575 Grand Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92008 Tel: 760-720-1500 Email: oirelandca@aol.com Contact: Tony Cross Shamrock Imports 12514 1/2 Magnolia Blvd.,Valley Village, CA 91607 Tel: 818-505-9221 Email: shamrock.imports@gmail.com Website: www.shamrock-imports.com Contact: Megan Kennedy COLORADO The Emporium 1620 Miner Street, P.O. Box 331,Idaho Springs, CO 80452 Tel: 303-567-1151 Email: emporiumcolorado@yahoo.com Contact: Mary Ann Dalpes Kerreen O’Connor’s Irish Shop 2595 West Alamo Avenue, Littleton, CO 80120 Tel: 303-794-6388 Website: www.kerreen.com Contact: Heather Benedict

Margaret McLemore of Irish Traditions in Annapolis, MD met with potter Colm DeRis and his dad at his workshop in Dublin. CONNECTICUT Irish Eyes 8A Olde Mistick Village, 27 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic, CT 06355 Tel: 860-536-9960 Website: www.irisheyesmystic.com Contact: Donna Gorman O’Reilly’s Irish Gifts 248 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032 Tel: 860-677-6958 Website: www.gotirish.com Contact: Sergio & Luana Berardelli DELAWARE Fenwick Float’ors 35034 Buoy Blvd, Selbyville, DE 19975 Tel: 302-436-5953 Website: www.fenwickfloators.com Contact: Tina & Hugh McBride FLORIDA Celtic Shop of Dunedin 354 Main Street, Dunedin, FL 34698 Tel: 727-733-2200 Website: www.celticshopdundedin.com Contact: Lynn Thorn

The Irish Shop 818 East New Haven Ave, Melbourne, FL 32901 Tel: 321-723-0122 Website: www.the-irish-shop.com Contact: Jaqueline De Poli Irish Treasures 923 Azalea Lane,Vero Beach, FL 32963 Tel: 772-492-0523 Website: www.shopirishtreasures.com Contact: Betty & Noel Cochrane IDAHO All Things Irish 315 E Sherman Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814 Tel: 208-667-0131 Website: www.all-thingsirish.com Contact: Ilene Moss The Kilted Viking 1261 North Main, Pocatello, ID 83204 Tel: 208-380-0218 Email: thekiltedvikingshop@gmail.com Contact: John Bybee ILLINOIS Celtic Home & Hearth 5604 Broadway, Richmond, IL 60071 Tel: 815-678-4774 Email: schmidtnorma@rocketmail.com Contact: Norma Schmidt


Coram Deo Books 3269 N. Reed Station Rd, DeSoto, IL 62924 Tel: 618-549-7172 Website: www.coramdeobooks.com Contact: Mark & Jane Aiken Coveny Lane 7223 W. Madison St, Forest Park, IL 60130 Tel: 708-442-4387 Website: www.covenylane.com Contact: Margo Coveny Rodriguez Gaelic Imports 6346 West Gunnison, Chicago, IL 60630 Tel: 773-792-1905 Website: www.gaelicimportschicago.com Contact: Mary Ann Jones & Suzanne Dunne Harp & Thistle Imports 4605 N Prospect Rd, Peoria Heights, IL 61616 Tel: 309-688-5668 Website: www.harpandthistleimports.com Contact: Betty Flanagan Rohman Heartland Gallery The Vault Arts Collective, 100 N. Main St, Tuscola, IL 61953 Tel: 217-377-4502 Website: www.heartland-gallery.com Contact: Jan Chandler The Irish Boutique 6606 Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake Plaza, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 Tel: 815-459-1800 Website: www.irishboutique.com Contact: Patrick Barry The Irish Boutique 434 Coffin Road, Long Grove, IL 60074 Tel: 847-634-3540 Website: www.irishboutique.com Contact: Patrick Barry Irish Connoisseur 1232 Waukegan Rd, Glenview, IL 60025 Tel: 847-998-1988 Website: www.irishirish.com Contact: Megan Quinlisk Van Treek Irish Imports Teahans 600 East Grand Avenue,Navy Pier,Chicago,IL 60611 Tel: 312-595-5504 Website: www.irishimportschicago.com Contact: Mary Rose Teahan The Irish Shop 100 N Oakpark Ave, Oak Park, IL 60301 Tel: 708-445-1149 Website: www.theirishshopoakpark.com Contact: Jim & Anne August Irish Sisters Imports 312 South Third St, Geneva, IL 60134 Tel: 630-208-9300 Website: www.irishsisters.com Contact: Peggy Smith Paddy’s On The Square 228 Robert Parker Coffin Road, Long Grove, IL 60047 Tel: 847-634-0339 Website: www.irishboutique.com Contact: John Barry

Hughie McBride of Fenwick Float’Ors, DE and Carol Doherty of CIE Tours enjoying themselves in Ireland – the Isle of Inisfree! South Side Irish Imports 3446 W. 111th St., Chicago, IL 60655 Tel: 773-881-8585 Email: irish3446@gmail.com Contact: Linda & Ron Gorman South Side Irish Imports 7725 W 159th Street,Tinley Park, IL 60477 Tel: 773-881-8585 Email: irish3446@gmail.com Contact: Linda & Ron Gorman

KENTUCKY Celtic Trends 140 E Main St., PO Box 4201 Midway, KY 40347 Tel: 859-846-4966 Website: www.celtictrends.com Contact: Clare McCarthy

INDIANA

Failte Irish Import Shop 113 South Upper Street, Lexington, KY 40507 Tel: 859-381-1498 Website: www.failteimports.com Contact: Liza Hendley

Irish on the Square 102 South Main St., Crown Point, IN 46307 Tel: (219) 662-7200 Website: www.irishonthesquare.com Contact: Peter & Jennifer Townsend

Irish Sea Celtic Shop 333 W. Broadway Street, Frankfort, KY 40601-1939 Tel: 502-223-9946 Website: www.IrishSeaCeltic.com Contact: Bill Leroy

IOWA

Molly’s Celtic Center 931 Baxter Avenue, Louisville, KY 40204 Tel: 502-459-9888 Email: celticcenter@bellsouth.net Contact: Sandy Nedrow

A Celtic Tradition 7672 Hickman Road,Windsor Heights, IA 50324 Tel: 515-278-8302 Website: www.2celts.com Contact: Garry & Kris Knapp

MAINE

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

Linda Clifford Scottish & Irish Merchant 91 Main Street, PO Box 27, Bethel, ME 04217 Tel: 207-824-6560 Website: www.lindaclifford.com Contact: Linda Clifford

St Pat’s Association Irish Gift Shop 1001 South Broadway, Emmetsburg, IA 50536 Tel: 712-852-4326 Website: www.emmetsburgirishgifts.com Contact: Billie Jo Hoffman

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

Irish Crystal Company 7108 W. 135th Street, Overland Park, KS 66223 Tel: 913-341-4438 Website: www.irishcrystal.com Contact: Michelle Nestel

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

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County Emmet Celtic Shop 221 E. Lake St, Petoskey, MI 49770 Tel: 231-753-2027 Website: www.countyemmet.com Contact: Ed & Linda Karmann The Jaunting Cart 7429 Market Street, Mackinac Island, MI 49757 Tel: 906-430-7226 Website: www.thejauntingcart.com Contact: Patrick McManus Sullivan’s Irish Alley Inc 104 East Main Street, Flushing, MI 48433 Tel: 810-487-2473 Website: www.SullivansIrishAlley.com Contact: Caron & Ed Sullivan The Twisted Shamrock 276 W. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale, MI 48220 Tel: 248-544-4170 Website:thetwistedshamrock.com Contact: Jim Monahan & Kathy Sladick Happy Irish shop owners enjoyed a trip to Ireland in November 2013. Sunshine all the way!

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MINNESOTA

Bridget’s - An Irish Tradition 88 West Main Street, Norton, MA 02766 Tel: 508-285-9700 Website: www.bridgetsirish.com Contact: Bridget Daly

Irish On Grand 1124 Grand Avenue, St Paul, MN 55105 Tel: 651-222-5151 Website: www.irishongrand.com Contact: Maeve O’Mara & Liam O’Neill

Irish Specialty Shoppe Inc 158 President Avenue, Fall River, MA 027202638 Tel: 508-678-4096 Website: www.irishspecialtyshoppe.com Contact: Joseph Reilly

MISSOURI

The Tinker’s Cart 54 High Street, Clinton, MA 01510 Tel: 978-365-4334 Website: www.tinkerscart.com Contact: Cheryl Parabicoli Wexford House Irish Imports 9 Crescent St,West Boylston (Worcester),MA 01583 Tel: 508-835-6677 Website: www.wexfordhouse.com Contact: Kathryn Trow

Brownes Irish Market 3300 Pennsylvania Avenue,Kansas City,MO 64111 Tel: 816-561-0030 Website: www.BrownesIrishMarket.com Contact: Kerry Browne The Celtic Ranch 404 Main Street,Weston, MO 64098 Tel: 816-640-2881 Website: www.celticranch.com Contact: Terry Kast Kerry Cottage 2119 S. Big Bend Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63117 Tel: 314-647-0166 Website: www.kerrycottage.com Contact: Maura Lawlor

MICHIGAN Always Irish 37560 W. 6 Mile Road, Livonia, MI 48152 Tel: 734-462-7200 Email: alwaysirish@aceweb.com Contact: Dean & Judy Valovich The Celtic Path 214 E Main Street, PO Box 123, Hubbardston, MI 48845 Tel: 989-981-6066 Website: www.celticpath.com Contact: Patricia Baese Celtic Seasons 301 N Harbor Drive, Suite B6, Grand Haven, MI Tel: 269.668.8069 Email: eboyle54@gmail.com Contact: Eileen Boyle Chlebana Colleen’s Gaelic Gifts 15373 Farmington Road, Livonia, MI 48154 Tel: 734-513-2107 Email: micdiamond@prodigy.net Contact: Colleen Haggerty

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Sheehan’s Irish Imports 1412 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111 Tel: 816-561-4480 Website: www.sheehansirish.com Contact: Molly Sheehan Corkill & Katy Sheehan Morris Thistle and Clover 407 South Main Street, St. Charles, MO 63301 Tel: 636-946-2449 Website: www.thistleandclover.com Contact: Karen Heitzman & Jim Stack

NEW JERSEY All Irish 401 Lafayette St, PO Box 599, Cape May, NJ 08204 Tel: 609-884-4484 Email: allirishimports@gmail.com Contact: Jeanne & Joe Fahy Ballyhugh Irish Imports 235 White Horse Pike, Audubon, NJ 08106 Tel: 856-546-0946 Email: info@ballyhughshop.com Contact: Frances Siefer Bridget’s Irish Cottage 15 E Broad Street,Westfield, NJ 07090 Website: www.bridgets.com Contact: Bridget Lawn The Cross & Shamrock 1669 Route 33, Hamilton Square, NJ 08690 Tel: 609-586-9696 Website: www.crossandshamrock.com Contact: Ann, Len & Tim Bauersachs Emerald Gifts 137 Parsippany Rd, Parsippany, NJ 07054 Tel: 973-884-3241 Email: edhansberry@ireland.com Contact: Edward Hansberry Faith & Begorra 40 Broadway, Denville, NJ 07834 Tel: 973-625-0070 Website: www.faithandbegorra.com Contact: Susan Banks Ireland Imports 711 Asbury Avenue, Ocean City, NJ 08226 Tel: 609-398-1948 Website: www.irishimportsoc.com Contact: Janet Sellers Irish Centre 1120 Third Ave, Spring Lake, NJ 07762 Tel: 732-449-6650 Website: www.njirish.com Contact: Mary Foley Reilly Irish Pavilion of Stone Harbor 9508 Third Ave, Stone Harbor, NJ 08247 Tel: 609-368-1112 Website: www.irishpavilion.com Contact: Diane Vaughn-Fiocco Kellys A Touch of Ireland 5 South Broadway, Pitman, NJ 08071 Tel: 856-589-4988 Email: kellystouchire@verizon.net Contact: Judy Miller O’Ireland 130 North Broadway, South Amboy, NJ 08879 Tel: 732-525-0515 Website: www.oireland.com Contact: Rosanne Savoi

NEW HAMPSHIRE Baile McBreen Gift Shop 107-C North Main Street,Troy, NH 03465 Tel: 603-242-7707 Email: bailemcbreensgiftshop@myfairpoint.net Contact: Elsie Breen Celtic Crossing 112 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801 Tel: 603-436-0200 Website: www.celticcrossing.com Contact: Debra Codd

O’Ireland 30 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701 Tel: 732-747-4433 Email: oireland@msn.com Contact: Paul Savoi Out of Ireland Store #22, 3 New York Road, Historic Smithville, NJ 08205 Tel: 609-748-6707 Website: www.shopoutofireland.com Contact: Kathleen O’Gara


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Pipeline Celtic Themes 128 Wanaque Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442 Tel: 973-839-4761 Website: www.celticthemesusa.com Contact: Gerald Rooney

McNerney’s Irish Imports 4545 Transit Road,Williamsville, NY 14221 Tel: 716-870-0033 Website: www.mcnerneysirishimports.com Contact: Michael McNerney

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

Molly Malone’s Irish Gifts 295 Canada Street, Lake George, NY 12845 Tel: 518-668-3363 Website: www.mollymalonesirishgifts.com Contact: Bill & Emily Manion

NEW YORK

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

Cashel House 224 Tompkins St, Syracuse, NY 13204 Tel: 315-472-4438 Contact: Mary Jo Coleman Celtic Aer Gift Shop 1451 Strawberry Rd Mohegan Lake, NY 10591 Tel: 914-526-3361 Webite: www.celticaer.com Contact: Ashley Rooney Celtic Treasures 456 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Tel: 518-583-9452 Website: www.celtictreasures.com Contact: Paul O’Donnell

Tipperary Celtic Jeweler – Irish Importer 3956 NY 2 - Brunswick Road,Troy, NY 12180 Tel: 518-279-8272 Website: www.tipperarytrading.com Contact: Tom McGrath Walker Celtic Jewelry 140 Packets Landing, Fairport, NY 14550 Tel: 585-271-4510 Website: www.celtarts.com Contact: Stephan Walker NORTH CAROLINA

The Danu Gallery 39 E. Central Avenue, Pearl River, NY 10965 Tel: 845-735-4477 Website: www.thedanugallery.com Contact: Isabel & Audrey Haley Irish American Heritage Museum 370 Broadway, Albany, NY 12204 Tel: 518-432-6598 Website: www.irishamericanheritagemuseum.org Contact: Jeffrey Cleary Irish Crossroads 18 Main Street, Sayville, NY 11782 Tel: 631-569-5464 Website: www.irishcrossroadsonline.com Contact: Kathleen Quinn Irish Import Shop 2590 Ridge Road West, Suite 20, Rochester, NY 14626 Tel: 585-225-1050 Email: rochesterirish@yahoo.com Contact: Patricia Lloyd The Irish Store 5 Jordan Road, Skaneateles, NY 13152 Tel: 315-685-6230 Website: www.theirishstoreinc.com Contact: Roy Floyd Lennon’s Irish Shop 164 Jay Street, Schenectady, NY 12305 Tel: 518-377-0064 Website: www.lennonsirishshop.com Contact: Dale & Mary Ann May Little Shop of Shamrocks 173 Islip Avenue, Islip, NY 11751 Tel: 631-224-4311 Website: www.littleshopofshamrocks.com Contact: Linda Low Manor Irish Gifts 70 Covert Avenue, Stewart Manor, NY 11530 Tel: 516-328-8975 Email: richieoshea@optonline.net Contact: Richie O’Shea

The Irish Pirate Trading Co. 8700 Emerald Drive,#22B,Emerald Isle,NC 28594 Tel: 252-354-1227 Website: www.theirishpiratetradingco.com Contact: Tammy Lyons Sinead’s Cottage 2038 Carolina Beach Road,Wilmington,NC 28401 Tel: 910-763-7056 Website: www.sineadscottage.com Contact: Sinead Derasmo & Cathy Lynch OHIO Casey’s Irish Imports Inc 19626 Center Ridge Rd, Rocky River, OH 44116 Tel: 440-333-8383 Website: www.caseysirishimports.com Contact: Veronica Casey, Kathleen Casey Proctor & Maureen Casey Brubaker

Celtic Stag 319 SW Pine Street, Portland, OR 97204 Tel: 971-269-9055 Website: www.celticstag.com Contact: Chad O‘Lynn & Doug Deane PENNSYLVANIA A Lit’le Irish Too 9 Chambersburg Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325 Tel: 717-334-6609 Website: www.alittleirishtoo.com Contact: Tory Warren Celt-Iberia Traders 52 South Main Street, New Hope, PA 18938 Tel: 215-862-4922 Website: www.celtiberiatraders.com Contact: Michael Burns & Richard Cordover The Celtic Cross 729 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228 Tel: 412-306-1890 Website: www.celticcross1.com Contact: Tom Macik Celtic Culture 137 East Main Street, Ligonier, PA 15658 Tel: 724-238-2420 Website: www.celticcultureonline.com Contact: Andrew Carr

Gaelic Imports 5633 Pearl Road, Parma, OH 44129 Tel: 440-845-0100 Website: www.gaelicimports.com Contact: Sue & Jim Henderson

The Celtic Rose Peddlers Village Courtyard, Store 14, Lahaska, PA 18931 Tel: 215-794-5882 Website: www.thecelticrose.com Contact: Marilyn Mellon

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

Donegal Square 534 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018 Tel: 610-866-3244 Website: www.donegal.com Contact: Neville Gardner

Irish Crossroads & Gift Shop 38015 Euclid Avenue,Willoughby, OH 44094 Tel: 440-954-9032 Website: www.irishcrossroadsohio.com Contact: Michelle Morgan

Giggles Gifts 7400 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19136 Tel: 215-624-8311 Website: www.gigglesgifts.com Contact: Rosemary Veneziale

OREGON

Irish Design Center 303 South Craig St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Tel: 412-682-6125 Website: www.irishdesigncenter.com Contact: Paul Carey

Bridie’s Irish Faire 715 NW 3rd St. (Nye Beach), Newport, OR 97365 Tel: 541-574-9366 Website: www.bridiesirishfaire.com Contact: Susan Spencer

Steve & Barb Hand of Legends of the Celts, WI on the River Liffey Cruise in Dublin

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Store Directory Oxford Hall Celtic Shoppe 233 Bridge St, New Cumberland, PA 17070 Tel: 717-774-8789 Website: www.oxfordhall.com Contact: Cindy & Steve Washburn St Brendan’s Crossing Shops at Station Square, 125 West Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 Tel: 412-471-0700 Website: www.stbrendanscrossing.com Contact: Eileen & Elaine Manning Thistle and Pine 7570 Rt 119 Hwy N., Marion Center, PA 15759 Tel: 724-397-2442 Website: www.thistleandpine.com Contact: Teresa Perry Tipperary West Irish Imports 3026 Cherry St, Erie, PA 16508 Tel: 814-459-5797 Website: www.tipperarywest.com Contact: Jeff Hardner Tullycross 110 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 Tel: 215-925-1995 Website: www.tullycross.com Contact: Meg Turner USA Kilts 3389 Schuylkill Road (Rt. 724), Spring City, PA 19475 Tel: 610-948-4110 Email: rocky@usakilts.com Website: www.usakilts.com Contact: Rocky Roeger SOUTH DAKOTA The Celtic Shop 136B Sherman Street, Deadwood, SD 57732 Tel: 605-751-2358 Website: www.thecelticshop.net Contact: Charlie Weir & Rose McCarty TENNESSEE The Celtic Cup Coffee House 106 North Anderson Street,Tullahoma,TN 37388 Tel: 931-563-7733 Website: www.thecelticcup.com Contact: Denise& Huland Smith Celtic Heritage 634 Parkway,The Village #26, Gatlinburg,TN 37738 Tel: 865-436-2588 Website: www.celticheritage.net Contact: Jeff Stuber TEXAS Things Celtic 1806 West 35th St, Austin,TX 78703 Tel: 512-472-2358 Website: www.things-celtic.com Contact: Lanora Davidson

MEMBERS OF NACTA – THE NORTH AMERICAN CELTIC TRADE ASSOCIATION

VIRGINIA

WISCONSIN

Celtic 2 411 1/2 Ridgeway Street, Clifton Forge,VA 24422 Tel: 540-862-0499 Website: www.celtictides.com Contact: Mary Jo & John Morman

Legends of the Celts 10556 Main Street, Hayward,WI 54843 Tel: 715-634-0901 Website: www.legendsofthecelts.com Contact: Steve & Barbara Hand

Celtic Tides 19 W Nelson St, Lexington,VA 24450 Tel: 540-464-6545 Website: www.celtictides.com Contact: Mary Jo & John Morman

O’Meara’s Irish House 3970 State Highway 42, Fish Creek,WI 54212 Tel: 920-868-3528 Website: www.omearasirish.com Contact: Megan O’Meara

The Irish Collection / Clifton Gallery 125 Mill Street, PO Box 759, Occoquan,VA 22125 Tel: 703- 492-9383 Website: www.irishco.com Contact: Ellen Jones

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

Irish Eyes of Virginia 725 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg,VA 22401 Tel: 540-373-0703 Website: www.irisheyesofva.com Contact: Mike & Bernadette Esler

CANADA

The Irish Walk 415 King St, Alexandria,VA 22314 Tel: 703-548-0118 Website: www.irishwalk.com Contact: Patty Theobald Pixie Treasures Celtic Shoppe Lynnhaven Mall, 701 Lynnhaven Parkway, SPC F04,Virginia Beach,VA 23452 Tel: 757-961-7494 Website: www.pixietreasures.com Contact: Jeanne & Bob Rider The Scoti 35 Main Street,Warrenton,VA 20186 Tel: 540-351-0309 Website: www.thescoti.com 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: www.galwaybayirishpub.com Contact: William Gibbons Galway Traders 7518 15th Avenue NW, Seattle,WA 98117 Tel: 206-784-9343 Website: www.galwaytraders.com Contact: Eveline Murray

UTAH

The Harp & Shamrock 2704 North Proctor,Tacoma,WA 98407 Tel: 253-752-5012 Email: jjoy@harbornet.com Contact: Janet Joy

Gypsy Moon Emporium 1011 East 900 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84105 Tel: 801-521-9100 Website: www.gypsymoonemporium.com Contact: R. Rauni

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

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A Bit of Home C10 - 925 Rathburn Road East, Mississauga, Ontario, L4W 4C3 Tel: 905-804-1731 Website: www.abitofhome.ca Contact: Henry & Geraldine Porsch Celtic Creations 208-123 Carrie Cates Ct, Lonsdale Quay Market, North Vancouver, British Columbia,V7M 3K7 Tel: 604-903-8704 Website: www.celticcreations.net Contact: Helen Richie Clans, Celts & Clover 1-1005 Broadway Avenue, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7N 1C1 Tel: 306-382-4443 Website: www.clansceltsandclover.com Contact: Ann Lepage Out of Ireland Irish Importers 1000 Government Street,Victoria, British Columbia,V8W 1X7 Tel: 250-389-0886 Email: info@outofireland.ca Contact: Theresa Palmer The Plaid Place 1903 Barrington St, Halifax, NS B3J 3L7 Tel: 902-429-6872 Website: www.plaidplace.com Contact: Lisa Risley The Scottish & Irish Store East 1713 St. Laurent Blvd (at Innes), Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 3V4 Tel: 613-739-3393 Website: www.scottishandirishstore.com Contact: Michael Cox The Scottish & Irish Store West 2194 Robertson Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K2H 9J5 Tel: 613-829-2251 Website: www.scottishandirishstore.com Contact: Michael Cox The Scottish Shoppe & A Little Bit of Ireland 1206 - 17 Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta,T2T 0B8 Tel: 403-264-6383 Website: www.scottishshoppe.net Contact: Jim Osborne The Wee Tartan Shop 177 Queen Street, Port Perry, Ontario, L9L 1B8 Tel: 905-985-6573 Website: www.weetartanshop.com


Wild Atlantic Way

The road isn’t going to rise up to meet you all the way over there in America, you know. If you’re looking for one good reason to come home to Ireland this year, we’ll give you a million. That’s the record number of visitors who came from the U.S. during the year of The Gathering. And the wonderful festivals, music and sporting events are still going strong in 2014. So make plans today to visit the friends and family you’ve missed and we’re fairly certain the road will rise up to meet you along the way.

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