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CONTENTS 10___ FLIGHT OF FANCY Filmmaker Raymond Fogarty made an epic 2,500km journey along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. The result is a photographic masterpiece.

23___ IRELAND’S ANCIENT EAST Peel back the layers of time along Ireland’s Ancient East and experience 5000 years of history in just a few days.

68___ NORTHERN LIGHTS Northern Ireland has some fantastic cities and its forests, mountains and moorlands were the backdrops for HBO’S Game of Thrones.

89___ GREAT OUTDOORS Ireland greets you like a hot whiskey wrapping you in a blanket of joy at the sheer beauty of its great outdoors.

95___ LAND OF LAKES There are a great many lakes throughout Ireland each with their own distinct beauty and geographic character.

105__ HORSE COUNTY The beating heart of Ireland’s thoroughbred industry can be experienced in County Kildare.

113___ GO WEST Go west for an extraordinary adventure in the wilds of Ireland.

139__ WEDDINGS Location is everything when it comes to your wedding and what better location is there than the Emerald Isle.

179__ IRISH DESIGN There is no shortage of design talent in Ireland from art to the art of jewelry; crystal vases to crystal stones; felt to fantasy pottery and now a Shoeniversity.

192__ 1916 - 2016 CENTENARY 2016 will mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, a key moment on Ireland’s path to independence.

223__ STORE STORIES At the heart of their communities across the USA & Canada Irish stores share their success stories. 4

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There is so much to tell you about this beautiful Island from the brand new, yet very old, Ancient East to the massive party that will be in full swing throughout 2016. It has also been a great year for design with Ireland being lauded as a centre of excellence for craft. So we dropped in on some amazing people who represent us so well to see what they are up to and what inspires them. Well there’s no doubt that Ireland is an inspiring place. Spirit of Ireland photographer Stefan Schnebelt describes the Island as a photographer’s dream, something that resonates with Raymond Fogarty who traveled the entire 2,500km of the Wild Atlantic Way, just Raymond and his camera. The resulting imagery is a photographic masterpiece. From masterpieces to natural wonders, Ireland’s eastern counties provide plenty of opportunities to get your camera snapping and your heart racing. Walter Wild, father of Oscar wrote that the history of Ireland could be traced through its monuments and Ireland has plenty. From the great prehistoric Brú na Bóinne (Newgrange) that pre-date the pyramids, to Viking settlements, medieval cities and the world’s oldest working lighthouse. Travel back 5000 years in the space of a few miles in Ireland’s Ancient East. Ireland has a strong sense of history whether you go back thousands of years or just 100. The Easter 1916 Rising was pivotal in Ireland’s road to independence and 2016 is the centenary year. There’s no better time to visit to celebrate the history of Ireland and the birth of our modern nation. When it comes to celebrations there’s nothing like a good wedding. Ireland has always been a top choice for honeymoons but now brides want more from their big day, in fact lots more. A trend is emerging to hold the whole kit and caboodle in Ireland so we check out venues for everything from an intimate civil ceremony to a grand stately ball. Kick back, make a nice cup of Barry’s tea and enjoy!



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The footage – a real ‘birds eye’ view of Ireland - was filmed with the support of Tourism Ireland and it is now being used to promote Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way at home and abroad. For Raymond Fogarty it was a journey like no other. “It was a voyage of discovery, a 2,500km Irish journey on the road and in the sky. The longest defined road trip on the planet, and I was going!” The trip was a game changer for Fogarty whose passion for technology combined with a love of photography has resulted in some of the most iconic images of Ireland.


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Yet for all his undoubted talent Fogarty’s background was in IT with no formal training in photography; it was just a hobby. “I never went anywhere without my camera and I was always interested in new developments, then one day I read about UAV’s and that was a real turning point for me.” Fogarty explains that so many times photographers wish there was a way to get a higher perspective to shoot a landscape or to capture an alternative angle on a shot. “For the lucky few, hiring a helicopter delivers rewarding shots but it’s not exactly practical or inexpensive. So the benefit of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), or a drone was hugely attractive.”


Drones were originally developed as military technology. They have been in use worldwide since the early 1900’s for surveillance, search and rescue missions and solider training. “Today they are changing the way we see design photography” explains Fogarty. “Drone photography depicts a new vision of the world with stunning images taken from angles impossible to reach by conventional means. Drones are small, remote controlled devices that can fly carrying video cameras, enabling their controllers to capture birds’ eye footage.” For somebody with a love of photography and a love of technology, this was a marriage made in heaven.

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His first outing with the drone camera was in his native Cork where he filmed the city over one day and then posted the video online. This unique perspective of the city went viral and pretty soon thereafter he attracted the attention of Failte Ireland. “All of a sudden I was talking to Failte Ireland who were willing to support my dream of a trip around the Wild Atlantic Way, shooting aerial shots of the coastline. It was hugely exciting and I cannot tell you how amazing that trip was. I saw first-hand how stunning


Wild Atlantic Way | FLIGHT OF FANCY the landscape is; how Irish hospitality knows no bounds and even the weather was good most of the time.”

photography, used a drone and a GoPro camera to capture footage ranging from Kinsale to Malin Head.

Along the way there was great curiosity about the camera; Many people had never seen anything like the flying drone outside of James Bond movies! “It made for great conversation everywhere I went. Irish people are so friendly and so curious; I had the time of my life and I discovered that Ireland is the most beautiful place on earth.”

Things really are looking up for Raymond Fogarty. “It just can’t get any better” he says – but something tells us that it can. Heading up new company AirCam, Fogarty and his team are offering aerial drone photography/videography for travel, tourism, business applications, weddings and real estate to name but a few. I guess it’s fair to say that for Ray the sky is the limit!

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huge range of heritage sites fall under the care of the Office of Public Works. This experience offers free admission to many fee paying sites on the first Wednesday of every month. The annual visitors pass at just €25 is great value or a family pass at €60 opens the door to a vast array of heritage experiences at a very low cost. Ireland presents the visitor with a unique heritage experience no matter what area you choose to visit. Dublin is home to some of the country’s finest architectural examples spanning two millennia, some of which are now used as museums, state apartments and state residences. Boasting the largest public city park in all of Europe, Dublin also has many fine examples of civic parks and gardens and it is home to the National Botanic Gardens. Compare these elegant buildings with the more elaborate ecclesiastical setting of the Rock of Cashel in Co Tipperary. The grandeur of the parks and castles contrasts with the remains of a 5,000 years old civilisation found at the Céide Fields in Co Mayo or

the spectacular prehistoric stone fort at Dún Aonghasa on Galway’s Aran Islands, both framed by the wild Atlantic Ocean. A diversity of landscapes can be enjoyed by nature lovers in the richness of our natural heritage. Off the southern coast is a world famous island garden of rare beauty, Ilnacullin or Garinish Island. On the south east coast the John F Kennedy Arboretum in Wexford has a plant collection of international standing containing 4,500 varieties of trees and shrubs from all temperate regions of the world, while Emo Court in Co Laois combines beautiful gardens and parkland with a Gandon designed neo-classical mansion. Towards the east, in December, the morning sun of the Winter Solstice awakens another unique World Heritage Site at Newgrange, Co Meath and lights the path of history to the seat of the ancient High Kings of Ireland at Tara. Or visit the wooded glens and ancient monastery of Glendalough which hosted US first lady Michelle Obama and her daughters in June, 2013. Full details of the many heritage sites that can be visited are on 21

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et off the beaten track to see, hear, touch and feel the imprints of the millennia of settlers in this land. Ancient Man, Early Christians, Medieval Lords, Colonial Settlers and their descendants have all been seduced by these most lush, green and fertile lands. Hear for yourself their stories. Take your time to discover it all –the Stone Age art, the monasteries, the castles and fortresses.

bustling towns and villages. Take in a festival; try local fresh produce or tasty local specialties, many of which trace their roots to ancient times. Drive leafy roads through lush rolling valleys. Explore meandering rivers or the mountains that once protected the original inhabitants.

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n 1849 William Wilde, father of Oscar, wrote of the Boyne that the history of Ireland may be traced through its monuments. This remains true today. Moreover, its sites and monuments are amongst the best examples of their kind in Europe and are all within a short distance of each other. In one day you can visit the great prehistoric tons at Brú na Bóinne (Newgrange and the sites of the infamous battle of the Boyne). You can look out from the Hill of Tara, sharing the view with the ancient High Kings of Ireland, or be mesmerized by the detail of the Celtic Crosses at Kells. You can stand in awe at the gates of Trim Castle, the largest AngloNorman castle in Europe, or pay your respects at the shrine of St. Oliver Plunkett in Drogheda. The town of Trim contains more Medieval buildings than any other town in Ireland. It is situated on the banks of the River Boyne in an area of fertile plains. The town developed around Trim Castle, straddling the river to the north and west of the castle. In the 13th century the town was enclosed within a circuit of stone walls. Augustinian (1202), Franciscan (1260), and Dominican (1263) friaries were established, indicating the growing prosperity of the town. In the later medieval period Trim became an increasingly exposed frontier, standing between the hostile worlds of the Anglo-Normans and the Gaelic Irish.

Bective Abbey was founded in 1147 for the Cistercian Order by Murchad O’Maeil-Sheachlainn, King of Meath. It was Ireland’s second Cistercian Abbey; a ‘daughter house’ to nearby Mellifont. Bective became an important monastic settlement but was suppressed following the dissolution of the Monasteries under Kind Henry VIII in 1543. Mellifont Abbey was one of the wealthiest and most influential monastic houses in medieval Ireland. It is situated in a tranquil valley on the banks of the River Mattock, a tributary of the River Boyne. The Abbey derives its name from the Latin Font Mellis meaning ‘fountain of honey’. Many medieval monasteries founded by continental orders bore Latin names. Mellifont is the only one that survives as a current place name in Ireland. Devorgilla (Ireland’s ‘Helen of Troy’), whose elopement with Dermot MacMurrough led to the arrival of the Anglo-Normans in 1169 is buried beneath the chancel pavement at Mellifont. The Hill of Tara was the seat of the High Kings of Ireland and the most sacred site in ancient Ireland. Tara gets its name from Teamhair na Ri meaning ‘sanctuary of the Kings’ and it is important as the traditional inauguration site of the ancient High Kings or Ireland. Although few of its monuments survive the test of time, it is an evocative place, much celebrated in Irish myth and legend.


Brú na Bóinne is one of the largest and most important prehistoric megalithic sites in Europe. The site is dominated by three large passage tombs – Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth – declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993. Passage tombs consist of a burial chamber reached by a long straight passage lined with stones and set within a large mound known as a cairn. They are usually sited on hilltops and grouped in cemeteries. Constructed during the New Stone Age (or Neolithic Period) the tombs at Brú na Bóinne are around 5,000 years old. At dawn on the morning of the winter solstice and for a number of days before and after, the main chamber at Newgrange is illuminated by a beam of sunlight for 17 minutes. This alignment is too precise to have occurred by chance. It is thought that Newgrange is the oldest surviving deliberately aligned structure in the world. It is 500 years older than the pyramids of Egypt and 1,000 years older than Stonehenge in England. The Battle of the Boyne is one of the most significant events in Irish History. It was the largest ever assembly of troops on an Irish battlefield. The battle was fought between King William III and his father-in-law King James on 1st July 1690. The kings were rival claimants to the English, Scottish and Irish thrones. Protestant King William (of Orange) had deposed Catholic King James in 1688. Drogheda was an important Anglo-Norman settlement and one of the largest walled towns in Medieval Ireland. Drogheda derives its name from the Irish Droichead Átha meaning ‘Bridge of the Ford’. It is the largest town in Co. Louth – Ireland’s smallest county – which is named after Lugh, the great God of the Celts. Although the origins of the settlement are obscure, the town certainly owes its development to the coming of the Anglo-Normans. The Boyne Viaduct at Drogheda is Ireland’s greatest example of Victorian Industrial Architecture. The bridge, which carries the Dublin-Belfast railway line, was opened in 1855. Millmount Museum and Martello Tower are situated on high ground in the heart of Drogheda near to where the River Boyne finally meets the sea. Shortly after the Anglo-Norman King Henry II granted him the Kingdom of Meath in 1172, Hugh de Lacy constructed a motte and bailey on a huge mound overlooking the River Boyne. A more substantial stone fort replaced the earlier structure. The Cross of Muiredach at Monasterboice is the finest High Cross in Ireland and is highly regarded as one of the best surviving examples of Irish religious art. Christianity was introduced into Ireland probably from Roman Britain during the 5th century AD, around the time of the collapse 26

of the Roman Empire. Monasterboice is one of Ireland’s earliest and best-known religious sites. Its name derives from the Irish Mainistir Bhuithe meaning ‘the monastery of Buite’. Slane Castle is the residence of Ireland’s most famous aristocrat Henry Conyngham, the Marquess Conyngham. It is set on the grounds of a magnificent 1,500 acre estate just upriver from the site of the Battle of the Boyne. Slane Castle in its existing form was reconstructed under the direction of William Burton Conyngham, together with his nephew, the first Marquess Conyngham. The reconstruction dates from 1785. Slane is one of the most attractive villages in Ireland, created in the 1760’s by the Conynghams, a military family who rose to prominence at the time of William III. The centre of the village, known as the ‘Square’ (actually an octagon) has four identical Georgian houses, referred to locally as ‘The Four Sisters’. The Hill of Slane rises 158m above the surrounding countryside and can be seen from the Hill of Tara, 16km away. A well preserved tower can be found among the ruins of a Franciscan Monastery, dating from 1512, itself built on site of a monastery founded by Saint Erc, a follower of St. Patrick. A ceremonial lighting of a great fire on The Hill of Tara occurred every spring equinox. It was forbidden to light any other fire until this one was ablaze. Legend suggests that in 433, in defiance of the pagan High Kind Laoire, Patrick lit a Pascal fire on the Hill of Slane. Though angry, Laoire was so impressed by Patrick’s devotion he allowed him to continue his missionary work. The only inland lighthouse in Ireland, The Spire of Lloyd is an 18th century ‘folly’. Follies were decorative buildings commonly erected during the 18th century. Built in 1791, it resembles a giant Doric column topped with a glazed lantern. The Spire had a commemorative rather than functional purpose. It was erected to the memory of Thomas Taylor, 1st Earl of Bective by his son, yet it is called the Spire of Lloyd since it sits on the Hill of Lloyd. On a clear day, it is possible to see as far as the Mourne Mountains in Co. Down. Samhain, the ancient Celtic Festival that we now call Halloween, originated more than 2,000 years ago on the Hill of Tlachtga near Athboy in Co. Meath. Samhain marks the end of the old Celtic Year and the beginning of the New Year. Each year as part of the ‘Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival, a re-enactment of the Samhain Festival takes place on October 31st. The fire is brought back to the hill saying goodbye to summer, thanking the gods for the year gone by and asking them for good health and fortune for the year ahead.

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hey hang down from the ceiling – thousands of them. All lined up in neat, colourful rows, looking for all the world like multi-coloured bats. Hats from the locality, hats from around Ireland, hats from around the world; each one has been donated by customers from far and wide who have heard of this charming attempt at one day winning a Guinness World Record gong for the most hats in a public place. The Snailbox Traditional Pub, Restaurant & Venue is owned & run by The Foster Family. This roadside restaurant is perfect for parties large and small. It’s a very friendly sort of place. It has won the Best Welcome & Customer Service Award and countless Tripadvisor accolades because it has a real atmosphere about it. It’s hard to put a finger on it but there’s just a great feel to the place. And the food, well it’s honest to goodness,

down to earth, well priced great grub. The Snailbox is famed for its steaks, always perfectly cooked, generous portions and served with a skewer of sautéed onions and mushrooms, as well as a side order of fries or salad. For hearty appetites the food is lip-smackingly good. For those that prefer something a little more exotic, the Thai beef salad is excellent as is the prawn stir-fry, a house speciality, served sizzling and smoking hot with rice or noodles. Gourmet breads are in plentiful supply and if you go there on Saturday the open music session is just mighty. There’s usually so much food served for dinner that you may not have room for dessert – a shame since the choice is good but by now most people throw in the hat after the big feed. Oh wait, is that where all the hats come from??! Happy customers, happy experiences, the Snailbox is a real winner. 29

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he city’s treasure trove of historical buildings and landmarks is exemplified by the magnificent Kilkenny Castle with its commanding location on the banks of the River Nore. It was built in the 12th Century by a famous Norman invader known as Strongbow. It was the principal seat of the Butler family, Marquesses and Dukes of Ormonde throughout much of its

history. The Castle was also the birthplace of Lady Margaret Butler, grandmother of King Henry VIII’s second wife Anne Boleyn. It became the seat of a Catholic rebel movement, Confederate Ireland, from 1642-48 until a siege by Oliver Cromwell in 1650. Set in extensive parklands, the Castle now includes a library, drawing room and bedrooms decorated in 1830’s splendour, as well as the beautiful Long Gallery and the Butler Art Gallery. 31

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Jerpoint Abbey is a Cistercian Abbey built in 1180AD and houses some of the most remarkable stone carvings and Romanesque details to be found in Ireland


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A trip to Kilkenny’s countryside also provides stunning examples of the county’s medieval heritage. Jerpoint Abbey is a Cistercian Abbey built in 1180AD and houses some of the most remarkable stone carvings and Romanesque details to be found in Ireland. Just south of Kilkenny City stands Kells’ Priory, one of the largest and most impressive medieval monuments in Ireland. The striking tower houses enclose a medieval site of over 3 acres, lending the Priory the appearance more of a fortress than a place of worship. Take a 10 minute stroll in any direction within the city and you will discover some of Ireland’s most notable historical Early Christian buildings. There’s Saint Canice’s Cathedral, completed in 1285AD whose many stone memorials offer some of the most splendid examples of medieval masons art. Black Abbey, constructed in 1225AD, was one of the first houses of the Dominican Order in Ireland. Kilkenny’s Medieval history was brought to life during Medieval Week celebrations in 2014 and 2015, the 33

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only one of its kind in Ireland. Visitors were invited to join many events including royal feasts, medieval ghost tours, tales of knights and witches, children’s workshops, traditional music, historic talks and tours. Recognised as the Craft Capital of Ireland and renowned as the Creative Heart of Ireland, Kilkenny is home to a vibrant creative community with world renowned gold and silver smiths, pottery studios, glass and candle making. Kilkenny designers create unique pieces using the most modern techniques as well as preserving and developing age old methods. Accommodation in the area is diverse and caters for all tastes and budgets. For something that little bit special however it’s well worth checking out the 34

grand Georgian mansion at Mount Juliet Estate –an award-winning, luxury hotel set within 1500 acres of lush gardens and woodland. Golfers will be in their element in the Jack Nicklaus designed parkland course. The estate even has its own equestrian centre, a gym and spa, two restaurants, wine master-classes and palatial rooms catering to every whim, right down to the pillow menu. It’s so easy to relax in this wonderful county oozing in medieval charm. There is lots to see yet it is a compact county, easily accessible from all major airports and ferry ports. Kilkenny is the perfect place to embrace a truly unique Irish experience.

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Admission is Free Museum Opening Hours for September – May Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 4.30pm Museum Opening Hours for June – August Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm Sundays & Bank Holidays: 2.00pm – 4.30pm Carlow County Museum, College Street, Carlow Town Tel: 059 9131554 Email:

View the pulpit from Carlow Cathedral, included in ‘A History of Ireland in 100 Objects’ See the smoking pipe of Captain Myles Keogh, killed at the infamous Battle of Little Big Horn Home to the last cigarette smoked by Kevin Barry at the age of 18 before he was executed in 1920 Find out about the 19th century scientist John Tyndall, the first person to discover the greenhouse effect. Special Exhibitions Currently On View: Journeys in Time Exhibition – The Archaeology of the Carlow By-pass See many of the archaeological objects found along the route of the M9 Carlow By-pass

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uring the Bronze Age Dinn Ríg just outside ‘Ireland’s Best Kept Town’ of Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow was the seat of the Kings of the Province of Leinster.

Carlow Castle, the ruins of which can be visited on the Carlow Town Trail, was in the late fourteenth century home to the Exchequer and the Courts, making the county the administrative capital of Ireland for several decades. It was partially destroyed in 1814 when a Dr Middleton leased the castle and used explosives to try to convert it into a lunatic asylum. Unfortunately his efforts demolished all but the west wall which still stands today. Carlow County Museum sits in the heart of the town and it has won the title of Ireland’s ‘County Museum of the Year’ 2014–2015. A visit to the museum is a real step back in time. The building in which the museum is housed was home to the Presentation Sisters until 1989. From here generations of Carlow girls were educated. An original school desk from the 1960s proves popular for visitors to reminisce by squeezing into the seat and remembering teachers and fellow pupils from their own school days. The Museum has four exhibition rooms; three house the Museum’s permanent collection while the fourth is used for temporary exhibitions.

The trail of Lucinda Sly, the last woman hanged in Carlow is remembered through the display of the original gallows trapdoor through which she was hanged at Carlow Gaol in 1835. The Gaol is now home to Carlow Shopping centre but the original entrance is retained and the door through which Lucinda emerged for her public hanging is clearly visible. Lucinda’s husband Walter Sly was found murdered at their home at the Ridge, Old Leighlin, County Carlow in 1824. At the subsequent trial Lucinda and their servant John Dempsey were found guilty of murder and on March 30th 1835 in front of a large crowd they were publically hanged. The museum coordinates ‘Lucinda Sly Walking Tours’ on a couple of occasions throughout the year. The stairwell to the first floor was previously used by pupils as well as the public to access the convent’s chapel. The half landing has a limestone holy water font which now displays the covent’s original chalice from 1811. The chapel is an exhibit in its own right. Careful scrutiny of the gilded ceiling reveal the centre of one of the panels still containing the hook from which the chapels sanctuary light once hung. Its light and those of the alter candles in years gone by would have reflected wonderfully off the ceiling which was originally gilded during the nineteenth century. 37

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For some time mystery surrounded the dedication of the six stain glass windows in the chapel. All have been retained with two on display. The windows are dedicated to the soul of Mr. P Hanlon, RIP who died in 1928. According to his obituary, he was a staunch supporter of tenant farmers in their fight against landlordism and he was a loyal and enthusiastic nationalist. His connection to the convent was through his sister who entered the convent in 1855. In his will he left one thousand pounds to the Presentation Convent Carlow and this money was used to purchase the six stained glass windows, a set of stalls and a set of the Stations of the Cross. The stained glass windows are considered to be as good as the studio work of Harry Clarke – Ireland’s best stained glass artist. The former chapel houses the museum’s largest object - the magnificent six meter high hand carved nineteenth century pulpit which stood for nearly a century in the next door Cathedral of the Assumption. The pulpit, made in Burge in Belgium, was controversially removed as part of the mid 1990s reordering of the cathedral. The beauty and craftsmanship of the piece has been recognized by its inclusion in the series ‘A History of Ireland in 100 objects’. Carved from solid oak it is the work of Flemish woodcarvers and features biblical and Irish religious scenes including the arrival of Christianity into Ireland and the great synod of the early sixth century held in the monastery at Old Leighlin to decide the date for Easter for the western church. Some notable Carlovians feature throughout the Museum including John Tyndall, Carlow’s prolific 19th century scientist whose discoveries still have an impact to this day. He is possibly the first Irish person to hold a doctorate which he received from Marburg University in Germany. He lectured in the Royal Institution in London and accepted the Chair of Natural Philosophy there. He proved Louis Pasteur’s germ theory and he developed bacteriology. He was the first person to discover the greenhouse effect while undertaking experiments in the Alps. He discovered the answer to the question – why is the sky blue? It is as a result 38

of light scattering through the atmosphere. He died in 1893 when his wife accidently gave him the wrong medicine. Captain Myles Keogh was in the 7th US Calvary and killed in the Battle of Little Big Horn alongside General Custer and over two hundred of his troops. Keogh’s horse was Commanche, considered a brave horse as he knew no other way than to go straight at the enemy. Keogh and General Custer were among the last to be killed in 1876 at the Battle of Little Bighorn. Commanche survived but injured and was retired from active service. Kevin Barry was medical student from Co. Carlow and his execution in 1920 in Mountjoy Gaol caused worldwide outrage as he was just eighteen years old. Kevin grew up on the family farm and was educated in the village of Rathvilly, Co. Carlow where a monument to him now proudly stands. Kevin like many people at the time joined in the movement for Irish freedom. It cost him his life and on November 1st, 1920 at 8:00 am he was hanged. The remains of his last cigarette are on display in Carlow County Museum. A special exhibition ‘Journeys in Time – the Archaeology of the M9 Carlow By-pass’ was made possible by extensive archaeological investigations undertaken between 2001 and 2006 in advance of road construction. Nearly sixty sites were excavated and the results contributed greatly to our understanding of Carlow’s past. Significant sites include Carlow’s oldest houses at Russellstown & Busherstown, the first Neolithic (4,000 - 2,500BC) houses ever discovered in the county. Many Mesolithic (7,000 – 4,000BC) objects were found including Bann flakes and stone blades. An unusual medieval ring-brooch is the first of its kind found in the county of Carlow. One Iron Age blue-green glass bead is the museum’s smallest object at less than 2mm in diameter and was originally part of a bracelet or necklace. Carlow County Museum is a real treasure trove of discovery. Open all year round.

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There are many Irish personalities from Carlow who went on to establish themselves in America. Back in 1874 a little girl with big ambitions was born. Mary O’Toole didn’t want to be just anybody; she especially didn’t want to be a poor uneducated Irish girl. She listened to her brothers and their friends talking about the life they might have in America and about the chances in that country for poor boys to amount to something. And why not poor girls? thought Mary. So she set about

planning her trip to America when she was old enough to do so. She made extra money any way she could doing errands, mending clothes, by all sorts of things that a bright, willing young girl could do, all the while saving for the day she could start her new life in the new world. The little girl from Carlow, born April 4, 1874 followed her heart and her dream becoming one of the first woman judges of the United States of America.


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he county prides itself on over 200 kilometers of coastline featuring golden sandy beaches, rocky headlands, dramatic cliffs, nature preserves and rolling countryside. There are historic towns with ancient heritage attractions and an unparalleled cultural life. Wexford is a county offering diverse beauty with an ancient ruin around every bend. It is thought that the arrival of the first humans to Ireland was to County Wexford in the Mesolithic period between 5000 BC – 3000 BC. Age-old Portal Tombs known as ‘Dolmens’ can be found

across the county along with many artefacts from the later Bronze Age. These archaic periods of life in Ireland can be experienced first-hand at the Irish National Heritage Park as you journey through this open-air museum recreating the key stages in Ireland’s cultural evolution and depicting life in ancient Ireland. The Park is located just outside Wexford town and it includes various exhibits spanning 9000 years of history, allowing visitors to wander around re-creations of historic Ireland. From crannogs, Viking houses and Norman Forts you experience life in the ancient past and you may even meet a Viking or two, or explore what life was like in medieval Wexford.


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In the 5th Century, the county was Christianized under Palladius who preceded Saint Patrick. Today Wexford hosts the historic delights of the 12th century Tintern Abbey and Colclough Walled Gardens, the former Cistercian monastery of Dunbrody Abbey built in the 13th century and the 12th century Selskar Abbey in Wexford town. Tours of these monumental heritage sites can be enjoyed today. Wexford Town was founded by the Vikings in about 800 AD. They named it Veisafjǫrðr, meaning inlet of the mud flats. For about three hundred years it was a Viking town largely independent and owing only token dues (taxes) to the Irish Kings of Leinster. In 1169 Wexford was besieged by Dermot MacMurrough King of Leinster and his Norman allies. The Viking inhabitants resisted fiercely, until the Bishop of Ferns persuaded them to accept a settlement with King Dermot. Today a modern Wexford has emerged yet at the same time it is still an ancient town. Viking and Norman influences combine to create a town that has retained its compact, medieval feel but these days the only invading hordes you’re likely to encounter are opera buffs descending on the annual International Wexford Festival Opera at Ireland’s National Opera House. Held each autumn this is a ‘must-visit’ time of year in Wexford. If opera is not your thing then how about taking part in a rebellion? In the 16th century King Henry VIII dissolved the religious houses of Wexford and the arrival and plantation of English settlers took place. In 1798 Wexford rebels launched an attack on the English and the Battle of Vinegar Hill took place. Today this battle is re-enacted at the famous battlefield every summer with droves of visitors experiencing living scenes of rebellion in the heritage town of Enniscorthy. Wexford is home to many castles and forts 42

including Johnstown Castle and Enniscorthy Castle. Johnstown is a Norman castle dating back to 1170. The Normans constructed the tower houses at Johnstown and Rathalannon during the 15th century. Enniscorthy Castle is an imposing Norman stronghold, which dates from 1205 and was a private dwelling until 1951. It looks across at Vinegar Hill the largest camp and headquarters of the rebels of 1798. Visitors can enjoy guided tours of the Castle and the 1798 National Rebellion Centre. The county has unique Irish American links being the ancestral home to President John F. Kennedy. Visitors can explore this connection through the ‘Emigrant Trail’ in New Ross including a visit to the Kennedy Homestead, the JFK Memorial Park and the Dunbrody Ship, a replica of the famine ship which President Kennedy’s great grandfather left Ireland aboard. At the furthermost East point of the county on the picturesque Hook Peninsula is the world’s oldest working lighthouse. Hook Lighthouse is so scenic that Lonely Planet placed it first on their Flashiest Lighthouses in the world list. Here visitors can learn about life as a light keeper and sample the stunning vistas from the top of the tower. Lots of sightseeing can work up quite a hunger and here too Wexford has its treasures. Seafood is a speciality with smoked cod being a token dish in the region. From a street side cuppa to Michelin star dining, there’s a menu on offer for all tastes. Wexford hosts a wonderful selection of accommodation from pretty cottage rentals, bed and breakfasts to top class hotels and a five-star destination Spa. There is something for all tastes and budgets. For everything you need to know about holidaying in Wexford, Ireland see


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aterford is ‘Eire Beag’ or ‘little Ireland’ in that it has all of the best ingredients in a pretty, compact space. It is a city of heritage and culture with a stunning coastline and sprawling mountain scenery. It is Ireland’s oldest city, dating back to 914 A.D. when the Vikings first arrived here from Norway. Waterford city’s motto is ‘Urbs Intacta Manet’, which means ‘The Untaken City’ and in the Viking Triangle as you walk through over 1,000 years of history you can really imagine Viking voices, French Huguenot bakers and tall ships from faraway places arriving at the quays.

Right in the heart of the city you can explore the Viking Triangle, which is the ‘old town’. It’s a compact area just a short walk from the city’s shops and restaurants making it ideal for a full day shopping and exploring. This is where you can enjoy some of the key attractions of Ireland’s Ancient East, including the House of Waterford Crystal, the award winning Medieval Museum, Bishop’s Palace and Reginald’s Tower.‌The Medieval Museum with its sweeping sandstone curves is a triumphant statement showing that Ireland’s oldest city can be the home for some drop-dead gorgeous modern architecture. Within the Viking Triangle there are craft studios, traditional pubs and and lots of cafés and restuarants to choose from. 45

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Great Houses & Estates Travel a short distance outside Waterford City and enter a different world and two grand estates; Mount Congreve and Curraghmore. Both date back hundreds of years and are from the ‘Big House’ era. Mount Congreve is considered to be one of the great gardens of the world, while the atmospheric Curraghmore is still the historic home of the 9th Marquis of Waterford and his family. Set in 2,500 acres it makes this the largest private demesne in Ireland. Basil the family’s butler will be delighted to take you around the grounds and he is a great storyteller! All manner of people have visited the estate over the years including icons such as Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly. Waterford is well known for its historic villages such as Ardmore and Lismore. The picturesque village of Ardmore is steeped in history being one of the oldest Christian settlements in Ireland. It is also renowned for its fine 12th century Round Tower, a perfectly proportioned monument to Irish monastic life. As 46

well as a beautiful sandy beach, you’ll find the best in Irish art, pottery and crafts in the Ardmore craft shops. Lismore enjoys one of the prettiest positions of any Irish town, overlooking the River Blackwater beneath the Knockmealdown Mountains. Founded by Saint Mochuda, also known as St. Carthage, the town is renowned for its early ecclesiastical history – something you can dip into with a visit to its medieval cathedral, notable for a vibrant stained glass window by the pre-Raphaelite artist, Edward Burne-Jones. But it’s Lismore’s Anglo-Norman castle that inevitably makes the lasting impression.  This is one of Ireland’s iconic sights. Dating from the 12th century and home over the years to both Sir Walter Raleigh and Robert Boyle (the Father of Modern Chemistry), the castle passed to the Duke of Devonshire in 1753 and continues to peer down imperiously over the river. The famous movie star Fred Astaire had a long association with Lismore and spent many holidays there. Locals love recounting how Fred and his sister Adele once danced across the bridge that stands in the village. The castle itself

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is closed to visitors, but you can visit its gardens and contemporary arts space. It’s one of the many lovely gardens included in Waterford’s famous garden trail and perhaps it’s due to the sunny climate that Waterford’s gardens are so popular with visitors. Dungarvan, in the west of Waterford is a lovely market town with a reputation for great locally produced food and award winning restaurants. It also has a 12th century Anglo-Norman Castle which is well worth a visit. Dungarvan Castle is one of the few Royal Castles built in Ireland and the massive southern wall with its walkway still survives and gives some indication of the original strength of the castle. If you want to stay in a medieval castle then they don’t come much finer than Waterford Castle Hotel. Set on its own private island with a beautiful location on the River Suir, getting away from it all is an understatement at this turreted castle, which is on its own 124-hectare island roamed by deer. A free, private car ferry provides round-the-clock access and the three minute crossing is a charming way to access this magnificent estate. There are sections dating to the 16th century having been associated for over 800 years with the Fitzgerald family, related to Strongbow. All 19 castle rooms have claw-foot baths and some have poster beds. There are also 48 contemporary self-catering cottages on the island. Both guests and non-guests can dine on organic fare in Chef Michael 47

The Booley House show delivers 90 minutes of fast-paced performance of music, song, dance and storytelling and is considered to be one of the premier shows of its kind in Ireland. A reception of tea, coffee and locallymade cakes before the show, add to a memorable night and a genuine welcome. The show is staged every Wednesday night July and August in the village of Ballyduff Upper, Co. Waterford, Ireland. An exciting and fast-paced show that has evolved every year since 1991, with a cast of over 70 of all ages, it is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat! The dance routines include Irish dancing, set dancing and the ever popular brush dancing. The dance troupe offer many fast moving and rhythmic routines, elegant slip jigs and, some of the finest male percussion-style dancing. It also fosters the unique legacy of the golden-tongued Irish story teller or ‘seanachai’. The musicians provide a unique sound performing on traditional instruments. This has been the hallmark of the Booley House since its inception. ` On vocals, some of the finest local singers hold audiences enthralled with their solo and combined singing. The Booley House group are often asked to appear at various events, and welcome these invitations including festivals, tours, TV specials, corporate events and weddings. They are also often asked to provide a small number from the cast for a special event which always guarantees to be fast-paced and energetic!

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The Booley House toured in New York. Five shows were performed to packed houses and standing ovations followed each show. Three shows were staged in New York city over six days, and then the troup travelled on to the beautiful area of the Catskills to perform two more shows in the resort of “Villa Roma”(2004).

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Represented Ireland in an international Youth Festival in Istanbul, Turkey (1995).

Performed at the Mur-de-Bretagne Traditional Arts Festival in Brittany, France (1998).

Entertainment at private function banquets in the famous Lismore Castle, Co. Waterford.

A select group of Booley House artists have toured in New York, France, Dubai, India, Turkey, Iceland, Austria, Germany, Hungary, and many more.

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Enjoy over 1000 years of history in 1000 paces The Triangle is a tranquil place, characterised by narrow streets, historic architecture, atmospheric public spaces and unique cultural and heritage attractions. Wander through the Triangle, take a unique ‘Telling Tales’ tour in one of the three world-class museums

(Viking, Medieval and Georgian). Explore nine national monuments including a 15th century wine vault and a 13th Century Choristers’ Hall that lie beneath the Medieval Museum. The Triangle is home to an array of craft studios, cafés and excellent gift shops and the global brand that is Waterford Crystal.

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aterford not only boasts the House of Waterford Crystal and three museums but features an award-winning walking experience, the Epic Tour of the Viking Triangle. From the Vikings to the Victorians, the one hour all weather trip gets you into six national monuments, including Greyfriars Medieval Franciscan Friary, the Mayor’s Wine Vault and Christ Church Cathedral, all in the capable hands of professional guides. History really comes to life at the Medieval Museum, rated #1 attraction in Waterford on This stunning modern building incorporates the 13th century Choristers’ Hall and the 15th century Mayor’s Wine Vault. Costumed performers regale visitors with tales of times gone by with the help of a priceless collection of unique artefacts. Among the great treasures of international importance are the 4 metre long Great Charter Roll dated to 1373 and the 15th century Cloth of Gold vestments - the only set to survive in Northern Europe.

Within a few metres of the medieval museum is the Bishop’s Palace built in 1743. It is here that the story of Waterford from 1700 to the 1970s is told by re-enactors against a backdrop of rare 18th century Irish furniture, glass silver and paintings. The Bishop’s Palace is home to the only surviving Napoleon Bonaparte’s Mourning Cross and the world’s oldest piece of Waterford Crystal crafted in 1789. At Reginald’s Tower (named after the Viking chief who founded the city in 941) you can get up close and personal with weapons from a Viking warrior’s grave. All these attractions are only 15 minutes away from the seaside town of Tramore and Mount Congreve Gardens in Kilmeaden, 20 minutes from the fishing village of Dunmore East, 25 minutes from the Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross and half an hour from the Copper Coast Geo Park. 51


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auded as the new Barcelona without the sunstroke, Conde Nast readers said “the Irish are so much fun,” and “there’s always a smiling face to talk to”.

That’s lots to smile about and there are no shortage of smiles from visitors who discover that Dublin is more than just a Viking city, it has miles of stunning coastline and an abundance of heritage sites. The place to head for to experience a lesser known Dublin is Fingal. Far from being a sleepy outpost of the capital Fingal has the youngest, fastest growing and possibly most diverse population in Europe. It stretches from the large coastal town of Balbriggan in the north to Howth Head and reaches westwards as far as Lucan.

The main town is Swords, which boasts a 12th century castle among its attractions. The castle is the latest beneficiary of Fingal County Council’s €18 million investment strategy aimed at upgrading and promoting the area’s attractions including a cultural quarter around the castle which is just minutes away from Dublin Airport. Further investment has gone into redeveloping and upgrading historic Malahide Castle with its stunning botanical and walled gardens. Part of the castle dates back to the 12th century and the 260 acre parkland estate is quite magnificent. Within the grounds there is an extensive child’s play area, the old family graveyard and church and an extensive craft and food area - a top quality visitor attraction. 53

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Among the area’s many significant heritage sites are Newbridge House & Farm and Ardgillan Castle. Newbridge House Demesne boasts 370 acres of gently undulating pasture land, woodland walks, a deer park, lime kiln, the ruins of Lanistown Castle, watercourses and pleasure grounds. Ardgillan Castle and Demesne is set in spectacular parklands overlooking the Irish Sea with a magnificent view of the Mourne Mountains and the north Dublin coastline. There are miles of coastal cycle-ways and walkways leading directly into the city. The aim is that people can walk or cycle from the city right around the county. Indeed, there are 20 dedicated walking routes in Skerries alone while its beaches are popular for wind and kite surfing. There are pretty rural villages easily accessible by public transport including Skerries and Rush – both lovely little commuter towns that still retain their seaside feel. Skerries is well known for its fresh seafood and Rush used to be a holiday town for weary city dwellers. The Seamus Ennis centre in Naul celebrates traditional music and arts. The other major cultural centre in Fingal is the Draíocht Arts Centre in Blanchardstown, which features the work of national and local artists.

Fingal is positively fabulous for foodies. The area produces over a third of the entire country‘s fruits and vegetables. No surprises therefore that there are many food festivals including the ‘Flavours of Fingal’ show and the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival in the fishing village of Howth. Chief Executive of Fingal County Council Paul Reid summed up the area’s assets perfectly - “We have up to 90km of beautiful coastline on which we have 12 beautiful beaches and we have one of the highest densities of fantastic golf courses in the world!” With 26 golf courses ranging from nine to 36 holes, Fingal has often been likened to Myrtle Beach in South Carolina! The Donabate Peninsula alone boasts two links courses and three parkland courses. As if that weren’t enough, down the road at Portmarnock is another championship links course as well as a beautiful two mile long Blue Flag beach”. With no shortage of accommodation, great restaurants, hotels and bars and beautiful scenery whichever direction you look, Fingal is a superb place to visit and stay. 55

Killruddery House and Gardens in Bray is a wonderful place to spend time. For a fun day out with the family, dinner with friends or a walk on your own, the serene setting and endless spaces allow children to run free while parents relax. Seat of the Earls of Meath, home to the Brabazons since 1618 and one of Ireland’s great houses, Killruddery boasts 60 acres of 17th century gardens, one of the the oldest in the country, featuring both formal spaces and wilderness as well as many natural playscapes. The Brabazon family remain central to everything that happens at Killruddery today, from a carefully planned connection between the Tea Room, kitchen garden, farm and farm market, to our great programme of events. or tel: +353 1 286 3405

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ituated in Bray, Co Wicklow, Killruddery House and Gardens are easily accessible from Dublin city. The estate comprises 60 acres of 17th century gardens made up of formal spaces, wilderness and rolling green lawns.

Seat of the Earl of Meath and home to the Brabazons since 1618, the family remain central to everything that happens at Killruddery today. On site there is a lovely tea room, a walled kitchen garden, farm and farm market. An extensive programme of events throughout the season range from family-friendly archery, falconry, teddy bear picnic and traditional games to special interest events; talks on gardening, food and foraging; musical evenings in the orangery or Sylvan Theatre and silent films in the Library.  Killruddery is a spectacular venue for weddings and parties. There are many options such as the library and dining room which can host drinks receptions and the glorious orangery which is perfect for ceremonies. Alternatively the grain store, a 19th century barn conversion facing onto a charming courtyard is a room of large capacity and the perfect space for a relaxed wedding or event.

A weekly Farm Market runs each Saturday, 10am 4pm throughout the year. Located in the horse yard and sheltered grain store it features some of the very best of local and small food producers selling fresh fish, meat, vegetables, cheeses, cakes, jams, preserves and other speciality items as well as a variety of unique crafts. Killruddery has its own section at the Farm Market. Killruddery House & Gardens is open weekends April and October and daily May to September. Guided house tours run daily in July, August and September including a shorter version for children on weekends, specially designed for little legs! Guided tours of the garden are also available on weekends throughout the season. On Thursdays the tea rooms host an Al Fresco supper club – perfect for long summer evenings. There are so many things to see and do at Killruddery. The Brabazon family encourage people to enjoy frequent visits throughout the season and to take advantage of this offer, annual membership gives access to the gardens, selected walking paths, tearooms and walled gardens. 57

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s a Dubliner it should be easy to pick a good night out for visiting American relatives – after all there’s so much on offer, so what to choose? I settled on ‘an evening of food, folklore and fairies’ since it sounded fun and a little bit mysterious. Best of all the show takes place at The Brazen Head, Ireland’s oldest pub and a place with a reputation as one of Dublin’s best music venues. The Brazen Head is just a stone’s throw from Christchurch Cathedral and The Guinness Brewery. It is well worth a visit for historical value. It dates back to 1198 and it’s a real Dublin classic. Inside there are a maze of rooms with antique collections, cobble stone floors, cosy snugs and walls filled to the brim with signs, old pictures and memorabilia. Before the show we joined a packed house downstairs for a pint, then up the creaky stairs to the show which is held in a dimly lit, intimate space much like an old fashioned living room complete with fireplace. Long tables seat people together banquet style which is ideal for the congenial informality of the show. A hearty Irish meal is part of the package and it is

quite delicious. Corned beef and Irish lamb stew went down a treat and the girls topped up your favourite tipple constantly. The storyteller is like a long lost friend with stories of Ireland, banshees, fairies and fables rolling off his tongue with incredible ease. It is wonderfully easy to get lost in a world of imagination with insights and mystical tales of Irish life in times past. Any banter or engagement with the audience is positively encouraged and it adds to the experience. There’s a great sense of informality about it all. Traditional Irish music is played after the first set of stories and soon the place is rocking with the audience joining in. Before long everybody is on best friend basis and then the storyteller comes back to tell a few more yarns and some ghost stories – which given that the pub is one of the 10 most haunted Dublin buildings, goes down a storm. This evening of food, folk and fairies is a show with wide appeal. The food is delicious, the storytelling and music were hugely entertaining and everybody without exception seemed to really enjoy themselves. Highly recommended. 59

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JOHNNIE’S PLACE LIKE GETTING BUMPED ON THE STREETS OF NEW YORK OR BEING THE VICTIM OF HAUGHTINESS IN PARIS, YOU CANNOT FULLY EXPERIENCE DUBLIN WITHOUT SPENDING SOME TIME IN A PUB Lonely Planet describes the experience of a good Irish pub to perfection. “The pub remains the heart of its social existence, the broadest window through which you can examine and experience the very essence of the city. It’s the great leveller where status and rank hold no sway, where generation gaps are bridged, inhibitions lowered, tongues loosened, schemes hatched, songs sung, stories told and gossip embroidered. It’s a unique institution: a theatre and a cosy room, a centre stage and a hideaway, a debating chamber and a place for silent contemplation. It’s whatever you want it to be, and that’s the secret of the great Irish pub.”

There are good ones and there are great ones so it’s hard to choose a favourite – but don’t leave Dublin without heading up to Johnnie Fox’s – a pretty, traditional pub in the gorgeous setting of the Dublin mountains. It’s a real ‘spit on the floor’ kind of place that looks like it’s stuck in a time warp yet the kitchen produces the most mouth-watering food; traditional with a modern twist. Despite it being a mountain setting the seafood is famous – and rightly so. It gives a whole new meaning to ‘pub grub’. Suffice is to say you will find it very easy to while away the hours in this marvellous meandering menagerie.





Ireland’s Ancient East | CARLINGFORD


ust an hour’s drive from Belfast and Dublin, Carlingford is a spectacularly beautiful town. Its mountain and sea landscape is steeped in mystery, history and mythology which provided the inspiration for The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis. Its mythology tells of the resting place of the giant Finn McCool, its lands embrace the spirit of the fierce Celtic warrior Cuchulainn and it is home to the faint whisperings of the last leprechauns of Ireland. Here you will find giant’s graves, pre-historic sites, dolmens and Norman castles. Amid the medieval ruins and whitewashed houses, this vibrant little village buzzes with great pubs, chic restaurants and upmarket boutiques. Carlingford was first settled by the Vikings and in the Middle Ages. The town was repeatedly raided by the Vikings in the 8th & 9th centuries and historical records show that the Viking invaders occupied much of Carlingford Lough throughout that period. The town later became an English stronghold under the protection of King John’s Castle which was built on a pinnacle in the 11th to 12th centuries to control the entrance to the lough. On the western side, the entrance gateway was built to allow only one horse and rider through at a time. With its abundance of history, narrow medieval streets, majestic mountains and stunning lakeside setting, Carlingford is a favourite stop off point for visitors and day trippers alike. It is teeming with talent in the form of musicians, artisan producers, craft-workers and artists who find inspiration in the charming surroundings of this lovely town. A not-to-be-missed spot along Ireland’s Ancient East, Carlingford will surpass all of your expectations effortlessly. 63

Celtic Inspiration Queen Meabh

My workshop is located in the scenic and historic Cooley Peninsula in County Louth, an area steeped in Celtic legends. The greatest of these legends is An Táin Bó Cuailnge (The Cattle Raid of Cooley), an epic saga which centres on the struggle between Queen Méabh of Connacht and the warrior hero of Ulster, Cúchulainn. This collection is inspired by the Warrior Queen’s shields.


Cloicín gets it’s name from the stony shoreline of Carlingford Lough where my studio is based. I created a collection where the etched surface of the jewellery reflects the sandy surface that all the stones and pebbles lie on.

Celtic Flame

This collection was inspired by the Celtic goddess Brigid who is often associated with the image of a flame. Her festival at the start of spring represents a time of hope emerging from the dark winter. The flame symbolises inspiration and hope to carry us through any circumstance.

Luck Child

The Luck Child believed to be a gift from the Hidden People was found in the forest wrapped in a mantle embroidered with golden flowers.

the legends live on...

Queen Meabh


Celtic Flame

Luck Child

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s a child Garrett spent summers with his grandparents in the foothills of the Cooley Mountains and the shores of Carlingford Lough. His grandfather and great grandfather had been masters at the local national school and through time spent in Omeath, Garrett inherited his mother’s love of the area and her love for its stories and legends. Tales such as the epic An Tain would go on to play an important part in Garrett’s career, something he certainly wouldn’t have foreseen as a young boy. Having trained and worked as a goldsmith in London and Dublin Garrett brought his young family back to the Cooley Peninsula. He is thrilled that his children can grow up in this beautiful place and proud that they are the 5th generation of his family to live in the old schoolmaster’s house. Garrett’s love of craft and design lead to recognition and success from the industry for his silver and gold contemporary pieces that are truly one of a kind. His

work has a distinct three dimensional feel to it and his love of folklore is clearly visible, with a modern twist. Garrett’s first collection called Cloicin (from the Irish for small stone) was inspired by the stony shoreline of Carlingford Lough and he has pendants and rings that are reminiscent of wild flowers growing in his grandfather’s garden. “I am always asked where I get my ideas from, it can vary so much from something I see or hear that just resonates with me. My Luck Child piece for example came from a book of Irish mythical legends my grandfather had that was illustrated by Maud Gonne.” While the influences may be as ancient as Queen Meabh or Saint Brigid herself, Garrett has also put his own slant on Irish culture. “My wife and I always loved the song The Voyage, covered by Christy Moore and it holds such a special part in the Irish psyche. It kept niggling at me until eventually I started to make some pieces that reflect the beautiful sentiments in that song.” He was delighted when Johnny Duhan who wrote the song gave him permission to include the 65

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lyrics with each piece of jewelry and Garrett is happy that so many people choose these pieces to give to the special ones in their lives for weddings, anniversaries or someone starting on a new life path. The stories behind each piece of jewelry are important to Garrett and so each collection comes with its own story card so the person receiving the gift knows the history behind it. As Garrett’s business took off and his work became available in quality outlets in Ireland and the USA he opened his own retail outlet in Carlingford Design House and jewelry school in the popular medieval village of Carlingford. Here he has his own workshop fronted by a glass screen which allows visitors to see him working at the bench, using many of the traditional techniques jewelers have been using for hundreds of years. Tradition is very important to Garrett and he made sure that even though he was moving to a new workshop his trusty bench from his first days came with him. The jewelry school hosts classes for small numbers and can be organised for bespoke groups. Garrett also runs ‘Make Your Own Wedding/Friendship Ring’ sessions for couples 66

where they can come and spend a day in the studio for one to one help in making their own rings. “It is such a personal experience for couples and as the day goes on you can see how aspects of the student’s personalities filter into their design. It is a fun occasion too with plenty of laughs.” Within Carlingford Design House Garrett also stocks the work of over 55 makers of designer craft from throughout Ireland. Everything in the store is from makers he knows and when customers visit, Garrett kicks into storytelling mode again telling people about the maker and the work they are buying. “Everything we stock is handmade in Ireland and I love that we can see how different people from different disciplines respond to their inspirations. I want to see the traditions of craft and Irish history kept alive, keeping it relevant to the new modern Ireland” Carlingford Design House is open 7 days a week and if you are starting or finishing your journey on Ireland’s Ancient East it’s well worth a visit.




Northern Ireland | INTRODUCTION



Northern Ireland | INTRODUCTION

The opening sequence to Game of Thrones was filmed in Tollymore Forest Park in County Down. The ‘Star of the County Down’ is a popular lyric in these parts – yet the real star these days is the beautiful county itself with its rugged uplands and tranquil coast. The Mountains of Mourne really do “sweep down to the sea” and they are a sight to behold with whitewashed cottages set amid miles of wild yellow gorse. The eccentric 18th-century mansion Castle Ward stood in for Winterfell, home of the Starks in ‘Thrones’ and Inch Abbey featured as the

Riverlands where the army of the north waited to cross the River Trident and where Robb and Caitlin Stark learned of Ned Stark’s execution. The dramatic shoreline and rolling countryside of County Antrim have provided plenty of locations for Game of Thrones. The picture-postcard village of Ballintoy was Lordsport on Pyke, the island base for the Greyjoy clan, rulers of the Viking-like Iron Islanders. Along the coast the harbour town of Ballycastle represented the Free City birthplace of eunuch Varys. The eerie Dark Hedges Road near Ballymoney stood in for the section of the Kings Road along which Arya Stark fled from King Joffrey’s soldiers. The real landscape offers just as much drama. The famous Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge are star attractions and the stunning walk along the Causeway Coast Way between the two sights takes in stunning sea cliffs and broad sweeps of sand – so impossibly beautiful they might have come straight from a film set.

Pic: Murlough Bay courtesy of Tourism Ireland


odern day Northern Ireland is a happening place. Belfast has glorious Victorian architecture, a stellar nightlife and an excellent culinary scene while Derry has become a pretty cool, artistic city. The stunning Causeway Coast and its namesake the Giant’s Causeway have always attracted the masses however the inclusion of key attractions in HBO’s Game of Thrones has really thrown the spotlight on our northern region.


Visit Saint Patrick’s Country Armagh & Downpatrick

Northern Ireland | ANTRIM & MOURNE




92 mile Saint Patrick’s driving trail together with a newly launched 82 mile Saint Patrick’s Way: The Pilgrims Walk links Armagh and Downpatrick. Walkers can follow in Saint Patrick’s steps, viewing sites and locations of religious significance and also the beautiful, quiet countryside. The trail meanders along country paths, towpaths and leads towards the Mournes and coastline. The trail can be walked in its entirety, or in small sections and whichever direction - whatever you choose to suit your pace.

Georgian architecture; modern day Armagh is built against a rich backdrop of history clearly visible through its archaeological and historical sites.


This small city has been the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland since Saint Patrick founded his great stone church here in 445. It has two world-famous Cathedrals. Saint Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, with its imposing twin spires, proudly stands overlooking the city on an elevated site. Why not enjoy the magnificent architecture and stained glass windows, and marvel at the history of this beautiful building which took over sixty years to complete. Saint Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral stands opposite on the site where Patrick built his original church in 445. Today’s Cathedral is that of 1268 including its crypt, restored in the nineteenth century.

Armagh is a city and with a unique sense of place. From pre-historic Ireland to an unmatched

One of Ireland’s most important archaeological sites is the Royal site Navan Fort or Emain Macha

There are many historic sites in the area with real and direct associations with Saint Patrick and a visit to Saint Patrick’s Country will leave you inspired.


Northern Ireland | ANTRIM & MOURNE

as it was known in the old Irish language, the seat of the ancient Kings of Ulster. Emain Macha is associated with the great Irish mythical hero Cú Chulainn who was said to have spent much of his youth here. The adjoining visitor complex interprets the history and archaeology of the site and the importance of Navan Fort to the wider Celtic world. Also located at the Navan Centre is Armagh Ancestry, the Irish Family History Foundation designated research centre for genealogical research in County Armagh, an excellent service to help people who have an interest in tracing their family roots. Armagh has a wide variety of museums and galleries including No5 Vicars’ Hill, the Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum, the Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich Library & Archive and Armagh County Museum, which as Ireland’s oldest museum displays centuries of stories relating to the area. Northern Ireland’s oldest library, Armagh Public Library which was founded by Archbishop Robinson in 1771 as the seed of a university, has a spacious ‘long room’ which holds early printed books, illuminated manuscripts and gems. Ancient history sits comfortably with a vibrant, cultural scene and a full programme of events which brings life and excitement to this beautiful Cathedral city. Armagh is known as the Orchard County and no visit is complete without a “behind the scenes” glimpse into the production of artisan ciders. Located just 72

outside the city are two stunning National Trust properties; the nineteenth century Argory complete with award-winning courtyard coffee shop and charming second hand book shop and a former farmhouse known as Ardress House, which is set in the middle of an apple orchard. Downpatrick Saint Patrick landed where the Slaney River flows into Strangford Lough and in a barn provided to him by a local chieftain, he preached his first sermon in Ireland. On this site at Saul which is just a few miles outside Downpatrick, Sabhal, (pronounced Saul) is the Irish for barn, Patrick established his first church. At this site, now stands a stone replica of an early church with a round tower. The site is open to the general public and visitors are welcome. On a hill overlooking the villages of Saul and Raholp, called Slieve Patrick, stands a giant statue of Saint Patrick. The statue was erected in 1932 to commemorate the 1500th anniversary of his return as a bishop to convert the Irish to Christianity. Bronze panels depict scenes from his life. Downpatrick, a heritage town and an essential stop for those who are interested in saints, scholars and Christian heritage is the location of the Saint Patrick’s Centre, the only purpose built interactive exhibition in the world telling the story of Saint Patrick’s life and legacy in his own words. The exhibition includes a

Northern Ireland | ANTRIM & MOURNE

journey through Saint Patrick’s life in the 5th century. A series of interactive screens and films allow visitors to explore Saint Patrick’s world and how we perceive him today. The centre is open year round. Saint Patrick was finally laid to rest in the grounds of Down Cathedral and both his grave and the Cathedral are a must see on your tour of the area. A large memorial stone of Mourne granite was placed in the graveyard in 1900 to mark the burial place. The stone, quarried locally took 14 days to cut and 12 men to do the job. Special services are held at the Cathedral each Saint Patrick’s Day in addition to services in the Cathedral each week. The Cathedral has a great tradition for choral music and the acoustics add to the sacred surroundings. Breathe in the atmosphere, walking along the historic Georgian Mall from the Cathedral to Down County Museum. The museum, open year round, is located in the former gaol and it conserves and

presents objects and information relating to the history of Co. Down. Ever changing exhibitions make this an enjoyable day out. Struell Wells, a remarkable group of healing wells and bath houses set in a secluded rocky valley, outside Downpatrick are strongly connected with Saint Patrick. Saint Patrick’s International Festival A date for your diary, the Saint Patrick’s Festival 2016, will focus on the spiritual aspects of Saint Patrick and the rich cultural experiences in the area. In addition to Saint Patrick’s Day processions, highlights will include traditional music sessions, concerts, Irish comedy and pilgrim walks between these two historic areas. Visit information.


Saint Patrick was finally laid to rest in the grounds of Down Cathedral and both his grave and the cathedral are a must see on your tour of the area.

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he city of Derry-Londonderry is hugely excited to be an official host port for the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race. The race, which started recently at an official departure celebration in London, is the world’s longest ocean adventure covering over 40,000 miles and taking over a year to complete. It consists of twelve teams – including the Derry-Londonderry-Doire team – competing against each other. Preparations are well underway by Derry City and Strabane District Council to organize the Foyle

Maritime Festival which is organized as part of the welcome celebrations for the Clipper teams when they arrive into port next July for Race 13 of the final leg of the Race. This edition of the Clipper Race marks the third partnership with Derry-Londonderry-Doire as Team Sponsor and a Host Port. The Clipper Race yachts will berth at the Foyle Marina, one of the city’s new infrastructural developments that has helped enhanced maritime and tourism facilities within the city and district and will be the focus of much of the activity scheduled during the week of the Festival. 75

Northern Ireland | DERRY STRABANE

The Foyle Maritime Festival is a week of celebration, when the city will pull out all the stops to welcome the Clipper fleet to the port. Crew members and their supporters will be invited to partake of the city and district’s hub of culture, warmth and creativity and take an active part in the city’s celebrations. Known for its warm hospitality, unique history and lively cultural traditions, Derry-Londonderrry is getting ready to give the Clipper Race crews and followers a real treat when they soak up the festival atmosphere and experience what the area has to offer. Throughout the festival week of 09-17 July, the Quay running alongside the River Foyle will be a hive of activity offering activities and events for all the family to enjoy. It will include artisan craft stalls, delicious food delicacy stalls and lots of things to see and do. During the festival visitors will get the opportunity to visit the Clipper Race yachts and meet the crews, as well as take part in a programme of activities, atttactions and events to create a real buzz around the city. Last year, the Maritime Festival which included the Clipper Race stopover, was a huge success, attracting over 150,000 visitors generating a spend of £3 million to the local economy. There is much excitement and anticipation at the return of the Clipper fleet to the city and a lot of interest in the fact that the Derry-Londonderry-Doire team has a number of local participants including a number of Council sponsored bursary recipients. 76

The Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Mayor, Councillor Elisha McCallion, is hugely excited about the festival and the arrival of the Clipper Race fleet into the city. “We are delighted to be a stop-over port for the Race and look forward to attracting thousands of people to the city and district to greet the fleet and of course welcome our Derry-Londonderry-Doire team home with a fantastic celebration! The festival has in the past had a huge and lasting impact on the people of the city and beyond and the feedback from the public has been phenomenal. The festival creates a real sense of pride and excitement and provides us with a unique opportunity to showcase our city, our people as well as utilise the River Foyle as a maritime facility.” She says the city and district’s involvement in the Race, not only has economic and tourism benefits but helps boost civic pride by putting the region on the map as a must-see tourist destination. The Foyle Maritime Festival will take place from 9th – 17th July 2016. Full programme details are currently being put together and will be launched later in the year. Further information on festival activities will be available at To keep an eye on how the Derry-Londonderry-Doire teams progress on Twitter and Facebook - Follow #TeamDLD DerryLondonderryClipper or via Twitter @DerryClipper.

Northern Ireland | CAUSEWAY COAST



Northern Ireland | CAUSEWAY COAST


ollow the Causeway Coastal Route, one of the world’s most spectacular driving routes, from the beauty of the Antrim Glens to the rugged coastline of the northern coast. The 120 mile drive is resplendent with captivating visitor attractions which give a glimpse into the area’s fascinating history.

No visit to the Causeway Coast and Glens is complete without standing on the spectacular and unique hexagonal columns that form the Giant’s Causeway. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an exceptional volcanic formation, although those in the know credit local giant Finn McCool with its creation! A little further along the coast, the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge invites you to cross a traditional fisherman’s passage, suspended 20 metres above the tumbling waves where you will be rewarded for your bravery with spectacular views. The rushing waterfalls of Glenariff and tranquillity of Rathlin Island await your discovery, but there’s no need to hurry; time moves slower in this part of the world. 79

Northern Ireland | CAUSEWAY COAST

The village of Bushmills hosts Ireland’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery established in 1608 where you can take a tour and a wee taster. The romantic remains of Dunluce Castle with its tales of battles, feuds and ghosts and the picturesque Mussenden Temple perch close to the cliff edge as you meander the coastal route. Many of the sites will seem familiar as they have featured in HBO©’s Game of Thrones®. Locations such as the haunting Dark Hedges (King’s Road) and enchanting Ballintoy Harbour (Pyke, The Iron Islands) have brought to life George R.R. Martin’s fantastical Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. Golf courses here are world famous. Portstewart Golf Club has one of the most picturesque first tees anywhere and Royal Portrush Golf Club is consistently ranked highly in the Top Golf Courses of the World. The spotlight will be shining brightly on this famous links when it hosts The Open Championships for the second time before 2020. However, not only is this area host to championships, but to champions too. Portrush is home to Darren Clarke, 2011 Open Champion and 2016 European Ryder Cup Captain. His neighbour is none other than Graeme McDowell, 2010 US Open Champion. For us mere mortals there are lots of ways to enjoy the area and there is no better way to explore this splendid corner of the world than to indulge in outdoor activities. Discover the coast through a different perspective, surfing or kayaking on frothy waves, spying indigenous wild-life on a sea safari or ‘coasteering’ the majestic cliffs, rock pools and open sea. Rural walking and cycling tracks along rugged coastal routes are a delightful way to savour the stunning scenery and fresh mountain air. If you like to relax with a bit of retail therapy, you will enjoy browsing one of the many craft outlets for a unique reminder of your visit, handcrafted by local 80

artisans, skilled in contemporary and traditional craftsmanship. The Causeway Coast and Glens area area is a great place to party and there are many colourful and dynamic festivals. The International North West 200 in May is an adrenaline fuelled ride for any motorbike enthusiast and you must visit Ballymoney to pay homage to local motorbike legends, Joey and Robert Dunlop. Music, art, food and local heritage are feted at a number of festivals such as the Rathlin Maritime Festival, Stendhal Festival of Art and Atlantic Sessions while the biggest air show in Ireland, Air Waves Portrush, lights up the sky every September with fast flying jets performing breath-taking displays and aircraft from yesteryear, mesmerising the crowds. And finally, you can’t visit the Causeway Coast and Glens without sampling the delights of world-class cuisine. Foodies will savour dishes created from mouth-watering local produce, so fresh, it creates a different taste experience for the visitor. Do not miss Smoke-Roasted Organic Salmon from North Coast Smokehouse or Free Range Rose Veal from Broughgammon Farm and fresh fish and shellfish caught in local waters from Morton’s Fishmongers. And where else can you get Dulce or Yellow Man – local delicacies for you to discover when you visit. The Causeway Coast and Glens are easily accessible via three airports within a 90 minute drive, Belfast International Airport, George Best Airport and City of Derry Airport, with direct flights from a number of international destinations. Daily flights available from the US directly into Dublin and Shannon airports, only a few hours’ drive away and United Airlines operates a daily summer service from Newark to Belfast.

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wonder [verb] won•der relating to the eighth Wonder of the World and the feeling of awe and amazement you’ll experience when you visit the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland. #VisitCauseway

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Northern Lights | TITANIC




On the slipways there is life size plan of Titanic’s Promenade Deck which is inlaid in white stone where the ship would have been constructed, outlining where the liner’s lifeboats, funnels and benches on board would have been.


The Slipways have a Memorial garden where four grass lawns alternate with timber decking to illustrate the proportion of Titanic’s victims and survivors from each of the passenger classes and crew. Titanic Belfast can hold over 3,547 visitors at any one time - the same number as the capacity of Titanic!

Now you can experience it all for yourself on a visit to Titanic Belfast. A world-class exhibition brings to life the hundred year old story described by TITANIC movie director, James Cameron, as ‘magnificent and dramatic’. With nine interpretive and interactive galleries, Titanic Belfast has something for everyone from boomtown Belfast and the shipyard where the liners were built, to the fit out, sinking, aftermath and Titanic’s final resting place. The iconic building itself is a striking construction and it too tells a fascinating tale: The overall shape of the building represents the bow of the ship and the hulls are the same height as Titanic from keel to deck!

SS Nomadic Lesser known though equally remarkable is the story of the SS Nomadic, the last remaining White Star Line vessel and the biggest Titanic artefact in the world. The SS Nomadic was built as a tender to RMS Olympic and RMS Titanic. On 10 April 1912 she transported 274 passengers to the Titanic for the doomed liner’s maiden voyage, including industrialist Benjamin Guggenheim. Visit the Nomadic in dry dock to follow in the footsteps of American socialites, Charlie Chaplin, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Marie Curie and Hollywood legends past and present - all of whom travelled on SS Nomadic. The vessel also served in World War I and II, as well as luxury liners Queen Mary and the Queen Elizabeth.

modern marvel of construction, the Titanic was the largest and most luxurious passenger vessel of its time and said to be unsinkable.

“There is no danger that Titanic will sink. The boat is unsinkable and nothing but inconvenience will be suffered by the passengers” so said Phillip Franklin, White Star Line Vice-President, 1912. The belated iceberg spot, a failed swerve, the lack of lifeboats and the loss of over 1,500 lives – roughly 70% of the ship’s passengers and crew – the sinking of the largest and most luxurious ship built at the time has become immortalized in popular history, inspiring documentaries, television dramas and Hollywood blockbusters.



On the plaza surrounding the building is one of the largest maps of the Northern Hemisphere at 10,000 m2 and follows the route of the Titanic The wooden benches encircling the building are spaced in Morse code sequence. Moving clockwise around the plaza they read “DE (this is) MGY MGY MGY (Titanic’s call sign) CQD CQD SOS

SOS CQD” – the distress message that Titanic sent after hitting an iceberg

Titanic Belfast has welcomed over 2.1 million visitors from 145 countries worldwide since opening in 2012 and last year greeted approximately 60,000 American guests. No visit to Northern Ireland is complete without embarking on your own Titanic journey. 83

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ermanagh is situated in the South West of Northern Ireland is easily accessible – only 1½ hours from Belfast and 2 hours from Dublin. The county is studded with many hidden historic treasures. From mysterious Neolithic sites and spectacular ruins of plantation castles to fine National Trust properties that were home to some of the area’s most prominent families. The county’s various settlers such as Celts, Vikings, Maguire chieftains and the Planters have all left a fascinating and richly varied historical legacy to discover.

Artists, poets and writers have all been inspired by the Lakelands. Two of its most famous sons are Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett who attended Portora Royal School in Enniskillen and now each year there are festivals which take place to celebrate their work. Other must see attractions include the world famous Belleek Pottery and the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark. The Geopark is rich in archaeological and geological heritage – you can explore underground caves or walk to the top of Cuilcagh Mountain to enjoy some of the best views in Ireland. The county derives its name from ‘Fir Manach’, ‘the 85


men of Manach’, a Celtic tribe that settled around the shores of the loughs in the early Christian era. The twin lakes of Lough Erne upper and lower cover one-third of Fermanagh. This is a setting like no other – a place you want to stay in forever – but if you only have a few days then stay in one of the most gorgeous resort hotels in the country. Lough Erne Resort Lough Erne Resort is the first AA and Tourism NI Five Star Hotel in Northern Ireland. The resort is set on its very own 600 acre peninsula between Castle Hume Lough and Lower Lough Erne, just outside of Enniskillen. It has stunning panoramic views from almost every vantage point and was awarded Northern Ireland Hotel of the Year 2014. The resort also played host to the G8 Summit 2013 welcoming heads of eight of the world’s most powerful leaders including US President Barack Obama. This unique hotel boasts 120 luxury rooms and suites. It has an Authentic Thai Spa and two championship golf courses, including the Faldo Course, the first Nick Faldo designed course in Ireland and the championship Castle Hume Course.

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The Faldo course is a Golf World & Golf Monthly Top 100 Course (UK & Ireland) in addition to those rankings, Golfweek voted Lough Erne Resort 7th in its category of Best of Great Britain and Ireland’s Modern Classic Golf Courses for 2011. Situated between Castle Hume Lough and Lower Lough Erne, 14 of the holes have water in play, highlighted by the iconic 10th Hole, ‘Emerald Isle’ where the green is surrounded on three sides by water. The routing of The Faldo Championship Golf Course takes full advantage of the natural topography and provides golfers with superb all year round playing conditions as well as breath-taking views of The Fermanagh

Lakelands. The 2017 Irish Open will be played on the Lough Erne Championship Course, somewhere Rory McIlroy calls “a great place to play and a great place to stay”. Lough Erne Resort offers a variety of innovative dining experiences, with menus by acclaimed Chef Noel McMeel. Enjoy a pre-game breakfast in the Loughside Bar & Grill; a light lunch in The Blaney Bay; catch up with friends over afternoon tea or celebrate a special occasion in The Catalina Restaurant. The resort while totally private is just minutes from Enniskillen town centre and Enniskillen Airport for private jet arrival. It is just 90 minutes from Belfast International Airport and George Best Belfast City Airport, or two hours from Dublin Airport. +44 (0) 2866323230

Cruise Control With such an abundance of water including lakes, rivers and canals there are many opportunities to island-hop or you can join a cruise through the waters of the upper and lower lakes taking in gloriousscenery and landscapes. Local folklore says that a graceful woman glides across Lower Lough Erne through the mists of May, clad in flowing garments and carrying a garland of wild flowers. Her appearance is an omen of good times ahead and is celebrated at the Lady of the Lake Festival each July. Evidence of the Celts abounds here, particularly in the enigmatic pagan stone idols of Boa Island. The two-headed Janus figure on Boa Island was the inspiration for Seamus Heaney’s poem, ‘January God’ with the Celts believing that the head was the seat of the soul and the centre of man’s life force. Take a boat tour across to Devenish Island, one of the most important monastic sites in Northern


Ireland. Founded by Saint Molaise in the sixth century, it includes a round tower, bell tower and a refuge from the Viking Raids. National Trust Fermanagh is home to three National Trust properties – Castle Coole, Crom Estate and Florence Court which are 4* under NITB’s Visitor Experience Grading Scheme. The National Trust is a conservation charity, protecting historic places and green spaces, and making them accessible to all. Everything from historic houses, gardens, mills, coastline, forests, farmland, moorland, islands, castles, nature reserves, villages and even pubs have come under the protection of the National Trust. National Trust properties offer a wealth of options for the visitor. You can rediscover the simple pleasure in life, stroll through stunning gardens, explore the stately houses, admire the view or listen to the birdsong. There are three very different properties in the Fermanagh Lakelands and all can offer a wonderful visitor experience. Situated on the edge of Enniskillen, Castle Coole is one of the finest examples of Neo-classical architecture in Ireland. With an elegant and restrained exterior, the interior is brimming with opulence, luxury and colour. Take an upstairs/downstairs tour of the mansion and be transported back in time. It is surrounded by magnificent parkland and estate

buildings including a tea-room. Surrounded by lush parkland and thick woodland with Benaughlin Mountain rising in the background, Florence Court enjoys a majestic setting in west Fermanagh. There is something for everyone to enjoy at this extensive and welcoming place, from the charming Palladian mansion to appealing gardens. Enjoy a stroll in the pleasure grounds or visit the kitchen garden. You can also explore 15km of trails in the Forest Pak and admire the original Irish Yew tree. Crom in Upper Lough Erne is a place where natural beauty and historic interest go hand in hand. There are few places in these islands that have more magical scenery or such a wealth of rare species. This tranquil lakeside estate is ideal for walks, with an abundance of wildlife, fascinating ruins and breathtaking views. Visit the old castle ruins or stay in one of the seven holiday cottages. Everything from stately homes to visit, to beautifully restored houses and lodges available to hire are covered by this excellent charity offering an authentic slice of Irish life no matter what your interest or budget.


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ne of the most stunning locations in Ireland has got to be the Delphi Valley. Lush, dramatic and spectacular it is set amid a string of beautiful lakes and rivers, along the base of the Mweelrea Mountains, the highest mountains in Mayo. It is a remote, resplendent place that inspires artists and photographers and draws fishermen from all over the world. There are an endless selection of walking and driving routes with truly breath-taking scenery that make for unforgettable road trips. The area surrounding Delphi also abounds with wildlife – dolphins, seals, otters, cormorants, wild duck and herons, foxes, badgers, hares, and the ever-present sheep, the ones who seem to think they own the road!

And, naturally, everywhere you go in this part of the world you will meet friendly locals in the tea shops, small towns and villages and in the warm and welcoming pubs too. You will find your own favourite baker who makes the perfect apple tart, you’ll find the cosiest bar for the perfectly poured pint with the accompaniment of some great live traditional music, you’ll stop along the way for the most delicious bowl of creamy comforting chowder or some spankingly fresh and delicious shellfish and seafood – some of the world’s best oysters and mussels come straight out of the clean, pure, (freezing!) waters of Killary Fjord so seafood-lovers will be in heaven. Nearby attractions include Kylemore Abbey with its majestic lakeside setting and Victorian walled gardens and Connemara 89

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Connemara National Park’s mountains, bogs, heaths, grasslands and forests with a wide diversity of birds, plants and animals and a fascinating 4,000 year old megalithic court tombs.


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National Park’s mountains, bogs, heaths, grasslands and forests with a wide diversity of birds, plants and animals and a fascinating 4,000 year old megalithic court tombs. The valley is very much an ‘away from it all’ destination yet with so much to offer it is the ideal location for adventure. Enter Delphi Adventure Resort & Spa, a hidden gem set in awe-inspiring scenery. A blend of indulgent spa and cosy 4-star hotel it is a welcoming pause from the world and an amazing base from which to explore the area. The setting is picture perfect with a unique geographical and glacial history lit by flashes of wild river water rich with fish, tumbling towards the sea. Whether you’re staying at the resort or planning to visit just for an adventure day trip, there are up to 20 activities scheduled daily for people of all ages and abilities. Experience the thrill of zip-lining or stick to the ground in the adventure tunnels. Tour the beautiful Connemara by bike or explore Killary glacial fjord by kayak. It’s a thrill seekers paradise. If what you seek however is total relaxation, then a signature element of the resort is a Wellness Retreat which offers an innovative portfolio of VOYA organic treatments – a 100% organic spa product range based on hand-harvested

seaweed, home grown by the Walton family in Sligo, who carefully and sustainably harvest the seaweed by hand every day. Authentic materials, based on Celtic culture and heritage indulge the senses with a soothing massage, luscious facial, hydrating wrap or the seaweed baths which utilise locally harvested seaweed and mountain spring water to leave skin glowing. And with one-hour complimentary access for all guests, you can take in the panoramic views of the Connemara Mountains from the comfort of the Jacuzzi. Mind for the soul and mind for the body - central to this resort is a unique dining experience. No trip to the west of Ireland is complete without experiencing the new signature restaurant from the award-winning Executive Head Chef, Stefan Matz. The Chef’s Table is a 34-seater stand-alone restaurant featuring an open kitchen. Guests and visitors get a real insight and a culinary showcase of the very best the region has to offer, as the à la carte and tasting menus at The Chef’s Table draw their inspiration from the local land and sea. From Clew Bay organic salmon to Cleggan crabmeat, Porcupine Bank prawns to local rare breed pork, Killary mussels to organic beef and lamb from the surrounding hills, the whole experience is sheer heaven.

READER OFFER Listed as one of the top Irish hotels to visit before you die, experience Delphi Adventure Resort & Spa for yourself with the exclusive ‘Spirit of Ireland’ package. The package includes two night’s accommodation with breakfast and dinner in The 814 Brasserie. Guests will also enjoy an unforgettable cruise around the Killary Fjord allowing you take in the breath-taking scenery. Retreat to the tranquil surroundings of Delphi Spa with complimentary access to the Thermal Suite and relaxation area. The ‘Spirit of Ireland’ package is available from only €227 pps / $250 pps (Sunday – Thursday) | €267 pps / $296 (Friday – Saturday) between September 1st - October 31st, 2015 and April 1st - June 30th 2016. *Note rates are subject to fluctuations. bookings@ or call +353 95 42208 91

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reland is known as the Emerald Isle for good reason. The forty shades of green are made possible because the land benefits from a lot of precipitation. That’s not to say that it rains all of the time but when it does the ground gets a good soaking. Over the centuries this resulted in some 20% of Ireland being covered in bogland. Today only around 2000 sq km remains; however there is still more bog in Ireland than any other European country. Ireland is often referred to as ‘the auld sod’; a reference to the sods of turf cut out of boggy fields. Alongside many of these fields there are a huge number of rivers, lakes and loughs that have made their mark on local culture. Moody lakelands and mountains have

provided a fertile breeding ground for tales of mystical Gods, powerful warriors and spirits of nature or the ‘Sidhe’ (the Gaelic word for fairy). It is easy to see how our ancestors believed that through water lay the way to the Otherworld. An early morning mist rising above a glass like lake takes on the appearance of enchantment. It is difficult not to be enchanted with sacred springs, ancient caves and stone relics shrouded in mythology. Ask the locals and almost every hill is said to harbour a fairy homestead and almost every lough bears a tale of magic and intrigue. Go see the lesser known lakes in Cavan and Monaghan and the lovely riverside setting of Leitrim for a taste of lakeside living. 93


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Explore the rolling drumlins, glistening lakes and small idyllic market towns of County Monaghan, Ireland’s best-kept secret ...

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The county’s charms are subtle and work a slow and surprising spell. It’s home to Lough Muckno, a world-class centre for angling and wakeboarding; Clones Lace and Carrickmacross Lace, round towers, historic houses and the drumlin-dotted landscape which inspired the poems of Patrick Kavanagh. If you want a journey of discovery off the beaten track, come and explore Monaghan.

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he county is home to Lough Muckno, a world-class centre for angling and wakeboarding. It has round towers, historic houses and a drumlin-dotted landscape; tiny hills left over from debris left behind during the ice age. The county’s steely grey lakes attract plenty of anglers and it is a peaceful haven for anybody seeking a ‘get away from it all’ destination. Unlike much of the province, Monaghan was

largely left alone during the Ulster Plantations. After the Cromwellian wars however local chieftains were forced to sell their land or have it seized and redistributed by Cromwell’s soldiers. The crumbling remains of the Rossmore family’s 19th-century castle can still be seen at Rossmore Forest Park including its entrance stairway, buttresses and the family’s pet cemetery. In the summer rhododendrons and azaleas are a blaze of colour and there are several giant redwoods, an avenue of Irish yew and Iron Age tombs to discover. 95

Northern Lights | ANTRIM & MOURNE Perhaps the most perfect example of a living working Castle in the area is the beautifully situated Castle Leslie. Nestled on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside dotted with ancient woodlands and glittering lakes, this is one of the last great Irish estates still in the hands of its founding family. The Leslie Family arrived in Ireland in the 16th Century and bought the Estate at that time. Today it is led and managed by Sammy Leslie and governed by a Family Trust. The family considers itself to be guardians of the land and its overwhelming desire is to protect the Estate for future generations. A stay here is something quite exceptional and you really feel like landed gentry in magnificent surroundings and the warm hospitality of the Leslie family. A remarkable collection of treasures, paintings and antiquities in everyday use at the castle are a delightful surprise. There are a few surprises too at the County


Museum where you can view over 70,000 artefacts dating as far back as the Stone Age. The crowning glory is the 14th-century Cross of Clogher, an oaken altar cross encased in decorative bronze panels. Decorative lace is also a feature of this area and it has royal connections. In the early 19th century, lace making became an important facet of the local economy, providing work and income for women. Clones and Carrickmacross were the two main centres of the industry and you can still see the fine needlework on display in both towns. In the town’s former cattle yards at Carrickmacross a local cooperative runs a fascinating lace gallery where you can see demonstrations and check out exquisite designs. Unlike Clones’ crocheted lace, designs here are appliquéd on organza using thick thread and close stitches, then embellished with a variety of point stitches, guipure, pops and the lace’s distinctive loop edge. Most

famously, Carrickmacross lace graced the sleeves of Princess Diana’s wedding dress and more recently the technique was used on the wedding dress for Kate Middleton’s wedding to Prince William in April 2011. In these parts they say “there’s more to Monaghan” and you can’t really argue the fact. Take a hike on one of the looped walks on Sliabh Beagh through the blanket bog and enjoy the spectacular cloudscape. Go on a guided Heritage Tour of Carrickmacross and hear about the fascinating history of the town from a local. Immerse yourself in the world of Patrick Kavanagh, the famous Irish poet who was born here. The Patrick Kavanagh Centre in Inniskeen can tell you all about him and you can visit all his old haunts and the places mentioned in his poetry. Walk, cycle, wakeboard or fish at the wonderful Lough Muckno Park, or stop off for a lazy afternoon in the lakeside magnificence of Castle Leslie.

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avan is paradise for boaters, anglers, walkers, cyclists and artists. Known as the Lake Country, there’s supposedly a lake for every day of the year and the county is famed for its coarse fishing. Between the steely grey waters is a gentle landscape of meandering streams, bogs and drumlins. The county has some spectacular walking trails through the Cuilcagh Mountains which are the source of the 300km River Shannon. The county’s quiet, rural charm is best appreciated from the water, especially the tranquil Shannon–Erne Waterway. There are rolling green hills and ancient, immutable mountains – positively alive with poetry and heritage. The Cavan Burren Park just outside Blacklion in West Cavan is one of the finest integrated prehistoric landscapes in Ireland. Here you can find fine examples of megalithic tombs, stone walls, ancient rock art, glacial erratics and pre-bog walls. Rich in archaeological and geological heritage, Cavan Burren Park affords spectacular views over Lough MacNean, Cavan and Fermanagh and the wider Global Geopark. Here you are free to immerse yourself in a forgotten landscape etched into the earth by the slow, inexorable grind of ancient ice. Just as Cavan’s land and water is pure, so too is its produce. In recent years the county has carved out a niche in culinary delights and the ‘Taste of Cavan’ food festival every August is the perfect showcase for a myriad of the country’s best food producers. Another huge draw is the Cavan Walking Festival, which takes place every May. A week of varying trails, rambles and hikes are led by trained local guides who take walkers on a journey of discovery into local heritage, geology and archaeology. Trails are open to and accessible to all with multi-access trails across the county and key visitor attractions are designed with


accessibility in mind. Cavan is unique in Ireland in delivering online access guides to over 500 public buildings and spaces (available at www.disabledgo. com). If history is your thing, the new World War One Trench Experience at the County Museum in Ballyjamesduff is a must see. Proving a winner with adults and children alike, this is the largest WWI replica trench exhibition in Ireland or the UK and an amazing way to experience life in the trenches. The Trench is located to the back of the beautiful Georgian building that houses the county museum which itself is a source of over 5,000 years of Celtic history. Highlights of the impressive collection include a huge array of 18th, 19th and 20th-century costumes and folk items and relics from the Stone, Bronze, Iron and Middle Ages, including the Celtic Killycluggin stone and the three-faced Corleck Head, as well as a 1000-year-old boat excavated from Lough Errill. From warriors to wordsmiths and pipers to prehistoric hunters, it’s all here and there is a quaint Irish tea room and gift shop. Ireland is an island of castles and conquest and Cavan has its fair share of ancient fortifications. For a tour with a difference, visit Cavan Canoe Centre and request a boat trip to the island castle of Clough Oughter. Extraordinarily beautiful in its isolation, on an island in the centre of a vast and charming waterway, this Norman castle has quietly stood the test of time. All in all Cavan is an exciting, enticing, mysterious and scenic county to be explored at leisure - indeed the landscape positively encourages it. Cavan’s lakes create a tangled knot of narrow, twisting roads that encourage a slower pace of life, something different around every corner, and that’s its charm; a charming border county just waiting to be discovered.


Planning a trip to Ireland? Why not get off the beaten path, do something different and visit County Cavan! Experience stunning scenery, wonderful heritage, fun festivals, fabulous hotels and award-winning food. You’ll be surprised at what you’ll find here.

Cavan Tourist Information Office Johnston Central Library Farnham Street, Cavan, Ireland. t: +353 (0) 49 433 1942

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he river runs from its source in the Cuilcagh Mountain in Co. Fermanagh and it flows into Lough Allen in County Leitrim.

Lough Allen is the first in the chain of lakes into which the River Shannon expands. At around 13 kilometres long and 5 kilometres wide, it is so big that it almost divides the county of Leitrim in two. Needless to say all manner of water sports are popular here, particularly cruiser hire – the most idyllic

way to meander along the watery highways and byways of the Shannon and its lakes. An ideal way to take in a bit of land and sea is at Leitrim Quay where you can rent out riverside houses that come complete with a 23 foot day cruiser (boat). The facility is situated at a hub of waterways on the upper Shannon and lovely grounds around the private marina are within a two-minute’ walk of the town with pubs and restaurants on the doorstep. 103

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he 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. County Kildare is the second richest county in Ireland after Dublin due in no small part to its link with the equestrian industry. It is home to the Irish Turf Club, the Curragh, Punchestown and Naas racecourses, the National Stud, the Irish Equestrian Centre, Weatherbys (keeper of the Stud Book) and Goffs - with more than 120 stud farms and more than 60 training establishments. Kildare has more stud farms than any other county in Ireland with several prominent international breeders having substantial interests here including many from the Arab world. Thoroughbred county is world famous for staging the most exciting horse racing events. Kildare’s racecourses attract people from all over the world who come to see top international

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horses and jockeys compete throughout the year. Highlights include all five Irish Classic races which run at the Curragh and the Irish National Hunt Festival at Punchestown. Unlike much of Ireland Kildare is relatively flat which lends itself well to outdoor pursuits. Of course there is plenty more to see in Kildare including the magnificent K Club, a luxury resort hotel in the style of a Frenchchâteau set on 550 acres of parkland, with 2 championship golf courses that played host to the Ryder Cup. Not far away is The Darren Clarke designed championship Inland-Links golf course, occupying 200 hectares of countryside in the heart of Kildare. Luxury outlet shopping is available at Kildare Village (with shuttle busses running from Dublin hotels) and the gorgeous, privately owned Barberstown Castle is worthy of a visit; built in the 13th Century it is a sumptuous castle hotel with an outstanding restaurant just yards from the opulent K Club. It’s a pretty top notch place for top notch people. Enjoy being one of them, even for just a day! 105

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From horses to horticulture the Irish National Stud & Gardens offers you a unique experience that may be enjoyed at your own pace or as part of a guided tour. Come to the Stud and share with us one of Ireland’s true treasurers.

Location: South of Dublin from the M50 onto the M7 Exit 13 onto the R415 Opening times: 1st February to mid November each year (Thereafter pre booked coaches only)

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particularly prosperous and magnificent attraction is the Irish National Stud & Gardens, one of the best known Visitor Attractions in Ireland. Have you ever experienced a thoroughbred stud farm and a visitor attraction working side by side on a daily basis? If not then perhaps it is time for you to visit and experience it for yourself. The gardens are quite exceptional and the magnificent animals are a joy to behold. This year the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins unveiled a plaque in memory of Col. William Hall Walker who gifted his prize stud at Tully to the British Crown in 1915 in return for the title Lord Wavertree. A century later, the Irish National Stud continues to pursue Wavertree’s vision of elite stallions, a well-resourced breeding industry and constant innovation. The heritage village of Celbridge is just 20 minutes from Dublin Airport yet miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Celbridge is famous for many things; it is the birthplace of Arthur Guinness. It is home to the famous Conolly’s Folly (The Obelisk) and the location of Ireland’s original and largest Palladian country home, Castletown House. Just 1.6 miles from the great house is Celbridge Manor, a grand, ivy-covered Georgian manor dating back to 1837. The hotel was originally a teaching school for

protestant girls and was built by the Connolly family who resided at Castletown House. Today it is a classic manor house hotel where every comfort is afforded to the guest, reflecting the elegance of the Georgian era. As you drive up the tree lined avenue towards the manor you are transported into a world far removed from everyday life. Inside a warm welcome awaits with wood paneled lobby, log fire, sweeping staircase and light filled atrium. At the weekend things really hot up with the Celtic Arch experience in the Arthur Guinness Hall. On arrival you will be greeted with a genuine ‘Ceid Mile Failte’ as you are seated at your table for a sumptuous dinner before the fantastic show. Performers then take to the stage to tell the story of Irish people through the medium of traditional song & dance. The show embodies all that has made Irish dancing a worldwide phenomenon including Irish dancing styles from the 4 provinces of Ireland. Experience one of the oldest Irish style dances, the Sean-nós; this dance is characterized by its “low to the ground” footwork, improvised steps, free movement of the arms and follows the music closely. It is traditionally a solo dance and improvised according to the mood of the music. Dancing, singing and Live Music brings the show to life and encompasses the best of what tradition has to share. Head for Celbridge Manor hotel on Friday or Saturday nights for a meal and show fit for a king. 107

CASTLETOWN HOUSE Celbridge, Co. Kildare

A Palladian mansion, just 20km from Dublin City. Parking: Exit 6, M4, Celbridge West House open for tours: 12th March to 31st October 2015 Group rates available, advanced booking required Tel +353 1 628 8252 E-mail

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n fact, there are 365 of them, one for each day in the calendar year. Castletown House is Ireland’s largest and earliest Palladian-style house. It is an imposing Georgian estate, and a testament to the vast wealth enjoyed by the Anglo-Irish gentry during the 18th century.

The house was built between 1722 and 1729 for William Conolly (1622-1729), the son of a Donegal innkeeper who through astute dealings in forfeited estates after the Williamite wars, became the richest man in Ireland. The house is an obvious manifestation of his wealth but it also reflects the enormous political power that Conolly achieved following his election as Speaker of the Irish House of Commons in 1715 and his appointment as Lord Justice in 1716. Proud of his Irish identity, he consistently used his power to promote Irish interests. It was Conolly who instigated building the Parliament House on College Green, the first of its kind in Europe.

Castletown House is set amongst beautiful, 18th-century parklands, with river walks, a temple and the remains of the Bathing House. In the 19th century, efforts were concentrated on the immediate environs of the house, with the creation of a formal garden to the rear and the planting of the yew trees in front of the house. The extraordinary scale, decoration, plasterwork and collections at Castletown House continue to bring to life this unique period in Ireland’s history and a visit is highly recommended. There is an extensive cultural and events programme at Castletown, refer to website for details. The 18th century parklands have been recently restored, are open daily and free to explore. The café is nestled fittingly in the original Kitchen Wing and courtyard; group rates/menu available with prior booking. Tours are available daily from mid-March until the end of October. 109

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he company’s rich heritage and tradition combined with modern techniques and styles make it one of the most sought after lifestyle brands in the world and one of the most incredible destination experiences in south-east Ireland. Housed in the Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre, County Kildare, The Museum of Style Icons hosts numerous collections and artefacts relating to ‘Stars of the Silver Screen’ - including Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Princess Grace, Princess Diana, Michael Jackson, Michael Flatley, the Beatles, Liza Minelli, Angelina Jolie, Victoria Beckham, Barbara Streisand, Tippi Hedren, Elvis Presley and many more. Named one of Ireland’s top 10 free visitor attractions by national tourism board Fáilte Ireland, the Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre and Museum of Style Icons is a haven for film fanatics and fashionistas alike. The museum boasts an outstanding and unique array of authentic movie memorabilia including the chiffon dress worn by Grace Kelly in the Hollywood classic High Society and Audrey Hepburn’s iconic hot pink cocktail dress from the beloved movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. In fact, the Museum of Style Icons boasts the largest known collection of Hepburn garments in the world and the first artefact to ever exist in the museum was the Givenchy-designed dress, with sequined peplum and matching trim on the hem, worn by the actress in the mad-cap thriller Charade (1963). Also on display are some of the iconic pieces worn by Princess Diana during her life including her wedding dress toile. This calico toile is the final template that was used to create the famous wedding dress and was amended many times due to Diana losing so much weight in the run up to the royal wedding. The gown was only made up in silk at the last


possible moment to ensure the most accurate fit as there was a limited amount of the specially woven silk available. On the rear of the calico toile there is an imprint of Diana’s shoe from where she stepped on the dress during her wedding rehearsal in St. Paul’s Cathedral. From one Royal Princess to another, Newbridge Silverware proudly boasts the only two garments owned by Princess Grace that are known to exist outside of the Palace of Monaco. Both items were purchased by Newbridge Silverware in 2007 at a charity auction to benefit the Princess Grace Foundation. Included in this exhibition is a green Givenchy-designed sleeveless dress with matching fringed bolero jacket. Princess Grace was pictured wearing this outfit during a historic state visit to Ireland in 1961 and she wore the ensemble again during a high profile meeting with President Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy at the White House in the same year. For the younger generations there is also lots to see, especially within the ‘Young Cabinet’ which is situated in the middle of the Museum of Style Icons and features garments worn by modern day muses including Victoria Beckham and Angelina Jolie. Long-time fans of Victoria will know that she wasn’t always the demure designer that she is today. The museum features one of her most famous, eye-catching dresses, a citrus lemon Roberto Cavalli gown which was custom-made for Beckham to wear to a pre-World Cup party in her Hertfordshire home in 2006. Visitors are offered the unique opportunity to enjoy an entire day of memorable experiences at Newbridge Silverware, from the Visitor Centre housing the complete range of jewelry and homewares, to the Museum of Style Icons and the award winning Silver Restaurant.

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Visit the Burren Smokehouse in Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare.

Come and see our beautiful 1,000 acre estate and 6 acre Victorian Walled Garden.



Restored Rooms in the Abbey • Gothic Church History Talks and Guided Tours • Woodland & Lakeshore Walks Café & Tea House: Craft & Design Shop Pottery Studio • Artisan Chocolates • Handmade Gifts

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The 1,500km Wild Atlantic Way is a scenic drive from top to bottom – a rival to California’s Pacific Coast Highway and Australia’s Great Ocean Road. It snakes its way round every nook and cranny of the western seaboard. Along the way grab a feast of crab claws at Kilmore Quay and reward your endeavours with smoked salmon on Guinness bread in Kenmare. Along the way, explore Connemara, the Aran Islands, the music bars of Co Clare all in scenic splendour. Go West.

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reland’s West gets under your skin like no other place in the world, offering an unparalleled experience from the haunting drama of the Donegal landscape to the breath-taking Aran Islands to the legendary beauty of the Ring of Kerry.







o describe the Burren Geopark the first image that comes to mind is the limestone pavements punctuated by bursts of vividly coloured flora. Yet signs of beauty and vibrancy don’t just appear between the stone. The landscape 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.


In an untamed landscape, you are in the presence of some of the most breath-taking scenery that Ireland has to offer



Universally the Geopark 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 metre of this distinctive landscape is undeniably important. Each doline and polje (flat depressions within the limestone), each dry valley and turlough, along with the hundreds of kilometres of underground caves, make up the uniqueness of the area. This fascinating natural environment with an abundance of cultural remains was awarded UNESCOrecognised Global Geopark status in 2011 for its outstanding geological and cultural heritage. The Garden of EDEN The Burren landscape is like a book, telling the stories of bygone years, of years that have seen a famine and an 116

ice-age, each shaping the culture and livelihoods of the people. Today it is the food story of the Burren Geopark that is taking centre stage, with the region assuming a new role as a gastronomic destination of excellence having been awarded a European Destination of Excellence (EDEN) award for local gastronomy for its Burren Food Trail. The trail is made up of a dedicated group of producers, growers and restaurants who have come together to share the story of how the spectacular and haunting landscape of the Burren, know as the fertile rock, has influenced their farming, fishing and food flavours. The Burren Food trail members, who are passionate about their food, invites the curious visitor to get involved in their story and uncover the secrets behind their produce by following their trail. Visitors can pick up the Food Trail map

and customise their own visit to each of the producers and restaurants, to sample their signature dish or they can seek out one of the trail’s festival and events for an authentic North Clare cultural experience. Events take place every Monday from May to October with each one uncovering the path the food takes from farm to fork through cookery demonstrations, celebrity chefs, farmers markets, tastings and tours. Each of the members of the trail is committed to building a sustainable future for the region and has achieved recognised quality awards and standards for their produce, making the Burren the most intriguing food story and food destination on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Wonders of The Burren Standing 214 metres and stretching for eight kilometres, 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 metres in height. Located in the south east corner is the Burren National Park. It is 1500 hectares in size and contains many

fascinating geological features and natural sites including limestone hills with beautiful folding patterns. The guided tours are a great way to see and learn about the secrets and fascinating history of this park. Hidden Highlights Lough Bunny has proved an enigma to many as no streams flow in or out. This shallow lake has quite low nutrient levels in the water and the floor is made up of limestone mud on pavement. The ruins by the lake are known locally as Bolton Castle. Make sure to find the unique karst limestone features such as egg-box shaped hollows. Poulnabrone is a portal tomb dating back to the Neolithic period. It is perhaps one of the most recognisable images of ancient Ireland. Poulnabrone means ‘home of the quern stones’. 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 to 345 million years, long before dinosaurs roamed this earth. From beaches to piers, Neolithic tombs to disappearing lakes, there are fascinating sites of geological importance scattered around the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark. Explore this rugged and wild memorial to a bygone era and be amazed; be captivated; be free.

Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark is a truly unique and joyful experience. Whether you come alone, with family or friends, or as part of a learning group, your Geopark visit is one you’ll cherish and never forget.

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web of stone walls runs across all three islands. They also have a smattering of early clocháns, dry stone beehive huts from the early Christian period resembling stone igloos.

A short ferry crossing from Ros a Mhíl in Co Galway takes you there. Aran Island Ferries offer daily sailings to Inis Mór, Inis Meáin and Inis Oírr with an average journey time of just 40 minutes. The journey is a delight, offering you a first sight of this rocky


outcrop, its spectacular sea cliffs and beguiling beauty. There are three islands to choose from and while they are close in appearance and proximity, they each have distinct personalities. Inis Mór is home to over 50 historical attractions including Arking Castle and Dún Aonghasa - a stunning stone fort perched perilously on the island’s stone cliffs. Inis Meáin is a rocky respite and the most traditional of the three Islands. Early Christian monks seeking solitude were drawn here as was Irish playwright,



John Millington Synge who spent many summers on the island. Inis Oírr is the smallest of the Islands and home to numerous historical attractions including the much photographed wreck of former cargo ship ‘Plassy’ which ran onto rocks on 8th March 1960. The wheels of time turn very slowly here which is all part of its charm. Regular live music, seasonal food produce and the Aran Island Sweater Market are highlights of any trip to the islands as is the sheer joy of a bit of pedal power.

Even if you haven’t done so for years, the exhilaration of cycling around this rocky outcrop is food for the soul. Operating a fleet of four purpose built, state-of-the-art vessels, Aran Island Ferries with get you there and back in great comfort with excellent amenities including a full bar service on board. The team can also offer a range of bespoke packages throughout the year in association with businesses on the islands. 119

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ooming over Clare’s West Coast, the magnificent Cliffs of Moher stretch for 8 kilometres and rise to 214 metres over the Atlantic Ocean. Unchanged for millennia, visitors have flocked to the Cliffs since the 19th century to marvel at their splendour. From the Cliffs one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as the Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head in the South. The Cliffs of Moher take their name from a ruined promontory fort “Mothar” which was demolished during the Napoleonic wars. There are 750 metres of safe Cliff edge pathways and raised viewing platforms affording the most spectacular views. Rangers are onsite for conservation and safety and they are delighted to offer Cliff edge guiding and information on wildlife and geology. Every day is special at the Cliffs of Moher not least St. Patrick’s Day which is traditionally celebrated outside the Visitor Centre with Irish dancing, live musical performances and fun for all the family. At Halloween the centre is bedecked with spooky décor; this year there will be face painting, tricks and treats and the ghoulish ghost of Cornelius O’Brien can be spotted lurking in the shadows and telling tales of long ago. Hidden discretely into the hillside at the Cliffs is the award winning eco- friendly Visitor Centre which opened in 2007. The centre operates using environmental best practices focusing on efficient water and waste management, energy saving measures and

environmental awareness. It offers services and facilities, gift shops, cafés, first -aid facilities and free customer Wi-Fi. Here you can also experience the Cliffs Exhibition which brings to life the story of the Cliffs presenting the geology, wildlife and human aspects of this unique location. Information guide leaflets are available in 13 languages and there is a free Audio Guide App for Android and Apple devices. O’Brien’s Tower The Gothic style O’Brien’s Tower was built by local landlord Cornelius O’Brien as a viewing point for visitors in 1835. The tower stands at the highest point of the Cliffs of Moher and offers the best photo opportunity from the top viewing platform. Amazingly, one can view five surrounding counties and right out to the Aran Islands on a clear day. The Tower has been the setting for numerous wedding blessings since the Visitor Centre opened in 2007. The incredible backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean and Cliffs of Moher create romantic bridal photography and a unique experience for all the guests. The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre is open until 9pm in July and August. It is recommended that you arrive at the Cliffs outside of the peak hours 11am- 3pm as the Cliffs are less crowded and you can enjoy a magical sunset and great photo opportunities. The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience is open all year round with the exception of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and 26th Decemebr. See www. cliffsofmoher for exact opening times and visitor information. 121

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The Glen Gallery, Sligo, Ireland is the only producer of a complete range of Irish language and English language (Bilingual) Greeting Cards. Our collections include Wedding, New Baby, Birthday, Religious cards together with our distinctive Irish Writing Paper and Notelets.

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o it was for Ann Feeney who established The Glen Gallery in 1989; a card and stationary company taking its inspiration from the heritage, culture and landscapes of Ireland.

Ann was born in Glen Road, Belfast. She moved to Sligo in the west of Ireland in the 1960’s where she now lives on the edge of the awe inspiring mountain, Knocknarea. On its southern side there is a wide spectacular cleft called ‘The Glen ‘. The Glen is one of the most interesting natural phenomena on the Coolera peninsula. It is a narrow, deep and long chasm teeming with luxuriant flora and fauna – making it an attraction for botanists from near and far. The Glen was described by journalist William Bulfin in 1903: “Soon after coming to the slope of the hill you meet one of the queerest, wildest, and most beautiful

of glens. It is a wondrously romantic freak of nature planted there in a cleft in the rock and walled off from the world, as if the Great Mother meant to lock it up and hide it away for her own use. It is thickly wooded, narrow and deep. The trees meet over the path in places, and the ferns touch you as you pass. The spirits of Knocknarea must love it. One can fancy how they made it their own centuries ago. A mystic poet might dream his life away in it, holding communication with the hero-dead of Connacht.” The Glen on Knocknarea has inspired many over the years including the famous Irish writer and poet William Butler Yeats. It continues to inspire Ann Feeney and her team of artists and designers. It can inspire you too even from afar with every good wish you send to loved ones. 123

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Experience Eagles Swooping only inches over your head or have a raptor landing on your bare arm! Eagles Flying is Irelands largest Raptor Centre and home to more than 100 raptors and another 350 birds and animals (out of 85 species).

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f you pass this way, be sure to make a small deturn to the little village of Ballymote for an experience you will never forget.

Irelands´ largest sanctuary for Raptors and Owls, the Irish Raptor Research Centre / Eagles Flying is situated on 27 hectares of mature parklands near Ballymote in county Sligo. Currently it is home to over 100 eagles, hawks, owls, falcons and vultures. Altogether there are more than 450 birds and animals from 85 different species in the centre.

it is a major attraction with thousands of visitors who flock to see the spectacular bird shows

Established in 1999 as an institution for research on birds of prey, parts of the area were opened to the public in 2003. Now it is a major attraction with thousands of visitors who flock to see the spectacular bird shows allowing visitors to experience birds of prey flying right over their head or landing beside them. Eagles Flying is accredited as an EU-Zoo and cooperates with other zoos on an international basis breeding endangered species. The sanctuary is especially renowned for its successful breeding programme of Himalayan Vultures, some of the largest birds of prey in the world. They have a wingspan of more than 3 metres and reach

a weight of nearly 14kg. There are only a few zoos in the world keeping these stately birds and Eagles Flying probably has the largest captive group of this species. Shows start 11 am and 3 pm every day and last for approximately one hour with birds presented in their natural habitat – not in an arena. Before and after the shows visitors can explore the parklands and enjoy the birds displayed in aviaries or on perches close to the walking paths. For the little ones there is a large supervised petting-zoo with guinea-pigs, pigs, rabbits, lambs, goats, donkeys, ferrets and many more. Rosie the 350 kg pig gives kids a proper piggy-back ride. Grizzly, the raccoon, is a gifted pickpocket. Tui, the fox makes a perfect (live) fur collar for fashion conscious ladies and Monty, the 4 meter Python is happy to wrap herself around your neck; she can become a scarf for at least 6 people at a time! To see these wild creatures in their natural habitat is a humbling experience. To reach out and touch a fully grown eagle, or to have one land on your arm is an experience not to be missed.


West Cork Model Railway Village

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Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat A year-round, all inclusive retreat for those who create

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t is an ideal base for discovering the west Cork region with smart B&Bs, top restaurants and cosy pubs alive with music. Little waterways coursing through the town add to its charm.

This part of West Cork is foodie heaven. The area benefits from good fertile land producing a vast range of local artisan food producers. While in these parts you must try Clonakilty black pudding (likely to be served in local hostelries), smoked fish from the nearby Woodcock Smokery in Skibbereen, Breads from West Cork Bakery, the creamy and delicious Gubbeen cheese and cheesecakes supplied by Flenilen Farm in Drimoleague. Heritage lovers will find Lisnagun fascinating. Of the more than 30,000 ring forts scattered across Ireland this is the only one that’s been reconstructed on its original site. Complete with souterrain and central thatched hut, it gives a vivid impression of life in a 10th-century farmstead. Another novel attraction is the West Cork Model Railway Village. It features a vast outdoor recreation

of the West Cork Railway as it was during the 1940s and superb miniature models of the main towns in West Cork. A road train leaves from the West Cork Model Railway Village on a 20-minute commentated circuit of Clonakilty. It’s fun for all the family no matter what your age. From Clonakilty westward the coast becomes bolder and more rugged, the sea carving deep inlets and bays as it rolls in from the Atlantic. The town is close to some of West Corks most wonderful costline area with the Galley Head, Seven Heads and Old Head coastal points all within close proximity. Ardfield is a hidden little jem just over 15 minutes drive from Clonakilty it is well located for some of West Cork’s great beaches such as Red Strand and Dunnycove. Galley Head headland where Galley Head Lighthouse proudly stands, with the wild Atlantic Ocean to the fore is a stunning sight. The entire area around Clonakilty has oodles of coves, bays and beaches waiting to be explored from the hidden coves such as Dunee, Dunneycove, Broad Strand, Dirk Cove, Mill Cove, Sands Cove, Red Strand or Long Strand to the great strands of Dunworley and Inchydoney. 127

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alway is a fun city and just outside the countryside opens up to sweeping panoramas of lakes, mountains and bogs which get more spectacular the further off the beaten track you go. Ultimately however either by design or pure accident you will arrive at some of the pretty towns and villages. Clifden is the largest town in Connemara, and viewed as the region’s capital. Founded at the start of the 19th century by local landlord and sheriff John D’Arcy it is a lively spot with excellent restaurants and many sociable pubs. Cleggan is a small fishing village nestling at the head of Cleggan Bay, on Connemara’s Atlantic Coast. This village is the departure point for ferry services to the islands of Inishbofin and Inishturk. The outstanding feature of the landscape here is blanket bog. Ireland and Connemara contain the last surviving bogs in Europe. Few plant species can live in the acid condition of the bog but those that do form vegetation not found outside Ireland. Oughterard is the largest town on the western side of Lough Corrib and known as the gateway to Connemara. A wide expanse of purple heather and white bog cotton marks your arrival to the village. The Twelve Bens mountains stretch ahead in the distance while the road follows the old railway line which once linked the town to Clifden. Surrounded by trees it has a collection of Georgian houses built alongside small thatched cottages that still remain

in the area. One such cottage is the gorgeous Thatched Pub run by Frack and Mags Kinsella. Powers Pub may have recently undergone a massive revamp but it has done so keeping all of its original charm and features intact. The traditional thatch is always a great draw and the rustic cottage feel and chic country décor of Powers is tempting enough but when you factor in fantastic freshly produced food and a daily changing menu, this country cottage is a sure fire winner. Powers combines the traditional Irish pub feel with beautiful modern elements, live music and great hospitality. Roundstone Village at the foot of Errisbeg mountain is the location of Roundstone music, crafts and fashion where handmade bodhrans, one of Ireland’s most distinctive musical instruments are manufactured. Leenane lies at the head of Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord. Mountains meet sea here in stunningly dramatic contrast. Leenane and nearby Aasleigh Falls were the main filming locations for Jim Sheridan’s film ‘The Field’ starring Richard Harris. Augustus John described the Renvyle Peninsula as ‘the most beautiful landscape in the world’. Yeats, Gogarty, Oscar Wilde and others took inspiration from a landscape as gloriously beautiful and enchanting now as ever it was. Films that borrow scenery from Renvyle include The Quiet Man and The Field. Ruined castles, ancient forts, and ecclesiastical remains dot the landscape, prized gifts from an epic past. 129

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FROM BEING ONE WITH NATURE TO NURTURING THE SOUL, IRELAND IS THE PERFECT PLACE FOR SOLACE AND INNER PEACE Fr. Patrick Peyton was born on 9th January 1909 in Attymass Parish Co. Mayo. Patrick’s wish from boyhood was to be ordained a priest but his family in Ireland were unable to meet the cost of his education. After immigrating to the USA however Patrick returned to full-time education and studied for the priesthood. In his final year in the seminary he was diagnosed as having tuberculosis - at that time an incurable disease. Fr Patrick became very weak and was given little hope by the medical team, however, his faith never wavered and through prayer his health was restored – to the amazement of the medical profession. Soon after, in1941 Patrick Peyton was ordained a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross and a remarkable life and mission dedicated to Our Lady unfolded. He became a household name for years in Catholic homes around the globe. He was a great pioneer in evangelisation through media. He enlisted some of the

best talent of TV and film of the time to help with his mission to keep families united and strong through prayer. His great Family Rosary Crusades attracted literally millions in many cities all over the world. In 1997 a centre was opened in Attymass in memory of Fr Patrick Peyton CSC. The aim of the centre is to continue Fr Peyton’s mission in the promotion of prayer, and family unity. The Centre is a popular tourist attraction, come and experience the inspiring multimedia presentation on the life of Fr. Peyton. Enjoy a place of beauty and peace at the foot of the Ox Mountains. There are guided tours of the centre, heritage rooms and contemplation gardens. Come and browse in our book, craft and souvenir shop. Free private coach & car parking area. Open Monday-Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm Sunday 2.00pm – 5.30pm

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The name Anam Cara means ‘soul friend’, and this is certainly a place to get in touch with your inner peace. Whether you come to work on a creative project of your own or as part of a workshop or special interest group, you will find support, creature comforts and absolute tranquility.

are private working/bedrooms with baths, home-cooked meals using local produce and products, and peaceful days working in undisturbed seclusion. Amenities include five acres of gardens, meadows, cascades, and a river island, and Internet access, a hot tub and a sauna.

Anam Cara is a year-round retreat for writers and artists overlooking Coulagh Bay and the mountains and farmlands of the subtropical Beara Peninsula in West Cork. Your hostess, an experienced writer and editor, creates an ambiance and a daily schedule that will help 

In the evening, you may want to share your work in conversation with others in front of a turf fi re or watch the sun set in the magical west-of-Ireland sky. Whatever you choose, you can immerse yourself in the haunting beauty of Beara’s rural landscape near the colourful Irish village of Eyeries, surrounded by other creative ‘soul friends’.

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You simply have to stop at Kylemore Abbey if you are in the vicinity, even if just for a quick snapshot of the building from across the lake. This perfect view has launches a thousand postcards and is one of the top attractions in the west of Ireland. The dramatic landscape and iconic image of a gothic castle reflected in a Connemara lake is quite magical.


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Travel bible Lonely Planet has again placed County Kerry at the top of its ‘best of’ list. This follows swiftly on the heels of National Geographic featuring the county on its front cover, rating Kerry as an all-round top holiday spot. Even American Vogue – renowned for their stunning shoot locations – tipped a nod to Kerry’s moody magnificence with a major magazine shoot in the county last year. Kerry was rated ahead of locations such as Normandy in France, Ibiza in Spain and Aland Archipelago in Finland. 134

We may not always get the weather but even that has its charm. There is an almost supernatural sense of elation facing into a bracing wind; the giddy high after a good drenching at the sheer joy of feeling alive. This is Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way at its very best. Describing Kerry, Lonely Planet says: “Mysterious islands off a craggy coastline; mist-wreathed mountains and lakes; castles, abbeys and other ruins to explore … no wonder County Kerry appeals to the imagination of travellers of

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all ages. Better still; the popular Dingle Peninsula and the Ring of Kerry and North Kerry coastal drive have roadside attractions every few miles to keep those with short attention spans engaged.” This wild part of Ireland is perfect for children (and adults) with a sense of adventure. If you’re visiting during the summer months, test their sea legs on the short ferry to Great Blasket Island or, for older would-be sailors, take the boat to the Skelligs; admire

the raw power of the Atlantic Ocean during a horse ride along Rossbeigh Beach or let your water babes sign up for surf school; take an epic journey through Killarney National Park, where the Gap of Dunloe trip combines a boat trip with walking, cycling or a pony and trap. Oh, and while you’re there, don’t forget a child-pleasing side trip to see Fungie, the wild bottlenose dolphin that has been visiting Dingle Harbour regularly for more than 30 years. 135

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Dingle is one of the prettiest little towns in Ireland and a haven for a bit of ‘ceoil agus craic’ but did you know that every December, some of the biggest names in music make the pilgrimage to St James’s Church to play stripped-back sets at the Other Voices gathering? Amy Winehouse, Steve Earle and Snow Patrol have all performed there. North Kerry, so often the hidden gem of the Kingdom County, boasts world famous links golf courses at Ballybunion and Tralee, the famous literary town of Listowel, and the county capital Tralee, with its Rose Festival and all-weather visitor attractions, which celebrates its 800th anniversary in 2016.

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Kerry is an adventure traveler’s paradise and the county offers walking, cycling, trekking and watersports in abundance. Wide open spaces don’t get much better than Killarney National Park - the first national park established in Ireland. It comprises of 10,000 hectares (24,700 acres) of beautiful lake and mountain scenery and this year voted by Irish Times readers as ‘the best day out in Ireland’. The Park is famous for its native natural habitats and species including oak and holly woods, yew woods and red deer. It is home to the splendid Muckross Estate (where Queen Victoria stayed when she visited in 1861), a sumptuous home well worth a visit and onsite there are traditional farms, crafts and a ‘step back in time’ experience; meet ‘a bean an tí’ who might have fresh scones out of the oven and experience what life was like in Ireland at a time when America was only being discovered. Kerry charms visitors of every persuasion with its rugged untamed beauty. Kerry even has its own islands; the Blaskets have a rich literary heritage and are home to numerous seabirds and seals. Further down the coast, Valentia Island is best known for its 370 million year old dinosaur footprints, stunningly dramatic cliffs and picturesque villages. In


2016 Valentia celebrates its place in history as the birthplace of modern telecommunications with the successful completion of the undersea communication cable from Europe to North America in 1866. While further south again the craggy rocks of the Skelligs rise heavenward as a monument to this one time monastic settlement and now UNESCO World Heritage site. Just a little further south the Gaeltacht (Irish speaking area) of Uíbh Ráthach, around Ballinskelligs, boasts Europe’s only Gold Tier Dark Sky Reserve where 6,000 stars are visible with the naked eye. It is a rugged place with antiquities ranging from stone circles, megalithic standing stones to medieval castles. At the eastern end of the Ring of Kerry is Kenmare, a planned town, which offers fine dining, traditional crafts, outdoor pursuits and excellent bird-and whale watching in Kenmare Bay. Best place on the planet? It sure is hard to beat. Kerry is guaranteed to provide you with a lifetime of happy memories and the best vacation ever.

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teeped in history and romance, the lush green landscape dotted with remarkable castles and period country estates offers charm, jaw dropping scenery and a famous warm welcome; making Ireland the ideal location for your wedding day. Ireland has long been recognized as the perfect honeymoon. Nowadays however there is an increasing trend towards having the wedding and honeymoon in the Emerald Isle and for many the cost is actually less than the average cost of US$20,000 for just one evening. Modern couples want a unique wedding location and vacation they can enjoy together with their intimate circle of family and close friends. Couples are finding that they can spend four days celebrating with their guests in Ireland for less than the cost of a one day celebration back home. And when it comes to idyllic locations, well they don’t get much better than Ireland.

Couples are finding they can spend four days celebrating with their guests in Ireland for less than the cost of a one day celebration back home. And when it comes to idyllic locations, well they just don’t get much better.

Ireland is a relatively small country with an equally small population so there are vast open spaces and endless castles set in large swathes of land just perfect for a very special day. If your dream is to be Lord and Lady of the Manor on your wedding day, no problem; it’s just a question of which castle, how big and how many guests you intend to bring. And do you want to hire your own castle or do you want it all done for you. Whatever you choose there are an abundance of options. Many beautiful historic properties are available for private hire where you and your guests can move in for days or even weeks while you wed and honeymoon in Ireland. So now that you have the perfect backdrop for your fairy-tale wedding, what time of year is best? Well contrary to what many think, it doesn’t rain all of the time. Ireland’s climate is temperate which makes for an enjoyable visit at any time of the year. Therefore you don’t need to be over influenced by selecting an ideal time of the year. Focus instead on what aspect of Ireland you want to enjoy and let this determine your timing. For instance there are many people who prefer Ireland in Fall or Winter when the fires are burning in luxury wedding venues, when warm food created by award winning chefs tastes particularly good and nature puts on some of its most spectacular shows. Most wedding venues have set packages and are expert in hosting weddings so call everybody and take copious notes. If you are a bit of a whizz on the computer use sites like Pinterest to pin ideas, colours etc. to boards. You can share the boards with your bridesmaids and wedding party and they can add to it, creating a ‘mood board’ and basis for your wedding plan. If you are after something unique there are non-traditional options that include art galleries, museums, libraries, theatres, restaurants, pubs, boats and


even warehouses as wedding venues. Outdoorsy venues like beaches are popular and some couples just want to be married on a mountain top. Regardless of the timing of your visit or wedding, the Irish welcome is always waiting and always warm. Your guests will be blown away with the location and given this background and the unique identity of the Irish people, it is not surprising that an Irish Wedding has an identity all of its own. Wedding Customs In Ireland of centuries ago the most popular day to be married was a Sunday. This made sense as it was the day when the working week was done and people were free to attend the simple marriage ceremonies that were available at the time. As the decades rolled by and as the Catholic religion reasserted itself in Ireland, the choice of Sunday became frowned upon as it was often seen as a mark of disrespect. Similarly it became unusual for a couple to be wed in May as this was the traditional start of Summer and was marked by a Pagan feast of Bealtane. “Marry in the month of May, you will surely rue the day.” In Ireland today most weddings take place on a Saturday to facilitate guests who would otherwise be at their place of work. While it is not at all unusual to have a wedding during a weekday, it can often be inconvenient for guests. Weddings on a Sunday are rare. The Binding of Hands Handfasting is an ancient Celtic tradition that involved tying the hands of the betrothed together well in advance of their actual wedding day. It is similar to an engagement, a time when both parties decide if they really wish to commit. In the Medieval period an annual Fair was held at Teltown, County Meath on the Festival of Lugnasadh known as the Óenach Tailten which was presided over by the King of Tara. The fair was an annual meeting at which games, horse racing, marriages and religious ceremonies took place. The handfasting tradition is recorded by Irish historian John O’Donovan at one such festival. “A number of young men went into the hollow to the north side of the wall and an equal number of marriageable young women to the south side of the wall which was so high as to prevent them from seeing the men; one of the women put her hand thro’ the hole in the gate and a man took hold of it from the other side, being guided in his choice only by the appearance of the hand. The two were thus joined in hands by blind chance and were obliged to live together for a year and a day, at the expiration of which time they appeared at the Rath of Telton and if they were not satisfied with each other they obtained a deed of separation and were entitled to go to Laganeeny again to try their good fortune for the ensuing year.”

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At the time Ireland was ruled by Brehon Law and handfasting was recognised as a proper form of marriage – some would say a pretty good one too in that you got to ‘try out’ the marriage for a year and if it didn’t work out, you found somebody else the next year. Handfasting in the Pagan tradition is often an integral part of the ceremony. For those of no fixed religion or with a leaning towards druid/pagan weddings, couples can now be legally married in Ireland after a ceremony that concludes with jumping over a broomstick to mark crossing over from an old life to a new one. Pagan weddings observe hand-fasting which involves the binding of hands with ribbons, literally tying a knot that ties the couple together. In modern day religious ceremonies hand fasting can be used as a symbol of binding a couple together in holy matrimony. Wedding Sites In a marvellous development the Irish Government is now allowing couples to hire out some national monuments and buildings for their wedding ceremony. You can now get married at any number of heritage sites including The Casino at Marino, Dublin; Castletown House, Kildare; Barryscourt Castle, Cork; Desmond Hall, Limerick; Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny; The Blasket Island Visitor Centre, Kerry or the Ceide Fields Stoneage Visitor Centre, Mayo. The vast majority of brides want the traditional church wedding and Ireland has no shortage of these, from tiny out of the way churches to grand Cathedrals fit for a king – you might be pleasantly surprised by the options open to you. A Cathedral is a particularly grand venue. It is the chief or

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The use of Church bells in Christian religions is symbolic of driving away evil spirits from the marriage to be.

‘mother’ church of a diocese and the location for the cathedra or bishop’s seat. Contact the venue directly and you will find it remarkably easy to establish whether or not it is suitable and available for what you want. Whichever direction you take, the one thing that you really must include is some Irish wedding traditions. Wedding Traditions The expression ‘his goose is cooked’ is still in use in Ireland and especially in Dublin. The phrase originated from the tradition of cooking a goose for the groom in the bride’s house the night before the wedding. Once the goose was cooked there was simply no going back! Traditionally in Ireland brides wore blue dresses, as it was seen as the colour of true love and purity. However, over time this tradition faded and the white dress became popular. The “something blue” would still be incorporated into the brides’ accessories – be it on a garter, tied around the bouquet or sewn into the underneath of the dress. Green - although a symbol of Ireland was always deemed to be unlucky – although this superstition has largely have died out in recent times. The tradition of wedding flowers goes back to the day when it was customary to decorate the house that the wedding celebration was held in with locally grown flowers and plants. These would vary according to the


time of the year that the wedding was held. Some plants have become associated with Ireland, not least the now readily available ‘Bells of Ireland’, used in modern times for its symbolism. A Celtic tradition in Wales involves the plant Myrtle which is presented by the bride to the bridesmaids who then plant it in their gardens. If the plant grew then the bridesmaid would be married before the year is out! No Irish wedding would be complete without the traditional toast to the happy couple – usually after the meal and before or during the speeches. These days it is often done with champagne but back in the day that was in short supply in Ireland so for many Poteen was the drink of choice. Poteen is a very strong whiskey made from potatoes. It was not uncommon for the flavour and recipe to vary from village to village depending on the type of potato that was refined and the skill of the person doing the refining. Mead was the other (and far more palatable) alternative. Mead is an Anglo-Saxon drink originally made by monks and consists of white wine mixed with honey and herbs. It became very popular in Ireland and is often served in modern times as a traditional Irish wedding drink. The Mead was said to possess magical powers of fertility and thus it became customary for the bride and groom to drink it for one full moon after their wedding, giving rise to the word ‘honeymoon’.

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The tradition of a horseshoe is well known throughout the world and so it is in Ireland. By placing the horseshoe upright over a door or in a room the ‘luck of the house’ was kept intact. The Greeks associated the horseshoe with the crescent moon and its symbolism of fertility. The tradition was popular throughout Ireland and England too with the readily available horseshoe being carried by the bride as she walked down the aisle. It was then affixed securely by the groom in the matrimonial home. Today, glass and ceramic horseshoes are symbolically used at Irish wedding ceremonies. Remember when your mom would tell you to always have a hanky in your pocket? Well so it was for brides and the tradition is alive and well today. The bride carries a hanky on her wedding day and it is kept and later converted to a christening hat or bonnet for her

first child. The hanky would be passed on from generation to generation to be re-used in a similar manner. The inclusion of bells in Christian religions is symbolic of driving away evil spirits from the marriage to be. In Penal times this was not possible so the gift of a small bell acted as a substitute. Modern Irish weddings often have stationery, invitations, bunting and decorations adorned with bells, hearts, shamrocks and horseshoes. A small glass or ceramic bell can be used in the service and kept as a memento. Dowry-giving was very well established in rural Ireland and was a source of pride for the family of the bride. Modernity has relegated this tradition to the history books however it is still common for bride’s parents to pay for the wedding – in effect paying to ‘give her away’.

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“Monday for health, Tuesday for wealth, Wednesday the best day of all, Thursday for losses, Friday for crosses, and Saturday no day at all.”

Jewelry is hugely important and today magnificent rings are available to brides but fortunately it is still common for a traditional Claddagh ring to be used at Irish weddings, most often by the groom. The ring is faced outwards prior to the wedding and reversed to face inwards on the hand after the wedding, indicating that the bearer is taken forever. The Claddagh ring is very much associated with marriage and romance. Days and months also brought superstition – some were deemed luckier than others. “Monday for health, Tuesday for wealth, Wednesday the best day of all, Thursday for losses, Friday for crosses, and Saturday no day at all.” The Red Tape There are lots of fun aspects to planning a wedding but if you want to get married in Ireland, there are rules and regulations to be aware of. First of all to contract a valid marriage in Ireland the parties must have the capacity to marry each other, they must freely consent to the marriage and they must observe the necessary formalities as required by the laws of Ireland.

The vast majority of wedding parties wish to get married by religious ceremony and the first port of call should therefore be your church, parish, cathedral or synagogue. Likewise those wishing to get married by civil ceremony should seek advice from the Registrar of Civil Marriages for the district in which they wish to get married. A list of these Registrars with names and telephone numbers is available from the General Register Office, Government Offices, Convent Road, Roscommon, Ireland . Civil Ceremony Marriages may be solemnised in the office of a Registrar of Civil Marriages by Registrars license or by Registrars certificate. Persons wishing to be married in the office of a Registrar either by Registrars License or Certificate must serve notice in person upon the Registrar of the district in which they reside. If the parties intending marriage reside in different districts, notice must be served on the Registrar of each district. (N.B. If the marriage is to take place in the Republic of Ireland, one of these districts may be in the United Kingdom). 147

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Religious Ceremony Marriages according to the rites and ceremonies of the Roman Catholic Church are governed mainly by the ecclesiastical laws of that church. Roman Catholic marriages may be celebrated: by Episcopal license or after publication of banns or

Marriages according to the form and discipline of the Presbyterian Church may be celebrated: by special license (granted by the Moderators of the Presbyterian Church) or

to wed must be given to the registrar for the district in which you wish to be married. Occasionally, exceptions are given, but they must be applied for at the Circuit Family Court Office or the High Court Office. There is no cost for this service.

after publication of banns or


by ordinary ecclesiastical license.

Residency is a must whether for a religious ceremony or civil marriage and requires at least one visit to Ireland prior to the actual ceremony to complete all the administrivia. Both parties must be over eighteen years of age on the actual wedding day to be married in the Republic of Ireland. To establish residency qualifications for marriage by license, one of the parties needs fifteen full days of residency, the other party need to reside in the area seven days before notice is served, and then the wedding can take place eight days later.

by ordinary ecclesiastical license or

Marriages of persons professing the Jewish religion may be celebrated:

on production of a certificate from a Registrar of Civil Marriages.

by special license (granted by the Chief Rabbi) or

Marriages according to the rites and Ceremonies of the Church of Ireland may be celebrated:

on production of a certificate from a Registrar of Civil Marriages.

by special license (granted by the Bishops of the Church of Ireland)or

Muslim Marriages

after publication of banns or

At present there are no provisions for the Civil Registration of Muslim Marriage Ceremonies solemnised in the State.

by ordinary ecclesiastical license or

Three months’ notice

on production of a certificate from a Registrar of Civil Marriages.

To marry in the Republic of Ireland, three months’ written notice of the parties’ intention


If the parties choose to get married without a license, the residency requirement is shortened (seven full days for each party), but the waiting period is much longer. Notice

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Listed below are some addresses which may be useful. Note the Dublin City and County Marriage Registrar’s office is scheduled to move. It is not listed in the telephone directory, however, a recorded message with the new address and telephone number should be on the line, and letters will be forwarded to the new address. is served on the eighth day, but the marriage cannot take place until twenty-two days later. These requirements apply to the county of Dublin. Interested parties planning to be married elsewhere need to ask about the residency requirement in the district of their choice. Registrars

and another for Protestant and civil marriages. A list of registrars for the former is obtained from the health board of the area concerned, while the other is made up of a list of solicitors in each county. (Ask for form FLA.1.96.) Both lists are available from The General Register Office, Joyce House, 8/11 Lombard Street East, Dublin 2, Ireland.

In all cases of civil weddings, both parties must make an appointment with the registrar in their county of choice and produce all necessary documents which might include: Birth Certificates, if divorced, a copy of the Divorce Absolute (in English) and Birth Certificate. There are two sets of registrars, one for Roman Catholic marriages

After making the registration, the planning of the ceremony may commence. Marriages in a Roman Catholic church proceed by one of four means: by Episcopal license; after the publication of banns; by ordinary ecclesiastical license, or on production of a certificate from a register of civil marriages.

Dublin City and County Marriage Registrar 31 Molesworth Street Dublin 2, Ireland Tel.: (01) 676 3218 Circuit Family Court Office and High Court Office Four Courts Dublin 7, Ireland Department of Foreign Affairs 80 St. Stephen’s Green Dublin 2, Ireland Tel.: (01) 478 8022 151

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hatever type of ceremony you choose, it’s important to fall in love with your venue. From the opulence of hiring out your own castle to the intimacy of a quaint little pub or restaurant, there’s no shortage of choice in Ireland.

settings with its own unique charm. Owners James and Cait Coady redeveloped their lovely property – a former dower house of the Macmurrough Kavanaghs (Borris House) and the pub next door (in the Coady family for 5 generations). Their stylish boutique hotel has made this pretty heritage village a destination for short breaks and weddings.

Castle rentals and manor houses are full of character and steeped in history. Properties in this category are often private country estates, grand spectacular castles or mansions in peaceful, tranquil settings. You can take over these homes and bring your entire wedding party. Alternatively hold the wedding and ceremony in any one of a huge number of amazing locations like Belleek Castle in Mayo or Waterford Castle which is set on its own private island. Most of these hotels offer wedding planning facilities and will be more than delighted to arrange everything for you remotely.

When it comes to locations it’s hard to beat Kerry for staggeringly beautiful scenery. Killarney gets the bulk of visitors but Kenmare gets the prize for prettiest village and its world renowned as foodie heaven. With a stunning mountain backdrop Kenmare Bay is a sight to behold and a glorious location for a wedding. At the top end of the scale The Park Hotel is located just a short stroll from the town while the gorgeous Parknasilla is a few miles out in Sneem. On the Sneem Road tucked into one of the most picturesque corners of the Wild Atlantic Way, the multi-award winning Kenmare Bay Hotel is a little gem with the flexibility of both the hotel and independent homes and lodges for parties wanting that extra bit of privacy.

For something a little more intimate the Step House in Carlow is a beautiful Georgian property in glorious


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deal for boutique weddings for its authentic interior and quirky nature, the castle originally started out as a Butler tower-house. It was rebuilt in 1708 when it was set in a formal landscape, then it was enlarged and castellated with serpentine bays added to the canal and an unusual polyhedral sundial given pride of place on a sunken lawn. A gothic porch bearing the Aylward crest and a delightful conservatory were other additions – which all make excellent settings for wedding photography.

Outside the gardens are remnants of 19th-century laurel lawns and include Victorian favourites like the gigantic Sequoias and 20th-century self-sown ash trees. The moated garden was once a rose garden, then forgotten and planted with Sitka spruces. Now it is a spring garden and the graveyard blooms all year round. The charming walled garden has an apple arch under-planted with red tulips and there are antique goblet-shaped pear trees trained against a mellow brick wall. This ‘secret garden’ is a very pretty setting for a memorable day.

The interior preserves much of the original character of the castle with a sweeping Georgian staircase, gothic plaster work and a charmingly Victorian drawing room. The experience is very much like stepping back in time. This castle is now as it might have been three hundred years ago; it feels quite untouched by the passage of time.

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allymagarvey Village is a beautiful private estate in the historic Boyne Valley. Wooded grounds and the adjoining Victorian walled garden are a charming setting and surrounded by far-reaching views of rich farmland and native forests.

Many couples have started their married lives together here like Thomas and Melinda Osborne, Robert and Henrietta Clouston and more notably Sir Thomas Ainsworth who married Lady Edina Hope Conyngham (daughter of the Marquis of Conyngham, Slane Castle) in 1911.

This warm, homely 18th century Manor House with its medieval round tower is set around an open Courtyard. The lovingly restored former flax mill and historic outbuildings are charming spaces for both intimate and large weddings.

All of these people in their own way have added to the rich and vibrant landscape of Ballymagarvey, spanning centuries of romance and new beginnings.

Ballymagarvey is steeped in history dating as far back as the thirteenth century when Princess Gwenllian ap Lorwarth (daughter of King Llywelyn of Wales) married William De Lacey (son of Hugh De Lacey) of Meath and inherited Ballymagarvey after his death in 1233.

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Enter a world of elegance and sophistication at the family run Errigal Country House Hotel, Cavan located just a mile outside Cootehill town and nestled between counties Monaghan and Cavan. This 18th century house has been lovingly refurbished to a contemporary design offering style and character along with the best traditions of Irish hospitality.

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deally situated in the historic town of Cootehill the location is the perfect base for every visitor to explore all the many attractions in the area such as Cavan Museum, Tanagh Outdoor Education Centre, Golfing, Walking and Fishing.

Tranquility and sincere hospitality are the essence of this 4 Star Family hotel which offers 30 beautifully appointed bedrooms in the main house and 30 beautifully appointed rooms in lodges adjacent to the hotel. All rooms have super-comfort king-size beds, individually controlled air-conditioning, power showers, flat-screen TV and complimentary wireless internet access with work desks. At Reynard’s Restaurant you can enjoy overlooking landscaped gardens and stunning flower displays while chefs prepare the finest dishes using only the

freshest of seasonal and local produce. The Brewery Bar offers a more relaxed dining option or simply enjoy a pint of stout or an Irish coffee. The Errigal Country House Hotel is renowned as one of the finest wedding venues in Cavan. Whether it is an intimate celebration, a civil ceremony, a humanist ceremony or a more exuberant affair there is only ever one wedding per day and the setting is ideal with magical flower gardens and an abundance of spectacular settings such as the Hotel’s Grand Stairway for capturing special memories. For a bit of pampering let the aroma of candles, gentle music and soothing essential oils transport you into a heaven of calm and serenity at the Riverside Beauty & treatment Rooms. 161

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Saint Patrick’s Cathedral has been at the centre of Dublin and Ireland’s history and culture for over 800 years. Dating from the 13th Century and built in honour of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well where tradition has it Saint Patrick baptised converts on his visit to Dublin. It remains the largest Cathedral in the country and is the final resting place for one of Ireland’s most famous authors, Jonathan Swift, who was Dean of Saint Patrick’s from 1713 to 1745. Today, as well as being a place of worship, the Cathedral is open to all visitors – both domestic and international - as a historical and cultural visitor attraction. It is one of the most popular visitor attractions in Dublin and is famous for its choir and also boasts a fascinating World War 1 exhibition and a new Discovery Space for families.


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ven those classed as ruins still make for stunning ceremony locations.

old dame of Dublin. The Shelbourne Hotel is hard to beat for sheer city elegance.

Saint Finbarr’s Oratory at Gougane Barra in Macroom is one of the most iconic churches in Ireland. Set on a small island in the magnificent Gougane Barra valley the setting is picture postcard perfect.

A few miles outside of the capital the Church of the Immaculate Conception in County Meath is a beautiful 19th century church in a valley setting just 30 minutes from Dublin.

Another beautifully intimate venue is Ballynahinch Church in Recess, County Galway. This is a tiny chapel in the wilds of Connemara – a guaranteed talking point for years to come, if for nothing else than the guests getting lost trying to find it! Nearby Ballynahinch Castle is a stylish setting for the after party. Iconic Dunlewey church in County Donegal is a magnificent backdrop for wedding photos. Standing at the foot of Mount Errigal the distinctive Dunlewey Church makes full use of a majestic setting. For a great city wedding University Church on Saint Stephens Green is a hidden gem in the centre of Dublin city. The interior is beautifully ornate and stepping out over the road to Stephen’s Green for pictures is the ultimate city bride experience. Close by is the grand

At the top end of the scale, and for a real ‘wow factor’ it’s hard to beat a cathedral for your ceremony. Cobh Cathedral in County Cork is perched on the hill overlooking the harbour. It dominates the town of Cobh and provides a spectacular view and backdrop for wedding photos. It is very popular for weddings and people come from far and wide to hold their special day here. At the other end of the country St Anne’s Cathedral in the centre of Belfast city is a stunning location for a wedding and ideal for easy access to a huge variety of hotels and restaurants. For all the hoopla of the big day the most important part is when you get to say ‘I Do’. Where that happens will live in your memory forever so move mountains to make it extra special. 163

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atching over this pretty town and harbour the cathedral is a spectacular sight and the perfect setting for a wedding.

Beyond lies one of the world’s finest natural harbors with the islands of Spike and Haulbowline, and in the distance the brilliant white of the lighthouse at Roche’s Point and the Atlantic Ocean. The cathedral is deeply rooted in history, as for centuries Cobh harbor had long been the point of departure for Irish men and women setting off across the seas in search of a new life in foreign lands. So for many thousands of Irish-Americans, the town has become a place of pilgrimage where they remember their ancestors from the Emerald Isle. The plaintive Irish traditional melody “The Last Glimpse of Erin” captures the scene as the emigrant ship slowly heads out from the coast. For many the final sight of their beloved country was

the cross on top of the spire of St Colman’s Cathedral as it dipped below the horizon. Visitors are always welcome, whether to wander through the building and marvel at its artistic wonders, to learn of its amazing history or just to spend some quiet moments in quiet contemplation. For those who wish to pledge their lives and love to each other, given the beauty of the historic building and its environs, it’s not at all surprising that couples from far and wide choose to marry here. In recent years there has been an increase in couples from outside Ireland opting to celebrate their weddings in St Colman’s with many traveling from the United States and Canada. And how wonderful is that? To make one’s solemn marriage vows in the very place where down through the years, with so much hope and optimism, many thousands of Irish set off for the New World to begin their lives together. 165

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hether you see yourself exchanging your vows in a lofty nave, sunlight dancing through stained glass, or in an intimate chapel, St Anne’s can turn that vision into reality. Inside the Cathedral there are mosaics by Sir Charles Nicholson and Gertrude and Margaret Martin; sculptures by Rosamund Praegar and Maurice Harding, spectacular stained glass windows and fine needlework including the poignant Titanic Pall. Imagine walking down the aisle towards a dazzling sanctuary with pillars reaching to the sky on either side! The striking architecture of the Cathedral Nave gives the wedding ceremony a dignity and a solemnity that embraces the significance of the occasion. The Chapel of Holy Spirit is perfect for a small number of guests. The rich mosaic ceiling and windows depicting the presence of the Holy Spirit form a perfect backdrop and a powerful symbol for two people who will be united in one spirit, while the aptly named Chapel of Unity is bright and airy and is ideal for the couple wishing to have a relaxed yet intimate ceremony. Each ceremony is conducted by a member of the Cathedral clergy and general conditions for being married in the Church of Ireland apply. You can book the Cathedral Choir and Organist and the flower group can provide floral decorations.

A City Sanctuary St Anne’s, with its striking ‘Spire of Hope,’ is a must-see for any visitor to Belfast. As the city embraced change the area around St Anne’s known as the ‘Cathedral Quarter’ has become a thriving cultural and social hub. Visitors can step out of the bustle of the city into the quiet sanctuary that is St Anne’s. There is a superb audio tour with highlights including the tomb of Lord Carson – the only person buried in the Cathedral – and the Regimental Chapel which houses a Prayer Book handmade by PoWs in Korea. The Books of Remembrance contain the 49,500 names of Irish soldiers killed in the 1914-18 war. An American flag commemorates the arrival in Belfast on January 26 1942 of the first American troops to land in Europe during WW2. This version was in use between 1912 and 1959, before Alaska and Hawaii gained their statehoods; the flag has only 48 stars! St Anne’s Cathedral welcomes all visitors whether as a bride and groom, as part of a wedding party, or as a tourist to the city. Services take place four times daily, with a sung service most days. There is no admission charge for anyone attending services or visiting for private prayer. Models : Style Academy 167

View our collection of celtic and classic jewellery at Astra Trading Jewellery, Cappagh, Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland Phone: +353 56 775 8733 , Fax: +353 56 775 8721, e-mail:

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or as long as we know jewelry has been associated with the spiritual and the supernatural. Amulets and talismans appear in every culture, offering magical power and protection to the wearer. Jewelry is an object steeped in symbolism and it adapts to the wearer. If a ring is worn for years, it acquires a patina of age and even conforms itself to the shape of the finger. Jewelry can be exceptionally durable, staying with people for decades and even passing from one generation to the next. The decorative function of jewelry provides visual accents, colour, contrast and texture as well as to focus attention to specific parts of the body. In this sense jewelry serves as a compositional device in the layout of the human form. But the urge to decorate satisfies psychological purposes too. Jewelry beautifies; it draws attention to the wearer and it serves to make

the wearer feel more attractive or give them a sense of identity. The shine of polished metal and the glitter of faceted gemstones are hard to resist and for the jewelry maker, a perfect form of expression. John Weldon is a jeweller based in in Dingle, Co Kerry. The majestic beauty of his location is a constant inspiration as are Irish legends and lore. Like many Irish master craftsmen John’s pieces represent the spiritual and magical sense of eternity, most notably in his handcrafted wedding bands and engagement rings. The beautiful fine lines of his Celtic knot work display splendid levels of detail and intricacy. When it comes to the fine art of jewelry making Ireland is positively teeming with innovative, talented craftspeople, weaving their magic every day into precious metals and stones to be loved for an eternity.


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rother and sister, Joseph and Eve Harbourne, had been teasing out the idea of creating designer pieces of jewelry from some of Irelands most famous Legends for some time and 2015 is the year that the designs all came together. “In the creative process inspiration can often strike far away from the drawing board. Something as simple as a walk along the beach on a summer’s day can form the nucleus of a design that starts to develop in my mind” explains Joseph, “that’s why I always have a notebook and pencil on me, so I can quickly sketch something whenever inspiration strikes”. For Joseph and his sister Eve, turning these ideas into beautiful and wearable pieces of jewelry is an absolute passion. For their latest collection Joseph and Eve looked to the legends of Grainnuaile, the Salmon of Knowledge and Tir na N’Og. The result is something very special.


Grainnuaile; The Pirate Queen The Pirate Queen (also known as Grainnuaile and Grace O’Malley) lived in a castle on Clare Island at the mouth of Clew Bay. A woman ahead of her time, Grainnuaile controlled all the waters and trading in the area during the 16th century. She was a very strong character, so much so that when one of her sons was captured by the English, she set sail in hot pursuit. She bravely sailed her ship up the River Thames to London where she demanded an audience with Queen Elizabeth I. The two women where said to have been very impressed with each other and Queen Elizabeth granted the release of Grace O Malley’s son. The Salmon of Knowledge Legend has it that long ago in Ireland there was a young boy called Fionn McCumhaill who had a great thirst for learning. He was sent to study with a wise man called Finnegeas. Finnegas had spent his life trying to catch a salmon that was said to contain

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all the knowledge of the world. Together they caught the majestic fish and set it to roast over an open fire. The first person to taste the fish would inherit the knowledge, becoming the wisest man in Ireland. Unwittingly Fionn tasted the fish first because he burst a blister that appeared on the fish as it was cooking and then brought his burnt finger to his mouth. Fionn became the wisest man in Ireland. The Salmon of Knowledge pendant makes a great graduation gift! The Children of Lir Legend has it that King Lir’s new wife Aoife was terribly jealous of the love that Lir showed to his 4 children. She devised a plan to have a local druid cast a spell over them and turn them into swans for 900 years. Their spell would only be broken after they had spent 300 years on Lough Derravaragh, 300 years on the Sea of Moyle and 300 more on the Isle of Inish Glora in the west of Ireland. For almost a century the Children of Lir glided across the waterways of Ireland,

their lonely calls haunting the lands in which they lived. The spell was broken when they heard the tolling of a Christian bell. They were baptized by a holy man before they were released from this life to join their father forever more. Tir Na N’Og Oisin, a hero of the legendary Fianna, fell in love with Niamh from the mythical land of Tir Na N’Og, the land of eternal youth. Together they travelled on her magical horse to Tir Na N’Og where they built a wonderful life together. After what seemed a short time Oisin became homesick and wished to return to Ireland. Niamh sent him on her magical horse and asked him not to touch the soil of Ireland. When he returned to Ireland he found that 300 years had actually passed. He reached down to touch a stone and fell from his horse. The magic of Tir Na N’Og left him and he aged quickly and passed away. 171

Lynn Beirne of All That Glisters designs and makes a range of beautiful jewellery and crafts using semiprecious stones, Connemara marble, Kilkenny marble, crystals and fossils. Many items such as earrings and pendants are sold either on cards with information or in boxes. Many have a particular Celtic theme. All necklaces and bracelets are supplied in quality branded boxes. Please ring or email to request a wholesale catalogue today Lynn Beirne All That Glisters Newtownbaker, Kells, Co. Kilkenny Tel: 00353 876614767 Email: Website:

Growing Home Collection by Tracy Gilbert Designs

Handcrafted Celtic Jewelry with meaning

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racy particularly enjoys exploring the symbolism of traditional Irish and Celtic mythology, re-imagining them to create contemporary Celtic jewelry with meaning. As a child she was in awe of the spectacular use of light at sites like Newgrange and this feeds into her work when she combines precious metals and translucent materials - a striking feature of some of her pieces.

Tracey Giblert Design - Children of Lir Collection

Tracy first launched her Celtic jewelry collections at Showcase in January 2015 and later attended the Ireland Show in Secaucus. She was delighted with the huge interest in her work, particularly in the “Growing Home” collection where Ireland is represented as a tree of life with deep roots, strong and enduring that has withstood hardships but continues giving shelter to new and existing generations. Tracy’s collections are now available in a growing number of quality retailers across the USA. Most recently, her Children of Lir collection was shipped to the British Museum in Bloomsbury, London where it will be available as a part of the “Celts” exhibition from September 2015 to end January 2016. 173


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Martina Hamilton is the undisputed Bean Rí of Irish jewelry. She has designed and handcrafted distinct jewelry collections for 25 years in her Sligo studio at The Cat & The Moon – a pretty town based store where you can view her stunning collections. Martina’s early training as a sculptor has influenced the development of her unique style and living in the Sligo countryside, nature provides plenty of inspiration. Shell Cone and Bean Rí are the most recent additions to the award winning collection. The Shell Cone collection in sterling silver with 22ct gold plating was


inspired by memories of her childhood while collecting and threading sea shells at Lissadell, a beautiful area on the Magherow peninsula west of Benbulben. The Bean Rí collection (Irish for She King) retains a striking spearhead quality but has a candle flame warmth and eloquence. A simple twist incorporated into the design gives the piece its eye catching depth and scintillation. Martina’s work is available via NACTA stores across the USA and Canada.


Celebrate with Solvar Solvar are kicking off the holiday season with the beautiful Celtic Snowflake collection. Available in Gold or Sterling Silver, hallmarked in Dublin, this snowflake pendant will make her heart melt! This intricate design features crystals at each point and a trinity knot in the centre. Many centuries ago, in an Irish monastery, the Trinity Knot was created on the pages of illuminated manuscripts. From dawn till dusk, monks would work with infinite care to illustrate the gospels,

stopping only to eat and pray. This patience and devotion produced the richly decorated knot work which today is instantly recognizable as Irish. The Trinity Knot tells a tale of enduring love. The twists and turns of the Trinity Knot symbolise the timeless nature of the human spirit. With no beginning and no end, it’s a sign of eternal life and never ending love.

John Weldon

Intricate Celtic knot work is the trademark of John Weldon Jewelry. Based in Dingle, Co Kerry John captures the magical ambience of our ancient ancesters in his beautifully handcrafted pieces. Steeped in love and Irish history, John Weldon’s jewelry is ideal for weddings and special occasions or just to say ‘I love you’.



Garrett Mallon - Solise Collection

Seamus Gill - Golden Twist Pendant

Joan Carey - Handmade in Bronze

Growing Home – rotate the pieces anti-clockwise and a map of Ireland appears!

Garrett Mallon - Celtic Flame


Shanore’s gorgeous Tree of Life creation is dazzling with tanzanite and white crystals from SwarovskiŽ

We are generally from open 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday, but please do phone first, just in case. And for weekend opening call Liz on 0876821563 and if she is available she will be delighted to open and demonstrate on the loom. The GPS co-ordinates for your SAT NAV are: N54˚09.930’ & W6˚47.772 There is parking available and bus tours/large groups are welcome but please pre-arrange.

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Irish Design Only when the design fails does it draw attention to itself; when it succeeds, it is invisible.

Great design is all in the detail. With quality material selection, innovative techniques and an eye for aesthetics Irish designers have crafted a unique design language that sets them apart on a worldwide stage. 179

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DESIGNS On Ireland 2015 is the Year of Irish Design, an initiative with an Irish heart and international reach. Our craftspeople are gaining recognition worldwide for the raw talent displayed by so many of our designers. As we approach the centenary year of 1916, a strong, independent identity is clear in all aspects of modern Ireland.

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Connemara Marble Ornament - Hennessy & Byrne

Green Gorgeous 100% wool felt winewrap Message in a Bottle - Jerpoint Glass Studio

Impressed Bowls - Sarah McKenna

Porcelain Pendant Lights - Louis Mulcahy

Horsehair embellished ceramic vase

181 Celebration IRELAND 100 Years 1916-2016 Souvenir product now available Including: Wall Clock, Kitchen Towels, Candles, Mug & Metal Calender.

Over five generations of the Daly family have lived at the foot of the famous Paps mountains in Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland. They have mastered the art of creating the perfect candle using rapeseed crops grown on their farm, old recipies and time honoured traditional methods. Today they are recognised as award winning master candle makers.

Jimmy & Fleur Daly email: telephone: +353 (0) 64 6646024

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Socks beautifully made into SockAnimals 100% designed & handmade in Ireland


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pioneering shoe company are producing handmade footwear for world markets from the glorious setting of Bantry House stables. Shoeniversity is the name given to the education and training wing of Equipage Shoes. It bases its training on the 19th Century method of training people in couture. Courses are held in the inspiring setting of the East Stables at Bantry House and they range from half day leisure courses to 16 week intensive technical shoe design and manufacture training. 

accessory design to post graduate level. Julian has also taught footwear design and manufacture for the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation. 

Tutor Julian Berwick trained with some of the most wellknown shoe designers working today. He has worked with designers and high street brands designing and overseeing the manufacture of shoes, boots and specialist sports footwear in the UK, Taiwan, India and North Africa. He worked at universities and art colleges in the UK, Ireland and India teaching footwear and

Each stage of the shoemaking process is clearly explained and demonstrated and classes are kept small to ensure maximum attention. All participants leave with a certificate of attendance and footwear that you made yourself.

Participants on the one day course get to make a pair of shoes – no former experience necessary. The course starts with getting your foot measured and a pair of ‘lasts’ are allocated for the size of shoe to be made. You then get to work with the highest quality leathers sourced from the same factories that Hermes and Louis Vuitton use! 183






ool has been woven in Ireland since the late Bronze Age. The earliest known surviving piece of Irish woven wool was found in County Antrim and dates from approximately 750 BC. The piece shows considerable skills in weaving had already been accomplished by the Irish at this time. Since then a huge industry has developed around textiles and with the excellent wool quality and abundance of skilled craft-workers; Ireland has a very healthy export market for quality clothing. Working from the palatial setting of Muckross House in Killarney, Mucros Weavers are top of their game when it comes to quality woven accessories. For over thirty years under the expert eye of master weaver John Cahill a vast range of colourful scarves, stoles, capes and rugs are made from materials such as wool, mohair and alpaca. Visitors to Muckross House can still see spinning and weaving carried out the traditional way in the craft workshop but the reach for Mucros Weavers is far greater than the local market. From small beginnings Mucros Weavers have grown to supply over one hundred shops world-wide in countries such as the USA, Canada, France, Germany and Japan. Success stories such as these are inspirational to small scale craftspeople. Joan Cary is a fine example. Joan turned her childhood passion for dressmaking into a small business, designing and making her own fabrics from natural materials. Living along the wild Atlantic coastline of Donegal, Joan draws inspiration from the rugged environment “From texture to light and shade my surroundings inspire me, even providing me with wild plants to dye my merino, cashmere wools”. Joan’s felt work is truly remarkable. The intricacy of her work combined with the sumptuous textures of hand dyed wool and the rustic, earthy colours are quite unique. Joan sells her nuno felt work and bronze jewelry at “local hands” a co-op/gallery in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal and at local craft markets including Strandhill, Co Sligo. Her talent is undeniable and with lots of cruise ships from the USA calling at Donegal ports these days, it can’t be long until she too sees her work being snapped up by world-wide stores. Member of crafts council of Ireland. facebook “JoneCary designer maker” email:



Vintage Rose by Joan Carey Hand dyed silk organza, worked with deep charcoal merino wool and silk strands, hand blended with merino rose artwork


From the weight of the glass to the individually hand cut design From the signature at the bottom to the sharpness and depth of the cuts, Dingle Crystal is one of a kind and in a myriad of choices it is a unique and luxurious exception

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Each piece hand cut on the Dingle Peninsula by Master Craftsman Sean Daly

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FROM THE MASTER’S HANDS SUMS UP EVERYTHING ABOUT DINGLE CRYSTAL AND ITS FOUNDER SEAN DALY. How did Sean first find his beloved Dingle? Sean explains: “Having arrived in the Kingdom of Kerry in the summer of 1998 on a family vacation, I was immediately taken aback by the beautiful scenery and rugged coastline of the Dingle Peninsula. Dingle is an artist’s paradise and I was instantly enchanted by its scenic mountain ranges, isolated beaches, Gaelic culture, its remote monastic settlements and ancient archaeological monuments”. Sean marvelled at the natural wonders of the area “I gazed across at the Great Blasket Islands, home to many scholars and poets and I was in awe. The natural beauty of the peninsula and the history surrounding me provided me with the inspiration for the designs you see today”. After much deliberation, the following year Sean and his family relocated to Dingle and Dingle Crystal was born. “It hasn’t been easy” explains Sean, “but I have worked tirelessly over the years to create traditional and contemporary, hand cut and unique pieces that capture the true essence of the Dingle Peninsula - a magical place which I can proudly call home and it will continue to inspire me for many years to come”. Sean’s collections incorporate the beauty of his Kerry home. The Skellig is Sean’s most traditional design. Its deep cuts represent the ruggedness and sharpness of the rock formation on Skellig Michael which shoots out of the Atlantic Ocean. Skellig comes from the Irish

word Sceilg, which means “rock in the ocean”. The Celtic Flame design originated from an old Celtic stone that Sean took etchings from 25 years ago, then he transferred those designs onto crystal. Solas is a contemporary design that Sean created for Dingle Crystals 10th Anniversary. It is styled with an upward flame; the word Solas is the Irish word for light. Solas was inspired by the constant changing light reflecting on the beautiful landscape of the Dingle Peninsula. The Harp & Fuchsia design is one of Sean’s newest; it is a simplistic design with the Harp representing Ireland and the fuchsia representing West Kerry. It is a great reminder for people of their time in Ireland. The Blasket design consists of a Celtic band with three flat olives. Each olive represents one of the three Blasket Islands that are situated off the coast of West Kerry, the Celtic band then links all three olives together. The deep cuts underneath represent the ruggedness of the Atlantic Ocean surrounding the Islands. The Dingle Pattern encompasses what Sean first saw when he came to Dingle. The design carries a Celtic band with a Fuchsia flower at the base. It was the Fuchsia flower that grows prominently around West Kerry that first caught Sean’s attention when he came to Dingle. 187


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orn in the scenic North West of Ireland, Ian Carthy had always been interested in ceramics. In developing his own unique style he cultivated a twist on traditional methods making his pieces very much his own. It all began when he took an interest in horse hair.

Horse hair ceramics use burnt horse hair to fuse distinct and unique marks on ceramics. This technique is based on a type of pottery mass-produced around the first century AD when pots were coated with a very fine slip which potters had been using for hundreds of years to create white and black pottery. Ian took this technique and he added horsehair, copper and peat from Irish bogs into the kiln as the vessels are fired. This causes carbon to be released in the form of black smoke which is infused into the pottery, creating a dark black finish and leaving the carbon of the bog infused into the ceramic. Enter the Dragon Not content with four legged creatures, Ian specializes in full scale dragon sculptures which are quite remarkable in their beauty. His sense of perfection carries through to the texture of the dragon skin which feels totally authentic (well that is if you ever met a dragon!). Ian created a glaze that has an uneven, bubbly texture like reptile skin. Applying this ‘skin’ to regular ceramics creates pots quite unlike those that use traditional smooth surfaces.


A relatively new technique he also employs is Naked Raku. This involves works that are fired quickly in a rush of excitement, smoke and frantic activity. The finished works are not covered with glazes or surface preparations of any kind, instead Ian uses smoke to pattern the clay’s surface. Framed Art Such unusual, beautiful work should perhaps be framed? Well Ian does that too! He explains: “My home county of Sligo boasts some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery and there are no better examples than the hills and mountains that form the back-bone of the county”. So Ian takes inspiration from the wild around him creating three dimensional framed art that is quite surreal and eerily beautiful. His dragon and hair influences can be seen in several of his artworks as can hills and mountains, cats and creatures, in fact just about anything you can imagine – and it reaches out and grabs you with its intensity. Ian has enjoyed some staggering success and rightly so. His designs are currently being sold internationally throughout the EU and USA. Ian has also been featured on the popular Irish Television Series Craft Master which pretty much sums up Ian Carthy, a master of his craft. (+353) 87 2661781



John Weldon Jewellers Est. 1997

Handcrafted Celtic Jewellery The beautiful fine lines of John’s Celtic knotwork have yet to matched Many of John’s pieces represent the Spiritual and Magical sense of Eternity. Website and Shop store an extensive range of Handcrafted Wedding Bands, Engagement rings, Pendants and Earrings

Green St., Dingle, Co. Kerry T/F: 066 915 2522 E: |

Using inspiring quotes, poetry and sentimental lyrics to tug on the heart strings and make people smile. Each piece is hand built by me in my 250 year old studio space in Dundalk, Co Louth, Ireland. If you are looking for something extra special you can have your own text imprinted into the clay for that extra bit of thoughtfulness. You can visit me at my historic grain store in Dundalk town centre or shop from the comfort of my website - I ship worldwide.

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OF DESIGN & Craftsmanship



he Belleek Classic brand boasts a reputation of product excellence that dates back to 1857 when founder John Caldwell Bloomfield declared that any piece with even the slightest flaw should be destroyed. Over 158 years later, this golden rule is still strictly adhered to. The result is perfection. Each piece of Belleek is created by 16 individual artisans. From design to production to quality control at the historic pottery, the process has changed very little since 1857. Belleek Classic continues to develop signature designs reflecting the heritage of Belleek including the world renowned, artisanal baskets. Each porcelain basket is hand-woven and decorated with delicate flowers; each crafted, applied and painted by master artists. Combining contemporary design and unique style, Belleek Living reflects the atmosphere of the modern home. This range of giftware, tableware and home accessories has been inspired by the desires and aspirations of the 21st Century homeowner. A worldwide reputation for quality and craftsmanship sees the Belleek Living brand present in homes throughout the world with cutting edge designs that perfectly reflect the atmosphere of the contemporary home. Acquired by The Belleek Group in 1993, Galway Crystal has long been one of the world’s best known and loved brands of traditionally crafted crystal. Nestled in the heart of the west of Ireland, on the shores of Galway Bay, Galway Crystal is steeped in the rich and diverse heritage of this unique hinterland. Galway’s inspiration comes from the sheer beauty of the surrounding countryside – Connemara, Galway Bay

and Lough Corrib and from the wealth of history and folklore which is synonymous with Galway, the famous “City of the Tribes”. The beautiful ranges of tabletop stemware and giftware reflect these influences in their timeless elegance. Aynsley China, acquired by the Belleek Group in 1997, has a rich heritage of producing high quality Fine Bone China with a reputation for beautiful product encompassing skilled craftsmanship, elegant shape and exquisite design, brought to life with beautiful use of colour. The product range is continually expanding to produce exciting new additions alongside the traditional favourites to suit every home. To truly understand the rich heritage of this prestigious giftware group, a visit to Belleek Pottery is a must! Home of the world famous Belleek Fine Parian China, it is one of Northern Ireland’s oldest and most fascinating attractions. Visitors can take a personally guided tour of the factory and see how the techniques developed by the very first Belleek craftsmen 158 years ago are still followed today. The tour takes you through every stage of the production process and gives the visitor the opportunity to meet the craftspeople, many of whom are the third or fourth generation of their family to work at the Pottery. It is the fusion of the quality, craftsmanship and heritage of the Belleek Group brands that makes it truly special. Within The Belleek Group you will find the perfect gift for any occasion, with timeless pieces that will continue to be admired in homes for generations to come. / Call Toll Free: 1 855 212 0547 191

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hat began as a small uprising in the centre of Dublin on Easter Monday set in motion a series of developments which ultimately led to Irish Independence. The Easter Rising was a rebellion against British rule that was the culmination of years of oppression. The famine had obliterated families all over Ireland depleting the population by half. Those that survived were displaced from their land replaced by plantations and landlords from England who they now paid rent to for what used to be their own farms. Harsh laws were enacted against Catholics preventing them from having an education, speaking their native language, practicing their religion or getting employment. Over time different sorts of resistance movements were established and there was a mood for change. For many it seemed that the only way to take control and fix the problems was to force independence from Britain. The mood and the timing seemed right. Britain had just come out of a costly war with Germany and would have less appetite for confrontation, so a plan was hatched to rise up against English rule and The Rising was set for Easter Sunday, 1916. There were hopes to have uprisings all over the country and plans for guns to reach Ireland by ship from Germany but none of this materialised. Despite the setbacks however and the likelihood of being outnumbered and far outgunned, plans for rebellion continued in Dublin. On Easter Monday, April 24, a group of about 1,800 people, including some women, took over key buildings in Dublin. The General Post Office (GPO) became their headquarters. On the steps of the GPO, Patrick Pearse read aloud a statement declaring that Ireland was a free country. He said Irish men and women would rule themselves. The British army was taken by surprise but it soon reacted and its army was far superior to the Irish rebels. The British used heavy guns (artillery) against the Irish all over Dublin. Within a week, the leaders of the rising realized they would not be able to beat the army. They surrendered and were arrested. Their trials were held in secret. Pearse and 14 other leaders were sentenced to death. More than 500 people had died in the rising, including many ordinary citizens. At first, the Easter Rising seemed to achieve little however after its leaders were executed outrage reverberated inside Ireland and beyond. More and more young people pledged support for the cause and

Independence was clearly in sight. It was granted just 6 years later in 1922. Easter 2016 marks the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, a key moment on Ireland’s path to a modern, independent nation. Ireland 2016 is an open invitation to everyone of all ages from all corners of the earth to join in a year of commemoration, celebration and exploration through the arts, historical research,

exhibitions, re-enactments and events making Dublin the ideal choice for a visit in this centenary year. The Centenary Programme is a call to action for the people of Ireland and our friends worldwide to remember 1916 and that pivotal period in Irish history that shaped the past 100 years and set in motion a brighter future. 193


he 1916 Rising Candle is beautifully designed, professionally made and elegantly packaged. It was designed specifically to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising in Ireland. One side of the candle features the full text of the Irish Proclamation, whilst the other side features images and short biographies of the Seven Signatories of the Proclamation. It comes packaged in a beautiful green box with gold script and designs on all sides. The script depicts the key events from 1916 to the present.

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2016 is all set to be a time of reflection for the people of Ireland as the country looks back on the events of Easter 1916. The centenary of the Easter Rising will be an opportunity to remember the events that shaped the Ireland of today, while also celebrating how far we’ve come, in a juxtaposition of the old and the new. This contrast will be best reflected in GPO Witness History, the permanent exhibition which will open next year in the General Post Office (GPO) in the heart of Dublin city centre. A place of business and public service, of remembrance, protest and pageantry, the GPO deserves the unique place it holds in the affections of Irish people everywhere. The General Post Office on Dublin’s main thoroughfare Sackville Street, (now O’Connell Street) was to be the focal point for the events of Easter 1916. It was the GPO, the communications heart of the country and the centre of Dublin city, which the rebels chose as the building on which to hoist the new flag of an Irish Republic. It was the first building to be taken over by the rebels

and it was beneath the portico of this grand building where, just before midday on Easter Monday, rebel leader Padraig Pearse read out the Proclamation declaring Ireland to be an independent sovereign Republic. William Butler Yeats was so moved by the events of the Rising that he wrote a poem called Easter 1916. This poem includes one of the most famous lines in all of Irish literature; “All changed, changed utterly. A terrible beauty is born.” The modern Ireland grew from the catalyst for change that was the 1916 Rising. Next Easter, a full century on from the seismic events of 1916, the GPO will take centre stage once again as Ireland remembers. The new permanent exhibition in the GPO will reflect the events of 100 years ago using the very latest immersive technology. The GPO has long been a focal point of Dublin city centre and is still in operation as Ireland’s largest post office. However the new exhibition will allow visitors to step beyond the usual boundaries and into the very heart of this iconic building. 195

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Based in a brand new €7 million centre in the inner central courtyard of the GPO, with its hallowed public Post Office hall, original brass fittings, writing desks and revered Cu Chulainn statue, GPO Witness History, an immersive and action-packed visitor attraction will appeal to visitors of all ages, interests and nationalities, providing a close-up look at real life in Dublin City, across Ireland, and the wider world at the time of 1916 Easter Rising. Live through the action with the leaders of the day; opposing sides plotting, planning and enduring the week’s events across the city. From opulent suburbs to wretched tenements, crumbling empires to burgeoning states, at GPO Witness History, you’ll also meet the ordinary folk, young and old, who found themselves at the centre of the events of that week, their lives changed forever. 40 children died during the 1916 Easter Rising, tragically caught in the crossfire between the Irish rebels and British troops. The exhibition at the GPO will include a memorial to these young lives that were so heartbreakingly cut short. Prepare for an assault on the senses, an eye-opening experience and fresh, new perspectives on the events of the time, the sights, sounds and legacy. Created by An Post and managed by Shannon Heritage, GPO Witness History is an engaging, interactive visitor attraction bringing history to life though technology, video, sound and authentic artefacts 196

– many previously unseen. Its special effects, soundscapes and heartfelt stories of real people in extraordinary circumstances will captivate all age-groups - from the curious, young international visitor to the well-informed history buff – there’s plenty to interest and engage individuals, families and touring groups. There will be plenty to entertain younger visitors – from video and soundscapes to games and puzzles. GPO Witness History, an immersive experience will give visitors plenty to think about, to digest and to discuss while they relax in the café, browse the gift shop or take time to savour the unique atmosphere of the rooftop courtyard. The website for the centre can be found at www. Here you will find details on the visitor centre, the exhibits, and an outline of the role the GPO had to play in the 1916 Easter Rising as well as a broader history of the GPO itself. Here too you can book your tickets well in advance of the exhibition opening. This affords Irish and international tourists alike the opportunity to schedule this worthwhile cultural experience around everything else Dublin has to offer. The venue will also be available for private evening events, allowing businesses and history aficionados alike the opportunity to use this unique setting for a truly unforgettable occasion.

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The Easter Rising of 1916 was the most dramatic event in the history of Ireland’s struggle for independence. The executions of the leaders after the Rising awakened a generation to the cause of Irish freedom, resulting in the War of Independence (Michael Collins), the formation of the Irish Free State and, as a result, the Irish Civil War. This memorable tour will bring you to the sites of these battles as the complexities of Irish history are explained in an accessible and concise fashion. “Excellent....fascinating and passionate. Learn more on this scholarly, yet sizzling romp through the events of that momentous week. It’s the most enjoyable guided walk the city has to offer.” Holiday Which? “One of our favourite tours is the highly entertaining and interesting 1916 Walk. The events of that week are brought to life in vivid fashion by the knowledgeable guide.” Lonely Planet Guide To Dublin “ stimulating a couple of hours as one could hope to spend.” The Irish Times “The 1916 Rebellion Tour.... good fun and my favourite!” Footprint Guidebooks “A trip down memory lane has never been so enjoyable.” In Dublin Magazine Daily Tours from 1st March to 31st October. Meet: The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street. Time: 11:30am Monday to Saturday. 1pm Sunday. Admission: €12 Group bookings available all year round Further details contact Lorcan Collins: tel: 086 85 83 847 mail: If you are interested in learning more about the events of 1916 please visit our website:

1916 Centenary | GLASNEVIN

Rousing Rebel Tales AT GLASNEVIN



surprising choice perhaps but it is the place where so many of Ireland’s heroes rest. Their stories live on and are told by tour guides brimming with banter and charm and full of enthusiasm for their subject every day at Glasnevin. There is inspiration around every corner and at every grave and with one and a half million stories buried in Glasnevin, there’s no shortage of tales to tell. With the 100th anniversary next year of the Easter

Rising, Glasnevin is going to be a busy place. A huge range of re-enactments and special guided walks will take place throughout the 2016 celebrations. It all kicked off on 1st August this year when the Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa funeral centenary state commemoration took place in Glasnevin Cemetery, in the presence of Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland. It was the first of the State ceremonial events being held as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. 199

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Headstones give you dates; tour guides tell you the stories!

Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa was born in West Cork in Ireland in 1831. His father passed away in 1847 due to malnutrition caused by the Famine and as a result he was sent to live with cousins. At the age of just 25 he set up The Phoenix National and Literary Society, the aim of which was ‘the liberation of Ireland by force of arms’. This organisation later merged with the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB), founded two years later in Dublin. O’Donovan Rossa soon became a scourge to the British authorities. He was constantly plotting and attempting to overthrow British rule in Ireland. He was a defiant man and a strong believer in a Gaelic Ireland. In 1865, he was charged with plotting a Fenian rising and sentenced to penal servitude for life in England. While there he wrote a book called – ‘Irish Rebels in English Prisons: A Record of Prison Life’. In 1870 he was released as part of a Fenian amnesty after a campaign highlighted their appalling conditions. The released Fenians were not allowed to return to Ireland so they left for the USA. Needless to say the move to New York did not dampen O’Donovan Rossa’s spirits and he campaigned and fundraised for Ireland and set up a newspaper called the ‘The United Irishman’ advocating action in Ireland against British rule. He was an activist for the Irish cause all his life until he died on June 29, 1915. His body was returned to Ireland to be buried at Glasnevin cemetery. The funeral of O’Donovan Rossa and Padraig Pearse’s graveside oration at it was a pivotal event in the lead up to the 1916 Easter Rising. The funeral organising committee encompassed all strains of political nationalism as well as cultural nationalism, the labour movement, Cumann na mBan (the women’s movement) and others. It brought together the seven signatories of the Irish Proclamation and many of those who went on to take part in the 1916 Rising were also present. Padraig Pearse’s graveside oration was the most important component of the whole event. He spoke “on behalf of a new generation that has been re-baptised in the Fenian faith.” He called on the Irish people to stand together for the achievement of the freedom of Ireland. He said, “we know only one definition of freedom: it is Tone’s definition, it is Mitchell’s definition, it is Rossa’s definition” (that is, an Irish Republic). The oration concluded with a challenge to the “Defenders of this Realm”: “They think that they have pacified Ireland. They think that they have purchased half of us and intimidated the other half. They think that they have foreseen everything, think that they have provided against everything; but the fools, the fools, the fools! - they have left us our Fenian dead and while Ireland holds these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace.” It was rousing stuff and it fired the hearts and the imagination of many, laying the ground for the uprising against British rule in Easter, 1916. Witness this now famous graveside oration told with the same passion and sense of history every afternoon at 2.30pm (to 11th Oct 2015 and throughout 2016). Celebrating history, heritage and culture, it’s all here. Keep an eye on the website for details of upcoming events and join this intriguing journey through Ireland’s past.



Working with Ireland 2016 ( and local communities, Dublin City Council aims to give Dubliners and visitors alike the chance to commemorate this pivotal event in Irish history. Dublin City Council is proud to present a comprehensive programme to commemorate the Rising, encompassing exhibitions, artistic works, publications, lectures, walks, drama, a Tenement Museum and the newly re-furbished Richmond Barracks, scene of the courts martial of the 1916 leaders. Keep up-to-date with Dublin City Council’s commemorations programme by signing up for our newsletter at:

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ome months ago a librarian working in Dublin City Council saw an interesting letter on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow TV programme (the programme views and values people’s antiques). The letter was written by a young opera singer called Elsie McDermid who found herself unwittingly caught up in the middle of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin. Elsie was in the city to sing in a series of Gilbert and Sullivan operas and she wrote the 26-page letter home to her mother in England recounting day-by-day events in the city during Easter Week 1916 as they unfolded before her eyes. “We immediately recognized that this was a valuable, unseen source on the 1916 Rising, written from the eye-of the-storm as it were and we contacted the BBC to try to get a copy” says Tara Doyle of Dublin City Council. Elsie’s nephew Colin now owns the letter and while he didn’t want to part with this valuable family heirloom, he was delighted to donate a copy to the Dublin City Library and Archive. “It is very exciting that this new source has come to light as we approach the centenary of the 1916 Rising and Dublin City Libraries is delighted that it can be read by the citizens of Dublin and add to our knowledge of what went on in the city during Easter week 1916. It’s a remarkable and fascinating eye-witness account vividly written by this young woman who was in Dublin to perform in a series of opera performances, all of which were cancelled due to the rebellion” says Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian. The letter will be just one of the exciting items featured in Dublin City Councils’ ambitious plans to commemorate the 1916 Rising next year. Extracts from Elsie’s letter, which recounts the digging of trenches in St. Stephen’s Green and the thrilling escape of one of the rebels from a burning house, will be included in the “Proclaiming the Republic” exhibition in the Dublin City Library and Archive, which will open in January 2016. This exhibition will have a particular focus on the Pearse Street area of the city, (previously called Great Brunswick Street) where Patrick and Willie Pearse grew up and where the Boland’s Mills 1916 Garrison was commanded by future President of Ireland, Eamon de Valera. The exhibition will also remember the hundreds of civilians, including 40 children, who were killed during the Rising, many of them caught in the cross-fire. Dublin City Council’s programme to commemorate the 1916 Rising will be launched in January 2016 and includes lectures, debates, artistic works, children’s and school events, walks, drama, digitised documents, publications and much more. The Council will also participate in a citywide “Ceiliúradh” (celebration) of our history which will take place on the streets of Dublin on Easter Monday 2016. Organized by the Ireland 2016 Project Office, the event is an opportunity for anyone with an interest in the history of the 1916 Rising to engage with the story of this pivotal event in Irish history. Proclaiming the Republic exhibition January – June 2016 in the Dublin City Library and Archive Pearse Street. Visit sign up for a Commemorations mailing list and keep informed of upcoming events for 2016. 203

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Quotes from the letter of Elsie McDermid: The letter opens: “We are living in stirring times. I am writing this to be posted if there is any post office left and will keep it till I know it will go.” “There they were with fixed bayonets and digging trenches in the Green!” “One of the maids came home and told us 2 girls had been shot near her in Sackville Street and they were digging trenches there. We went to bed then and just as we were dozing off about 12.30 it began and oh what a night!! You would have thought you were at the war. Shot after shot – volleys after volleys…” Wednesday morning “People seem to be going about as usual but you can’t get up that part of the town at all. Daisy and I are going to try to get to the theatre as our laundry is there and we have no blouses clean!” Wednesday afternoon “Shots are being fired all the time but we are quite accustomed to them now” Thursday midnight “They say the north side of the city is starving there are no bakeries there and the bread and milk vans run the risks of being shot” Saturday morning “The street at our side (Holles St) is all barricaded with big boxes full of clay and the seats out of the gardens. I am sitting on the floor behind the bed writing this. Daisy is doing her hair. I’ve just had a lovely bath but had to get out in a hurry as they started at the back and the bathroom has a big window and I could hear their bullets hitting the side of the house. Even the lavatories are full of soldiers.” 204

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1916 Centenary | BORU



n Easter Monday, April 1916, rebel and poet Pádraig Pearse proclaimed rousing words from the steps of the General Post Office (GPO) in Dublin. As the Tricolour flapping in the wind, the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic boldly declared its intention to liberate Ireland from British rule. Outnumbered nearly fiveto-one, the rebels - spanning from scholar to soldier - were doomed from the outset. The uprising was crushed and in the days that followed, all seven signatories - as well as nine other men - were executed for their part in the Rising. Though a military failure, today the ‘blood sacrifice’ is regarded as a symbolic victory that paved the way for an Irish Republic. 2016 marks the centenary of


that turning point - and in anticipation, Boru Jewelry has created a number of items to commemorate this. “A landmark moment in Irish History incorporated into a precious metal…” Firstly, a commemorative coin collection comprising of the seven signatories of the proclamation, artistically represented by Robert Ballagh to remember the seven men who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom was created. Commemorating the most significant event in the evolution of the Emerald Isle, they are more than just works of art - they are heirlooms of Irish-ness sure to be handed down from generation to generation for years to come. Boru also designed and produced a Commemorative Signet Ring, available in all precious metals.

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‘Irishmen and Irishwomen: In the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of nationhood, Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom.’


Experience the History and Culture of Dublin On the Hop-on Hop-off bus tour from Dublin Sightseeing Visit all of Dublin’s top historical attractions, and hear the story of the 1916 Easter Rising at Kilmainham Gaol, National Museum Collin’s Barracks, and the General Post Office on O’Connell Street. • Entertaining live commentary from Dublin’s best tour guides • 27 years in operation, providing quality tours since 1988 • Buses every 10-15 minutes from 9am • Two Routes, the Original & Docklands Tour • Fáilte Ireland Accredited Guides

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ublin City was the centre of monumental change during Easter 1916, when the rebels took to the GPO in the heart of Dublin City to proclaim Irish Independence for “Irish men and Irish women”.

The story of 1916 is a story which lends itself to dramatic retelling – and a great way to hear the history surrounding this historic week is on a Dublin Bus Tour, which visits Dublin’s most iconic and significant attractions. You can follow the path of the Irish heroes with Dublin’s favourite city tour. From touching the bullet holes in the walls of the General Post Office on O’Connell Street at the start of the tour, to tracing the event through

newspapers in the National Library; then on to Collins Barracks and Kilmainham Gaol where the rebels were jailed and executed. The experienced voices of your driver will talk you through Dublin’s history and historic sites allowing you to you hop off at the Shelbourne Hotel, where up to 100 British soldiers camped on the hotel’s roof during the Rising. Alternatively, take a stroll through Saint Stephen’s Green, a 9 hectare (22 acre) park landscaped with flowerbeds, trees and a lake at the top of Dublin’s infamous Grafton Street. The 1887 bandstand is still the focal point for free daytime concerts in summer. During the 1916 Rising groundskeeper of the day James Kearney wouldn’t let the rising disrupt his feeding of the park’s ducks, so a ceasefire was called daily during the rising for the ducks to be fed! 209

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All Dublin Bus Tour customers receive a free walking tour by Pat Liddy. Pat is one of Dublin’s favourite historians and he is a fountain of knowledge with all things surrounding the rising. There is no one better to give a balanced account of the events of that historic week and to take you to a few hidden corners and highlights of the city. Dublin Sightseeing have operated bus tours in and around Dublin City and County for over 27 years and their tours include the Hop-On Hop-Off city tour, Coast & Castle tour to Malahide Castle and Howth and the Glendalough & Powerscourt Gardens Tour. For additional information visit 210

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Ashford Castle has been voted as the world’s number one hotel by Virtuoso, an international network of luxury travel agencies. The hotel, located on the outskirts of Cong County Mayo, has been restored to its former glory by new owner Beatrice Tollman and her family who operate South African hotel chain Red Carnation Hotels. The Tollmans wanted to use local labour and contractors and hundreds of craftsmen were brought in from the surrounding areas including Galway, Cong and Roscommon. The Prince of Wales bar has been made from local Connemara marble and in-room amenities include organic skincare range VOYA from Co Sligo. “Mrs Tollman and her team have looked

at the needs of Ashford Castle from top to bottom, inside and out and have put together a restoration programme that is truly out of this world,” said Red Carnation’s managing director Jonathan Raggett. “It will take Ashford Castle to another level, beyond its already world-class standards.” To date over €40 million has been spent restoring the 12th-century castle. Each of the hotel’s 82 bedrooms has been redecorated in a bespoke fashion with plush carpets, antique furnishings and luxurious bathrooms. A 32-seat cinema is perhaps the most modern addition while a traditional billiard room and cigar terrace have been installed. The vaulted entrance hall, the Connaught Room, Princes of Wales Bar, Drawing Room and

the castle’s three restaurants have all been enhanced. The nine-hole golf course that sits on the 350-acre site has been treated to improve year-round play. The final phase of works will include an indoor swimming pool and spa overlooking Lough Corrib. This was the first time ever that an Irish hotel was nominated for the Virtuoso awards and given that there are almost 1,100 five star, luxury properties in the Virtuoso hotel and resorts portfolio, Ashford’s win is a wonderful achievement. Previous guests at Ashford Castle include George V, Ronald Reagan, Brad Pitt, John Wayne, Fred Astaire, Barbra Streisand, John Travolta and Pearse Brosnan who held his wedding at the castle in 2011. 213


LOOP THE Loop A pioneering heritage trail in the Loop Head Peninsula in County Clare has been named a finalist in one of the world’s foremost tourism and travel award schemes. The 60km Loop Head Heritage Trail takes in 14 local attractions including Loop Head Lighthouse, the West Clare Railway, the Church of the Little Ark, Kilkee Victorian Town and the Bridges of Ross. On the trail you take in Carrigaholt Castle and Bay, Bridges of Ross, Kilkee Cliffs and Pollock Holes (Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Points), Bishops Island, Dunlicka Castle, Loop Head Pilots Memorial and Kilbaha Bay, Grave of the Yellow Men, Rinevella Bay and Submerged Forest, Kilcredaun Churches and Holy Well, Querrin Pier and the West Clare Railway – where you might meet Jackie Whelan, a fountain of knowledge on all things local.



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As Britain’s Prince Charles is very interested in conservation and organically grown foods, Burrenbeo Trust and Burren Life Programme wrote a letter inviting HRHPrince Charles to Ireland’s west and two months later he actually arrived! And so it was that Britain’s heir to the throne found himself fascinated at rural life, biodiversity and all things organic in the Burren. During the visit the Prince was introduced to local farmer Patrick Nagle who showed off some of his livestock and spoke about the Burren Life programme. The Prince met local schoolchildren who graduated as ‘Burren experts’ through Burrenbeo’s ‘Ecobeo’ programme before joining some ‘Burrenbeo conservation volunteers’ in repairing some farm walls. By all accounts the Prince was delighted with his visit so the only thing to figure out was a parting gift; What do you give a man who has everything? A food hamper was the perfect solution. It was presented to HRH Prince Charles filled with delicious treats from artisan food producers in the area including a side of wild smoked Irish salmon from the Burren Smokehouse - one of the first ones caught this wild salmon season. The Prince is no stranger to fishing so he was particularly taken with the thoughtful gift.

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Ireland Discovery Tours have been delivering package tours of Ireland for over eleven years. Operated by Annmarie & Saoirse Carolan, Saoirse is a Failte Ireland National Guide with a wealth of knowledge on all things Irish and when it comes to golf Annmarie who is a keen golfer herself, has worked at the Ryder cup & Irish Open events and enjoys taking clients to play some of Ireland’s top courses. There’s no better woman to help you tee off in style. 215


Snap Up A Photo Tour

OF NORTHERN IRELAND Northern Ireland’s famous film and TV-friendly scenery is to take another leading role as the star of a new photo tour experience by two award-winning landscape photographers. The brainchild of award-winning photographers Athena Carey and John Dunne, the six-day Northern Ireland Photo Tour offers breath-taking locations, personalised technical guidance and qualified local guides to enhance the experience. Visits to iconic landmarks like the Causeway Coast and UNESCO World Heritage Site at the Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and the foreboding Dark Hedges avenue used in Game of Thrones filming will all be on the photo opportunity itinerary, as well as less familiar but equally captivating hidden gems. Although creating beautiful photographs is the ultimate goal, the tours offer the chance to indulge the love of photography at the same time as sampling the unique Northern Ireland hospitality and culture. To capture the perfect photograph you need to have the complete picture; that’s what makes this tour so unique. 216


Ireland to get Orient Express-style LUXURY TRAIN Luxury overnight train journeys will soon be rolling down the track in Ireland following the announcement of a new venture from a worldwide hotels, rail tour and river cruise company. The Belmond Grand Hibernian will be the first luxury overnight rail experience of its kind on the island and will tour the magnificent open countryside, dramatic coastal scenery and fascinating cities of both Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Orient Express-style sleeper train is being launched by Belmond, which owns and operates over 40 unique and distinctive luxury travel experiences in many of the world’s most celebrated destinations. It has been named after Hibernia, the classical Latin word for Ireland. The Grand Hibernian’s 10 carriages will have exclusive accommodation for just 40 guests, traveling in 20 elegant, en-suite cabins and there will also be two restaurant cars and an observation bar car. Featuring four interconnecting suites, the Grand Hibernian will be ideal for families, multi-generational holidays or perhaps a voyage to discover Irish roots. Travelers will be able to choose from a selection of two, four and six-night journeys that visit unmissable destinations all over the country with riveting daily excursions into historic estates, top visitor attractions, world-class​​golf courses and the famous haunts of legendary writers, musicians and artists. Nightly entertainment on board with local musicians and story tellers will embrace Irish culture. The train’s interiors are being planned by international design firm JPA Design, with inspiration from Dublin’s classic Georgian architecture blended with elements of ancient folklore and reflecting Ireland’s cultural heritage with an indulgent, contemporary twist. Services are expected to start rolling in summer 2016. 217




The appeal and interest in Irish whiskey, forged mainly by the global success of the Jameson brand, has resulted in a groundswell of new demand for different types of whiskeys, particularly the traditional pot-still whiskeys which once wowed the world. Irish whiskey is no stranger to popularity. It was once one of the most popular spirits in the world before Prohibition in America and political instability back home led to Irish whiskey almost drying up. Today however, Irish whiskey is the fastest-growing spirit in the world. Exports have grown by 220 per cent since 2003 and are valued at £272m. There are now eight distilleries in operation, with 20 or so in the pipeline. The industry is investing £780m in Ireland in the next 10 years.



This year the Jameson Experience at the Old Midleton Distillery in Cork has welcomed record numbers. Over 120,000 visitors from all over the world came for the experience representing a 5% increase on last year’s statistics. The introduction of a daily Jameson Premium Bus Service from Cork to Midleton has considerable increased the number of people visiting the Distillery. It’s a great service and people can enjoy a Jameson drink and not need to worry about driving. The addition of the new live maturation warehouse “Warehouse A1” and the cooperage display have dramatically enhanced the guest experiences and the popularity of the heritage centre.

Solvar are launching a brand new Irish 12 Days of Christmas bauble collection taking the original 12 Days of Christmas carol and given it an Irish twist. Beautifully presented in a book style gift box, the 12 baubles are decorated with original designs featuring Irelands most loved icons. Christmas Bauble Set RRP $39.00

Hottest Ticket IN TOWN The Ireland Chamber of Commerce USA (ICCUSA) will host a glittering black tie ball at The Plaza Hotel. The American Celtic Ball, an awards banquet/dinner dance, is attended by business and government leaders from Ireland, the US and around the world. It honors individuals who have demonstrated a commitment of excellence through business, philanthropy, commerce, education and the arts. This invitation-only dinner has become a hot ticket while23rd offering ICCUSA members - 24th May 2015 a valuable networking opportunity.

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Experience an enchanting evening of Irish folklore, storytelling and music while enjoying a traditional Irish candlelit dinner in Dublin’s oldest Pub, The Brazen Head.

Visit the Burren Smokehouse in Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare.

MARCH TO DECEMBER Every night JANUARY TO FEBRUARY Thursday and Saturdays Venue: The Brazen Head Pub (Just 10 minutes walk from City Centre)

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Pictures Landscape photographer and regular contributor to Spirit of Ireland magazine, Stefan Schnebelt has released his first illustrated book dedicated to Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. This stunning photographic journey starts on the Inishowen Peninsula to the very north of Ireland and continues along the western coastline ending with the beautiful fishing village of Kinsale in the south.

The illustrated adventure celebrates the rich scenic beauty of Ireland’s Atlantic coast in full glorious colour. Stefan also publishes an annual Ireland calendar showcasing his stunning imagery for you to enjoy every day throughout 2016. Available soon from your local NACTA store

Cliffs of Moher, ONE IN A MILLION

The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience recorded its one-millionth visitor on Monday, 14 September 2015. 2015 marks the fifth successive year of increased visitor numbers to the attraction with figures for the year so far up 14.7% or almost 130,000 visitors on the same period (1 Jan - 14 Sept) in 2014. 2014 was the first year in which the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience saw more than one million visitors and last year the millionth visitor arrived on 20th October. The one-millionth visitor was recorded 36 days earlier this year. FITs (Fully Independent Travellers), including walkers, cyclists and those travelling by car or public transport, made up 55% of the total. Groups, mainly traveling by coach, accounted for 45% of the total. Visitors from the USA are the strongest visitor market, accounting for more than quarter of total visits with strong performances also noted in the French, German and Australian visitor markets. 221

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STORE STORIES Irish Stores all over the USA and Canada open their doors and their hearts to customers every day. Here are some of their stories. Elodie and Conway Betz love the new Failte Café AND The Spirit of Ireland Magazine!

Failte Irish Imports In 2001 Liza Hendley Betz had an idea. In the US for more than five 5 years, she still found herself missing Ireland. Liza wanted to help the Irish in Central Kentucky, both long-standing residents and those just “fresh off the boat,” have a bit of home close at hand. And to Liza, nothing said home like Irish sausages. So from that simple idea - sell sausages to the local Irish - Fáilte was born! 14 years and two locations later, Fáilte is now Lexington’s first stop for everything Irish. A wide variety of food, clothing, jewelry and gifts can all be found in a cozy location on South Upper. And the store has also become very involved with supporting and growing the local Irish community. This year, Liza added another dimension with the opening of the Failte Café, a cozy tea/coffee room

where you can enjoy delicious Irish scones as you sit and relax or take your order to go. Every March, Fáilte helps organize Lexington’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival and the store now sponsors sending a Kentucky girl over to Ireland to participate in the Rose of Tralee International Festival. “We feel like we are more than just an Irish shop” says Liza. We truly feel a responsibility to present Irish heritage and culture to our customers and we are honored that they appreciate us so much. So when you’re in the neighborhood, please stop by for a visit! We’d love to learn about your connection to Ireland and show you all the store has to offer. And of course when you’re feeling homesick, we’ve got the sausages ready and waiting!

Failte Irish imports, Lexington, KY





Kerreen O’Connor In their 11 years of business, Kerreen O’Connor Irish Goods has evolved from providing dance supplies to local Irish dancers to establishing a retail store in a charming yellow cottage in Littleton, Colorado with beautiful Irish imports. Customers will find traditional Aran sweaters, stunning Irish jewelry, Galway crystal, Belleek china and many more great imports from Ireland. Being the only Irish shop in the vicinity, it is an adventure to share Celtic culture to the Denver area and beyond. “When I was offered an opportunity to work in the shop and learn the business six years ago”, says owner Heather Benedict, “I had no idea how much I would love it!” “I truly enjoy sharing Irish culture with our customers, and I love to present quality crafted and culturally rich products from Ireland and the United States.” Kerreen O’Connor Irish Goods also provides kilt rentals for weddings, funerals and other events and offers kilts made to order. “It is a blessing to be part of someone’s special day” says Heather. “We are delighted to help create the perfect Irish wedding, from engagement and wedding rings to gifts for the bridal party” Last October Heather traveled to Ireland for the first time and loved it so much she is now sharing the opportunity with her customers and friends. “I plan to lead a tour for my customers to the rolling hills of the Emerald Isle and Scotland at least once a year. It is truly an unforgettable experience”. Kerreen O’Connor Irish Goods has remained steadfast as an Irish landmark for Littleton. “We get at least one customer a day saying they’ve never been into our store and find our selection beautiful. I love seeing new faces shop our store and leave with a smile. We are excited to serve our community for many years to come! “

Kerreen O’Connor Irish Goods, Littleton, CO



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Casey’s Irish Imports Cead Mile Failte, awaits you at Casey’s Irish Imports located in Rocky River, Ohio. Original owners and founders Vera and Tom Casey fulfilled a lifelong dream of importing the treasures of their native Ireland to America when they established their business in 1988. Vera was born in Cong, County Mayo and her husband Tom Casey was from Carrick, County Galway. They married on St. Patrick’s Day and enjoyed 62 years of happiness until Tom passed away in 2014. Vera retired from the business leaving the shop in the capable hands of her daughters Kathleen & Maureen. Casey’s Irish Imports, Rocky River, OH

“We love our shop” says Kathleen who feels privileged to have the opportunity to continue the tradition of sharing Irish heritage and culture with our customers. “We are also blessed to have an

exceptional, knowledgeable staff that goes above and beyond the call of duty. We endeavor to provide outstanding customer service and are always willing to research or special order a product to meet our customer’s needs”. At Casey’s you will find an impressive selection of fine jewelry, Irish crystal, china, giftware, clothing and of course your favorite Irish foods. “We serve a large community of first generation Irish that stops in weekly for their groceries” says Maureen. “There’s nothing like rashers and black pudding to give them a sense of home!” So if you happen to find yourself in Rocky River, Ohio, stop into Casey’s Irish Imports and say hello. You are sure to find a warm welcome.



The Danu Gallery Located in Pearl River, New York, “the town of friendly people” The Danu Gallery is owned and operated since March 17th, 2006 by Isabel & Audrey Haley, two sister-in-laws - both from County Dublin, (1 from the Northside and 1 from the Southside!) and with no agro they manage to successfully offer an oasis of contemporary classic imported Irish crafts, jewelry and knitwear from admired Celtic artisans from near and far. Hand-picked selections from the best craft shows

in Ireland and the United States, you’ll discover the work of craftsman and artisans with the highest skill and reputation. At The Danu Gallery you’ll find a treasure trove of gifts for your family, loved ones, friends and associates and of course, a piece that’s just for you. When you shop at The Danu Gallery you will be satisfied knowing that you have selected a gift of quality which will bring you as much happiness in the giving as in the receiving.

The Danu Gallery, Pearl River, NY



Irish Centre

Welcome to Spring Lake, New Jersey - the Irish Riviera - says Moya Rushe. “My husband Aidan and I are originally from County Galway. We came to the US in 1987 but with most of our family members still living in Ireland, we love going back to visit when we can. I had worked as manager of the Irish Centre for almost 20 years, so when the owner decided to retire we jumped at the opportunity to purchase the business” explains Moya.


“Our children Ciara & Liam help us to greet our customers and together we enjoy sharing our love of Irish culture and traditions. We try to have something for everyone, from our selection of Aran knitwear and Waterford crystal to our huge selection of wedding bands, giftware and Irish food items. You’re sure to find something that makes you smile! We encourage you to take a trip to visit us and share in some of what Ireland has to offer, here in Spring Lake (the Irish Riviera), on the Jersey Shore!”

Irish Centre Spring Lake, NJ

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The Scottish & Irish Store The Scottish & Irish Store, Ottawa, Ontario The Scottish and Irish Store first opened its doors in 2003, though owner Michael Cox had developed the business by attending Highland Games and shopping malls in the Ottawa, Ontario area since 2001. When Michael first did his market research he found the city of Ottawa had over a million inhabitants and the census figures indicated 62% of the population had Irish, Scottish or English connections, creating a large market base for the store to grow. “Finding sources of suppliers was the most difficult task when I first opened, until I joined the North American Celtic Trade Association (NACTA)”, said Michael. ”Then I began attending the Dublin and Glasgow trade shows enabling me to and could seek out other shop owners for information on successful products.” Now the original store in the city’s West End has grown from 1100 sq. feet to 6,000 sq. feet and the store in the East End is just about to expand to 6,000 sq. feet also.

“The single, most significant reason for the growth has been our sales of British and Irish imported food which generates over a third of our revenues. Once we increased our imported food stock, then English ex-pats began to frequent the stores in large numbers, contributing to our overall success”, said Michael. The Scottish and Irish Store also helps the Children’s Hospital hospice, through their annual fund-raiser with the Robbie Burns Supper for Roger’s House, having raised over $65,000 to date. The store has also created and produced tartans for the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club, The Ottawa Redblacks football team and the Ottawa Fire Service, ensuring the cultural connection between the city and its heritage remains strong. “It’s amazing at times to see the number of people in the city wearing a kilt, Irish tweed cap, or an Irish sweater and know that most likely they came from one of our stores”, said Michael. “It’s gratifying to know that we have helped the awareness of the British and Irish influence in our city over the years”.













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

Sunshine Health Foods 410 Trainor Gate Road Fairbanks, AK 99701 Tel: 907-456-5433 Website: www. Contact: Mary E. Kopf ARIZONA Mully’s Touch of Ireland 7054 E 5th Avenue Scottsdale, AZ 85251 Tel: 480-941-4198 Website: www. Contact: Nancy Morrall Mystical Mporium 3415 W. Thunderbird Road, Suite 1, Phoenix, AZ 85053 Tel: 602-298-1122 Website: Contact: Monika Fischer Flanagan’s Celtic Corner 2719 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716 Tel: 520-623-9922 Website: www. Contact: John Flanagan CALIFORNIA The Celtic Knot 28 Main Street, Jackson, CA 95642 Tel: 209-223-5830 Contact: Ron Busch

Heather Benedict, owner of Kerreen O’Connor’s Irish Shop, Littleton, CO at Newgrange Ciara’s Irish Shop 334 Second Street, Eureka, CA 95501 Tel: 707-443-0102 Email: Contact: CC O’Brien-Cree

Kerreen O’Connor’s Irish Shop 2595 West Alamo Avenue, Littleton, CO 80120 Tel: 303-794-6388 Website: Contact: Heather Benedict


Claddagh Gifts 219 East Blithedale Ave, Suite 2, Mill Valley, CA 94941 Tel: 415-388-2625


Contact: Lynn Thorn

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

Celtic Elegance / Name Heritage International Spanish Springs & Sumter Landing The Villages, FL 32159 Tel: 352-840-3212 Website: www. Contact: Marian Halpin

Celtic Shop of Dunedin 354 Main Street, Dunedin, FL 34698 Tel: 727-733-2200 Website:

Email: Contact: Mary Ann King


O’Ireland 575 Grand Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92008 Tel: 760-720-1500 Email: Contact: Tony Cross COLORADO The Emporium 1620 Miner Street, Idaho Springs, CO 80452 Tel: 303-567-1151 Email:

Celtic Shoppe 354 East Campbell Avenue, Campbell, CA 95008 Tel: 408-379-7474



emporiumcolorado@ Contact: Mary Ann Dalpes Contact: Donna Gorman

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

The Irish Shop 818 East New Haven Ave, Melbourne, FL 32901 Tel: 321-723-0122 Website: Contact: Jaqueline De Poli

DELAWARE Fenwick Float’ors 35034 Buoy Blvd, Selbyville, DE 19975 Tel: 302-436-5953 Website:

Website: Contact: Cathy Cavagnaro

Contact: Jason, Tina

House of Ireland 162 St. George Street St. Augustine, FL 32084 Tel: 904-824-5040 Website: www. Contact: Grace Reed

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Irish Treasures 923 Azalea Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32963 Tel: 772-492-0523 Website: Contact: Betty Cochrane

IDAHO All Things Irish 315 E Sherman Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814 Tel: 208-667-0131 Website: Contact: Ilene Moss

Linda Low, owner of Little Shop of Shamrocks, NY with her supplier Eve Turner of JMH Jewellery, Dublin

ILLINOIS Harp & Thistle Imports Ltd 4605 N Prospect Rd, Peoria Heights, IL 61616 Tel: 309-688-5668 Website: www. Contact: Betty Flanagan Rohman Heartland Gallery The Vault Arts Collective, 100 N. Main Street, Tuscola, IL 61953 Tel: 217-377-4502 Website:

Irish Imports Teahans 600 East Grand Avenue, Navy Pier Chicago, IL 60611 Tel: 773-427-7763 Website:

South Side Irish Imports 7725 W 159th Street, Tinley Park, IL 60477 Tel: 708-444-4747 Email: Contact: Linda & Ron Gorman

Contact: Mary Rose Teahan

IOWA The Irish Shop 100 N Oakpark Ave, Oak Park, IL 60301 Tel: 708-445-1149

Contact: Jan Chandler


The Irish Boutique 434 Coffin Road, Long Grove, IL 60074 Tel: 847-634-3540

Contact: Jim & Anne August

A Celtic Tradition 7672 Hickman Road, Windsor Heights, IA 50324 Tel: 515-278-8302 Website: Contact: Kris & Garry Knapp Shamrock Imports 391 Bluff St, Dubuque, IA 52001 Tel: 563-583-5000

The Irish Boutique 6606 Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake Plaza, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 Tel: 815-459-1800

Paddy’s On The Square 228 Robert Parker Coffin Road, Long Grove, IL 60047 Tel: 847-634-0339



St Pat’s Association & Irish Gift Shop 1001 South Broadway, Emmetsburg, IA 50536 Tel: 712-852-4326 Contact: Patrick Barry Contact: John Barry Contact: Patrick Barry

Website: Contact: Michael & Judy Siegert

Website: Contact: Billie Jo Hoffman

Irish Connoisseur 1232 Waukegan Rd, Glenview, IL 60025 Tel: 847-998-1988 Website: Contact: Megan Quinlisk Van Treek


Failte Irish Import Shop 113 South Upper Street, Lexington, KY 40507 Tel: 859-381-1498 Website: Contact: Liza Hendley Molly’s Celtic Center 931 Baxter Avenue, Louisville, KY 40204 Tel: 502-459-9888 Website: Contact: Sandy Nedrow

Irish Sisters Imports 312 South Third St, Geneva, IL 60134 Tel: 630-208-9300 Website: Contact: Peggy Smith



South Side Irish Imports 3446 W. 111th St., Chicago, IL 60655 Tel: 773-881-8585 Email: Contact: Linda & Ron Gorman

LOUISIANA Enchanted Shire 409A E Robinson St Hammond, LA 70401 Tel: 585-329-5653 Contact: Arlene Dougherty MAINE Celtic Moon Rising 272 State Street, Brewer, ME 04412 Tel: 207-989-9699 Website: Contact: Lorie Garnett



Kerry Cottage Ltd 2119 S. Big Bend Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63117 Tel: 314-647-0166

Colleen’s Gaelic Gifts, Inc. 15373 Farmington Road, Livonia, MI 48154 Tel: 734-513-2107 Email: Contact: Colleen Haggerty

Sheehan’s Irish Imports 1412 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111 Tel: 816-561-4480

Website: Contact: Maura Lawlor Contact: Margaret McLemore

MASSACHUSETTS Bridget’s - An Irish Tradition 88 West Main Street, Norton, MA 02766 Tel: 508-285-9700 Website: Contact: Bridget Daly Irish Specialty Shoppe Inc 158 President Avenue, Fall River, MA 02720-2638 Tel: 508-678-4096 Website: Contact: Joseph Reilly

The Tinker’s Cart 54 High Street, Clinton, MA 01510 Tel: 978-365-4334 Website: Contact: Cheryl Hughes Wexford House Irish Imports 9 Crescent St, West Boylston, MA 01583-1309 Tel: 508-835-6677 Website: Contact: Dorothy Trow MICHIGAN Always Irish 37560 W. 6 Mile Road, Livonia, MI 48152 Tel: 734-462-7200 Email: Contact: Judy & Dean Valovich The Celtic Path 214 E Main Street, Hubbardston, MI 48845 Tel: 989-981-6066 Email: Contact: Patricia Baese

County Emmet Celtic Shop 221 E. Lake St, Petoskey, MI 49770 Tel: 231-753-2027

Website: Contact: Katy Sheehan Morris & Molly Sheehan Corkill

Thistle and Clover LLC 407 South Main Street, St. Charles, MO 63301 Tel: 636-946-2449

Contact: Ed & Linda Karmann


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

Contact: Karen Heitzman

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Website: Contact: Caron & Ed Sullivan The Twisted Shamrock 3074 12 Mile Road, Berkley, MI 48072 Tel: 248-544-4170 Website:

Baile McBreen Gift Shop 107-C North Main Street, Troy, NH 03465 Tel: 603-242-7707 Email:

bailemcbreensgiftshop@ Contact: Elsie Breen Contact: Jim Monahan

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Celtic Crossing 112 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801 Tel: 603-436-0200 Website:

Brownes Irish Market Inc 3300 Pennsylvania Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64111-2724 Tel: 816-561-0030 Contact: Debra Codd


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

All Irish 401 Lafayette St, Cape May, NJ 08204 Tel: 609-884-4484 Email: allirishimports@ Contact: Jeanne & Joe Fahy Ballyhugh Irish Imports 235 White Horse Pike, Audubon, NJ 08106 Tel: 856-546-0946

Bridget’s Irish Cottage Inc 15 E Broad Street, Westfield, NJ 07090 Tel: 908-789-0909 Website: Contact: Bridget Lawn The Cross & Shamrock 1669 Route 33, Hamilton Square, NJ 08690 Tel: 609-586-9696 Website: Contact: Ann, Len & Tim Bauersachs Emerald Gifts 137 Parsippany Rd, Parsippany, NJ 07054 Tel: 973-884-3241 Email: Contact: Edward Hansberry Faith & Begorra 40 Broadway, Denville, NJ 07834 Tel: 973-625-0070


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

Celtic Seasons 301 N Harbor Drive, Grand Haven, MI 49417 Tel: 269-668-8069 Email: Contact: Eileen Boyle Chlebana

Website: Contact: Susan Banks Irish Centre 1120 Third Ave, Spring Lake, NJ 07762 Tel: 732-449-6650 Website: Contact: Moya Rushe Kellys A Touch of Ireland 5 South Broadway, Pitman, NJ 08071 Tel: 856-589-4988 Email: info@ Contact: Judy Miller O’Ireland 30 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701 Tel: 732-747-4433 Email: Contact: Paul Savoi O’Ireland 130 North Broadway, South Amboy, NJ 08879 Tel: 732-525-0515 Website: Contact: Rosanne Savoi

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Anne Tarrant, Cheryl Hughes, Maeve O’Malley & Fran Siefert shop the trade show for the finest Irish products. Out of Ireland Store #22, 3 New York Road, Historic Smithville, NJ 08205 Tel: 609-748-6707 Website: Contact: Kathleen O’Gara Pipeline Celtic Themes 128 Wanaque Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442 Tel: 973-839-4761 Website: Contact: Gerald Rooney The Pipers Cove 212 Kearny Ave, Kearny, NJ 07032 Tel: 201-998-3695 Website: Contact: John & Joan Nisbet

Celtic Gifts & Treasures 72-17 Grand Avenue Maspeth, NY 11378 Tel: 718-424-8686 Contact: Liz Kenny Celtic Treasures 456 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Tel: 518-583-9452

Irish Import Shop 2590 Ridge Road West, Rochester, NY 14626 Tel: 585-225-1050

McNerney’s Irish Imports 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY 14221 Tel: 716-870-0033


Website: Contact: Patricia Lloyd Contact: Michael McNerney

The Irish Store 5 Jordan Road, Skaneateles, NY 13152 Tel: 315-685-6230

Contact: Paul O’Donnell


Molly Malone’s Irish Gifts 295 Canada Street, Lake George, NY 12845 Tel: 518-668-3363


The Danu Gallery 39 E. Central Avenue, Pearl River, NY 10965 Tel: 845-735-4477

Contact: Roy Floyd Contact: Bill & Emily Manion


Website: Contact: Isabel & Audrey Haley

Lennon’s Irish Shop 164 Jay Street, Schenectady, NY 12305 Tel: 518-377-0064 Website: Contact: Mary Ann

NEW YORK Cashel House 224 Tompkins St, Syracuse, NY 13204 Tel: 315-472-4438 Email: Contact: Peter Heverin & Shelly Mahoney Celtic Aer Gift Shop 1451 Strawberry Rd., Mohegan Lake, NY 10591 Tel: 914-526-3361 Website: Contact: Ashley Rooney


Guaranteed Irish 2220 Route 145, East Durham, NY 12423 Tel: 518-634-2392 Email:

guaranteedirish145@ Contact: Donal Gallagher Irish Crossroads Ltd 18 Main Street, Sayville, NY 11782 Tel: 631-569-5464

Shamrock Chic 1939 Fashion Outlet Blvd Niagara Falls, NY 14304 Tel: 518-423-3999 Contact: Marjorie Corrow

& Dale May Little Shop of Shamrocks 173 Islip Avenue, Islip, NY 11751 Tel: 631-224-4311

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

Website: Contact: Linda Low

Contact: Mary Heneghan


Tipperary Celtic Jeweler - Irish Importer 3956 NY 2 - Brunswick Road, Troy, NY 12180 Tel: 518-279-8272


Contact: Kathleen Quinn Contact: Tom McGrath

Eire on Erie 3512 Erie Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45208 Tel: 513-321-3287 Contact: Danny & Amy Thomas

Celtic Culture 137 East Main Street, Ligonier, PA 15658 Tel: 724-238-2420

St Brendan’s Crossing Arcade Shops at Fifth Avenue Place, 120 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 Tel: 412-471-0700

Contact: Andrew Carr



NORTH CAROLINA OREGON The Carolina Celt 9650 Strickland Road Suite 167 Durham, NC 27615 Tel: 919-286-9206 Website: Contact: Bruce Wright Sinead’s Cottage 2038 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington, NC 28401 Tel: 910-763-7056 Website: Contact: Cathy Lynch

OHIO Casey’s Irish Imports Inc 19626 Center Ridge Rd, Rocky River, OH 44116 Tel: 440-333-8383 Website: Contact: Kathleen Casey

Proctor & Maureen Casey Brubaker Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland 75 South High Street, Dublin, OH 43017-2154 Tel: 614-889-9615 Website: www. Contact: Anne & Al Gleine Irish Crossroads & Gift Shop 38015 Euclid Avenue, Willoughby, OH 44094 Tel: 440-954-9032 Website: Contact: Michelle Morgan

Bridie’s Irish Faire 715 NW 3rd St (Nye Beach), Newport, OR 97365 Tel: 541-574-9366 Website:

The Celtic Rose Peddlers Village Courtyard Store 14, Lahaska, PA 18931 Tel: 215-794-5882 Website: Contact: Marilyn Mellon Contact: Susan Spencer

Celtic Stag 319 SW Pine Street, Portland, OR 97204 Tel: 971-269-9055 Website: www. Contact: Chad O’Lynn & Doug Deane PENNSYLVANIA

Website: Contact: Tory Warren Contact: Rosemary

Veneziale Irish Design Center 303 South Craig St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Tel: 412-682-6125 Website:


Oxford Hall Celtic Shoppe 233 Bridge St, New Cumberland, PA 17070 Tel: 717-774-8789

The Celtic Cross 729 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228 Tel: 412-306-1890 Contact: Jeff Hardner

Tullycross Inc 110 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 Tel: 215-925-1995 Website:

Giggles Gifts 7400 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19136 Tel: 215-624-8311

Celt-Iberia Traders 52 South Main Street, New Hope, PA 18938 Tel: 215-862-4922 Contact: Michael Burns & Richard Cordover

Tipperary West Irish Imports 3026 Cherry St, Erie, PA 16508 Tel: 814-459-5797 Website:

Donegal Square 534 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018 Tel: 610-866-3244 Website: Contact: Neville Gardner & Marie Barry


A Lit’le Irish Too 9 Chambersburg Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325 Tel: 717-334-6609 Contact: Eileen Manning Contact: Paul Carey

Website: Contact: Cindy & Steve Washburn


Walker Celtic Jewelry 140 Packets Landing, Fairport, NY 14550 Tel: 585-271-4510 Website: Contact: Stephen Walker

Contact: Meg Turner

USA Kilts 3389 Schuylkill Road (Rt. 724), Spring City, PA 19475 Tel: 610-948-4110 Website: Contact: Rocky Roeger TENNESSEE The Celtic Cup Coffee House 106 North Anderson Street, Tullahoma, TN 37388 Tel: 931-563-7733 Website: Contact: Denise &

Huland Smith Celtic Heritage 634 Parkway, The Village #26, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 Tel: 865-436-2588


Website: Contact: Thomas Macik

Contact: Lisa Henline


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Celtic Creations 208-123 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver, BC V7M 3K7 Tel: 604-903-8704

Things Celtic 1806 West 35th St, Austin, TX 78703 Tel: 512-472-2358


Website: Contact: Lanora Davidson

Contact: Helen Richie

Flynn’s Irish Gifts 96 Main Street Penetang Ontario L9M 1T5 Canada Tel: 705-305-0109 Website: www. Contact: Catherine Flynn

VIRGINIA Celtic 2 411 E. Ridgeway Street, Clifton Forge, VA 24422 Tel: 540-862-0499 Website: Contact: Mary Jo & John Morman

The Plaid Place 1903 Barrington St., Halifax, NS B3J 3L7 Tel: 902-429-6872

Celtic Tides 19 W Nelson St, Lexington, VA 24450 Tel: 540-464-6545 Website: Contact: Mary Jo & John Morman The Irish Collection / Clifton Gallery 125 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA 22125 Tel: 703- 492-9383 Website: Contact: Ellen Jones Irish Eyes of Virginia 725 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 Tel: 540-373-0703 Website: Contact: Bernadette & Mike Esler Piper Dan’s Keltic Shoppe 109E Main Street Old Town Purcellville, VA 20132 Tel: 540-751-0777 Contact: Mary Brady Shea Knight Pixie Treasures Celtic Shoppe 829 Lynnhaven Pkwy, #106, Virginia Beach, VA 23452 Tel: 757-961-7494 Website: Contact: Jeanne & Bob Rider


Website: Contact: Lisa Risley

Meg & Glenn Turner of Tullycross Irish shop, Philadelphia, PA Scotland House Ltd 430 Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185 Tel: 757-229-7800 Contact: George Grattan




Galway Bay Trading Company 880 Point Brown Ave NE, Ocean Shores, WA 98569 Tel: 360-289-2300

Contact: Steve & Barb Hand

Legends of the Celts 10556 Main Street, Hayward, WI 54843 Tel: 715-634-0901

O’Meara’s Irish House LLC 3970 State Highway 42, Fish Creek, WI 54212 Tel: 920-868-3528

Contact: William Gibbons


Galway Traders 7518 15th Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98117 Tel: 206-784-9343

Contact: Megan O’Meara


Website: Contact: Eveline Murray

Wandering Angus 914 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368 Tel: 360-385-3317 Website: Contact: Tracy Williamson

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

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

The Scottish & Irish Store West 2194 Robertson Road, Ottawa, ON K2H 9J5 Tel: 613.829.2251 Website: Contact: Michael Cox

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

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

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