Spirit of Ireland Magazine Autumn 2019

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121. DO DUBLIN A charming capital city, Dublin has so much to offer including a culinary extravaganza like no other.

19. GALWAY 2020 The city of gastronomy is ramping up yet again for a year-long celebration.

139. LOVING LOUTH It may be the smallest county in Ireland but the antiquity and beauty of County Louth packs quite a punch.

49. TASTE THE ISLAND The Island of Ireland is setting the table for foodies the world over with an exciting range of food and drink experiences.

87. SUNNY SOUTHEAST An age-old gateway to Ireland, Wexford is steeped in history dating back to the stone age over 6,000 years ago.

101. HERITAGE SITES Dip into the cultural heart of Ireland with its monuments, stately homes and ancient structures.

115. DONEGAL Known as the wild child of Ireland, Donegal is home to some of its most sublime scenery, raw wilderness and endless beaches.

145. HORSES FOR COURSES Discover Ireland on horseback for an entirely different view of the wideopen landscape.

151. MAGIC OF MONAGHAN A border county in the province of Ulster yet part of southern Ireland, Monaghan’s charms cast a slow, undeniable spell.

163. SURF COAST The jagged stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way from Donegal to Sligo is renowned for its surf, so catch a few waves in Yeats county and bask in its beauty.





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177. THE GREAT HUNGER The famine that lasted between 1845 and 1849 was arguably the single greatest disaster that affected Irish history and resounds with us to this day.

205. MARK A SPLASH Remote yet accessible, Ireland’s Islands are little worlds apart that offer unique, day trip experiences.

217. DO DOOLIN Known as the gateway to the Aran Islands, Doolin is a pretty little village with a big heart.

225. NORTHERN LIGHTS The forests, mountains and moorlands around Northern Ireland are now indelibly linked with Game of Thrones.

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es, it rains sometimes but long showers are quite rare. The mild climate makes every season suitable to visit Ireland and a few drops of rain here and there mean you get to discover some fabulous pubs and restaurants until the showers pass. In summer the average daytime temperature inland is 18 degrees so, while summer is best for clement weather, you’ll find an amazing

atmosphere in Ireland during the less crowded seasons of fall and winter as well as more favorable air fares and lower hotel prices. Out of season in Dublin, usually bustling attractions like the Guinness Storehouse and Dublin Castle are a breeze to get around. Hop on the DART (train) and you’re a world away in seaside havens such as Dun Laoghaire and Howth. On the opposite side of the island Galway city brims with creativity and culture with its charming craft shops, ancient 11


city walls and traditional music wafting from old-style pubs. And north of the country Belfast is abuzz with Titanic tales, historical tours and cultural hubs like the MAC (Belfast’s Metropolitan Arts Centre) and the Ulster Museum. The average temperature is a mild 50°F. In fall, (August to October) highest temperatures hit between 64 and 57°F. Winter air temperatures inland normally reach 46°F. The key is to be prepared, so stick to layers, pack a rain jacket and just go with the flow. After all, if you’re caught out in the rain, you can always pop into a toasty pub and soak up the warm welcome while you wait! 12

A WARM IRISH WELCOME While Ireland’s lush scenery and craggy coastline are world renowned, it’s the wit and wisdom of the people that makes a visit to Ireland so special. No matter the season, their hospitality will warm the heart. No matter the time of year, you’re sure to find a warm welcome waiting for you on the island of Ireland. Known as the land of a thousand welcomes, visitors will be familiar with the Irish Céad míle fáilte. What you may not know however, is that hospitality was given great importance in Brehon Law where it was almost illegal not to be hospitable to strangers!


For more than a thousand years Ireland was regulated by the Brehon Laws. The text of these laws, written in the most archaic form of the Gaelic language, dates back to the 7th and 8th centuries. The Brehons (male and female) were wandering lawyers, who traveled from town to town plying their trade. They were required to remembered the laws in poems and had to be able to recite them when needed as well as arbitrate over potential law breaking. Back in the 7th century this was less likely to be what we know now as illegal activity; mostly it related to the more humdrum life of the average peasant and the laws were in many ways a fair system. For example, if a person was stung by one of a beekeeper’s bees, the injured party

was owed a portion of the hive’s honey. Or, if one man’s bull sired a calf on a neighbor’s cow, the neighbor could keep the calf. Another law stated that a layman could drink six pints of ale with his dinner but a monk could take only three – this was to be sure that the monk wouldn’t be intoxicated when prayer-time arrived! And while nowadays February is associated with Valentines, back in the 7th century it was a month when you could walk away and leave your spouse if you so choose. The first day of February was deemed the day that a husband or wife could decide if they no longer wanted to remain married and were entitled to walk away once that decision was made on that specific date. 13


And now to hospitality - under Brehon Law, all households were obliged to provide some measure of oigidecht (hospitality) to travelers, even if unknown, as the root word oigi actually means ‘stranger.’ This hospitality included food, drink, a bed, and entertainment. No prying questions could be asked of the guest, and once hospitality was accepted, the visitor was obliged to refrain from any violence or quarrel in the house. Monetary payment was never expected, but exchanges of traveling tales, poetry, and songs were encouraged. Refusal to offer hospitality was illegal and a fine could be levied on the offending household. 14

HOME OF HOSPITALITY Hospitality was never in short supply when Tourism Ireland invited married couple Fred and Lisa on holiday to Ireland, and asked them to wear a camera connected to a heart-rate monitor. Introducing the world’s first tourism advertisement, rated by the heart! Fred and Lisa, a married couple from Sweden who had never visited Ireland before, were invited to visit some of the island’s most spectacular locations. They wore heart-rate monitors linked to a helmet-mounted camera. Every time their heart rate changed, a wireless computer logged the information.


DELICIOUS DISHES The green pastures, deep valleys and abundant waters surrounding the island have helped create outstanding natural flavors. In Galway’s Michelin-starred Aniar Restaurant, seasonal delights present a feast for the eyes and the stomach. The Strawberry Tree Restaurant in County Wicklow dazzles the taste buds with a daily changing menu of foraged and farm-grown produce. And in Northern Ireland, County Down’s Balloo House offers seasonal dishes like venison liver, with creamy mash, crispy onions, bacon, and red wine jus. Who’s hungry? FABULOUS FESTIVALS In fall, check out the Dublin Theatre Festival, the Belfast International Arts Festival, or the smooth sounds of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. In Dublin, the Bram Stoker Festival celebrates the life of the Dublinborn Dracula author at Halloween. And in Northern Ireland, ghouls and monsters take to the streets of Derry~Londonderry for Derry Halloween. While in winter, Belfast Christmas Market offers a wonderland of tastes and treats and Waterford’s Winterval Festival brings food, crafts, sleigh-rides, and storytelling to this ancient city.

COZY PUBS Feel the infectious rhythm of traditional Irish music at The Celt on Talbot Street in Dublin city. Cozy up to an open fire in the charming Sean’s Bar in Athlone, right in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East. Or soak up the idyllic surroundings of the Crosskeys Inn in County Antrim, one of the oldest thatched pubs in Northern Ireland. In fact, you’ll find great pubs everywhere, from scenic stretches of the Wild Atlantic Way to vibrant cities, and one thing unites them – that sense of community, tradition, and a love of storytelling. IRELAND ON SCREEN In Northern Ireland, you can explore Game of Thrones® Territory and even become a Stark for the day! And offseason travel means less crowds and more secluded Seven Kingdoms hotspots to explore. Check out Winterfell Tours at Castle Ward – the real-life Winterfell. Don your fur cloak, meet the direwolves, and test your skill at archery and sword fighting. Or visit a galaxy not so far away along the Wild Atlantic Way, home to the jaw-dropping coastal locations that featured in the recent Star Wars movies.



HIDDEN GEMS You’re sure to feel as though you’re in a world of your own when you veer off the beaten track in Ireland during the quieter months of fall and winter. Looking for a wild countryside experience? The gorgeous National Trust site of Divis and the Black Mountain it is. Ever seen a barn that’s shaped like a corkscrew? Built to create employment in the local area back in the 18th century, the Wonderful Barn in County Kildare towers above its surroundings and hides a crow’s nest viewing gallery. Looking for something remote and romantic? Right by a lake in Cork’s idyllic Gougane Barra Forest Park sits St Finbarr’s Oratory – one of the prettiest little chapels you’ll ever lay eyes on. 16

CHARMING TOWNS AND VILLAGES Enjoy the slow pace of rural life during offseason months with a visit to quirky towns where you can rub shoulders with the locals and soak up the culture. The idyllic village of Doolin in County Clare will charm you with its thatched-roofed cottages, old stone walls, and cracking traditional music sessions in Gus O’Connor’s and McGann’s. In Northern Ireland, head to Strangford and take in the dreamy 19th century cottages at the harbor as you cross Strangford Lough on a ferry to Portaferry. And in Ireland’s Ancient East, Wicklow’s Enniskerry village is dotted with quaint cottages and lovely cafés and is just down the road from spectacular Powerscourt Estate.

MAGICAL CASTLE STAYS What says ‘cozy getaway’ like a night at a fairytale castle? For the perfect blend of opulence and nature, try the five-star Ashford Castle in County Mayo or the hidden gem on that same estate, The Lodge at Ashford Castle. Watersports lovers will adore an overnight stay at the holiday cottages on the Crom Castle estate, located on Lough Erne at the heart of Fermanagh’s Lakelands. And for a lavish dose of luxury living, book a night at Ballyfin Demesne in County Laois. Set at the foot of the ancient Slieve Bloom mountains, you’ll feel the world slip away as you’re treated like the lord or lady of the manor.


“When the brain feels an emotion, it corresponds to an increase in heart rate,” explains Professor Brian Hughes, from the School of Psychology, National University of Ireland Galway. By tracking the experiences and physiological responses of the couple along the way, Tourism Ireland was able to capture the moments that evoked their most dramatic reactions. “In this experiment, where the couple are walking around experiencing beautiful, exciting things, we do see an effect...that feeling of something being really beautiful or taking your breath away – it is known that this increases your heart rate,” says Dr Alison Muir, consultant cardiologist.

The end result is something unique – an ad campaign featuring scenes chosen not by Tourism Ireland but by the hearts of Fred and Lisa, proving once and for all that Ireland’s beautiful landscapes and the authentic warmth and wit of its people offer genuine, heart-filling moments.

Inish Tearaght is the most westerly land in Europe apart from the nearby Foze Rocks.

Ireland captured Fred and Lisa’s heart as it does to so many who come here. The Irish have been consistently voted as the friendliest people in the entire world! No matter where you go, you’ll always come across a friendly face and as locals say, the craic is mighty. Irish humor is known as ‘banter’ and there’s always lots of craic which basically means good fun. We’re known for it worldwide, so you may as well come and see what all the fuss is about. 17



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ark it in your calendar; 2020 will be the year that Galway launches one of the biggest cultural events in the world. Taking the title of European Capital of Culture, this unique county on the West Coast of Ireland will come to life with Irish culture as you’ve never seen it before – from traditional dance, music and storytelling to spectacular circus arts and theatre performances.

You might be wondering; how and why did the county receive this prestigious title? The European Capital of Culture designation is awarded to two new regions each year with the aim of bringing life to communities through art and culture. With support from the EU, local organizers in the chosen region have the opportunity to realize their wildest creative dreams, raising the area’s international profile 19


and strengthening a sense of belonging for locals and visitors alike. In 2020, Galway invites you to explore life on the edge of Europe, while celebrating European and global connections. With ‘Making Waves’ as its call to action, the 2020 programme will focus on the themes of migration, landscape and language. Returning migrants and the Irish diaspora are particularly encouraged to take part in the year-long programme, which will explore Galway’s rich cultural heritage and nurture new ideas for the future. Known as the cultural heart of Ireland, Galway is a county steeped in culture, with a bohemian urban center that wears its heart on its sleeve. A quick stroll down Shop Street provides the perfect introduction to Galway’s cultural scene. There, cobbled streets set the stage for busking musicians, comedic performers and everything in between. Traditional stone masons mingle with musicians, and Sean-Nós Irish dancers are a near permanent fixture on the corner of Mainguard Street. 20

With its strategic location at the mouth of the River Corrib, this port city has always been a particularly lively and welcoming part of Ireland. The city of tribes earned its nickname from centuries of trade dominated by 14 tribes, before being captured by (the Red Earl) Richard de Burgo in the 13th century. Throughout the medieval era, cargo of spices and wine passed through the Galway docks, and Spanish ships moored at the historical Spanish arch. Christopher Columbus is even said to have visited in 1477. It’s of little surprise that the name Gaillimh (Galway as Gaeilge) comes from the Irish word gaill, meaning ‘outsiders’ or ‘foreigners.’ Rather than dampening the Irish language and customs of the area, this history of exchange gave Galway its distinctive flavor. Galway has a magnetic quality that makes visitors feel at home. According to Connemara storytellers, when the Spanish Armada sank off the west coast of Ireland in the 16th century, the strong Arab horses swam to land. The horses settled into Connemara life and mingled with the wild ponies, producing the special, hardy Connemara ponies we see today.


Today, sea birds swoop low along the River Corrib, past the meandering streets of the Latin Quarter and the small, colorful houses that proudly line the Long Walk. Foodies in particular are drawn to the organic produce on sale at the markets and the high-quality seafood served in local bistros.

Known as the cultural capital of Ireland, Galway is steeped in culture. It’s streets are the stage for musicians, comedic performers and everything in between.

Much of Galway life centers around water; walking along the Salthill Promenade to the Blackrock diving tower (beloved by eager swimmers), sitting by the canal, darting through the rain, or watching fishermen wade through the River Corrib. In 2020, projects like Aerial/ Sparks will encourage us to engage with this vital element in a whole new way. Led by artist Louise Manifold, Aerial/Sparks invites creatives to map unknown ocean scenes with the help of radio technology. European and Irish artists will create work based on time spent at sea on the Marine Institute’s Celtic Explorer – one of the few marine research vessels using sonic technology. HOPE IT RAINS Visitors in 2020 will even have the chance to interact with the infamous west-coast rainfall in fun and unusual ways as part of Hope it Rains | Soineann nó Doineann. Hope it Rains will make the unpredictable climate a source of creativity and togetherness through clever design and interactive play. Of course, Galway’s speedy River Corrib is not to be forgotten. A site of beauty, and sometimes despair, the Corrib is one of the fastest flowing rivers in Europe. Wires Crossed reimagines the river as a setting for the mindful, balanced art of funambulism, or wire walking. In a dizzying marvel led by Galway Community Circus, 400 brave participants of various ages, cultures and abilities will cross the River Corrib and Claddagh Basin on high wires, over the course of 2020 hours in August 2020. The 2020 programme borrows its structure from the Celtic calendar, taking us from Imbolc right through to Samhain. From the Irish i mbolg (in the belly), the hopeful period of Imbolc reminds us that good things come to those who prepare. A spectacular opening ceremony marks the beginning of this season in February 2020, preparing us for the exiting year ahead. As the sun awakens and the yellow gorse blooms, we enter Bealtaine. A celebration of growth, fire

and merriment, you won’t want to miss summer 2020. Lughnasa sees us filling our bellies with the fruits of the harvest, while rejoicing in sport and games. When Samhain finally comes around, we are ready for rest and reflection. Samhain was seen as a time to honor the dead and connect with the unknown, as the border between life and the otherworld grew faint. Oíche Shamhna (the feast’s eve) invited the community to indulge in mischief and transform themselves with homemade disguises. In 2020, Galway will honor the sentiments of each season as we embrace the naturally attuned sense of time that prevailed in ancient Ireland. Not confined to the city, the programme of exciting events next year covers the entire county of Galway, including the Connemara Gaeltacht and the incredible Aran islands. No visit to Galway is complete without a drive through the captivating Connemara landscape – where rugged shorelines, vast bogland and 21


misty mountain ranges await. The Twelve Bens will make for a particularly dazzling sight next year, illuminated in green as part of a technical feat by Finnish light artist Kari Kola. From there, visitors can wander through the Connemara National Park, and make their way to the elegant Victorian Walled Garden at Kylemore Abbey. After a dose of Atlantic fresh air, it might be time for a taste of Galway’s famous nightlife. The presence of Gaelic culture is palpable in the atmospheric live music kicking off nightly throughout the county. Those looking to rediscover songs and stories passed down from their ancestors are in luck, with projects like Comhaltas and Céilí at the Crossroads honoring the deep connections between music, dance, language and storytelling. In addition, the likes of Livefeed will see young people showing off their musical and production skills in events dotted across Galway. A youth orchestra, Symphonic Waves, was established in 2019 in collaboration with Music Generation Galway City & County, and a Symphonic Schools classical music programme is soon to launch. A SHARED PURPOSE The county’s natural and cultural attractions will be experienced in a new light, as traditional craftspeople share their knowledge, and artists transform and enhance familiar landmarks. The ancient concept of Meitheal – a gathering 22

of people working towards a shared purpose –comes from early Irish farming traditions where neighbors shared tasks and reaped the harvest together. The influence of Meitheal reaches far beyond Galway, as Galway artists and organizations form new global connections including delegations between Galway and sister European Capital of Culture Rijeka, in Croatia. Bonds are also strengthening across the Atlantic. Local Galway band We Banjo 3 headlined at Milwaukee Irish Festival this year, where Galway 2020 hosted a Cultural Pavilion. The same energy will carry through to the extraordinary opening ceremony in February 2020 – the details of which will be announced soon. Think of this as a mere glimpse of the festivities to come: from food, music, dance, literature and visual arts to sport, poetry, theatre and largescale spectacles everyone will get the opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled, once-in-alifetime experience. To keep up to date on the programme for the year visit the Galway 2020 website to register for their newsletter and follow their social media. There is something for everyone in the packed programme and a “Céad míle fáilte” awaits all those who make the journey to Galway during this special year and best of all the majority of events are free to attend.

There is something for everyone in the packed programme and a céad míle fáilte awaits all those who make the journey to Galway during this special year.

Céad míle fáilte

In 2020 Galway will be the European Capital of Culture. Galway is located on the west coast of Ireland along the Wild Atlantic Way. One of the largest cultural events in the world, Galway 2020 will deliver a year of thrilling, lifeenhancing experiences through culture and the arts. The exciting programme for the year will see events in unexpected venues and locations throughout the region, on the islands, in remote villages, in fields, mountains and on beaches. From food, music, dance, literature and visual arts to poetry, theatre, sport and largescale spectacles, everyone will get the opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled, once-in-a-lifetime experience. There is something for everyone in the packed programme and a “Céad míle fáilte” awaits all those who make the journey to Galway during this special year.

To find out more visit www.galway2020.ie #Galway2020





he Galway Film Fleadh was founded to be a platform for indigenous Irish cinema by four filmmakers who wanted to improve the representation of Irish people on-screen. A unique moniker for a unique festival, film fleadh literally means ‘a film feast,’ and for six days each July filmmakers come from around the world to Galway to celebrate their work alongside their Irish peers. Over the past 30 years, the Galway Film Fleadh has become the leading film event in Ireland, encompassing a festival for all levels of film buffs. The festival is full of film premieres, special guests and Q+A’s; a busy and industrious marketplace, where professionals can attend to the business side of film; and an informative and inspiring film and TV conference that covers


talks on things that are interesting to film fans, as well as masterclasses with screen stars, screen directors, writers and cinematographers. Galway has long been admired as an intimate and bohemian city and the Film Fleadh follows suit, as a festival that does not put on airs. Rather, the Film Fleadh boasts a ‘no red carpets’ policy, as the festival seeks to create an atmosphere where film fans, filmmakers, film financiers and film celebrities all rub shoulders with one another. Public interviews, debates, Q+A’s, panel discussions and other events are all a part of an ethos of engagement; of a shared experience. The personable engagement of Galway’s audience with invited guests from other countries is a rare opportunity for insight and


cultural exchange, delivered in the Galway style. No matter your generation or cultural background, you will form part of a mad diversity that offers something for everyone. AND THE OSCAR® GOES TO… The Galway Film Fleadh places an equal emphasis on short film as an artform and as a rich vein of new talented directors and cinematographers. The Film Fleadh is an Academy Award affiliated festival, and each year two of Galway’s awardwinning shorts qualify for consideration by the Academy for an Oscar® nomination. Each year, Galway invites luminaries of the silver screen to impart their knowledge, meet with their fans and celebrate their work. Previous guests of the Film Fleadh include: Actors Tyne Daly, Marisa Tomei, John C. Reilly, Will Forte, Martin Sheen, Isabelle Huppert, Amanda Plummer, Annette Benning, Michael Fassbender, Jessica Lange, Jeremy Irons, Kathy Bates, Colm Meaney, Woody Harrelson, Zachary Quinto, Saoirse Ronan, Brendan Gleeson, Anjelica Huston, Peter O’Toole, Patricia

Clarkson, Matt Dillon, Maureen O’Hara, Pierce Brosnan and Gabriel Byrne. Directors Gurinder Chadha, Sir Richard Attenborough, Lee Unkrich, Abbas Kiarostami, Mira Nair, Anthony Minghella, Agnieszka Holland, Gillo Pontecorvo, Arthur Penn, Jim Sheridan, Neil Jordan, and Michael Moore have all attended as well as screenwriters Ed Solomon, Kirsten Smith, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, Paul Schrader and Robert Towne. The 32nd Galway Film Fleadh takes place from 7th – 12th July 2020 and promises to deliver even more world premieres, European premieres, Irish premieres, special guests and fun and films by the River Corrib. The Film Fleadh takes place in the historical Town Hall Theatre, the brand-new state-of-the-art Pálás theatre and multiple venues across Galway city, all within a ten-minute walk of each other. The Galway Film Fleadh is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland www.galwayfilmfleadh.com 25


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ational Geographic Traveler named Galway among the best places in the world to visit in 2019 - and 2020 will be even better. The influential US magazine recognized the Irish city alongside the likes of Cairo and the Peruvian Amazon in its annual comprehensive travel report featuring 28 of their most exciting destinations. National Geographic Traveler judges noted that now is a great time to visit the city as it marks

the run-up to Galway’s time as the European Capital of Culture 2020. “Galway may sit at the far western edge of Europe,” the magazine states, “but lately the City of Tribes has been the centre of attention. Named a 2018 European Region of Gastronomy, Ireland’s fourth largest city (population 80,000) is gearing up for the next big thing: Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture.” 27


The publication also cites new community heritage and arts projects such as pop-up culture cafés and funambulism (tightrope walking) workshops that will be rolling out in conventional and unexpected venues (beaches, fields, remote villages and rivers) across Galway city and county. Galway is one of Ireland’s most engaging cities. Cultured, artsy and bohemian, its brightly painted pubs pulse with traditional and live music. Michelin-starred restaurants and cosy cafés dot the city centre, melding with a lively entertainment scene and craft shops. This is a harbor city on Ireland’s west coast where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic. The city’s hub is 18th-century Eyre Square, a popular meeting spot surrounded by shops and traditional pubs that hum to the sound of live Irish music. A thriving university city, the stone28

clad cafes, boutiques and art galleries in the winding lanes of the Latin Quarter are filled with students, locals and visitors alike, walking in the shadow of medieval city walls. Wander Galway City’s cobble-stoned streets and feel yourself stepping back in time to medieval Ireland. Steeped in history, the city oozes a contemporary and cultured vibe. Bridges arch over the River Corrib, a haven for salmon fishermen and a long promenade leads from the city to the seaside suburb of Salthill on Galway Bay, the source of the area’s famous oysters. Festivals are a big part of life in these parts. In the spring, St Patrick’s Day (17 March) and the Cúirt International Festival of Literature, one of the oldest and most recognised literature festivals in Europe (8 – 14 April), are fine times to go. Summer and autumn also see the artistic, creative and fun qualities Galway is renowned

With its vibrant shop fronts, friendly locals and fabulous festivals of food and art, you can be sure you’ll feel right at home in Galway.


for come to life in a blaze of superb international festivals ranging from the arts and food to film and horse racing. Alongside the festivals, shows and events there is a thriving gastronomic scene to check out. Galway is especially known for its oysters and Ireland’s longest running and greatest gourmet extravaganza – the Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival. The county of Galway has been immortalized through its traditional jewelry, the Claddagh Ring, which is worn by people all over the world. Claddagh rings are still being hand-made to this day in Galway City. An Cladach meaning ‘the shore,’ was once an ancient fishing village dating from the fifth century. This community, most of whom sold their daily catches at market near the Spanish Arch, lived in thatched cottages. They sailed in the famous Galway Hooker boats and spoke Irish. They even had their own king, who led the fishing

fleet and settled disputes in the community. The last true King of Claddagh, Martin Oliver, passed away in 1972 but the title is still used in an honorary and ceremonial context. SALTHILL & SPIDDAL Salthill is probably best known for its 3km promenade walk, which stretches all the way from the Latin Quarter in Galway city to the famous Blackrock diving tower. Start at the Claddagh Basin, go out along Nimmo’s Pier, along the shore past the Griffin monument which represents the millions of Irish people who died during the famine - then turn down towards the aquarium. You can either stop at the beach or there’s the diving platform – a Galway swimming institution - Blackrock Diving Tower. Quotes from the poet Seamus Heaney are imbedded along the promenade leading to the Tower and to jump from the high board is seen as a rite of passage. The last day of term sees school-leavers flocking to leap from this

The last day of term sees schoolleavers flocking to leap from the diving platform at Salthill, casting off the ties of their uniforms, the ultimate display of freedom.





• Space for quiet prayer • Book & gift shop (all major credit cards accepted; tax-free shopping for non-EU citizens)

Aran View House in Doolin is a wonderful Georgian country house accommodation with Self Catering Apartments, set in the magnificent wilderness of the Burren, County Clare.

• Audio-visual history of the building • John F. Kennedy mosaic • Car parking DAILY MASS 09:00, 11:00, 18:00

SUNDAY MASS 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:30, 18:00

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Chauffeur drive service from the Galway city area SHANNON, KNOCK & DUBLIN TRANSFERS Peacockes is a family run hotel situated in Maam Cross, on the N59 main Galway City to Clifden road and provides the perfect base for visitors looking for a hotel in the heart of Connemara. Peacockes is the perfect Connemara hotel from which to enjoy the beauty of this rugged part of Ireland and we look forward to welcoming you. Accommodation / Bar & Restaurant / Free WIFI The Quiet Man Replica Cottage / Service Station / ATM Gift Shop / Viewing Tower / Livestock Mart / Free Parking Peacockes Hotel, Maam Cross Connemara, Co. Galway P:+353 (0)91 552 306 W: www.peacockes.ie

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GALWAY FAST FACTS: In medieval times, Galway was ruled by fourteen merchant families. These tribes are where Galway gets the nickname, City of the Tribes. The county of Galway was the first region in Ireland awarded the status of European Region of Gastronomy for 2018. The Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival is the oldest oyster festival in the world – it’s been running for 64 years and attracts seafood lovers the world over. Located in the heart of the city for centuries, Thomas Dillon’s Jewelers are the original makers of the famous Claddagh ring – they’re still handmade in store to this day! Galway is one of five UNESCO Cities of Film in the world, thanks to fantastic events like the Galway Film Fleadh and the creative spectacle that is the Galway International Arts Festival.

dual aspect board casting off the ties of their uniforms, the ultimate display of freedom. For an entirely different experience head out to Spiddal, a picturesque seaside village on the shores of Galway Bay and part of the Irish speaking area. Spiddal is one of the largest Irish speaking settlements in the Galway Gaeltacht with locals speaking both Irish and English. With the rugged beauty of Connemara only a stone’s throw away, this is an ideal base for a vacation in Galway or a day trip from the city with a great choice of eateries in the village and a selection of pubs where most weekends you can catch a live trad night. The Spiddal Craft Center puts a different slant on the purchase of souvenirs. Here you can actually watch your gifts being made by skilled craftsmen. The center comprises of several workshops, which make candles, pottery, Celtic jewelry, weaving and bodhráns – the traditional Irish drum.

OFFSHORE ISLANDS For a real taste of ancient Ireland, and to hear the Irish language being spoken, head offshore where the wild and beautiful swaths of the Aran Islands offer a glimpse into life of centuries past. Perched spectacularly on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Dún Aonghasa on Inishmore is the largest of the prehistoric stone forts of the Aran Islands. It is enclosed by three massive dry-stone walls and a “chevauxde-frise” consisting of tall blocks of limestone set vertically into the ground to deter attackers. The gateway to Connemara and the Cliffs of Moher, Galway is known the world over for its friendly people, charming streets, artisan producers, craft & jewelry, oysters, the Galway Races and thriving nightlife – to name but a few! This is a city guaranteed to refresh flagging spirits like no other place.

As regular feature of Galway Bay, the iconic Galway Hooker boats hold a long tradition as the handcrafted vessels of choice for Galway fishermen. With rust-red sails and black hulls, you can’t miss them! With a history of food delights spanning centuries, you’ll find a huge variety of street food and handmade crafts at the Galway Market on Church lane by St Nicholas’ Church. Outside the city, you’ll find the rugged region of Connemara, speckled in a wild wonderland of mountains, bogs, heathland and lakes. There are 7,000 Irish speakers in Galway city, which is nearly ten percent of the population of the island of Ireland. 31


Room with a View Who doesn’t want to find a beautiful place to stay and ideally, one with a glorious view? Well look no further than the Granary Suites if you are seeking lovely accommodation in the Galway region. When it comes to charm combined with great facilities and a glorious view, this is the place to be. Built on the river Corrib with mill races and four little streams running beneath, The Granary Suites are a delightfully traditional offering while also benefitting from every modern convenience. Suites are located in an old refurbished mill with spectacular river and sea views. The combination of wood beams and vaulted ceilings together with all modern conveniences give the visitor a real sense of comfort and functionality in an idyllic yet convenient location. Short to medium term and corporate rates also available. Perfectly situated in a quiet location tucked behind the shops, restaurants and pubs, enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep with pretty views in the cultural heart of Galway.

Bayside Bliss Located on the promenade in the Salthill area of Galway, Galway Bay Sea View Apartments offer striking balcony or roof terrace views out over the bay and beyond to the Clare Mountains.

you would expect in a home from home, accommodation is generous and well laid out for a comfortable and relaxing stay. The unrivalled views of Galway Bay, coupled with a seaside village vibe ensure a refreshing experience every time.

The seaside town of Salthill is a bustling resort in itself and is at the mid-way point of the Wild Atlantic Way within easy reach of the medieval city of Galway to the east and Connemara to the West. The apartments offer visitors an ideal base from which to discover the local environs or venture further afield to explore the surrounding historical sites and expansive National Parks in Connemara and County Clare.

These spacious, contemporary apartments offer freedom and flexibility for both the leisure and corporate visitor and they are ideal for families, friends and colleagues with a fully equipped kitchen with washing machine, dishwasher and a microwave leading on to an open plan dining/lounge area. The open plan area features an expandable dining table for up to 6 people, a 32-inch flat-screen TV and digital TV box with over 100 channels and individual, fast, reliable free Wi-Fi.

Each spacious apartment has its own private balcony or a rooftop terrace presenting a stunning, panoramic vista of Galway Bay along with views of the Clare Hills and dramatic Burren landscape. Stylishly furnished with all the amenities

The apartments are directly opposite a blueflag beach which features a diving board and a floating platform out to sea. The old fishing village of The Claddagh is 2.5 kilometers away and Galway’s famous Spanish Arch is only 650 meters further afield.



A Cozy Cottage Moran’s Oyster Cottage is a 300-year old seafood restaurant located on a scenic estuary overlooking Galway Bay. With ample outdoor seating you can watch the swans go by on a fine summers’ day as you enjoy local specialties such as oysters, mussels, clams and

lobster. In winter, there is no place cozier than sitting by the open peat fire enjoying an Irish Coffee. Locally grown Galway Bay oysters are the specialty of the house. These are skillfully opened by in house Oyster Shuckers, both Irish Champions and World champions. Popular dishes include fish & chips, lobster, clams

and chowder, all of which are served with traditional homemade soda brown bread. This delightful thatched cottage is run by William Moran, the seventh generation of this family business. Just 30 minutes from Galway city, located off the Wild Atlantic Way and one hour from the Cliffs of Moher, this restaurant comes highly recommended. 33

Granary Suites Holiday Apartments With a stunning city centre location in the banks of the River Corrib with views of Galway Bay from all apartments let this be your home away from home in Galway.

The Granary was originally built in the 1800s and served as one of Galway’s many mills in that time. It is a building of historical signi�icance that now houses what are without doubt Galway �inest holiday apartments. All Galway �inest bars and restaurants and tourist attractions are literally on your doorstep.

Weekly rates start from just €700

We are also happy to quote for longer term stays in the off season so please email us with your requirements.

Detailed pictures of each apartment are in out website.


Granary Suites, 58 Dominick Street, Galway, Ireland. +353 87 6566196

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Located in the desirable seaside resort of Salthill; the mid-way point on the Wild Atlantic Way, within easy reach of the bustling medieval city of Galway to the East and the Gateway to Connemara to the West. Galway Bay Sea View Apartments offer you the ideal base from which to discover the local environs or venturing further afield to explore the surrounding historical sites and expansive National Parks in Connemara and County Clare. Each spacious apartment has its own private balcony or a rooftop terrace presenting a stunning, panoramic vista of Galway Bay along with views of the Clare Hills and dramatic Burren landscape. Stylishly furnished with all the amenities you expect in your home from home accommodation and where your comfortable and relaxing stay awaits. The unrivalled views of Galway Bay, coupled with a seaside village vibe, ensure a refreshing experience every time. These spacious, contemporary apartments offer freedom and flexibility for both the leisure and corporate visitor alike with space to relax or work in. Suitable for families, friends and colleagues alike each apartment has a fully equipped kitchen with washing machine, dishwasher and a microwave leading on to an open plan dining/lounge area. The open plan area features an expandable dining table for up to 6 people, a 32-inch flat-screen TV and digital TV box with over 100 channels and individual, fast, reliable free Wi-Fi. Complimentary on-site parking and complimentary fast, reliable Wi-Fi included in all prices.

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idden in the mouth of Galway Bay lies the Aran Islands. These ancient Islands have existed off Ireland’s west coast for thousands of years, and remain host to some of the country’s most ancient monuments, forts and monastic dwellings. Dún Aonaghasa, one of Ireland’s most popular attractions, is located on the largest island, Inis Mór. This prehistoric stone fort stands warrior like on top of the sea cliffs, overlooking the Atlantic since 1100 BC. Close by are the beautiful villages of Kilmurvey and Kilronan, both speckled with small craft shops selling the products of local artists inspired by the Celtic traditions of the island. Inis Meáin, the most traditional and least

developed of the three Islands, was a retreat for Irish playwright, John Millington Synge, and a museum is now located in the cottage where he resided. Visitors can also enjoy the sandy beaches and breathtaking scenery. Inis Oírr is the smallest of the Aran Islands and is home to many historical attractions, including the much-photographed wreck of former cargo ship ‘Plassey’ which ran onto rocks on 8th March 1960, and has since become a part of the island landscape. The inhabitants act as custodians as much to the physical environment as they do to the cultural environment. The tradition of craft work that has flourished for hundreds of years is an enduring legacy to the islanders. Building

currachs and knitting of finely-made garments that have influenced modern designers, arose to meet the immediate needs of the islanders. The Aran Islands have captured the imagination of a great number of artists, poets and novelists who have always regarded Aran as a place of special beauty and cultural integrity. The iconic landscape of these islands has fascinated visitors for years. Look out over limestone cliffs, spot the seal colony along the beach and immerse yourself in the unique culture of the Aran Islands. Isolated by the forces of weathering and erosion, the islands have preserved a relaxed, traditional way of life and many visit to escape the pace of modern life. 35


Galway Atlantaquaria

A family fun day for everyone see Ireland’s Native Marine life at Galway Atlantaquaria. Galway Atlantaquaria is Ireland’s largest native species aquarium at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way. This fascinating aquarium in Salthill is beside the beautiful Galway bay and the world-famous Promenade walk. The National Aquarium of Ireland, Galway Atlantaquaria is designed to show the diversity of marine species from all over Ireland. The aquarium hosts hundreds of marine species from Ireland’s rivers, shores and the Atlantic Ocean. There are two floors of exhibits that reflect the maritime history of Galway. Highlights include a 60foot Fin Whale skeleton, Bearna Log boat (dugout canoe) Red Deer Antlers and Uí Breasail (Hy Brasil) boat. Featured animals include native Irish sharks, Jellyfish, Conger eels, Clownfish, Bass and much more.


The aquarium has received full accreditation with the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), so visitors can be assured they are seeing the very best of professional standards in animal welfare,

education, conservation and practice. So, if you are thinking of the exploring the Wild Atlantic Way, stop by the Aquarium to see an entirely different view on your Wild Atlantic Way experience.



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Joyce Country Sheepdogs is part of a third generation family run working hill sheep farm at the the foothills of the Maumturk and Partry mountains. Located in Connemara on the West of Ireland only ten miles from the Wild Atlantic Way. The farm offers visitors a chance to interact with puppies and the opportunity to watch live border collie sheepdog herding demonstrations. Stories unfold as you journey through the farm learn how the farm played a small part in the movie ‘Marley and me’. The Joyce’s are delighted to share their love of sheep farming and dog handling with all visitors, young and old.

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he spectacular cultural region of Connemara is defined as being nestled between Lough Corrib, Co. Galway and the southern realms of Co. Mayo, in particular, the barony of Ross, in the West of Ireland. Renowned Irish dramatist and wit Oscar

Wilde called it a place of ‘savage beauty’, and there could hardly be a more fitting description of the striking scenery of Connemara. Romantic, rugged and distinctive, the stunning scenery of Connemara National Park has inspired as many breathtaking adventures as it has

photographs and Instagram posts. Close to the hearts of Irish people and visitors alike, as well as a key stopping point on the Wild Atlantic Way, Connemara National Park covers a vast area of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, 39


Mother Nature rules in Connemara, and the park is also home to red deer, Connemara ponies and a huge variety of bird-life, including skylarks and peregrine falcons.


grasslands and woodlands, with the Visitor Centre and main access point located near the village of Letterfrack in County Galway. Mother Nature rules in Connemara, and the park is also home to red deer, Connemara ponies and a huge variety of bird-life, including skylarks and peregrine falcons. The Connemara Pony is an internationally renowned breed of pony that is uniquely Irish and the largest of all pony breeds. The famously good-natured Connemara Pony descends from the magnificent Andalusian horses of the Spanish Armada – a tragic fleet of 130 ships which fell afoul of Ireland’s rough

and rugged coastline in 1588. The liberated Andalusian horses ran wild and began to breed with the Scandinavian ponies residing in the mountains of Connemara from the time of the Viking invasions, creating the hardy breed known today as the Connemara Pony. The Irish language, song, dance and literature are all well preserved in the area, and with such a beautiful unspoilt landscape it’s no wonder that the region is a playground for outdoor activities. It is easy to admire the scenery and take in the fresh country air with horse riding, cycling or hiking in the mountains.


One of the best hikes is up the coneshaped Diamond Hill, so named because of its sparkling appearance when sunlight reflects off its quartzite rock surface. From the Connemara Visitor Centre, a 7km loop walk takes you to the peak, along gravel footpaths and wooden boardwalks. At the top the views are exhilarating. Look towards the Wild Atlantic Way to see the islands of Inishturk, Inishbofin and Inishshark which lie off Connemara’s stunning coastline. To the north and east lie the sharp-peaked summits of the Twelve Bens mountain range, a favourite of hikers and hill walkers, while

you can also look down on the turreted Kylemore Abbey, a wonder of nineteenthcentury architecture and said to be Ireland’s most romantic building. Other remnants of times past include ruined houses, a disused lime kiln, old sheep pens, an ice house, ancient walls and Tobar Mweelin, a well which was formerly used to supply water to Kylemore Castle. Be prepared to stand in awe. Because that’s what Connemara National Park is all about. It will fill your heart with something quite special.

MUCKANAGHEDERDAUHAULIA Galway is home to the longest place name in Ireland. Muiceanach idir Dhá Sháile in Irish means “piggery between two briny places.” This intriguing 470acre townland is one of many found within the Union of Oughterard, which is known as the Gateway to Connemara. A stunning location and just a stone’s throw from the Maumturk mountain range, this is where you’ll find the Mám Éan pilgrimage site, a mountain pass with wonderful views and saintly connections. 41

Explore our historical 1,000 acre estate. Victorian splendour in the wild Connemara countryside. Home to the Benedictine Community since 1920. • 6 Acre Victorian Walled Garden • Visitor Experience and beautifully Restored Rooms in the Abbey. • Gothic Church • History Talks and Guided Tours • Woodland & Lakeshore Walks



The story



ith a rich history, the Abbey has been home to the Benedictine nuns in Ireland since 1920. The one hundred years that the nuns have lived in Kylemore have been ones where the community has seen many challenges and changes, but they managed to thrive in their home in the remote but beautiful west of Ireland. As guardians of a nationally important site the nuns continue to develop the estate which this year saw the culmination of several years of restoration and improvements work on the Abbey.

In June 2019 a wonderful new Visitor Experience opened in the Abbey which tells the stories of the many generations of people who have lived, worked, studied and prayed inside its granite walls. Built for the wife of a wealthy industrialist and philanthropist in 1868, Kylemore Castle as it was then known, went on to have a history of romance, innovation, tragedy, spirituality and education. Following the tragic death of his wife and later his daughter, the original owner, Mitchell Henry sold it to the 9th Duke 43


of Manchester and his glamorous American heiress wife who carried out huge changes to the interior, then left about ten years later under a cloud of debt. The next major phase was the arrival of the Benedictine nuns who fled their bomb shelled Abbey in Ypres, Belgium during the opening months of WW1. One hundred years later the Benedictine nuns are still in residence in Kylemore and amongst their many achievements in that time were the opening of Kylemore Abbey Girls School which existed from 1922 to 2010; the restoration of the neo-Gothic Church and the restoration of the magnificent Victorian Walled garden. VISITOR EXPERIENCE The new Visitor Experience brings Kylemore’s stories to life in stunning fashion with the 44

use of historical photographs, audio-visual presentations, displays of artefacts, historical costumes and beautifully restored period rooms. A dedicated team in the Abbey including the in-house archivist, Dr Damien Duffy, interior designer Joanne Smyth (who also happens to be a tour guide in the Abbey) and Sister Magdalena Fitzgibbon OSB worked with skilled contractors and interpretation experts to make sure that no stone was left unturned in creating a unique and fascinating exhibition. Joanne worked from archive photographs to create stunning design boards for the period rooms which beautifully recreated the atmosphere of their Victorian origins. Damien delved deep into the Abbey archive and emerged with a wealth of wonderful photographs, articles and artefacts including personal items from the Henry and Manchester families and historical pieces dating back over 600 years in relation to the


Benedictine community. Overseeing the whole project was Sister Magdalena Fitzgibbon OSB who is the veteran of many large-scale projects at Kylemore. Visitors to Kylemore can also enjoy Ireland’s second most visited Garden. The fabulous Walled Gardens are situated in the heart of the Kylemore woods overlooking Connemara National Park and feature beautiful formal flower beds, a Victorian parterre, restored glass houses, Gardeners Bothy and Head Gardeners House as well as extensive vegetable and herb gardens. The Gardens are cared for by a hard-working team, led by Head Gardener, Anja Golhke. The Gardens which are reached by a walk through mature deciduous forest or a leisurely ride on a shuttle bus are run to strict Heritage standards which means that all the plant varieties used are from pre 1901. The planting scheme is based on archive photographs and typically consists of the strong colour combinations favoured by Victorian gardeners. Along the East avenue you will find the heavenly neo-Gothic Church, an architectural gem with unique carved interiors, vaulted ceilings and an ambience of quiet beauty. The church was built as a memorial to Margaret Henry and is a very elegant building with unusual feminine touches such as angels instead of gargoyles leaning down from the eaves and the female virtues illustrated in the stained-glass windows. In addition to all the beauty and history, Kylemore is also well known for its home cooking, baking and artisan crafts including handmade chocolates, pottery, soaps and candles all made on site. A morning of walking in the bracing Connemara air would be well rewarded by a pot of tea and a slice of homemade apple pie in the stunning Garden Tea House! Open all year round Kylemore is an unforgettable day out in a spectacular setting and one of Ireland’s must do destinations www.kylemoreabbey.com 45

A WARM WELCOME TO THE 5 STAR GLENLO ABBEY HOTEL & ESTATE Set on 138 acres of stunning estate grounds with luxurious Bedrooms, an award winning 9-hole Golf Course, the 2 AA Rosette Pullman Restaurant and an array of estate activities including Falconry, Glenlo Abbey is just 2.5 miles from Galway City on the Gateway to Connemara. stay@glenloabbey.ie | +353 91 519600 | www.glenloabbeyhotel.ie KentďŹ eld Bushy Park, Galway, Ireland


Glenlo Abbey HOTEL & ESTATE T

he 1700’s ancestral home of the Ffrench family, one of Galway’s famous ‘tribes’, Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate is nestled on a stunning 138-acre estate on the edge of Lough Corrib. The 5* Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate offers each guest a warm, personable and luxurious base during their travels to Galway. Glenlo Abbey has been operating as a hotel for nearly 30 years and throughout this time has been dedicated not only to delivering the highest standard of service but exceeding guest expectations and creating memorable moments. Glenlo Abbey’s bedrooms and suites are designed with a modern twist on classic style, with strong emphasis on comfort and maximising the unrivalled views of the beautiful Estate grounds to one side and Lough Corrib to the other. The individual styling perfectly complements the original features creating a real sense of history and an obvious majestic flair. They ooze opulence but remain inviting and comfortable. Glenlo Abbey has many hidden gems including the beautifully restored and awardwinning Pullman Restaurant. Comprising of two original carriages from the Orient

Express, the Pullman Restaurant will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Without losing any of its original character, this historic Pullman train carriage has been awarded a double AA Rosette Award for its contemporary classic menu with a strong emphasis on local ingredients. At Glenlo Abbey you will never be stuck for fun with an abundance of estate activities to choose from including Falconry, a bike ride around the estate or a round of golf. Recognised as one of the best 9-hole Golf Courses in Ireland, Glenlo Abbey Golf Course was designed by Ryder Cup legend Christy O’Connor Jr. In addition to the beautifully manicured greens, Glenlo Abby Golf Course also has a 21 Bay Driving Range, Pro-Shop and tuitions are available with a state-of-the-art teaching facility provided by Gary Madden Golf Academy. On a rainy day, Glenlo is the perfect place to curl up in front of one of the many open fireplaces with a newspaper and afternoon tea, or to plunge into a velour lounger in the private cinema which shows an array of classic movies. Majestically rising from the still waters of

Lough Corrib, the 5-star Glenlo Abbey is where old world charm meets contemporary elegance offering numerous wedding reception venue options. The country air also brings fresh thinking at Glenlo Abbey with a selection of bespoke meeting and conference venues to choose from. You will be captivated by the beauty of this enchanting lakeside estate overlooking Lough Corrib from the moment you drive through the magnificent cast iron gates. Glenlo is dedicated to continuous improvement with the aim of enhancing the overall guest experience for each of our valued guests and is currently undergoing a multi-million-euro investment between 2019 - 2021. To date, 30 of the luxury bedrooms have been upgraded with state-of-the-art air-conditioning facilities and beautifully refurbished bathrooms. In addition to this, there has been a large garden planted in order to enhance the outlook from guest bedrooms and provide an uninterrupted view down to Lough Corrib. After entering the grand gates of Glenlo, guests are met by one of the estates friendly Doormen, on hand and looking forward to welcoming you to Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate. 47

Horse Riding Holidays & Horse Trekking in County Wicklow

Irelands most Southwesterly Point on the Wild Atlantic Way

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Mizen Head Signal Station, Goleen, West Cork P81 NY52. Tel: + 353 28 35115 or +353 28 35000 E: info@mizenhead.ie Opening Daily: March to October. Weekends November to February. Please check website for times. We also have a Cafe with everything from hot/cold food on the menu all freshly made, a Souvenir shop with local arts and crafts.


Kylemore Farmhouse Cheese is produced by Teresa Roche on our proud family run Dairy farm, known as Kylemore House for centuries. We have been producing milk on our farm for over 65 years and have a Holstein/ British Friesian Pedigree herd of cows for over 35 years. Located on the foothills of the Slieve Aughty Mountains, handmade in East Galway. It is a unique, premium Irish farmhouse cheese produced directly on the farm and is an award-winning cheese We are producing our highest quality raw material natural milk from our strict grassfed pedigree dairy herd of cows. It is fully traceable and sustainable from farm to fork, Bord Bia and Origin Green approved.

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• Visitor Centre • Cheese making experience • Walking farm tours and cheese tasting • Afternoon tea in our farm house dining room





lobally, Ireland is known as a nation with a vibrant culture with green fields and pristine waters together with a mild wet climate which gives us bountiful, sustainable and high-quality food produce. To enhance this reputation and to secure a greater reputation for Ireland in 2020 and beyond, a new all-island initiative – ‘Taste the Island – a celebration of Ireland’s food and drink’ has been developed. This new initiative will showcase Ireland’s world-class food and drink culture across the island of Ireland from September to November by providing visitors with access to authentic food and drink experiences, high quality local ingredients and world class Irish food and drink produce

Taste the Island, a celebration of Ireland’s food and drink, will take place from 6 September to 30 November, beginning with one of the leading food festivals in the country, A Taste of West Cork. Highlighting the exceptional level of quality food and drink produced in Ireland and Northern Ireland, the brand-new all-island event will see innovative artisan producers and world-class chefs coming together in kitchens all over the country to create one of the most exciting food events in the world. With more than 500 food and drink-related experiences to savor, there will never be a more exciting time to discover the thriving farm-to-table, sea-to-fork culinary scene in Ireland. 49


Dine beneath the protective beam of Hook Lighthouse while enjoying the sunset and harvest moon rise over Hook Peninsula.



Among the many experiences to enjoy are a plethora of food trails and tours along the rugged coasts of the Wild Atlantic Way and the Causeway Coastal Route. Distillery and brewery tours will feature tastings, tours and handson workshops, while buzzing food festivals and farmers’ markets will offer hundreds of opportunities to meet the makers who are bringing together fresh, local ingredients to create an array of sensational flavours.

County Wexford. In County Donegal, a team of chefs will create a feast for all the senses. Their unique dining experience will let you tuck into Donegal roast goat at the foot of Mount Errigal, a picture-postcard mountain in Ireland’s northernmost county.

From wild food foraging experiences learning how to smoke salmon or churn your own butter, to oyster shucking, Michelin starred fine dining and craft beer and whiskey trails, there are memorable culinary experiences all around the country.

Get close to farm to fork experiences such as the ‘Blackcurrant and Horse Breeding Farm Tour’ in County Wexford, the ‘Goat Cheesemaking on a Family Farm’ in County Cork, or get buzzed about a ‘Hands-On Bee-Keeping Tour’ in County Galway. For food lovers looking for a little bit of exclusivity, you can ‘Dine with a Local Chef at a Private Lunch’ in County Donegal or try a ‘Traditional Country Picnic for Two’ in County Limerick.

Some of the highlights to look forward to include a Harvest Moon Supper at Hook Lighthouse, the oldest operational lighthouse in the world. Here, guests will be able to dine beneath the protective beam of the lighthouse while enjoying the sunset and harvest moon rise over Hook Peninsula in

With the rich harvest coming in, fantastic food festivals will light up the entire fall with the likes of the Armagh Food & Cider Festival (19 – 22 September). This international taste-fest in the home of the Bramley Apple and features a cornucopia of local produce. Festival-goers can

Food on the edge, tasty tapas and mixology masterclasses are just a sprinkling of what is on offer.



expect to raise more than a glass of cider to an amazing spread of mouth-watering events. Anytime is a good time to savor the delights of medieval Kilkenny, but if you happen to be in these parts in October, then don’t miss the Savour Kilkenny Festival (24 – 28 October). Food on the edge, tasty tapas and mixology masterclasses are just a sprinkling of what this marvellous event has in store, not to mention ‘bean to bar’ Chocolate, beekeeping (appropriate seeing as black and amber is pervasive in Kilkenny), an introduction to butchery workshops and an organic orchard distillery taste tour. Like Kilkenny, Galway is a huge draw for visitors even before you work up an appetite. September is a wonderful time to visit, particularly if you want to sample the famous Galway Oyster. Here the oldest oyster festival in the world; the most internationally recognised Irish festival after St Patrick’s Day and deemed one of Europe’s longest-running food extravaganzas takes place. The Festival was first launched back in 1954 by Brian Collins, the manager of the Great Southern Hotel (now called Hotel Meyrick). That year just 34 guests attended the first Oyster Festival Banquet and feasted on several dozen oysters each. These days, the event is one of the biggest on Ireland’s social calendar, drawing thousands of visitors to sample the famous native Galway Oysters at the end of September each year (27 – 29 September). North of the border, the Derry Slow Food Festival (12 – 13 October) invites visitors to delve into an incredible natural larder ‘from Foyle to field’ and ‘plot to plate’ at the Slow Food Harvest Market that includes fayre from butchers, beekeepers, bakers and artisan makers. And don’t miss Taste the Island’s starter. With over 250 events taking place across 10 days, 50 towns and villages and eight islands, A Taste of West Cork (6 – 15 September) will be a gastronomic adventure through a mix of food markets, cooking demos, dinners, brunches and banquets, with guest chefs, tastings, talks, exhibitions, children’s events and more. www.Ireland.com/tastetheisland 52




raveling the world lead to the inspiration for Kylemore Farmhouse Cheese produced by the Roche family on their family farm in County Galway. Teresa Roche returned home to Ireland after many years working as an Intensive Care nurse in Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Her many experiences abroad opened her eyes to ways in which she could reinvigorate the family farm back in Loughrea, County Galway while also tapping in to her love of cheese. Teresa grew up in a family with a strong tradition of farming going back generations. On inheriting the farm her father reorganized it to concentrate on dairy farming and a strong herd was built up with careful practices

of breeding put in place. While her father won awards for the best farm practices, Teresa saw a perfect way to broaden the farms offering while also creating an Irish style Mountain Cheese. She set about researching cheesemaking, completing business and production courses in the craft and also spending six months learning the practice in Switzerland. Having equipped herself with the tools for success, Teresa began the production of her very own cheese. Kylemore Farmhouse Cheese is influenced by the Swiss tradition. It is produced using the milk from the dairy herd on the family farm where milk from grass-fed cows immediately upon extraction is placed in a vat and pasteurized. The results is the finest cheese with a creamy, nutty and buttery

flavor, that flavor being enhanced the longer it is left to mature. A visit to the farm is a wonderful way to connect with artisan makers first hand and indeed with the land itself. At the visitor center you can buy and taste the produce, take part in a cheese making experience, go on a walking farm tour and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in the farmhouse dining room. The farm is situated very near village of Abbey, the Carthusian Monks built a monastery in 1200 AD, (the site and building can be fully viewed) the monks located here for its close proximity to River Shannon, deep vein of rich fertile grounds and we are surrounded by the foothills of Slieve Aughty Mountains. It’s a remarkable achievement in a short space of time and a true farm to fork experience. 53






hiskey has been distilled in Ireland since the sixth century, but with the native spirit now in the middle of a global renaissance there has never been a better time to explore the country’s rich whiskey story. From the iconic distilleries of Jameson’s, Bushmills and Tullamore D.E.W, to the new generation of makers such as Clonakilty,

Glendalough, Ballykeefe, Connaught and Echlinville, there are whiskey experiences to be found in every corner of the island. Offering a great way to discover the heart of Ireland, tours of the distilleries open the door into the sights and sounds of mashing, fermenting, distilling and cask maturation, not to mention the famous Irish welcome, characters and craic. 55


Distinctive gems across the country include Old Bushmills Distillery on the famous Causeway Coastal Route. One of the few distilleries in the world to distil, blend and bottle the spirit under the same roof, Bushmills is the oldest working distillery on the island of Ireland. In Dublin, you can see, smell, taste, talk and capture the magic of Irish whiskey at a collection of no fewer than four distilleries in the colourful Liberties area of the city. With each offering stimulating tours and whiskey experiences, Roe & Co Irish Whiskey, the Pearse Lyons boutique distillery and the Dublin Liberties Distillery are among those blazing the trail for the new generation of Irish whiskey makers. 56

Among the wide range of distilleries to explore are the Dingle Whiskey Distillery in County Kerry on the Wild Atlantic Way and Slane Distillery in County Meath, where the guided tours culminate in a tutored tasting of the triple-casked Slane Irish Whiskey. Slane is internationally renowned as a rock n roll venue, graced regularly by the likes of Bob Dylan, Madonna, U2, the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen. And whiskey-lovers simply can’t miss a visit to the Echlinville Distillery in County Down, which offers a real insight into the workings of Northern Ireland’s first newly licensed distillery for over 125 years. Follow the journey of the spirit from ground to glass, view the beautiful


copper stills and enjoy the earthy aromas of the maturation warehouse. Afterwards, enjoy two drinks of your choice in the bar. Down in county Cork you can sip and stay with the indulgent ‘Whiskey Me Away’ package at the Castlemartyr Resort in County Cork. Included is a five-star overnight stay, a two-course meal in the resort’s Franchinis Italian restaurant, breakfast and a trip for two adults to the Experience Tour at the Jameson Distillery Midleton. With each distillery inviting you to experience the making of Irish whiskey up close, it’s time to get a taste of the resurgence in Ireland’s native spirit.



The Ging Family trace their unbroken farming lineage back to the golden age when family farm distilleries were dotted across the Irish countryside. A tradition that was lost for over 200 years, but which has now been revived in spectacular fashion at Ballykeefe, driven by family values and a commitment to exceptional quality.

Sustainability and environmental protection are central to the business plan at Ballykeefe. There is zero off farm waste and high capital investment to ensure a fully sustainable, low carbon footprint. Ballykeefe was awarded third most sustainable factory in Ireland at the 2018 Food and Drinks Business Awards.


AWARD-WINNING It is a hearts only distiller’s cut which means all heads and tails are discarded, with the emphasis on quality and not quantity. This has been recognized in multiple national and international awards including Gold for our Gin at the World Gin Awards 2019, Master Class for our Poitín at the 2018 Global Spirits Masters, Best Irish Vodka at the Irish Whiskey Awards 2018, Gold for our Sloe Gin at the World Liqueur Awards 2019 and Gold for our Lady Desart Gin at the 2019 USA Spirits Ratings.


DISTILLERY TOURS Monday to Friday, 2pm and 4pm. 57


Tours and Tastings

We enjoy sharing our love of Irish spirits with visitors. Our guided distillery tours bring you through our process of making whiskey and will help you understand why we are so passionate about pure pot still Irish whiskey. We set up our tours to be small and interactive, so that you can really enjoy the experience. If you wish to make a booking for the distillery tours and tastings, please visit www.connachtwhiskey.com, contact us directly on 096 74902 or e-mail hello@connachtwhiskey.com

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he Connacht Whiskey Distillery is a craft distillery located along the scenic banks of the River Moy in Ballina Co. Mayo with a small team committed to restoring and reimagining the greatness of Irish whiskey. This custom-built craft distillery embraces the ancient heritage and tradition of spirit production and has been created for one purpose – making great whiskey in the west of Ireland. The location of the distillery in Ballina is quite unique. It is but a stone’s throw from the famous

River Moy nestled along the Wild Atlantic Way in an unspoilt and somewhat undiscovered part of Ireland. The distillery welcomes guests from all over the world who are looking to embrace the real, rural part of Ireland. The distillery offers guests a unique behind the scenes look at the production of Irish spirits and in particular Irish whiskey. The tour delves into the history of the industry, how it has changed and the future prospects. Guests are taken on a tour of the distillery floor where master 59


distillers are at work creating unique west of Ireland spirits. Guests are ushered into the production area where the heart of the distillery beats loudly, the smells, sights and sounds come alive! Follow the guide who explains the exact production process from the grains room, to the brew house, to fermentation farm and lastly the distillation in copper pot stills. Each stage is explained thoroughly with interlays on what the distillers are tweaking or doing slightly differently to other distilleries in order to make their spirts stand out. On every tour visitors see samples of the wort, the fermented alcohol, wash distillation and double and triple distillation; these visual and scent queues reaffirm to guests that they are standing on the production floor where Irish magic is being made! The Mullarkey tasting room features a beautiful bar made from reclaimed wood from Boland’s Mills. Here, the namesakes behind each of spirits in the tasting room after the tour. The west of Ireland tradition of Straw Boys is brought to life with custom made straw hats that guests 60

are encouraged to try on while the story of illicit Irish Poitin is explained. Guests are then taught about the nose, pallet and finish of each of the spirits they sample. The Connacht team are not only friendly and welcoming but also passionate, interested and enthusiastic about the company and of course Irish whiskey. The Cead Mile Failte is palatable and TripAdvisor and other social media reviews speak for themselves. The small team is truly a family and everyone who crosses the doorstep is treated like an extension of that family.


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t Ballykeefe an Irish family run distillery restores a centuries old custom of farm distilleries growing their own barley to produce their own Whiskey. Located in the picturesque Kilkenny countryside, just 15 minutes from Kilkenny city, Ballykeefe Distillery is owned and managed by the Ging Family who trace their unbroken farming lineage as far back as written records exist. Morgan’s fascination with the shared history of Irish farming and Irish Whiskey led him to dream of one day diversifying his farming enterprise with the addition of a distillery. It took 25 years of research and painstaking effort to bring his dream to fruition. For centuries there were thousands of small family farm distilleries dotted across Ireland, a tradition that was lost for well over 200 years. Ballykeefe Distillery is the first to revive

that historical legacy of Irish Whiskey being produced on a working family farm. Ballykeefe is a ‘Single Estate’ Whiskey Distillery, where all grain is sown, grown, harvested and distilled at Ballykeefe and the by-products of distillation are recycled as a nutritious animal feed, which means the distillery generates zero off farm waste. This makes it a uniquely ‘field to glass’ operation and marks the true revival of the best traditions of Irish Whiskey making, with the further distinction of being in the part of Ireland from where the first written reference to Whiskey was documented in the Red Book of Ossory, in 1324. Super Premium is the quality standard at the distillery and in its first year of production, Ballykeefe Spirits have accumulated an impressive array of national and international awards. Its Extra Dry Gin won Gold at the

World Gin Awards 2019, while its Sloe Gin also won Gold at the World Liqueur Awards 2019. Meanwhile its Poitín was awarded Master Class at the 2018 Global Spirits Masters, its Potato Irish Vodka won Best Irish Vodka at the Irish Whiskey Awards 2018 and not to be outdone its Lady Desart Gin won Gold at 2019 USA Spirits Ratings. Central to the business plan from the outset was environmental protection and minimizing environmental impact while maximizing sustainability. The painstaking efforts and high financial investment in this aspect of the business have been also been acknowledged at the 2018 Irish Food and Drinks Business Awards, where Ballykeefe came third in Ireland for its achievements in sustainability. It is also a flagship member of Bord Bia’s ‘Origin Green’ programme, advancing measurable protection of the environment. 61

Come and see how we make whiskey, here in Dingle

Pot Still Irish Whiskey

Artisan Pot Still Gin & Vodka

We’d love to see you, so here’s how you can contact us to arrange a tour:

DISTILLERY TOURS DAILY: 1 June - 31 Aug.: 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm

1 Sept. - 30 Sept.: 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm

1 Oct. - 28 Feb.: 2pm & 4pm

1 March - 31 May: 2pm & 4pm

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he distillery was the country’s first independent, family owned, purpose-built artisan spirits distillery to open in over 100 years. It distils small batch artisan Dingle Gin, Dingle Vodka and Dingle Single Malt and Pot Still Whiskey.

Mosley had a vision to bring an award-winning artisan craft distillery to the picturesque town of Dingle. The first spirit trickled from the stills in December 2012, and its spirits have continued to win countless awards ever since.

The Dingle Distillery was born out of the success of The Porterhouse Brewing Company, sharing the ethos of independence in a market dominated by big brands. Three independent spirits, Oliver Hughes, Liam LaHart and Peter

As the most westerly town in all of Europe, situated on the West Coast of Ireland, Dingle was chosen for its humid and moist constant year-round climate, perfect for the maturing of whiskey. It was also chosen due to its plentiful 63


supply of local botanicals which are foraged directly from the beautiful, rugged surrounding coastal area that give Dingle Gin its unique, award winning flavour profile. The picturesque town was also home to many a happy summer stay-cation for Oliver Hughes and his family. So proud of its roots and provenance, they chose to name the brand after its home, and as the late Oliver Hughes poetically put it, “The Dingle Distillery adds a string to Dingle’s bow.” Elliot Hughes, Partner at The Dingle Distillery, (son of the late Oliver Hughes) comments, “When Oliver and Liam were young, their passion was for craft beer, good quality craft beer. As they grew older and wiser, their palates changed. Fuelled by the success and knowledge they had acquired founding Porterhouse Brewing Co in 1996, they set about their next challenge – to open a distillery that produced the finest artisan spirits.” In 2019, Dingle Gin was awarded World’s Best Gin and World’s Best London Dry Gin at the World Gin Awards 2019, which saw 400 entries from across the globe blind tested by industry experts. Its whiskeys have also received countless awards, with each release highly sought after due to the quality and small batch nature of production, with an output of just 2 casks of whiskey a day, alongside its small batch Dingle Original Gin and Dingle Distillery Vodka. DISTILLERY TOURS The Dingle Distillery hosts daily tours that bring the entire distillation process to life and take you right into the heart of the distillery. The tour guides you through the production process and includes sampling of its spirits along the way, including the World’s Best Gin. The tour also offers an insight and introduction to Irish whiskey and the story behind the Dingle Distillery and its founding fathers. CONSCIENTIOUS DISTILLERS The distillery has facilitated various environmental initiatives to allow for a more sustainable distillation and production process. The spent grain and pot ale, used for the production of its small batch whiskey is reused as cattle feed by a local south Dublin farm, a 64

major sustainability step as it means the bulk waste products from the production of the whiskey are completely recycled back into the food chain. The distillery is a verified member of Origin Green, a Bord Bia initiative enabling Ireland’s food/drink industry to set and achieve sustainable food/drink production. The use of the cooling tower drastically reduces the amount of water the distillery draws from its local water source. It also ensures that any water released from the cooling system is at an ambient temperature so it will not inadvertently affect the local marine environment. The use of heat exchangers to both cool and heat the different liquids also adds to a reduction on the need for steam heat and boiler time in order to get the temperatures required for the different processes. (e.g. water used to cool wort is then subsequently used to preheat wash) This leads to a reduction in gas usage.


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or over 200 years Dublin was home to Jameson, but in 1975 the whiskey making process moved to Midleton, Co. Cork. This new home provided the space required to stretch the legs and extend whiskey making ambitions. Proximity to barley farmers and freshwater probably aren’t what people typically look for when house hunting, but Midleton seemed to have everything that was needed as well as the extra space to welcome friends to visit, old and new.

JAMESON DISTILLERY MIDLETON EXPERIENCES Stroll through the red doors of the Midleton Distillery for a 60 minute, fully guided ‘Jameson Experience Tour’ that brings the stories of the distillery to life. You’ll walk through the grounds and see the history behind the whiskey making process from grain to glass and get the chance to experience a memorable comparative whiskey tasting. To top it off, there’ll be a signature drink with your name on it at the bar.

The Midleton Distillery began its life as a woolen mill in 1825, before being converted to a military barracks and subsequently a distillery, which was in operation until 1975 when a new distillery was built, which is still running on all cylinders, (or should we say pot stills). Today, every drop of Jameson Irish Whiskey is produced in Midleton, amid the lush fields of southern Ireland. Once welcomed in, take a memorable tour around the amazing grounds and come face-to-face with the largest Pot Still in the world; see the new micro-distillery in action, experience the live maturation warehouse and much more.

You can upgrade the Jameson Experience Tour to include a hosted ‘Premium Whiskey Tasting’. This includes a guided tour of the grounds which is completed with a tasting of four of the finest Irish whiskeys made on the grounds which include Jameson Black Barrel, Redbreast 12-Year-Old, Powers John’s Lane Release and Midleton Very Rare. For those who want to see a little more, ‘Behind the Scenes’ is an extended tour of the Old Midleton Distillery, giving you a deeper understanding of all things Irish Whiskey. This unique experience takes you around the 65


historical Midleton grounds and you’ll even get a look behind closed doors, such as the Micro-Distillery, Cooperage, Maturation Warehouse A1 and the infamous Distiller’s Cottage sipping some new and old whiskeys along the way. Visit one of many original Whiskey Maturation Warehouses for a ‘Cask Opening Experience’, where you’ll learn about the Angel’s Share and get the rare opportunity to draw and taste a special Irish Whiskey straight from the cask! For a more educational journey, check out the ‘Distiller’s Apprentice Experience’, where you’ll spend an afternoon looking in depth at how Irish Whiskey is crafted at Midleton Distillery. Distil your own spirit in miniature stills before visiting the incredible Garden Stillhouse where every bottle of Jameson whiskey is distilled today. It’s also worth mentioning that this is the only tour that gets you into the live working distillery. After the Stillhouse, you’ll visit an extensive maturation warehouse with the chance to open (and taste) from one of the casks maturing there. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy a glass of cask strength whiskey straight from the barrel. Then it’s back to the Irish Whiskey Academy for a final departure drink to round-off a very special afternoon. THE JAMESON BAR Get to know the much-loved Jameson range, or acquaint yourself with the rest of the family including Powers, Redbreast, The Spot Range, Method and Madness, and the pinnacle of Irish Whiskey, Midleton Very Rare. Or if cocktails are your thing, you won’t be disappointed at The Jameson Bar. In-house mixologists have created a range of favorites that always go down smooth. THE WHISKEY SHOP Every bottle produced at Midleton Distillery is available in the Distillery shop, and you’ll also find a specially curated range of brand merchandise. Tip: the Jameson Distillery Edition and Jameson hip flask can be 66

personalized for something extra special. Whiskeys available to purchase include the full range from Jameson, Powers, Redbreast, The Spot Range, Method and Madness and Midleton Very Rare. Keep an eye out for the collector’s corner as rare and discontinued whiskeys are known to appear there. The Bottle Your Own experience offers you the opportunity to be part of the whiskey making process by filling your own bottle of Jameson Black Barrel – Cask Strength, straight from the barrel. Once filled, personalise your own bottle label with your name (or that of someone special), date, cask number, bottle number and the alcohol strength. Then, log your very own bottle in the Jameson Black Barrel ledger, ensuring you and your bottle become part of the history of Jameson, forever. THE MALT HOUSE RESTAURANT These days the distillery is also a magnet for their food. Just ask the locals; you might be sitting next to one in the Malt House Restaurant.

All ingredients (just like the whiskey) come from down the road. Whether it’s fresh fish from Ballycotton Seafood, meat from O’Farrell’s Butchers, local veg from Castlemartyr or the scrumptious Irish brown soda bread baked in their own kitchen. There are traditional hot dishes, made with a modern twist, served every day from 12 - 3pm. And of course, you’re more than welcome to call in anytime between 10 - 4pm for a cup of tea or coffee, with a side of scones, desserts and chats. If you’re heading up to Dublin you can pop in for a visit at Jameson Distillery Bow St. to see where the Jameson story began in 1780. With plenty of unique experiences available, visit for a tour and tasting, learn how to blend your own whiskey, master the craft of cocktail making or draw whiskey straight from a cask in their live maturation warehouse, all in the home of the World’s Leading Distillery Tour. To find out more about Jameson Distillery Midleton or to book an experience visit jamesonwhiskey.com.






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he elevated glass-bottomed walkway in Dublin’s newest distillery, Roe & Co, offers an incredible birds eye view of the action below. Look closely to see the glass panels are inscribed with the names of the three copper stills that stand beneath your feet – Vision, Virtue & Valour. Within those glossy, curved vessels, something exciting is distilling. There’s a hum of activity, and a sense of excitement in the air. And it couldn’t be happening in a cooler space – what was the Guinness Power Station is a beloved element of the Dublin skyline, the angular red brick building standing in the heart of Dublin’s Liberties. ROOM 106 Room 106 is best described as a portal into the mind of Caroline Martin, the Master Blender,

who created the final Roe & Co blend. Named after the number of versions she went through before arriving at her perfect recipe; Room 106 is like a visionary wonderland of whiskey, where illuminated bottles, suspended beakers and copper wire connect like a mind map. What’s really great is the tasting process. If you’ve ever felt a little baffled (or intimidated) by a whiskey tasting, this accessible method will put you right at ease. Instead of someone telling you about notes of toffee or cinnamon you should sense, open one of the wooden tasting boxes and you’ll find little jars of exactly what you should be smelling (in this case, that includes caramel and clove). Then, when you get to taste the whiskey, you’ll be able to pinpoint those different characteristics. It’s a clever trick. 69


FLAVOURS WORKSHOP Filled with greenery, sleek wooden surfaces and enough mixology accoutrements to send a whiskey enthusiast into a tailspin, the Flavours Workshop is the room where you learn all about the art of the cocktail. Five tasting cards are emblazoned with the words ‘sour’, ‘sweet’, ‘bitter’, ‘umami’ and ‘salt’ with five little drop bottles alongside, encapsulating those flavours. A blackboard tells how to make the perfect cocktail from the visitor’s preferred flavour and in a few seconds, you can be mixing up a combination of green tea and malic, Manzanilla sherry, Roe & Co and tonic. The result is like no whiskey cocktail tried before – light and zingy, with an almost floral note from the sherry. It’s as far away from a traditional whiskey as you could ask for. THE POWER HOUSE BAR The tour wraps up in the Power House Bar, a sleek space with leather banquettes, art deco table lamps on the brushed copper bar and slick industrial notes giving the bar an endlessly cool vibe. Right beside this enviable décor is the old, empty factory space. It’s the perfect vision for 70

Roe & Co. In one direction you’ll see the past and present; the Power station that came before this one and of course the Guinness Brewhouse itself. In the bar you’ll find the future, the manner in which we consume the spirit today and the sense of flair around the occasion. Look beyond and you’ll see those copper stills hard at work – Vision, Virtue & Valour – each eager to finish the next batch of the future’s whiskey. Stand in one spot, and you’re surrounded by the past, present and future. Do that with a whiskey cocktail in your hand, and you couldn’t ask for much more.

The Roe & Co Distillery and immersive visitor experience is now open in the heart of Dublin 8. Tours cost €25 per guest and include a whiskey tasting, a flavours workshop and a complimentary cocktail in the Power House Bar. Tours run from 11am-5pm daily, seven days a week. Book your tickets online for best available rates www.roeandcowhiskey.com




modern, state-of-the-art working whiskey distillery in original 18th century buildings, located on the historic grounds of Slane Castle in the Boyne Valley. Just 45 minutes’ drive from Dublin or 10 minutes from Newgrange, Slane distillery offers guests guided tours with an interactive visitor experience, and a first-hand look at the unique creation process involved in producing Slane Irish Whiskey. But what is it about Slane Distillery that sets it apart from other distilleries in Ireland? HISTORY Slane Distillery is located on the 1500-acre estate of Slane Castle, home to the Conynghams since 1703; a family who have been part of the Slane community for generations. Slane Castle itself has hosted everyone from King George IV to renowned bands recording their albums, to more than a million music fans during the legendary Slane concert series. The construction of the new distillery began in September 2015 and centered on the restoration of Slane estate’s 18th century horse stables and courtyards, which were thoughtfully converted

into a state-of-the-art working distillery and visitor experience. Slane Distillery was opened to public in September 2017. The village of Slane is steeped in rich history. The river Boyne flows beneath the Slane Castle grounds and nearby Newgrange, which is a World Heritage Site, contains some of the earliest and most significant historical structures in Western Europe. UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN TWO FAMILIES Father and son duo Henry and Alex Conyngham began their journey into Irish whiskey and decided to build their own distillery on the grounds of Slane Castle, and later partnered with global spirits company, Brown Forman. Bringing together the barrel-raising art of the Brown family from Kentucky, famous throughout the whiskey and bourbon-drinking world, and the historic lands of the Conyngham family, Slane Distillery is the result of their shared passion for innovation, sustainability and producing world class whiskeys. 71


A MULTI-SENSORY IMMERSION IN A WORKING DISTILLERY When visitors arrive at Slane Distillery, they are taken on a truly immersive guided tour of a modern, working Irish whiskey distillery, including malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation. The tour starts in the interactive Heritage Room where guests are brought on a journey which encapsulates the rich tapestry of the Conyngham family history, the distillery site’s history, the Slane Castle estate, Slane village and the River Boyne. The tour continues into the micromalting room, followed by a tour of the distillery which includes the Mash House, Brew House and Still House, which contains the three hand-beaten copper pot stills. Then it’s on to the barrel repair room and maturation warehouse, finishing with a tutored tasting of Slane Irish Whiskey. Visitors can also enjoy whiskey and the finest cocktails in one of the two bars in the Distillery. With a nod to the numerous rock concerts which have taken place on the grounds of Slane Castle over the years, the Whiskey Lounge is dedicated to and decorated with musical memorabilia, while the Stalls Bar retains the original features of what was once the estate’s horse stables, complete with 18th-century horse boxes transformed into seating booths. The Visitor Centre includes a gift shop where guests can purchase anything from a Slane Irish Whiskey T-shirt to a fill-your-own bottle straight from the cask and put a personalized message on the bottle. TASTING OF A UNIQUE WHISKEY Slane Irish Whiskey is a bold take on Ireland’s legendary spirit, uniting craftsmanship and innovation. It offers an amplified whiskey experience that is not only triple distilled but also Triple Casked, as the whiskey is matured in 3 different casks using virgin oak, seasoned oak and sherry casks. When the liquid in the different casks is ready, it is artfully blended and results in a bold spirit with unique complexity and a more robust flavor than traditional blended Irish whiskeys, yet always satisfyingly smooth. The distillery is located close to the River Boyne, which - together with a dedicated bore hole into 72

limestone bedrock – provides the water source for Slane Irish Whiskey; the Boyne River valley offering an ideal climate for maturation. Slane Irish Whiskey can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks or mixed in classic cocktails, given the spicy, wood-rich complexity of the spirit. AN ENVIRONMENT FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS Environmental sustainability is at the core of Slane Distillery’s design. Every element of production at Slane Distillery has been designed with the surrounding environment in mind – from spent grain used to feed cattle on Slane Castle Estate, rainwater harvesting, installation of an anaerobic digester and a water treatment programme - to the creation of thermal energy on site, which is in turn used to part-heat the whiskey stills. In time, Slane Distillery hopes to be able to produce a range of Irish whiskies, including those produced exclusively from barley grown on the Conyngham family land, which surrounds the distillery. BREATHTAKING LOCATION Slane Distillery is set in a beautiful location, where visitors can relax and savour both nature and history. After visitors have enjoyed the distillery tour and a taste of Slane Irish Whiskey, they can relax in the surroundings of the distillery, take a walk around the grounds and visit Slane Castle, just 100 metres’ walk from the distillery. At the Castle, visitors can learn about the heritage and history of the Conyngham family, their ancestral home, and its unique rock and roll heritage. The restaurant in the Castle offers a dining experience of modern Irish cuisine, always using the best local and seasonal produce. Visitors can climb the Hill of Slane and experience the place where a fellow named Patrick courageously lit the Paschal fire before the High King in 433 A.D. and started an entire movement in Ireland, serving as the foundation genesis of St. Patrick’s Day as we now know it. To book a tour and learn more about Slane Irish Whiskey and the unique creation process at Slane Distillery and Visitor Centre, visit www.slaneirishwhiskey.com





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earse Lyons boutique distillery features two unique copper stills, nestled in the sanctuary of the restored historic St. James’ Church. Winner of the Irish Tourism Industry Awards 2019 for Best Tourism Experience, the distillery offers guests more than just whiskey. HISTORY AND WHISKEY St. James’ Church, which now houses the stateof-the-art Pearse Lyons Distillery, dates to the 12th Century. The church underwent various transformations before finally being renovated


by Pearse and Deirdre Lyons. The Lyons family purchased the site in 2012, with a view to refurbishing the church and returning it to its former glory, with a modern purpose. The family wanted to ensure the stories from Dublin’s Liberties and the historical significance of the church, its graveyard, the art of whiskey distilling and coopering, were shared and handed down through the generations. Throughout the distillery it is evident to visitors the level of detail that the Lyons family went to in refurbishing this protected monument. The Irish


artisan stained glass windows that illuminate the distillery interior not only depict the former life of the church, paying homage to the Camino De Santiago, also known as St. James’s Way; how Irish Whiskey is made; the art of coopering and the natural ingredients grown for our “uisce beatha” (Irish for “water of life,” another name for whiskey). On tour of the distillery and surrounding graveyard, guests are introduced to the compelling characters from Dublin’s famous distilling and brewing district, known as the “Golden Triangle.” Pearse Lyons Distillery is proud to be part of the rejuvenation of this historic area of Dublin city and celebrates its rich history on each tour and tasting experience. PEARSE IRISH WHISKEY Like all good distillery tours, each tour ends with a whiskey tasting. Visitors can choose from three tour and tasting experiences, each giving an insight into the unique small batch craft Irish Whiskeys which are created and blended by the team of distillers. Guests can also choose from a range of food pairing and blending experiences, to whiskey appreciation courses and cocktail making. The whiskey produced at the Pearse Lyons Distillery uses a unique proprietary yeast and is aged in top-quality barrels sourced from its sister distillery, Town Branch Distillery in Lexington, Kentucky, USA. Most recently, the distillery was delighted to announce they took home six medals in the Irish Whiskey Masters 2019. The awards run by the Spirits Business have become the last word in awarding excellence in the drinks industry. All six whiskeys entered by Pearse Lyons Distillery were awarded medals, two of which were awarded the top accolade of Master title. In all, Pearse Whiskey and the Ha’penny Whiskey range received two Masters, three Gold and one Silver Medal. This unique award-winning distillery is open to the public seven days a week. For more information on whiskey tours and tasting experiences, check out pearselyonsdistillery.com. Join the conversation @PearseLyonsDistillery #PearseLyonsWhiskey.

The stained glass windows created by Art Glass and designed by Deirdre Lyons, tell the story of the church and the whiskey distilling process. 75



or whiskey explorers eager to learn about the history and craft of the world-renowned Tullamore D.E.W. Irish whiskey, a visit to the home of the brand is a must. This unique visitor experience is set in Tullamore D.E.W.’s original 19th century bonded warehouse on the banks of the Grand Canal in the town of Tullamore, Co. Offaly, just off the M6 motorway if you’re driving from Dublin to Galway. There are three unique whiskey journeys to choose from where you can get up close and personal with the story of Tullamore D.E.W. You’ll be personally welcomed and guided by a whiskey expert from beginning to end; starting with the birth of a blend and finishing with your very own triple tasting. These three whiskey tours have been carefully crafted to suit everyone, from the Irish whiskey


novice through to the whiskey enthusiast. • Curious Taster’s Journey: Discover Tullamore D.E.W. with this triple tasting: €16 • Whiskey Wise Masterclass: Explore the depths of this fine whiskey collection in the comfort and privacy of the D.E. Williams Branch House: €29 • Ultimate Distillery Experience: €90 (By appointment only.) Experience a day like no other on this behind the scenes tour at the Tullamore Distillery. Tours run from 10.00 Mon-Sat. Sundays & Bank Holidays from 11.30. Last admission 17h00. Top it all off at the end by relaxing and enjoying Tullamore D.E.W.’s unique take on Irish cuisine in authentic 19th Century surroundings at The Bond.


‘2019 marked the release of our first Single Cask Bottling in collaboration with the Midleton Distillery, the Pinnacle of Irish Whiskey. Carefully selected by father & son, Charlie & Bill Chawke, alongside Midleton Master Distiller Brian Nation, this is truly one of the rarest Single Cask Irish whiskeys to be released. Bonded on the 4th of July 1990, this First-fill bourbon cask filled with Single Pot Still distillate matured for 28 years before being bottled at natural cask strength for The Chawke Pub Group in spring 2019. The cask yielded just 168 bottles, making it the oldest & rarest Single Cask expressions for the Midleton Distillery.’ 78

Searsons of Baggot Street 42-44 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, Ireland. www.searsonsbar.ie



estled in one of The Chawke Pub Groups most iconic venues with three copper pot stills overlooking it, Searsons Whiskey Bar has built seven stories of whiskey from around the world to satisfy all curiosities and palates. Searsons of Baggot Street are the proud custodians of the ‘Charlie Chawke’ Midleton Single Cask Edition, the oldest Midleton Single Cask ever released and they are the only bar in the world to have two full Midleton Very Rare Collections, every Vintage Release from 1984-present day on display. “We pride ourselves on delivering one of most unique whiskey experiences in the Irish Pub trade,” explains Bill Chawke of The Chawke Pub Group. “During a visit to our whiskey bar, you might try one of our Irish Whiskey tasting platters to get a unique look at a certain style of Irish Whiskey. Or, you could book a group in for a guided tasting with one of our Irish Whiskey specialists to explore some of the most prized whiskeys in our selection.” The diversity of styles, ages and maturations in the vast selection

here will present the perfect choice for connoisseurs and novices alike. 2019 marked the release of Searson’s first Single Cask Bottling in collaboration with the Midleton Distillery, the Pinnacle of Irish Whiskey, the Midleton ‘Charlie Chawke’ Single Cask Edition. Carefully selected by father and son Charlie and Bill Chawke alongside Midleton Master Distiller Brian Nation, this is truly one of the rarest Single Cask Irish whiskeys to be released. Bonded on the 4th of July 1990, this first-fill bourbon cask filled with Single Pot Still distillate is matured for 28 years before being bottled at natural cask strength for The Chawke Pub Group in spring 2019. The cask yielded just 168 bottles, making it the oldest and rarest Single Cask expression from the Midleton Distillery, exclusively available in Searsons. “We pride ourselves on promoting and selling the best of Irish produce,” Bill adds. “This commitment is evident in our approach to our whiskey collection but not only that, in the dining experience at our restaurant with

meals cooked to perfection with the finest Irish produce and wines to complement every meal. Enjoy those sunny days in our beer garden with a cocktail mixed to perfection by our team.” Searsons of Baggot Street is no ordinary pub or whiskey bar, this is a bar of rare distinction. 79


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our poster beds in opulent surrounds, exquisite dining, lordly pursuits and views to die for are just some of what awaits those who stay in Ireland’s top stately homes and castle hotels. Dotted around the island, these grand, centuriesold buildings have been lovingly restored and offer the highest quality accommodation and leisure experiences as well as the chance to step back in time into an era of elegance and refinement.


Take Ashford Castle in County Mayo, for example. The 800-year-old, multi-awardwinning hotel, set in a 26,000-acre estate, offers five-star accommodation and the chance to try out the ancient art of falconry. Without a doubt one of the grandest of places to stay but did you know that on the very same estate ‘The Lodge at Ashford Castle’ offers something equally stunning and remarkably different plus it won’t stretch the purse strings quite so much.


Golf can be enjoyed on a top-class links at the majestic castle estate of Dromoland in County Clare, the ancestral home of the High King of Ireland Brian Boru and one of the country’s top hotels. To indulge in the art of relaxation head to the splendid Adare Manor castle hotel in County Limerick. Considered to be a Neo-Gothic masterpiece, the hotel has undergone an extensive refurbishment with 42 new bedrooms, an exclusive La Mer Spa and a redesigned 18hole championship golf course. For those seeking an authentic experience of living like a lord, Lismore Castle in County Waterford is up for hire – complete with butler and staff. The 12th-century castle, owned by the Duke of Devonshire, offers opulent accommodation and the finest dining in its magnificent medieval banqueting hall. Also in County Waterford is the glorious Waterford Castle, accessed by ferry and sitting on its very own island complete with golf course, woodland walks, a herd of deer and service with a smile in the luxury of a unique island retreat. At other venues, the titled owners are waiting to welcome and entertain their guests. At Dunleath Mansion House in County Down, lunch can be enjoyed with Lord and Lady Dunleath followed by an afternoon of archery and shooting on their estate. And in County Fermanagh, guests can stay in West Wing of historic Crom Castle and enjoy exclusive tours of the family’s private quarters given by the 7th Earl of Erne himself. The Leslie family are still in residence at Castle Leslie in County Monaghan. A family that can trace its roots back to Atilla the Hun must surly have some great stories to tell! You can live the high life here by staying in the Castle complete with an unbelievable collection of antiquities, plus a cinema - or for something equally opulent, rooms at The Lodge are drop dead gorgeous as is the food, the service and the charm of this magnificent estate.

In County Roscommon, the Victorian grandeur of Clonalis House, regarded as one of Ireland’s most important historic properties, offers not just luxurious surroundings but also a unique glimpse into Ireland’s history. It is the ancestral home of the O’Conors, Kings of Connacht and High Kings of Ireland, and its library contains over 7,000 tomes, some of which date to the 16th century, and which attest to the owners’ aristocratic lineage. www.ireland.com 81


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ating back to 1845, The Lodge is now part of the award-winning Red Carnation Hotel Collection. The hotel owned by Beatrice Tollman, Red Carnation’s, Founder and President has its own individual character and unique location that reflects the local environment, culture and cuisine. Designed originally as the home for the Estate Manager of Ashford Castle Estate, today the original lodge building contains the hotel’s Quay Bar and Wilde’s at the Lodge Restaurant and now boasts a courtyard which has 64 contemporary chic bedrooms. The hotel’s fine food, warm ambience and eclectic, edgy décor combine handsome period elements with 82

luxurious modern touches reflecting the essence of a Red Carnation Hotel. This contemporary country house boasts vibrant decor, sumptuous furnishings, rich deep pile carpets and dreamy lakeside views. The property positivily radiates modern appeal offering the ultimate in country house hospitality. The Lodge at Ashford Castle provides the perfect venue to captivate guests of all ages. Activities include fishing, cycling, archery, clay pigeon shooting, horse riding as well as falconry. If you simply can’t tear yourself away, then cruise



Dear All, around Lough Corrib an area with 365 islands - from the pretty little harbour of Lisloughrey Quay directly in front of The Lodge. Afterwards return to The Lodge where passionate hospitality and a warm Irish welcome awaits. Overlooking the lake, the entire first floor of the house is occupied by the uber smart Wilde’s at the Lodge restaurant, named after Sir William Wilde (father of Oscar). The kitchen team is led by acclaimed Executive Chef Jonathan Keane, recently named best chef in Ireland 2019 by the Good Eating Guide. Chef Keane and his team forage wild herbs and flowers that adorn the dishes at this exquisite restaurant within the vast Ashford Estate. Produce and meat come from organic local suppliers for their muchlauded, seasonally changing menu. The Quay Bar and Brasserie provides a more informal setting, with equally impressive views across the water. When it comes to retiring to your own little santuary, the bedrooms will not disappoint. All rooms are lavishly furnished with giant oversized beds as well as the latest technology. The suites are magnificent, designed with meticulous attention to detail and adorned with playful original artworks. As a house with so much history, suites are named after many that lived at or contributed to the estate. Needless to say, there is a Guinness Suite named after Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness, grandson of Sir

Arthur Guinness, who purchased what was then called Ashford House, in 1852 – and the rest as they say is history. From this to the Hackett Suite (Ireland’s famous golf architect) the Ford Suite (as in John Ford, director of The Quiet Man) there are rooms and suites aplenty to charm even the most discerning guest. With its picturesque lakeside setting, splendid gardens, elegant interiors, imaginative cuisine and attentive personal service, The Lodge makes for a dream wedding destination, especially for those who want to spend a few days with friends and family in a luxurious yet laid back setting. Over 1000 website testimonials provide just a flavour of what is on offer. Through visitors summing up their experience beautifully. The Lodge at Ashford Castle is a magical, memorable place with an enchanting setting and a unique hospitality experience. It’s a little piece of heaven far from the maddening crowd yet within easy reach of Ireland’s most iconic scenery. Just 40-minutes drive from Galway and along the Wild Atlantic Way, The Lodge at Ashford Castle it is the ideal base for visiting Connemara, Kylemore Abbey and County Mayo with Ireland West Knock Airport a mere 45 minutes’ drive away.

I’m finally getting five minutes to drop you a line to say thank you, but I don’t even know where to start! You have been an instrumental part in making our wedding day the best & most enjoyable day of our lives. Your patience, your relaxed manner, your professionalism, your kindness & attention meant that our wedding ‘planning’ was a series of answering your questions & suggestions. So many people commented to me on how professional -yet light-handed- all the staff were on the day. This is what made our day; everyone we love being happy & relaxed. You were constantly one step ahead of us and I honestly think that if we asked you if Cher could come over & play a song (I heard she was staying in the castle) you would have pottered off to see if it was possible!! :) I feel proud and privileged to have been married in The Lodge. And the best thing of all, we’ll be back time after time! Much love and gratitude, Ruth Flynn & Ross Gillanders, 13th July 2019

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t is difficult to describe the sense of wonder and excitement you feel as you board the private ferry, drive along the treelined avenue then catch a glimpse of the magnificent Waterford Castle. The 310 – acre private Island Resort is accessible only by taking a brief ride on the Mary Fitzgerald, an exclusive car ferry which runs to and from the mainland throughout the day and night. The ferry transports you to a different world, it’s almost unbelievable to think you are only a 10 - minute drive from the center of Ireland’s oldest city – Waterford, and just 90 minutes from the capital of Dublin. 84

The Island has enjoyed a long and rich history, from early monastic settlements around the 7th Century to a Viking stronghold in the 9th to 11th Centuries. Following the Norman invasion Maurice Fitzgerald (cousin of the famed Richard ‘Strongbow’ de Clare) chose the Island as his home, and thus began the start of the Fitzgerald Dynasty. The Fitzgerald family lived on the Island for eight centuries until the dynasty finally came to an end when Mary Augusta Fitzgerald married the Italian Prince Caracciolo, and the Island was sold in the 1950’s.

The Island was developed into a luxury resort in the 1980s, and in 2015 it was bought by a local Kilkenny man. The current Resort encompasses a 16th Century Castle, an 18 - hole Championship Golf Course with Golf Clubhouse and 45 contemporary selfcatering lodges. The private island resort is the only one of its kind in Ireland, making it an extraordinary destination. The Castle has just 19 luxurious suites, giving it a truly intimate and personable feel. The rooms have undergone renovations including restoration of priceless antiques


and the addition of elegant wallpapers and soft furnishings. The flagship Presidential Suite features a four-poster bed, Waterford Crystal Chandeliers, antique claw-footed bath and painted French porcelain sinks and toilet. Needless to say, dining at the Castle is an experience in itself, from the 2 - AA Rosette Munster Room Restaurant which still bears original oak panelled walls, ornate ceilings and Waterford Crystal Chandeliers, to the elegant Fitzgerald Room Bar which has among its décor an exquisite Victorian-era Rococo mirror and a hand-carved wooden bar. The Castle is also a popular destination for enjoying Afternoon Tea, which is carefully prepared by the Castle’s pastry chefs. The 310-acre island is home to a multitude of onsite activities, from the footgolf course and playground adjoining the lodges, to the lawn croquet, driving range, golf course, clay shooting and falconry. The numerous nature walks give an excellent opportunity to see the variety of native Irish wildlife including a herd of wild sika deer, red squirrels, foxes, badgers and a host of Irish birds. Waterford Castle is a wonderful base for exploring Ireland’s Ancient East, with an ideal location just minutes’ drive from Waterford City. Some of the highlights in the city include the famed House of Waterford Crystal and the Viking Triangle which encompasses several fascinating museums. Other nearby activities include the popular Waterford Greenway cycling and walking trail and the breath-taking Copper Coast scenic drive. Due to its idyllic location and intimate feel, Waterford Castle is a hugely popular venue for destination weddings, with the ability to hire out the entire castle for exclusive use. The Castle can cater for the smallest, most personable gatherings to grand, large scale celebrations of up to 125 people. The Island is one of the most beautiful settings imaginable for wedding photos – from the interior and exterior of the exquisite 16th Century Castle itself, to the carefully curated lawns and gardens, the woodlands and nature trails, the banks of the river, and even the Island’s very own lighthouse. Whatever it is you seek, at Waterford Castle, leave your worries at the shore. www.waterfordcastleresort.com 85

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xploring this corner of Ireland’s Ancient East and journeying through the unspoiled landscape, hearing first-hand the stories that built Ireland is a must when visiting Ireland. Journey through time and meet Celts, Christians, Vikings, Normans, the French, Welsh and English – all of whom left behind their unique stamp on the area and a remarkable legacy of heritage and culture. The first humans to arrive in Ireland did so via

Wexford in the Mesolithic period between 5000 BC – 3000 BC. Age-old Portal Tombs known as dolmens are dotted across the county together with many artefacts from the later Bronze Age. Later the Vikings made their mark here too, bearing down from Scandinavia. Hordes of wild wayfarers first arrived in the 8th century, initially to loot and pillage as was their way, however they also laid the foundations of many Irish towns – including Wexford Town, which was founded by the Vikings in about 800 AD. They named 87


it Veisafjǫrðr, meaning inlet of the flats and it remained a Viking town for about 300 years. In 1169 the Normans arrived to Ireland, also via Wexford. Diarmait Mac Murchada, the High King of Leinster, whose seat was located in the village of Ferns, Wexford and his Norman allies battled the Viking inhabitants who resisted fiercely. Today, Norse and Norman influences combine in Wexford, a town that has retained its compact, medieval feel – though the only invading hordes you’re likely to encounter these days are the opera buffs descending on the annual international Wexford Festival Opera. The beautiful Norman town of Enniscorthy, the quayside town of New Ross first established by William Marshal and the bustling market town of Gorey all combine to provide a historic trail with fascinating visitor attractions alongside beautiful coastline boasting miles of golden sand beaches. TRACKS & TRAILS Presuming you are travelling by road these days rather than by Viking longboat, routes 88

connecting the highlights of the Ancient East in Wexford make for some great trips, ranging from the towns themselves to all the rivers, beaches, festivals, castles, forts, abbeys and cafés in-between. Exploring the vast heritage trail, the Garden Trail and the Craft trails of Wexford will ensure that you encounter some gems. Making your way south in the county to the tip of the Hook Peninsula you’ll be met with the wonderous Hook Lighthouse, the oldest intact operational lighthouse in the world – which by itself enough to make it one of the most interesting attractions in the area. Delve a little into its history and you’ll discover that William Marshall, the man who built it, was a fascinating character. The 13th-century Norman-Anglo knight, who was reputed to be handsome, married Strongbow’s daughter Isabella; never lost a duel and made his fortune in tournaments. A sort of David Beckham of the Middle Ages, his name was known everywhere and he built the tower, which was in use by 1240, to guide shipping to his port at nearby New Ross.

On the outskirts of Wexford town experience the majesty of a great Victorian revival castle and ornamental grounds at Johnstown Castle.


Just a stone throw from the Lighthouse the haunting beauty of the Hook Peninsula provides the perfect backdrop for Loftus Hall, supposedly the most haunted house in Ireland. An ancient building of a different kind is also located on the Hook Peninsula is the glorious Tintern Abbey, a magnificent Cistercian abbey, founded c. 1200 by William, the Earl Marshall, and now home to the wonderful Colclough walled gardens and a variety of walking trails. Also close by is the splendid Dunbrody Abbey founded on the instructions of Strongbow, the 2nd Earl of Pembroke, Dunbrody Abbey was built in the late 12th Century. It is the largest of its kind in Ireland and one of the finest examples of a Cistercian abbey still standing in Ireland today. KENNEDY COUNTY Trekking towards the town of New Ross from the Hook Peninsula you will enter Kennedy Country. Take a selfie with the life-size statue of President Kennedy and remember the emigrants who left these shores at the Emigrant Flame, alight from the same flame that burns at President Kennedy’s graveside in Arlington. The Kennedy links to Ireland are as strong today as they once were. In 1848 great-grandfather of President John F Kennedy, Patrick Kennedy emigrated from his hometown of New Ross to America. In 1963 President John F Kennedy returned and stood in the yard of his ancestral home and drank a cup of tea with his Irish cousin Mary Ryan. The Kennedy Homestead, birthplace of President John F Kennedy’s great grandfather, celebrates the story of this famous Irish American family. See how some of the emigrants would have crossed the ocean at the Dunbrody Famine Ship moored on the quayside in New Ross. Above and below deck hear real life stories as costumed performers set the scene. A wonderful arboretum also commemorates the Kennedy family and a visit to the John F Kennedy Memorial Park is a soulful experience. The Arboretum here contains over 4,500 types of trees and shrubs covering 623 acres the exact same size as Arlington National Cemetery.

Leaving New Ross for the 30-minute drive to Wexford town, a trip to the Irish National Heritage Park is a must - an incredible journey through 9,000 years of Ireland’s past. Surprises wait around every turn from campsite to Ringfort, from mill to Fulacht Fiadh, from Crannog to Viking house and more. Also on the outskirts of Wexford town lies Johnstown Castle where you can experience the majesty of a great Victorian revival castle and ornamental grounds originally laid out by the famous Daniel Robertson in the 1830’s.

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From here take a 5-minute trip into Wexford Town to explore the pretty little shop filled streets and enjoy the bustling cultural lifestyle. Walking tours are a great way to see the sights including the National Opera House of Ireland. Just 20 minutes away from Wexford town lies the heritage town of Enniscorthy featuring a number of prominent sites in Ireland’s history including Enniscorthy Castle, built in the 13th century. The National 1798 Visitor Centre plus the historic battlefield of Vinegar Hill overlooks the heritage town. At the nearby 13th century Ferns Castle, enjoy a guided tour to hear the stories of the resident King of Leinster Dermot McMurrough who brought the first Normans to Ireland. North of Enniscorthy town, the beautiful Victorian Wells House & Gardens offers something for all generations from a living Victorian house tour, garden tours, falconry and archery in an enchanted woodland setting. Wexford people love to share their beautiful county and stories with visitors. They also produce some of Ireland’s top foods, from a street side cuppa to Michelin star dining. The county boasts a broad variety of accommodation from pretty cottage rentals, bed and breakfasts to top class hotels, so there is something for all budgets. Wexford is also known as the sunny southeast, as its sheltered location gets the best of the Irish weather. For everything you need to know about holidaying in Wexford, see www.visitwexford.ie 90


Heritage Tours Wexford Ireland is my home and sharing it with visitors is my life,” says Cathy Keane, owner of Heritage Tours Wexford. As owner, driver and tour guide Cathy loves to show off the real Ireland. Wexford is her base, “the sleeping beauty of Ireland” she calls it, and it is from here that Cathy operates tours of Wexford, Wicklow, Waterford, Kilkenny and Carlow – all ideal day trips. For over 10 years Cathy has been creating itineraries, experiences and memories for her guests. As in life, nothing is written in stone she says, so her itineraries are designed with inbuilt flexibility for last minute changes or diversions. “Sure it’s often the little diversions that make the trip!” she says enthusiastically. Imagine a chance to visit five counties with no packing or unpacking along Ireland’s Ancient East. Or maybe a movie tour with a difference, like the Brooklyn Movie Bus Tour – you’ve seen the movie, now take the tour! Transport is provided in a luxury air-conditioned wheelchair accessible mini bus ideal for groups of up to 16 people. As your personal tour planner Cathy works with visitors to help create an exciting itinerary that best suit each group based on interests, comfort levels, preferred pace and budget. “I will always be on hand to help from the first point of contact right through to the completion of your bus tour of south east Ireland. Short on time? I am also available for one day tours.” Expect impromptu stops and photo opportunities at places only the locals know on these special tours and with photos in mind, photography is Cathy’s second passion with making movies thrown in for good measure. She even has her own YouTube channel where she puts her tour guide and film skills to great effect. For a tour guide with a difference, rest assured that your dream trip to Ireland will be just that with the unstoppable Cathy Keane!

corner of Ireland we produce a lot of the country’s food; the barley for Guinness, tons of delicious strawberries, we’re the home of chowder, and many of the farms are organic and free-range, so wherever we stop, be it a farmhouse lunch, a local tearoom or gastro pub, it will all be part of the experience. “Food mileage is in yards here” she laughs.

Go Gallivanting! Lorraine O’Dwyer, owner and founder of Gallivanting Tours is more than just a tour guide. Having first cut her teeth in Dublin in the 1990’s Lorraine has seen first-hand how the needs and interests of visitors have changed over the years. “Years ago, when people came to Ireland, they often came on organized coach trips being herded around selected sites, told when and what to eat, when to sleep and almost what to think!” she exclaims. “But todays travelers are far more interested in discovering the island their own way and at their own pace, mixing up their visit with day tours and

hiring a car. Everything I do is designed around that type of vacation. Imagine it like a TV show, 24 hours in Ireland with a local!” And food is just as much a part of her tours as the sights and stories are. “Here in this

So, if you are looking for a tour that’s flexible to your plans, is filled with stories and mixes up visits to food producers with heritage sites, then head off gallivanting with Lorraine for the time of your life. www.gallivantingtours.ie 91


Lost in Time

Ballyminane Mills is the very last working water powered mill in the country producing flour at a commercial level. The locally sourced wheat is ground through a set of French burr milling stones, the best stones to use as they wear very little and are strong and robust. The workings of the mill ensure that the stones do not overheat. The wheat grain (Kennerl/Endosperm) used is not damaged and that is what gives the stoneground wholemeal flour its unique and authentic flavor setting it apart from any other flour on the market. The wheat used is sourced from grain companies providing grain that is a minimum 12% protein and a moisture level of 14% to produce the highest quality product. The number one priority here is quality not quantity. “The only bit of electrical power that we use is in the cleaning of the grain and

stitching the bag. Everything else is powered by water,” explains Owner John Murphy. He knows what he is talking about; the mill has been in his family for over 200 years. The water that is used comes from the Blackstairs Mountain. As it flows down from the mountain along the river it meets up where it enters the Mill Race through a Weir Gate. This Mill Race is 22 yards short of a mile and it flows through 5 different farms. The water from the Mill Race enters the pond (holding area) where a sluice gate is opened, flows on top of Waterwheel, fills the buckets so the weight of the water in the buckets makes the wheel turn. It’s a fascinating process and a joy to behold. Situated in a picturesque river valley 8 miles from Enniscorthy, Ballyminane Mills is a place lost in time, still using traditional techniques to provide the very finest product in the prettiest of settings.

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“Take a step back in time and visit Ireland’s only authentic water powered mill, Est. 1832 and home to its unique Stoneground Wholemeal flour. Meet with the Miller, John Murphy who will take you on the tour of the three mills while giving you a demonstration on the traditional milling process that is still been used today. John will give you an insight into the history of the Mill and the inspiration behind his business. Take a tour around Ireland’s only authentic, waterpowered mill where John the Miller will demonstrate the traditional milling techniques that produce his Awarding Winning Bespoke Handcrafted Stoneground Wholemeal Flour”


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exford’s history, culture and magnificent landscape is presented in a very special way on the Wexford Heritage Trail. From mountain to sea, mainland to islands, the trail leads you to castles, churches and abbeys, battlefields, historic towns and villages, great houses and gardens, windmills and forts. Explore the world’s oldest lighthouse, Ireland’s biggest open-air museum, and the famous famine ship. Discover a landscape rich in biodiversity, from unique coastal habitats to the famous Wexford Slobs, a haven for wildlife and one of the most important wild bird reserves in the world. Along the trail follow in the footsteps of monarchs and monks, knights and warriors, rebels and rogues and stand at the of the 1798 Rebellion at Vinegar Hill where the current peace, serenity and spectacular views belies its background as one of the bloodiest battlefields in Irish history. 20,000 men, women and children faced 10,000 members of the crown forces in a battle that lasted only

four hours, but left 1,500 dead. On a more cheerful note there are great craft experience to explore on the Wexford Craft Trail. The hum of the potter’s wheel, the click of the weaver’s shuttle, hammer blows to the anvil and the calm of needlework – all these are the sounds of Wexford’s craftsmen and craftswomen at work. At the Exhibition Centre in New Ross, check out the Ros Tapestry project. Ongoing since 1998 the project involves 150 stitchers creating 15 giant tapestries depicting Norman history and linking all of the Norman sites in Ireland’s Ancient East. The tapestry is one of the largest series of embroidered tapestries in Europe. A different form of spectacular stitching takes place at Ceadogán Rugmakers who have been making beautiful statements in purest wool since 1989. Highly visual and highly prized their rugs are feature pieces at countless top-notch establishments including the

Wexford Opera House and at Irish Embassies and residences worldwide. Located in an 18th century farmyard overlooking Bannow Bay Estuary it’s worth a look to experience the tactile textures of a Ceadogán creation. Textures and textiles abound in these parts and if you want to take home a beautiful piece of wearable art then check out Máiréad Cairbre’s workshop at Pehuén in Carraig Foyle, located in the foothills of Forth Mountain. This area is a popular walking spot just south west of Wexford town. No other mountain in Ireland can boast of 500-600 million-year-old rock but Forth Mountain can, rising to a height of 780 feet (235m). Bringing the best of locally produced Wexford crafts together under one roof, The Makers House is a creative venture set in the heart of Wexford Town. This creative hub encompasses retail space, studio space and a range of events including demonstrations and classes to showcase crafts in the community. 93






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The Norman Way

The Norman Way is a heritage trail that runs along the south coast of County Wexford.

Travel along the Norman Way in Wexford to meet the descendants of the Norman families that made this area their home from the 12th century onwards – and discover how the Normans:

Along this Wexford Trail you will discover authentic medieval sites that will help you to understand the Norman way of life.

– Constructed formidable buildings on this landscape

These hidden gems are waiting to be explored down quiet country lanes, in beautiful seaside villages and alongside stunning beaches. The Norman Way is a true treasure of Ireland’s Ancient East. Lose yourself in this beautiful, ancient landscape as you discover the place where the Norman way of life first took hold in Ireland over 800 years ago.

– Improved agriculture and food production here – Supported a change in the character of the Christianity practised in the country – Enhanced military know-how and navigation in Ireland Discover The Norman Way for yourself Take in some of the sites found along the Norman Way as part of your time in Wexford or take the time to visit all of these centuries-old locations and really experience the Norman landscape of south Wexford. Learn more about the sites found along the Norman Way: www.thenormanway.com See what Wexford has to offer visitors: www.visitwexford.ie


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he Normans were descendants of Scandinavian Vikings who settled in Normandy, France. They invaded England in 1066 and a century later they came to Ireland. In 1169, Diarmuid McMurrough, the ousted ruler of a kingdom in Ireland called Leinster, brought Norman knights to Ireland to help him wrestle back his kingdom from his enemies. These Norman forces first set foot on Irish soil at Bannow Bay in Wexford.

May 2019 marked the 850th anniversary of the arrival of the Normans to Ireland at Bannow Bay and a year-long programme of public events are taking place in the many towns and villages to honor the anniversary. From historical talks and demonstrations, music concerts, landing re-enactments, workshops, medieval games and a Viking Fire Festival with a Norman twist, Wexford will once again see a Norman invasion – albeit a peaceful one - under the banner ‘The Normans Are Here.’ 95


THE NORMAN WAY The Norman Way is a heritage trail that runs along the south coast of County Wexford and a true treasure of Ireland’s Ancient Est. Along this trail you can discover authentic medieval sites which will help to explain the Norman way of life. These hidden gems are tucked down quiet country lanes, in beautiful seaside villages and alongside stunning beaches. Lose yourself in this beautiful, ancient landscape as you discover a way of life in the place where it first took hold in Ireland over 800 years ago. Like the Celts before them, as generations of Normans settled in Ireland, they brought with them customs, language and a whole new skill set. The Normans introduced the English language to Ireland and they introduced common law which eventually supplanted Brehon law. They built imposing buildings across the County of Wexford like Enniscorthy Castle which is an imposing Norman stronghold, which dates from 1205, and Hook Lighthouse which is the oldest operational lighthouse in the world and was purpose built 800 years ago by Knight William Marshal. They bequeathed dozens of surnames which are recognizably Irish, but whose origins are Norman – Devereux, Roche, Butler, Lynch, Power, Joyce, Fitzgerald, Fitzpatrick, Fitzmaurice, Tobin, Redmond, Shefflin. It was the Normans who divided fields into hedges and started the process of making county boundaries. They improved agriculture and food production; enhanced military knowhow and navigation and they supported a change in the character of the Christianity practiced in the country. A dedicated website will help you to find information on the various sites along the Norman Way including cycling options, stories and facts about the treasures that make up the Norman Way as told by the locals who live near them; and discover how to get there, www.thenormanway.com. To discover more about County Wexford in the Sunny South East of Ireland and the Cornerstone of Irelands Ancient east visit www.visitwexford.ie 96


Tintern ABBEY



his 12th century reform movement came from a series of Synods held across the country, beginning in 1101 with the Synod of Cashel, and leading to the establishment of the diocesan structure in 1111 at the Synod of Rath Breasil. The monastic side of the church also needed reform and it was through this movement that the Cistercian Order was introduced to Ireland c. 1142. Mellifont Abbey on the Louth/

Meath border was the location of the first Irish Cistercian monastery and in time, 42 Irish Cistercian monasteries would be founded in total, transforming the Irish landscape. One of those monasteries, founded in the south east of Ireland on a peninsula of land jutting into the sea in Co Wexford was Tintern Abbey. During the medieval period Tintern 97


amassed large tract of land which was typical of the Cistercian approach as the Order was dependent on self-sufficiency through manual labor. The Cistercian monks lived, prayed and worked at Tintern for approximately 350 years until the monasteries were dissolved under the authority of King Henry VIII as part of his policy of the dissolution of the religious houses in the period 1536-41. Following a short hiatus, the lands and monastery came under the ownership of the Colclough family. Tintern remained in the ownership of the Colclough family until the 1950’s when the Abbey and remaining lands were donated to the Irish State. Tintern is among the very rare examples in the Irish landscape where the monastic building and lands can be traced through just two distinct ownership groups from the 13th to the 20th centuries. Anthony Colclough was the first Colclough owner of the Abbey and he began the transformation of the old abbey church into a fortified dwelling and the former monastic land was developed as a landed estate. After Anthony’s death his son Thomas inherited the estate and he accumulated in excess of 25,000 acres of land by foreclosing on unpaid loans. Thomas was married twice; his first wife was a member of the Reformed Church while his second wife was Catholic. Following Thomas’s death, the Tintern lands were divided along religious lines and this issue of religion was a feature of the ownership of Tintern for centuries. In 1635 Sir William Brereton visited Tintern and referred to the old chancel as being a “fair large, stately house and of great receipt.” Less than twenty years later Sir Caesar Colclough was said to be in possession of ‘a large castle’ in addition to approximately 880 acres. Time and again the lands were divided and reunited along the religious lines until in the early 18th century when the estate was once again joined, this time under the personage of Caesar Colclough of Duffry Hall. Caesar is remembered as a benevolent landlord who supported religious freedom and was a renowned athlete. Following his death in 1766 his grandson Vesey inherited Tintern. However, although Vesey embarked on various building works at the Abbey, he squandered much of 98

his inheritance. The battlemented walls which adorn much of the abbey today is a testimony to Vesey’s period as owner of Tintern. Tintern was next inherited by Vesey’s son, however this Caesar lived in France for long periods and so the estate was administered by Caesars youngest brother John whose decisions have left an indelible mark on Tintern.

A Cistercian abbey, founded c. 1200 by William, the Earl Marshall, and named after Tintern in Wales. The remains consist of nave, chancel, tower, chapel and cloister. It was partly converted into living quarters after 1541, and further adapted over the centuries. The Abbey was occupied by the Colclough family from the 16th century until 1960s. Today visitors can tour the Abbey and the restored Colclough Walled garden, take refreshments in the Abbey tea-room and enjoy a stroll along the marked trails, following in the footsteps of the monks and residents of the past.

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f you are touring Ireland for more than a couple of days and you plan to visit some of the many heritage sites then the Office of Public Works (OPW) Heritage card will certainly save you money. It is easy to buy, a true bargain (a rare thing!) and not half enough used by visitors to Ireland. Heritage Cards are issued by OPW, a government body which looks after national monuments, historic houses, parks and gardens that are in State care. A Heritage Card gives free entrance to all of the properties in their care for a period of one year and you can visit the sites as many times as you like within the validity period. This includes more than 75 heritage sites all over the country, some of which are among the most popular places to visit in Ireland. Some of these attractions are free to enter even without the card but it really is not difficult to save money with a Heritage Card, no matter what region of Ireland you are visiting. The Heritage Card provides for free admission to more than 45 fee paying sites that are managed by the OPW.

Should you Buy a Heritage Card? If you intend doing any sight-seeing, YES buy this card. It’s a complete no-brainer. As an example of the savings you can make look at the list of headline locations it includes, places that most people touring Ireland will visit – Kilmainham Gaol, the Rock of Cashel, Muckross House, Kilkenny Castle, Glendalough, Bru na Boinne, Clonmacnoise – all on the lists of most people who visit Ireland. Suppose you spend time in Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork and Kerry, which would not be an unusual itinerary. You’ll visit the following places (and more, these are the

ones that we highly recommend). • Dublin: Kilmainham Goal and Dublin Castle • Day Trip from Dublin: Brú na Boinne, Hill of Tara, Trim Castle, Battle of the Boyne Centre • Kilkenny: Kilkenny Castle, Jerpoint Abbey, Dunmore Caves • On the way to Cork: Cahir Castle, The Rock of Cashel • Cork: Charles Fort, Garanish Island • Kerry: Muckross House and Gardens, Ross Castle, Derrynane House, the Blasket Centre For a family of 2 adults + 2 Children aged between 12 – 18 without any card the cost would come to €295. With a Family card you make a saving of €205. Now that is a saving!! You can buy cards at one of the many OPW fee paying sites in Dublin and around the country – full details www.heritageireland.ie. They are valid for one year from the date of purchase and only become valid the first time you use them. The cards will be available to purchase online shortly so there are no excuses! 101

St Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower are an essential part of the structural heritage in the vibrant medieval city of Kilkenny in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East

The Cathedral Church of St Canice, The Close, Coach Rd, Kilkenny City, Ireland, R95 V63H. Phone : +353 (0)56 7764971 Email : info@stcanicescathedral.com

Visit www.stcanicecathedral.com for opening times and admission prices

A Fairy Tale Castle in the Irish Countryside

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here are 32 national historic properties including castles, houses & gardens, botanic gardens, parklands and islands under the care of the Office of Public Works (OPW). From Dublin Castle to Doneraile Court, from the Great Blasket Islands to the National Botanic Gardens, each property has its own legacy and story and provides a unique insight for national and international visitors alike. These are vibrant living places that can take visitors on a journey through Ireland’s rich and complex cultural heritage. To visit these historic properties, carefully restored and managed by the OPW is to immerse yourself in the heritage of a small nation with a giant cultural footprint. To visit is to hear the

unique story of each property, walk through former corridors of power or stroll through gardens of magnificent beauty, learn about the place these properties held in Irish history, or the rise and fall of their former occupants. CASTLETOWN HOUSE Castletown House in Celbridge, County Kildare is Ireland’s first and largest Palladian style house and a hugely important part of Ireland’s architectural heritage. Built in the 1720’s for William Conolly, Speaker of the Irish House of Commons, Castletown House was designed to reflect its owner’s influence and immense wealth and to serve as a venue for political entertaining on a large scale. 103


While Conolly may have been of humble origins ((born in County Donegal in 1662 to a local innkeeper), he rose to become the wealthiest and most powerful politician in Ireland and by the time of his death Castletown House had become synonymous with architectural excellence, fine style and lavish entertaining that rivalled the Vice Regal of Dublin. Over the centuries, visitors from all over the world have marveled at the splendor of the house and been enchanted by its beautiful setting. The façade of Castletown House was based on designs by Florentine architect Alessandro Galilei, while the interiors were designed by a young architect named Edward Lovett Pearce, who would go on to design the Irish Houses of Parliament on Dublin’s College Green. Indeed, the scale and design of the house is said to have influenced the design of the White House in Washington DC. Much of the interior of the house remained unfinished until a young charismatic woman Lady Louisa, wife of the second heir of Castletown, Thomas Conolly, settled there in 1759. Under her supervision and guided by her impeccable taste, the house underwent a transformation and no expense was spared. Ceilings were redesigned to create visual impact; dark oak paneling disappeared behind colorful paper and silk wall hangings, windows were raised and doors were lowered. Bespoke chandeliers, which hang to this day, rehung in the restoration process, were ordered from Murano in Venice while two years were spent painting pictures on the walls in the style of the recently rediscovered Pompeii. The culmination of years of energy, skill and craftmanship expended to realize Lady Louisa’s vision for Castletown can still be admired to this day in the Long Gallery and in the Print Room, the only original room of this kind left in Ireland. Castletown House served as the ancestral home to successive generations of the Conolly’s until 1965. Following the sale of the house in 1965 and the dispersal of the contents a year later, the house was left vacant and subjected to vandalism. In 1994 the OPW took over the ownership and management of the house and embarked on a massive restoration and conservation programme 104

of both of the house and of the extensive parklands, which extend towards the River Liffey and include meadows, waterways and woodlands with manmade accents carefully inserted into nature for the visitor to discover and enjoy. Today visitors to Castletown can enjoy a fine collection of Irish decorative arts within a setting that is famed for its architectural significance and for the beauty of its natural environment. What is more, Castletown offers exciting changing exhibitions each year, as well as a vibrant year-round programme of events for all ages and tastes. EMO COURT Located in a quiet corner of County Laois, Emo Court is an elegant country house set among the rich pastures of the Irish midlands. At first glance this large mansion and formal garden suggests a strict Neoclassical vision that has remained fixed over time. Yet in much the same way that Emo’s gardens gradually yield to fluid forms where woodland meets water, the houses’


restrained façade conceals an unexpectedly eclectic mix of architectural motifs, painting, art and furniture. Together, they tell a fascinating story of a great Irish estates changing fortune and functions over the centuries. John Dawson, 1st Earl of Portarlington commissioned the building of Emo Court in County Laois in 1790 although the house was not finally completed until 1870, eighty years later. Emo Court is one of only a few private country houses designed by the famous English architect James Gandon whose other works include The Custom House, The Four Courts and King’s Inns in Dublin. However, the architectural sophistication of Emo Court owes perhaps as much to the matrimonial obligations of its patron as it does to Gandon. In 1778 Dawson married Lady Caroline Stuart, the cultivated daughter of the Earl of Bute, who was later Prime Minister of England. A regular visitor to Ireland’s greatest houses she reserved special praise for the very good taste with which Lady Conolly had recently transformed Castletown House. It was the appointment of Gandon, by John Dawson and his wife, that would soon extend some urban sophistication to the Laois countryside.

Partners to affect the restoration.

Among the highlights of Emo Court are the elegant rotunda with its double height dome, the salon which runs from front to back and features Connemara marble columns and gilt wood valences, and the dining room with its ornate plasterwork ceiling. Over the decades, these grand surroundings were the setting not only for exclusive gatherings but also for great public celebrations that brought the local community together.

In 1994, Major Cholmeley-Harrison bequeathed Emo Court & Parklands to the State. Since then several conservation and development works have been completed and the house bears testament to the changing fashions from eighteenth to twentieth centuries is a social time capsule. This year as part of the celebrations marking 25 years in State ownership, and following a major restoration project, the first floor of the house was opened to the public.

Emo court remained the seat of the Earls of Portarlington until 1920 when the house and its vast demesne of over 11,150 acres was sold to the Irish Land Commission. The house remained empty until 1930 when it was sold to the Jesuits who remained there until 1969 when the property was eventually sold to Major Cholmeley Dering Cholmeley-Harrison. He embarked upon a long and enlightened restoration, commissioning the London architectural firm of Sir Albert Richardson &

Emo Court Estate, which was once the largest enclosed estate in Ireland after the Phoenix Park, comprises formal gardens, walking trails, a 20acre manmade lake, mixed woodlands and meadow. The gardens and parkland were first laid out in the 18th century and are renowned for their sweeping formal laws, statutory and fine tress. One of the most memorable features of the grounds is the mile long Wellingtonia Avenue, planted by the 3rd Earl in 1853, following the 105


introduction of giant sequoias into Ireland. A visit to the midlands would not be complete without a trip to this quiet corner of County Laois to bear witness to the changing fortunes and fashions of the big house.

great Entrance Hall, while the Dining Room paneling, incorporates late seventeenth century Italian embroideries once in the collection of Queen Maria Cristina of Spain.

FARMLEIGH HOUSE Farmleigh, the delightful official residence for guests of the Irish state, occupies a site of just over seventy-eight acres within Dublin’s Phoenix Park. Built in the late eighteenth century, Farmleigh was purchased by Edward Cecil Guinness, of the famous brewing family, in 1873. He hired the architect James Franklin Fuller to renovate his new home, which was more than doubled in size in the process.

Farmleigh is also home to some of Ireland’s most important artworks and furnishings as well as the Benjamin Iveagh collection. This is a collection of rare books, bindings and manuscripts including letters written by the Great Liberator Daniel O’ Connell and the human rights activist and executed nationalist leader Roger Casement, as well as a significant collection of rare first editions by Irish writers from Jonathan Swift to Seamus Heaney.

As a historic house, Farmleigh remains a unique representation of its heyday, the Edwardian period. Several of the rooms in the house retain the character of the 1st Earl of Iveagh’s time, including the Billiards Room and the first-floor bedrooms. Connemara marble columns dominate the

The Nobel Laureate Heaney is also honored in one of the former drawing rooms of the House – the Nobel Room, a room created to honor the memory and legacy of Ireland’s four Nobel Laureates for literature – George Bernard Shaw, William Butler Yeats Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney.


For many who visit Farmleigh, it is for the pleasure of the landscaped gardens. Designed and enhanced by successive generations of the Guinness family, one of the most striking features of the grounds is the ornamental clock tower which stands tall among the mature trees. Other eclectic features include the large classical fountain in the Pleasure Grounds, an ornamental dairy, garden temple, four acre walled garden and sunken garden. The grounds are also home to a small herd of Kerry Black cattle who can be seen wandering through the pastures on a summer’s day. Today Farmleigh is synonymous with excellence in terms of the hospitality offered to guests of the nation. Since its acquisition by the state, an extensive list of distinguished guests has stayed at Farmleigh including Their Royal Highness the Emperor and Empress of Japan, Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.


Doneraile carries immense cultural weight nationally and is iconic in the North Cork landscape. This was the childhood home of Elizabeth Aldworth, the first known female Freemason. It was the place for a horse race between the steeples of Buttevant and Doneraile in 1752 which resulted in the St Leger steeplechase at Doncaster. There are the links to novelists William Thackeray and Canon Sheehan in Doneraile town, to Louis Pasteur and Elizabeth Bowen, whose literary importance and frequent visits to Doneraile Court feature in a dedicated gallery of portraits, photographs and memorabilia. The St. Leger family remained in residence until 1969 when the property was sold to the Land Commission. The house then passed to the care of Irish Georgian Society, before coming to the stewardship of the OPW in 1994. During the following quarter of a century the OPW made significant incremental advances during their stewardship, securing and preserving the structure of the house before embarking on one of its most ambitious restoration projects to date. And In 2019 Doneraile Court opened its doors and resumed its rightful place at the heart of this great estate.

This excellence also extends to the custodianship of this historic house, it’s collection and gardens. In addition to the house and gardens a yearround program of education and outreach as well as a calendar of cultural events and exhibitions make Farmleigh a must see for all visitors to Dublin. DONERAILE COURT Doneraile Court is the stunning centerpiece of one of Ireland’s most beautiful estates. Located on the banks of the Awbeg River in north County Cork, the estate, together with other lands, was purchased in 1629 by Sir William St. Leger, Lord President of Munster, who moved into the 13thcentury Doneraile Castle. By 1645 the castle had been attacked and burned several times and was so badly damaged that it had to be abandoned. The present house was constructed in its place in the late 1600s by Arthur St. Leger, the first Viscount Doneraile utilizing some of the stonework of the old castle. It was extensively remodeled, and the current facade was added in 1725 by architect Isaac Rothery.

As most of the original contents were removed when the house was sold in 1969 the OPW conservation team have carefully restored the house, bringing together artefacts and pieces of work that speak to the rich and long history of the house. Visitors today will see an immaculately restored main staircase contained within an oval space that graciously ascends the mansion. To each side are reception rooms, three featuring bowed ends added in the late 18th century that lend the house its distinctive appearance. Public and privately loaned collections on display, dating from the seventeenth to twentieth centuries, add further context to this historic house. The house itself is surrounded by four hundred acres of parklands laid out in a style popularized by legendary landscape designer Lancelot Capability Brown, with a natural flowing appearance and playgrounds and walkways which are ideal for a family fay out. Deeply entwined with the social and literary history of Muster and of Ireland, Doneraile is a jewel of north Cork that should not be missed. www.heritageireland.ie 107

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hether you want to spend some time in Dublin City or venture out further afield to the beautiful areas of Malahide or Donabate in North Co. Dublin, you can learn all about the history and heritage of some of Ireland’s finest historical attractions during your visit. GPO WITNESS HISTORY First on your itinerary should be a trip to the GPO Witness History Visitor Centre, located in the heart of the City Centre in one of Ireland’s most iconic buildings, the General Post Office (GPO) on O’Connell Street. Visitors can learn all about the events that shaped Ireland’s history from the late 19th century to modern times with particular emphasis on the 1916 Easter Rising,

the Irish War of Independence, the Irish Civil War and the peace process in Northern Ireland. GPO Witness History uses timelines, touchscreens, film and artefacts to explore Ireland’s history. The centerpiece is an immersive 17-minute audiovisual experience which puts visitors in the midst of the action during the 1916 Rising around Dublin, including inside the GPO itself. So not only is the visit fun for all ages, it is also educational! Earlier this year a new exhibition was launched at GPO Witness History focusing on the impact the War of Independence had on the postal and communication systems during the period. 109


MALAHIDE CASTLE AND GARDENS Malahide Castle and Gardens is only a short 30-minute distance from Dublin City Centre on the DART and just 10 minutes from Dublin Airport. The castle’s knowledgeable and friendly guides will take you on a journey through time and give you an extraordinary glimpse into the life in the castle during the 800 years that the Talbot family resided there- right up until 1975! Highlights of the tour are the beautiful reception rooms, The Oak Room, The Small & Large Drawing Rooms and the Great Hall, home to the original Battle of the Boyne painting- on loan from the National Gallery of Ireland. The ornamental gardens adjoining the castle cover an area of about 22 acres and the fun and educational garden interactive exhibition is the ideal place to find out more about the gardens created by Lord Milo Talbot. In addition to the abundance of flora, the exhibition presents fascinating stories about the gardens, Milo and Rose and the wonderful world of southern hemisphere plants. The gardens also contain Ireland’s only butterfly house. And, Malahide Castle recently launched a magical new fairy trail on the West Lawn where children can aim to complete the activity booklet while exploring the trail. THE CASINO MODEL RAILWAY MUSEUM A new addition to the Shannon Group portfolio is the Casino Model Railway Museum in Malahide. The museum, which will open later this year, will be Ireland’s first dedicated model railway museum and will house the town’s beloved Fry Model Railway collection inside ‘The Casino’ - a beautifully restored landmark thatched cottage. ‘The Casino’ was originally a shooting lodge for the Talbot Family (of Malahide Castle). The Fry Model Railway was initially constructed in the 1920s-1930s and developed and modernized to become the largest model railway collection in Europe. The railway includes models of stations, landmarks, locations and Irish landscapes from throughout the 20th century. NEWBRIDGE HOUSE AND FARM Next on your to-do list has to be Newbridge 110

House and Farm located in Donabate. The house dates back to 1747 when it was built for the then Archbishop of Dublin, Charles Cobbe. Visitors to the house can learn about its illustrious history as a tour guide takes them on a journey through three centuries of Irish history. The Red Drawing Room is one of the most well-preserved historic rooms in the country, where little has changed since 1828 and the wallpaper and curtains have been hanging since the 1820s. A must-see feature of the house is the Museum of Curiosities. Created in 1790 it is a one of the few remaining family museums in Ireland and the UK filled to the brim with antiquities and oddities. Among these are Captain Cook memorabilia, fossils, taxidermy, exotic shells and a collection of 19th century Indian souvenirs collected by the family. Chinese influences are also present and the room provides a unique insight into the Georgian mind. Also on the 30 acre on-site is a traditional working farm with a vast array of distinctive animals for all ages to enjoy. The hugely popular farm is one of the few examples of a traditional working farm in Ireland. A major aim of the farm is to preserve traditional breeds that are otherwise declining in numbers across the country. OUTSIDE DUBLIN If you’re planning on taking a trip outside the capital then there are several other Shannon Group attractions around Ireland that you’ll want to visit including Bunratty Castle and Folk Park in Clare; King John’s Castle in Limerick; Craggaunownen in Clare, Knappogue Castle in Clare and Dunguaire Castle in Galway. The attractions, located in some of the most beautiful parts of Ireland, give visitors an idea of what life was like in the Middle Ages through guided tours, a wide range of new technologies and specialist multimedia techniques. Start your adventure now by exploring Ireland’s heritage and make your visit to Ireland an experience you won’t forget. For details of all sites shown here and more visit: www.shannonheritage.com

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Step back into the 18th century and take a guided tour of this impeccably restored Georgian property. Newbridge House is a hidden gem with 370 acres of pastureland, woodland walks, new interactive farm experience, playground and delicious homemade treats served at the Coach House Café. Audio guides for house tours available in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Chinese.

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Malahide Castle is a magnificent medieval castle just 10 minutes from Dublin Airport. The castle is set on 250 acres of parkland with a story dating back to the 12th Century. Enjoy daily tours of the castle, visit the ornamental walled gardens, fairy trail, exotic butterfly house and dine or shop at the Avoca Café and Retail store. We look forward to your visit. Audio guides for house tours available in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Chinese.

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n 597 AD the monks of St Canice, the patron saint of seafarers, built a wooden church on the hill overlooking the River Bregagh. Little did they know that their church would lead to a settlement that became the medieval capital of Ireland, Kilkenny, which is Irish for the Church of St Canice. In 1111 AD the church became a cathedral as the bishop moved his seat of power to Kilkenny and a magnificent round tower was built as a sign of status and as a place to hide when Vikings came to pillage. The round tower is one of only two original Irish round towers which you can still climb today. Standing at 100 feet high with 121 steps the tower is nearly 1,000 years old. Climbers are rewarded with one of the best views in Kilkenny. The panorama from here allows visitors to look out over all of Kilkenny and the six surrounding counties. It is a unique experience and an ideal photo opportunity. The current 13th century Gothic cathedral is

the second longest cathedral in Ireland and the best preserved. Inside are the remarkable effigy tombs of the witch-hunter Bishop Richard Le Drede alongside knights, ladies, nuns and earls, all immortalized in stone. The stainedglass windows in the cathedral are a stunning display of light and artistry and includes works by Harry Clarke and his mentor Alfred E. Child. The cathedral even has a saint’s chair, the seat of St Kieran, where the bishops of the diocese have been sworn in since the 6th century. St Canice’s Cathedral is renowned for its tranquility and beauty and it instils a sense of peace in all who visit. It has witnessed the most significant events in Irish history from its early monasteries, Viking raids, the arrival of the Normans, the Reformation, Oliver Cromwell’s sacking of the city to the Irish Civil War. Every stone tells a story. Visit for a real sense of history and make St Canice’s Cathedral one of your treasured memories of Ireland. 113



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ational Geographic Traveller named Donegal as the Coolest Place on the Planet for 2017 and for good reason. With breathtaking scenery, beaches, rugged islands and coastline, outdoor adventure, the Gaeltacht, a beautiful array of activities and the friendliest natives, Donegal will take you for an unforgettable adventure.

DONEGAL GAELTACHT Donegal Gaeltacht is an area in Donegal where many claim one of the purest forms of the Irish language has survived and where the traditions of Irish song, dance and folklore prevail. It is truly a unique experience to hear this ancient language being spoken by the locals. 115


The largest geographical Gaeltacht in the country spreads from the Gleann Cholm Cille (Glencolmcille) region of the south up along the west coast and through Donegal’s Gaeltacht Lár (central) region of the Derryveagh range and the scenic Poisoned Glen, and north through the Rosses on to Fanad Head. Whether you are looking to learn or rediscover the Irish language, look no further than some of the courses available in the Donegal Gaeltacht, which offer immersive learning experiences for children and adults. They can be an extremely efficient and exciting way to learn the language. WILD ATLANTIC WAY SIGNATURE POINTS Malin Head marks the most northerly point of 116

the entire island of Ireland; the Star Wars film: Episode VIII was filmed on the rolling hills of the Inishowen Peninsula and Ballyliffin Golf Club proudly hosted the Irish Open last summer. Inishowen sets the tone for the spirit of the county – independent, untamed and exciting, three quarters of its border formed by the Atlantic Ocean. Sliabh Liag Cliffs (pronounced Slieve League) are an awe-inspiring sight. Relatively undeveloped, they maintain the wildness, ruggedness and isolation of the county. Rising majestically from the Atlantic they reach a height of 1,972ft (601m). A narrow road twists steeply up from Teelin to the dramatic Sliabh Liag Cliffs. From the viewing point at Bunglass, you look across one of the

Three times higher than the Cliffs of Moher, the spectacular sea cliffs at Sliabh Liag are an aweinspiring sight.


finest panoramas in Europe that will set your heart racing. This area of Donegal is also part of the famed International Appalachian Trail that leads eastwards along the Bluestack Way and joins up with the Ulster Way and the Causeway Coast. Golden sandy beaches and rolling farmland threaded by narrow roads set the scene in the secluded Fanad peninsula squeezed in between Lough Swilly and Mulroy Bay and leading to spectacular Fanad Head where you can take a guided tour of the lighthouse. Step back in time and hear stories about light-keepers in days gone by and climb to the top of the tower for spectacular views of land and sea. You can even stay in the beautifully restored original Lightkeeper’s cottages available for self-catering.

MARITIME OFFERINGS County Donegal has a strong maritime history and heritage, the connection between the people and the place to the Atlantic Ocean, the many Loughs, rivers and lakes dates back for centuries. It is no surprise that one of the best ways to experience and explore Donegal’s Atlantic Coastal Trail is by sea. Donegal offers exceptional diving sites, including many wrecks along their rocky shores. Numerous diving clubs and charter outfits can supply you with the gear and adventure you seek. The dive season extends from March into October. Island hopping off the coast of Donegal is a great way to see the beauty and ruggedness of 117


the coastline in the natural environment. The Gaeltacht Islands of Tory and Arranmore and the small islands such as Gola, Owey and Cruit offer are rich in island heritage and visiting the islands is a must for those who are seeking adventure and maritime activities in the great outdoors. FIND YOUR ROOTS In a county that boasts a Diaspora that has reached around the world and back again, you might find you are descended from an ancient Donegal king or a world-famous Gaelic poet. Either way, why not come and explore your family story by meeting your ancestors, visiting the place where it all began and learning a little bit more about your Donegal history.

TIME TO FLY Fly to Donegal Airport – No. 1 most Scenic Landing in the world in 2019, tee off at some of the world’s most renowned golf courses, sample delicious locally produced food and don’t forget throwing yourself into one of Donegal’s festivals. With a coastline of 1,134km Donegal is the perfect place for those looking for an outdoor, action packed holiday – surfing, kayaking, sea stack climbing, cycling and walking are becoming ever popular. Donegal really is a land of great diversity where the green valleys provide a stark contrast to the dramatic, rugged coastline. Donegal has it all! There has never been a better time to plan your visit. www.govisitdonegal.com


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focal point of Ireland’s northern coastal route and home to breath-taking beaches and rolling emerald hills, Donegal is famous for its boundless beauty. Getting there is easy if you are already winding your way around the glorious Causeway Coastal Route. Ending at DerryLondonderry (a charming walled city in Northern Ireland) continue into Donegal for a journey of discovery around the most northerly part of Southern Ireland (now there’s a conundrum for you!). Alternatively, for an absolute treat and for sheer visual drama, you can fly into one of the most spectacular airport landings in the world in a short Aer Lingus Regional flight from Dublin.

Donegal Airport has been voted number one in the world for its scenic landings by a global poll from private jet booking service, PrivateFly. It is worth the journey just to experience this spectacular landing. Sweeping low over silver sands and standing just by the water, arriving passengers can catch views of the Atlantic coastline, including tiny rocky islands and stunning beaches, as well as the rugged form of Errigal Mountain nearby. “Donegal is extraordinarily beautiful and deservedly sits in the top spot,” comments Adam Twidell, CEO of PrivateFly. “Its rugged coastal landscapes were a location for the recent Star Wars movies and it’s not hard to

see why. Whether you’re in the Millennium Falcon, on a commercial airliner or on a private jet, coming into land here feels like an otherworldly experience.” The airport beat off stiff competition from all over the world with a panel of travel experts forming the shortlist that was put forward for a public vote. The annual “bucket list” has global travel fans choosing the most breathtaking, unique and eye-catching descents in airports large and small. Carrickfinn terminal is tiny, the staff superfriendly, the queues super short and the location a stone’s throw from the heart of the Irish-speaking Donegal Gaeltacht. 119

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isiting a new destination can be a daunting prospect and you want to see as much as possible, so taking a flexible tour, which allows you the freedom to jump on and off when desired is the perfect solution. DoDublin offers just that and it is Dublin’s No.1 Sightseeing Tour since 1988. Their tours are the most comfortable and most enjoyable way to see Dublin city with the largest fleet of buses and tour guides that are Fáilte Ireland trained specializing in delivering entertaining tours with a unique blend of cultural

and historical commentary. What better way to see the many aspect of this fine city than to sit back, enjoy the banter and hop off at any of the many stops taking you to the very best of Dublin. THE CLASSICS You simply must visit Dublin’s classic buildings and the best way to see them is undoubtedly from the top of an open top bus. Trinity College (home to the Book of Kells), The Custom House, The General Post Office (1916 Rising), Dublin Castle, 121


The Little Museum of Dublin The Little Museum of Dublin packs quite a punch telling the story of Dublin over the last century. From the visit of Queen Victoria to the global success of U2, Dublin's best little museum is full of amazing things to discover. From James Joyce to John F Kennedy, you will meet some fantastic characters on their famous guided tours. 122

On display are memorabelia, artefacts and historical gems such as a lectern used by JFK on his 1963 visit to Ireland and an original copy of the letter given to Irish envoys to the treaty negotiations of 1921 whose contradictory instructions were at the heart of the split that led to the Irish Civil War.


Christchurch and St Patrick’s Cathedral are but a few Dublin classics within easy proximity of each other and all stops on the Hop On Hop Off tour. SAY CHEERS The Guinness Storehouse is Ireland’s top tourist attraction and with good reason. No visit to Dublin city is complete without visiting this iconic destination, the home of Guinness, so do make sure it’s included in your itinerary. It’s located on the outskirts of city so save yourself the walk from town with a DoDublin Combo ticket which not only takes you there but also gets you straight in without having to wait in line. For something a little more mellow the Jameson Distillery is also one of the most popular tourist attractions in Dublin city so it is a good idea to buy your tickets in advance. Like the Storehouse it’s located a little outside the city center in the heart of Smithfield, (Stop 30 on the hop on hop off tour). With the Jameson Combo option, you have your ticket in hand and you save money.

Even if you’re not a whiskey lover try a Jemmy with ginger and you may be converted! COASTS & CASTLES Escape the bustling center of Dublin on a fantastic day tour that offers incredible views of Dublin’s north coast including visits to two top destinations. From the enchanting stories of Malahide Castle, one of Ireland’s oldest castles, to the unparalleled scenery at Howth Harbour; the Malahide Castle & Howth tour will not disappoint. The tour includes a visit to (and free entry into) Malahide Castle where tour guides will take you on a journey through the history of the Talbot family and the fascinating legacy they left behind. The castle itself dates back to the 12th century and is set amidst 250 acres of expansive parkland and gardens. The castle is also home to the famous Avoca Café and food hall where you can enjoy a cake after browsing the fashion from Ireland’s top designers. 123


After Malahide you’ll be whisked off to the picture postcard fishing village of Howth, known as one of the world’s great seascapes. This working harbor is a hub of activity with plenty to see and do from shopping in the beautiful local boutiques to people watching from the quaint cafés and tea rooms. Whether you want to stroll along the pier, spot the seals lazing in the crystal waters or simply enjoy some fish and chips while sitting on the harbor wall, Howth has it all. GARDEN OF IRELAND Experience two of Ireland’s most beautiful destinations, situated right on Dublin’s doorstep on a perfect day tour to Wicklow – known as the Garden of Ireland. You’ll visit Powerscourt Estate and Gardens, voted No.3 in National Geographic’s Top 10 Gardens of the World, and historic Glendalough, home to Ireland’s oldest monastic city. 124

Departing from Dublin City Centre, the tour takes in the Docklands area of Dublin City before traveling along the great sweep of Dublin Bay, passing by Beach Road at Sandymount. The tour then travels inland, climbing the beautiful Wicklow Mountains, and continues to the enchanting oldworld village of Enniskerry, home to Powerscourt Estate and Gardens. Passengers on the tour can then explore the highlights of Glendalough with a visit to this monastic settlement, which was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Glendalough is an area steeped in both natural beauty and historical significance. On returning to Dublin, the tour will pass through even more spectacular landscapes and the ever-changing scenery of the Wicklow and Dublin Mountains. GHOSTBUSTING The Ghostbus tour is a great ‘alternative’ night out in Dublin City. This tour is ideal for anyone interested in Dublin’s dark history, ghost stories


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and having loads of laughs throughout the tour. The bus itself is an incredible venue with creepy maze-like corridors and stairs below leading up to a Victorian theatre above. Learn about the sinister Dublin surgeon Dr Clossey and of the inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s legendary character Dracula. The DoDublin Ghostbus tour was the first of its kind in the world and remains the best and most original tour. If you have little ones in tow then the Kids Ghostbus Tour combines a mixture of historical tales involving the darker sides of Dublin’s past with comedy, fun games and interactive challenges. This tour was designed for children aged 7-14 but it is great fun for all the family, with a professional actor and children’s entertainer and all based in the original Haunted House on wheels that is the Dublin Ghostbus. Take the kids for a great day out, and you’ll be whisked off to visit the very scenes and meet the villains involved in Dublin’s darkest events. Hear of the Dublin One Eyed

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Situated in the heart of the city, Christ Church Cathedral is Dublin’s oldest working structure and has welcomed pilgrims and visitors for almost 1,000 years. A working cathedral, Christ Church is renowned for its magnificent architecture and fascinating history. Admire the stunning stained glass and unique floor tiles of the cathedral nave. Learn the secrets of Strongbow’s tomb and uncover the amazing story of the heart of St. Laurence O’Toole, Dublin’s patron saint. Pause for reflection and prayer in one of the quiet eastern chapels or take a moment to light a candle. Explore the Medieval Crypt, the largest in Ireland, and visit the Treasures of Christ Church exhibition featuring priceless silver and Ireland’s first copy of Magna Carta. Take a guided tour, climb up the medieval staircase to the Belfry and ring the famous Christ Church bells. There are 19 bells up there, the largest rung in full-circle anywhere in the world and the reason the cathedral is listed in the Guinness Book of Records. Christ Church has maintained a professional choir since 1493 and today the choir comprises 22 professional singers led by Organist and Director of Music, Ian Keatley. Catch a choir rehearsal or attend one of the many sung services to experience the cathedral in a different way. Before departing, visit the Foxy Friar gift shop and browse the wide variety of beautiful gifts and crafts exclusive to Christ Church Cathedral. 125

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xplore Irish military history. Visit Collins Barracks to meet grenadiers, mercenaries, and musketeers; trace the Wild Geese across Europe and discover Ireland’s ‘Dead Zoo’. The National Museum of Ireland invites visitors to take a fascinating journey through the ages. Consisting of four museums, three are located in Dublin and one in Co Mayo. All are free to visit and open seven days a week. Discover collections that span Irish history from prehistoric times to the present day and delve in to the country’s heritage, culture and traditions. There are also displays from other ancient cultures of the world, which give us a unique insight into how these people lived and died.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF IRELAND – ARCHAEOLOGY Opened in 1890 this museum displays artefacts dating from 7000 BC to the 20th Century. The Irish archaeological collections include The Treasury, featuring outstanding examples of Celtic and Medieval art such as the famous Ardagh Chalice, the Tara Brooch and the Derrynaflan Hoard. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF IRELAND – DECORATIVE ARTS & HISTORY A former military barracks in the Arbour Hill area of Dublin, Collins Barracks could be said to be the National Museum of Ireland’s largest artefact having had a unique history all of its own in another life. On display you’ll find fine examples of silver, ceramics, glassware, weaponry, furniture, folklife, clothing, jewelry, coins and medals. All of these displayed with imagination in

innovative and contemporary galleries, which entice you to go further, look harder and examine more closely. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF IRELAND – NATURAL HISTORY The Natural History Museum was built by the Royal Dublin Society and opened its door for the first time in 1857. Over 150 years later it has changed little and is known to generations of visitor as the ‘Dead Zoo’ a true museum of a museum. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF IRELAND – COUNTRY LIFE, CO MAYO Set in modern exhibition galleries in the spectacular grounds of Turlough Park House and surrounded by magnificent gardens here visitors experience traditions of rural life throughout Ireland from 1850-1950 in the award-winning Museum of Country Life. 127

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ocated on Dublin’s most fashionable street, Brown Thomas is Ireland’s premier luxury department store and part of a global retail family which includes Selfridges in the UK, Holt Renfrew in Canada and deBijenkorf in Holland. This flagship store, and a landmark on Dublin’s Grafton Street since 1849, houses the world’s most prestigious designer brands from fashions and accessories to beauty and home. Featuring the world’s most prestigious luxury brands including Tiffany & Co., Hermès, Chanel, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Céline, Tom Ford and Louis Vuitton, Brown Thomas has achieved pre-eminent status, a store that is listed among the best in the world, yet it remains quintessentially Irish and unique. From the doorman’s greeting to the sales consultant’s smile, the bond with the customer is all important. The aim is to ensure that every visitor’s experience at Brown Thomas is a memorable one, and the team will be delighted to welcome you in store. Personal service is key and Brown Thomas will gladly deliver your shopping to your hotel so that you can enjoy the rest of your day at leisure around the city. If you wish, they can bring a selection of products to you so that you can enjoy shopping in the comfort of your hotel suite. In the case of products over a certain weight, Brown Thomas can organize complimentary shipping to your country of residence. And if you live outside Europe, you will enjoy the benefits of tax-free shopping. A shopping experience like no other, wherever your location or whatever your needs, Brown Thomas will deliver in every way possible so that memories of your visit to Dublin are with you for years to come. • Tax Free shopping • Personal shopping appointments for Beauty and Fashion (booking advisable) • Hotel Bag drop available • International delivery 130


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ounded in 1869 by Thomas Weir, Weir & Sons is one of Ireland’s best-loved jewelers, occupying a stunning landmark building on Dublin’s Grafton Street and a state-of-the art store in Dundrum Town Centre. Since it was established 150 years ago, Weir & Sons has survived two world wars, the Easter Rising and the establishment of the Irish State, plus, numerous global recessions. Weir & Sons has partnered with Swiss luxury watch brand Patek Philippe on a stunning bespoke commemorative Annual Calendar chronograph watch, the Patek Philippe Special Series Ref. 5905P-014 for Weir & Sons. A limited edition of just 25 watches, it features a jewel-like emerald green sunburst dial and is

further enriched with Patek Philippe’s statement alligator strap rendered in verdant green, a hue that draws on Weir & Sons’ proud Irish heritage. On the rim of the sapphire-crystal back, there is “Weir & Sons” and “150th Anniversary” distinctly engraved to mark the historic occasion. The ultra-covetable and collectible Patek Philippe watch, plus other bespoke 150th collaborations and innovations, all marry that special blend of heritage and modernity that has made Weir & Sons an Irish icon, ensuring its future for generations to come. Designers including Chupi, Shaun Leane and Paul Costelloe have created some very special pieces to celebrate the much-loved jeweler’s

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milestone anniversary. While each designer has created their own unique celebratory piece, all share a common theme - a jewel like emerald green colour. Designer Chupi Sweetman - Pell chose an elegant gold disc for her celebratory piece, setting it with precious emeralds in homage to the store’s heritage and her love of the Irish landscape. For her part, the jewellery designer grew up peering into the windows of Weir & Sons on Grafton Street, so finding herself now a prized designer is a dream come true. “Every Christmas I would walk down Grafton Street with my Mum and I always loved to peek into the beautiful Weirs windows. Weirs is an Irish icon, a bastion of all that is wonderful about Ireland. It’s been an honour to create a bespoke necklace set with tiny emeralds to celebrate its 150th anniversary.”

Paul Costelloe for Weir & Sons sterling silver Star necklace with cubic zirconia, €140

Award-winning British designer Shaun Leane is renowned for his longstanding collaboration with the late Alexander McQueen, including the iconic coiled corset in McQueen’s AW 1999 show. His creations are available exclusively in Ireland at Weir & Sons, including the Shaun Leane for Weirs earrings, based on a seminal piece in his collection, the Hook earrings.

Shaun Leane for Weirs 150 silver hook tsavorite earrings, €440; gold vermeil, €485.

“Every Christmas I would walk down Grafton Street with my Mum and I always loved to peek into the beautiful Weirs The Patek Philippe Annual Calendar windows.

“As this is such a special anniversary for Weir & Sons,” says Leane, “I wanted to create a piece that echoes our history and signature and demonstrates the longevity and presence of such a wonderful store.” Leane chose to set the earrings with tsavorite, echoing the verdant green of the store, and crafting a piece of timeless design. To celebrate the 150th birthday of Weir & Sons, designer Paul Costelloe created a limitededition necklace featuring a sterling silver and cubic zirconia star flanked by two emerald green stones. “As a child growing up in Dublin, Weir & Sons was always an iconic establishment for its amazing location, wonderful creativity and its magical experience for many generations. It’s an honour to create a piece to celebrate their 132

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IL VICOLETTO THE HEART OF ITALY IN DUBLIN Nestled in a small lane in Temple Bar, IL Vicoletto brings the best Central-Northern Italian cuisine to Dublin. IL Vicoletto Dublin focuses on bringing the freshest ingredients from Ireland and Italy to your plate, where integrity matters and quality is never sacrificed. Our Italian focused wine list has been crafted to bring the perfect pairing to your table. Serving the finest Italian wines that cannot be found anywhere else in Dublin to give you a truly traditional Italian experience.


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o, whether you’re looking for a belt-busting meal or some nibbles to accompany a pint of Guinness, pull up a pew and try these few: THE DEAD DINNER, JAMES JOYCE HOUSE Like the sound of having dinner in the setting that inspired one of the greatest short stories in the world? At the James Joyce House in Dublin’s historic Usher’s Quay, you can do just that. This is not just dinner, this is dinner in the dining room where Joyce set his famous novella, The Dead. The tradition of the house is that a place is always set for the unexpected visitor. Guests are encouraged to tell stories, recite poems or sing a song, if they feel like it.

FOOD & FOLKLORE AT THE BRAZEN HEAD Welcome to Ireland’s oldest pub, once the haunt of literary legends (James Joyce, Jonathan Swift) and revolutionary giants (Wolfe Tone, Michael Collins). The Brazen Head had its humble beginnings as a coach house in the 11th century and while we don’t know how much of that original structure is still intact, the history is written on its timeworn walls. The food, however, is whatever you fancy – traditional or contemporary. Tuck into dinner by candlelight while you relax into a night of magic and myth courtesy of Ireland’s most renowned storytellers. 135


IN A PICKLE The vibrant, color-saturated interior of this lively restaurant is the perfect indicator as to the nature of its food. Pickle specializes in Indian cuisine – vividly spiced and a riot of texture and color – with a modern twist. Along with traditional curries, you’ll find the likes of locally sourced tandoori scallops, spicy fauzi chicken wings and venison samosas. The restaurant is particularly famed for its kid goat mince curry, a moreish dish studded with black cardamom. Pickle is slightly more expensive than your average curry house but worth it for something a little different. The lunch menu, however, is keenly priced. A VINTAGE CHOICE Discreetly tucked away on a side street just beside Trinity College and next door to one of 136

Ireland’s oldest pubs - Mulligans, The Vintage Kitchen is a teeny restaurant tightly packed with tables and chairs that are seldom unoccupied as the venue is usually brimming with repeat diners. It serves a set menu best described as hearty modern Irish. Everything is delicious, with dishes such as Wicklow duck liver crème with lime jelly, prawn and crab risotto, slow roast lamb shank and the pinnacle of tenderness, fresh filet steak. Portions here are massive so be sure to arrive with a hearty appetite. As well as a wallet saving BYOB (bring your own wine/ beer) policy, you can also bring in your pint from Mulligans next door (where most diners begin and end the evening!). Excellent value for excellent quality but be warned, it is difficult to get a table, so call well ahead.


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or classic Italian dining visit Ireland’s first authentic Italian Osteria at IL Vicoletto.

The rich heritage and tradition that can be found surrounding Italian food has its roots centered on the family dynamic. The service, the atmosphere and of course the food are important for providing a truly great meal at an authentic Italian restaurant. Since the late 1990’s, IL Vicoletto has been bringing the finest Italian cuisine to the Irish capital. The goal since opening their doors was simple - use the finest ingredients from food artisans in Ireland and Italy and constantly push the limits to provide exceptional Central-Northern Italian cuisine. By taking the best local ingredients, importing the finest cheeses and oils from Italy and featuring hand-made pasta mastering both the skills and techniques inherited from a legendary chef in Bologna, Roberto Mosiani, IL Vicoletto offers an elevated standard of quality in Italian dining. The restaurants specialize in offering boutique wines from Italy, individually sourced by the owner Christian. Through his passion for wine he is introducing a new wine experience to the Dublin scene. Within the restaurant you will often find wines worthy of a Michelin star on the restaurant wine list, yet all this can be experienced in an informal and cozy atmosphere; a winning combination that is unmatched by any other Italian restaurant in Dublin. Well known locally as a little slice of Rome in Dublin, the restaurant is the ‘go to’ place for regional dishes from central and north of Italy (Emilia Romagna, Tuscany, Piedmont) with house specialties ‘like mama used to make,’ all with freshly made pasta, ravioli and pappardelle Raggu. When former restaurant manager Christian

took ownership of the restaurant in 2009, he set about creating something exceptional. “Integrity matters and the quality of our food and its delivery is never sacrificed,” he says. This extends from the food into a vast, carefully selected wine list with Christian sourcing and meeting wine producers personally, often traveling and spending time with the winemakers and getting to know their family before introducing the wines in his restaurant. Christian passion for wine has resulted in bringing to the Dublin restaurant scene a whole new variety of unique specialty wines from small select producers, previously unheard of in Ireland including Quintarelli, Marion, Ciolli, Calcabrina and Zyme to name just a few. Food writer and critic Paolo Tullio described his experience in the restaurant thus: “Occasionally, over the years, I’ve come across Italian restaurants that are authentic. These are restaurants where the ingredients are correct and where recipes are genuine and unadulterated. Our starters were very much at the top end of Italian cuisine. It was, without a doubt, probably the best pasta dish I’ve ever eaten.” Such fine praise from a food critic and an Italian one at that! At IL Vicoletto Dublin we love to host an event and be the life of the party. Throughout the year we regularly host various events and wine tastings on site and throughout the city to let our talented chef’s showcase what central northern Italian cuisine is all about with the freshest of local ingredients. Whether you’re bringing the lads over for a golfing holiday, having your graduation dinner, corporate or business dinner or simply looking for a genuine place to celebrate a special event, look no further. Let IL Vicoletto show you why they are constantly voted one of the best restaurants in Dublin. 137

Escape to Carlingford

In the Historical Village of Carlingford, between the mountains and the sea the Four Seasons Hotel, Spa & Leisure Club offers you the perfect blend of luxury and elegance, set in a fairy tale location overlooking medieval castles and Carlingford lough.

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t’s said to be the birthplace of the mythical warrior, Cúchulainn and is the setting for many of his stories. References to his exploits can be found throughout the county. Located on the east coast, midway between Dublin and Belfast, Louth is the smallest county in Ireland and stretches from the Boyne Valley northwards to the majestic Cooley Mountains. It has a wealth of historical, heritage and leisure options on offer, as well as a warm friendly welcome for visitors. Louth is the starting point for the Ireland’s

Ancient East tourist trail and visitors can explore the county’s heritage; explore mountains, wander the miles of beautiful coastline and Blue Flag beaches, or enjoy the county’s arts, culture and food offerings, or the many and varied festivals. While it’s the smallest county in Ireland, Louth is home to two of the country’s biggest towns – Drogheda and Dundalk - and getting there is easy; it’s only a 25-minute drive from Dublin Airport and just an hour from Belfast, and there are also good bus and rail connections from both cities. 139


Your first stop should be The Tholsel, which is home to the Drogheda Tourist Office and the ‘Drogheda Gateway to the Boyne Valley’ exhibition. Visit St Laurence Gate, gateway to what was one of the largest walled towns in Medieval Ireland and the Highlanes Gallery, a former 19th-century Franciscan Church, which houses the Municipal Art Collection, the town’s most treasured heirlooms. This includes a ceremonial sword and mace presented to the Borough Council of Drogheda by King William III of Orange after the Battle of the Boyne. Meanwhile, St Peter’s Catholic Church & St Oliver Plunkett’s Shrine in the heart of Drogheda is a Gothic Revival church dating back to the 18th century and contains the preserved head of St Oliver Plunkett. Stroll to the locally known ‘Cup and Saucer’, Millmount Martello Tower, which overlooks the town and which formed part of its defenses during Cromwell’s siege of Drogheda in 1649, and enter the adjoining Millmount 140

museum, which houses various exhibitions on folk life, local industry and a fascinating collection of military memorabilia. It’s located in the Cultural Quarter, which is also home to an array of craft shops and artists’ studios. Drive 10 minutes north to the remarkable monastic site of Monasterboice and appreciate two of the finest High Crosses in Ireland, dating from the 9th century. A short drive from Monasterboice will bring you to Old Mellifont Abbey in Tullyallen, which was once one of the wealthiest and most influential monastic houses in medieval Ireland. St Malachy, who along with a community of Irish and French monks trained at Clairvax, Burgundy, founded this beautiful abbey in 1142, the first Cistercian Abbey in Ireland. Dundalk is the county town of Louth and lies further north, just 50 minutes from Dublin Airport. Though steeped in history, you’ll see a modern, multi-cultural town which has at its center a beautiful European-style piazza. Explore the cultural quarter, including An Táin Arts Centre, which provides a diverse programme of local arts, national tours and visual arts. Bridge Street Studios and Gateway Gallery is home to local artists, who work in

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Historic Drogheda is the biggest town in Ireland and is only 25 minutes from Dublin Airport. It offers a wealth of attractions, all within walking distance. Take the heritage trail around some of the ancient sites or experience the vibrant culture in the town’s many festivals and venues.

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a variety of artistic disciplines. Meanwhile, the Oriel Centre, in the historic Dundalk Gaol, is open to visitors throughout the year, with concerts featuring traditional Irish music performances. St Patrick’s Pro-Cathedral at the heart of the town is an imposing Gothic design inspired by a chapel at King’s College in Cambridge, England and named after St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Step back in time in the award–winning County Museum, located in a beautifully restored 18th Century warehouse on Jocelyn Street. With three floors of permanent exhibitions charting the county’s history from the Stone Age to the present and an ever-changing programme of temporary displays, there is truly something for everyone. On the western edge of the town, Cúchulainn’s Castle / Castletown Motte is the ruin of a castellated house known as ‘Byrne’s Folly’, which was built in 1780 by Patrick Byrne, a well-known pirate. This site is also said to be Cúchulainn’s birthplace. Midway between Drogheda and Dundalk is the town of Ardee, which has a special place in Irish mythology as the site of the epic four-day battle between Cúchulainn and Ferdia at the fording

Forested slopes rise above the waters of Carling ford Lough where one of Ireland’s bestpreserved medieval villages lies with sweeping views to the majestic Mourne Mountains.

point on the river Dee. Cuchulainn eventually won and after fatally wounding Ferdia, he carried him across the ford so he could die in honor. A bronze sculpture located close to the river commemorates the mythical battle. Both Ardee Castle, the largest surviving fortified medieval tower-house in Ireland, and Hatch’s Castle, built in the 1400s, are sited on the main street of the town. Also worth visiting are St Mary’s Abbey, the remains of the Chantry College, and the unusually named Jumping Church, where legend tells the wall of the church jumped during a storm in 1715 to ensure the grave of an excommunicated parishioner stayed on the outside. Travelling north of Dundalk, in Faughart you can visit the shrine to St Brigid, one of the patron saints of Ireland and known locally as ‘Mary of the Gael’. There you will find a small medieval ruined church, St Brigid’s bed, St Brigid’s Pillar and St Brigid’s Well. Visit the shrine on her feast day – 1st February – and you will likely see thousands of pilgrims making their way to this ancient place of peace, beauty, tranquility and healing. Nearby, in the grounds of Ballymascanlon House Hotel is the Proleek Domen – one of the 141


finest examples of its kind in Ireland. At 3m high, it has a huge capstone weighing approximately 35 tons. Legend says that a wish will be granted to anyone who can land a pebble on its capstone so that it stays there.

Carlingford is also home to a host of outdoor activities. These include guided walking tours; walking or cycling along the Carlingford Lough Greenway, which travels north along the shores of the Lough to the lovely seaside village of Omeath; hill walking, horse trekking through the mountains, sailing, yacht charter, windsurfing, canoeing and water skiing. Carlingford is also a great place in which to base yourself, with numerous restaurants, cozy pubs and great accommodation. If the seaside is more your thing, enjoy beautiful beaches and coastline in the charming villages of Clogherhead, Annagassan or Blackrock. Clogherhead is listed as an area of outstanding natural beauty due to its rare coastal heath land vegetation and a beach that boasts stunning views and miles of sand. Annagassan, a quiet seaside village and harbor with views from the beach overlooking the Cooley Peninsula and Mourne mountains, was once the site of the significant Viking Longphort of Linn Duachaill which was built in 841 AD. Blackrock, meanwhile, is a seaside village on the shores of Dundalk Bay. Louth also has a bounty of seafood right on its doorstep with fishing boats from Clogherhead and Annagassan providing a variety of fresh whitefish such as Hake, Cod, Monk, Whiting, John Dory, Haddock, Megrim, 142

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To the north of the county is the Cooley Peninsula and Carlingford, a magical picturesque village nestled between Slieve Foye, Carlingford Lough and the Mourne mountains. It’s full of character and charm and one of the best-preserved medieval villages in Ireland. Its history, narrow medieval streets, lanes that lead to the harbor, majestic Slieve Foye mountain and the famous mountains of Mourne across the lough all combine to make Carlingford unique in Ireland. The Carlingford Lough Ferry allows visitors to enjoy the scenic lough, as well as the MourneCooley-Gullion region.

Sole, Pollack and Gurnard. Travel inland to the nearby historic and picturesque villages of Tallanstown, Dromiskin and Knockbridge. Visit Cuchulainn’s Stone on the outskirts of Knockbridge, which stands at more than 3meters high. Also nearby is Stephenstown Pond, a unique nature park with lakeside walkways, woodlands and a wide array of wildlife. A cottage that was once the home of Agnes Burns, sister of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns is also located here. Louth offers a wonderful array of historical attractions, outdoor pursuits, festivals, top class accommodation and friendly locals. Thousands of years of history, myth and legend combine with dramatic scenery and coastline, to produce a memorable holiday experience, truly a land of legends, full of life. www.visitlouth.ie

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rish horses are in demand worldwide, with exports to 40 countries. A long tradition of skilled horsemanship is a key reason, as is the fact that our limestone soils provide ideal grazing for healthy equine bone growth. “Sell cow, buy sheep, but never be without a horse.” This old Irish saying sums up Ireland’s relationship with the horse. Ireland is known the world over for its love of animals, in fact, Irish bloodstock is so highly valued that everyone from the Aga Khan to Queen Elizabeth of England source their thoroughbreds here.

Nowhere better symbolizes Ireland’s love of the horse than the Irish National Stud. It is a unique attraction of outstanding natural beauty that is home to some of the most magnificent horses to be found anywhere in the world. In retirement, Ireland’s four-legged racing legends Beef or Salmon, Hardy Eustace, Hurricane Fly, Kicking King, Moscow Flyer and Rite of Passage, now live like kings of the turf at the National Stud. With their racing days behind them, the quintet can be seen by visitors on the paddock opposite the serene St. Fiachra’s Garden. 145


As a legacy to Ireland’s equestrian legends, the Horse Museum at the Irish National Stud ensures that all its great winning horses of the past will never be forgotten. The museum pays homage to the incomparable Arkle, the greatest steeplechaser to have lived anywhere at any time as 40 years after the death of this iconic animal, he reigns supreme in the stud’s museum where his skeleton holds pride of place. One of Flat’s modern-day legends ‘Sea the Stars,’ was bred and raised at the Irish National Stud. Those visiting the museum can see memorabilia connected to this champion, while also on display are the silks carried to success in Australia’s signature race, the Melbourne Cup, by another Kildare superstar, Vintage Crop. While Ireland is ranked as the third largest breeder of thoroughbreds in the world, it is home to the world’s largest privately-owned horse breeding stables. Coolmore Stud, a 2,000-acre estate, is situated just outside of Fethard in County Tipperary, occupying some of the finest land in Ireland and offering breeders access to champions for generations. Ireland’s love of all things equine also extends to the sport of show jumping and the national body, Showjumping Ireland encourages the holding of events which provide good sport, fair competition and fellowship. Ireland has a history of international success from the early days, starting out with Nations Cup victories courtesy of the Army Equitation School in the mid-1930s. Early Agha Khan success for the Army originated in 1928 while one of Ireland’s earliest major wins was with Paul Darragh who claimed Ireland’s first European Medal on Errigal in France in 1969. The famous Agha Khan team of Eddie Macken, James Kernan, Capt. Con Power and Paul Darragh, between 1977 and 1979 won the National Cup in the R.D.S., and more Nations Cups, European, World and Olympic successes have followed. So, little wonder Ireland is known as ‘the land of the horse’ with some of the best riding breaks you could wish for. 146


The Connemara TRAIL I

t is difficult to translate the charm and magic of Ireland on horseback - so says Willie Leahy, the legendary Irish horseman. In the heart of a contrasted landscape, where the mountains meet the sea, and green land surrounds the lakes, you will find one of Ireland’s most unusual regions. Connemara, a land both wild and tame.

encompass the forgotten history of rural Irish life and provide a real flavor of that rural experience to visitors. Willie acts as an experienced and entertaining guide during a week or more of trekking through the Gaelic West. For beginners and experienced riders alike, Willie provides a suitable horse and takes visitors out to discover the Connemara Trail and Coast Trail.

The Connemara Trail is not just for riders, but for anyone who enjoys other activities in a peaceful Irish atmosphere. Connemara, a vast region where you can meet a man with a very original personality: Willie Leahy; the very incarnation of an Irish horseman. Willie has been involved with Irish horses and Connemara ponies for all of his life. He is leading the popular riding holidays, the Connemara and Coast Trails since 1969 and he was Field Master of the Galway Blazers Hunt for 30 years. He is also the largest breeder of Connemara ponies in the world.

Six days or more of exciting and relaxing holidays, where, after spending four to six hours a day on horseback, you are accommodated in luxurious hotels or guesthouses while the horses graze freely in a nearby field.

Willie’s vision and determination led to the foundation of Dartfield Equistrian to

Your luggage is brought by car from accommodation to accommodation, while

Guided by this friendly centaur, you cross the wild green hills, the rust colored bogs through which alone an experienced man knows his way. Among castle and manor ruins and along mountain paths, there is a picnic stop.

the catering problems are taken care of by the Connemara Trail’s dynamic team. The trails are not confined to horse lovers. On demand, many activities such as river fishing and deep-sea fishing, golf, cycling, mountain climbing or walking the little deserted roads, swimming etc. can be organized. Non-riders will meet their riding partners every evening to share their daily experience in the hotel pub. At the end of this adventure, the Atlantic coast spreads out before you; a fresh and salty breeze while you gallop along the white sand of these endless beaches and it is all too easy to be overcome by an impalpable sensation. “The thunder of galloping hoofs broke the silence of a serene mountain valley. A flock of sheep stopped grazing to watch our posse churn across the landscape, a blur of manes and tails and determined, red-cheeked faces - This is the Wild West of Ireland.” 147

CLONSHIRE EQUESTRIAN CENTRE Adare, Co. Limerick Offering BHS training, Cross - country coaching, adult riding holidays and pony camps both residential and non-residential throughout the school holidays. All levels of rider catered for.


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lonshire International Equestrian Centre is set in 120 acres of rolling green parkland in the beautiful heritage town of Adare. This unique village, just off the Wild Atlantic Way will be hosting the 2026 Golf Ryder Cup. Adare is a picture postcard village with beautiful thatched cottages and is a regular winner of the National Tidy Towns award. Filled with quaint pubs and excellent restaurants, locals’ welcome visitors to come and share is this little Irish gem. There are castles, towers and moats to discover as well as plenty of traditional music and dance. Clonshire is just outside this special village and a warm horsey Irish welcome awaits all visitors young and old, experienced riders or those just wanting to experience an authentic Irish county activity. There are 70 Irish sport horses and Connemara Ponies available on site for all levels of riders, beginner to advanced as well as catering for special needs riders. As a Centre of Excellence for Horse Riding in Ireland and through innovative coaching and learning strategies, Clonshire provide a challenging, fun and interactive 5* service. The brand is well known nationally and

internationally with options that are specifically aimed at different riding interests, such as Adult Riding Camp where visitors can stay locally to avail of 3 or 5-day riding programmes to work on improving all areas of riding – dressage, showjumping or cross-country riding. Clonshire also provide BHS training. With over 25 years serving the horse community both at home and abroad, the rider can be confident of a marvelous riding experience at Clonshire. Riding well-schooled horses over green fields will really give visitors an unforgettable holiday experience. The facilities here are recognized as the best in the country with outdoor and indoor arenas, viewing areas, showers, good carparking as well as very well-schooled horses and ponies who all have their tack fitted by a Master Saddler. As a husband and wife team, managers Sue and Dan Foley operate like a family business and many staff have been with them for over 15 years giving a stability and continuity to customers. The team welcome back clients who have become firm friends over the years and all have enjoyed the generosity and good humor that can be felt from the moment you step into this magical place.

Unaccompanied Children’s Riding Camps are held each summer where the added joy of living on site close to the horses and ponies is so much fun and where firm friendships are made. For career riding students there is a full time 3-month training programme with an internationally recognized qualification awarded to successful candidates. Hunting is available for the fit and brave! This is over the winter months and is by special arrangement. Adare village has an abundance of places to stay - the amazing Adare Manor Hotel, the excellent Dunraven Arms or the family friendly Woodlands House Hotel are perfect for unwinding after an active days riding. There are smart guest houses and lovely B&Bs in fantastic locations that really give a true sense of Ireland in all its beauty. For those that want to include some sightseeing while visiting Clonshire, private drivers are available for excursions to the famous Cliffs of Moher as well as Killarney and Dingle in the south. In terms of accessibility, Shannon Airport is 20mins away; Cork just 90 mins and Dublin Airport is just 2 hours away, all served by bus or car hire. 149

Carrickmacross Lace Gallery

Market Square Carrickmacross Co Monaghan Tel 353 (0)42 9664176 Email: info@carrickmacrosslace.ie


Louise Loughman A RT I S T

Inspired by Celtic art especially the spiral carvings found on many of the Neolithic tombs, like Newgrange in County Meath. “With a love of the Celtic stories and folklore I have brought them to life through my wall hangings and art work “ – Louise Loughman, Artist Swallow Studios Annyalla Castleblayney County Monaghan Ireland Tel 042 97 46614 Email Louiselbatiks@gmail.com



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his is of course Kavanagh’s birthplace and there are plenty of ‘bits and pieces’ to discover. Literary buffs might like to check out the Kavanagh family homestead, scene of ‘A Christmas Childhood,’ Billy Brennan’s Barn “the wink-and-elbow language of delight” and Inniskeen Road, where the bicycles went by “in twos and threes” on the eponymous July evening. Then head over to the Patrick Kavanagh Centre, housed in an old Presbyterian church in

Inniskeen. Here you can immerse yourself in the poet’s life and works with displays including his death mask, paintings illustrating ‘The Great Hunger’ and a model of the Christmas Childhood scene. County Monaghan is one of the three counties, along with Cavan and Donegal, that is in the province of Ulster yet it is part of the Republic of Ireland, so it is the perfect base to dip between 151


Northern and Southern Ireland. It takes its name from the Irish Muineacháin - ‘county of little hills,’ and there’s no shortage of them here, especially around Lough Muckno which you can get a great view of the little hills from Concra Wood Golf Club, where drumlins appear to dance around the water. An alternative way to ‘dance on water’ is a bit of bog-snorkeling – a sport invented in Monaghan. Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has done it and there are even Bog Snorkeling Championships. Splendidly mad, it’s one way of connecting with the ‘auld sod!’ 152

Another connection to the past is Carrickmacross Workhouse, one of the few remaining restored workhouses in the country. Originally built around in the famine years to house 500 of the county’s poorest, by 1851 over 2,000 souls were crammed into the building. The workhouse featured in the TV show ‘Finding Your Roots’ when musician Sting traced his maternal great great great grandmother Mary Murphy to the workhouse. Even Hollywood great Clint Eastwood has connections to Monaghan. His mother Mary Margaret reportedly has roots in the county. Eastwood spent many holidays in the county over the years and particularly enjoys playing golf there.

View the little hills of Lough Muckno from Concra Wood Golf Club where drumlins appear to dance around the water.


LINEN & LACE Monaghan is famed for the ancient Irish craft of lace-making, more commonly known as Carrickmacross Lace. There is a museum in Carrickmacross where some fine examples of the craft can be viewed. This intricate and delicate design has been a feature of many a bridal gown. The lace used to trim Princess Diana’s dress was antique handmade lace from Carrickmacross while Kate Middleton’s Alexander McQueen gown was hand-stitched using the Carrickmacross lacemaking technique which originated in County Monaghan in the 1820s.

There is a thriving textile industry in these parts, one of the most engaging of them all being Liz Christy, who weaves sumptuous scarves, throws and other goodies in her Swallow Studios near Castleblaney. Liz hand dyes her own wools and bases her color palettes on Monet’s paintings. Her creations are absolutely magical and passers-by are welcome to drop in to watch her team at work weaving their magic – but be warned, you are unlikely to come out empty-handed! A county often passed through rather than featuring as a destination, Monaghan will surprise and delight you. Like its rolling drumlins, the county’s charms are subtle, working a slow yet undeniable spell. 153


WOVEN IN TIME For sheer delicate loveliness there is nothing to equal the beauty of Carrickmacross Lace in quality and artistic design. Visit the gallery to enjoy a splendid array of beautifully designed and hand crafted Carrickmacross Lace were the highest standards are maintained in-keeping with the ideals that the original lace craft producers established back in the early 1820’s. The gallery proudly hosts an extensive range of both traditional and contemporary designs cleverly adapted to the materials and executed with the highest level of expertise. Products range from Christmas baubles to wedding veils, bespoke pieces, commissions, christening gowns and first communion veils. The gallery also offers a range of classes and workshops for tour groups, sewing guilds and individuals. The picturesque town of Carrickmacross is located only an hour from Dublin or Belfast. Visitors to the gallery are guaranteed a warm welcome and a very enjoyable visit. The Lace Gallery is open Monday to Saturday 9.30am – 5.30pm. LOUISE LOUGHMAN ARTIST In business since 2009, Louise is based in Swallow Studios, a textile hub located in the middle of the County Monaghan countryside. Swallow Studios is an ideal setting where Louise shares a space with fellow artist and handweaver, Liz Christy. Having met many years ago in art college in Galway, Louise and Liz have been friends ever since. Their artistic styles and influences complement each other perfectly. Visitors to the Studio are rewarded with demonstrations of both artists’ crafts. These demonstrations give visitors an insight into the artistry and skill involved in the production of the pieces and they often leave with one of the various souvenirs on offer in the studio. As a child, Louise was introduced by her mother to tales of Celtic myths and folklore. These stories always stayed with her, often resurfacing when surrounded by the green and wild hills of Monaghan, especially when walking through 154

fields with her dogs. Louise says, “these pathways and ditches haven’t really changed that much since my grandmother walked the same route to school” and seeing a row of swans on the lakes reminds her of a favorite story “The Children of Lir”. In her work Louise puts a modern spin to stories with an outstanding fusion of color that helps to create the otherworldly and dream-like feel. Each piece is an original, ranging from large commissioned wall hangings, wearable art scarves and mini, delicate paintings on cards. Louise has completed several noteworthy commissions in recent years, including a nine-foot long wall hanging for Notre Dame University’s Choral Group in Indiana and special hand painted silk scarves in corporate colors for CIE International Bus Tours. If you can’t visit Louise at Swallow Studios maybe you can call to her stand F61 at Showcase Ireland in January or view her work at www.louiseloughmanartist.com

t he cast le | t h e lodg e | t h e old s ta b le m e w s

A rural retreat in the heart of Ireland…


estled on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside, dotted with ancient woodland and glittering lakes, Castle Leslie Estate is one of the last great Irish estates still in the hands of its founding family. Steeped in history, full of character and charm, it is the ultimate Irish rural escape.

Only 80 minutes from Dublin and 60 minutes from Belfast, Castle Leslie Estate boasts a variety of accommodation and activities to suit all tastes. The Castle, at the heart of the Estate, offers authentic original interiors and old-style hospitality and is a complete respite from the world. The Lodge is the social hub of the Estate, a country house boutique hotel that brings locals and guests together in an atmosphere of conviviality and comfort. The Old Stable Mews and Village Cottages are the perfect spot for groups that want the convenience of hotel living combined with private luxury home rental.

Castle Leslie Estate, Glaslough, Monaghan

Castle Leslie Estate offers an idyllic setting for outdoor activity and adventure. Explore the Estate on horseback, enjoy some of Ireland’s finest coarse fishing, take in a movie at our private cinema, luxuriate in a relaxing massage in the Victorian treatment rooms, exhilarate in a abundance of outdoor adventures, or just borrow a pair of wellies from our boot room and go for a stroll on our 1,000 acres – just some of the choices that await you in this hidden corner of Ireland.

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asha Pieterse, better known as Alison DiLaurentis of Pretty Little Liars got married here recently (as did many celebrities including Sir Paul McCartney). Sasha described the estate as “a magical castle in a faraway land.” And yes, even by Ireland’s standards, magical doesn’t begin to describe it. History buffs will delight in the antiquity of the estate and in its many treasures. Where else might


you meet a family that can trace their ancestors back to Atilla the Hun?! Castle Leslie Estate’s colorful history is awash with politics, royalty and war. The Family’s non-conformist ancestors include warlike bishops, politicians, social reformers, agricultural innovators, philanthropic wives, fine pre-Raphaelite painters, furniture collectors, writers and war heroes. The Leslie family has lived on the estate since 1665 when the land was purchased with a £2,000-reward


One of Ireland’s most luxurious hotels in a unique village setting there is a relaxed independence of spirit about the entire estate.

New conservatory at The Lodge

given to John Leslie, the fighting bishop, by King Charles II. The Fighting Bishop’s name is now given to the Leslie Estate gin. It sits on the gin wall in Snaffles, the fine dining restaurant, alongside another 99 varieties, offering a juniper jamboree to those tempted by a tipple. The current Leslie in residence is Samantha (Sammy) who on inheriting the estate from her father recognized the family seat as a commercially viable opportunity that would not only ensure the future safekeeping of the estate and its history, but also prompt its regeneration. Sammy’s ambition was to bring the estate back to life, gain sustainability through tourism and work symbiotically with local communities. She has achieved all of this and more. The last 27 years

has seen the estate regenerate from a leaking seasonal tea rooms with a handful of part time staff to the current operations with a team of over 160 that includes not only the Castle, but The Lodge (main image), The Equestrian Centre, The Victorian Treatment Rooms, The Old Stable Mews and the Village Cottages. “Castle Leslie Estate has massively expanded from its entrepreneurial beginnings to the €10 million business that it is today,” explains CEO Brian Baldwin. “The last 27 years has seen the estate regenerate massively. In fact, in that time we’ve experienced a 300% growth in turnover.” He attributes this to a number of key factors. “Our level of customer care is second to none, Castle Leslie Estate really and truly prides itself on excellent customer service and our staff right across the estate strive every day to go above and beyond their roles to offer exceptional service to our guests.”

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Brian joined Castle Leslie Estate in 2008, and in 2018, after 10 years as General Manager he was appointed CEO, overseeing the entire operation of Castle Leslie Estate - the daily estate operation, investment and build projects and the safeguarding of the estate for the future. He describes the estate as being full of character, characters and personality and it is the ultimate Irish rural escape for anyone looking to get away from it all and experience something really different – which no doubt contributes to its popularity. “We’re not just an ordinary hotel,” he explains. “We have a number of accommodation options on the estate from the very unique 5* experience at the Castle, the newly expanded Lodge, the Old Stable Mews and the Village Houses where we offer self-catering for families and small groups. The Lodge at Castle Leslie is the social hub of the estate and home to Conor’s Bar, a snug cellar bar with roaring fire, cozy corners, a charming conservatory and fantastic casual dining. The Lodge is also a great place to stay in country house boutique style. Rooms feature spa style bathrooms 158

with deep roll-top baths, lavish decor and views of the Equestrian Centre or woodlands. In 2018 Brian and his team embarked on an ambitious project adding 21 new guest rooms to The Lodge in a very short period of time, bringing the total capacity to 50 rooms. It’s a wonderful story to tell. “We had a supply and demand issue,” Brian explains. “We have created such a demand for The Lodge that we were bursting at the seams! There were countless nights where we ran out of rooms and were refusing guest bookings so we expanded this fantastic product and the new rooms opened in July, running at full capacity all summer long.” While the rooms are indeed a new addition it is difficult to see where the old Lodge ends and the new extension begins, such is the seamlessness of the build. There is still a wonderful sense of antiquity to the ‘new’ wing with generously proportioned bedrooms that are the last word in luxury; plush, immaculately decorated and many with private patios. Needless to say, wining and dining are all pretty special too whether you want something casual

Generously proportioned new wing bedrooms at The Lodge are the last word in luxury; plush, immaculately decorated and many with private patios.


from Conor’s bar or a feast to the senses in the fine dining restaurant, Snaffles. “Food is very important to us at Castle Leslie Estate,” Brian stresses. “We are striving to become one of the best food destinations in Ireland. It’s not easy as there is so much competition but it is my hope that every guest has an amazing breakfast (it is the key to a good start of your day) and an exceptional evening meal washed down by something wonderful!” There are even plans going forward to extend the dining experience at the Castle by reopening the fine dining experience in the Castle Dining Room. They say that good leadership trickles down from the top and with Brian Baldwin leading the charge it is easy to see how staff across the entire estate have mastered the art of making meticulous attention to detail and quality service relaxed and easy. Guests are treated more like family friends. Even dogs are welcome in the Old Stable Mews, and as this is one of the top 10 equestrian destinations in the world, your horse is welcome too if you choose to bring one. Even if horses aren’t your thing, the boot room

is a fascinating place and you might don some wellies and go for a hike through the parklands near the old ice ponds where ice used to be cut for the castle, or lose yourself in the walled garden dating from the 1850s. One of Ireland’s most luxurious hotels in a unique village setting, there is a relaxed independence of spirit about the entire estate and it is very much at one with Glaslough village where the local community is proud to be part of its history. A true trophy town, Glaslough won a gold medal at the prestigious Entente Florale, the European Association for Flowers and Landscapes and it is easy to see why. A veritable blaze of color adorns the village houses with hanging baskets a ‘plenty in this pristine, picturesque village.

Rooms feature spa style bathrooms with deep roll-top baths, lavish decor and views of the Equestrian Centre or woodlands.

The original dream for Castle Leslie Estate – great horses, good food and good old-style hospitality is flourishing. Just shy of two hours from Dublin and located on over 1,000 acres of breath-taking countryside in a glorious village setting, the short trip makes this an ideal escape. 159


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owering over the island’s rugged coastline, Ireland’s imposing, centuries-old lighthouses are extraordinary places to visit. Set on stunning cliff-top locations with breath-taking seascape views, each also has its own character and individual tale to tell.

Once housing the most powerful lighthouse light in the world, Wicklow Head, in Ireland’s garden county, is uniquely octagonal rather than round. It now houses delightful self-catering accommodation with stunning views of the Irish Sea on three sides.

Eight of 13 designated as Great Lighthouses offer accommodation and make for a marvelous and memorable overnight stay, while others offer guided tours and fascinating, interactive exhibitions.

Six of the Great Lighthouses guard the magnificent Wild Atlantic Way, among them Clare Island in County Mayo. Decommissioned and converted into luxury accommodation



that features wrought-iron beds and art deco furnishings, the lighthouse offers a fabulous place to relax and drink in the dramatic views over Atlantic swells and jagged cliffs. Voted one of the most beautiful lighthouses in the world, Fanad Head in Ireland’s rugged north west was first lit in 1817. Standing between idyllic Lough Swilly and sandy Mulroy Bay, its exquisite location makes it a must-see in the region. From the top of its tower whales, dolphins and porpoises can be glimpsed, while overnight accommodation is available in the former light keepers’ houses. The island’s quirkiest lighthouse is the ‘upside down’ Rathlin West on unspoilt Rathlin Island,

just 25 minutes by ferry from Northern Ireland’s spectacular Causeway Coast. Built into the cliff face, the lighthouse rises above its beacon, which still plays an important role in maritime safety. Rathlin Island is also famous for its significant seabird colonies that include guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, fulmars and puffins. The latest addition to the list of Great Lighthouses is the Great Light in Belfast. This 130-year-old optic is one of the largest of its kind ever built and is an exceptionally rare maritime artefact. It is now showcased on the Titanic Walkway in the heart of Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, where a series of interpretation panels present the maritime and industrial heritage of the area. 161

Come to the Yeats Building, Sligo and hear the remarkable story of Nobel poet WB Yeats, his family and their strong links with Sligo, the place he called Land of Heart’s Desire. Yeats Society Sligo, Hyde Bridge, Sligo F91 DVY4

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orld-renowned Irish poet W.B. Yeats, whose resting place at St. Columba’s Church in Drumcliffe is overlooked by Benbulben, returned to the landscape of Sligo frequently in his poems. Most famously, ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree,’ saw the expatriated Yeats yearn for his homeland. “I hear it deep in the heart’s core”, he marvelled. Today, Sligo is a must-visit destination for lovers of the arts. The Model, home of the Niland Collecton, is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary arts

centres and features works by John and Jack B. Yeats, Estella Solomons, Paul Henry and Louis Le Brocquy. There is a vibrant theatre tradition at the Hawk’s Well Theatre, kept alive by The Blue Raincoat/Factory Theatre ensemble. The popular Coleman Irish Music Centre Gurteen is celebration of Irish music, culture and heritage and runs music events throughout the year. The magnificent Lissadell House, built in 1830 by the famous Gore Booth family and beloved 163


Glencar Waterfall, also known as The Devil’s Chimney, is particularly impressive after rain and can be viewed from a lovely wooded walk. There are several waterfalls in the area although none quite as romantic as this one which is mentioned by WB Yeats in his poem ‘The Stolen Child’. 164


by W.B. Yeats, should also not be missed. Visitors will also find a full calendar of great events celebrating life on the Wild Atlantic Way. Music lovers will find plenty of entertainment at the massive Sligo Live Festival takes place over ten days (October 18–28) and features great acts. Sligo’s archaeological and mythological heritage is incredibly rich. This ancient county is filled with over 5,000 archaeological sites. Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery is the largest collection of megalithic tombs in Ireland. Above the western shore of Lough Arrow, in the beautiful limestone upland of the Bricklieve Mountains, is the impressive passage tomb cemetery of Carrowkeel. CreevyKeel Court Tomb, in the foothills of Tievebaun Mountain, is one of the best examples of a court tomb in Ireland while Knocknashee (The Hill of the Fairies), located near Tubbercurry, is a spectacular limestone tabletop plateau commanding a panoramic view of the north Connaught plain. Renowned the world-over as a mecca for surfers, Sligo offers an array of outdoor activities. From walking trails in stunning landscapes to championship links golf courses, stand up paddle boarding, offshore diving and kiteboarding. There are also ample destinations for a relaxed afternoon of fishing or an uplifting horse-ride along the beach. With its stunning coastline there are many great beaches throughout Sligo, including Mullaghmore Beach, Streedagh, Strandhill and Enniscrone, all offering spectacular scenery and plenty of outdoor activities. Easy-going terrains set in beautiful forests; hills and lakesides are accessible for families and make for a great day out. Longer trails like the Sligo Way (a 74km walking route that traverses the county) or the Miners’ Way and Historical Trail offer more challenging routes for the dedicated walker. Popular walking routes include Queen Maeve’s Trail on Knocknarea, Benbulben Gortarowey Trail and The Devil’s Chimney. After a long day of activities, it’ll be a relief to know that a huge variety of appealing refreshments are close at hand. Sligo is a fantastic foodie destination. There is plethora

of exciting Food Trail experiences, from craft beer tours to baking classes or a lunch on the seashore with your ancestors. Take a Sligo Food Tour and meet the proud personalities behind Sligo food who will tell you fascinating local stories about where the food comes from and how it is produced. At Sligo Oyster Experience, visitors can indulge in Sligo Bay Oysters at WB’S Coffee House, while they are guided by owner Aisling through the history and current farming methods of harvesting oysters on the Wild Atlantic Way. www.sligotourism.ie 165


Ceoláras Coleman, Gurteen, Co. Sligo

Authent Traditio ic n Music an al d Cultural Experien ce! The Coleman Music Centre, situated in Gurteen, Co. Sligo, is a community based, state of the art traditional music and cultural centre. The main aims of the Centre are to preserve, promote and foster Irish traditional music and culture. It is also the Comhaltas Regional Resource Centre for the five counties, Sligo, Mayo, Roscommon, Leitrim and Fermanagh. Visitor Centre The visitors’ experience is informal, welcoming and friendly providing a tailor-made first-hand experience of Sligo style traditional Irish music. There is a permanent exhibition and information area comprising of touch screens and an audio visual presentation on the history of traditional music. This together with a 12 minute audio-visual presentation on the history of traditional Irish music gives the visitor a unique insight into traditional music. Coleman School of Music Music tuition is provided in fiddle, flute, banjo, accordion, bodhrán, whistle, guitar, harp, cello, uilleann pipes, sean nós dancing, traditional céilí dancing and singing. The teachers, all from the locality, have a keen insight and knowledge of the Sligo repertoire and technique of playing. Special one to one and group tuition is available all year round by advance booking.

The Coleman Theatre Many top class traditional music concerts and shows are presented throughout the year in the 130 seat theatre. A programme of music, song and dance can be provided to suit the needs of individual groups and can include a music lesson or a lecture on any aspect of the history of traditional music. The Music/Gift Shop The shop stocks a vast selection of traditional music CDs, including many of an archival type, DVDs, music books, musical instruments and accessories, gift ideas and lots more….. Online shop www.colemanirishmusic.com delivered worldwide The Coleman Cottage A visit to this farmhouse cottage gives a unique insight into how people lived during the early twentieth century in Ireland. The building has three rooms, is constructed of red sandstone and is roofed in traditional thatch. The cottage contains everyday cooking utensils, furniture, crockery and other artefacts, which date back to the 1920s.

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Food for THE SOUL


NOOK CAFÉ, COLLOONEY With a constantly changing menu of local, organic and seasonal ingredients, Nook Café in Collooney, County Sligo, showcases the best of Irish food. Fuel up for the day with Nook’s vegan take on the full Irish breakfast, or a perfectly poached Eggs Benedict with sourdough toast. “Don’t let appearances fool you. This is a little gem. Food absolutely superb, beautifully presented and tastes delicious.” The café is also known for its delicious lunches with cuisine fusions from all over the world. Fancy a Korean fried chicken burger or an Irish take on a Canadian Poutine, anyone? Nook

offers vegetarian and vegan options as well as a full gluten-free menu and a healthy ‘kid-size’ menu so everyone will leave satisfied. COOPERSHILL ESTATE, RIVERSTOWN Coopershill Estate’s food is so fresh most of the fruit and vegetables are grown just outside the dining room window! This gorgeous old house sits on a 500-acre estate so there’s always something delicious in season. “The food, lovingly prepared by the chef, is faultless, we savored every morsel.” The manor house serves breakfast, afternoon tea and a four-course dinner, so whether you’re 167


an overnight guest or just passing through, you won’t leave hungry. Sink into a sumptuous antique sofa with a selection of homemade cakes and the special house blend of tea and leave the world behind for a while. EITHNA’S BY THE SEA, MULLAGHMORE Overlooking Mullaghmore, Ethna’s By The Sea is the best way to experience the Surf Coast without getting your feet wet. Sample the best of Irish seafood with its expertly prepared shellfish platters of lobster, prawns, crab and mussels, or treat yourself to a dozen Wild Atlantic oysters. “Eithna’s is a lovely family run restaurant with picturesque views overlooking Mullaghmore Harbour. The fish is always beautifully fresh and cooked to perfection.” Eithna’s exploration of the sea doesn’t end there: seaweed and sea vegetables are a key part of this delicious menu, popping up in seafood dishes, breads and desserts. You can even bring the sea home with you with Eithna’s homemade Wild Atlantic seaweed pesto. SHELLS CAFÉ, STRANDHILL Shells Café takes great pride in its home baking and everything is made in-house, from its famous soda bread and brioche to cupcakes and brownies. If you’re hungry for more than dessert, the café has a lunch menu packed with healthy and hearty options. “This place is just gorgeous. Beautiful poached eggs, French toast with almonds, yogurt, edible flowers, not to mention the pastries. What’s not to love?!” If you want to take the delicious flavors back home with you, Shell’s Little Shop sells cookbooks featuring its most popular recipes and guides to local food stories. MONTMARTRE, SLIGO With its mix of fresh local ingredients and delicious French cuisine, Montmartre is a wonderfully elegant dining experience. “The menu was full of tasty looking dishes so it was hard to choose. Everything we ordered 168

from starters through to dessert was beautifully presented and tasted even better. This was easily the best food I’ve had in a long time.” The restaurant makes great use of the coast’s fantastic seafood, serving Irish mussels with a French twist, and each dish looks as good as it tastes. TASTE THE ATLANTIC A gastronomic adventure awaits visitors to Sligo town with the launch of Sligo Oyster Experience, Ireland’s first dedicated oyster trail and interactive visitor center. The Oyster Experience begins with a short walking tour, crossing the Garavogue

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river that runs through the town and out to Sligo Bay where oyster production has taken place for generations. Owner and manager, Aisling Kelly, wearing a sturdy oyster glove, provides live oyster shucking demonstrations and tastings for visitors, where she describes the sharp brine and rich finish of local Wild Atlantic Oysters and highlights the shell’s distinctive purple hue from the minerals found in the surrounding Atlantic Spirit of Ireland TC Ad _Layout 1 seabeds of Sligo Bay. Aisling’s love of food is evident from the popularity of her coffee house, WB’s where you can taste the famous oysters and see the tricks of the trade with an oyster shucking demonstration. Then it’s time to relax with a selection of naked 19/02/2019 13:51 and dressed oysters with aPage glass of1 carefully selection wine to wash it all down or choose from a selection of Sligo Craft Beers. For those

that don’t have a taste for oysters, a full Cafe menu is also available. THOMAS CONNOLLY’S PUB Whether you fancy a pint before or after your meal it’s well worth stopping for one at Thomas Connolly’s pub on Markievicz Road. First licensed in 1861, Connolly’s storied past includes at least one visit from Charles Stewart 19/02/2019 13:51 Page 1 Parnell during the pub’s early days, plus Thomas Connolly himself becoming Mayor of Sligo in 1890 (the same year he acquired the premises). There was once a grocer’s shop at one end of the pub – now gone – popular for making sugar, selling tea and bottling whiskey. Nowadays the pub is a lively hub for musicians with a full autumn schedule. A member of the Irish Whiskey Trail from fine whiskey to craft beer, you’ll find it all here.

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he county is blessed with some of Ireland’s most remote and unspoilt landscape. The scenery in the northern part of the county bordering Cavan and Leitrim is filled with hills and lakes that are truly breath-taking. Longford typifies the Irish Midlands with its lowlying bogs and pastures. It is hemmed in on two sides by large lakes – Lough Gowna in the northeast and Lough Ree along the Shannon River, which forms Longford’s western border. Historians or those with a passion for the past will relish in the many ancient sites. The Ardagh Clock Tower dates back to 1862 and commemorates Sir George Ralph Fetherston.

Pay a visit to Creative Ardagh Workshop & Visitors Centre, a truly interesting and fun way to learn more about this lovely quaint heritage village. Also worthy of a visit is a trip to the Aughnacliffe and Cleenrath Dolmens and the Abbeyshrule Cistercian Abbey. The surrounding countryside is steeped in history and has a wealth of places to visit and things to do. Early in its history, Longford was a place for the gentry and monks, a fact that explains the incredible number of monasteries within its boundaries, including Abbeylara, Abbeyshrule, Abbeyderg and Saint’s Island, most of which have well-preserved remains open to visitors. Officially shired in 1586, Longford also saw 171


its share of wars, overseeing the defeat of French forces during the 1798 Rebellion (a visitor’s center in Ballinamuck tells the story), and contributing the North Longford flying column, led by Seán Mac Eoin, to the Irish War of Independence. Longford Town is the vibrant county town with plenty of amenities to keep you occupied no matter what you are after. There are plenty of shops including the fabulous Áine’s Boutique, restaurants, pubs and other places to visit if you come for a day out in the county. Tally Ho or Edward J. Valentines are just a couple of places to have a quiet few drinks or some not so quiet ones if that is how you’re feeling. It is also home to the St Mel’s Craft Brewing Company which is going from strength to strength. Pay a visit to the Backstage Theatre which shows a variety of plays, spoken word and comedy shows. There is a magnificent 18hole championship golf course overlooking the county town for golf lovers. St Mel’s Cathedral is the most famous of all the Longford attractions and rightly so. It is well worth the visit. It is a Neoclassical building dating back as far as 1840 although due to the famine it never actually opened for worship until 1856. Almost destroyed by fire on Christmas Morning 2009, it took 5 years and 30 million euro to restore it to its former glory. There are plenty of festivals and events taking place throughout the year, for example the Lanesborough Triathlon, Longford Agricultural show, The Ballinamuck Olde Fair Day, The Fleadh Ceol, The Marquee in Drumlish and Longford Summer Festival to name but a few. Throughout the county there is go-karting & paintball in Edgeworthstown; an aerodrome in Abbeyshrule; equestrian in Mosstown Stables and kayaking in Ballymahon and Lanesborough. Longford forms part of the Royal Canal Greenway which starts at Maynooth, Kildare, through Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands and it 172

is the longest cycle trackway in Ireland. With 130km of safe cycling along the surfaced towpath of the spectacular Royal Canal to the Shannon River and the 46th lock at Richmond Harbour in Clondra, Longford is an unforgettable experience for the cycling enthusiast. Longford is generally a quiet place and with so many bodies of water, it is a great spot to engage in a little aquatic relaxation such as fishing and boating. Lanesborough is one of the best destinations for fishing and anglers travel near and far to experience the fine conditions. Lanesborough is also home to Lough Ree Distillery and Sling Shot Gin. An official tour of the distillery for visitors will be launching next summer. For a real adrenalin rush canoeing or kayaking the whitewater rapids on the River Inny in Ballymahon will certainly get your heart pumping as they are among the biggest and most exciting rapids in Ireland. Speaking of Ballymahon, the beautiful Newcastle Woods just outside the town are home to the newly opened Center Parcs Longford Forest, Ireland’s newest tourist attraction with its state-of-the-art woodland accommodation and over 100 activities to choose from. Longford is home to some lovely walking trails, most notably Derrycassin Woods in Dring, just outside Granard and Edenmore Bog Walk on the outskirts of Ballinamuck. Routes are well signed and easy to navigate and offer fabulous views of the surrounding countryside. The county has also produced beloved poet

Sir Oliver Goldsmith and famous actors like Mel Gibson, whose mother was from Ardagh, but none of these can overtake Longford’s biggest claim to fame: an Iron Age bog road that dates back to 148 B.C. Parts of the wooden structure are preserved at Corlea Trackway Visitors Centre in Kenagh, a must see. For one of the best views in Ireland, hike up to the motte in the town of Granard in the north part of the county. From here, at 543 feet up, you will be able to see nine Irish counties, five lakes and a handful of forests and rivers, including the Shannon, Erne and Inny. This unsuspecting little town also birthed Kitty Kiernan, fiancée of Michael Collins, and claims that both St. Patrick and evil Queen Maeve spent time here. It is also the home to the fantastic new Knights & Conquests Heritage Centre which gives guests an authentic Norman Ireland experience. One thing is for sure, Longford is a county with plenty to see and do, put it on your list of places to visit, you won’t be disappointed.


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icturesque Lanesborough sits at the northerly end of Lough Ree. Its thousandyear-old bridge stretches over the mighty River Shannon, the last before Athlone, twenty-five miles south. This is where counties Roscommon and Longford meet, bringing together the ancient provinces of Connaught and Leinster. Always a place of conversation and commerce, here Peter, Sheila and Mike Clancy conceived the idea for Lough Ree Distillery over a family dinner. Their mission was simple: “To bring to the world, from our home town of Lanesborough, the finest, most highly regarded Irish spirits.” Like great wines, great spirit brands are about their roots and the passion that feeds those roots. Lough Ree Distillery produces fine spirits that draw inspiration and ingredients from their surroundings. The Clancy siblings have great respect for tradition but they’re not letting it restrict their vision. They operate with patience, innovation and attention to detail. While the main distillery close to the bridge is under construction, current production is undertaken in Lough Ree Distillery’s micro-distillery on Lanesborough’s Main Street. It’s here that Sling Shot Gin is carefully produced in batches to a distinctive recipe, which includes local botanicals. Lanesborough is surrounded by peat bogs so peat is Lough Ree’s ‘terroir’!

Released in October 2018, Sling Shot Gin has already won multiple international awards and demand is growing across Ireland, UK, Germany and other markets. Slingshot takes its name from the demise of mythical warrior Queen Maeve. Though she had retired to an island on Lough Ree, an enemy seeking vengeance tracked her down. He practiced with his slingshot until he was good enough to hit her from the Longford shore, a mile across the water. The 20,000 square foot Lough Ree Distillery and visitors’ center will be producing Pot Still and Malt Whiskeys by 2021. The dynamic visitors’ center will not only showcase the products and processes but also introduce visitors to the rich history and beauty of the hinterland which includes literature, battles, castles and extraordinary scenery. The Clancys’ vision is about a place and a standard. When they move to the main distillery and production of fine whiskeys is under way, they will continue to produce experimental batches of spirits using local ingredients, old recipes and whatever notions enter the minds of the founders.

them room to experiment and explore. If you would like to join them on their journey, the Lough Ree Distillery Ambassador programme gives you a barrel in the cellar and a seat in the distillery’s Library lounge. Like the warrior with his slingshot, the Clancys are determined, persistent and agile. Unlike him, however, they settle differences peacefully – perhaps over a glass of fine spirit. And you’re invited to join them for a glass in God’s own county of Longford. Find out more at loughreedistillery.com Lough Ree Distillery Advert AW.pdf












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he Arigna Mining Experience is a unique community inspired initiative which records 400 years of mining history. Coal mining provided much needed work in a region of poor agricultural land. Regular employment was uncommon in the province of Connaught in the 19th and 20th centuries, and it is often said; “There was money in Arigna when there was no money elsewhere”. The coal industry sustained the community of Arigna down through the centuries and helped them through the horrors of the famine years (1845 to 1852). The Arigna area has a long tradition of mining which dates back to the early 17th century. High grade iron ore are commonly found in the area in “nodes” or rounded lumps, of varying size from a pebble to that of a rugby ball. This led to the establishment of iron works by an Elizabethan planter,


Charles Coote at Creevela and Arigna. These “ironstones” which were plentiful in fields and riverbanks over a widespread area were dug out of the ground and transported to the iron-works. Timber from the surrounding forests was turned into charcoal to use as fuel in the smelting process

hundreds of jobs in the local mining industry. By the 1970’s 65% of the coal mined in Arigna was consumed at the generation plant. In the 1980’s Arigna’s supply of top-grade coal was used up and in 1991 the power station finally closed down bringing an end to over 400 years of mining tradition in the Arigna area.

After the Second World War a major program of electrification was initiated by the Electricity Supply Board and in 1958 a coal fired power station was built in Arigna on the shore of Lough Allen. This was the first major electricity generating station in Connaught. Designed and manufactured in Germany, the station was built specifically to burn Arigna’s semibituminous coal. At peak production, the power station burned 55,000 tons of coal annually and employed 60 people directly. However, from the outset one of the primary reasons behind its construction was to secure

BENEATH THE SEAMS One of the key problems of mining in the area was the narrowness of the coal seams. With seams in Arigna at about 20 inches high, miners had to work in extremely cramped conditions. The miner at the coal face had to lie on his side in a pool of water in a “gob” (Gaelic for coal mouth). One would often hear miners refer to the fact that their clothes were never fully dry throughout the whole week. Once they had passed the main tunnel and entered the “branches” the miners had to crouch down as those tunnels


were very low. They remained like this for the day until they had finished their shift. Miners brought their own lunches from home: bread and butter and a flask of sweet tea which they preferred cold. They ate their lunch in the mine. Miners wore old clothes and wellingtons. They owned their own tools and helmets. Despite the back-breaking work, many aspiring young miners left school at 14 years of age to start their mining career at the easiest and lowest pay level, before working up to the more difficult but better paid position at the coal face. The coal in Arigna produced no explosive gas unlike English and Continental coal but the work was hazardous. Rock falls by sections of rock called “bullets” posed the greatest danger and even though accidents were rarely fatal, they were the cause of many broken limbs.

THE MINERS WAY The Miners’ Way and Historical Trail is a long-distance trail in Ireland. It is a 118-kilometre long circular route that begins and ends in Arigna, County Roscommon. The route follows many of the paths used by the miners going to work in the coal mines. In total the Arigna Miners Way route is 65.7 kilometres in length and ascends some 1,300 metres linking Ireland’s Ancient East with the Wild Atlantic Way. With such strong links to mining in the area the possibility of developing a mining visitor centre in Arigna first emerged when the last coal mines closed in 1990. It has gone on to become a hugely popular attraction and a fascinating insight into a subterranean world. The visitor centre gives visitors an

authentic insight into an industry which played a fundamental role in Arigna for generations and is now a tourist attraction of both national and international significance. The Arigna Mining Experience is situated in a beautiful scenic location overlooking Lough Allen and will certainly appeal to those looking for a day out with a difference. The centre preserves the energy heritage of this area, and provides visitors with an insight into coal mining life as it was in the Arigna Valley for centuries. With an ex-Miner as your tour-guide, the visit to the museum includes a DVD presentation, a photographic exhibition, an exhibit area and a unique underground tour to the mine’s coal face where lighting and sound effects add to the reality of the experience.

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n Gorta Mór – Ireland’s Great Hunger was a disaster that hit Ireland between 1845 and 1851 that would change the course of Irish and American history. In 1520, Catholics owned 100% of the land. However, after three centuries of plantations, confiscations, evictions, Penal Laws and colonialism, approximately 90% of the land belonged to Anglo-Irish Protestant landlords,

with the Catholics as their tenants. As tenants, they produced massive quantities of agricultural produce and livestock which they had to sell to pay their rent, or face eviction. This left the majority of the native population solely dependent on potatoes for food, as they were cheap to purchase, could be grown in small plots of poor soil, and were high in nutrition. Then, for four consecutive years, 1845 to 1848, blight destroyed the potato harvest across Europe. 177


The British Government’s response was to send approximately 20,000 additional troops to Ireland to ensure people did not eat the thousands of tons of other crops, vegetables and animals being exported by landlords for profit. The MP Henry Grattan (son of the more famous one) said that in 1847, Ireland produced “twice as much grain as was sufficient to feed the Irish people”, but it was all sent to London. Although many had enough land to grow crops other than potatoes, they were caught in an impossible bind – they had to sell the crops to pay rent or face eviction.

black. You will get two days to pay the rent, and if you don’t you know the consequences.” More than a quarter of a million tenant farmers were evicted between 1845 and 1854 and even more walked away from their homes roaming the country in search of food. As a very last resort, they arrived at the door of workhouses.

While some landlords tried to help tenants, most were remorseless. This bailiff’s remark as quoted in the Freeman’s Journal in April 1846 was typical:

THE POOR HOUSE Whether abandoned as ruins or reclaimed for modern use, about 10 workhouses from the 1840s and 1850s still stand as reminders of the Famine, for which the earliest were built just in time. But there were 161 of them once, vast foreboding structures, these “Bastilles for the Poor” were designed for the truly destitute. Nobody would go there voluntarily.

“What the devil do we care about you or your black potatoes? It was not us that made them

In the early 1840’s, the population of Ireland was almost 9 million - 3 million of whom were



destitute, primarily due to evictions by absentee landlords. Workhouses were built throughout Ireland between 1841 and 1843 to house the poor, hence the Irish name of Teach na mBocht - The Poorhouse. THE POOR LAWS According to The Poor Law Act of 1838, “no individual capable of exertion must ever be permitted to be idle in a workhouse.” The Report of the Poor Law Commissioners for Ireland in 1839 stated that “the style of the building is intended to be of the cheapest description compatible with durability; and effect is aimed at by harmony of proportion and simplicity of arrangement, all mere decoration being studiously excluded.” Conditions within the workhouse were designed by the 1838 Poor Law Act such that the inmates should be “worse fed, worse clothed and worse lodged than the independent laborers of the district.” The work undertaken included the men breaking stones, grinding corn, working on the land attached to the workhouse with the women at house duties, mending clothes, washing, attending the children and the sick. Death was part of life in the workhouse and burial grounds were opened nearby to deal with the large number of corpses. The poor had to apply for admission to the workhouse and successful applicants had to surrender any land before entering. The first poor were admitted to Carrickmacross Workhouse on Saturday, 11th February 1843. Once admitted, they were subjected to a strict regime. Families were segregated and forbidden from seeing each other without permission. Male and female, boys and girls were segregated. Food was meagre and basic; difficult, often pointless work had to be done and there was no heat or even basic comfort. These deliberately harsh conditions meant that workhouses quickly became known as the Poor Man’s Jail, and the poor only applied for admission as a very last resort. PAUPER’S EMIGRATION SCHEME Due to the large numbers of children in workhouses, many of whom were orphaned by The Great Hunger, the English Government’s

Secretary of State for the Colonies, Earl Grey, devised the Pauper’s Emigration Scheme. Under this scheme, between 1848 and 1850, 4,114 girls between the ages of 14 and 18 were emigrated from Irish workhouses to Australia as wives and servants of the settlers and convicts there. Death and emigration, whether voluntary or forced, gradually reduced numbers in the workhouses until only the destitute, sick and elderly remained. At their first meeting on 21st January 1919, the newly formed Dáil Éireann abolished the odious, degrading and foreign Workhouse System.

Over 1 million died of starvation; over 2 million emigrated. To put the death toll into context, an equivalent loss in the US today would be 40 million people. 179

Following in the Footsteps of Strokestown's Missing 1,490 Strokestown Park is a unique historical property in Co. Roscommon in the west of Ireland and is the home of the National Famine Museum and Archive. The National Famine Museum tells the story of the Irish Great Hunger, eviction and forced emigration. The National Famine Way is the tragic ill-fated story of assisted emigration in 1847 when 1,490 poor and hungry were forced to walk the 165km from the Strokestown Park Estate to waiting ships in Dublin. Visitors to Ireland can complete the full 165km of Ireland’s newest National Trail or visit the poignant interactive bronze 19th century children’s shoe sculptures interspersed along the route. Strokestown Park also hosts the Irish Famine Summer School. With beautiful gardens, gift shop and and café, a visit to Strokestown Park is not to be missed!

The fate of Strokestown Park’s tenants is a harrowing one For more information please visit www.strokestownpark.ie/famine



THE DOOLOUGH TRAGEDY Doolough Pass is a spectacular setting near Doo Lough (“Black Lake’) between Mweelrea Mountain and the Sheeffry Hills. Here you will find the Doolough Famine Memorial, a plain stone cross engraved with the words ‘Doolough Tragedy 1849’ as a reminder of one of the blackest events in Irish famine history. In 1849 many starving people were forced to walk twenty miles or more in bad weather from Louisburg to Delphi Lodge to attend a landlord inspection and get famine relief. The journey is beautiful by today’s standards taking in the shores of Killary Harbour and Doolough lakes, however, it was bleak and freezing on that fateful night and the people were already hungry and destitute. When they eventually arrived at Delphi Lodge, they were told that the guardians could not be disturbed while they were taking their lunch. When they finally did see them, the people were sent away empty-handed and most of them died on the journey back. Corpses were found by the side of the road with grass in their mouths that they had been eating for want of food. Every year since 1988 there has been a walk along this route in memory of the Doolough dead and to highlight the starvation of the world’s poor still today. Archbishop Desmond Tutu has done it, the children of Chernobyl have done it. So has the Cellist of Sarajevo, Vedran Smailovic who played daily in his city despite sniper fire in the 1990’s while it was under siege. And Kim Phuc - the woman who was made famous in photographs of her as a girl running naked and burned by napalm in Vietnam - has done it too. TRAIL OF TEARS When the Choctaw tribe in America learnt of the tragedy in 1849, members of the tribe raised $710 which they donated to famine relief. They did so because the story reminded them of their own plight when 18 years earlier, they were forcibly removed from their land by the white man to make way for modern day Oklahoma. Their march was some 500 miles and they lost lives along the way. The Indians’ march became known as the Trail of Tears. In 1992 a group

of Irish people returned the Choctaw Indians’ kindness by walking the Trail of Tears, raising a huge $710,000 which they donated to famine relief in Africa. THE NEW WORLD Of the 1.8 million who arrived in the United States in 1845-55, many were much poorer than those that had gone before since almost one third of the new arrivals were from the poorer Irish areas.

The hauntingly beautiful Doolough Pass was the setting for one of the blackest events in Irish famine history.

The emigration of so many during the famine led to the establishment of huge Irish communities. These vast networks helped to facilitate millions of more Irish to emigrate in the decades following the famine. To give an indication of the colossal nature of Irish emigration, consider 181


that roughly one in two people born in Ireland in the nineteenth century emigrated. In the late nineteenth century, nearly as many people born in Ireland lived outside the country as lived in it. No other European country contributed as many emigrants per capita to the New World during the so-called ‘age of mass migration’ between the mid-nineteenth century and the start of the First World War as Ireland. Together with the 5 million Germans and the millions of Scandinavians who arrived alongside them, Irish immigrants changed the demography of America. As the historian David Reynolds put it, “during the decade from 1845 the United States opened its doors to 3 million people, proportionately the biggest influx in US history.” Most Americans today who have an Irish family background are descended from those who arrived at that time. Writing in the 1970’s historian Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh summed up the struggle they faced: “The struggle was a protracted and at times frustrating one. But the sons and grandsons of the famine exiles were determined to see it through to the end. Only then could the accusing ghost of ‘Black 47’ be finally laid.” Approximately 70% of emigrants who arrived in the United States settled in the northerly states of New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois and Massachusetts. The total numbers who died during passage is unknown, but Dr Ó Murchadha, who teaches history and Irish at St. Flannan’s College in County Clare, estimates that it may have been more than 80,000. The Great Famine: Ireland’s Agony 1845 – 52 includes a vivid description of life on the coffin ships written by Stephen de Vere, son of a County Limerick landlord who traveled steerage to Quebec in 1847. He described passengers being “huddled together without light, without air, wallowing in filth and breathing a fetid atmosphere”. They were “sick in body, dispirited in heart, living without food, dying without the voice of spiritual consolation and buried in the deep without the rites of the Church.” 182

Surviving the voyage was by no means the end of things; in fact, it was just the beginning of a new chapter of desolation. “A great number of these emigrants had never previously ventured outside their own local areas,” says Dr Ó Murchadha. “Suddenly, they found themselves transported thousands of miles away from a rural to an urban landscape, to a very alien social environment where the inhabitants didn’t speak the same language and, frequently, showed a deep loathing for their Irishness and their Catholicism. This was bewildering and devastating to them.” For all but a lucky few he says, “the lot of the Famine immigrants was grinding poverty, unemployment or backbreaking, dangerous work for little pay. Their lives were shortened by work-slavery, psychological alienation and the alcohol with which many sought to obtain relief from both.” Controversially Dr Ó Murchadha puts forward the possibility that the British ruling classes saw the famine as an opportunity to ‘thin out’ and reform Ireland. In that context he believes Britain may have been guilty of genocide. “If you’re taking about a Jewish-style holocaust, a deliberate attempt such as by the Nazis to annihilate an entire people, then it’s not that kind of genocide,” he explains. “But there is a case for asking if the British deliberately used the famine to thin out the ranks of the Irish by allowing mass death and emigration after 1847.”

IN THE MIDST OF PLENTY Only a single crop, the potato, failed during this terrible time. No other crops were affected and there were oats and barley being produced in Ireland throughout these years. There were, however, considered ‘cash crops’, produced for export and owned not by those who worked the fields but by large landowners. Food exports continued virtually unabated during this time even as people starved. William SmithO’Brien, a wealthy land owner from Dromoland Castle who was sympathetic to the plight of the poor, observed in 1846: “The circumstances which appeared most aggravating was that the people were starving in the midst of plenty, and that every tide carried from the Irish ports corn sufficient for the maintenance of thousands of the Irish people.”




uilt to accommodate 500 normally and a stipulated maximum of 700 inmates, on July 28, 1849, records show that there were 2,127 inmates on that day, that 90 had been admitted in that week and that 21 had died in the workhouse in the same week. The meticulous records kept by the personnel of the workhouse, which are available to be studied at the Cork County and City Archives, mean that we can identify every man, woman and child who was admitted to the workhouse, those who died there or who died outside the gates waiting for admission, and those who survived and made it home again. For example, on February 4, 1847, 40 persons were admitted to the workhouse,

ages ranging from a baby of four months to a man of 60 years. Eleven of those admitted were children. Among those admitted on that day was Mary Dineen of Kilpatrick and her five children, aged from 5-16 years. Mary died on the day she was admitted, leaving her five orphans to the mercy of the Kinsale Workhouse. Cornelius Desmond, Tracton, aged 17, died on the day he was admitted in May of 1847. An entry made on June 22nd in 1850 shows that four sibling orphans, Mary, Kate, John and Norah (aged two) Neill were all admitted to the workhouse on that day. After being registered, washed, deloused and inspected, John was sent to the boys’

quarters and the three girls - Norah in her ‘big’ sister’s arms - were directed to the girls’ quarters. During their time there, as was the policy, they remained separated. Wives and husbands were separated, children were separated from their parents and brothers from their sisters. We do not know if any of the Neil children survived the diseases rampant in the workhouse. The two older girls may have been shipped out to Australia as part of the solution by the Board of Guardians to deal with the large number of orphaned teenaged children left bereft in workhouses during Ireland’s Great Famine (1847- 1850). 183

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he walk took place over six days from May 25th to May 30th when Famine enthusiasts walked the new officially accredited 165km national heritage trail, the National Famine Way. The Strokestown famine walkers commemorated the poignant ill-fated journey of 1,490 famine emigrants who walked from Strokestown Park to ships in Dublin in 1847 at the height of

the Irish famine. In 2019, 172 years later, the famine walkers re-enacted this arduous journey and launched the new waymarked National Famine Way along rural Roscommon roads and the beautifully evocative Royal Canal through counties Longford, Westmeath, Meath, Kildare, arriving in Dublin at the Jeannie Johnston Famine Ship as their predecessors would have done over 150 years ago. 185


The Missing 1490 In May of 1847, the worst year of the Famine, 1,490 people from Strokestown in Co. Roscommon walked 165kms from Strokestown to Dublin and were then transported to Liverpool. There they boarded some of the worst coffin ships which took them on a nightmare journey to Quebec in Canada. Only half of those who set sail arrived in Quebec.

The National Famine Way is part of an ambitious outreach programme from the National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park, which brings the story of the Great Famine out from behind the museum walls and reconnects people with their history in an innovative way from west to east - from Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands to Ireland’s Ancient East. It is topped and tailed by two iconic museums – The National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park and EPIC, the Irish Emigration Museum and the Jeannie Johnston replica famine ship in Dublin. The walkers on this journey were lucky enough to have good walking shoes unlike the poor souls who took the original walk from Strokestown Park. The poignant symbol of battered shoes is used to great effect along the way where approximately thirty pairs of interactive bronze children’s shoe sculptures set on plinths are interspersed along the route. 186

These interactive sculptures tell the stories of individuals and families from the 1,490, bringing to life their tragedy and adding a thought-provoking dimension to the trail. NATIONAL FAMINE MUSEUM The National Famine Museum is housed in Strokestown Park House, which is managed by the Irish Heritage Trust became infamous when its then owner Denis Mahon was assassinated after forcing his tenants to emigrate. At that time many landlords took the opportunity to clear their estates of unprofitable tenants who could not pay rent replacing them in many cases with livestock. Major Dennis Mahon of the Strokestown estate ‘cleared’ 1,490 families off his land during the famine. He later met an untimely end when he was murdered by his vengeful tenants. The Strokestown museum tells the story of the Great Hunger, eviction, migration and the murder of Mahon.

The group of walkers, who subsequently became known as the ‘Missing 1,490’ were tenants of the local landlord Major Denis Mahon who offered them the grim choice of emigration (through assisted passage) or certain starvation on their blighted potato patch farms or a place in the terrifying local workhouse. The least of the three evils was emigration so the families, carrying their scant belongings, walked to Dublin to board the famine ships that would take them to America. The archives at Strokestown Park show that the 1,490 men women and children were ‘walked’ from one side of the country to the other - 165 kilometers - under the close surveillance of the Mahon estate bailiff John Robinson from Strokestown to the Quays in Dublin. The story of the #Missing1490 has led to a research programme by the University of Toronto to uncover life stories of the Missing 1490 which is slowly following family threads in America and Canada. The trail along the canal from Strokestown to Dublin is now listed as a National Trail of Ireland.


The Skibbereen STORY A

s the Great Hunger of the 1840s decimated the population, Ireland was utterly transformed with the south-west and west of the country particularly badly affected.

an introduction by Jeremy Irons and covers the response of the government, relief efforts and features many personal stories about people impacted by these actions.

Skibbereen was described ‘the very nucleus’ of the famine. The Skibbereen Union area lost over a third of its people during an Gorta Mór, one of the biggest losses of any union in the country. Horrific reports from the area featured in the media of the time as it became infamous for the suffering endured by its people. Skibbereen quickly became a byword for famine and is still synonymous world-wide with the Great Hunger today.

One of the stories featured in the Skibbereen Famine Story exhibition is about local orphan Jane Leary who was sent to Australia under the Orphan Girls’ Emigration Scheme in 1848. Jane was one of 4,114 young Irish orphan girls exported to Australia during that time and her account represents the experience of many others.

As early as 28 October 1845, Dr Dan Donovan, the famous famine doctor, reported that “one third of the entire crop was lost” and the area very quickly descended into chaos as society broke down. The Skibbereen Famine Story exhibition uses shocking contemporary reports to follow the crisis as it developed and shows the devastating effects it had on local individuals and families. The interactive exhibition has

The exhibition also features personal accounts of evictions including the heartbreaking story of the Widow Ganey eviction by Jeremiah O’Callaghan, a reporter from the Cork Examiner, who visited the site where the widow and her child were left to die on the side of the road. The harrowing account of the O’Sullivan family emigration represents the experience of many who fled Ireland during that time. These stories and others that feature in

The Skibbereen Famine Story – such as Tom Guerin, the boy who was buried alive – represent millions whose stories remain untold. The true enormity of this national tragedy becomes apparent though these individual experiences, each of them the Famine in microcosm. There are three mass burial grounds in Skibbereen, including the infamous Famine Burial Pits at Abbeystrowry graveyard where up to 10,000 victims of the Great Hunger are buried. There are many more sites in Skibbereen with direct links to the Great Hunger and an interactive exhibit in the Famine Story exhibition offers a virtual tour of these locations. There is also a Famine Story app and leaflet to guide visitors around the town to visit these sites in person. The Skibbereen Famine Story exhibition uses local voices and sites to give an insight into the effects of this national tragedy. Skibbereen is an important and significant town in terms of its famine heritage and is a much-visit location for anyone who wants to learn more about Ireland’s Great Hunger. 187


Glasnevin Cemetery & THE GREAT FAMINE D

uring the famine period countless refugees streamed towards Dublin from all parts of the country in an attempt to escape the bleak outlook that faced them. Some hoped to gain assistance from the workhouses of Dublin, others were attempting to travel further and escape the country entirely. Unfortunately for many, their journey to Dublin would be their last, and their remains were delivered into the care of Glasnevin Cemetery as a burial place for the North Dublin Union, South Dublin Union, fever hospitals and the temporary fever sheds of the period. As well as those from Dublin, the cemetery became the final place of rest for famine and fever victims from all over Ireland, a cross section of those who suffered throughout the country buried alongside one another. Remarkably during the period between 1841 and 1851 when the rural population of other counties in Ireland were decimated, the population of Dublin grew by over 20,000 people. One contemporaneous commentator 188

remarked that this was “simply because there is no means left of supporting life in the country for the great body of the poor and therefore, they hurry to the towns.” The huge influx of people into the city by those suffering due to the famine resulted in overcrowding, neglect of hygiene and the perfect conditions for the spread of fever and disease. Epidemics of typhus and cholera were rampant throughout Dublin. The managing committee of Cork Street Fever Hospital stated that: “The numbers that are every day flocking into Dublin to embark for America bring much contagion of a most dangerous character with them and we have every reason to apprehend the most serious consequences to the health of the town.” Such was the crisis that in one six-month period during the famine, the Fever Hospital turned away 4,000 people who needed to be admitted. Those that could not be accommodated were sent to temporary fever hospitals that dealt with the overflow such as Watery Lane or Kilmainham Sheds.

The burial registers of Glasnevin Cemetery reflect the wider situation of the time and remain a valuable insight into mortality in Dublin during the famine. One of the more common places of death within these registers is the aforementioned Watery Lane that was described by a reporter of the Freeman’s Journal as “full of fevered wretches lying in stagnant ditches.” At the height of epidemic, an average of 4060 funerals were arriving at the cemetery every day and many could not afford the costs of burial. As the situation continued and showed no sign of abating cemetery committee resolved that “considering the awful state of destitution in which our city is at present placed and the inability of the poorer classes to meet even the most trifling of expenditure, we deem it expedient during the present period of distress to reduce the charge on all graves in the poor ground.” While the staff and committee of Glasnevin Cemetery came to terms with the practical


implications of the effect of the famine and continued in their work of carrying out the wishes of its founder, Daniel O’Connell, by burying the dead of all beliefs and backgrounds with dignity and respect, news returned to Ireland of his death in Genoa. In one of his very final letters O’Connell lamented the situation in which the country to which he had devoted his life had now found itself. It struck a foreboding tone: “ I am bound to forewarn the people of Ireland that, in my judgement, Parliament is not disposed to go far enough, that there will not be sufficient relief given by Parliament and that it will not be until the decease of hundreds of thousands that the regret will arise that more was not done to save a sinking nation.” FAMINE MEMORIAL On September 11th 2016, Irish President

Michael D. Higgins unveiled a Celtic cross memorial to Ireland’s one million famine dead following the failure of the potato crop. This unveiling took place during the National Commemoration of the Great Famine in Ireland. The mid-19th century Celtic cross was donated by the Glasnevin Trust and now stands in Glasnevin Cemetery as a testimony to the Irish people’s national remembrance of and grief for those who endured so much suffering during an Gorta Mór. The famine left an indelible mark on Ireland, devastating communities the length and breadth of the country. Thanks to the meticulous record keeping of Glasnevin Trust since 1828, an extensive genealogy database is now available online with over 1.5 million Irish genealogy burial records. Using this resource, you can find your relatives, family history and discover more about the stories of the people buried in Glasnevin Trust Cemeteries.

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erry’s exquisite beauty makes it one of Ireland’s most popular tourist destinations. It is renowned the world over for its beautiful scenery, including Ireland’s highest mountain Carrantuohill (3,414 feet) the Lakes of Killarney, its pristine sandy beaches, cliffs and rocky headlands. The county is wholly immersed in the history of Ireland and holds many heritage sites that draw visitors from the four corners of the world to experience the romanticism of old Ireland. There is plenty to attract the romantics in Kerry

but what many people don’t know is that Kerry was one of the hardest hit counties in Ireland during the Great Famine and the ruins of that time are scattered across its landscape. In his book ‘Flight from Famine’ Donald MacKay describes desperate scenes as William Bennett embarks on a six-week journey through southwest Ireland during famine times. Visiting Kenmare – a lively and thriving town today, Bennett wrote, “The poor people came in from the rural districts in such numbers in the 191


SAVED BY THE STORM The winter of 1846 was particularly bleak and people were starving while grain was being shipped out of the country to pay absentee landlords. On November 20, 1846, the vessel ‘Sea Lark’ left Tarbert in County Kerry laden with seventy tons of flour, destined for the port of Tralee. No sooner had the ship set sail than a violent storm swept in from the Atlantic Ocean. Hundreds of houses were destroyed and scores of boats were caught up in the storm, including Sea Lark with its hold full of flour. Although the crew was lost, the hull of the ship and its cargo survived intact, drifting ashore at Ballybunion Strand in Kerry. Word quickly spread that a large shipment of flour had been shipwrecked on the coast. hopes of getting some relief, that it was utterly impossible to meet their most urgent emergency and therefore they came in to die in the open streets, actually dying of starvation within a stone’s throw of the inn.” Tralee and Listowel – both popular tourist towns today - were utterly decimated. The county had the unenviable distinction of coming second only to Antrim in the list of counties with the highest proportion of recorded deaths attributed to dysentery – a major cause of which was eating nettles, grass and other plants not usually consumed by humans but such was their desperation. By 1851 more than 30% of the 192

population of North Kerry had disappeared. For those who could scrape together the passage, emigration presented some small hope. The Kerry built Jeanie Johnston carried many across the seas and one of the most visible icons of the Great Famine today is the Jeanie Johnston replica ship moored on Dublin’s Docklands. Initially planned as a tourist attraction in Kerry, the Jeanie Johnston was built in Blennerville, outside Tralee. Blennerville was the main port of emigration from County Kerry during the Great Famine and it was the home port of the original Jeanie Johnston which was constructed

By 9am the next day over a thousand people gathered on the strand in the hope of getting some food. Starving and desperate, they chopped at the boat with shovels and axes and after three hours they had made six holes in the hull. Driven on by hunger, the desperate people took what amounted to around 50 tons of flour from the Sea Lark. The plundered food gave many on the North Kerry coast a much-needed lifeline.


in Quebec in 1847. During the late 19th century the ship made 16 voyages from Tralee, transporting over 2,500 emigrants to the USA and Canada. The visitor center at Blennerville houses a fascinating display on Irish emigration including models of the infamous coffin ships. DINGLE WORKHOUSE Dingle Workhouse was one of 33 workhouses and the last one built in Kerry, opening in 1850. The workhouse building cost £6,850 with £1,380 for fittings. It was proposed that it would have accommodation for 700 people. The first admissions were in August 1850 with 1,281 inmates recorded by May 1851. At a time when Dingle was described as “one monster pauper asylum” the total number in the main and auxiliary workhouses was 4,848 – a massive 17.7% of the population of the peninsula. Today the former Dingle Workhouse and Fever Hospital is being transformed into an Innovation Hub, a tourist experience and a creative learning space as well as acting as an exemplar of energy efficiency standards. Rising from the ashes of its past, this historic building will also house a diaspora and a national folklore collection.

ST BRENDAN’S FOOTSTEPS Kerry’s most famous son, Brendan the Navigator is said to have crossed the Atlantic in his Curragh and discovered America nearly 1,000 years before Columbus in the 6th century AD. St Brendan was born in Ardfert near Tralee and lived from about 484 to about 577 AD. He was one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland and his exploits are described in the 9th century “Voyage of St Brendan the Navigator” that tells of how he set off around 512-530 AD, onto the Atlantic Ocean with a number of pilgrims in search of the Garden of Eden. Mount Brandon, which dominates the landscape of the Cloghane/Brandon area of the Dingle Peninsula, stands at what was for many centuries the outer edge of the known

world. Formed some two hundred million years ago, it is one hundred and seventy million years older than the Himalayas. On the 3200-foot high summit are the ruins of a small beehive-shaped chapel. There, it is said, Brendan had his vision of the Promised Land. Another famous site associated with St Brendan can be found on Valentia Island. Out in the boggy west of the island, with its lonely vistas worthy of some lost world, look for signs for St Brendan’s Well. Legend has it that St. Brendan sailed here from Dingle in the 5th century, scaled the cliffs, found a couple of dying pagans and anointed them with water from the well. They were to be the first Christian converts on the island.

BEING A KERRYMAN – BY JOHN B KEANE Being a Kerryman, in my opinion, is the greatest gift that God can bestow on any man. When you belong to Kerry you know you have a head start on the other fellow. In belonging to Kerry, you belong to the elements, to the spheres spinning in the Heavens. You belong to history and language and romance and ancient song. It is almost unbearable being a Kerryman and it is an awesome responsibility. 193



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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 handweaver 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, hand-weaving mills and individual weavers operating all over the country. It is a real privilege to visit a working mill employing the old skills and techniques of the 195


past and using spinning wheels to spin yarn, 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 196

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 hand-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. Come and discover the rich tapestry of Irish hand-weaving for yourself at www.muckross-house.ie





ere is where Louis has been making pots since he founded his workshop in 1975 with his wife Lisbeth. Lisbeth, originally from Denmark, found her creative home in the medium of weaving. She started weaving shortly after moving to the Dingle peninsula and opened the Weaver’s Shop (Siopa na bhFhíodóirí) in Dingle town in 1986. The environment of the wild Atlantic coast inspires the work she creates, from standard wall hangings to unique woven tapestries, inspired by the amazing landscape

around her. Currently most of her Lisbeth’s work is made for exhibitions but she also works to commission and her largest to date is 15 large tapestries for the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, with these now hanging in Irish Embassies around the world. Her work, which also includes scarves, stoles and throws, is available from her shop Siopa na bhFíodóirí in Dingle, online and from Louis Mulcahy Pottery at Clogher. 197


It was Lisbeth that first introduced Louis to pottery. She had taken some classes in pottery when Louis met her as a teenager and he became utterly hooked after she presented him with a Christmas gift of a Potter’s Book by the famous potter Bernard Leech. Over forty years on and every single Louis Mulcahy pot is being handcrafted in the pottery workshop on the tip of the remote Dingle Peninsula, where over thirty people now work with Louis and his son Lasse crafting everything from dainty posy jars to dinner sets, elegant lamp bases, ovenware and towering urns. The rich culture and the stark beauty of the Kerry coast is reflected in the striking glazes and shapes that Louis creates from the blue of the sea, the browns of the hillsides to the roaring red sunsets. Over the last few years Louis has dedicated his time to creating a number of one off, sculptural pieces including ceramic roosters that are hand built and molded, masks that have individual characteristics, life size Druids that sit out in the garden and ceramic boats – otherwise known as Naomhógs or Currachs. His vision when he started his pottery was to produce the most aesthetically pleasing and technically best pottery possible and to develop a studio/ workshop which would leave an indelible mark on the long-term history of Irish handcraft. Now that he feels he has achieved this, it’s time to turn his talent and energy to his new ventures. Louis Mulcahy Pottery and Lisbeth Mulcahy Weaving have added a new tradition to an area of old ones. They kept many native Irish speakers in the Gaeltacht by providing rewarding employment and created a place where the visitor can browse, experience, learn, immerse themselves and bring home a magical memory. Louis’ full range of pottery and hand painted lampshades can be seen at his showroom on the scenic Slea Head Drive. Open 7 days a week. www.louismulcahy.com Siopa na bhFíodóirí is the perfect backdrop for the displays of Lisbeth’s work, housed in a beautiful listed building in the center of Dingle. Open all year www.lisbethmulcahy.com 198


Blasket Islands



trip to Ireland is rarely complete without visiting the rugged south-western peninsulas of Cork and Kerry. Famous for their majestic scenery with lively and charming coastal towns and villages along the Wild Atlantic Way, a route which hugs the coastline, they offer some of the most beautiful spots which will linger long in the memory. Among the most celebrated of all these areas is the Dingle Peninsula, where David Lean chose to make his 1969 classic movie “Ryans Daughter” and which National Geographic writer Boris

Weintraub once called “the most beautiful place on earth.” The stunning sights to be seen off this western edge of Ireland include the Blasket Islands (Na Blascaodaí) a small archipelago of whose principal landmass is the Great Blasket, home until 1953 of an extraordinary subsistence community that produced classics of Irish literature in their native tongue, documenting their emergence into the modern world and the passing of an age-old island way of life. 199


With encouragement from visiting writers and scholars such as the playwright John Millington Synge, Robin Flower and George Thompson, the original trio of Blasket authors Tomás O’Crohan (The Islandman), Maurice O’Sullivan (Twenty Years a Growing) and Peig Sayers began a literary tradition which, as O’Crohan wrote, ensured that they “remain alive even though they are dead”. Their books have been translated into English and many other languages over the years. These seminal works led to further generations of Blasket writers and a host of books about the island all of which constitute a major library unparalleled in any comparable community in the world. The story of the Blaskets is one of harsh living from farming and fishing which was steeped in the Irish language, music and tradition. It is as universal in appeal as it is local, with resonance for communities which face overwhelming change and emigration throughout the world. It extends, through emigration, to places such as Springfield and Holyoke, Ma. USA where many 200

of the islanders made their way from the early 20th century to make new lives for themselves. The echoes of the Blasket tradition also survive in the close connections which have been maintained through the generations to this day. Thus, not only are the Blaskets an amazing and beautiful environment to see but an opportunity for the visitor to experience the depth of the literary, cultural and linguistic heritage not so readily apparent at first glance. It is a journey back in time through the lives of the Blasket community and the elements which shaped their lives. It is an experience which has enchanted visitors from near and far for many years – and which welcomes visitors today. BLASKET CENTRE The Blasket Centre (Ionad an Bhlascaoid) is situated on the mainland in the parish of Dunquin (Dún Chaoin), a place of great beauty but also home to a living Irish culture in one of the few areas where the Irish language is still the natural choice of young and old. They continue that tradition of


the Blasket community, which the Blasket Centre proudly celebrates by its very existence. The Blasket Centre is a striking piece of awardwinning modern architecture built in 1993 to celebrate and share the heritage, culture and achievements of the Blasket community. It is part of a network of acclaimed heritage sites throughout Ireland operated on behalf of the Irish government through the Office of Public Works. The visitor arrives to Dingle, possibly traversing the narrow Conor Pass, and enjoys the staggering vista from its highest point looking northeast to the Maharees and Kerry Head; southwest to Dingle town and over Dingle Bay to the Skellig Islands on the southern horizon. Linger and enjoy the charms of Dingle town before taking what has been described as one of the most spectacular road trips in the world, west by Ventry and Slea Head before the panorama of the Blasket archipelago comes into view, to the famed Coumeenole beach and to Dún Chaoin. There, the Blasket Centre is nestled in its modern ogham-inspired profile with its axis pointing to the Great Blasket Island. With its thoughtful interactive exhibition spaces, amazing art installations and audiovisual presentations, the Blasket Centre provides a stimulating and accessible window into both the Blasket story and the unique Irish-speaking culture which still exists in this Gaelic speaking area. It provides a fascinating insight to the islanders’ way of life, their customs and the practical challenges of living on a small remote island often cut off for extended periods from the mainland. The resourcefulness of this little society, living in constant struggle with the surrounding elements as well as the pull of the modern world is a captivating story. The Blasket Centre provides a wonderful vista in any weather from its main spine, oriented towards the Blasket Island Village and from its comfortable restaurant facing the wild Blasket Sound. 2020 sees the installation of a major Wild Atlantic Way Viewing point on the site of the Blasket Centre with an exhilarating walkway to the spectacular clifftop viewing area overlooking the Blasket Sound. The Blasket Centre is a fascinating insight into the transition of an island community, which

met its end with the relocation of the remaining residents to the mainland in 1953. It is also a vibrant contemporary window for the visitor to a present-day community on the tip of the Dingle Peninsula, which holds to its traditions of language, poetry, storytelling and song but which is modern, confident and outward looking. The Centre is a valid and rewarding destination in itself but some lucky and intrepid travelers can also experience the Great Blasket directly for themselves. GREAT BLASKET ISLAND The Great Blasket lies 3km off the nearest point of the mainland, its hilly length stretching southwesterly at the mouth of Dingle Bay. Its iconic form has adorned many Irish tourism advertisements over the years. A visit to the Great Blasket is governed by weather, wind and tide, just as it was for the people of the Blaskets years ago. Not all its secrets give themselves up too readily! For the visitor, the boat journey to the Island yields less 201


accessible delights and the arrival at the island is a special prize, one to be cherished and a story to be retold. The Great Blasket is accessible by privately operated passenger ferries in suitable weather from Dunquin or Ventry. Visitors to the island often benefit from experiencing the mainland Blasket Centre beforehand. Visitors can visit the house of the principal island author, Tomás O’Crohan, faithfully restored in 2017 by Office of Public Works, wander through the deserted island village and trek the length of the island. Professional OPW guides with a wealth of knowledge of the physical, literary and social heritage of the Blaskets are on hand to conduct tours and to answer the myriad questions that this lonely island gives rise to. The views from the island are among the most spectacular in Ireland – north towards Inis Tuaisceart, commonly known for its shape as the Sleeping Giant, east towards the Dingle Peninsula, or south to the other Blasket islands with the distinctive shape of the Skelligs islands on the southern horizon. While most visitors to the Great Blasket take day-trips and return to the mainland, privatelyrun accommodation is available on the island overnight in a number of the restored cottages. There are a number of excellent eco-tours 202

operators in the area who provide wonderful tours around the Blaskets to view the abundant sea-life including whales, dolphins and a multitude of seabirds for which the area is well known. The landing point on the Great Blasket island may be challenging and the hilly terrain a test, but it would be hard to find a visitor who is not moved by the now largely deserted island village, the wild beauty, the spectacular cliffs, the Blasket beach, (an Tráigh Bhán) which they share with its thriving Seal colony, the Puffins and Manx Shearwaters and Gannets. The crashing waves, the ghosts, the echoes of music celebrated by Seamus Heaney in his famous poems ‘The Peninsula’ and ‘The Given Note’ from his visits to the area in the early nineteen seventies – these are all part of the evocative and wonderful Blasket experience which endures, to be cherished as a high-point of any visit to Ireland. The Blasket Centre (Ionad an Bhlascaoid) is open to the public every day from April to November from 10am to 6pm. The Great Blasket Island is accessible from April 1 to September 30 by ferries operating from Dunquin (shortest crossing) from Ventry or from Dingle Marina, depending on weather conditions, Scheduled trips begin about 10am daily.

The Blasket Center and Great Blasket Island Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry, Ireland At the western edge of the most westerly peninsula, on the acclaimed Slea Head Drive, lie the Blasket Islands, home until 1953 of a tiny and remarkable community who described the final decades of their Island life, evacuation and emigration in a series of acclaimed books in their native Gaelic language. Their stories endure and are celebrated in the Blasket Center and their former home, the Great Blasket Island. As one visitor reviewed it: “Sensational - make it a destination. We stopped at the Great Blasket Visitors Center to take a break from the pouring rain and were quickly enchanted -- from the stunning, beautiful design and architecture of the building, to the engaging and addictive displays and exhibits. It all tells a compelling, educational narrative about Irish culture and history. All that plus a lovely cafe with good food, drink, and views. Don't miss the short documentary video in the AV Theatre.�

Open 10am to 6pm daily from April to November. www.blasket.ie | blascaod@opw.ie tel:+353 66 9156444


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s water laps against the bow of the boat, suddenly a fin rises from the water and the feelings of awe become almost overwhelming. As anyone who has witnessed one of these incredible creatures in the wild can testify, spotting a whale is an experience you’ll carry with you forever. And Ireland is a pretty good place to do it. Why? Well, we’ve the mighty Atlantic Ocean to thank for that. This vast body of water which runs along the western coastline is like a superhighway where countless

cetaceans (whales, dolphins, porpoises) spend months travelling north to south and back again, constantly on the lookout for a good meal. You could almost think of the waters off the west coast of Ireland as a popular restaurant – a bustling stop-off point for hungry whales and dolphins. No surprise then that almost one third of the world’s species of whales, dolphins and porpoises have been recorded in Irish waters. 205


Back in 1991, Ireland’s biologically diverse waters were declared a whale and dolphin sanctuary, the first of its kind in Europe. Since that time – according to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, – 25 species have been recorded, ranging in size from the small harbour porpoise to the giant fin whale. Carrigaholt around Loop Head in County Clare is home to over 150 bottlenose dolphins, so if you’d like to see these playful creatures leaping from the waters, you’re in with a good chance. Experienced guides are well versed in finding the right spot to take a peek at the action, and have one of the highest encounter rates in the world! 206

A similarly high encounter rate applies to Ireland’s best loved dolphin. Dingle’s very own Fungi has been entertaining crowds for almost 40 years and he seems to love the company of those that come to see him. Amid gasps from the crowds on the boats, he dips, tilts, arches and twists, and then he gathers up speed and the boat rushes to follow. He will often flip high out of the water, showing off his white front and he repeats this show several times. Skipper Jimmy Flannery says: “Other dolphins come into the harbor. Sometimes he will interact with them and sometimes not.” Jimmy first saw Fungi when he was an 11-year-old boy. His brother, a fisherman, took him out to see him. He started


taking passengers out to see the dolphin in 1987 and it is now his full-time job. The whole family is in the Fungi business. Up in Donegal, a scenic boat tour with Inishowen Boating Experience or Irish Angling Charters allows you to see all sorts of wildlife, including the odd sighting of whales and dolphins. But it’s also good to know that

you don’t always have to go to sea to catch a glimpse. Not all whale watching requires going out on a boat. Places such as Donegal and Mayo offer wonderful land-based whalewatching potential for the wildlife enthusiast. But regardless of what pops up to say hello, and wherever you sail from, the views of the Wild Atlantic Way will always make the trip worthwhile. 207

Sherkin Island Ferry

Ten Island Tour

Sherkin Island Ferry Ferries for Sherkin Island leave from the small fishing village of Baltimore. The trip across the harbour from Baltimore takes approximately 10 minutes on fully licensed boats and operates year-round. On Google Maps use P81 WD92 for directions and nearby free parking. All sailings are subject to weather and other conditions.

Ilen River Cruise to Inish Beg Estate & Gardens

Adults €12 return|Child (5-18) €4 return|Family €30 return Group Rates Call 087 263 8470

Baltimore, West Cork 087 263 8470 Ferry Boat 087 911 7377 Vincent O’Driscoll 087 244 7828 www.sherkinferry.com | sherkinferry@gmail.com

KERRY AQUA TERRA Valentia Island, Ring of Kerry, Skellig Coast,

+353 87 9220544 info@kerryaquaterra.ie


Explore the Ring of Kerry’s stunning coastline and landscape through Kerry Aqua Terra, adventures by land and sea. Kerry Aqua Terra brings your Irish adventure alive through stories, folklore and the natural landscape while visiting the Ring of Kerry. These adventures are undertaken either onboard a custom built, wheelchair accessible passenger boat or guided walking tours. During a Kerry Aqua Terra tour you will see the astonishing scenery along the Ring of Kerry - but it just won’t be the sights that will capture your interest. You will also have an opportunity to explore for yourself many of the iconic places of interest, take photographs and enjoy the local cuisine.


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reland’s rugged coastline is dotted with islands, some little more than large windswept rocks, others home to thriving communities. Taking a trip, even for just a day, to explore the character, history and timeless tranquility of these outposts is a guarantee of experiencing something extraordinary and truly memorable.

Down in the kingdom of Ireland (County Kerry) there is much to see but on Valentia Island you will find the site of Ireland’s 365 million-yearold tetrapod footprints. The tetrapod is one of the earliest known vertebrate lifeforms that crawled out of the sea to live on the land about 400 million years ago. They died out about 320 209


million years ago but you can still see their traces on this unique island. Family business Kerry Aqua Terra offer boat and walking tours and can bring your Irish adventure alive through stories, folklore and the natural landscape while visiting Caherciveen, Portmagee and Valentia Island.

brings your Irish adventure alive through stories, folklore and the natural landscape while visiting the Ring of Kerry and Valentia Island. These adventures are undertaken either onboard a custom built, wheelchair accessible passenger boat or guided walking tours.

Explore the Ring of Kerry’s stunning coastline and landscape through Kerry Aqua Terra, adventures by land and sea. Kerry Aqua Terra

“Whether you take our Valentia Harbour and Beginish Island beach tour or the Celtic Spirituality Experience tour, you will be blown



away by the untouched nature of the sites you visit,” explains Brendan Curtin. “A Viking house untouched from the 8th century and a nearby fully restored Oratory and beehive hut will make your tour unforgettable.” Kerry Aqua Terra tours are fully guided and undertaken in small groups for the most unique authentic Irish experience.

Two island gems lie off the West Cork coast and are easily reached by ferry from the village of Baltimore. A crossing of just ten minutes takes you to Sherkin Island, known as the Island of the Arts. Inspired by the beauty of its landscape, many artists, writers and photographers have made it their home and an artist trail enables you to view their work. Walkers will enjoy the beach walks on Silver Strand and the paths that wind alongside that provide the chance to spot seabirds and passing whales. 211


Lying beyond Sherkin is the Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) island of Cape Clear, which recently hosted the Dutch King Willem-Alexander and his wife, Queen Máxima, as part of their official visit to Ireland. A 45-minute crossing by Cape Clear Ferry from Baltimore brings you to this romantically beautiful place which has the unhurried charm of bygone days. Heather, gorse and wild flowers carpet the hills between dry stone walls, and the island’s rich cultural heritage is reflected in its megalithic standing stones, medieval castle and church ruins. To really experience Cape Clear, walk its car-free roads and scenic pebble beaches, call into Séan Rua’s restaurant for homemade food and take time to listen to the lilt of the locals. Then there is the beautiful Rathlin Island, lying six miles off Northern Ireland’s celebrated Causeway Coast and just a short ferry hop from the seaside town of Ballycastle, County Antrim. This unspoilt, L-shaped island is home to an internationally important seabird colony, a quirky upside-down lighthouse and of course a pub. Spend a while walking the peaceful roads, keeping an eye out for seals in the bay, and breath in the fresh sea air before calling in at the allegedly haunted Manor House for lunch or a warming drink overlooking the pretty harbor. While traveling along Ireland’s northern shores you absolutely must see Sliabh Liag. The Cliffs of Moher get more publicity, but the cliffs of Sliabh Liag are higher, far less crowded and free. In fact, these spectacular sea cliffs are among the highest in Europe, plunging some 600m to the ceaselessly churning sea. Head out for a bird’s eye view with Sliabh Liag Boat tours where you will often be joined by dolphins, whales, seals, and in May and June a special treat, you may see basking sharks feeding on the abundance of plankton in the clear waters. 212

Sliabh Liag Boat Tours “Come along with us for a boat trip of a lifetime in a relaxed and friendly environment along our part of the Wild Atlantic Way. We can cater for up to 24 people on our boats. The tour lasts just over 90 minutes.’’ See the Sliabh Liag Cliffs, the highest accessible sea cliffs in Europe. We are sometimes joined by wildlife like dolphins, whales and seals. In May and June we often see basking sharks feeding on the plankton. There is a wide range of bird life that can be seen nesting at the cliffs. Our skippers have a wide knowledge of local folklore and some great stories of the days gone by. Our tour takes us past many points of interest such as the Napoleonic signal tower, and the shores where people climbed down to gather wreckage from the sea.

Sailing Times:

April to October:10, 12, 2, 4, 6 and sometimes 8 am/pm peak season

Booking is essential to avoid disappointment.

Tel: 00353876284688 @slbt1 www.sliabhleagueboattrips.com’’.




herkin Island, is approximately three miles long with a population of about 100, and lies off the southwest coast of Ireland. The island is the ancestral home of the O’Driscoll clan and the most accessible island in Ireland – only ten minutes by ferry from the small fishing port of Baltimore, Co. Cork. The island boasts a wonderful array of landscapes, Atlantic views from the hilltops, Fuchsia-scented lanes and the finest sandy beaches. Access to the island is easy with Sherkin Island Ferries who celebrates their 40th anniversary this year. Vincent O’Driscoll set up the business back in 1979 to provide a consistent and reliable ferry service from Baltimore to Sherkin where he was born and reared. Over the years demand for the service has grown significantly and together with his wife, daughter and son, the business which started out with a wooden boat and

a license to carry 40 passengers has now extended to three steel boats capable of carrying up to 97 passengers. Operating 365 days a year, Sherkin Island Ferries bring locals and tourists to and from the island with the option of at least twelve sailings daily during the summer months and up to ten sailings per day in winter. In addition to the day to day ferry service, there are two different tour cruises during the summer months. The Ten Island Tour takes passengers through a necklace of islands called the Carbery Hundred Isles in beautiful West Cork, taking the form of a two-hour guided cruise around ten of the principal islands in the Baltimore archipelago. The islands have fascinating names and histories including Quarantine Island, used for cattle quarantine from visiting ships, which might have contagious diseases; Oileán na

Gaineamaha, meaning Sandy Island, but it doesn’t contain any sand and Ireland’s very own ‘Long Island’ situated at the mouth of Schull Harbour – with a population of 10! Alternatively, the Ilen River Cruise treats passengers to the magical surrounds of Inish Beg Estate & Gardens and the historical Georgian house where Kay Mc CarthyMorrogh was born in 1908. Kay went on to live an interesting life; she became General Dwight D Eisenhower’s driver and secretary during World War II. The O’Driscoll clan delight in telling the many stories of these islands and sharing with visitors the charm of the ‘Ten Islands’ that would otherwise be missed. The service is super friendly with wheelchair access and capable of carrying cars, small vans and emergency services. 213


Cliffs of Moher BOAT TOURS D

oolin is the quintessentially pretty Irish village, with brightly painted houses and the hum of traditional music emanating from its friendly pubs which host nightly seisiúns throughout the year. It is also famed for its setting, being just 6km north of the Cliffs of Moher on the Wild Atlantic Way. The area is hugely popular with music-seeking tourists and there are scores of accommodation options in the area from good-value hostels to B&Bs, guesthouses and the very popular Hotel Doolin. It’s also a place to catch a boat out to the offshore Aran Islands, or to see the Cliffs of Moher from an entirely different perspective. 214

The Cliffs of Moher are probably Ireland’s most iconic sight, yet a land view doesn’t quite give the same perspective as approaching this awesome rock formation from the sea. Doolin2Aran Ferries operate a one-hour cruise to the cliffs three times every day from midMarch to end of October. This fabulous journey allows passengers to see for themselves the 8km continuous rocky wall, varying in height from 407 to 700 feet (124 – 214m) broken into the most fantastic forms and innumerable caves. There is audio commentary on board in several languages – and of course your on-board expert will regale you with a variety of local tales like the time their boat was used to film the sea cave scene in the Harry Potter movie.

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The company also offers daily ferry crossings to each of the three beautiful Aran Islands which lie off the coast in Galway Bay. A very popular option is to take a combination trip, which allows you to experience the Cliffs of Moher as well as visiting Inis Oirr (translates as “Eastern Island”) – which is the closest island to the pretty town of Doolin. There are many attractions on the island – ancient castles, one of Ireland’s most beautiful beaches, a modern playground and several pubs and cafes. Take a pony and trap, hire a bicycle or stroll along the uncrowded, tiny roads. Doolin2Aran Ferries is owned and operated by one of Ireland’s best-known sea families, the Garrihys from Doolin. In 2018, the brothers

invested €3m in a brand-new ship - the Star of Doolin. This purpose-built, 200 seat ship is the largest, most stable and eco-friendly vessel sailing from Doolin. Doolin2Aran Ferries can take you to any one of the islands for the day or you can opt to stay overnight and return the following day, sampling island life for yourself for a night or two in traditional style. The Star of Doolin operates the hour-long cruises below the Cliffs of Moher, where the views can be truly appreciated away from the crowds as well as the combination tour to Inis Oirr and the cliffs. For more information and to book visit: www. doolin2aranferries.com 215

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Longest Free-Hanging Stalactite in Europe Third in The World

Village Crafts & Knitwear The Village Crafts Shop is located in the village of Doolin. We carry a wide variety of crafts and souvenirs, ranging from handknit and loomed woollen sweaters, tweed shawls, capes, vests, hats to paintings and photographs, jewellery and many lovely souvenirs. We can also offer pottery, jam, candles and more. The Village Crafts Shop stays open seven days a week all summer and on weekends during for the rest of the year.


+353 65 7074633 info@doolincraftshop.com www.iolfree.ie/~doolincrafts/


Aran View House in Doolin is a wonderful Georgian country house accommodation with Self Catering Apartments, set in the magnificent wilderness of the Burren, County Clare.






reland is known for its warm and welcoming hospitality, and Doolin is no different. In fact, Doolin is well known for its personal touch and homely charm. So much so, that in 2019, Doolin was awarded Fáilte Ireland’s Destination Award for Excellence in Customer Service. Once a fishing village, Doolin is an excellent base for exploring the Cliffs of Moher, Doolin Cave (Poll an Ionáin) as well as the Burren and its Atlantic coastline. It is also popular as the

departure point for the Cliffs of Moher cruise and cruises out to the Aran Islands. Doolin represents the heart and soul of Irish traditional music. Indeed, one of Doolin’s most famous assets was Micho Russell who was a world-renowned whistle player – and each February his musical contribution is celebrated in his home village. Music is a feature here year-round and despite its size, this tiny village is internationally renowned as a center of live 217


Irish music, played in its many lively pubs. Walkers of all levels will delight in the area. The town is the quintessential pretty colorful village while close by there are underground and overground natural attractions to take your breath away. The Doolin Cliff Walk is a tremendous three-hour walk that sets off each morning from outside Gus O’Connor’s pub in Fisher Street passing Doonagore Castle and ending at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre from where you can get a bus back to Doolin. And speaking of the aforementioned Gus O’Connor’s, this is the perfect spot to recharge the batteries. Gus O’Connor’s Pub in the heart of Doolin village has been rocking since 1832, a welcome sight for many a weary traveler returning from a day of exploring. For those in need of a feeding, the beef and Guinness stew is a hearty bowl of pure and utter deliciousness that’ll warm the cockles of your heart. 218

This is also the gateway to The Burren, a vast karst landscape that bears a striking resemblance to some of the descriptions of places in Middle Earth and curiously there is even a cave called ‘Pollnagollum’ and a festival celebrating Tolkien’s work with workshops, debates, guided walks and more. The Burren is renowned for its landscape and its Ice Age legacy. From the limestone pavement, the gorges, the springs and the swallow-holes, to the glacial striations, the boulders and erratics; every square meter of this distinctive landscape is fascinating. Of course, the sight that most will head her for are the infamous cliffs. Standing 214 meters and stretching for eight kilometers, the Cliffs of Moher are one the most spectacular sights in the Burren. On a clear day one can see as far as Galway Bay in the north to the Blasket islands in the south. The rocks that make this cliff formation were formed over 300 million


years ago and one can see the layers of sandstone, siltstone and shale quite easily. A variety of coastal landforms can be found here including sea caves, sea arches, sea stacks and sea stumps formed by the constant erosion of the cliff face. One such example is the great seat stack Branaunmore, which stands at 67 meters in height. What lies beneath is also pretty special. In a landscape riddled with caves and laced with walking paths, the Great Stalactite, the longest in Europe at 7.3m, can be seen at Doolin Caves. Or, just a half hour away if it’s a rainy day, check out Ailwee Cave with its bridged chasms, weird formations, thunderous waterfall and plenty more. One of the most visited places in the area is the Poulnabrone Dolmen. Situated atop of the high Burren limestone plateau, this otherworldly

dolmen has been attracting tourists and locals alike for many a year. Poul na brone means ‘home of the quern stones’ but the site is also commonly referred to as ‘Hole of the Sorrows.’ Approximately 28 adults and children were buried under here with personal items including crystals, weapons and pottery. A close look at the rocks reveals the fossils dating back 345 million years - long before dinosaurs roamed this earth. This dolmen is the oldest dated megalithic monument on the island of Ireland. Nearby is Cahereconnell Stone Fort, a wellpreserved 1,000-year-old ring fort. This site is also home to an archaeology field school, where new information about Ireland’s past is unearthed on a regular basis. While here if you haven’t seen a sheepdog at work be sure to stay for the Sheepdog demonstration– it’s amazing to see these dogs at work!

The mighty Cliffs of Moher are even more impressive from the water and far less crowded. Set sail from Doolin pier; spot puffins and screeching seabirds as you cruise beneath the towering cliffs. 219

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Daily sailings to the Aran Islands from Doolin “March to October.” Sail on Ireland’s newest ship, the Star of Doolin in comfort and style! Visit the spectacular Dun Aengus fort on Inis Mor, get away from it all on Inis Meain or take a quick trip to the smallest one, the beautiful island of Inis Oirr.

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Not so old but equally fascinating is the 16th century turreted Doonagore Castle. On first sight it looks like something plucked straight from a fairytale. You’ll see the castle from afar as you spin along the road towards it. When you arrive, hop out and take a look. The ruin was restored by architect Percy Leclerc in the 1970s for an American client whose family still owns it. While the interior is closed to the public, aim to pass by at sunset for photos set against a multihued sky. It’s just 2km south of Doolin. Doolin has a delightful chocolate shop that serve up delicious treats. Lavender and rose; seaweed and lime and hazelnut and raisin are among the chocolate flavors made by Clare

company Wilde Irish Chocolates. This shop also sells white and dark chocolate spreads and fudge made with porter or Irish cream liqueur. So now that you’ve tasted Ireland how about bringing home the scent of Ireland too? One of the top-selling colognes in Ireland, Man of Aran, is created in 20-liter batches at the natural and organic Burren Perfumery. Beyond the perfumery, which houses the retail store and a short audiovisual presentation, you can explore the gardens, blending room, and soap making room. Perfumes, lotions and soaps are available to sample and maybe take home to remind yourself of your stop-over in delightful Doolin. 221

Your home from home in the heart of Doolin, Ireland Modern Irish country house located in the center of Doolin Village - the gateway to the Burren, Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher, along Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

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oolin Inn is a modern country house located in the center of Doolin village and located at the start of the Cliffs of Moher walk. Open all year round, Doolin Inn is best known for its friendly team who provide a wonderful, relaxed Irish country house atmosphere with the professionalism to consistently deliver the simple things to a high standard as well as sharing the best tips and secrets to enjoying Doolin to its fullest. Your hosts Anthony and Deirdre returned home with their young family in 2011 to take over the family business after many years of international hotel management in Irish and North American 4 and 5-star hotels. Since then they have developed the business into an award-winning Inn, offering excellent service, cleanliness, quality and above all, natural friendliness. Their motto “improve a little every day” has stood to them well, building a reputation among guests as the ideal place to stay in Doolin. The year ahead promises exciting experiences, with the recent addition of their conference

room/private dining space, as well as evening meals in its restaurant where Doolin sunsets are the norm, from its floor to ceiling windows, plus the addition of its totally renovated Townhouse opposite, coming this spring. The range of accommodation caters for all tastes and budgets. The townhouse is available for private rental, catering for 1216 people. The Inn caters for up to 50 people, and it is ideal for bespoke events, weddings, residency, and family gatherings - one group, one focus. Recently, Doolin Inn received the “Service of Excellence” award from Fáilte Ireland, and in the past has achieved a number of awards such as “Small Accommodation of the Year” at the Green Hospitality Awards, praised for its environmental efforts. Situated in Ireland’s wild Burren region at the start of the Cliffs of Moher Hiking Trail, and on the doorstep of Doolin’s famous Irish Music pubs with live music nightly all year round, the Inn is just a 15-minute stroll from Doolin Pier, the gateway to the Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Cruises. Doolin Inn is the perfect base

for exploring the west coast of Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way. Additionally, Shannon Airport is just a 50-minute drive away. Daytrip to the Cliffs and the Aran Islands are available by ferry from the nearby Doolin Pier or take a short drive and explore Galway, Connemara, Bunratty, Limerick or Loop Head. Take a splash in the wild Atlantic, learn to surf, sea kayak among the seals, go mountain biking through the ancient green roads of Doolin or hike one of the many trails such as the Black Head Loop. And if you have any energy left, sip a creamy pint by a roaring fire, with rhythmic tunes in the background as you recant your day’s adventure. With the fresh air and Atlantic breeze to carry you home to a slumbering sleep at Doolin Inn, you’ll wake up revitalized as you enjoy a hearty and healthy Burren breakfast consisting of local treats and ingredients from the surrounding land, sea and champion local purveyors that surround you. Doolin Inn and Townhouse is a house with a big heart set in the very heart of one of Ireland’s most picturesque villages. 223


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ame of Thrones® author George R.R. Martin recently came to see for himself and to experience for himself the dramatic landscapes of Northern Ireland. As one of the key filming locations for the hit HBO show, Northern Ireland is a place where fantasy comes to life. You can imagine White Walkers roaming the forests, direwolves howling in the night and dragons soaring overhead. “Seeing Game of Thrones® come alive here in

Northern Ireland was a unique thrill. My mind is still boggled, a little, by it,” said author of the series George R.R. Martin, on a recent visit. “The fact that Game of Thrones® has had this impact on Northern Ireland has been profound as well. It’s a pretty heady feeling.” Martin visited the island of Ireland in August to accept an International Recognition Award as part of this year’s Irish Book Awards, but made sure to take a trip north to Castle Ward in 225


County Down, where many of the key Game of Thrones® scenes were filmed. “This is only the second time I’ve visited Castle Ward. It’s like Winterfell is coming to life here. So, that’s a little surreal and a little mindboggling”, he explained. “It’s the crucial scene that drives the entire book with Bran’s fall. When Bran sees Jaime and Cersei, Jaime shoves him out the window and says. ‘The things I do for love.’ That’s a powerful moment, I think, in the 226

television show and certainly in the books.” All across Northern Ireland, the forests, mountains and moorlands were transformed into the scenic backdrops for the show’s most memorable moments. The lush Riverlands lie side-by-side with the Iron Islands, the Dothraki Sea and Winterfell are neighbors, and you never know when you might come upon a direwolf. Follow the stories of the Seven Kingdoms, in Game of Thrones® Territory.


Game of Thrones Locations CUSHENDUN CAVES A Cove in the Stormlands The Cushendun Caves are over 400 million years old. Found along the Antrim coastline, near the cozy village of Cushendun, they look out over the stony beach and the turbulent sea. In Westeros, these caves are the site of a dark crime. This is where Melisandre summons her shadowy demon beneath Renly’s Camp, in order to murder Stannis’ brother in the name of the Lord of Light. INCH ABBEY Robb Stark’s Camp, Riverrun Inch Abbey has quite the history – not only is it a beautiful Cistercian Abbey founded in 1180, it’s also where the War of the Five Kings began. The houses of the North took up the cry of “the King in the North!” after learning of Ned Stark’s death, spurring his son Robb on to war. BINEVENAGH The Dothraki Grasslands Keep your eyes peeled – dragons abound in Binevenagh! This mountain is where Daenerys and her dragon Drogon find refuge in the Dothraki Grasslands after they flee the fighting pits of Meereen. The mountain itself marks the very edge of the Antrim plateau, looking out over County Armagh and County Londonderry. Walk the trail, and take in unparalleled panoramic views that stretch for miles – on clear days, you can even make out the west coast of Scotland in the distance. DOWNHILL BEACH Dragonstone Downhill Beach is a stretch of spotless white sands, overlooked by Mussenden Temple, a replica of the Temple of Vesta in Rome. Here, tourists and locals alike converge to watch surfers take on the waves. But this immaculate beach has a darker side – this is where Stannis Baratheon rejects the seven old gods of Westeros. He is proclaimed as the champion of the Lord of Light by Melisandre and enters Dragonstone into the War of the Five Kings.

CASTLE WARD Winterfell Since the 16th century, the Ward family have called Castle Ward home. But in the Seven Kingdoms, this sprawling demesne has another name – Winterfell, ancestral home of House Stark. Here, you can practice archery in the same spot as Jon Snow, model some authentic Westeros attire and feast on a lavish medieval banquet inspired by the show.

Ballintoy Harbour, a picturesque port nearby the village of Ballintoy, is also known as Pyke – the home of the infamous Ironborn. 227


BALLINTOY Lordsport Harbour & Pyke Set sail across the seas, and prepare to come into contact with some of the most fearsome people in Westeros. Ballintoy Harbour, a picturesque port nearby the village of Ballintoy, is also known as Pyke – the home of the infamous Ironborn. This is where Theon Greyjoy arrives in the capital of Lordsport after his many years away as Ned Stark’s vassal. Nearby, Ballintoy Beach is where Euron Greyjoy is drowned to become the king of the Iron Islands.

TOLLYMORE FOREST Lands around Winterfell Tollymore Forest Park is home to magnificent redwoods, centuries-old stone structures and the forbidding White Walkers. Known as the Haunted Forest in Westeros, this expanse of wild woodland is where we first came face-to-face with the coldblooded creatures. It’s also where the Starks encountered their newborn direwolves for the first time. Seek out treasures of your own in the mossy glow of these ancient trees – but be on the lookout for any blue eyes watching you from the gloom. www.ireland.com


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in memoriam M.K.H., 1911-1984 III When all the others were away at Mass I was all hers as we peeled potatoes. They broke the silence, let fall one by one Like solder weeping off the soldering iron: Cold comforts set between us, things to share Gleaming in a bucket of clean water. And again let fall. Little pleasant splashes From each other’s work would bring us to our senses. So while the parish priest at her bedside Went hammer and tongs at the prayers for the dying And some were responding and some crying I remembered her head bent towards my head, Her breath in mine, our fluent dipping knives Never closer the whole rest of our lives.

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Fairytale Castle Weddings A 18th-century castle on an idyllic island in Northern Ireland’s Fermanagh lakelands, Belle Isle is an enchanted setting for civil wedding ceremonies and receptions. The castle itself is the embodiment of romantic, old-world charm, while the estate’s 400 acres of rolling hills, flowering meadows, tranquil gardens, and views of Lough Erne form a magical backdrop for photographs and memories.

Enchanting Estate Accommodation Belle Isle estate is spread over eight picturesque islands. Inhabited since the 12th century, the estate today offers a wide range of attractive self-catering and castle accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.

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elle Isle Castle is a historic Irish landmark situated on its own private island. The estate stretches over 400-acres across lush green countryside, woodland areas and shoreline access to Lough Erne. The castle occupies a small, scenic island on Upper Lough Erne in the heart of Ireland’s Lakelands region. Turreted and gothic, the imposing stone walls and towers are draped in beautiful ivy. The castle oozes romantic old-world charm, while the private estate enjoys views of Lough Erne, creating a magical backdrop for any celebration. The setting is simply outstanding, and as the 18th century castle is exclusive use only, wedding parties have the luxury of this enchanting space all to themselves. A wedding at Belle-Isle really is a wedding

like no other. This award-winning venue is guaranteed to offer everything you wished for and more. There are plenty of comfortable spaces inside the castle to luxuriate in. A splendid, double-vaulted entrance hall sets the scene, leading through to a welcoming drawing room with warming fireplace while floor-to-ceiling windows mean you won’t miss out on the surrounding rustic views. Here modern amenities mix with antique furniture and lavishly decorated spaces to make sure each visit has that good oldfashioned, wow-factor. Belle Isle Castle has been home to generations of nobles and it totally delivers on regal style. Exposed oak beams and 4-poster beds; walls decorated with regal patterned wallpaper or painted in vintage burgundy, terracotta or vibrant yellow and en-suite bathrooms deserving of nobility.

Getting married, celebrating and staying at Belle Isle are all entirely possible. The castle is fully licensed for civil and humanist celebrations with, lavish banquets in the grand hall and exquisite castle and cottage accommodation for guests. An experienced and unflappable team work with clients from the initial enquiry stage, noting every little detail to make each wedding one of a kind. Offering private hire of the entire castle, wedding coordinator Andrea is on hand to ensure that every aspect of planning, preparation and the big day itself runs to perfection. A dream like destination? All of this and more, so gather together your favorite people for the experience of a lifetime, in your very own fairy-tale luxury castle set by the sparkling Fermanagh water’s edge. 233


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vid explorers on the hunt for a magical, mystical Irish experience need look no further. The Marine Hotel is the perfect pitstop on the world-famous Causeway Coastal Route. An ideal place to stay if you are a fan of; Game of Thrones, golf, fishing, water-sports, history, mythology, food, whiskey, giants, storytelling, culture, arts…to name but a few! Occupying a prominent beach-front location with views across the bay and Ballycastle Harbour the relaxed hotel is ideal for regulating the ebb and flow of your spirit and mind, whether visiting for business or pleasure. Boasting 41 bedrooms designed with space and comfort in mind, many with sea views, family and executive rooms as well as two brand new suites, it is ideal for couples and families who crave a break away from the grind of everyday.

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home. With six self-contained double rooms, 18 people can stay comfortably. For big families, friendship groups and corporate team-building trips The Beach House is perfect. A safe, spacious haven of comfort awaits you with the array of standard hotel services on the doorstep if you need them. It is also designed with the active traveller in mind. If your love of outdoors means you never travel light, we can take the weight off. Whether it’s surfing, fishing, kayaking or golfing gear, there is plenty of storage space in The Beach House. In terms of fabulous food, the hotel is home to the magnificent Marconi’s, a fully licensed retro themed bar & bistro with a fantastic team of award-winning chefs who continually change and develop their menus to suit the seasons and to incorporate local produce. Look one way and soak up the sea-views, look the other and savour the sights of top-class chefs cooking and preparing your mouth-watering dish in the open-plan kitchen.


The sensational seafood dishes on Marconi’s menu continue to entice foodies back for more and as the freshly cooked and locally-sourced seafood menu continues to swell. Even the most discerning foodies are spoilt for choice and always impressed. As well as all this, the hotel hosts an additional restaurant and two function rooms with capacity to host over 500 people. So, whether it’s a business conference, sumptuous banquet or whimsical wedding the Marine is the answer. With unique entertainment events all year round the Marine keeps in-tune with the talent in the local community and further afield throughout the seasons. Add to this that the hotel has a Proud to Serve Costa Coffee in its reception area and that dogs are always welcome, The Marine hotel can be your newfound comfort zone. When it comes to getting married The Marine Hotel says “I do” to all manner of requests by couples including civil ceremonies. Themed or traditional our dedicated wedding coordinators will bring your vision to fruition. And this includes unforgettable food. With award-winning chefs at the helm of your big day you can be assured your guests will leave with a wonderful taste in their mouth. Our gourmet menus are planned with precision and flair, using only the freshest of local produce. Be warned, your guests could end up talking about the delicious food more than your stunning dress! Perhaps you’re a free spirit who longs to feel the sand between your toes and the sea breeze on your cheeks as you say yes to the love of your life. We can facilitate an ethereal outdoor ceremony on an idyllic stretch of beach. A mere stroll from the hotel, this stretch of golden sand boasts a backdrop of staggering scenery including Fairhead (Northern Ireland’s tallest cliff face), Rathlin Island and the Mull of Kintyre. Or, is an epic indoor Game of Thrones inspired wedding more your taste? Our stunning function room can cater for 40-250 guests, including your dog! From Hollywood Glamour to laid back Surfers Paradise our minimalist and extremely multi-

functional spaces can be transformed according to your every whim. The seaside location means that your special day is awash with breath-taking outdoor photo opportunities. The airy, art deco-inspired function area offers a classic blank canvas to ensure the happy couple are the main focus while the fresh, retro-meets-hipster vibe throughout the reception area provides the perfect backdrop for some relaxed and quirky snaps. Indulge yourselves to the last second of your perfect day and retire to our eclectic Bridal Suite where comfort and luxury are happily married. Immerse yourselves in a luxurious bubble bath and then watch the breath-taking views as the sun goes down on the most important day of your lives. If it’s a business lunch, conference or event you require, once again, The Marine means business! Get away from the city routine and dreaded deadlines and reinvigorate your clients with plenty of vitamin ‘sea’. Spurn them into renewed action and new direction with inspirational views, peaceful surroundings and plenty of headspace. Location, location location! It doesn’t get any better than Marine Hotel. The Causeway Coastal Route has been hailed as one of the world’s most iconic drives, alongside world famous roads like Route 66, by travel guide Lonely Planet. This coastal drive marries the two metropolitan cities of Northern Ireland, Belfast and Derry/Londonderry through jaw-dropping landscapes and stunning scenery- a truly epic drive that needs to be on everyone’s bucket list! The Marine Hotel, Ballycastle is also proud to provide visitors with the opportunity to stay, dine and explore a town crowned three times winner of ‘Best Place to Live in Northern Ireland’ by the Sunday Times Newspaper. A buzzing hive of culture, heritage, nature, and ‘craic’, an ever-increasing list of world-famous legends are getting ‘hooked’ to the sights of this small yet mighty ‘wee’ place. 235


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he Glens of Antrim are equally spectacular, slicing down towards the sea at many intervals, including at Delightful Glenarm (Gleann Arma), the oldest village in the Glens of Antrim and the location of the fabulous Glenarm Castle, gardens and forest park. Glenarm Castle is the home of Viscount and Viscountess Dunluce and their family. The present castle has been in the McDonnell family since it was first built in 1636 with the McDonnells clan, Earls of Antrim, in residence for nearly 600 years. No stranger to castles, before taking up full time residence at Glenarm the family lived most notably at Dunluce Castle.


The house to Glenarm Castle is open to the public occasionally but the Walled Garden opens Easter to end of September and is one of Ireland’s oldest walled gardens dating from the 18th century. Now an exciting new option has been added to the visitor experience offering guests the chance to sleep under the stars in the grounds of this beautiful estate. New Ocean View Pods in the peaceful grounds bring you from comfort zone to adventure zone. These luxury glamping pods housing up to four people are an experience in their own right, not just a place to stay. The pods are set up on a spectacular hill-top site, giving breathtaking views of the ocean, the


surrounding estate and historic harbor town of Glenarm. Each pod is individually decorated, reflecting the stunning surroundings, but all feature an expansive glazed entrance, coffee dock, shower room, somewhere to relax and a dedicated fire pit outside where guests can toast marshmallows around the camp fire. A comfy double bed with hotel-quality bed-linen is included, plus tuckedaway integrated bunkbeds, ideal for tweens or teens. The views come as standard, as does WiFi and slots to charge phones and laptops. The perfect pod glamping experience also operates a convenient self-check-in and check-out policy. There has never been an accommodation option at the historic Glenarm Castle, but now the stylish and super-comfortable pods offer a dream escape. With only five pods available, the site is quiet and peaceful rather than feeling like a busy camp site, and you are just a meander away from the coast, the thriving village below and the Glenarm Castle estate with its charming walled garden, tea rooms and forest park.

For those who wish to explore further, the Causeway Coastal Route is magical adventure, relaxing or touring experience. Running from Belfast to Derry Londonderry, with Glenarm close to the midpoint, the route passes through a host of quaint harbor villages and thriving holiday towns, skirting the dramatic ice-age scenery of the Glens of Antrim and taking in some of Northern Ireland’s best attractions. Among these is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Giant’s Causeway, the Old Bushmills Distillery, the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world, several Game of Thrones® filming locations and The Gobbins, a white-knuckle cliff-path walk along the Antrim coastline. Mile upon mile of wonder, whimsy, history and heritage can be experienced, before returning to the luxury of the Ocean View Pods at Glenarm. www.glenarmcastle.com 237




Distinctive pieces made with skill and passion by the team in our Workshop near Clogher Strand, Ballyferriter, Co. Kerry

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o back in time and you’ll find a common thread linking people together. We are creative beings; we like to make things, and we are connected by the things we create. From humble pottery dishes to the rich adornments on Celtic jewelry, the stories of things we have made comes out of necessity, ingenuity and a fundamental desire to express ourselves. As visual and spatial creatures, our physical environment can have a huge impact on our

creativity. A study done by Stanford University found that when people spend time in nature, they are more positive and more creative finding everything from solace to inspiration in the smallest of things. Anyone who has been to Ireland – or lucky enough to live there - can attest to the fact that there is no shortage of visual stimulation in Ireland. From long walks to catwalks the island of Ireland defines us in so many ways and for our designers and craftspeople, this is how their craft comes to life. 239


The Art of Knitwear Anne is the face and the award-winning Irish knitwear brands Áine Knitwear, McConnell Menswear and McConnell Living, under the umbrella of McConnell Wollen Mills Ltd. Ireland. A home-grown graduate from the distinguished Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD) with a degree in fashion design and a specialty in knitwear, Anne won the Student Knitwear Designer Award during her undergraduate years. She also holds a postgraduate qualification in knitwear and CAD from LSAD. Following her tenure at fashion and knitwear companies including Carraig Donn and Ireland’s Eye Knitwear, she went on to create Áine Knitwear. Considered by many of her peers to be one of the most influential Irish Knitwear designers of her time, Anne is best known for her ‘Knitwear as Art Work’ approach making wearable art that is contemporary, looks good and most importantly, makes the wearer feel good as well. Anne refers to her work as “a study of Irish heritage in form.” Her ability to fuse culture, history and colors and transforms it into readyto-wear premium fashion draws inspiration from art, literature, music, architecture and nature. She then reacts to her inspiration by producing patterns in knitwear that are stunning textural statements that appeal both to the eye and to touch. Making beautiful pieces of clothing alongside her exclusive team of specialty knitters based in Co. Clare, Ireland might be viewed in the context of creating Irish heritage as a prophetic act, as Anne’s passion for knitting and her passion for the McConnell brand forms part of the matrix of what will become Irish Knitwear Heritage for generations to come. She also believes that McConnell as a brand is a promise, and as such, integrity is at the heart of everything they do. Her pricing is 240

based on her years of design excellence in the industry and her award-winning designs are sophisticated yet wearable, well-made but also well priced. When a customer buys a McConnell garment Anne says that the customer will be reminded of the great choice they made every time they see or use the garment. It is this attention and care about how the customer will feel that drives Anne to exceed industry benchmarks and continue making what people clearly love. To ensure success, McConnell chooses to only work with friends, specialty and boutique shops and organizations such as Kilkenny Design Centre, House of Ireland, GlenAran and Daimaru that like her, are passionate about what they do. McConnell believes that being professional and personable plays a key part in understanding and satisfying customers. She ensures that all her local and international clients are well looked after by having her creations made in Ireland by a full Irish workforce using state of the art technological infrastructure that is optimized to ensure

quality is consistent and customers get exactly what they see on her label.


The Essence of Ireland Tracy Gilbert is a Dublin-based jeweler with a grá (love) for creating contemporary jewelry that captures the essence of Ireland and its people. Transforming traditional Celtic symbolism, Irish culture and heritage into distinctive pieces of jewelry is at the heart of Tracy’s creations. Having been commissioned to make a necklace for a family friend, Tracy followed her heart and embarked on a career as a jewelry designer that embodies her free spirit and her love of Irish heritage. “I’ve always lived my life by the old saying ‘what’s meant to be won’t pass you’ and it became clear that being a jewelry designer was meant to be,” she explains. Tracy was born in Dublin city center and was educated through the Irish language, so she loves speaking in her native tongue and she is inspired by the rich artistic and mythological history of Ireland. Sites like Newgrange, Loughcrew and Tara directly influence her designs. As a child, Tracy was fascinated by how Newgrange allowed light to shine through its chambers on the winter solstice to spectacular effect. Through combining precious metals with translucent materials, Tracy works to recreate that magic allowing light to shine through her pieces to reveal Celtic spirals (triskele). This is particularly 241


evident in her Growing Home and Children of Lir colored collections. “My Growing Home collection is a reimagined Tree of Life with Ireland represented as a tree,” she explains. “Rotate the piece to see the strong tree image become a map of Ireland. Like all ancient trees, it has weathered many storms but continues to grow strong – it is deeply rooted. It also has the parallel meaning of having roots firmly planted in Ireland and that Ireland continues to grow and provides shelter to her people no matter where they are living.” Tracy has an emotional connection with Irish folklore and she looks to tell a story in every piece she designs. “My aim is to intertwine my pride of being Irish with imagination to create beautiful original jewelry designs that reflect Ireland’s artistic and mythological 242

heritage. I particularly enjoy exploring and re-imagining existing Celtic symbolism to create pieces that have a special meaning attaching to them.” It’s important to Tracy that she creates special pieces that resonate with the wearer. She has a simple test to determine whether a new design will become part of her collection. “Once I’ve finished making the first piece at the bench, I place it in my left hand, close my hand and my eyes. If my heart quickens when I open them because the piece excites me, I continue to develop it.” For those that make it through, each collection has a particular significance with an accompanying story card that explains the meaning behind each design. Tracy’s work is currently available in Ireland

and the US through selected stores. Her Gold Collection is exclusively available in Irish House and Triona Design while her Circle of Light Collection is available in the British Museum. Like most designers, Tracy says that design inspiration is a bit like the sea; it ebbs and flows somewhat spontaneously. But she has been lucky that recent months have been wonderful creatively and she is kneedeep designing new pieces that she hopes will be available soon. “I continue to push myself to learn new skills and love the steep learning curve that comes with learning a new technique. Color is so important to me in my pieces, so I’ve been working hard on my enameling skills and look forward to showcasing some new colorful pieces at the Gifted Fair in the RDS, Dublin from 4th – 8th December 2019.”


House of Kerry Christine O’Donoghue de Vries is a sustainable artist and fashion designer who creates wearable art from her watercolor paintings, photography and screen prints. Having spent years away from her hometown of Muckross, Killarney, on her return she felt compelled to document through design and imagery a world that remained largely unchanged. Christine founded House of Kerry in November 2016, inspired by the old farmhouse that was in her family for generations which she renovated and now lives with her young family. Here she sources only natural, ethical and recycled materials using sustainable processes. Limited edition runs are created of her scarf designs which are printed at a state-of-the-art facility near Lake Como with hand rolled edges. In sustainable style she creates scarf dresses/kaftans made to order in her studio in County Kerry as well as made to order kimono style silk and tweed robes with her silk design trimming, each handcrafted in Ireland, each one unique, made from her own fabric by the meter designs. Nothing is wasted and spare scraps of fabric are reborn as bowties and pocket squares. LAYERS OF MEANING Inspired by the Irish landscape, old world glamour and the magic of her surroundings, Christine enjoys creating designs with layers of meaning. Her current collection “where the heart sings” carries a hint 243


of surrealism with designs in watercolors inspired by the 19th Century politician and emancipator Daniel O’Connell walking along the beach at his beloved Derrynane in County Kerry alongside two wolfhounds. Daniel spent his childhood at Derrynane and it was here, immersed in the natural beauty of the landscape that he found respite from the pressures of working life. He wears his “artist cap” or “Cap of Liberty” a gift to him from Irish artists John Hogan and Henry MacManus at the famous monster rally at Mullaghmast in 1843. The hat was to become synonymous with Daniel O’Connell and the sculptor John Hogan even immortalized it in stone when he carved O’Connell’s likeness in stone on the east door of St. James Church in Dublin. Another of Christine’s designs is inspired by the legend of Tír na nÓg, the land of eternal youth in Celtic mythology and the legend of Óisin and Niamh Cinn Óir. In this design she depicts the legendary white horse fused with the beach at White Strand in Sneem, County Kerry. Her upcoming collections are entitled “Pour la Vie” (for life) inspired by the climate change emergency. With slogans such as “food for bees for thought” and “truth, beauty, sustainability,” her new collections, kimonos, tweed, wool berets, bowties and pocket squares will be available soon. COMING UP ROSES “No matter what we do we make a carbon footprint,” Christine says. “The choice is to make that footprint as little as possible.” For the Rose of Tralee fashion show Christine embellished tweed berets with sustainable Swarovski Crystal skulls and petals (flowers as fossils) and she upcycled a brand-new fabric-silage netting from the farm. She hand dyed it using non- toxic dye to embellish a woolen beret and for a scarf for the show she embellished it with Swarovski crystals representing Kerry’s world-famous Dark Sky Reserve. Christine is a registered Designer/Craftsperson with the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland. She was recently selected to join Design Ireland representing the best of design, craft, fashion and jewelry in the country. She was nominated in 2017 and 2018 for the international Arts Crafts and Design Awards and in 2018 she won Hi! Styles Fashion Designer of the Year. Most recently she achieved the prestigious Designer of the Year 2019 at the Rose of Tralee Awards. 244


A Match made in Heaven Located on the western side of Ireland in the matchmaking town of Lisdoonvarna and nestled in between the epic landscapes of the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher, you won’t find a more beautifully scented workshop than that of the The Irish Chandler. After searching for a cleaner way to fragrance her new home in Ireland, Lisa Barnett, The Irish Chandler founder, decided to create her own scented candles. She spent a long time researching and looking for the best quality waxes and fragrances, then after months of testing and experimentation Lisa found the perfect combination of cotton core wicks and soy wax (unfortunately there isn’t a good climate in Ireland to grow soybeans but the wax is supplied by an Irish based distributor). These two simple components combined with the finest quality fragrance oils produces longer burning, non-toxic scented candles that are safe to use around children and pets in any home or workplace. At first Lisa not only made the candles to personally use in her own home but it was a way to escape the computer screen where she was spending long hours each day working on graphics for wedding designs and signage. When Lisa began to gift her creations to friends and family, it became apparent that the quality candles she was producing were equally if not better than those available in local gift and craft shops. So, in 2017 Lisa took a stall at the renowned Milk Market located in Limerick City. She had seen an advertisement for the annual Christmas craft market and thought she would see how the general public would respond to her uniquely fragranced candles. To her surprise and delight it was a total success. Lisa went home with only two out of the fifty jars she had filled with her waxy concoctions. A cold January then followed and after serious consideration and the support of her family, Lisa took up a regular spot at the Milk Market and today you will find The Irish Chandler market

stall full of candles for sale each Saturday. The market has been The Irish Chandler’s shopfront and a place where the offer of ‘free smells’ has attracted many new customers and friendships. Customers are conscious of where the jars will end up once the candles are finished so they are encouraged to return the glass jars for either a refill or to be reused. Many customers visit the stall time and again checking out the latest fragrances on offer and to return jars. One lady on her travels through Ireland even brought her jar all the way back from Singapore! It is the outstanding backdrop of the Wild Atlantic Way and the local surroundings that provide the inspiration for a unique range of fragrances that can literally transform any room into a sanctuary or take you to a place where memories and meaningful moments

are evoked. To date the best seller is the ‘Atlantic’ candle, a fresh fragrance of sea salt and driftwood with pops of citrus and wood sage. A seasonal range has also being added and the latest autumnal fall collection is the perfect mix of warm and spicy aromas that perfectly lead you into ‘candle season’ and to the Irish Christmas collection which sold out in record time last year, so you need to be quick when placing an order online. The Irish Chandler has steadily grown into a recognizable brand that now produces hundreds of candles each week. Although new equipment has been introduced to cope with demand, everything is still handmade in Lisdoonvarna with each candle being lovingly hand poured and labels designed in-house are printed and carefully attached to the jars by hand. 245

The Donegal Shop Aiming to offer a little piece of Donegal in Dublin the Donegal Shop is a family run business run by mother and daughter team Carol and Linda-Mae Meagle. Open since 1995 and based in the heart of Dublin City Centre’s shopping district in Saint Stephens Green here you can find a vast range of traditional hand knit Aran sweaters

and accessories, tweed sports coats, caps and scarves. There is also a great range of handmade jewelry made in Dublin as well as fragrances and Connemara Marble. With an emphasis on what is imagined, designed and made in Ireland, Carol and Linda-Mae try to source products that are not commonly available in other stores. Donegal is a county in the north west of Ireland that is renowned for hand knitting

and hand weaving with Donegal Tweed in particular having been made famous by the likes of Magee who have been weaving since 1866. If you can’t make it all the way to Donegal, then make your way over to Dublin’s thriving shopping area at the top of the famous Grafton Street and bag yourself a little piece of Ireland. And to save space on the packing, The Donegal Shop ship worldwide so no matter how much you buy you won’t have to worry about packing it!


An Carraig An Carraig Textile Workshop in Carraig Foyle, Forth Mountain, Wexford is a delightful place where you will find award winning designer and maker Máiréad Cairbre. Máiréad is a member of the Wexford Craft Trail and The Makers House in Wexford town. Her textile workshop incorporates the Tír na nÓg Creations label – a range of bespoke ceremonial robes and accessories for babies made from fine linen produced in Wexford and Ahimsa ‘Peace’ Silk. The Síocháin Silks label is a range of luxurious evening wraps and scarves made from ethically traded silk including Ahimsa silk and silk velvet, using batik dyeing and eco-print techniques where leaves from the local hedgerows are imprinted on to silk or linen without the use of added chemicals. Group workshops can be arranged to allow participants follow the process from collecting leaves and vegetation on a guided walk on Forth Mountain learning the myths and legends attached to Irish Trees. Vegetation is taken back to the studio and the magic of creation begins. Participants lay leaf designs on delicate fabrics and submerge it in a boiling cauldron, then wait while a uniquely beautiful design comes to life. Máiréad also offers what she describes as ‘elegant economics’ interactive workshops to upcycle ones’ wardrobe. Participants can transform old clothing while learning new skills of design, stitching and other useful techniques. 247


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he Galway Woollen Market is located at 21 High Street in the heart of Galway City’s Latin Quarter. This beautiful store specialises in and stock a wide range of traditional Aran hand knitted and hand loomed sweaters and cardigans. Beautifully made from the best yarns, their pieces are the hallmark of the traditions and craftsmanship for which this region is renowned world-wide. A family run business in its third generation, they believe this commitment and love of the business is reflected in their beautiful knitwear and other unique Irish merchandise.


The Galway Woollen Market stock a large range of ladies, men’s and children’s knitwear from a selection of Irish knitwear suppliers including Aran Woollen Mills, Westend Knitwear, Connemara Socks, Hatman of Ireland and Foxford Woollen Mills. But their most central selling point is the fact that they retail an exclusive brand of knitwear – Aran Islands Knitwear. This knitwear can only be purchased in their stores so they are certainly unique pieces, perfect for people looking for something different. They also stock a large colourful range of Irish made throws in varying sizes

from suppliers such as McNutt of Donegal and Hanly’s of Tipperary. If touring the West of Ireland drop in for a warm Irish welcome to any one of their stores located in Cong, Co Mayo, 21 High Street, Galway City, Aran Islands Knitwear located in Clifden, Co Galway and Aran Islands Knitwear & Gifts located in Kilronan on Inis Mor, Aran Islands. Alternatively, you can visit their website at www.aranislandsknitwear.com where all of their beautiful garments can be purchased with free worldwide shipping.


Handmade MAGIC B

eautifully crafted and presented scarves by Liz Christy are given as gifts when something special is required. Gifting is a big part of life, be it for personal or business reasons. Gifts reflect the values of the giver and the esteem in which the receiver is held and Liz Christy handcrafted quality has proven to be successful in this respect. Perfect gifts for family, friends and colleagues, Liz’s scarves are also ideal as distinctive presentations. Liz, a textile designer and hand-weaver, is inspired by paintings and the everyday colors and hues of the changing seasons. Liz is passionate about her work. She uses natural materials, along with specially spun boucle wool and kid mohair which she hand-dyes in Swallow Studios, producing stunningly different colors. The yarns are hand-woven on looms. Each scarf and wrap is hand-knotted when it comes off the loom and then it is hand-washed to bring out the luxurious softness of the fiber. Essentially Liz’s work is high quality, heirloom pieces which

with care and gentle hand-washing will last for generations. “It is a long process”, says Liz, “but I am an artisan, we paint with thread and the loom is our canvas. The warp and weft threads pass through our hands numerous times before the scarf is woven, washed and finished by hand. I love it when visitors to the studios see and appreciate just how much work there is involved in bringing these textiles to life. Each piece is an individual work of art, made with passion to be loved and enjoyed.” “As a weaver you know exactly where each thread will go but when my hand-dyed yarns are woven into the mix, you never know exactly what the finished piece will look like or how the yarns and colors will shimmer as they are woven together. It is these creative surprises that happen on the loom which give us great joy as we weave. As well as a quality hand-crafted scarf, there is a touch of the mystical in the finished piece.” 249


Come and visit Liz Christy - Artist, Textile Designer & Hand-Weaver at her workplace, Swallow Studios, located in Annayalla among the rolling hills of Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan. Hear Liz tell the stories of her creative life and business as she demonstrates her techniques of hand-dyeing & hand-weaving. Liz has a strong sense of heritage and place and she loves where she and her team work, in the heart of this lovely county. See a part of Ireland’s Ancient East, with all it’s mystic magic, still at play in tandem with the modern day, and bring back a timeless gift to treasure forever!

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Wearable Art ~ Inspired by Art



Come and visit Liz Christy - Artist, Textile Designer & Hand-Weaver at her workplace, Swallow Studios, located in Annayalla among the rolling hills of Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan. Hear Liz tell the stories of her creative life and business as she demonstrates her techniques of hand-dyeing & hand-weaving. Liz has a strong sense of heritage and place and she loves where she and her team work, in the heart of this lovely county. See a part of Ireland’s Ancient East, with all it’s mystic magic, still at play in tandem with the modern day, and bring back a timeless gift to treasure forever!

Hand-Crafted Irish Quality Scarves & Wraps Wearable Art ~ Inspired by Art




Faith & Begorra Faith & Begorra is a local Irish Shop located about 40 minutes due West of NYC, on the main train and bus lines. Denville is a delightful town with varied independent local shops and restaurants; it is a pretty town with hanging flowers, flags, storefront flower boxes, benches and bike racks. Faith & Begorra is in its 28th year of business. Owners, Dennis & Susan Banks started their shop after their 5th child received First Holy Communion. Dennis & Susan found it difficult to find religious items for the event and saw a need to provide them. To go along with that, adding beautiful gifts, clothing and jewelry from Ireland was a natural fit. Through the years the business has grown to become the largest shop for First Holy Communion attire on the East Coast. Susan, has over 1,000 Communion dresses, veils, gifts, suits and more at every price point for every child. 11 designers provide dresses from under $80.00 to couture pricing. First Communion is a special time in a child’s religious growth and Faith & Begorra is very mindful that a child be prepared for this important sacrament. The Irish part of the shop is filled with beautiful woolens and gifts from Ireland. Favorite brands include men’s wool hats and caps by Hanna Hats made in Donegal, Lee River Leather from Co Cork, Hanley & Hourihan Capes from Dublin, pattern from Nicholas Moss and Inis from Fragrances of Ireland. Jewelry, hall marked in Ireland includes wedding bands, birthstone claddaghs, pendants, gold and silver from Shanore,

Solvar, Boru and Anu. “Our selection is beautiful and we back our sales with little cards that explain the meaning of all the Irish symbols used in our jewelry,” explains Susan. If you were to ask Dennis & Susan what is that one thing they have noticed about their shop, the answer would be - it is special in that men are as comfortable to shop in an Irish shop as much as women are. There is so much to offer men from Tweed jackets and vests, to Guinness clothing to fine leather belts and wallets. Topping off the men is a noggin warmer from Hanna

Hats of Donegal, select from the hundreds on display. All are perfect for gift giving as well as for shopping for yourself. For the ‘wee ones’ shop Faith & Begorra’s exclusive line of baby clothing, sweet grammie approved onesies, blankets, hats and outfits, all embroidered in-house with the finest Italian cotton. “Be sure to check the bums of the outfits for our extra shamrock, our mark of quality!” says Dennis. Available through to size 24 months. All items can be personalized, especially birth & baptismal blankets. 251 251

TOP FLOOR, St. Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, Dublin 2

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A Lit'le Irish Too What started out as a dream has now grown into an incredible reality! 15 years ago, A Lit’le Irish Too popped up at a local Irish Festival. 5 years later we opened our doors at our current location in Gettysburg, PA. 2019 was a big year; A”lit’le Irish Too celebrated its 10th year in Gettysburg and the start of a brand-new location In Frederick, MD. We are so thrilled to say the Frederick store is a hit! We have a little bit of everything from clothing, jewelry, gifts and more plus delicious Irish snacks which the locals have fallen in love with. A Lit’le Irish,

Too’s Frederick Location also has a few more unique products which sets it apart from other downtown shops and creates a unique Irish vibe that everybody loves. We’re also very excited to announce a custom tour to Ireland we are hosting In October of 2020. A Lit’le Irish Adventure is a tour of southern Ireland that will feature old favorites, hidden gems and amazing new experiences. Trust us when we say you don’t want to miss this! You can find out more about “A Lit’le Irish Adventure” tour on our website and you can learn more about our shop too. Thank you to everyone for 15 amazing years and here’s to all the years yet to come, sláinte! 253

At ‘An Carraig Textile Workshop’ you will find designer /maker Máiréad Cairbre. Address: Pehuén, Carraig Foyle, Forth Mountain, Co. Wexford Y35E1W1 Opening Hours: Visitors welcome, please call in advance to avoid disappointment Tel: +353 53 913 4479 Mob: +353 89 402 9638 Email: mcairbre@eircom.net : Mairead Cairbre : themakershousewexford

Siochain Silks - ethically sourced silk

Galway Woollen Market Long standing family run business with locations across the West of Ireland. We specialize and stock a wide range of traditional Aran handknitted and hand loomed sweaters and cardigans, childrensware, accessories and much more.


Galway Woollen Market 21 High Street Galway City 091 562491

Aran Islands Knitwear Market Square Clifden Co Galway

Galway Woollen Market Circular Road Cong Co Mayo

Aran Islands Knitwear & Gifts Kilronan Inis Mor Aran Islands Co Galway




Things Celtic Things Celtic is a unique shop which features Irish, Scottish and Welsh products. Here visitors can explore the legacy of ancient Celtic cultures through original artwork, music, books, beautiful jewelry and fine traditional crafts. The store specializes in gold wedding bands with traditional knot work designs, Gaelic blessings or Irish Claddaghs. Many of the silver and gold jewelry items can be found nowhere else in Texas.

Things Celtic carries hand-made caps in both wool and linen from Hanna Hats in Donegal. Be sure to try on the Grandfather shirts and the Tweed vests while you’re here. Things Celtic is also your source for a custom-made kilt with over 500 tartan samples on hand to choose from; Scottish Family tartans, Irish County Tartans and even Welsh Tartans. Your kilt will be made by master kiltmakers in the UK and you can accessorize it with a sporran, belt, or sgian dubh. Things Celtic is also your source for

the Texas Lone Star Tartan. This wonderful Celtic store has served the Celts of Texas since 1997 and in 2018 moved from Austin to Dublin, “The Irish Capital of Texas”, just a short drive west of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. We’re just down the street from the Ben Hogan Golf Museum and around the corner from the Dublin Bottling Works as well as the Dr. Pepper Museum.



Bridget's, An Irish Tradition 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 256

importing directly from the knitters in Ireland and selling in a retail setting. Over the decades, Bridget’s 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. Bridget’s continues to thrive as a retail store while also hosting cultural events on the premises and presenting Irish music concerts throughout the region. This busy mother and grandmother channels 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.


Failte Irish Imports Failte Irish Imports first opened their doors on December 12th 2001. Liza Hendley Betz emigrated to Lexington, Kentucky from Dublin, Ireland in 1996. She worked and managed the local Irish bar for a number of years and realized during this time that there was a need for all the “off the boat” Irish to get all the goodies they missed from home. So essentially Failte started with sausages and tea and over the years has come to fill all the needs of all Irish, Scottish and English immigrants.

“We have everything from Aran sweaters, Inis fragrances, Belleek china, hats galore for both men and women, Celtic jewelry, household goods and lots and lots of imported foods,” Lisa says. A few summers ago Lisa added coffee and tea to the shelves and this has brought people in who never would have come through the doors. Now there are coffee mornings filled with the craic and blarney from home. “We do trips every October to Ireland and sometimes Scotland. We have a lot of repeat

customers and have the best time!! Want to come with us? You don’t have to live in Kentucky, we can fly you from anywhere!” enthuses Lisa. “In 2012 we started sending a Kentucky Rose to the Rose of Tralee and have had a great time connecting the bridge with Kentucky and Ireland. It really is a celebration of our heritage to be able to come to America make a life for ourselves here and then be able to bring our kids home to represent our new home. It’s quite magical.” 257

Irish Holiday Dialysis Ireland has many reasons to attract visitors, the hospitality of its people, it’s rich culture and beautiful landscape; now it can also boast high quality healthcare in an authentic Irish setting for those visitors who are dialysis dependant. For dialysis patients it’s easy to see how the necessity for three weekly sessions adversely impacts on travel plans as destinations are limited to where this life sustaining treatment is available in the hands of trusted healthcare professionals. Until recently it was very difficult to choose Ireland due to lack of capacity in busy hospitals. Established in 2017, Irish Holiday Dialysis is an ultra-modern dialysis facility inside a traditional 200 year old cottage with countryside views making treatment a

pleasant part of an Irish holiday. This is the first such clinic if it’s type in Ireland - dedicated solely to catering for the needs of dialysis holidaymakers. Home cooking is provided and the gardens and cottage interior mean the homely surrounds can be enjoyed by patients and their traveling companions alike. The clinic is open all year round and takes a fresh approach to healthcare with treatment times flexible to suit patient needs and to cause as little disruption as possible to a holiday experience. Staffed by qualified and experienced nurses there is a high standard of clinical care and with just 2 dialysis stations - a personal service in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Safe and stress-free treatment is guaranteed in a peaceful and idyllic countryside setting - a world away from busy hospitals, as a proper holiday should be.

Located in North Cork the clinic is within striking distance of many quality tourist attractions, a wide range of accommodation and major transport links in the south of Ireland. The town of Killarney is close by and it sits perfectly where Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way meets it’s Ancient East.

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Store DIrectory The Kerry Cottage, St Louis, Missouri




Irish Rose

Celtic Treasures

The Celtic Knot

Irish Eyes

42 North Walnut Street Milford, DE 19963

2420 Chinook Avenue Anchorage, AK 99516

28 Main Street Jackson, CA 95642

T: 907-333-2358 W: www.celtictreasuresak.com C: Lisa Caress-Beu

T: 209-223-5830 E: info@thecelticknot.net C: Ron Busch

8A Olde Mistick Village 27 Coogan Boulevard Mystic, CT 06355

T: 302-491-4125 E: irishrosegiftshop@gmail.com C: Eugenia Sparks

Sunshine Health Foods

Celtic Shoppe

T: 860-536-9960 E: irisheyesmystic@aol.com C: Donna Gorman


410 Trainor Gate Road Fairbanks, AK 99701

354 East Campbell Avenue Campbell, CA 95008

T: 907-456-5433 W: www.sunshinehealthfoodstore.com C: Mary Kopf

T: 408-379-7474 W: www.celticshoppe.com C: Cathy Cavagnaro

ARIZONA Mully’s Celtic Cottage 130 W. Gurley Street, Suite 302 Prescott, AZ 86301

T: 480-941-4198 W: www.mullystouchofireland.com C: Nancy Morrall

Ciaras Irish Shop 334 Second Street Eureka, CA 95501

T: 707-443-0102 E: irishshopeureka@msn.com C: CC O’Brien-Cree

Celtic Croft, LLC 19 Danbury Road Ridgefield, CT 06877

T: 203-947-0580 W: www.celticcroft.com C: Simon Cooper

DELAWARE Fenwick Float’ors 35034 Buoy Boulevard West Fenwick Island, DE 19975

T: 302-436-5953 W: www.fenwickfloators.com C: Tina McBride

Celtic Elegance / Name Heritage International Spanish Springs & Sumter Landing The Villages, FL 32159

T: 352-840-3212 W: www.celticelegance.com C: Marian Halpin

Celtic Shop of Dunedin 354 Main Street Dunedin, FL 34698

T: 727-733-2200 W: www.celticshopdunedin.com C: Lynn Thorn 259

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The Irish Gift Shop

The Irish Shop

Walsh’s Celtic Center

Ireland on the Square

26 Cuna Street St. Augustine, FL 32084

100 N Oakpark Avenue Oak Park, IL 60301

931 Baxter Avenue Louisville, KY 40204

10 Market Square Newburyport, MA 01950

T: 904-824-5040 W: www.theirishgiftshop.com C: Grace Reed

T: 708-445-1149 W: www.theirishshopoakpark.com C: Jim & Anne August

T: 502-459-9888 E: jwalsh2514@gmail.com C: John Walsh

T: 978-463-6288 W: www.irelandonthesquare.com C: Jennifer Dumas

GEORGIA Enchanted Shire 6905 Virlyn B Smith Road Fairburn, GA 30213

T: 585-329-5653 W: www.enchantedshire.com C: Arleen Dougherty

IDAHO All Things Irish

228 Robert Parker Coffin Road Long Grove, IL 60047

T: 847-634-0339 W: www.irishboutique.com C: John Barry

IOWA Shamrock Imports 391 Bluff Street Dubuque, IA 52001

315 E Sherman Avenue Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814

T: 563-583-5000 W: www.shamrockjeweler.com C: Mike & Judy Siegert

T: 208-667-0131 W: www.all-thingsirish.com C: Ilene Moss

St Pat’s Association & Irish Gift Shop

ILLINOIS Irish American Heritage Center Gift Shop 4626 N Knox Avenue Chicago IL 60630

T: 773-282-7035 x 14 W: www.irish-american.org C: Irene Higgins-Hruby & Mary Rose Teahan

The Irish Boutique 6606 Northwest Highway Crystal Lake Plaza Crystal Lake, IL 60014

T: 815-459-1800 W: www.irishboutique.com C: Patrick Barry

The Irish Boutique 434 Coffin Road Long Grove, IL 60074

T: 847-634-3540 W: www.irishboutique.com C: Patrick Barry


Paddy’s On The Square

1001 South Broadway Emmetsburg, IA 50536

T: 712-852-4326 W: www.emmetsburgirishgifts.com C: Stephanie Mehan


LOUISIANA Enchanted Shire 46468 River Road Hammond, LA 70401

T: 585-329-5653 W: www.enchantedshire.com C: Arlene Dougherty

MAINE Ireland on the Square 3 Dock Square Kennebunkport, ME 04046

T: 207-967-0534 W: www.irelandonthesquare.com C: Jennifer Dumas

MARYLAND A Lit’le Irish Too 143 N Market Street Frederick, MD 21710

Irish Crystal Company

T: 717-334-6609 W: www.alittleirishtoo.com C: Tory Warren

8250 W 151st Street Overland Park, KS 66223

Irish Traditions

T: 913-341-4438 W: www.irishcrystal.com C: Michelle Nestel


141 Main Street Annapolis, MD 21401

T: 410-990-4747 W: www.irishtraditionsonline.com C: Margaret McLemore

Failte Irish Import Shop


113 South Upper Street Lexington, KY 40507

Bridget’s - An Irish Tradition

T: 859-381-1498 W: www.lexirish.com C: Liza Hendley Betz

88 West Main Street Norton, MA 02766

T: 508-285-9700 W: www.bridgetsirish.com C: Bridget Daly

Irish Specialty Shoppe 158 President Avenue Fall River, MA 02720

T: 508-678-4096 C: Joseph Reilly

MICHIGAN Always Irish 37650 W. 6 Mile Road Livonia, MI 48152

T: 734-462-7200 E: alwaysirish@aceweb.com C: Dean & Judy Valovich

The Celtic Path 214 E Main Street Hubbardston, MI 48845

T: 989-981-6066 E: thecelticpath.pb@gmail.com C: Patricia Baese

Sullivan’s Irish Alley & Travel Too 104 East Main Street Flushing, MI 48433

T: 810-487-2473 W: www.CelticAlley.com C: Ed & Caron Sullivan

The Twisted Shamrock 3074 12 Mile Road Berkley, MI 48072

T: 248-544-4170 W: www.thetwistedshamrock.com C: Jim Monahan

MISSOURI Browne’s Irish Market 3300 Pennsylvania Avenue Kansas City, MO 64111

T: 816-561-0030 W: www.BrownesIrishMarket.com C: Kerry Browne

Faith & Begorra

404 Main Street Weston, MO 64098

40 Broadway Denville, NJ 07834

T: 816-640-2881 W: www.celticranch.com C: Terry Kast

T: 973-625-0070 W: www.faithandbegorra.com C: Susan Banks

Kerry Cottage

Irish Centre

2119 S. Big Bend Boulevard St. Louis, MO 63117

1120 Third Ave Spring Lake, NJ 07762

T: 314-647-0166 W: www.kerrycottage.com C: Karin Jorgenson

T: 732-449-6650 W: www.njirish.com C: Moya Rushe

NEW HAMPSHIRE Celtic Crossing 112 Congress Street Portsmouth, NH 03801

T: 603-436-0200 W: www.celticcrossing.com C: Karin Scott

Ireland on the Square 6 Market Square Portsmouth, NH 03801

Kelly’s A Touch of Ireland 5 South Broadway Pitman, NJ 08071

T: 856-589-4988 E: atouchofireland@outlook.com C: Judy Miller

O’Ireland 130 North Broadway South Amboy, NJ 08879

T: 732-525-0515 W: www.oireland.com C: Rosanne Savoi

T: 603-319-1670 W: www.irelandonthesquare.com C: Jennifer Dumas



T: 732-747-4433 W: www.oireland.com C: Paul Savoi

Bridget’s Irish Cottage 15 E Broad Street Westfield, NJ 07090

T: 908-789-0909 W: www.bridgets.com C: Bridget Lawn

The Cross & Shamrock 1669 Route 33 Hamilton Square, NJ 08690

T: 609-586-9696 W: www.crossandshamrock.com C: Ann & Tim Bauersachs

Emerald Gifts

Store DIrectory

The Celtic Ranch

30 Monmouth Street Red Bank, NJ 07701

Out of Ireland 3 New York Road, Store #22 Historic Smithville, NJ 08205

T: 609-748-6707 W: www.shopoutofireland.com C: Kathleen O’Gara

The Pipers Cove 212 Kearny Avenue Kearny, NJ 07032

T: 201-998-3695 W: www.piperscove.com C: John & Joan Nisbet

Bridgets An Irish Tradition, Norton, MA


The Danu Gallery

Cashel House

39 E. Central Avenue Pearl River, NY 10965

224 Tompkins Street Syracuse, NY 13204

T: 315-472-4438 E: cashelhouse@gmail.com C: Peter Heverin

Celtic Aer Gift Shop 1451 Strawberry Road Mohegan Lake, NY 10547

T: 914-526-3361 Webite: www.celticaer.com C: Ashley Rooney-Hedtke

Celtic Gifts & Treasures 72-17 Grand Avenue Maspeth, NY 11378

T: 718-424-8686 E: celticirishgiftsandtreasures@gmail.com C: Liz Kenny

Celtic Treasures

137 Parsippany Road Parsippany, NJ 07054

456 Broadway Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

T: 973-884-3241 E: edhansberry69@gmail.com C: Edward Hansberry

T: 518-583-9452 W: www.celtictreasures.com C: Paul O’Donnell

T: 845-735-4477 W: www.thedanugallery.com C: Karen Curran

From the Hart 108 N Main Street Wellsville, NY 14895 T: 585-808-4643 E: hartn82@gmail.com C: Nancy Hart

Irish Crossroads 58 Main Street Sayville, NY 11782

T: 631-569-5464 W: www.irishcrossroadsonline.com C: Kathleen Quinn

Lennon’s Irish Shop 164 Jay Street Schenectady, NY 12305

T: 518-377-0064 W: www.lennonsirishshop.com C: Dale & Mary Ann May


Store DIrectory

Little Shop of Shamrocks

Celtic Corner

Celt-Iberia Traders

173 Islip Avenue Islip, NY 11751

502 Old State Route 74 Cincinnati, OH 45244

52 South Main Street New Hope, PA 18938

T: 631-224-4311 W: www.littleshopofshamrocks.com C: Linda Low

T: 513-528-5578 W: www.celticcornerstore.com C: Louise & Robert Reid

T: 215-862-4922 W: www.celtiberiatraders.com C: Michael Burns & Richard Cordover

Mary-Anne’s Irish Gift Shop

Eire on Erie

The Celtic Cross

5694 Riverdale Avenue Bronx, NY 10471

3512 Erie Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45208

729 Washington Road Pittsburgh, PA 15228

T: 718-549-7660 W: www.maryannesirishgiftshop.com C: Mary-Anne Connaughton

T: 513-321-3287 E: hapsirishpub@aol.com C: Danny Thomas

T: 412-306-1890 W: www.celticcross1.com C: Tom Macik

Molly Malone’s Irish Gifts

Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland

Celtic Culture

295 Canada Street Lake George, NY 12845

T: 518-668-3363 W: www.mollymalonesirishgifts.com C: Bill & Emily Manion

Tara Gift Shoppe 250 Abbott Road Buffalo, NY 14220

T: 716-825-6700 W: www.taragiftshoppe.com C: Mary Heneghan

Tipperary Irish Importer / Celtic Jeweler

T: 937-644-8688 W: www.hapennybridgeimports.com C: Anne & Al Gleine

Irish Crossroads & Gift Shop 38015 Euclid Avenue Willoughby, OH 44094

T: 440-954-9032 W: www.irishcrossroadsohio.com C: Michelle Morgan

Lynch’s Irish Imports & Gifts

3956 State Highway 2 Brunswick, NY 12180

116 S. Market Street Wooster, OH 44691

T: 518-279-8272 W: www.shoptipperary.com C: Tom McGrath

T: 330-601-0160 E: lynchsirishimports@gmail.com C: Thomas Lynch



Enchanted Shire

Bridie’s Irish Faire

16445 Poplar Tent Road Huntersville, NC 28078

715 NW 3rd Street (Nye Beach) Newport, OR 97365 T: 541-574-9366 W: www.bridiesirishfaire.com C: Susan Spencer

T: 585-329-5653 W: www.enchantedshire.com C: Arlene Dougherty


299 Links Drive Marysville, OH 43040

137 East Main Street Ligonier, PA 15658

T: 724-238-2420 W: www.celticcultureonline.com C: Andrew Carr

Cronin’s Irish Cottage 300 Lackawanna Avenue Scranton, PA 18503

T: 570-342-4448 W: www.croninsirishcottage.com C: Breeda Cronin-Holmes

Donegal Square 534 Main Street Bethlehem, PA 18018

T: 610-866-3244 W: www.donegal.com C: Neville Gardner & Marie Barry

Enchanted Shire 2775 Lebanon Road Manheim, PA 17545

T: 585-329-5653 W: www.enchantedshire.com C: Arleen Dougherty

Giggles Gifts 7400 Frankford Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19136



T: 215-624-8311 W: www.gigglesgifts.com C: Rosemary Veneziale

Casey’s Irish Imports

A Lit’le Irish Too

Irish Design Center

19626 Center Ridge Road Rocky River, OH 44116

9 Chambersburg Street Gettysburg, PA 17325

303 South Craig Street Pittsburgh, PA 15213

T: 440-333-8383 W: www.caseysirishimports.com C: Kathleen Casey Proctor & Maureen Casey

T: 717-334-6609 W: www.alittleirishtoo.com C: Tory Warren

T: 412-682-6125 W: www.irishdesigncenter.com C: Maura Krushinski

Oxford Hall Celtic Shoppe & Tea Café 233 Bridge Street New Cumberland, PA 17070

T: 717-774-8789 W: www.oxfordhall.com C: Cindy & Steve Washburn

Tullycross 110 South Street Philadelphia, PA 19147

T: 215-925-1995 W: www.tullycross.com C: Meg Turner

RHODE ISLAND Basic Irish Luxury 137 Swinburne Row, Thames Street Newport, RI 02840

T: 800-255-8272 W: www.basicirishluxury.com C: Tom McGrath

SOUTH CAROLINA The Scottish Mill Shop 1200 Fording Island Road Bluffton, SC 29910

T: 843-837-4696 W: www.scottishmillshop.com C: Ginny Underwood

TENNESSEE The Celtic Cup 106 North Anderson Street Tullahoma, TN 37388

T: 931-563-7733 W: www.thecelticcup.com C: Denise & Chris Smith

Celtic Heritage 634 Parkway, The Village #26, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

T: 865-436-2588 W: www.celticheritage.net C: Melody VanNus

Store DIrectory

TEXAS Things Celtic 115 E Blackjack Street Dublin, TX 76446

T: 512-472-2358 W: www.thingsceltic.com C: Lanora Davidson

VIRGINIA Celtic Tides 23A S. Jefferson Street Lexington, VA 24450

T: 540-464-6545 W: www.celtictides2.com C: John & Mary Jo Morman

Irish Eyes of Virginia 725 Caroline Street Fredericksburg, VA 22401

T: 540-373-0703 W: www.irisheyesofva.com C: Mike & Bernadette Esler

Maggie Casey’s Celtic Treasure 124 Main Street Smithfield, VA 23430

T: 757-371-6100 E: mcceltictreasure@gmail.com C: Kristin Wilda

Piper Dan’s Keltic Shoppe

Neville Gardner, Donegal Square, Bethlehem, PA


O’Meara’s Irish House

The Scottish & Irish Store West

Galway Bay Trading Co

3970 State Highway 42 Fish Creek, WI 54212

2194 Robertson Road Ottawa, Ontario, K2H 9J5

T: 920-868-3528 W: www.omearasirish.com C: Megan O’Meara

T: 613-829-2251 W: www.scottishandirishstore.com C: Michael Cox

Robin’s European Cottage

The Wee Tartan Shop

N70 W6340 Bridge Road Cedarburg, WI 53012

177 Queen Street Port Perry, Ontario, L9L 1B8

T: 262-377-3444 E: robinparsons33@gmail.com C: Robin Parsons

T: 905-985-6573 W: www.weetartanshop.com C: Stewart Bennett

880 Point Brown Avenue NE Ocean Shores, WA 98569

T: 360-289-2300 W: www.galwaybayirishpub.com C: William Gibbons

Wandering Angus 914 Water Street Port Townsend, WA 98368

109E Main Street, Old Town Purcellville, VA 20132

T: 360-385-9549 W: www.wanderingangus.com C: Tracy Williamson & Debbie Sonandre

T: 540-751-0777 E: piperdanskeltic@aol.com C: Mary Brady Shea Knight


The Plaid Place

Pixie Treasures Celtic Shoppe

Legacy House Imports

1903 Barrington Street Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3L7

2925 Virginia Beach Boulevard Virginia Beach, VA 23452

4221 Lien Road Madison, WI 53716

T: 757-961-7494 W: www.pixietreasures.biz C: Jeanne & Bob Rider

T: 608-663-1340 W: www.legacyhouseimports.com C: Patrick & Marsha Flannery

Scotland House Ltd

Legends of the Celts

430 Duke of Gloucester Street Williamsburg, VA 23185

PO Box 13143 Hayward, WI 54843

T: 757-229-7800 W: www.scotlandhouseltd.com C: Sam & Michelle Wallace

T: 715-634-0901 W: www.legendsofthecelts.com C: Steve & Barbara Hand


T: 902-429-6872 W: www.plaidplace.com C: Lisa Risley

The Scottish & Irish Store East 1713 St. Laurent Boulevard (at Innes) Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 3V4

T: 613-739-3393 W: www.scottishandirishstore.com C: Michael Cox


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