When St. Brendan got back from his travels discovering America in a small wooden and leather boat around 564 AD, he wrote a book in Latin, 'Navigatio Brendani' or 'The Voyage of Brendan', which, some 900 years later (1477) convinced Christopher Columbus that there might just be something out there beyond the western…Continue
'You look like the wreck of the Hesperus' was a much-used phrase in our house in Loughrea, 20 miles from the sea at Galway Bay. Boys, well you know boys, they never comb their hair, never wash their hands, wear the same clothes forever. . . . You know the type, and obstinately oblivious of their appearance. In Ireland,…Continue
Killarney's lovely lakes have been immortalized in song and story for their breathtaking beauty. Indeed, Queen Victoria and her…Continue
By guest blogger Constance Hall
Last November, a dream came true for me when I read about a knitting and craft tour that Irish Tourism had…Continue
“Mo Gobnat from Muscraige Mitaine, i.e. a sharp-beaked nun,
Ernaide is the name of the place in which she is.
Or Gobnat of Bairnech in Món Mór in the south of Ireland,
and of the race of Conaire she is; a virgin of Conaire’s race”
Note to the Félire Óengusso, tr. Whitley Stokes, p. 73
I have a new…Continue
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Dreaming of Ireland - This is truly our best selling tour on the market! Our Celtic Dream Tour is a premier tour of Ireland. Right now we can offer a savings of $400 per couple with this exclusive sale!
PROMOCODE: DREAMWEB400 See the majestic Cliffs…Continue
Garden City, N.Y. -- “Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair” is the opening verse of a song sung by Tara O’Grady at the Irish Cultural Society meeting on December 10,…Continue
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Christmas at the House on an Irish Hillside (available only in e-book format) by Felicity…
At the westernmost end of Ireland’s Dingle peninsula,…Continue
When I first heard the phrase "boutique hostel," I figured it was a bit of marketing gimmickry at work. I mean, hostels were bottom-of-the-barrel, right? I suspected the word "boutique" was in line to replace "charming" and "lots of character" for describing accommodation that wasn't quite up to par.
Well, this summer I got a taste of modern hosteling,…Continue
What draws me back to Ireland over and over again? There’s the stunning physical beauty. But what makes a beautiful place so special? For me, it’s the people: their intellect, passion, warmth and wit. There’s no better place to find this than in an Irish pub and in the…Continue
This time, it's a Five for Five! In this case, the first five members who bring in five members each will receive "Live from the 33rd County" CD, featuring Mary Courtney…Continue
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I knew it was somewhere on the mountain, part of a ruined monastic site. It’s a tiny, boatshaped, Celtic Christian church. I set out on a damp day to find it, climbing the narrow roads above Smerwick Harbour. I was seventeen then, on a scholarship to the Corca Dhuibhne Gaeltacht to…Continue
The Wild Atlantic Way will be Ireland’s first long-distance driving route, stretching from the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal to Kinsale in west Cork. With a launch date of March 2014, this route consists of existing roadways, but it will offer visitors an opportunity…Continue
On the Galway's Horrible Histories Walk, I weave the Brendan Voyage tale into the stories I tell, explaining how in 929 AD the Vikings raided the Priory Abbey of Annaghdown, 4 miles up the Corrib River from Galway city, which was founded by St. Brendan for his sister, Briga, and where he died in 577 AD.…Continue
Just throwing out a line to draw in some other Sullivans like myself. Perhaps share some stories, Sullivan information, or even some DNA info.
In the southeast of Ireland, there are so many Sullivan…Continue
My maternal Grandmother was a Corcoran from Knockaderry in County Kerry. Knockaderry is just around the corner from the Kerry Airport in Farranfore. One of thirteen kids, Grandma could not wait to get off the island. Thankfully, she waited until a few days after the 1911 census! She emigrated to the United States, settling in Chicago where other family members had already…Continue
John Walsh, right, founder of Galway-based Doire Press, is the latest WG Member of the Day. John, a Derry native,…Continue
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