All Blog Posts Tagged 'Connemara' (23)

Taken Into an Irish Confidence

This Irish vignette has stayed with me throughout the years, the way poignant moments tend to do. It was only a moment, really, yet even at the time I could have told you of its impact; there was something about sitting in Seamus O’Flaherty’s porch on…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on June 8, 2016 at 6:00pm — 21 Comments

The Sessiun

It was nine o’clock on a Sunday night when Johnny Og came to collect me, and it was raining—not one of those misty, soft rains, as is often the case on the west coast of Ireland, but one of those howling, unforgiving, relentless downpours that comes…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on February 2, 2016 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

The Way They Went -- How the Irish Got About In 1850

The Irish, while extremely fond of their horses, tended to walk everywhere, most of them not having the means nor the land to support a horse. Public transport was inefficient, to say the least. The…

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Added by Brian Nolan on August 14, 2015 at 7:30pm — 7 Comments

Clifden Pub Scene From Novel 'Dancing to an Irish Reel'

The distance between Inverin and Clifden is approximately sixty kilometers. It’s a visually inspiring hour-long ride through undulating midlands with grass as soft as velvet, gray stone walls that split the landscape, and bubbling…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on July 7, 2015 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments

The Woods of Kylemore Abbey

If one is travelling through Connemara, one of the more compelling tourist destinations is Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine monastery since 1920, which sits…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on April 27, 2015 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Ireland Travel with a Loose Plan

Once upon a time, I spent a year living on the western coast of Ireland, in an area of Connemara called Inverin, which is thirteen miles up the coast road from Galway City. Last October, I had good cause to return for…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on April 6, 2015 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

Serene Greenery in County Galway

Ireland is known around the world as a place of fun, with pubs, singing and dancing, and of course, that's all true. But the Emerald Isle can also be a place for tranquility and quiet beauty. A visit to Brigit's Garden, just outside Galway City, will show that serenity and introspection are also part of the Irish experience.

Brigit's Garden is a perfect stop for those who…

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Added by Michael Quane on November 22, 2014 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

'The Quiet Man' Cottage: On the Brink of Extinction

On the afternoon of Wednesday, 6 August, 2014, our own Ryan O'Rourke had the opportunity to visit the site of the old White O'Morn Cottage in Tiernakill, Maumm, County Galway.  This old site, which…

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Added by The Wild Geese on August 12, 2014 at 4:30pm — 9 Comments

91 Years and Counting: Connemara and its Pony

The Annual Connemara Pony Festival takes place in Clifden, County Galway from Sunday the 27th through Sunday the 24th of August. The highlight of the festival is the Connemara Pony Show on Thursday and Friday. To mark…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on August 11, 2014 at 12:00pm — 10 Comments

Éilís Crean: Passing on 'The Irish Gift'

The  following is a transcript from the LIVE Community Chat held here at TheWildGeese.com on Friday, June 20, 2014 with with Éilís…

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Added by The Wild Geese on June 20, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Cathal O'Malley: Capturing Ireland's Essence With Every Stroke

The Wild Geese team are pleased to introduce the newest of The Wild Geese Irish Heritage Partners, Cathal O…

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Added by The Wild Geese on June 5, 2014 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

'One Great Irish Spot': The Quiet Man Bridge in Connemara

Growing up in Chicago, Illinois, it wasn't St. Patrick's Day unless we saw the movie "The Quiet Man."  There were the parties,  the parade and the dying of the Chicago River green but until the whole family sat together…

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Added by Jean Sullivan Cardinal on March 14, 2014 at 12:30pm — 7 Comments

'One Great Irish Spot': Kylemore Abbey's Neo-Gothic 'Gem'

A true Irish spot, the small Neo-Gothic Church on the grounds of Kylemore Abbey, in Connemara.

You have to look hard for this special gem on the grounds of Kylemore Abbey in County Galway. Kylemore Abbey, home of the…

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Added by Mary Reed on March 8, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Top 8 Romantic Places in Ireland

As the countdown to Valentines Day begins, we decided to take a look at some of the most romantic places around Ireland and compiled a list of our top favourites. You may have been lucky enough to get to some of these places and if not they’re definite recommendations to enjoy alongside your loved one.…
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Added by The Irish Store on February 6, 2014 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Capaillíní Chonamara: Ireland's Most Iconic Animal

This one's for all you animal lovers out there, and especially for all you equine lovers.  On second thought, this is something that will be enjoyed by anyone who loves Ireland, her unique landscapes, and her grand auld…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on December 27, 2013 at 10:04am — 2 Comments

The Night of the Big Wind - St. Stephen's Day 2013

'Oiche na Gaoithe Moire' - The night of the big wind! That phrase usually refers to one of the most devastating hurricanes that ever hit Ireland, which made land during the night of Little…

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Added by Brian Nolan on December 27, 2013 at 7:00am — 16 Comments


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'Men at Lunch,' A Documentary Shrouded in Mystery

Men at Lunch, a documentary film touring the United States, is intriguing for many reasons. The film, which debuted at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, seeks answers to the mystery surrounding an iconic American…

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Added by Valerie Lapin Ganley on October 10, 2013 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

The Recess Boycott

This summer, driving through Connemara, I pulled into Sraith Salach, (Willow Stream) as Recess is now officially called, on the N59 Galway Clifden Road. All Gaeltacht villages throughout Ireland now only have the Irish name, though it caused such a furore in Dingle/ Daingean that they made an exception. The village…

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Added by Rónán Gearóid Ó Domhnaill on August 30, 2013 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Dan O'Hara: The Man Behind the Song

I had occasion to visit Dan O’Hara’s hillside farm in Connemara recently as part of my work as a tour guide, work that takes me all over the country. The owner Martin Walsh, a natural born storyteller captivated the group with the story of how the unfortunate farmer ended up in New York…

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Added by Rónán Gearóid Ó Domhnaill on July 18, 2013 at 3:30am — 11 Comments

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