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As we head into summer we can look back on the most successful year ever for Irish tourism with a staggering one million visitors already in January and February 2016; the best figures on record. New transatlantic routes have helped as has the strong dollar to euro rate, however the world-wide exposure of box office smash, Star Wars has really shown Ireland at its best in full cinematic glory.


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The rocky outcrop of the Skellig Islands in County Kerry never looked so good. Lucasfilms were blown away with Ireland’s scenery, so much so, they decided to come back for a second outing. Picking up where they left off, the next release will see more of Luke Skywalker at the Skelligs and then some scenes in Malin Head, County Donegal. Back in the capital it’s all good for Dublin with the city voted world’s friendliest city by Travel + Leisure magazine; the world’s second friendliest city by Condé Nast Traveler and it was named “favourite worldwide city” at the Trazee awards in Orlando. The arrival point for many, Dublin is a great place to spend a few days and the ideal springboard to the delights of Ireland’s Ancient East. A century of progress is being celebrated country wide in this 1916-2016 centenary year. One hundred years and so much has changed, yet how many people have lived through that entire era? Sir Jack Leslie, one of Ireland’s last aristocrats was born in 1916. His family seat in County Monaghan is the ultimate home from home where guests can escape to a bygone era in the glorious Castle Leslie. Ireland is famous for its castles, the most iconic of which must be Ashford in County Mayo. The quintessential fairy-tale castle in the most glorious setting, this is a dream destination and one that every girl dreams of when saying ‘I do’. With so much wide open space, Ireland is a haven for golfers. This year The K Club again plays host to The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championships with TV coverage showcasing Ireland to a world-wide audience. Well the Irish are a crafty bunch and inspiration is in no short supply. We check out some of the fantastic producers who sell their wares in the wonderful NACTA stores all over the USA and Canada and we pop into a few of these lovely stores to hear their stories. I hope you enjoy reading the magazine as much as I love writing it. Go dtí an chéad uair eile,

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CONTENTS 009__ FEEL THE FORCE Not so long, long ago, a galaxy from far, far, away descended on County Kerry and the entire world gasped at the force of its spectacular scenery.

025__ DESTINATION DONEGAL It’s the hidden gem of Ireland, but not for much longer. Star Wars Episode VIII is set to put Donegal firmly on the worldwide stage.

033__ GLORIOUS GALWAY One of Ireland’s prettiest cities, Galway is a mecca for fine food, glorious scenery and a thriving craft industry.

040__ LAND OF LAKES Cavan and Monaghan are roads less trodden, yet the sheer magnificence and solitude of the border counties is food for the soul.

061__ COASTS & GLENS Made famous by TV series Game of Thrones, Antrim’s coastal route is absolutely glorious.

064__ IRELAND’S ANCIENT EAST Head east to tap into 5000 years of history and visit sites older than the Egyptian Pyramids.

093__ GOLF The K Club hosts the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championships.

101__ DREAM DESTINATION Ashford Castle is the most iconic image of an Irish castle. A destination like no other, it is a fairy-tale setting for a wedding to remember.

123__ CELTIC CRAFT Skill meets inspiration all over Ireland with some extraordinary and highly skilled craftspeople.

157__ STORE STORIES Like little microcosms of Ireland, Irish stores all over the USA and Canada open their doors and their hearts to visitors every day. 7


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ne of the county’s most awesome sights rising majestically from the sea is the UNESCO World Heritage site of Skellig Michael, towering 714ft (218 meters) above sea level. A serene, spiritual island, only the sound of screeching birds breaks the eerie silence so who could have predicted one of the most surprising stories of the year when the Star Wars circus rolled into town. There was wild excitement when news began to circulate that scenes for the latest (and some say greatest) Star Wars movie were to be filmed on Skellig Michael. It didn’t take long for the rumours to be confirmed and on July 29 director JJ Abrams, his stars and a huge crew descended on the county for three days of filming. Needless to say the presence of Luke Skywalker and the world’s most famous film franchise drew enormous interest from international media and film buffs who packed into Portmagee to catch a glimpse of the intergalactic crew. For all the hoopla however, the project had been kept well under wraps until pretty much the last minute as notoriously secretive director JJ Abrams was determined no plot details would leak. Preparations in advance of filming happened over several weeks and was surrounded by levels of secrecy that would put the CIA to shame. All local businesses that dealt with the crew signed strict confidentially agreements and they remain sworn to secrecy about what they did, who they transported and what they saw. The secret mission even extended to the Irish navy who were drafted in to enforce an exclusion zone around the island during filming! For those on hand to witness it all the spectacle was hard to beat and typical of Ireland, now spin off trips and experiences are on offer so not only can you go see the magnificent Skellig Michael but you can hear all about what happened when The Force came to town. Gerard Kennedy is a natural storyteller and as owner of The Moorings, a pretty harbour-side restaurant and guesthouse. Up until last summer Gerard had never seen a Star Wars movie and he had no idea who Luke Skywalker was but that was all to change and soon he found himself pulling pints with the famous Jedi. So how did it all come to pass??! A film crew arrived at the bar one evening asking questions about access to Skellig Michael and looking for accommodation in the area. The crew came and went over several weeks and as far as Gerard was concerned they were looking to make a documentary about puffins. Skellig Michael is home to thousands of Atlantic puffins. The colourful enigmatic seabirds spend their summers on the island, breeding and fattening their chicks on locally available food which often comprises of high calorie sand-eel and sprat. The island becomes a cacophony of birdcalls each year from April when the birds arrive and join many other seabirds including shearwaters, petrels, fulmars and kittiwakes competing for nest space on the island. It was a great cover story to start, however over a few weeks many more arrived and as well as booking out rooms in The Moorings and


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eating there regularly soon a whole team of filmmakers were set up in Gerard’s living room with computer equipment and all sorts of technology in place.

for Gerard Kennedy, The Moorings is now firmly on the map. Go have a pint here and you can buy a tee emblazoned with the words ‘May The Force be with you’.

The next thing he knew the film crew booked out all of Gerard’s rooms and several holiday homes in the area for the actual filming in August. “We wondered what sort of documentary this could possibly be” explains Gerard. Then the speculation started. One person said it was to be a movie; another said it would be bigger than Ryan’s Daughter, 10 times bigger Gerard was told. “It was like the fisherman telling the story of catching a fish – the more he told it, the bigger it got” but when the crew book out every boatman for 4 days solid in August and all of the local accommodation was booked out, things started to sound a bit fishy.

Fittingly the wrap party took place in Gerard’s bar. The Kennedy family put on a bit of a session and the girls danced with friends and crew, including Mark Hamill and his family. They even got the great Luke Skywalker pulling pints!

Just two days before filming actually started a local newspaper reported that a film crew were arriving from Lucas Films. ‘The Rock’ was closed down for 4 days, every available boat-men was booked out ferrying crews to and fro and Gerard was packed to the gills feeding hordes of international media. And so it was that in a galaxy far, far away, long, long ago, the close of Star Wars: Episode VII was shot on Skellig Michael. It is a closing scene that is hugely evocative. Just like the monks who sought solace on these islands thousands of years ago, Luke Skywalker is finally tracked down to a rocky outcrop off the Kerry coast. The final scene swoops over blue waters; it creeps up on the tiny island and the sheer magnificence of the island explodes onto the big screen. The entire movie leads up to this moment. Not a word is spoken; none are needed. Skellig Michael speaks for itself. Film makers were so impressed with the location that they are planning to return for episode VIII. They and everyone are welcome, and


Screen tourism is not new to County Kerry, David Lean’s “Ryan’s Daughter” (1970) and “Far and Away” (1992) showcased the adjoining and equally spectacular Dingle Peninsula on the big screen and brought Dingle to the world stage. It now appears that Lucas Films have chosen Ceann Sibéal at the western end of the Dingle Peninsula for their next Star Wars movie, Episode: VIII. So The Force continues in Kerry. Kerry is Ireland’s premier tourism county and it is expanding its offering for visitors. 2016 marks the centenary of the 1916 Rising and declaration of the Irish Republic. Kerry County Museum in Tralee hosts a major international exhibition on Roger Casement, one of the leaders of the rebellion. Tralee, the Kerry capital, celebrates the 800th anniversary of its founding in 1216 with a series of medieval re-enactments over the weekend of June 17-19 and Valentia Island celebrates the birth of modern telecommunications and the 150th anniversary of the laying of the trans-atlantic cable with a two-week festival in mid-July. Killarney invites American visitors to join its July 4th celebration of American Independence and the majestically restored Killarney House and Gardens will open its doors this summer. So whatever you are seeking in a vacation this year – activity pursuits, star gazing in South Kerry, golden sandy beaches of North Kerry, Irish music and culture in the most beautiful and luxurious surroundings in Ireland.

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Fact File The Skelligs Na Scealga, The spiritual outpost Skellig Michael is Ireland’s Machu Picchu. A staggering shard of rock punching out of the Atlantic, what drew early Christian monks to row out here? What compelled them to build a monastery on the edge of what was then the known world? Nature designed the Skelligs to be inaccessible – but that only seems to have motivated these frontiersmen of the Christian faith. Today, Skellig Michael is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a 1,000-year-old stone stairwell leading to the small cluster of huts, oratories, chapel and stone crosses clinging to its cliffs. Two lighthouses (the second was finally made automatic in 1987) tell of another self-sacrificing island lifestyle. But Skellig Michael is not alone. Alongside it are two other rocky outcrops – the seabird sanctuaries of Little Skellig, home to more than 30,000 pairs of gannets, and Puffin Island (puffins are best seen in late spring). Taken together, they offer one of the most dramatic vistas Ireland has to offer. Location: 13km off the Iveragh Peninsula, Co. Kerry. The harbour town of Portmagee is roughly 14

70km (1hr 20mins) by road from Killarney, and 9km (15 mins) from Cahirciveen. Size: Around 44 acres (Skellig Michael). The main Skellig is accessed by boat, and trips generally take about half a day (leaving at 10am and returning at 3pm). Population: 0 Getting there: Several boat operators depart mid-morning for the Skelligs from Portmagee, Valentia Island, Ballinskelligs and Derrynane and return mid afternoon. A two-hour cruise around the Skelligs departs approx 2.30pm from The Skellig Experience Visitor Centre. All sailings (insert space) are weather-permitting. Getting around: Walking is the only option on Skellig Michael, and a degree of fitness is required for the steps. Find out more: The Skellig Experience (353 66 947-6306; is open year-round. Did you know? “Stormy”, a Skellig storm petrel, lived long enough to earn inclusion in the Guinness Book of Records. She undertook an annual return journey of 20,000km for 26 years.

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kellig Michael is one of the wonders of the world. 1,300 years ago early Christian monks built a hermitage at the top of this ocean crag. Special for their ornithological, archaeological and cultural significance the islands are acknowledged by their World Heritage status. This is a signature point not to be missed along the Wild Atlantic Way. Come to these parts with any organized tour (CIE International are regular visitors) and you’ll likely arrive at The Skellig Experience; a purpose built visitor centre explaining the history and archaeology of Skellig Michael. Scenic, awe inspiring and a glorious tribute to nature, the sight of this rocky outcrop is enough to draw great gasps of joy. What most visitors don’t realise however is the history of the islands. The long history of pilgrimage, the solace of the monks that lived here and now the vast colonies of sea birds that live and migrate here together with an underwater world that can compete with the colour and magic of any sea in the world.

At the Skellig Experience you get to find out all about it in the charming environment of a building designed to be rugged in feel and finish and to blend seamlessly with its surroundings. A short film and friendly banter from John, Brigid and the team will fill you in on the entire history of the Skelligs before you embark on a journey out to see for yourself. A glorious 2-hour cruise around the islands will literally take your breath away and you may be standing where Luke Skywalker himself stood not too long ago, since the crew of the Star Wars movies were transported to the Skelligs on this very pontoon! The crew will regale you with stories of the islands and its recent claim to fame. A magnificent day out all round and air so fresh it is food for body and soul. When you arrive back on dry land a hot cup of tea in the restaurant perfectly fits the bill and the gift shop is open for keepsakes from the traditional to the more futuristic – after all, where else might you pick up Irish Star Wars memorabilia? 17

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ne of Kerry’s most spectacular and unique visitor attractions located off the main Dingle Touring Route (N86), visitors can look forward to a breath-taking experience, one that is idyllic on one level and adventurous on the other. This one stop attraction guarantees to enrich your drive around Kerry and you will leave with a wealth of local knowledge. A short guided boat trip offers visitors an interactive audio visual experience including a high definition video which documents the history of Tralee Bay Nature Reserve as well as highlighting the pristine beauty of Tralee Bay Wetlands, while also offering close encounters with wildlife in a natural habitat. Local Tour Guides are experts in their field and are always delighted to share this information with visitors as you glide through the canals in a safari boat.

An onsite 20-metre high viewing Tower, which can be accessed by stair or by elevator offers stunning views of Tralee Bay for miles and the pristine landscape that surrounds the Slieve Mish Mountains can be seen in the distance. This mountain range is a high ridge of sandstone formed in the last Ice Age. The highest peak, at 851m is home to breeding Peregrine Falcon, a protected bird of prey species. An array of activities is also available for all age groups within the ‘Activity Zone’ including pedelo boats, rowing boats and water walker zorbs. If you fancy a bit of climbing or some practice for that Kerry hike, a climbing wall and bouldering area is also available on site. If you require no more than just a simple lunch break or coffee stop be sure to try the Lakeside Café serving a host of local fayre. 19

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TAPESTRY of Life LISBETH MULCAHY IS ONE OF IRELAND’S BEST KNOWN WEAVERS. Siopa na bhFhíodóirí, her combined weaving studio and shop, has been a feature of Green Street trade since it opened in Dingle in 1986 in a beautiful, listed building dating from ca. 1850. The shop retains most of the original features throughout, including the original counters and shelving. Siopa na bhFhíodóirí/The Weavers’ Shop and online shop are two of only four outlets for Lisbeth’s signature designs in high quality woven goods. The weaving room is open to view by the public, who can see how the wall hangings are made. The Lisbeth Mulcahy range includes scarves, stoles, throws and

wall hangings with a new range of colours for the scarves and stoles every year. Lisbeth also makes one-off woven tapestries, in fact fifteen of her large scale tapestries were commissioned by the Department of Foreign Affairs over a number of years and are installed in Irish embassies around the world. Well worth a visit if you are in the area, Siopa na bhFhíodóirí stocks work by other Irish designer/ makers. It is a riot of Irish color in the glorious setting of delightful Dingle. 21





ouis and Lisbeth together with their three young children, left secure employment in Dublin, sold their home and invested all of their savings into a dream (or a gamble, depending on your point of view!). Louis’s vision was to produce aesthetically and technically beautiful Irish pottery and to develop a studio and workshop that would leave an indelible print on the long term history of Irish handcraft. The dream location in remote and beautiful Dingle was also a glorious environment for children to grow up in and he only had to look around him every day for inspiration. In the space of ten short years Louis Mulcahy was firmly established in his Kerry home and he became the first Irish craftsman to receive an honorary degree from the National University of Ireland in recognition of his artistry and the prosperity it brought to his community. Described by The Design & Craft Council of Ireland as ‘the godfather of Irish craft’ for close on fifty years Louis has spent nearly every waking moment researching materials and producing new designs. Unlike many modern potters he does not buy readymade glazes but makes his own from natural silica, fluxes and colouring minerals. His clay bodies are blended from stoneware and porcelain clays of the highest quality. His pots are by far the strongest and most durable of all handmade pottery and his work is widely recognised now at home and abroad for its beauty and durability. Louis’s work is distinctively Irish and reflects the wonderful colours in the landscape of his chosen home. His sophisticated palette is exciting and surprisingly modern for a pottery with such a long history. Nowadays he decorates with lively freehand brush work and trailed coloured slips. Continuously improving, he does not confine himself to thrown pottery but works in all forms of creation including: jiggering, hand-casting, slabwork, hump-moulding and hand-building. For some years his handmade masks have been collected by international cognoscenti and lately he has begun to work on large figures. These mysterious Druids are big, atmospheric and full of character. They are intended for public commissions and the homes of art lovers and they line up like soldiers outside the Louis Mulcahy workshop at Clogher Beach in west Dingle. If you come to these parts you really must stop by for the view, for the druids; or perhaps for a pottery workshop? You will be just as welcome to simply visit and sit in the charming coffee shop, chatting about the day and learning about the many beautiful things to see on the most westerly tip of Europe.










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‘Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens’, directed by JJ Abrams, was a huge critical and commercial success, making over $2bn at the Box Office and garnering five Oscar nominations. ‘Star Wars Episode VIII’ is being directed by Rian Johnson (‘Looper’) and sees actors Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver and Mark Hamill return along with new additions Benicio Del Toro and Laura Dern. Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson is also returning as the villainous General Hux. Filming has already taken place on Sceilg Mhichíl, picking up where Episode VII left off with the discovery of Luke Skywalker. Locals were thrilled to see the crew return and now Donegal locals will benefit from a visit with ‘The Force’ coming to Malin Head for Episode VIII. “Lucasfilm is thrilled to return to Ireland to film several sequences for the next chapter in the Star Wars saga”, said Candice Campos, Vice President, Physical Production. “The beauty of Skellig Michael in the final scene of ‘The Force Awakens’ was stunning and we know the new locations along the Wild Atlantic Way will prove to be equally as beautiful in ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’. We want to thank the people of Ireland for their warm welcome and continued support. Ireland has become an important part of ‘Star Wars’ history.” This official announcement comes after widespread reports over the past few months about Lucasfilm scouts prepping different filming locations around the country. In the same vein as the Kerry outing, a number of B&B’s and vacant houses have been completely booked out for the month of May in Malin Head, Donegal after 26

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Lucasfilm scouts were spotted there. Irish Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Joe McHugh, confirmed that he was aware that negotiations are at an advanced stage for filming scenes in the area. Filming in Co Donegal is expected to last more than a month but the tourism spin-offs are expected to be huge, and just like in Kerry, the magnificence of the Donegal scenery will be shown to the world in all of its cinematic glory.


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Galway is a harbour city on Ireland’s west coast, where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic. The city’s hub is 18th-century Eyre Square, a popular meeting spot surrounded by shops and traditional pubs that hum to the sound of live Irish music. A thriving university city the stone-clad cafes, boutiques and art galleries in the winding lanes of the Latin Quarter are filled with students, locals and visitors alike, walking in the shadow of medieval city walls. Wander Galway City’s cobble-stoned streets and feel yourself stepping back in time to Medieval Ireland. Steeped in history the city oozes a

contemporary and cultured vibe. Bridges arch over the River Corrib, a haven for salmon fishermen and a long promenade leads from the city to the seaside suburb of Salthill on Galway Bay, the source of the area’s famous oysters. The gateway to Connemara and the Cliffs of Moher, Galway is known the world over for its friendly people, charming streets, artisan producers, craft & jewelry, oysters, the Galway Races and thriving nightlife – to name but a few! This is a city guaranteed to refresh flagging spirits like no other place. 33


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here are all kinds of tasty treats to be had and none more lively than the annual Guinness and Oyster Festival, held in September. When there’s a Guinness World Record at stake, oyster shucking gets serious. How many oysters can you eat in three minutes? Most folk wouldn’t know, but at Ireland’s oyster festivals the competition is the main game where the current Guinness World Record holder (at 233 shucks in three minutes) has held the title since 2005! Pretty little food shops abound in these parts and well worth a visit is McCambridge of Shop Street. This is Galway’s original purveyor of epicurean delights, established in 1925. You name it, they have it, from rare spirits and liqueurs, to the finest wines and chocolates. Another institution worthy of a visit is Collerans, the butchers on Mainguard St. It has the tastiest rashers and sausages to be found anywhere. What you get in Collerans hasn’t been plumped up with water and there are no nasty artificial ingredients. Just around the corner from Collerans is Sheridans the cheesemongers in Churchyard St. They started out selling cheese and olives in the Saturday market, then bought a shop and have now spread out to Dublin, Meath and Waterford as wholesale distributors of Ireland’s choicest cheeses. It’s a smelly shop to be sure, but one of the best and they have a nice

wine bar upstairs that does really good lunches like beef stew washed down with a large glass of red. Quay Street is one of the best areas in which to experience Galway’s incredible food and culture. With traditional pubs playing the music of Ireland and serving some of the best food, you can be assured of a memorable experience. The street has long been one of the most popular attractions in Galway city, with many of the city’s oldest pubs and restaurants located on and around it. Here you will find Martine’s, a charming family run wine bar and bistro. It is one of Quay Street’s longer established restaurants with the family having lived on the street since 1902. Experienced restaurateur Martine McDonagh and her two sons take great care of guests with an emphasis on local Irish produce prepared simply using traditional and modern techniques from home and abroad. For the summer months there are tables outside to soak up the bustling atmosphere of one of Ireland’s prettiest streets. Inside a small bar leads to the two separate dining rooms; one overlooking the street while the rear room has large mirrors and a motley assortment of furniture with low background music contributing to the lovely hum of diners. Consistently rated highly on TripAdvisor and featured in Georgina Campbell’s Good Food Guide, this is a great place to stop for a delicious lunch where you can soak up the atmosphere of the city and indulge in some great people-watching. 35

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alway positively oozes charm and culture. It is an environment hugely conducive to creativity and here craft-people build on tradition and heritage with new and exciting treasures in music, craft, art and design. The Claddagh ring is a symbolic piece of jewelry originating from Galway and new craft workers such as Lynsey de Burca and Natasha Heaslip are


building on this legacy to create exciting modern new jewelry pieces. The mix of new and long established innovators in design include Galway born milliner Philip Treacy in London who creates fantastic headpieces for Royalty and fashionistas all over the globe. Michelin star chefs JP McMahon and Enda McEvoy have both created wonderful dining establishments in the heart of Galway city.

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The street performance group MACNAS have just returned to their base in Galway having wowed the crowds at SXSW 2016 Festival in Austin Texas and the St. Patricks day Parade in London. MACNAS are master storytellers who inspire and engage audiences by creating big, bold, visual shows and performances through world-class theatrical spectacle. They have inspired other artists in the region from harp maker Brian Callen and his beautiful looking and sounding instruments, to Sue Donnellan whose unique glass creations are inspired by the people and landscape of Galway, to the ceramics of Tamaru Hunt-Joshi at Turnstone Pottery. Given the explosion in creative talent that is occurring in Galway something had to be done to capture the groundswell. The ‘Made in Galway’ initiative was established to showcase to the world the abundance of creativity to be found in Galway. Details of over 250 craft producers and 200 food producers operating in Galway are listed on the Made in Galway website. Nowhere else can you find such a collection of beautiful gifts for any occasion. On the website you will find details of the producers, images of their wonderful creations and links to outlets where their products can be purchased either on line or on-site. The website also allows you to map the location of producers of interest so you can

build an itinerary to include workshops and craft workers for your vacation helping you to experience first-hand the magic at work. A hidden oracle of creativity is the GMIT Furniture College based in Letterfrack in West Connemara. This design school is producing graduates who are challenging how we conceive furniture with cutting edge design. The graduates are raising the standards of design wherever they are found. Students are traveling from all corners to participate in furniture design courses being held in this centre of excellence. The exciting work of GMIT graduate Diarmaid Ó Conghaile at Arc Furniture can be viewed on the Made in Galway website alongside other traditional and modern furniture makers from all over Galway. The world renowned Druid theatre is one of Galway’s most famous exports. Now joined by new practitioners of creativity, the company are taking on the world and winning. Galway has been designated a European Region of Gastronomy for 2018. This prestigious award recognizes innovation and integration in gastronomy, culture, tourism and economy. Regions awarded this title must demonstrate a unique offering for the visitor with a comprehensive and complex combination of creative coexistence and appreciation of culture,

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gastronomy, art or artistic expressions. The range of producers found on the Made in Galway website was instrumental in showcasing the gastronomic excellence of Galway and in securing the designation for the region.

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Galway will not disappoint when it comes to food; The range of produce is abundant, from Lizzy’s Homemade preserves, teas from Solarais Botanicals or smoked salmon from the Connemara Smokehouse to Connemara hill lamb. There is an entire feast to be found in the food department of the website to whet the appetite of the most discerning foodie.

Fortunately, many of the local producer’s export overseas so you can arrange to have delicious products shipped back home ready for your arrival back from a visit to Galway. Anyone traveling to Galway should visit the Made in Galway website before they depart so they can prepare to find the treasures that are on offer to the visitor. Anyone wanting to find a special present that is original to Galway should peruse through the website and they are sure to find a gift that will evoke old memories or create new ones.

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he islands of Aran - Inis Mór, Inis Meáin and Inis Oírr – are often described as timeless, offering visitors a rare opportunity to immerse themselves in traditional Irish language, culture, music and history. From Rossaveal (Ros an Mhíl) you can catch a ferry to any of the three islands for a day trip or even longer. Here the O’Brien family have been operating Aran Island Ferries for generations. This family business takes great pride in their work and they enchant visitors with the magnificent scenery and stories of the islands past and present. Still maintaining aspects of traditional Irish life, the islands fascinate the thousands of visitors who make the journey every year. Inis Mór, the largest island, boasts over 50 historical attractions including Dún Aonghasa, a world heritage site, the Seven Churches and extensive Celtic stone walls. The main village on the island is the picturesque Kilronan which has a wide selection of restaurants serving local produce, traditional Irish bars and accommodation. Kilmurvey Craft Village, located close to Dún Aonghasa is home to the famous Aran Sweater market and local artists inspired by the Celtic traditions of the island. Visitors to Inis Mór can relax on blue-flag beaches

and enjoy a number of walking and cycling routes around the island. Sailing time to Inis Mór is a relaxing 40-minute journey across the gorgeous waters of Galway Bay and a fantastic way to take in the scenic beauty of the island and Galway headland. Inis Meáin is the most traditional of the three Islands and was a retreat for Irish playwright, John Millington Synge. In addition to a trip to Synge’s Cottage, visitors can enjoy sandy beaches and breath-taking scenery at a leisurely pace. At just three square km in size, Inis Oírr is the smallest of the Islands and is a walker’s paradise. Despite its size the island has several interesting historical attractions including the much photographed wreck of former cargo ship ‘Plassy’ which ran onto rocks on 8th March 1960 and has been marooned on the Eastern tip of the island every since. Operating a fleet of four purpose built, state-of-theart vessels, Aran Island Ferries offer passengers maximum comfort with minimum journey times and excellent amenities such as full bar service on board. The team can also work closely with customers to offer a range of bespoke package deals throughout the year in association with businesses on the islands. Visit to find out more. 39




urrently it is home to more than 100 eagles, hawks, owls, falcons and vultures. Altogether there are more than 450 birds and animals from 85 different species in the centre.

Established in 1999 as an institution for research on birds of prey, parts of the area were opened to the public in 2003. Only a few years later it was one of the major tourist attractions in the northern part of Ireland. Thousands of visitor’s flock to see the spectacular bird shows with eagles, hawks, falcons, vultures and owls of different species.


Twice daily scientists train these birds for visitors and give information about the biology of these magnificent creatures. They also answer questions from the audience. During the entertaining interactive bird shows visitors can experience different types of birds of prey flying right over their head or landing beside them. Some have a wingspan of up to 3 metres. It is also possible to touch some of the animals and members of the audience may even have one flying to their bare hand. The shows are truly unique - you have never been that close to raptors! Shows start at 11 am and 3 pm every day and last


for approximately one hour. The birds are presented in their natural habitat – not in an arena. Before and after the show visitors can walk the parklands and enjoy the birds displayed in aviaries or on perches close to the walking path with staff on hand to provide information and answer questions. For the little ones or those who prefer something cuddlier, there is a large supervised petting-zoo on site. Here visitors can get hands-on 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 and Allan, the tame foxes make perfect (live) fur collars for fashion conscious ladies and Monty, the 4-meter python makes a perfect scarf for at least 6 people at a time.

The most time and resource consuming section is the Animal Rescue Department. Animals and birds in need are taken on, medicated and made fit for rehabilitation. Problem animals passed on by animal rescue groups are treated and healed to a very high percentage. Eagles Flying is also accredited as 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 14 kg. 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. 41

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n its latest guide to Ireland, Leitrim is described as a “well-kept secret” but maybe not for much longer.

Leitrim is defined by water, which influences both the county’s character and the activities that take place there. The Shannon Erne Waterway is Europe’s longest inland navigable waterway, stretching through the county. The open sea of the Wild Atlantic Way carves out its way along 2.4 miles of the coastline and here some of the best surfing in the country must be seen to be believed. Leitrim is a leisurely county – a place to explore, experience and enjoy. Linger at the waterside pubs and restaurants where you can relax as if there was no tomorrow. Enjoy the gentle humour of the people,

the companionship. Hire out a bike and cycle for miles around Sliabh an Iarainn (aided if you like with the bonus of an electric motor!). Hear the splash of a trout; the song of the thrush or savour the sound of utter silence. In Carrick on Shannon, the county town, visit the Costello chapel, one of the smallest in Europe. In North Leitrim visit Glencar waterfall which inspired Yeats or Parkes Castle near Dromahair the home of the Parkes family in the 17th century. Leitrim is a border county so in many ways it offers the best of both worlds; access to the sea, to stunning scenery, to Ireland’s waterways and to the coasts and glens of Northern Ireland. 43

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he River Shannon is the largest river in Ireland and Great Britain combined. The 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. The entire area is a kaleidoscope of sparkling lakes and rushing streams. Fitting therefore that the region is the first in Ireland to host an inland blue-way water trail. The Shannon Blueway is a new recreational and tourism experience provide a scenic perspective in the heart of the Irish landscape. Running from Drumshanbo through Battlebridge and Leitrim Village to Carrick on Shannon, the route includes 16.5km of water trail and over 10km of walking routes in three loops. The Blueway is an innovative, safe and easy to use series of on water and land based trails. A myriad of recreational activities have been developed and

bundled together as a single or multiple visitor experience. There are guided and unguided paddling and walking along the Lough Allen Canal and Shannon River with recreational leisure activities such as walking, cycling, canoeing, fishing and cruising - all linked by the waterways to local towns and villages. From leisurely strolls and gentle paddles to adrenaline-filled days on land and water, visitors can experience the delights of the waterways and the rich culture of the Shannon in an innovative and exciting way. Experience heritage and wildlife or go wild on a paddleboard or kayak; timelessness meets ‘time of your life’ on the Shannon Blueway. There is more than enough to see and do here so why not stay a few days in a gorgeous riverside house – some even come with their own cruiser! Leitrim Quays is situated at a hub of waterways on the upper Shannon and there are beautiful grounds around a private marina, all of which is located within a two-minute walk of Leitrim town with its pubs and restaurants just waiting to be explored. 45


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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 well-known as the birthplace of the poet Patrick Kavanagh and the images evoked by his poems and prose relate to rural life, run at a slow pace. However, there’s a side to Monaghan that packs a little more punch than that, a side that perhaps might interest someone in search of a little more action, on their short break away. THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS Have you ever wondered where your name would appear on the “Top Gear Leader Board”? If so why not create your own? Fill up the car with friends, make the trip to Monaghan’s Rally School Ireland and let your inner speed demon take over!

Visitors to the track are invited to try out a Subaru Impreza Turbo and Mark II Ford Escort on a kilometer long tarmac and gravel purpose-built rally stage. This veritable den of dare devils caters for groups, individuals and corporate events and offers anyone with an interest in racing the chance to experience the high octane thrills of real rallying. So shift the gear stick from neutral to fifth, and enjoy the thrill of a lifetime! ‘HOLE IN MONAGH-ONE’ The old Golfers motto to keep cool, calm and collected comes into its own while playing in Co Monaghan. The 5 courses in the county are all situated in picturesque settings which are as challenging as they are charming. Local knowledge is readily available and good concentration is invaluable in conquering the courses in this drumlin county. 47

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Opened in 2008, The Concra Wood Golf & Country Club is intertwined with Lough Muckno and this happy union results in an exciting round of golf which will lure you to the water’s edge and challenge the most proficient of golfers while at the same time offering excitement and risk with every swing. The 18-Hole Championship Golf Course at the 4 Star Nuremore Hotel & Country Golf Club has been described as one of the most picturesque parkland golf courses in Ireland. The three other courses in the county, Rossmore Golf Club, Mannan Castle Golf Club and Clones Golf Club all present challenges and welcome visitors all year round. DOWN ‘N DIRTY IN MONAGHAN Experience thrills and spills in the driving seat of a quad bike at Irish Country Quads in Inniskeen and the ultimate adrenalin rush will be yours! A group quad biking trip is the best way to check out what Monaghan has to offer. And with all ages and levels of ability catered for, you can customize your own adventure. All trails include; underground tunnels, overhead bridges, a water-splash run, tight corners, bumpy grounds and muddy ditches. If you would like your feet to remain solidly on the ground you can also try out alternative adventure activities like; air striking, action targeting, archery and even clay pigeon shooting. GO A.W.O.L? At A.W.O.L Paintball & Activity Centre you get the opportunity to play games you’ve never even dreamt of before! With 2 different games areas – the Speedball Arena and the Jungle Forest, you’ll have plenty of places to hide when playing games such as Hostage Rescue, Annihilator or Ambush Ally. Other activities include, archery, canoe/kayaking, team-building and mountain biking. CLIMB ABOARD Muckno Adventure is nestled in the scenic environs of Muckno Forest Park. You can explore the un-chartered territories of Monaghan at Lough Muckno and the experimental adventurer can try out orienteering, forest games, waterslides, canoeing, and raft-building. You may not be able to walk on water, but you will certainly be walking on air after you take part in these enjoyable activities! Tanagh Outdoor Education Centre offers a wide range of outdoor activities including canoeing, banana-boating, climbing wall, hill-walking, archery and gorge-walking and is particularly suitable for children. Monaghan also offers more sedate water activities in the shape of fishing and angling and there are plenty of local angling experts available offering boat hire, bait tackle and wet room facilities, perfect for you to land the catch of the day! The County is an Anglers Paradise with over 60 lakes and rivers with angling access. The waters have good fishing and are teaming with Bream, Roach, Pike, Eel, Tench, Rudd, Perch and hybrids. Game anglers can enjoy Salmon fishing and wild, brown and rainbow Trout fishing and there is also Specimen hunting in the area. Lough Muckno is the jewel in the crown of angling in Co Monaghan and provides excellent access for visiting anglers. 48

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ON YOUR BIKE OR GO FOR A HIKE Walking in Co Monaghan is just that – walking as opposed to mountaineering! Tucked away from the helter-skelter of modern life many of the walks are around lakes, through woodlands or over hills. Why not check out the Rossmore Forest Park, Knocktallon Looped walks or the more challenging Monaghan Way when you’re visiting? Cycling in Monaghan means equal share of work and leisure but it is always a pleasure. The cyclist gets panoramic views over the beautiful drumlin countryside and a poet’s feeling for the pulse of the road. As Kavanagh himself put it,” A road, a mile of kingdom, I am king, of banks and stones and every blooming thing.” Freewheel around the county or link up with the Kingfisher Cycle Trail in Clones which is part of a larger cycling loop through the neighbouring counties of Fermanagh, Leitrim and Cavan. GIDDY UP An equestrian break is a fantastic and exciting way to experience the beautiful scenery of Monaghan. There is something very unique about taking in the sights and the sounds of your surroundings on horseback, and at equestrian centres like the famous Castle Leslie Equestrian Centre, Cloncaw Equestrian Centre and Mullaghmore Equestrian Centre you are in for a particularly unique equestrian treat. A MORE GENTLE PACE? Fondly known as ‘Patrick Kavanagh Country’, no trip to Monaghan is complete without a visit to his birthplace, Inniskeen, and to the wonderful Patrick Kavanagh Centre which celebrates the poet’s life and work. TOWNS & VILLAGES Pretty towns and villages abound in these parts, a particularly good example being at Glaslough, or lake of glass where it gets its name. Glaslough was originally the site of a McKenna castle but at the time of the Plantations in

1610 it was in the hands of the McMahons. The estates were confiscated and given to Thomas Ridgeway, the King’s Treasurer-at-Arms in Ireland, who extended the old castle. He then sold out to Countess Carlisle, who in turn sold it to Bishop John Leslie, founder of the Leslie dynasty in 1665. The McKenna chieftains were buried in nearby Donagh old graveyard, which also features the 12th century McKenna High Cross. This is also the only cemetery in the Diocese of Clogher to feature four headstones from the 17th century, three of them dated 1666. The magnificent stone carvings were the work of the McKay family, the official stone cutters for the Leslies, and whose work may also be seen in Errigal, Clones and Tydavent graveyards. Monaghan County Museum is well worth a visit. While away a few hours delving into the county’s social, cultural and political history which is interpreted through the museum’s collection of artefacts and displays. A highlight of the museum’s collection is the 14th century Cross of Clogher and the medieval crannog artefacts which make up its D’arcy Collection also attract a lot of attention. For this special centenary year a major 1916 exhibition – From a Whisper to a Roar – is currently taking place at the museum and is well worth a look. Other unique Visitor Attractions in Monaghan include the Carrickmacross Lace Gallery and the Ulster Canal Stores which focus on the wonderful County Monaghan tradition of lace-making. This handiwork is a joy to behold, where the intricate designs of lace seem to reflect the intricate tapestry of life. SET THE DATE Monaghan is the perfect holiday destination to ensure you are fully revived on your next break away. There is a plethora of exciting activities and adventures on offer, as well as quality accommodation, top-class eateries, fantastic shopping and spa facilities, where you can try out treatments like herbal saunas and or Balinese Massage, the perfect way to complete an all round great holiday! 49

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ith the opening of Concra Wood Golf Course in Castleblayney, many more people have access to the stunning views which Liz has enjoyed all of her life. “Even as a child I appreciated the colour and beauty of the lake and forest and the wonderful affect of light, be it at dawn or at dusk”, says Liz. “I believe that beautiful places and things are good for the soul and help lift and sustain one’s spirit.” Besides her husband Pat, Liz’s other great love is Art, the Impressionist painters and particularly Monet. Thus, she draws her inspiration from artists, their play on colour and light and from her own interpretation of the natural world to create beautiful colours and hues

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for her hand-woven scarves and wraps. Dyeing the bouclé wool herself to get the perfect colour palette, Liz is an artist, the loom is her canvass and the coloured wool her paints. She also uses fine silk, cottons and beautiful yarns including Donegal spun tweed and merino wool to create pieces of varying weights and warmth which are suitable for every season. Her scarves and wraps are wearable works of art. A painting that Liz has admired since she was a teenager is that of Sir Frederic William Burton RHA (18161900) “The Meeting on the Turret Stairs “, which has been voted the National Gallery of Ireland’s most popular painting. So Liz was truly delighted to receive the commission to interpret the painting into

a scarf. The ‘Turret Scarf’ has been a sell out in the National Gallery’s shop and she has got two further commissions – to make scarves and wraps interpreting the paintings of the famous Irish artist, Paul Henry and also the work of the great Italian painter, Caravaggio (1571-1610) which are on display in the gallery. “These commissions are dreams come through for me“, says Liz. “In truth, I feel blessed with my life and the fact that I create wearable works of art that everyone can enjoy and which can (when treated with care and hand-washed) be passed on to the next generation as heirloom pieces. As Shakespeare put it – “a Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever.”


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his historic castle and family home in County Monaghan is one of the most intriguing of Irish estates. The Leslie family has had an amazing blend of creative and artistic members; poets, writers, businessmen, ambassadors, ufologist and even Lough Ness monster hunters! Throw into the mix marriages to some amazing East Coast families; the Jeromes, The Clay Ides and Burke Cockran and you have a fascinating and absorbing American-Irish history.

The latest chapter spans a tumultuous time in Irish history and politics. As Ireland celebrates the centenary of the 1916 Rising, the Leslie family celebrate the 100th year of Ireland’s last aristocrats, Baronet Sir John Leslie. Captain Sir John Norman Ide Leslie, 4th Baronet, or ‘Uncle Jack’ as he is affectionately known has a wry sense of humour and an enviable sense of fun. “My address book now is the list of the cemetery” he says with a twinkle in his eye. He is proof that age is no barrier to shaking with the best of them. At the tender age of 75 he decided to “shake his liver” by heading off to the local disco. Having suffered deafness in one ear from an early age the pounding music was joyous as was the freedom of movement. “It’s so jolly” he says, “Everyone’s enjoying themselves.” “Before the war I danced the foxtrot, the Valetta, the polka, the waltzes. Disco dancing is quite a new kind of dance. You just leap around and jump on the floor!” He went on to do a big more leaping for his 85th birthday when his niece Sammy (who now runs Castle Leslie Estate) took him to Europe’s party capital in Ibiza as a birthday treat! Landed Gentry Uncle Jack grew up at a time when there were many great houses in Ireland. His family exerted a very positive influence on Co. Monaghan life perhaps more so than any of the other landed gentry that controlled Ireland from the early seventeenth century onwards. Unlike most landlords who were gifted confiscated lands following the Ulster Plantations and the Cromwellian Settlement, the Leslies did not come to Ireland as ‘Planters’. The first Leslie to arrive in north Monaghan was Bishop John Leslie, known as ‘The Fighting Bishop’. He had been Bishop of Raphoe in Donegal but when the diocese of Clogher became available he applied for the position as it was more convenient to Dublin, the centre of political life. Bartholomew Leslie was a Hungarian nobleman who became chamberlain and protector of Margaret Queen of Scots. He saved her life when one day as she fled her enemies on the back of Bartholomew’s horse, she fell off when fording a river. Bartholomew threw her the end of his belt and told her to grip fast on the buckle. From that day the queen bestowed the motto Grip Fast on the Leslies. It is one of the first things you see on entering the grand entrance hall of Castle Leslie – a magnificent room with mosaic tiled floors and deep wood panelled walls. When he secured the position in Clogher, Bishop Leslie needed an estate of his own so he purchased north Monaghan lands with the original McKenna castle built in 1591. Bishop Leslie arrived in 1665 and extended the existing castle. He also took possession of the old Church at Donagh (founded by St. Patrick in the 5th century) but later 53

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We strongly believe that we inherit nothing from our parents, we just borrow it from future generations.” Sammy Leslie

abandoned this and built a new church within his walled estate in 1670, a church which still stands and it was the venue for Paul McCartney wedding in 2002. Uncle Jack famously let the cat out of the bag about the date of that wedding to waiting journalists. “It’s on Tuesday” he said, “but it’s a secret.”

night using a special password to gain access after midnight. It was all quite glamorous and fun but things changed on September 3, 1939 when Britain declared war on Germany. Jack went straight to war from a party in St James’ Palace, “my heart turned to stone” he said.

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Uncle Jack was just 16 when the Easter Rising of 1916 was in full swing in Dublin; an event that went by relatively unnoticed in County Monaghan. More significant however was the War of Independence and Irish Civil War which caused deep divide between the north and south of the country. As a border county lands were divided, old neighbours were separated by borders and many of Ireland’s great houses were destroyed by those that saw them as symbols of oppression. Thankfully the Leslie’s remote location and the excellent relationship they had always enjoyed with their neighbours meant that the castle remained untouched.

In the first months of war Jack was captured at Boulogne and taken to a prison camp near Salzburg where he was held in crowded conditions for five years. Eventually prisoners were allowed to send and receive letters and he wrote to his brother Desmond about how the prisoners formed a theatre to keep themselves busy, they played basketball and even grew some vegetables “Every room here has its little vegetable plot and the camp looks like a market garden. We are now getting our own radishes!”

As war unfolded at home and in Europe Jack was studying at Cambridge. Aged just 22 and fresh out of college he joined the elite regiment, the Irish Guards. They were entrusted to guard Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London – an experience he describes as being very exciting in his book “Never a Dull Moment.” He had his own valet and he attended many parties, returning to the Tower at 54

Conditions were harsh however and the attempt to put on a brave face was often difficult to sustain. “Our food ration was very small and we were terribly overcrowded” he says. “It was bitter cold and we were continually being counted in a pale, turned out on the square. We had to stand for hours while they counted you to make sure nobody had escaped.” On May 10, 1945, General Patton’s army marched into the camp and the prisoners were released. Jack returned to Glaslough where he settled into life at the

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family home. “I just did gardening and things like that for a while,” he said. While in the German camp Jack had used his artistic skills to forge documents that helped escapees. At age 98 he was rewarded for his bravery when the French Ambassador wrote to say that he was to be honoured for his significant personal contribution in the defence of freedom of France during World War II. He was appointed a chevalier (knight) of the National Order of the Legion of Honour, France’s highest medal. For all of his modesty 5 years in captivity took its toll so in the late 1940s Jack moved to the sunnier climate of Italy where he stayed for the next 40 years buying and restoring a 1,500-year-old monastery. Eventually the draw of home pulled him back to Glaslough in 1994 “to embrace the quiet life” but it’s hard to keep a good man down, and so it was that Uncle Jack discovered a passion for dance music. “I went to the local town one night. They were playing this boom boom music. I liked it a lot,” he said. Céad Míle Fáilte The villagers of Glaslough take a real pride in ‘their’ castle and many have worked at Castle Leslie for countless years. This and the fact that the castle is still very much a family home delivers quite a

unique, personalized experience. Over the years many castle guests have enjoyed the arrival of Uncle Jack at breakfast resplendent in his velvet robe and sitting unobtrusively amongst guests. Breakfast overlooking the lake in the magnificent dining room is a grand affair. Huge portions from an extensive menu set you up for long walks around the 1000-acre estate rich in rural splendour and offering complete respite from the rest of the world. Referred to by Senator David Norris as ‘gloriously eccentric’, the Leslies attracted poets, writers and artists to the estate throughout the years. Suffice to say that everybody from rock stars to revellers have enjoyed the hospitality of this family and that tradition is alive and well today. Jack’s niece Sammy undertook a daunting refurbishment project during the 1990s, restoring the house to its former glory. Nowadays the plumbing works (including one of the first flushing toilets in the country) and every modern comfort is available. The guest experience however is truly unique. It is one of staying at a country house with family and friends rather than the stiff formality of many top notch hotels. The highlight for many guests however has been the impromptu guided tours by Uncle Jack, war hero, writer, art expert and raver who has loved sharing his home with newfound friends from all over the world. In the words of the great man himself, “its what these grand houses were built for.” 55

MONAGHAN COUNTY MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS INCLUDE: ​From a Whisper to a Roar – Exploring the untold story of Monaghan 1916 which runs from March 2016 - December 2016. TOP FREE ATTRACTION IN IRELAND! ​ e are delighted to be included on a shortlist of 30 free W attractions all around Ireland that have be chosen by Ireland. com as ‘​​must sees​‘​by visitors to the country this year. ​OPENING HOURS:​ Monday to Friday 11am to 5pm Saturday 12pm to 5pm Closed Sunday and Bank Holidays Visits outside opening hours can be arranged, contact the museum for more details. ​(​047​)​ 8292​8​ For full details on Monaghan County Museum’s full programme of events visit our w ​ ebsite. Leitrim Wild Atlantic Way Ad-1-2 Page .pdf




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Situated just two hours from the major cities of Dublin, Galway and Belfast, Leitrim is a county where you can explore, experience and enjoy unspoilt landscapes and breath-taking scenery alongside bustling towns and quaint villages. Experience the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ or enjoy scenic Northern Ireland from your base in Leitrim, where you can enjoy lively home grown traditional entertainment in a variety of venues, soak up the culture and heritage through exhibitions and historical sites. Savour the peace and tranquillity by a lake’s edge. Endless possibilities await you!

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ncover what everyday life was like, pastimes, crafts, sports and employment. The museum collection covers all aspects of the county’s history including stones and stories from our prehistoric past, from Pagan and Celtic to Christian heritage, the plantation era and Anglo Ireland, transport, conflict and rebellion, agriculture, folk life, linen and lace. Two towns in County Monaghan are famous for lace, Clones and Carrickmacross. The latter has featured on the wedding gowns of Queen Victoria, Princess Diana and more recently, the Duchess of Cambridge – Kate Middleton. The services that the museum offers are diverse; tours of the museum and exhibitions; workshops; walking tours of Monaghan town; research; educational events; local history and heritage; outreach events

and exhibitions and object identification. There are also a number of interactive displays which aid in the accessibility of the museum both physically and intellectually. Monaghan County Museum first opened to the public in 1974. Since then County Monaghan has seen many social, cultural and political changes at local and national level. These changes are reflected in this award winning museum’s collections. The current exhibition; From a whisper to a Roar – exploring the untold story of Monaghan 1916, is on view from 10th March until December 2016. Admission is free and opening times are Monday to Friday 11am – 5pm and Saturday 12pm to 5pm. 57

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n Cabhán’ is the old Irish name for Cavan, meaning ‘The Hollow’. It really does say a lot about this secret place where you can wind down and delve deep into the real Ireland.

Warm people, delicious food, tranquil lakes and sweeping hills are here in spades, linked by a network of soothing waterways coursing through its heartland. It lends the entire county a real sense of serenity. The rolling, ancient drumlins of Cavan are alive with poetry and heritage; nowhere more so than amid the life-affirming beauty of Cavan Burren Park. An enduring geological wonder, located on the slopes of Cuilcagh Mountain, Cavan Burren Park boasts


breathtaking views over Lough MacNean and the surrounding countryside. Learn how this ancient valley was hewn from the earth by giant ice sheets in the park’s information centre, or enjoy one of four marked walking trails (one of which is multi-access) through dramatic and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes. Cavan is a place where life moves at a relaxed pace. This together with its intoxicating beauty, makes the county a walker’s paradise. Cavan boasts a wide array of marked trails through ethereal woods and open countryside. The land and water here is fresh and pure, and so too is its produce. This is a county with some of the finest food in Ireland. In recent years Cavan has been recognised for its culinary delight,

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and the ‘Taste of Cavan’ food festival, which takes place in August, is the perfect showcase for the country’s best food producers. The Cavan Walking Festival (29th April – 8th May) is a fun week of varying trails, rambles and hikes all led by local trained guides who take the walker on a journey into the colourful heritage of the ‘Breffni County’. If history is your thing, the new World War One Trench Experience at Cavan County Museum, in Ballyjamesduff is a must–see. Proving a winner with adults and kids alike, it’s the largest WWI replica trench found anywhere in Ireland or the UK. As Ireland celebrates the centenary of its historic 1916 Rising, spring 2016 will also see the museum take visitors on an interactive walk through time, with an exciting life-size replica of the Easter Rising battleground constructed on the grounds. Inside the museum, housed in a beautiful Georgian building, you can experience over 5,000 years of history including ancient weapons and tools and fascinating relics of bygone ages.

Ireland is a land of castles and conquest and Cavan has its fair share of ancient fortifications. For a tour with a difference, go to Cavan Canoe Centre and request a boat trip to the island castle of Clough Oughter. Extraordinarily beautiful in its isolation, Clough Oughter stands like a silent sentinel on an island in the centre of a vast and charming waterway. This Norman castle has witnessed fire and bloodshed but has quietly stood the test of time. County Cavan works hard on making the county accessible to all. These efforts have not gone unnoticed and Cavan Town was the 2013 winner of the EDEN Award for Accessible Tourism, and a 2014 World Responsible Tourism Award winner. Since 2014, Cavan Town is also an ‘Age Friendly Business Town’. Cavan is an exciting, enticing, mysterious and scenic county - one that must be explored at your leisure and where you’re sure to receive a warm and friendly welcome. For information on County Cavan visit www.


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majestic [adjective] ma•jes•tic describing the breathtaking beauty of the stunning castle ruins and the feeling you’ll experience as you take a walk in the footsteps of our ancestors at Dunluce Castle, Portrush, Northern Ireland.


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t the north of the island of Ireland, where the Atlantic waves crash onto soft golden sand in the shadow of a rugged cliff-faces, the Causeway Coastal Route awaits discovery; one of the world’s most spectacular drives uncovering breath-taking scenery, a wild landscape and a mysterious and magical past. There’s a lot to see and do in the Causeway Coast and Glens, so there’s no need to hurry – time moves slower in this part of the world! Begin your journey in the unsurpassed beauty of the Glens of Antrim and enjoy the old world charm of sleepy villages such as Cushendall and Cushendun. Bask in the warmth and friendliness of the welcome that you will receive in these quaint and picturesque places, famous for their hospitality. Enjoy a visit to Glenariff Forest Park, the Vanishing Lake or explore the Glens Town and Villages 3D Trail to unearth the

secrets of the Glens. Game of Thrones® fans will be in seventh heaven here as they visit the caves of Cushendun where the series was filmed; other nearby locations include Ballintoy Harbour, the Dark Hedges and Portstewart Strand. Continue your journey onto the hustle and bustle of the coastal resort of Ballycastle, with its busy local markets and attractive seaside promenade. From here, why not catch the ferry to Rathlin Island, only 6 miles from the port of Ballycastle, a veritable paradise for bird-watchers, botanists and anyone with a love of rugged scenery and lighthouses – there are three on this small island which is home to just 140 inhabitants. On your return, divert at this stage to the town of Ballymoney, a must-see for bike enthusiasts, home to motorcycle legends Joey and Robert Dunlop, you may take some time out to pay homage at the memorial gardens dedicated to the brothers 61

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Not far from here you should seek out the aforementioned Dark Hedges, where gnarled trees intertwine to create a mystical pathway. Returning to the coastal road an array of visitor attractions should dazzle and delight from Ballycastle to Portrush. Take the challenge of crossing the Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, suspended over a 20m drop to the Atlantic waves below, you will be well rewarded with the stunning views across to the Scottish Isles. Your next stop will be the world famous Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most unique sights in the world. Its notable hexagonal columns are famous around the world and the alternative explanations of volcanic landscape formation or the more romantic legend of Finn McCool’s battle with Benandonner are well interpreted in the excellent Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre. Moving along the coastal road, pay a visit to Bushmills Distillery, the home of the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery and tour the dramatic ruins of the medieval Dunluce Castle, just outside Portrush, where you can step back into history and learn about the notorious ambush of the MacQuillans by the MacDonnells. 62

2016 is the Year of Food and Drink in Northern Ireland and you cannot come to the Causeway Coast and Glens without sampling the delights of our world-class cuisine throughout your journey. Foodies will savour the selection of restaurants and eateries where most dishes are created from mouth-watering local produce, so fresh it creates a different taste experience for the visitor. The Causeway Coast and Glens has its own unique traditional fare – where else can you taste and indulge in Dulce or Yellow Man alongside the contemporary gourmet fare available in some of the best restaurants and winebars in Ireland? It’s tempting to linger over such delicacies but the western part of your journey is calling –, with golden Blue Flag beaches and spectacular links golf courses in Portrush and Portstewart. In fact, Portrush is fast becoming the ‘major’ golf capital of the world with three former Major champions (Fred Daly, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke) and the town is in full preparation mode to host The Open Championship in 2019 at Royal Portrush. Don’t fret, If golf is not your thing, challenge yourself with a range of other activities, including surfing,

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Nearby, the urban town of Coleraine is home to one of the oldest human settlements in Ireland at Mountsandel, a treasure for history enthusiasts. You may also catch a glimpse of some budding Olympic rowers on the River Bann, following in the steps of former Bann Rowing Club members, Richard and Peter Chambers, Alan Campbell and Joe Cassells – watch out for this quartet in Rio later this year. Our route then takes you to the small coastal village of Castlerock, where the thatched cottage at Hezlett House dating from 1690 gives a fascinating glimpse into the past. You may then embark on the delightful scenic journey to Limavady, which will take visitors via Downhill Castle and the eccentric folly Mussenden Temple perched atop a sheer cliffface. Don’t forget to stop at Benone, where seven miles of golden sand provide the perfect backdrop for surfing, blokarting, walking or just enjoying the landscape.

The market town of Limavady is best known for its connection to the Danny Boy story and is proudly touted as the original home of the haunting melody. To explore this area more, why not follow the Limavady Myths and Legends Sculpture Trail, which depicts local tales of buried treasure, Celtic seagods, leaping dogs, magical harps and murderous highwayman. Let your imagination run riot in stunning rural locations such as the Roe Valley Country Park, a tranquil country park perfect for walking, angling and filled with heritage. Pics: Tourism Ireland and Tourism NI©

canoeing and kayaking, coasteering or the many coastal walks in the spectacular surroundings of the wild Atlantic.

The journey ends here but there’s no need to hurry home – there’s plenty more to do and see. The Causeway Coast and Glens is 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. For more detail check out www. 63

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eaturing three unique areas— the Land of 5,000 Dawns, the Historic Heartlands and the Celtic Coast— the Ancient East is a smorgasbord of fascinating destinations that is enough to satisfy the biggest cultural appetite.

The northernmost stretch encompasses the iconic Neolithic passage tombs at the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Boyne Valley and the legendary Hill of Uisneach, Ireland’s sacred centre. The Historic Heartlands is the setting for high drama. In County Tipperary, sitting on a towering rock said to have been discarded by the Devil himself, the Rock of Cashel looms large over Ireland’s history. Here medieval buildings rub shoulders with a Gothic cathedral and castle and tales of saints and kings abound. There are more than a few castles in the Historic Heartlands including the splendid Norman Kilkenny Castle and Birr Castle, home to the Great Telescope built in the 1840s, the largest telescope in the world at the time.

The Celtic Coast takes in counties Wicklow, Wexford, Waterford and Cork and reveals more of Ireland’s colourful past in some of the country’s most impressive architecture, as well as dazzling scenery. In Wicklow ramble through the ruins of the sixth-century monastic city of Glendalough with its famous round tower, or stroll around the magnificent Powerscourt House and its award-winning gardens. Europe’s oldest lighthouse at Hook Head in Wexford offers a glimpse of the island’s maritime history, while Waterford City holds treasures and tales of its Viking past. Ireland’s Ancient East offers a captivating journey through time but the region is also alive with fun and frivolity—from leprechaun hunts to comedy and music festivals—ensuring you leave enriched, enlightened and entertained.


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A-Z OF IRELAND’S Ancient East


A is for Ardmore. The Round Tower in this Co. Waterford village, where St. Declan established his monastery, is the only monastery on Ireland’s coast.

H is for Halloween. ‘Samhain’ was originally a Celtic festival celebrated by pagans at the Hill of Ward (Tlachtga), Co. Meath, as far back as 200 AD.

B is for Brú na Bóinne. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to the largest concentration of stone art in Western Europe.

I is for Inn. Kytler’s Inn in Killkenny is named after Dame Alice Kytler, born in 1280 and reputed to be Ireland’s last witch. Kytler was widowed four times and accused of poisoning all of her husbands… though she escaped capture.

C is for Cinema. Over 25 different movies and TV series have been shot around the Palladian mansion and estate at Powerscourt, Co. Wicklow - including Black Beauty, The Count of Monte Cristo, Ella Enchanted and King Arthur. D is for Dolmen. Brownshill Portal Tomb in Co. Carlow is Europe’s largest dolmen. Itscapstone weighs in at an impressive 150 tonnes! E is for Epic. The Battle of the Boyne 1690 was the largest ever assembly of troops on an Irish Battlefield. 61,000 troops faced off on July 1, 1690.


J is for JFK. President John F. Kennedy’s family hailed from Dunbrody, Co. Wexford. The John F. Kennedy Trust was founded in 1988 to commemorate his legacy. K is for Killruddery House, Co. Wicklow. The ancestral home to the Earls of Meath has been a popular location for many well-known movies and TV mini-series, including My Left Foot, Far & Away, Angela’s Ashes, The Tudors and Camelot.

F is for Flashy. According to Lonely Planet, Hook Lighthouse is the flashiest in the world! It’s the oldest intact operational lighthouse, too.

L is for Lonely Planet. The influential travel brand not only voted Ireland one of its hottest countries to visit in 2015, but ranked the Smithwicks Experience in Kilkenny as one of the year’s hottest attractions!

G is for Guinness. Arthur Guinness was born in Celbridge and ran his first brewery in Leixlip before trying his luck in Dublin. He is buried in Oughterard, Co. Kildare.

M is for Muiredach’s Cross. The tallest (and arguably most beautiful) remaining high cross in Ireland can be visited at Monasterboice, Co. Louth.

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N is for Newgrange. This 5,000-year-old passage tomb was engineered 500 years before the Egyptian pyramids, and 1,000 years prior to Stonehenge!

boarded the ship at Ireland’s most southerly point… although seven lucky souls disembarked. The ship struck an iceberg and sank on April 15, 1912.

O is for Old-school. The High Kings of Ireland ruled from the Hill of Tara in Co. Meath. Meath continues to be known as the Royal County today.

U is for Mount Usher. The Wicklow gardens were voted Best to Visit in Ireland by BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine. Wicklow is known as Ireland’s Garden County.

P is for President of the United States of America. President Barack Obama’s great – great-great grandfather was the son of a shoemaker from Moneygall, Co. Offaly. He left Ireland for America in 1850. Q is for Quaker. Ballitore, Co. Kildare is the only planned and permanent Quaker Settlement in Ireland. R is for Rumbled! According to legend, the devil once called at Loftus Hall in Co. Wexford. His identity was uncovered during a game of cards, at which point he is said to have absconded… by flying through the ceiling. S is for Santa Claus. The original St. Nicholas is said to be buried at Jerpoint Park, Co. Kilkenny… but sssh, don’t tell the small people!

V is for Volcano. Croghan Hill, Co. Offaly is the root of an ancient volcano. W is for Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city. It was founded by Vikings between 856 and 914, making the city over 1,000 years old. X is for X-Factor. When mythical hero Fionn Mac Cumhaill tasted the Salmon of Knowledge, caught in the River Boyne, he was instantly filled with wisdom. Y is for Yield - something Sir William Wallace emphatically did not do during the Wars of Scotish Independence. Braveheart, which told the story, was filmed in part at Trim Castle, Co. Meath - Ireland’s largest Anglo-Norman castle. Z is for… a Zillion things to do in Ireland’s Ancient East!

T is for Titanic. Cobh, Co. Cork, was the last port of call for the ill-fated White Star liner. 123 people 67

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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


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Ireland’s first, finest, largest, most celebrated 18th century house on the banks of the River Liffey

“This I believe the only house in Ireland to which the term palace can be applied” Richard Twiss, 1775

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Castletown House, Celbridge, Co. Kildare House open 12th March to 31st October 2016 Just 20km from Dublin City Centre Parking: Exit 6, M4, Celbridge West or on Main Street Celbridge and a 10 minute walk from the village. Dublin Bus: 67 from Merrion Square to Main Street Celbridge

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onstruction began in 1722 for William Conolly, a man from humble origins but who in his lifetime became a very important political figure as the Speaker of the Irish House of Commons and one of the richest men in the country. As he and his wife Katherine had no children his architectural legacy, Castletown, was inherited and re-invigorated in the mid to late 18th century by his grand-nephew Thomas and his wife, Lady Louisa Conolly, nee Lennox. Castletown was subsequently inherited by Conolly’s descendants until 1965 when it was sold at auction and bought by property developers. Thankfully it was saved in 1967 when it was purchased by the Hon. Desmond and Mariga Guinness and it subsequently became the headquarters for the Irish Georgian Society and the conservation and restoration projects began. In 1979 The Castletown Foundation was formed and they gave the house as a gift to the Irish state in 1994. Now under the care of the Office of Public Works, Castletown has undergone major conservation and restoration work. Visitors can relax in the café located within the original 18th century Kitchen wing and courtyard and the restored 18th century Stable Wing is now home to a visitor reception, events and conference centre. In 2015 the house welcomed just under 300,000 visitors maintaining the prestigious museum standard

status from the Heritage Council which allows the house to confidently display a wonderful collection of 18th and 19th century decorative arts collection throughout the house within a museum environment. Tours of the house and its collections are available daily from the 12th March to the 31st October 2016 and this year is expected to be another exciting and busy year as the team look forward to hosting a wide range of exhibitions and events including The Irish Antique Dealers Association Antique Fair; outdoor theatre with Shakespeare’s “A Mid Summers Night Dream” on the lawns and exhibitions from contemporary artist Richard Gorman and ‘Vanishing Ireland’ photographic exhibition by James Fennel. Music recitals and concerts continue to attract new audiences with internationally acclaimed Irish sopranos Celine Byrne, Sandra Oman and Sharon Carty performing in the Long Gallery. The ever popular “Summer Sunday Series” music programme provides a platform for Irish based talent to perform within the magnificent environs of the Grand Entrance Hall. The extraordinary scale, decoration, collections and events at Castletown continue to bring to life a unique period in Ireland’s history. It is an enchanting way to dip into the past and be part of Ireland’s unfolding story.


Dublin’s City Hall Dublin City Hall is a truly historic setting which has witnessed many events related to the city and State. An outstanding example of the Georgian architecture for which Dublin is world renowned, the sheer size and sumptuous fittings of the building reflect the prestige of Dublin in the late 18th century.

The Story of the Capital Exhibition In the atmospheric vaults, a multimedia exhibition unlocks key moments in the history of the city. 2016 brings some exciting new additions; The 1916 Room   Visitors to City Hall will have an opportunity to view a rare, recently conserved original copy of the 1916 Proclamation, gifted to the citizens of Dublin in the 1950s by the family of nurse Elizabeth O’Farrell. 

Dublin Fire Brigade and the 1916 Rising This important exhibition tells the story of

The first motor fire engine, made by Leyland to design of CFO Purcell, 1909. Coloured print, collection Trevor Whitehead

Dublin’s fire-fighters during Easter week 1916, when the city centre burned and Dublin’s streets became a battlefield. Dublin City Hall, itself a 1916 battleground, provides an evocative backdrop for this exhibition of rarely seen material.  The exhibition includes material from the Dublin Fire Brigade Museum and private collections, all brought together for the first time to create a unique, not-to-be-missed exhibition suitable for all the family.

The Na Fianna Eireann banner which was seized from Countess Markievicz’s home by the British army has been secured on loan from the Royal Collection in London and is presently on display in City Hall until the end of August 2016. A charming exhibition on the family of Sir Robert Shaw who was the Lord Mayor of Dublin 1815- 1816 will begin at the end of April 2016. There is also an exhibition on Postcards in the 1916 Rising and a display relating to veteran Richard P. Gogan.

Talks on the history of the building are available for groups by prior arrangement and a charming café and gift shop on site add to the ambience of this wonderful city treasure. Open: Mon–Sat from 10am-5:15pm. Closed Sundays and bank holidays. Admission is free.

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or can many cities offer mountain ranges just minutes from its bustling centre, or stately homes with stunning gardens such as those in Powerscourt, named in the Top 3 Gardens in the World by National Geographic. However, all this and more can be reached by enjoying one of Dublin Sightseeing’s two award winning day tours. Dublin Sightseeing’s North Coast and Castle tour along with the Powerscourt Gardens & Glendalough tour provide an eclectic mix of attractions that mystify and captivate in equal measure. Picture it: sitting pretty on the top deck of your bus and as you leave the city behind you, endless curiosities pop into view. If you’re in Ireland to see magnificent castles then there’s no better place than here to start. You will

first journey to Malahide Castle, set on 250 acres of parkland and gardens in the stunning seaside town of Malahide. The Castle dates back to the 12th century - a fortress and private home for nearly 800 years to the Talbot family. Here you can admire an interesting mix of architectural styles and beautiful furniture, as well as an extensive collection of historic portraits from the Irish national gallery. Continuing through the heritage town of Malahide, the tour travels alongside stunning coastal scenery to Howth. Norse Vikings invaded Howth in 819, and it remained under Norse control for over 300 years. This working harbor town is a hub of activity with lots to do from shopping in the beautiful local boutiques and relaxing in the quaint cafés, to strolling along the pier whilst spotting the seals. These seals linger around the marina waiting for visitors to throw them some leftovers or to nibble on anything that falls from fishing boats as they are unloaded. Elsewhere


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The estate, in its marvellous mountain setting, is among the finest in Europe

Howth Market is home to an array of Irish crafts, delicate handmade jewelry and vintage antiques.

Renaissance gardens and a National Park spanning an entire mountain range.

Howth Head, a huge rocky summit, provides picturesque vistas of Dublin Bay and the Wicklow Mountains. In the bay is Ireland’s eye, an islet and bird sanctuary with views regarded as one of the world’s great seascapes. The tour returns to the city centre alongside the breath-taking Dublin Bay, which is an UNESCO biosphere reserve thanks to the area’s unique ecological habitat and biological diversity.

Leaving Dublin City, views include the great sweep of Dublin Bay where you can enjoy fantastic scenery at Sandycove and Dún Laoghaire. Turning inland, the Dublin Sightseeing tour climbs into the wonderful Wicklow Mountains and continues through the enchanting old-world village of Enniskerry to Powerscourt House and Gardens. The estate, in its marvellous mountain setting, is among the finest in Europe and has featured in many famous films including Mel Gibson’s Braveheart. You will have lots of time to explore the grounds to see the unique pet cemetery & the carefully cultivated Italian &

Shifting focus southwards towards Wicklow visitors discover a Victorian seaside resort, grand


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Japanese gardens, there’s also time to browse the renowned Avoca Handweavers shop and café. Before returning to Dublin the tour passes through the beautiful Glendalough glacial valley. Glendalough, literally meaning “Valley of Two Lakes” is an area steeped in natural beauty and fascinating history. It is here that St. Kevin built an Early Medieval settlement and remains of the 6th century monastic settlement can still be seen today. Glendalough also has a round tower in near perfect condition, two tranquil lakes and walking trails offering magnificent views. All in all, this is a marvellous way to discover as much as possible in a short time. If you even have

just half a day to spend in the city, then you can see it all here too with Dublin Sightseeing’s enchanting half day tour. Dublin Sightseeing has been providing tours and delivering wonderful memories of the Greater Dublin Area for 28 years. Hop on board the Green Tour Bus and enjoy wonderfully entertaining and informative commentary from fantastic tour guides. Tickets can be purchased online at, or alternatively visit the friendly Dublin Sightseeing staff at Dublin Bus HQ, 59 Upper O’Connell Street where you can purchase your ticket and pick up some great travel tips from the welcoming Meet & Greet team.


Experience the charms of County Dublin on the perfect half day tour

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North Coast & Malahide Castle

Glendalough & Powerscourt Gardens

There aren’t many cities with a 12th century castle and a picturesque harbor on its doorstep but Dublin is lucky to have both. Escape the hustle of the city with a magnificent tour and see splendid views across Dublin Bay with unparalleled scenery in the seaside village of Howth. You’ll also hear magnificent stories on a guided tour of Malahide Castle.

See the treasures on Dublin’s doorstep on a half day tour to Wonderful Wicklow. Gaze across stunning Dublin Bay before exploring Powerscourt Gardens and Glendalough Heritage Site.

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rom romantic ruined castles and towers to the fine stately castles of Irish Chieftains, Irish castles can be looked at, walked through, clambered over, dined in and even slept in. All are filled with history and character and some are said to be haunted, including the delightful Malahide Castle in county Dublin. Just 9 miles north of Dublin – and hundreds of years back in time, this stately castle dates back to the 12th century and sits on over 260 acres of estate parkland. It is just a stone’s throw from the very pretty village of Malahide with its magnificent marina. The best bit is you can get here using public transport; the DART will take you from the city centre to Malahide where you can sample some fine seafood, enjoy a walk along the marina, shop in the bustling village and explore a genuine castle. There are oodles of antiquities to soak up in the castle and grounds including the old church and graveyard – but there is something for everybody here including a fine shopping area in the interpretive centre where you will also find one of the best cafes in Ireland. Visit the Avoca café for tea and scones, or a delicious lunch as you look out over the gardens and maybe catch a few peacocks passing by. It all adds up to the most delightful day on Dublin Bay. 77

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lontarf Castle Hotel is a unique 12th century castle in Dublin that offers the perfect blend of a traditional castle with luxurious, bespoke interior design, exceptional facilities and that warm Irish welcome for which the Irish are famous. This is one of Ireland’s best loved castle hotels and it is conveniently located in the picturesque coastal suburb of Clontarf just ten minutes from Dublin’s vibrant City Centre and 20 minutes from the airport, making the hotel very accessible for international visitors. Following a significant investment, Clontarf Castle has undergone a 21st century makeover from the hotels breathtaking lobby areas to the time honoured Knights Bar and the double AA rosette dining room, Fahrenheit to their 111 bedrooms all of which have been beautifully re-decorated in rich colour schemes. The service as one would expect is warm and genuine with great care and attention paid to the smaller details that can make a visit extra special. Foodies will love the diverse range of offerings available from Fusion Tea, a new take on traditional afternoon tea which is served in the hotels lobby to a gastro pub dining experience in the Knights Bar or dining in the double AA Rosette award winning; Fahrenheit Restaurant.... you will be spoiled for choice. While you may not want to leave the comfort of the castle walls, Clontarf Castle is just a short stroll from Dublin’s beautiful coastline, there is plenty to see & do in the immediate area from kite surfing and paddle boarding on Dollymount Strand to exploring

the UNESCO Bull Island Nature Reserve and playing Irelands best golf courses including the Royal Dublin Links course in Clontarf to a visit to Croke Park the home of Irelands National Sports; Gaelic Football and Hurling. Add to this that a short 10 minute bus ride in to town (from the castles gates no less ) is the vibrant Georgian city of Dublin with a host of world class attractions from Trinity College and the Book of Kells to Guinness Storehouse & Gravity Bar with 360 degree views of the city and the Dublin mountains. The story of Clontarf Castle is a truly magnificent tale that dates back to 1172, when it was built by Hugh DeLacy as a centre of defence protecting Dublin. The area of Clontarf became a significant location in Irish history more than a century before the castle was built when Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland was victorious at the famous battle of Clontarf which took place on Good Friday 1014 where the Castle stands today. In 1649, the Castle was sold to John Vernon who was the Quartermaster General of Cromwell’s army in Ireland. The Vernons were in Clontarf for almost 300 years with a family motto of ‘Vernon Semper Viret’ which means ‘Vernon always flourishes’. Clontarf Castle had various owners until 1972 when the current owners, Gerry and Carmel Houlihan bought the castle and ran it as one of Ireland’s best cabaret venues until April 1997. The Castle was then closed and reopened as a superb four-star hotel with a further 10 million spent in renovations and upgrading in 2007. At Clontarf Castle Hotel, time becomes yours.. 79



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he launch was held in the glorious surroundings of the Old Jameson Distillery. To celebrate the occasion, an original North Dublin cocktail was created especially by the mixologists at the Old Jameson Distillery, entitled ‘DNA Hot Spot’. The DNA Hot Spot contains Jameson that is infused with Irish spiced tea syrup, served with boiling water and lemon. Delicious! The new tourist trail brings together Dublin’s top experiences to highlight the rich cultural heritage that

exists within the north side of the city including the Old Jameson Distillery, Glasnevin Cemetery and the Botanic Gardens, the GAA Museum at Croke Park, Mountjoy Square Society, the Guinness Storehouse, James Joyce Centre, the Hugh Lane Art Gallery, the GPO Witness History story, Rebellion Walking tours and a reconstructed Dublin Tenement building. It is a fascinating way to experience the unique cultural quarter of the city with authentic attractions that offer a unique experience and shared stories specific to this part of the city.





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There are a number of touring options including a hop on / hop off bus route, a variety of guided walking experiences and visitors will be encouraged to experience Dublin’s DNA using the hugely popular Dublin Bike scheme.


Commenting on the new initiative Stephen Cotter, General Manager of CIE Tours International said, “This is a terrific initiative. Dublin is a key component of our touring programs and we already work with a number of these visitor attractions. However, the creation of Dublin’s DNA offers us even greater opportunity to promote this part of the city and its unique cultural and history. It will enable us to incorporate more of the attractions in itineraries in the future.” Ray Dempsey, General Manager Old Jameson Distillery said “The ultimate goal of this exciting and historical collaboration between North Dublin’s top attractions is to highlight the range and diversity of visitor attractions available to tourists and Dubliners alike in this part of the city. The Northside of Dublin boasts a rich heritage and history that rivals that of some of the greatest cities in the world and we want to showcase that.”


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Sales Manager at Glasnevin Trust Ann Kilcoyne can go one better. If you want to connect with Dublin DNA she says, then head to Glasnevin – Ireland’s largest and most historically important burial site. The cemetery was established in 1832 by the father of catholic emancipation, Daniel O’Connell as a burial ground for people of “all faiths and none”- a response to protestant cemeteries’ refusal to bury


Catholics at the time. A walk around Glasnevin reads like the ‘who’s who’ of Irish history with most of the leading names of the last 150 years being buried here, including Daniel O’Connell and Home Rule leader, Charles Stewart Parnell. A rather imposing round tower contains the tomb of O’Connell, who died in 1847 and was reinterred here in 1869 when the tower was completed.

Charles Stewart Parnell’s tomb is topped with a large granite rock, inscribed only with his name – a remarkably simple tribute to a figure of such historical importance. Other notable people buried here include Sir Roger Casement, executed for treason by the British in 1916; the Republican leader Michael Collins, who died in the Civil War; the docker and trade unionist Jim Larkin, a prime force in the 1913 general strike and the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. The history of the cemetery is told in wonderful, award-winning detail in the museum, which tells the social and political story of Ireland through the lives of the people, known and unknown, that are buried in the cemetery. The City of the Dead covers the burial practice and religious beliefs of the roughly 1½ million people whose final resting place this is, while the Milestone Gallery features a 10m-long digitally interactive timeline outlining the lives of the cemetery’s most famous residents. However, the best way to visit the cemetery is to take one of the daily tours given by entertaining locals who can banter with the best of them and seamlessly bring to life the rich stories of Ireland through the lives of those buried here.


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THE IRISH “WAS 1916 IMPORTANT GRANDA?” THESE WERE THE WORDS UTTERED BY A NINE YEAR OLD BOY TO HIS GRANDFATHER, A VETERAN OF THE 1916 REBELLION AND THE WAR OF INDEPENDENCE. HIS ANSWER WAS TO CHANGE THE BOY’S LIFE AND LATER INSPIRE HIM TO WRITE AND DIRECT STORY OF THE IRISH, IRELAND’S MOST UNIQUE VISITOR EXPERIENCE. After telling the boy about his fight for Irish freedom, he said, “but don’t forget Frankie, the men and women of the 1916 Rebellion, we didn’t know an independent Ireland was coming. We got our courage from the ancient spirit of the Irish. Never forget our ancient spirit… that’s what cracked the British Empire.” Nearly 5 decades later Frank Fitzpatrick, a history graduate of Trinity College Dublin, decided he wanted to illuminate the ancient spirit of the Irish people, culminating in him opening Ireland’s only cinematic theatre and presenting the Story of the Irish. This captivating and hugely entertaining production explores the 10,000 year journey of the Irish spirit from the first settlers on the island in 8,000 BC to present day. Live actors, screen actors, original music score, original script and unique theatrical direction are used to immerse the visitors in an ethereal world and to help them feel the true spirit of the Irish. The impact is dynamic and visitors have been awestruck when they… experience the cultural triumphs of the Irish, feel their defiance as they fought against annihilation and watch them rise up from their cultural ashes to once again become a vibrant and sophisticated people. The visitors are taken through 6 different chambers (each seating 35 people) by a live actor (Celtic God) who introduces his group to other mythical characters and together they tell the amazing story of the ancient and indomitable Irish people. We should say that this is an emotive and roller coaster story told with great passion and honesty, so tissues are advised! This is not only about the people who live in Ireland

today but also the descendants of those who emigrated. “It is their story also,” Fitzpatrick says, with great passion. “When they visit the Story of the Irish we welcome them home, literally. Ireland is their DNA home, the home of their ancient spirit, and after they have experienced our visitor attraction they understand, like never before, who they are and how their incredible background has shaped them. Mostly, there is a deep appreciation that their ancestors have travelled a long and often very difficult road so that they can stand in Ireland today.” This innovative production is more than a creative visitor attraction… it is a cultural awakening. On a more academic note: Story of the Irish is without doubt experiential and highly entertaining but it is also educational and informative. All the historic content is academically accurate and verified, drawn from the most reputable history professors in the leading Irish and British universities. For those who are not of Irish descent, Story of the Irish is the discovery of an ancient people, a race apart, who have influenced the world. It is a story of a people’s incredible early achievements, unique socio-political evolution, indefatigable resistance to invasion, crushing defeat, and breath taking resurgence - throughout the world. Story of the Irish is open 7 days a week from 10.30am to 7pm. Located in central Dublin it is an ideal first stop for visitors to Ireland because it gives them an overall synopsis of Ireland’s ancient past and the incredible journey of the Irish people from 8,000 BC to present day. 87

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ut tradition, heritage, prestige are even stronger hallmarks of the incomparable Dublin Horse Show that runs in the heart of Dublin city from Wednesday July 20 through to Sunday July 24. One of the sporting and social events of the year, the twofold nature of this majestic show takes place in a purpose built venue, effortlessly intertwining glamour and colour with competition and excitement.


Run by the RDS since the 1868, the Dublin Horse Show has always been considered one of the top equestrian shows in the world, attracting thousands of visitors over the five day of competition. Originally taking place on what is now the gardens of Leinster House - the Irish parliament – the show has long established itself as a must-see event for people all over Ireland and beyond. In a country often dubbed ‘Land of the Horse’, Irish people flock to the RDS in their droves for the week making it a great way to experience the colour and fun of all of Ireland in one central location.

Over a five day period over 1,500 horses compete in one of the 133 competitions, including some of the best horse and rider combinations in the world who go in the Furusiyya FEI Nations’ Cup™ presented by Longines for the Aga Khan Trophy. Last year this was won by the Irish team which only added to the carnival-like atmosphere around the grounds. Each day some of the best artisan craft-makers from all around Ireland present their wares at the hundreds of shopping stalls that cover everything from ceramics, to fashion, to horse apparel and much more besides. With food outlets scattered around the grounds, as well as dedicated restaurants and a food court, you’ll have plenty of places to catch your breath. Of course Dublin is renowned as a very hospitable city and the Dublin Horse Show is known even amongst Dubliners as a great place to go for ‘craic’, which is in abundance for the five days. Did we mention glamour? ‘Ladies day’ is one of the days of the year in Dublin’s social calendar and takes place on Thursday July 21. With fabulous style matched by the amazing prizes on offer, it really is a day to savour. So if you’re in Dublin on July 20-24 this year, there really is only one place to go, the Dublin Horse Show at the RDS in Ballsbridge.

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rom the moment you drive down the private avenue to The K Club in Straffan, County Kildare you are surrounded by beauty. Ancient trees stretch their arms high above you, welcoming you to what truly is a very special place. At every stop and turn the eye is drawn to something new; a little boat moored on a crystal lake, delicate summer flowers framed by a white picket fence or old fashioned roses which fill the air with their sweet summer scent. Then, as you turn the bend and see the French chateau style hotel, you know you have arrived at a very special place. Dating back to 1832, The K Club is Ireland’s first AA Five Red Star property and a former AA Hotel of the Year. It is an award that CEO Michael Davern is justifiably proud of. Commenting he said, “We continue to deliver a world class service and hospitality product and are mindful that our guests are discerning travelers who want to experience the very best of classic, Irish hospitality.” 93

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The K Club is internationally recognized as a haven for golfers having hosted the Ryder Cup in 2006 as well as several European Opens “and this year we are the host venue for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open” explains Mr. Davern. “It’s an exciting time for the team here and we are really looking forward to welcoming the thousands of spectators, the golfers and our friends from Dubai in May.” The hotel and resort recently underwent a major €20 million renovation which saw the addition of 70 new bedrooms, a new bar, new conference room, tennis courts and a new Thai restaurant. The result is truly stunning with the old historic building blending seamlessly with the new.

The K Club is home to two championship golf courses - The Palmer Ryder Cup Course, venue for the 2006 Ryder Cup and The Smurfit Course, a challenging links inspired course. Dr. Smurfit, the owner of The K Club is a great ambassador for Irish tourism and hospitality, representing Ireland with great passion both at home and abroad. Dr. Smurfit was the main motivator in delivering the Ryder Cup to Ireland, an event which was attended by over 260,000 people and watched by over 1 billion people around the globe. The tournament also pumped an estimated €240 million into the Irish economy. He is also a keen racegoer and his own horse, Vintage Crop was the very first norther hemisphere


“My parents gave me constant love and support and one very important gift in life. Belief. Belief drives you through times of self-doubt.”

horse to win the Melbourne Cup. Indeed, such was his pride in this great win that one of the hotel bars in The K Club is named after this amazing horse where a replica trophy of the Melbourne Cup proudly on display. The new bar, which has just been created, has been named after Dr. Smurfit’s other great champion horse, Media Puzzle who remarkably also went on to win the Melbourne Cup. This Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is hosted by internationally recognized Irish golf champion, Rory McIlroy whose foundation, The Rory Foundation, works to give children better lives with a focus on making the most difference and biggest impact. McIlroy explains: “When I was growing up my parents gave me constant love and support and one very important gift in life. Belief. Belief drives you through times of self-doubt. It empowers you to make every single second count. Belief keeps passion alive and ambition burning strong. It can give you the power to do things you just didn’t think were possible and the ability to get up every morning and do it all again.” “I am delighted my Foundation is again hosting this year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. This is a great platform to showcase what we do for children’s charities. I’m honored to support three very worthy charities all based close to The K Club. To give a little something back is very important to me, especially when I can offer support to help children and their families.” The Irish Open takes place at the K Club from 19-22 May.

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“I had such a great time in Ireland that I’ve been coming over ever since.” TIGER WOODS

GOLFING BY DESIGN Golf’s big names have designed in Ireland. Take County Clare’s Doonbeg Golf Links: Greg Norman was a brave man to have challenged his skill to create such a prized course just minutes from the Dr Alister MacKenzie-built Lahinch. Then there’s Jack Nicklaus’ Kilkenny parkland, Mount Juliet, a constantly ranked must-play. Nick Faldo achieved drama on Fermanagh’s serene Lough Erne; while The Palmer Ryder Cup course at The K Club, Kildare, and Tralee, County Kerry, both enjoy that extra special Arnold Palmer touch. Carne, Connemara, Dooks, Enniscrone, Murvagh and Waterville: Eddie Hackett, Ireland’s ‘Golfing Saint’ turned these greens to golfing gold. 96

The late US Open and US PGA Champion Payne Stewart felt right at home when he visited the 19th hole in Waterville - The Butlers Arms Hotel: “We get into the pub and get around a piano,” said Stewart of his post-round routine. “I bring out my harmonica and the next thing you know it’s about 4am!” You see, finishing a round of golf doesn’t mark the end of the day in Ireland. Round here we always carry on to the 19th. Up in Rosapenna and Royal County Down – the legendary Scot, Old Tom Morris embraced the lie of the land and, over a century later, golfers still can’t resist the challenge.

E S C A P E the E V E RY D AY Mount Juliet Estate is home to an incredible, Jack Nicklaus designed, parkland golf course. It boasts one of Ireland’s finest Michelin Star Restaurants, Lady Helen and an International Standard Equestrian Centre. It’s no wonder Mount Juliet has been voted as one of Ireland’s top 15 hotels & resor ts as chosen by Condé Nast Traveler. Mount Juliet Estate the ideal Luxur y destination. Book your escape from the ever yday now.

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ying in a 780-acre estate just eight miles from the bustling city of Cork, the handsome gates of the resort mark the entrance to a unique combination of championship golf courses, luxurious 5-star hotel & spa, residential lodges and a world class golf academy. Relaxed, polished, comfortable, Fota Island Resort has become a favourite destination in Irish hospitality. Consistently voted a family favourite but catering equally superbly to business, wedding, leisure and corporate guests, Fota Island Resort is also the regular choice of national and international sports people and teams as a training venue before significant sporting events and a recuperation and relaxation centre afterwards, due to its excellent training and recovery facilities. Whether you are a guest staying in the hotel or the lodges, or a visitor simply come to play golf for the day, Fota Island Resort, three time host to the Irish Open, has 3 championship golf courses set in beautiful parkland scenery, maintained to the very highest of standards to ensure year round enjoyment. Surrounded by tall oak trees and bathed in peace and quiet, Fota Island Resort’s newly renovated clubhouse and patio provides the perfect backdrop for the perfect game. The splendid woodlands were originally woven into a challenging, par 71,7043 -yard championship course which is very much in the traditional mode, featuring cleverly located bunkers and undulating putting surfaces. This original 18-hole golf course – The Deerpark – was designed by Irish Ryder Cup star, Christy O’Connor, Jr. and twice English Amateur Champion, Peter McEvoy. The Deerpark was redesigned by Jeff Howes Golf Design in 1998, with features included to challenge even the most competitive golfer. More recently Jeff provided an additional 9 holes which opened in July 2007, so there are 3 distinctively challenging courses, all of which have hosted professional tournaments, offered at the Club. Playable, fair, with strong holes all the way through, some of the signature holes on the three courses are the stunning signature 18th at the Deerpark and the


opening holes at Belvelly, with their lakes and trees, which are tricky and picturesque in equal measure. The 8th at Barryscourt hits over an old quarry to an interestingly angled green, another one golfers talk about, often ruefully! Fota Island Hotel & Spa is a contemporary building filled with warmth and colour. The interiors of the hotel are sophisticated and inviting, blending cut stone, timber beams, interesting artwork, polished wood, huge picture windows, golden pools of lamplight, buttery leather and velvets to create a richly layered, sensory experience throughout the sequence of public spaces, distinctively stylish but essentially cosy and comforting. Great food is an essential part of any holiday, wedding or conference experience at Fota Island Resort. Good care is taken of the menus for Fota Restaurant, the Amber Lounge, room service, banqueting and Fota Island Resort, ensuring that each outlet showcases the terrific ingredients available from the locality, whether it is fresh seafood from Castletownbere or Ballycotton, fabulous local cheeses or organic produce from nearby farmers. The resort has a series of meeting and conference rooms on the ground floor of the hotel, which can accommodate groups from 8 to 60. The main function room is the Smith Barry Suite, which can comfortably host 280 for dinner or 400 theatre style, and has dramatic chandeliers, a grand fireplace and 2 bars, and is decorated in warm shades with soft suede touches throughout. The Smith Barry Suite has generous floor space with unobstructed views and a large outdoor terrace. Restore body and mind in the sensuous and indulging spa with couple’s suites, a hydrotherapy suite – including a ‘walking river’ which uses water currents and reflexology to revitalise – plus the Acacia thermal suite with tepidarium and hammam, there are also affusion showers, floatation baths and conservatory. Having been recently awarded, Portside Munster Golf Resort of Year 2015, Fota Island Resort is always worth a visit and right now it is looking – and playing – it’s very best. 99

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et on 350 acres on the shores of Lough Corrib and the River Cong, with a spectacular backdrop of woodlands, lake, river and mountains, the magnificent Ashford Castle in Cong, County Mayo has been listed on the prestigious Condé Nast Gold List 2016. The travel industry’s Gold List is a definitive compilation of the editors’ choices of world’s top hotels for the coming year, spanning six continents and 47 countries. Ashford Castle is the only Irish property to be named as one of the top 100 worldwide hotels on the 2016 Gold List, further cementing its stellar reputation as one of the world’s leading hotels. The castle was sold to the Red Carnation Hotel Group for €20m in 2013 who embarked on a two-year extensive restoration program with an estimated cost of one hundred million dollars. 101

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The 800-year old castle has now been restored to even beyond its former glory, boasting a picturesque estate that spans 350 acres of West of Ireland countryside. 102

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The Red Carnation Hotel Group was founded in the 1950s by South African Bea Tollman and named after her husband’s favourite flower. The Tollmans wanted to use local labour and contractors in the restoration so hundreds of craftsmen were brought in from the surrounding areas including Galway, Cong and Roscommon. “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.”

Since re-opening its doors in April 2015 Ashford has added numerous highly-esteemed national and international accolades to its name. The 800-year old castle has now been restored to even beyond its former glory, boasting a picturesque estate that spans 350 acres. Amongst the impressive new facilities now available are a 32-seater cinema, a billiard room, cigar terrace, boutique shop and tea room, museum and a conservatory which houses the all-new spa, gym and ozone-filtrated pool. A striking new bronze conservatory, designed by French architect Phillipe Bonino, houses an indoor resistance pool with views across the serene Lough Corrib. Three stunning sea shell chandeliers hang here, further enhancing the ambience of the locality 103


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and links to the nearby Atlantic coast. An abandoned underground tunnel has been transformed into a wine cellar to be used for private parties and wine tastings. The former 19th century limestone coal bunker and staff tunnel now boasts one of the world’s most impressive wine collections, including wines from the Bourchard Finlayson winery - a vinyard owned by the Tollman’s. Ashford Castle is also renowned for a range of country sports including an equestrian centre, fly fishing, an exclusive nine-hole golf course and Ireland’s first school of falconry. The nine-hole golf course that sits on the 350-acre site has been treated to improve yearround play. The hotel won a string of awards in 2015, including Virtuoso’s World’s Number 1 Hotel 2015, the 2015 Andrew Harper’s Readers’ Choice for Top Family

Resort, Opening of the Year at the 2015 European Hospitality Awards and Best Overall Hotel at the 10th annual Irish National Hospitality Awards. Niall Rochford, General Manager at Ashford Castle, commented: “2015 was an incredible year for Ashford Castle – for the hotel itself and its team of dedicated staff. Red Carnation’s guest philosophy is that ‘No request too large, no detail too small’ and we strive to deliver an exceptional experience to each and every guest that we welcome through our doors’. “We are honoured to represent Ireland amongst some of the leading hotel names in the world on the 2016 Gold List, and look forward to continuing to elevate the standards of luxury hospitality throughout 2016 and beyond.” 105


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he crème de la crème of Irish hotels, Ashford Castle dates from 1228 and sits on a magnificent site right on the shores of Lough Corrib near the Galway-Mayo border. The Castle offers fantastic amenities, sumptuous interiors literally fit for a king, dining to die for and outdoor sport a-plenty with horse-riding, falconry, fishing, golfing, lakeside cruises and you can take a pony and

trap ride around the estate as seen in ‘The Quiet Man.’ What bride wouldn’t positively die for such a venue? And as if that isn’t enough, the Ashford team are the most congenial, friendly bunch of people you could ever hope to meet. The pretty village of Cong is home to many of the people who work at Ashford Castle but for most it is a labour of love and they are all very protective of this 107


Decorated in muted greys, earthy greens and purifying creams, the Spa also boasts an invigorating Hammam, steam room, manicure and pedicure area, a tranquil relaxation suite and an outdoor terrace with views over Ireland’s second largest lake.

unique slice of Ireland. Paul Coyne, Michael Conneely and Fintan Sweeney work behind the bar and between them they have 100 years of service to the Castle. Martin Gibbons and Robert Bowe are head waiters in the glorious George V dining room; between them they have 75 years of service. Pat Kavanagh has been groundsman for over 40 years. Night Manager John Diskin has been taking care of nocturnal drinks and requests for as long as he can remember and Vincent D’Souza arrived 15 years ago for a part time job and hasn’t left since! Sales & Marketing Director Paula Carroll feels that the real heart of Ashford Castle is the people behind it. “This is not just an hotel; it is an extraordinary place where the passion of the team keeps visitors returning time and again.” “People like local lady Mary Hehir has worked here 35 years on wash-up and every day she comes to work with a smile on her face.” Where else would you get it? Where else indeed. Relative newcomer (based on the length of service here) Áine Melvin, has the enviable task of organizing weddings (and all manner of parties and banquets). Áine has worked at Ashford for 9 years and her job is to take care of every possible aspect of banqueting events. Weddings are a 108

particular favourite and Áine is soon to get married herself, but her passion is to make sure that all of her couples have a world class experience and to this end she has done everything from arranging druid ceremonies, pagan tree events (where the couple got married up a tree!) and accommodating requests from having a donkey greet guests on arrival to swooping falcons delivering engagement rings to prospective brides. “We are quintessentially hoteliers” Áine explains “so our priority at all times is to ensure that whatever the client wants, no matter what that is, we will deliver it, and it’s all part of the service.” In today’s busy world Áine often arranges wedding plans remotely whether it be an Irish or an overseas couple. Technology makes this all the easier with video conferencing, email, video footage and Áine’s veritable library of documents that takes couples through every possible aspect of wedding planning. Often Áine meets with a couple just once before the wedding or just as often she might meet them only the day before, so she is always one step ahead anticipating the couple’s every need. Despite its imposing presence, Ashford Castle is


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“Our guest philosophy is that no request is too large, no detail too small’

relatively small in hotel terms with just 82 bedrooms. This provides a wonderful combination of dramatic presence coupled with relative intimacy and the Castle can accommodate everything from a small, private affair to a grand gala event. The Inglenook Room caters for 2 to 10 persons while the elegant Connaught Room with its stunning chandelier is ideal for 10 to 40 guests. Exclusive use of the Castle is ideal for a medium to larger group and this entails reserving a minimum of 75 bedrooms depending on time of year. Exclusive use events are held in the grand George V Dining Room which boasts 11 Waterford Crystal Chandeliers and can accommodate 130 - 160 persons. A four-course set menu starts at €75.00 and you can choose from a comprehensive wine list featuring wines from the Vineyards of Bouchard Finlayson, also owned by Red Carnation Group.

Catherine Kenny was lucky enough to take care of that particular event and it is as fresh in her mind now as it was back then: “I took a call one day and it was Mr Brosnan himself making an enquiry about holding a family event at the Castle.” A date was booked and not long thereafter the great man arrived to discuss arrangements for his wedding. “At the time Pierce Brosnan was James Bond, yet there was nothing Hollywood about him. Mr Brosnan was one of the most down to earth people I have ever met and by the time the wedding was over we were all so sad to see him leave; he was such a gentleman.”

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Catherine presided over a fantastic 3-day event, starting with a christening for Pierce and Keely’s youngest son on the first day, a beautiful family wedding on the second, and a fun day on the third taking in all of the outdoor facilities with archery, cruises, falconry and clay pigeon shooting.

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Dream Destination | ASHFORD CASTLE WEDDINGS Brosnan said “I just wanted to bring my girl back to Ireland.” “That was important to me, because if you were born in Ireland, you are always Irish.” The wedding ceremony was held at Ballintubber Abbey, county Mayo and presided over by Limerick priest and Brosnan’s friend, Monsignor John Fleming, Rector of the Pontifical Irish College in Rome. The two men met while Brosnan was filming the Bond movie ‘The World Is Not Enough’. The church aisle was decorated with 10-foot-tall flowered candelabras and glowed with the lights of hundreds of church candles. At the castle, guests entered a glass-fronted structure erected for the occasion and were greeted by bagpipers. Royal florist Rob Van Helden used nearly 15,000 flowers to transform the castle into an indoor garden, including delphinium and roses, stephanotis, gardenias, lilies of the valley and greenery. Tables were decorated with white and pink rose petals and floating candles. The scene was described as ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ meets ‘The Secret Garden.’ Dinner included buckwheat blinis with Beluga caviar and Cleggan lobster. The evening ended with a €30,000 fireworks display perfectly timed to accompanying music.

It was the most perfect day and Catherine Kenny remembers it fondly; yet what she took from it most of all was the warm family feel; the emphasis on aunts, cousins and family rather than any sense of Hollywood razzmatazz. When it was all over the new Mr and Mrs Brosnan asked Catherine to arrange for the magnificent floral arrangements to be distributed to local nursing homes and churches. The Devil in the Detail Such is the attention to detail of the banqueting team, Catherine recalls that prior to the Brosnan wedding she took a call from a guest traveling over from London. The guest enquired as to how long it might take to walk from the Castle to the local village of Cong, so Catherine promptly set off, stopwatch in hand, stepping out the journey and timing herself there and back before calling the guest to give him an accurate timescale. The Brosnan wedding caught worldwide attention but it is no different to every wedding that takes place at Ashford Castle. It’s all in a day’s work for this exceptional team. Ordinary people creating extraordinary experiences every day in Ireland’s most iconic location.


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he wedding car, the proud dad, the special journey from single to married life. Elizabeth Toher’s beautiful image encapsulates love, pride and pure joy. Elizabeth is the most infectious character. Her enthusiasm for her work positively oozes forth and it is easy to see why brides and families find it such a joy to work with her. “I was born with the need to preserve memories” says Elizabeth, “and I have been doing so for as long as I can remember.” “I have always adored photography, but my soul was set on fire with the arrival of my first son. Nothing captures a moment like a photograph.” Elizabeth’s love of photography is evident in her

work and to her great credit she is regularly recommended to clients by the Ashford Castle wedding team. Elizabeth says that Ashford is in her soul (a sentiment shared by so many who fall under its spell). In fact, her first job as a teenager was at the Castle and her husband is part of the Ashford team to this day. “There is nowhere more special for a wedding; nowhere that offers so much to the couple and so many options for the photographer” she says. “I believe in preserving memories, in capturing emotion, love, joy, new beginnings and old familiarity. Ashford is unique on so many levels; it is a magical place.” Talk to Elizabeth about your special day, website 113

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ven if you have never planned a wedding before, you probably have a pretty good idea of how insanely hectic it can be. Not only do you have to prepare yourself for the wedding, you have to ensure that family and friends are all taken care of; everything down to the finest detail should be perfect; the dress, venue, caterer, etc. You want to enjoy your day not be a stressed out wreck and this is where a wedding planner can be an invaluable resource. Whether you are clueless as where to start, or if you are just overwhelmed by the task, a planner can alleviate the burden and even lower the cost of the wedding through industry connections. Wedding planners have the ability to save you time, expense and stress and to magically make the day just perfect for you to enjoy and remember for a lifetime. Olivia Buckley Events are bespoke Event Designers and Destination Wedding Planners based in Ireland. From private islands, exclusive castles, historical sites and forest hideaways, Olivia brings exceptional

resources and creative skills together to create extraordinary and unforgettable experiences. The company has become one of Ireland’s premium Event Designers for exclusive and spectacular weddings. Olivia tells us about her work and her love of Ashford Castle. How did you get into the world of luxury weddings and events? Was it something you always wanted to do or did it evolve from something else? I am a total romantic at heart and my ethos is simple; I love creating memories. I adore what I do as I followed my dreams. I am humbled by the opportunities that have found their way to me and grateful to have the chance to do what I love for some of the biggest and most special days in my clients’ lives. As a little girl I loved to find outhouses on our farm and prettily decorate these in an attempt to bring grey spaces to life and create parties for my friend’s and dolls. I would sprinkle a little color from half empty tins of paint and decorate them with little curios from my mother’s collections. As the youngest of six girls my 115



parents really encouraged creativity and my genuine love for entertaining flourished.I went on to study at University College Cork where I graduated with a degree and post graduate qualification in Business and Marketing. Soon after I was honored to represent Kerry in the International Rose of Tralee. This was my first exposure to being behind the scenes at an international event and I absolutely loved it. The creativity, the organization and the excitement involved in producing such a large scale event reignited my passion for transforming spaces to captivate and entertain and from thereon in, I was captivated. I went back to further studies in Public Relations and Event Management and then I moved into the luxury weddings & events industry full time. Today, with over 15 years of experience and surrounded by a wonderful team, Olivia Buckley Events is renowned for one-of-a-kind experiences. We are a young and dynamic team with a genuine desire to surpass clients’ expectations every time. We embrace the opportunity to work on large scale and intimate productions and we thrive on delivering the most wonderful events no matter the scale or timeframe. Organized, creative, enthusiastic and always

discreet, we work behind the scenes to ensure all the details of our events are managed seamlessly, so our clients can enjoy all the excitement on their Wedding day. Tell us about one of your recent weddings – how did the couple find you; talk us through the planning and tell us all about the big day One of our most recent weddings was in Ashford Castle, where we had the honor of working with a very beautiful couple Juliana and Ryan from LA. Juliana is the founder and lead designer at ‘Good Juju Ink’ (, a premium stationary design company. Juliana has impeccable taste and was in search of a wedding designer in Ireland who could support her and create her dream. The Ashford Castle team recommended our company to deliver Juliana’s vision. We first met with Juliana and Ryan virtually, so they could really understand our values, work ethic and enthusiasm. We also arranged introductions to former U.S clients which was very reassuring and it helped them understand everything about our company and level of service from previous destination wedding clients. After these calls and introductions, 117


we were brought on board to create this most magical wedding at Ashford Castle. Our first virtual planning meeting simply looked at the overall design and event flow and it helped us gain a greater understanding of what our clients wanted throughout their wedding celebrations. After months of communication with our design and production teams, we met in Ireland for the first time at Ashford Castle. Finally, our clients could see firsthand everything we had been planning in the design meetings and walk through the flow of events. We had beautiful blooms, furnishings, props, selections of linens and fabrics, everything we had presented on our design inspiration boards were there for the clients to touch and feel. They had the fun part in making their final selections and we were able to focus on making these a reality over the months leading up to the wedding. Ryan and Juliana’s wedding was a three-day event, opening with a traditional welcome dinner, followed by an activities day in the grounds of Ashford Castle with an afternoon picnic and then a traditional Irish pub experience that evening. The Wedding day itself was very special and emotional. The sun made a wonderful appearance that morning allowing us to start building a beautiful bespoke ceremony structure on the Ashford gardens with fabric and blooms; the perfect backdrop for the wedding ceremony. The ceremony opened with a traditional Bagpiper who led the bridal party up the outdoor aisle, with a classical quartet filling the air throughout the ceremony. Juliana and Ryan made beautiful personalized wedding vows and celebrated symbolic acts including the Celtic tradition of hand-fasting. 118

After the ceremony, celebrations flowed throughout the Castle and into the early hours of the morning. In the background the Ashford Castle team and Olivia Buckley Events worked jointly to ensure everything ran seamlessly. Why do you think so many people choose Ireland for their weddings? Ireland is one of the most magnificent destinations in the world, steeped in natural beauty, culture, history and spectacular properties. Out at the very edge of Europe, Ireland boasts majestic castles, cliff tops, vast green mountain ranges, little byways and local pubs where you can sit by a peat fire sipping Guinness while soaking up the traditional music, the ancient history, the stories and a little Gaeilge. It is the lovely contrast between the warmth of the people and the elemental nature that makes it so special, and worth slowing down to explore. A wedding must be beautiful and romantic and Ireland truly encapsulates this. What are the greatest challenges when planning a wedding in Ireland from abroad? We have worked with clients from all five continents and believe that communication is the key. We can work across different time zones and within the client’s busy schedules, allowing us to have great communication at all times. The world is getting smaller and technology is getting better. Virtual meetings are a wonderful way of keeping things moving and for busy client’s it is often much more practical than traveling to face to face meetings.

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A legacy with real heritage... There is no doubt that the last few years have been very successful for BORU Jewelry. The wholly Irish owned and family operated company continues to go from strength to strength in its expansion and it’s clear to see why - a great growing team, top quality products and amazing attention to detail - they really are to be envied! BORU, inspired by the last great King of Ireland replicates all of the values of its namesake - they truly are the Kings of their Craft. The cornerstone of the BORU Brand is husband and wife team - Paul & Lisa O’Neill. This family business has all the hallmarks of pure authenticity. Born from their drive to produce beautifully crafted pieces of Irish jewelry, both Paul and Lisa complement each others’ skill sets perfectly. Paul being the creative force behind the team, drives all the magic that is embodied in each and every hand-crafted piece, while Lisa’s savvy business skills builds the brand, and the brand experience, pushing it continually to be better than the best, ensuring customers receive the highest level of product and service at all times. BORU prides itself on producing jewelry that tells a real story whose roots are firmly based in Celtic

traditions, the embodied essence of which is clearly seen in their crafted Irish jewelry. If you had to sum up the brand in one word it would have to be “Unique”. Every area of BORU is steeped in pure professionalism - each piece is designed & perfected by Paul before it is evaluated by the craftsmen producing the piece. Each and every stage of production is completed in their custom fitted workshop in Dublin at the foothills of the Dublin mountains design, casting, finishing, packaging and photographing are all undertaken within the Dublin workshop to ensure that the highest quality and standards are always maintained - completely professional from start to finish. And it’s the finished products that sure cause a stir. While BORU has many well established ranges that include pendants, earrings, bracelets, rings, cuff-links and bangles they also delight in designing custom pieces set to specific client briefs. BORU have produced many rings that include children's names or messages of endearment - for them the joy these pieces bring to the customer is one of the driving factors of their business. Using traditional Irish craftsmanship, BORU have built a beautiful collection of inspirational

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engagement rings and wedding bands these are the epitome of the commitment exuded by BORU - the Celtic symbolism crafted into each design is perfect to adorn any bride & groom on their wedding day and their journey that is to become a marriage. Each ring is created to exact client specifications - the fusion of Silver, Gold, Rose Gold, Platinum and Gem Stones create unrivaled pieces that their owners are proud to wear and become heritage pieces for future generations. Over the years, they have found that previous happy customers come back for accompanying pieces, items for anniversaries and special occasions - so their reputation, products and customer service remains a strong factor drawing customers back to their extensive range of jewelry.

Each pieces’ price is calculated based on weight, metal type, casting and hallmarking charges, labor and time involved in completing the piece. The shape, pattern and finer details of each piece can be customized to meet any customer requirement. They are very focused on customer satisfaction and Lisa focuses a lot of time ensuring customers receive their piece of BORU Jewelry in a timely and efficient manner, and that they are completely happy with their purchase. BORU’s passion for it’s craft is also

A truly personal piece, a beautifully handcrafted ring including children's names and birthstones, specially commissioned using, white gold, yellow gold, diamonds and gem stones.

seen in the supporting material they build into their brand. Presentation is so important to them and all of the packaging for their pieces reflect this - beautiful presentation boxes encase the hidden jewels. While BORU have been an award winning brand for a long time, the last few years have seen more accolades including: 2013 - Best Jewelry Design - Winner, 2014 - Best Company Representative (Top 5), 2015 Best Company Representative (Top 5).


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Come and visit Liz Christy, Artist, Textile Designer and Hand-weaver at work in her studio, Swallow Studios, located in Annayalla among the rolling hills of Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan. Take in the stunning views from Concra Wood Golf and Country Club which were the genesis of Liz’s desire to be an artist and visit the home county of the famous poet Patrick Kavanagh, who is another inspiration for Liz’s beautiful hand-woven scarves and wraps. See the real Ireland, with all its mystic magic still at play in tandem with the modern day and bring back a gift to treasure forever!

Swallow Studios are open 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday come and see stunning colours hand-woven before your eyes, real poetry in motion ! For weekend opening and availability call Liz on 0876821563. The GPS co-ordinates for SAT NAVs are: N54˚09.930’ & W6˚47.772 . Parking is available and bus tours/large groups are welcome with prior arrangement for ease of access. Visa/Mastercard/Cash all welcome at Swallow Studio’s shop. See you soon !

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Say the words ‘Irish Craft’ and all sorts of romantic visions come to mind. Irish crafts began as far back as the Stone Age (some 5000 years ago) when designs for metal works, basket and textile weaving, pottery and glass were created out of sheer necessity. Rural craftspeople designed baskets for carrying turf from bogs or eggs from the nest, iron pots to prepare Irish stew and pottery bowls and cups for serving. Meanwhile, Irish metal smithies made adornments ranging from a high king’s clock to simple clips for securing a wrap against the Irish chill. All over the country, Ireland’s craft people safeguard the best traditions, even as they create new and exciting pieces. Craft workers are weaving their magic with everything from felted wool rag dolls to exquisite hand-thrown pots, hand-loomed weaving

and goldsmithing with ancient Celtic symbols or high quality contemporary designs. The main craft categories are textile making, pottery and ceramics, jewelry, glass, woodworking and furniture. Irish craft and design businesses are characteristically small in scale and geographically widespread, but taken nationally the industry is a significant employer, and Ireland’s design sector accounts for €38bn in exports & 48,000 design jobs. Happily, for those living away from their ancestral home, a little piece of Ireland can be yours with a visit to your local Irish store. For those lucky enough to come home to Ireland, even for a short while, there are craft businesses country wide just waiting to be explored. Over the coming pages we take a look at just a few. 123

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adraig’s work is widely collected in the UK and USA.His paintings explore the rich landscapes and coastlines of the West of Ireland where he lives and works taking inspiration from the glorious surroundings of his home on Achill Island. “It’s the west of Ireland landscapes that I’m drawn to” he says. “To me this is what Ireland is all about, and there is an energy and a sense of timelessness that I try to get across in my paintings.” Padraig came late to painting but once he discovered his skill and passion there was no holding him back. His work can now be found in many private collections throughout Ireland, Europe and the US. His keen eye captures the moment as a photographer might do except in this case there is no need to filters or special effects, the color of the landscape and Padraig’s keen eye does the trick “I work in oils, using brushes and palette knives. For some paintings, particularly land and seascapes, I like to work quickly, always aiming to capture a spontaneity, a freshness in my work.” The quiet isolation and beauty of the west of Ireland and the timelessness of the landscape feature heavily

in Padraig’s work. Old farmhouses, telegraph poles and out-buildings; “I love the simplicity of some of the old Irish farmhouses, telegraph poles and out-buildings that have become part of the Irish landscape” he says. “But my paintings are about not only what you see in the landscape but also about what that landscape makes you feel.” Padraig says that he wants to somehow get across the magic of a place that, if you manage to capture it in a painting, or a poem, or piece of music, will instantly bring you there. When you see his paintings in all of their glorious color and moodiness, it is hard to be any place else. Padraig runs an annual series of painting workshops on Achill Island from May through to August and also a produces a range of Limited Edition Giclee Prints and Art Greeting Cards. ​ He recently launched The Wild Atlantic Way Collection, a new range of limited edition prints and art cards, at Showcase 2016 in Dublin. The full collection can be viewed on his website. 129

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are 100% original works of art signed by the artist Bernice Cooke. Each art candle creates a special memento of Irish people, culture and heritage. The range includes small 5oz souvenir candles, medium 12oz gift art works and a large 38oz permanent display candle with a glass insert that is lit up by a

floating tealight so the outer ,fully embedded, image is never burned. The couple also create fragranced candles with classic scents such as vanilla, lemon and eucalyptus as well as some more exotic aromas including sweet orange chili pepper, fruity cinnamon and berry burst. The fragrant range are hugely popular as are the wedding candles and favours which are individually designed to suit each customer’s requirements. You can call in and see the candles being made or access the range via an e-commerce website where candles can be bought and shipped all over the world.


Celtic Crystal was founded in 1972. This family-run business has been pioneering the incorporation of Celtic Designs and Gaelic Motifs into its ornate Irish Crystal and it is proud to claim leadership in this field. Today, this tradition is continued by our talented and creative young Irish crafts people; reproducing the culture and history of Ireland by crafting the unique and intricate designs that are synonymous with Ireland’s Celtic heritage on our exquisite crystal pieces. Please enjoy browsing our online store or, if you are planning a trip to Ireland, check out the visitor centre section to get a flavour of what a tour of our factory will offer you



he concept originated within view of the famous Blarney Stone and this is where the story began. Liam and Martin wanted to create a unique keepsake for those traveling to these shores literally to be able to take a little piece of Ireland back home or to gift real Irish stone as a timeless gift. Working with Irish materials and Irish craftsmen they created a new and beautiful way to breathe life to ancient material. Modern laser engraving techniques were developed to work with the natural minerals in stone where the immense heat of a laser beam melts the surface

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The designs you choose can be delicate or bold, colorful or subdued, intricate and expensive or economical and simple. Symbols on pieces of jewelry each carry their own meaning too, projecting a message about you to the world, whether you send out this messages intentionally or not. In a way, jewelry can be seen as a small reflection of a person’s personality. Not only can wearing jewelry be an act of expressing who you are; gifting jewelry can also serve as a way of telling people how you feel; expressing your love and affection with a gesture rather than with words. Some jewelry pieces were purposefully made with gemstones or beads that were said to bring good luck whilst others were believed to have powers of healing, or serving more specific purposes from enhancing well-being to bringing love into your life. Old beliefs still prevail today and modern Irish jewelers love to give old legends new life, set in precious stones and metals. 136



adeleine Blaine has been making her own jewellery for 16 years, since her passion for design was first ignited by travelling the world and witnessing the amazing variety of both the ancient and modern arts. She was taught silver smithing in the mountains of south Mexico, where she lived for many years improving her technique and collecting gemstones. Much of the colour and vibrancy of the country can still be seen in her designs today. Her love of ancient mythology and the arts later brought her to Ireland, where she now has a workshop in Dublin’s city centre. She uses archetypal symbols such as the butterfly, dragonfly and tree. Each one has a deep rooted

meaning - the butterfly, in Celtic Ireland, represented the soul itself and is more widely accepted as the symbol of metamorphosis. The dragonfly reminds us to be light and joyful, and the tree emphasises the interconnectedness of life. The inspiration of nature is further reflected in the organic and flowing forms of her creations. “Pieces begin with an unusual gemstone, handpicked from around the world. A mixture of traditional silver smithing and the casting process are then used.“ explains Madeleine. “I like to design anything from a statement piece to the classically beautiful. Something for all ages.“ Her work has been described as magical, enchanting and even branded ‘ art nouveu with a modern twist’.

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elebrating 40 years in business in 2013, from design to finished product they produce high quality “Made in Ireland” ranges of jewelry in Sterling Silver, 9ct Gold, 10ct Gold, 14ct Gold, 14ct White Gold, 18ct Gold, Platinum and Palladium including a large collection of Celtic and Claddagh Jewelry. Joseph and Eve have a real passion for their work and what can be more passionate than a wedding or engagement? Eve loves to help couples choose the perfect ring or to even help design a special piece.

“Choosing an engagement ring is such a momentous moment and one every couple will always remember” she says. “If the purchase of the engagement ring is made together, a couple will have the fizzy excitement of dazzling choice and array of diamonds from which to make their selection. If the ring is a surprise for the future bride then the groom has undoubtedly been surreptitiously researching and planning for some time, from rummaging through her jewelry box to find another ring that may be used to gauge her finger size, to studying up on the four Cs”.

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So how do you choose? Most savvy shoppers for engagement rings will know about the 4 C’s. Joseph gives us a quick run-down of what’s what! Cut refers to the proportions polish and symmetry of the diamond. Cut is often confused with shape. There are many choices of diamond shape such as: Round Brilliant Cut, Princess Cut, Emerald Cut, Oval, Heart shape, Marquise & Pear shape etc. Color: The vast majority of polished gem-quality diamonds are ‘White’ or Cape diamonds these range from colorless to yellowish brown. diamonds are graded from D to Z. D, E, and F are Colorless; G, H, I, and J are nearly Colorless while K, L, M are Faint etc. Clarity refers to a diamonds level of purity. Almost all diamonds come to the surface of the earth with tiny birthmarks or inclusions. The clarity of a diamond is determined by the amount and location of these when viewed under 10x magnification. Carat is the term used for diamond weight. One carat is 100 points; half a carat is 50 points. As the carat weight of a diamond increases so too does its rarity and value. “Now let me tell you what else is important at JMH Jewellery.” Joseph explains: “We are a family business, based in Dublin, making and designing fine jewelry for over 40 years. We always select the best quality diamonds for our rings. But what makes us different? Put simply, style. Our rings are always at the cutting edge of the latest trends in the industry and they incorporate our Celtic Heritage.” Joseph and Eve firmly feel that our Celtic heritage has shaped us, made us who we are today; created a land of saints and scholars, artists and poets. “We know how much our heritage means to Ireland’s children the world over so we always add a smidgen of Celtic flavour and style to our rings”. There’s more than a smidgen of love and commitment about this family which clearly carries through to their work. Enjoy!


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1941 – Solvar was established as a family business by Mr G.A Obernik with two employees, producing Celtic jewelry under the Sol D’Or label. He sought to combine his passion for Irish heritage with his love for quality jewelry. 1967 – 1972 - Sons Tony and Nick joined the business in 10 Harcourt Street. The number of employees grow to 85 including master craftsmen, model makers and a design team. 1985 – Gold Claddagh Ring S2232 was launched into the collection where it still remains today. 2002 – Grandson Marcus joined the business bringing Solvar into the third generation. 2016 - Solvar has grown to become one of the world leaders in the manufacture of ethnic Irish and Celtic Jewelry. “Our commitment remains the same as it was for my grandfather in 1941, to offer the finest quality and craftsmanship in the Irish jewelry market. I look forward to taking this into the next generation and sharing our passion with you” Marcus Obernik, Director, Solvar.


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There are three distinct series within the 1916 collection named after women who played a crucial role in the 1916 events: Constance Markievicz, Maud Gonne and Grace Gifford.

the 1916 collection from Terrible Beauty is inspired by the ordinary and extraordinary people and events of the Easter Rising in Dublin. Award winning designer Maria Parsons has imbued her collection with strength and character that reflects the bravery and vision shown at this key moment in Ireland’s history. For stockists see, also available from Weirs, Arnotts, Kilkenny, House of Ireland and the GPO Witness History centre from March 2016.




errible Beauty, a new Irish jewelry brand from artist Maria Parsons, has launched its first collection inspired by the ordinary and extraordinary people of Dublin’s Easter Rising. The 1916 Collection features stunning, handcrafted jewelry for women and men cast mainly in sterling silver with elements of gold and rose gold. Terrible Beauty’s strong, industrial aesthetic is drawn from Dublin’s rich urban landscape and Maria’s powerful, textural designs reflect the famous ‘contradictory’ words of W.B Yeats that inspired the whole collection. Pieces include stacking rings, pendants, statement bracelets, brooches, earrings and cuff links;

each one imbued with strength and character, reflecting the bravery and vision displayed at this key moment in history. Each series within the collection is named after one of the leading women of the Rising. With prices starting from �59, Terrible Beauty: The 1916 Collection is available to purchase on the newly launched website, It will be available from early March in selected Irish stores including Arnotts, Weir & Sons, Kilkenny Shop, House of Ireland, Shannon Group retail outlets and the new GPO Witness History Interpretive Exhibition Centre. 143


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Loop Head Lighthouse in West Clare is one of the Great Lighthouses of Ireland. It is a landmark location on the Loop Head Heritage Trail which was named winner of the ‘Culture and Heritage’ category of the 2015 World Responsible Tourism Awards. It is also one of twelve lighthouses which make up Great Lighthouses of Ireland, a new all-island tourism initiative and is one of two Signature Discovery Points in County Clare along the route of the Wild Atlantic Way. The lighthouse, located at the mouth of the Shannon Estuary, is steeped in history and rich in maritime

heritage with its origins dating back to the 1670s. The existing tower style lighthouse was constructed in 1854 and was operated and maintained by a keeper who lived within the lighthouse compound. In January 1991, the lighthouse was converted to automatic operation, and today is in the care of an attendant and is also monitored by the CIL. This historic lighthouse is open for the summer season from March 2016 through to October 2nd daily from 10am-6pm.


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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 where you can 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, contemplation gardens and a book, craft and souvenir shop.Free private coach & car parking area. Open Monday-Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm Sunday 2.00pm – 5.30pm

FR. PEYTON MEMORIAL CENTRE Come and Visit the Beautiful and Spiritual Surroundings of the Father Peyton CSC Memorial Centre.

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Highways & Byways

What better way to celebrate your Irish roots or to imbibe the very essence of the Emerald Isle than by traveling on the Belmond Grand Hibernian? The only luxury train in Ireland, Belmond Grand Hibernian will roam the Irish countryside, track dramatic coasts and visit the fascinating cities that have created the very idea of this entrancing land. With inspiration from Dublin’s classic Georgian architecture, blended with elements of ancient folklore and tradition, the result proudly reflects the country’s cultural heritage with an indulgent, contemporary twist. Belmond Grand Hibernian offers two, four and six-night journeys through the Republic and Northern Ireland in the ultimate comfort with superior dining, cruise ship style cabins and sublime service. Accommodation, meals, wine, alcoholic and other beverages, visits, entertainment etc are all included. 147

Stefan Schnebelt at Showcase with Anne Tarrant, NACTA

Photographer Stefan Schnebelt’s wonderful photography of Ireland has been much admired by readers of Spirit of Ireland magazine but did you know that these images are available to purchase as canvas and photo prints? Stefan is also author and photographer of a glorious coffee table book full of stunning images of Ireland, all of which are available to purchase via his website, www. New for 2017 is an exciting collaboration between Spirit of Ireland’s favourite photographer and NACTA, with a very special calendar to bring Ireland into the homes of friends and loved ones throughout 2017. The calendar will be available to purchase in your local Celtic store (see page 169-174 for stockists.) or by emailing

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Pan AM reunites AT FOYNES

More than 350 former workers and associates of Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) reunite in Limerick to share their memories and experiences of what was once the principal and largest international air carrier in the United States. Organized by Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum and supported by Fáilte Ireland and the Shannon Region Conference & Sports Bureau, the event represents the final ever Pan Am World Reunion and is only the second to be hosted in Europe. Foynes was the first European Airport to which Pan Am began operating commercial transatlantic services on July 9th 1939 under the command of Captain Harold Gray. The ‘Yankee Clipper’ was the airline’s first Boeing B314 NC18603 allocated to the Atlantic division. A replica of the aircraft is on display at Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum. Captain Charlie Blair, husband of the late Maureen O’Hara, was a frequent visitor and flew the last scheduled passenger flight from Foynes to New York in October 1945.

Reunion attendees went on to become successful businessmen and women, filmmakers, journalists and authors after Pan Am’s demise in 1991. Donning their old Pan Am uniforms during the three-day reunion the old Foynes airport will once again come alive. Among those attending - Edward Trippe, son of Pan Am founder and commercial aviation pioneer Juan Terry Trippe (1899 – 1981) as well as Captain Don Cooper who was based with the carrier in Berlin for many years. Saturday the 18th August 1945 was a record day for Pan American World Airways operations in Foynes, two clippers, the ‘Atlantic’ and the ‘Dixie’ arrived from New York in the morning and returned that night. 101 transatlantic passengers were handled at the airport—a record for a day’s operation by one airline. Traveling were nationals of Great Britain, Argentina, Sweden, Switzerland, France, Czechoslovakia, Netherlands and the USA.




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The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark has been recognized as a Global leader in sustainable destination development. The Geopark was named winner of the Destination Leadership award by The National Geographic in their prestigious international awards programme, the World Legacy Awards for its tourism for conservation project, GeoparkLIFE. The annual scheme honours tourism companies, organizations and destinations regarded as leaders in sustainable tourism best practices. Global Geopark status was first awarded to the Burren together with the Cliffs of Moher in 2011 for their outstanding geological and cultural heritage and has resulted in the region joining a global network of over 100 Geoparks worldwide. The Geopark was designated as a UNESCO site following a vote at the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) General Conference in Paris in November 2015. A formal link between the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark and the Stone Forest Geopark (Shilin Geopark) was also agreed last year between Clare County Council and Yunnan Province in the People’s Republic of China.



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Tourism Ireland welcomes exceptional +17% growth for December 2015 to February 2016. Welcoming figures published by the CSO for overseas visitors to Ireland between December 2015 and February 2016, Growth was recorded from all markets around the world – including Britain (+21%), North America (+13%), Mainland Europe (over +14%) and from Australia and developing markets (almost +9%).


Tourism is the island of Ireland’s largest indigenous industry; responsible for in excess of 4% of GNP in the Republic of Ireland and employing approximately 200,000 people. In 2015, more than 9.3 million overseas visitors came to Ireland, delivering revenue of over €4.7 billion. Strong figures for Jan/Feb 16 together with the massive positive coverage as the world goes green for St Patrick’s Day places Ireland in a very positive light for a record 2016.


SCÉAL A COLLECTION OF IRISH STORIES, MUSIC & POETRY ‘Scéal’ meaning ‘story’ in the Irish language, is a collection of favourite Irish stories and poems gathered by Irish folklore storyteller Helena Byrne. Helena’s stories of Leprechauns and Trooping Fairies, encounters with the ‘Other Folk’ during the festival of Samhain and poems inspired by these magical tales are sure to bring you into the ‘Other World’ and awaken your imagination. Scéal captures a piece of Ireland in times past, illustrating the beliefs that our grandparents and great-grandparents had in days gone by and how those beliefs influenced their daily lives.

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he difference between traveling nowadays and traveling ten years ago is the overwhelming number of apps and online services that are available all designed to make the travel experience as easy and as enjoyable as possible. But in order to have access to all these apps and online services especially during holidays, you must be connected to WiFi, or in other words to the Internet. While globetrotters will tell you to get a new SIM card once landed at the destination, that isn’t always possible or affordable, if you are constantly on the road. And while your local cell phone provider likely has an international data plan, it can run to hundreds of dollars if you use it too much. The good news is that you can save a fortune and avoid roaming charges in Ireland with Travel WiFi. A pocket-sized wifi unit can connect up to 5 smart devices at once, so it’s great for families to keep everyone happy and it is a

lifesaver for frequent flyers. With Travel WiFi all data packages are measured in GB not MB, as so many cellular providers offer and each package offers unlimited data, so you don’t have to worry about overages anymore. To get started visit, choose the destination desired and then choose your package. Prices begin at �59.00 for 1 week, 69.00 for 2 weeks and �89.00 for one month. The device will be sent to you anywhere in the States, or you can arrange to pick it up at your hotel in Ireland at free cost. To connect you just turn on the device and enter the password. In no time you will have your own WiFi hotspot with excellent coverage throughout Ireland, so you should be able to easily share those photos from off-thebeaten-path visits. At the end of the rental agreement either return the unit to the location where you picked it up or send it back in the envelope provided. Once the device is received the deposit is fully refunded.

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Step into a lovely bit of Ireland at Robin’s European Cottage in the colorful heart of historic downtown Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Robin’s European Cottage features an array of wonderful Irish products including beautiful merino wool sweaters, scarves and jewelry. We offer the whole range of Inis Energy of the Sea perfume and body products from Ireland. You will also find products from France, England, Scandinavia and other European countries. Come stroll the streets of Europe without ever leaving the store! We are located in the Cedar Creek Settlement, a Civil War era stone woolen mill, with 20 shops, the award winning Cedar Creek Winery, artists studios and restaurants.

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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.

Celtic Aer Gift Shop “It would be impossible to count the amount of times Ashley heard, “With that hair, you must be Irish!” Growing up as a redhead, people were always reminding her of her heritage with such charisma. Like all the Irish and Irish Americans, she is very proud of her roots and the breath-taking beauty of the Emerald Isle. Ashley’s father, Patrick Rooney, is from County Fermanagh (and a redhead himself once too!). He grew up on a farm not far from Enniskillen, where his family owned a small business, Rooney’s Shop, that sold petrol, general grocery and animal feed items.

When Patrick came to the USA, it didn’t take him long to open up his own business, a garden center and shed business called Celtic Farms & Nursery, in Mohegan Lake, NY. Almost twenty years later in 2010, his daughter Ashley opened her own business, Celtic Aer Gift Shop. “Most of our items are made in Ireland or in the USA. From Celtic jewelry to Irish pottery to Aran Sweaters, we carry the traditional to the more modern of Irish imports. Or if it’s Irish food you’re craving, we’ve got you covered. We carry everything from strong Irish tea, cookies, and biscuits; to candy, jams and brown bread mix; to bacon, sausages, puddings, and much more!”

1451 Strawberry Rd., Mohegan Lake, NY 10591 Tel: 914-526-3361 Owner: Ashley Rooney



A stunning collection of fine art prints by Jo Gray. These limited edition Giclee prints are on high quality archival art paper and have a life expectancy of 100 years. All printing mounting and framing are carried out by Jo in his own studio to the highest standard using conservation framing methods and materials special conservation glass which blocks out 99% of UV light. All limited edition prints are stamped numbered and signed by the artist. The collections include: Traditional Irish Music, Ancient Sites, Myths Legends, Landscapes, Irish Writers | e:


Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland Historic Dublin, Ohio hosts an Irish spirit year round with its Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland shop. Located in an 1830’s national register building, Ha’penny houses five rooms of Irish and Celtic merchandise. Proprietors Anne and Allen Gleine purchased the store from the original owners in 1998. The store is celebrating 33 years in business this year. The Gleines have filled a couple of passports with yearly travels to Ireland for trade shows, visits with vendors, group tours and familiarizing themselves with the beauty of Ireland. Exploring the shop, you will discover a pot of gold in Irish treasures. The first room is the Ireland Room with a brilliant display of Irish and Celtic jewelry including TJH, Boru, JMH, ShanOre, Keith Jack and Black Dragon. The Claddagh ring and its lovely story of love, loyalty and friendship, capture the hearts of those who hear it. The Dublin Room houses Bewley’s teas and mixes for scones and soda bread, an assortment of books, music and penny whistles, local Dublin, Ohio, USA and wee one’s items from christening gowns and rosaries to children’s books and clothing. The Fairies have arrived in Dublin. Imaginations grow as Irish Fairy Doors in a rainbow of colors help fairies relocate to homes and gardens at visitors’ own family homes adding memories and bit of magic all year round.

In a side room, shoppers will find the Christmas room with a lighted tree with collectible ornaments, nativities, Santas, and snowflakes to cool anyone on a hot summer day. Filled with Belleek Parian China, Galway Crystal, Mullingar Pewter, Jerpoint Glass, Wild Goose Studio wall art, and Emerald Crystal, is the Celebration room. Centered is an Irish farmhouse table that changes with displays noting activities and holidays taking place during the current month. Planning a Celtic wedding? Let Ha’penny assist with creating an Irish wedding registry, kilt rental, wedding accessories and planning your honeymoon. Find the Man Cave to fashionably outfit yourself or a dear friend in Irish kilts, sweaters, ties, socks, a Hanna Hat and other accessories. Looking for a pub or in house bar sign, beverage shots, glasses or flasks, or Guinness licensed product? This is your room. Special to the store are always fashion items from Ireland. Choose a colorful Avoca coat, a Carraig Donn sweater, scarves by Patrick Francis, Liz Christy, McKernan Woolens, Mucross hats and purses add to the mix. All in all, you are sure to experience Ireland in grand style while shopping at “the Ha’penny.”

75 South High Street, Dublin, OH 43017-2154 Tel: 614-889-9615 Owners: Anne & Al Gleine



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Faith & Begorra Faith & Begorra, Denville, New Jersey has been serving their Irish community for more than two decades and owner Susan Banks has seen her business grow from strength to strength during that time. “While our core business continues to bring the finest crafts, jewelry, giftware and apparel from Ireland to our customers, our Catholic products now represent about 40% of our business – the majority of that being First Communion dresses”. Susan’s shop is a sea of white during Communion season and customers come from far and wide to find the perfect dress for the important day. Boys are not

forgotten of course and can choose from a wide range of suits, complete with white tie of course! Faith & Begorra also has an extensive range of woolen hats and hand-knit sweaters from Donegal as well a wide selection of beautiful jewelry from Ireland’s top designers and craftspeople. With a charming corner location, the shop is filled with the charm of Ireland and you will always find a warm welcome there. “It has taken me 24 years to get to this point” says Banks “and my husband Dennis and I have enjoyed every minute of it”.

40 Broadway, Denville, NJ 07834 Tel: 973-625-0070 Owner: Susan Banks





Celtic Treasures Having spent many summers in Ireland as a boy, Paul O’Donnell found himself drawn to the culture, heritage and beauty of the Emerald Isle from an early age. When he opened Celtic Treasures in 1992, he knew he had found his true calling. And it is evident when you visit his shop in lovely Saratoga Springs, New York that this charming man loves his job. Add to that his wonderful staff who are a warm friendly bunch of folks if there ever was one, and you are in for a truly pleasurable shopping experience. Celtic Treasures offers one of the largest selections of Irish gifts and imported goods this side of the Atlantic. As well as all the traditional goods you

would expect to find, Paul and his wife Antoinette work directly with craftspeople and artisans in Ireland to offer a unique selection of products. Celtic Treasures is located in the beautiful downtown Saratoga Springs, New York which is home to the Saratoga Race Course and has a long tradition of thoroughbred horse racing. “Our wonderful location brings visitors from all over the world” says Paul “and we have made lifelong friends as a result of this business. We are truly blessed”. The next time you are in Saratoga, stop by for a visit – you won’t be disappointed!

456 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York Tel: 518-583-9452 Owner: Paul O’Donnell


Irish Greeting Cards & Stationery

Crafted with Care, Treasured for a lifetime Corofin, Co. Galway

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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Oxford Hall Celtic Shoppe

Oxford Hall began in the early 1980’s. Tom and Barbara Washburn visited Ireland and the UK with the idea of opening an Antique Shop in their home in PA. After falling in love with the beautiful sweaters, fine crafts and jewelry one of the earliest Irish/Celtic Shops in the US was born and this past Christmas celebrated its 30th Birthday. Today Oxford Hall is located in the heart of Historic downtown New Cumberland PA and is owned and operated by Steve and Cindy Washburn, second generation owners. In 2009, the Washburn’s purchased and restored an 1800’s historic building, moving the shop to its current and largest location. The shop features five rooms and almost 3000 square feet. Also added was a Tea Café. The “Tea Café at Oxford Hall” is listed by Tea Map USA as one of the top 25 Tea Rooms in PA and in the top 500 in the country. Visitors can get a proper pot of tea, authentic scones and a menu that features meat pies, pasties, scotch eggs and even a full Irish/UK

Breakfast. Special care is taken to source many of the ingredients from local PA farms and making everything in house from scratch. The shop sells Irish and UK sweaters, apparel, jewelry and gifts. Steve and Cindy are both certified by the Federation of Jewelry Manufacturers of Ireland and the shop features a beautiful selection of Irish Wedding bands, Claddagh Rings and Celtic Jewelry. You can also find many Catholic and traditional Religious books, crosses and gifts. From January through May over 200 First Communion Dresses and Suits are featured along with Veils, Rosaries, Missals and other items for First Communion. Oxford Hall is located right across the river from the PA State Capital Harrisburg, minutes from the PA Turnpike. This makes it a great stop on trips to many Central PA tourist attractions like Hershey and Lancaster. You can also find Oxford Hall online at

233 Bridge St, New Cumberland, PA 17070 Tel: 717-774-8789 Owners: Cindy & Steve Washburn


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Celtic Ranch

The Celtic Ranch is a lifestyle inspired by the spirit of our spiritual and cultural ancestors, the Celts. Passionate about our heritage, Irish manufacturers have created some looks with a unique and eclectic take on life that lend itself to an Equestrian casual look. Makers like Jimmy Hourihan, John Branigan, Carraig Donn and Irelands Eye that many Irish stores carry recently made a beautiful showcase of their wares in national local magazine ‘Her Life’ with an 8-page spread highlighting Irish manufacturers and their incredible classic designs.

Irish wear is timeless and Irish manufacturers make clothing that can be enjoyed for decades. The barn backdrop in the ‘Her Life’ spread focused on the earthy outdoor spirit that is so characteristic of this style. “Thank you to the Spirit of Ireland for bringing these designs into the homes of our customers” says Terry. “You don’t have to be Irish to recognize the timeless style but it is fun to brag about.”

404 Main Street Weston, MO 64098 816 640 2881 Owner: Terry Kast 167


Celtic Elegance Celtic Elegance started out as a division of Name Heritage International which serves the genealogy market as a provider of family name histories and coats of arms. Their original base was in the American Midwest in Kansas City with a retail location in the turret walls of Conwy Castle, a World Heritage Site built by Edward the First during his conquest of Wales. Celtic Elegance today is a direct link to the history, heritage and beauty of Celtic jewelry. Marian Halpin is the original founder of the company and after fifteen years of successful growth she is still chief designer utilizing her background in the creative arts and her love of all things Celtic. Marian grew up in a small village in Snowdonia, Wales with Welsh as her first language. She understands the passion for self-identity within the Celtic homelands.


Mick is the Operations Director ensuring that the buying process runs smoothly. Mick has a long Irish heritage and is driven to bring the culture and love for the country to a wider audience in the United States. In 2016 Celtic Elegance celebrated St. Patrick’s at the Villages, Florida, for the 13th time! The Villages, in Central Florida, is the largest and fastest growing 55 plus community in the USA. When Celtic Elegance set up shop in 2003, the population was just 65,000 but now it has grown to over 110,000. The Villagers have a fun filled life style and for St Patrick’s they put on a superb parade featuring various clubs and societies. Marian enjoyed two days celebrating with them - only one color was on display - green beer, green waterfalls, green golf carts and green hair!

Spanish Springs & Sumter Landing The Villages, FL 32159 Tel: 352-840-3212 Owner: Marian Halpin



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 Flanagan’s Celtic Corner 2719 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716 Tel: 520-623-9922 Website: www. Contact: John Flanagan 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

Goldsmith & jewelry designer Joseph Harbourne at his bench in Dublin. The Harbourne family have been supplying fine jewelry to Irish shops in the USA and Canada for more than 40 years. Ciara’s Irish Shop 334 Second Street, Eureka, CA 95501 Tel: 707-443-0102 Email: Contact: CC O’Brien-Cree


Contact: Monika Fischer


CALIFORNIA The Celtic Knot 28 Main Street, Jackson, CA 95642 Tel: 209-223-5830 Contact: Ron Busch Celtic Shoppe 354 East Campbell Avenue, Campbell, CA 95008 Tel: 408-379-7474


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


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

The Emporium 1620 Miner Street, Idaho Springs, CO 80452 Tel: 303-567-1151



emporiumcolorado@ Contact: Mary Ann Dalpes Kerreen O’Connor’s Irish Shop 2595 West Alamo Avenue, Littleton, CO 80120 Tel: 303-794-6388 Website: Contact: Heather Benedict Contact: Donna Gorman

Lucky Ewe Irish Goods 2371 Whitney Avenue Hamden, CT 06518 Tel: 203-507-2160 Website: Contact:

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

Kathleen O’Neill-Regan

Contact: Lynn Thorn

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

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


The Irish Shop 818 East New Haven Ave, Melbourne, FL 32901 Tel: 321-723-0122

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

Website: Contact: Cathy Cavagnaro

Contact: Jason, Tina



Website: Contact: Jaqueline De Poli

& Hughie McBride 171

Store Directory | NACTA

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

GEORGIA Enchanted Shire 6905 Virlyn B Smith Road Fairburn, GA 30213 Tel: 585-329-5653 Website: www. Contact: Arleen Dougherty

Marie Rooney of Enterprise Ireland and Anne Tarrant of NACTA pictured with Brian Dempsey & Eoin Woods at Showcase - Ireland’s Creative Expo in Dublin.

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

ILLINOIS Heartland Gallery The Vault Arts Collective, 100 N. Main Street, Tuscola, IL 61953 Tel: 217-377-4502 Website: Contact: Jan Chandler

Irish American Heritage Center Gift Shop 4626 N Knox Avenue Chicago IL 60630 Tel: 773-282-7035 Website: Contact: Irene Higgins-Hruby & Mary Rose Teahan

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

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

Website: Contact: Sandy Nedrow


Irish Connoisseur 1232 Waukegan Rd, Glenview, IL 60025 Tel: 847-998-1988 Website: Contact: Megan Quinlisk Van Treeck The Irish Shop 100 N Oakpark Ave, Oak Park, IL 60301 Tel: 708-445-1149 Website:

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

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



Contact: Patrick Barry

Contact: John Barry Contact: Michael & Judy Siegert

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

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

Enchanted Shire 46468 River Road Hammond, LA 70401 Tel: 585-329-5653 Website: www. Contact: Arlene Dougherty MARYLAND

Website: Contact: Jim & Anne August

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


Molly’s Celtic Center 931 Baxter Avenue, Louisville, KY 40204 Tel: 502-459-9888

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

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

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

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


Website: Contact: Joseph Reilly Contact: Caron & Ed Sullivan

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

The Twisted Shamrock 3074 12 Mile Road, Berkley, MI 48072 Tel: 248-544-4170

Wexford House Irish Imports 9 Crescent St, West Boylston, MA 01583-1309 Tel: 508-835-6677 Website: Contact: Dorothy Trow MICHIGAN

Website: Contact: Jim Monahan

NEVADA The Isles 809 S. Center Street Reno, NV 89501 Tel: 775-247-2781 Website: Contact: Theresa Fegan NEW HAMPSHIRE Baile McBreen Gift Shop 107-C North Main Street, Troy, NH 03465 Tel: 603-242-7707 Email:

MISSOURI Brownes Irish Market Inc 3300 Pennsylvania Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64111-2724 Tel: 816-561-0030 Website: Contact: Kerry Browne

bailemcbreensgiftshop@ Contact: Elsie Breen Celtic Crossing 112 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801 Tel: 603-436-0200 Website: 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 Celtic Seasons 301 N Harbor Drive, Grand Haven, MI 49417 Tel: 269-668-8069 Email: Contact: Eileen Boyle Chlebana County Emmet Celtic Shop & Molly’s Celtic Kitchen 221 E. Lake St, Petoskey, MI 49770 Tel: 231-753-2027

The Celtic Ranch 404 Main Street, Weston, MO 64098 Tel: 816-640-2881 Website: Contact: Terry Kast Kerry Cottage Ltd 2119 S. Big Bend Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63117 Tel: 314-647-0166

NEW JERSEY All Irish 401 Lafayette St, Cape May, NJ 08204 Tel: 609-884-4484 Email: allirishimports@ Contact: Jeanne & Joe Fahy

Website: Sheehan’s Irish Imports 410 E. Gregory Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64131 Tel: 816-561-4480 Website: Contact: Katy Sheehan Morris & Molly Sheehan Corkill Thistle and Clover 407 South Main Street, St. Charles, MO 63301 Tel: 636-946-2449 Website:


Contact: Karen Heitzman

& Jim Slack

Contact: Ed & Linda Karmann

Contact: Debra Codd

Ballyhugh Irish Imports 235 White Horse Pike, Audubon, NJ 08106 Tel: 856-546-0946 Email: Contact: Fran Siefert 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

Emerald Gifts 137 Parsippany Rd, Parsippany, NJ 07054 Tel: 973-884-3241 Email: Contact: Edward Hansberry Faith & Begorra 40 Broadway, Denville, NJ 07834 Tel: 973-625-0070 Website: Contact: Susan Banks Irish Centre 1120 Third Ave, Spring Lake, NJ 07762 Tel: 732-449-6650 Website: Contact: Moya Rush Kellys A Touch of Ireland 5 South Broadway, Pitman, NJ 08071 Tel: 856-589-4988 Email: info@ Contact: Judy Miller


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

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 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: Ann, Len & Tim Bauersachs

Contact: Gerald Rooney


Store Directory | NACTA

Irish shop owners from the USA and Canada on a recent business trip to Ireland

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 Email: Tel: 718-424-8686 Contact: Liz Kenny

Celtic Aer Gift Shop 1451 Strawberry Rd., Mohegan Lake, NY 10591 Tel: 914-526-3361 Website: Contact: Ashley Rooney

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



guaranteedirish145@ Contact: Donal Gallagher

Contact: Mary Ann

& Dale May


Irish Crossroads Ltd 18 Main Street, Sayville, NY 11782 Tel: 631-569-5464

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



Contact: Paul O’Donnell Contact: Kathleen Quinn Contact: Linda Low

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

McNerney’s Irish Imports Boulevard Mall, 730 Alberta Drive, Amherst, NY 14226 Tel: 716-870-0033 Website: www. Contact: Michael McNerney

NEW YORK Cashel House 224 Tompkins St, Syracuse, NY 13204 Tel: 315-472-4438 Email: Contact: Peter Heverin

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

Celtic Treasures 456 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Tel: 518-583-9452

The Danu Gallery 39 E. Central Avenue, Pearl River, NY 10965 Tel: 845-735-4477 Website: Contact: Isabel & Audrey Haley

Website: Contact: Patricia Lloyd


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

Sinead’s Cottage Tickled Pink Gift Shops Lumina Station 1904 Eastwood Rd #106-107, Wilmington, NC 28403 Tel: 910-763-7056 Website: Contact: Cathy Lynch



A Lit’le Irish Too 9 Chambersburg Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325 Tel: 717-334-6609

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

Website: Contact: Stephen Walker NORTH CAROLINA The Carolina Celt 9650 Strickland Road Suite 167 Durham, NC 27615 Tel: 919-286-9206 Website: Contact: Bruce Wright Enchanted Shire 16445 Poplar Tent Road Huntersville, NC 28078 Tel: 585-329-5653 Website: www. Contact: Arleen Dougherty Sinead’s Cottage Blue Moon Gift Shops 203 Racine Dr Wilmington, NC 28403 Tel: 910-763-7056 Website: Contact: Cathy Lynch

Website: Contact: Tory Warren

Website: Contact: Kathleen Casey

Walker Metalsmith Celtic Jewelry 1 Main Street, Andover, NY 14806 Tel: 607-478-8567

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

Proctor & Maureen Casey Brubaker

Celt-Iberia Traders 52 South Main Street, New Hope, PA 18938 Tel: 215-862-4922 Website:

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: www. Contact: Michelle Morgan

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

Veneziale Irish Design Center 303 South Craig St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Tel: 412-682-6125 Website: Contact: Paul Carey Contact: Michael Burns

& Richard Cordover The Celtic Cross 729 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228 Tel: 412-306-1890

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


Contact: Cindy &

Steve Washburn

Contact: Thomas Macik

Celtic Culture 137 East Main Street, Ligonier, PA 15658 Tel: 724-238-2420 Website: Shamrock & Rose Creations 25576 Mill Street Olmsted Falls, OH 44138 Tel: 440-714-9000

Enchanted Shire 2775 Lebanon Road Manheim, PA 17545 Tel: 585-329-5653 Website: www. Contact: Arleen Dougherty

Contact: Andrew Carr

St Brendan’s Crossing Arcade Shops at Fifth Avenue Place, 120 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 Tel: 412-471-0700 Website: www. Contact: Eileen Manning

The Celtic Rose Peddlers Village Courtyard Store 14, Lahaska, PA 18931 Tel: 215-794-5882

Contact: Shawn Jeffrey


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



Contact: Marilyn Mellon



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

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

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

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


Store Directory | NACTA USA Kilts 3389 Schuylkill Road (Rt. 724), Spring City, PA 19475 Tel: 610-948-4110 Website: Contact: Rocky Roeger

CANADA A Bit of Home 2-1248 Dundas Street East Mississauga, ON L4Y 2C1 Canada Tel: 905-804-1731 Website: Contact: Henry & Geraldine Porsch

TENNESSEE The Celtic Cup Coffee House 106 North Anderson Street, Tullahoma, TN 37388 Tel: 931-563-7733 Contact: Denise &

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

Huland Smith


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

Contact: Helen Richie


Website: Audrey & Isabel Haley of The Danu Gallery, New York won the prestigious Celtic Warrior Award

Contact: Lisa Henline

TEXAS Things Celtic 1806 West 35th St, Austin, TX 78703 Tel: 512-472-2358 Website: Contact: Lanora Davidson VIRGINIA Celtic Tides 19 W Nelson St, Lexington, VA 24450 Tel: 540-464-6545 Website: Contact: Mary Jo & John Morman 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


The Scottish & Irish Store East 1713 St. Laurent Blvd (at Innes), Ottawa, ON K1G 3V4 Tel: 613-739-3393 Website: Pixie Treasures Celtic Shoppe 829 Lynnhaven Pkwy, #106, Virginia Beach, VA 23452 Tel: 757-961-7494

Wandering Angus 914 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368 Tel: 360-385-9549 Website:

Website: Contact: Jeanne & Bob Rider

Contact: Tracy Williamson

Scotland House Ltd 430 Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185 Tel: 757-229-7800 The Scottish Shoppe & A Little Bit of Ireland 1206 - 17 Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta T2T 0B8 Tel: 403-264-6383




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

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


Website: Contact: William Gibbons Contact: Megan O’Meara

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

Robin’s European Cottage N70 W6340 Bridge Road Cedarburg, WI 53012 Tel: 262-377-3444 Contact: Robin Parsons

Website: Contact: Michael Cox

Sam & Michelle Wallace

Contact: Eveline Murray

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

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


Contact: Michael Cox

Website: Contact: Jim Osborne

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

Tara’s Diary beads enriched with crystals from Swarovski®

A watercolour painting by Róisín O’Shea © 2012


ohnnie Fox’s Pub situated in the heart of the Dublin Mountains has it all, a living museum of Irish History and Tradition where unique pieces from old farm implements to Historical antiquities adorn every wall, nook & cranny. Serving an award winning a la carte menu from 12.30 until late, with live musicians playing traditional Irish music 7 nights a week, our special kind of Irish welcome is not to be missed.


ituated only 40 minutes from Dublin City Centre and 10 minutes from Dundrum or Enniskerry Villages why not take our private shuttle bus which will collect you from an array of Dublin City or County Hotels operated by (01 8221122) for €5 each way.

Hooley Nights For a real treat one should experience the world famous show known as the Johnnie Fox’s HOOLEY night which includes the esteemed Johnnie Fox’s troop of Irish dancers, live traditional Irish music, a full 4 course evening meal and plenty of great craic….. at only €52.50 per person. • • • •


Johnnie Fox’s Pub l Glencullen l Co. Dublin

l Ireland l Tel: (01) 295 5647 Email:


Spirit of Ireland issue 9  
Spirit of Ireland issue 9