Michael Quane's Blog (19)

Patrick Coffey, Estimable Irish Gilder, Exhibits at NYC Consulate

Renowned Irish carver and gilder Patrick Coffey is holding an exhibition of his works, "1916 and Irish Tribal Art," at the Consulate of Ireland in New York City, Monday November 9 to Friday November 13, from 10 AM to 2 PM. To make arrangements for a viewing, please call (718) 651-7336. A reception for the artist will be held…


Added by Michael Quane on November 9, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

A Warm Irish Welcome in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

There are many Irish pubs around the globe, but some of them, while they have the trappings -- Irish prints on the walls, an Irish-themed menu and Guinness available -- are missing the most important thing: the warm atmosphere you expect in Ireland. That isn't the case in…


Added by Michael Quane on September 30, 2015 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Great Irish Pubs of Indian Summer (And Year Round)

With its sunny weather, vacation time, and, for the lucky, a shorter work-week, summer is a great time to catch up on hobbies, whether parasailing, mountain biking, or in my case, visiting new or favorite Irish pubs.

After much exhaustive research, with summer now nearly behind, I share…


Added by Michael Quane on September 21, 2015 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Suburban New York County Plans Memorial to 1916 Rising

A coalition of Irish American groups in New York's Suffolk County have joined in a campaign to raise funds for a memorial to the 1916 Easter Rising.

Members of the local chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Emerald Societies of the Suffolk County Police and Fire Departments and the Gerry Tobin…


Added by Michael Quane on August 11, 2015 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

In The Kingdom of Kerry, Don't Forget The Ring

I've written before about the Lakes of Killarney, the "crown jewels" of Ireland's "Kingdom" of County Kerry. But to complete your royal tour, you have to take one of Ireland's, if not the globe's, most scenic drives, the "Ring of Kerry." …


Added by Michael Quane on August 5, 2015 at 4:30pm — 9 Comments

Clare's Quin Abbey, Among Ireland's Hidden Sacred Ground

Throughout Ireland's lovely and storied countryside, visitors can find magnificent religious sites that are a testament to Ireland's glorious and tragic history. Some of the best known include the Rock of Cashel, St. Kevin's Monastery at Glendalough, and the ancient university of Clonmacnoise.

But in addition to these…


Added by Michael Quane on August 2, 2015 at 11:00am — 13 Comments

Yeats Society of New York Honors Its Founder, Andrew McGowan

The W.B.Yeats Society of New York observed its 25th anniversary June 9  with a "Roast and Toast"  of founder Andrew McGowan at the National Arts Club. The event also celebrated the 150th anniversary of the birth of William Butler Yeats, the immortal Irish poet and playwrite, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923. Yeats was born in Sandymount, Dublin, on June 13, 1865.

The stellar evening at the landmark NAC offered readings of Yeats's poetry, as well as in-person and video…


Added by Michael Quane on June 10, 2015 at 12:18pm — No Comments

In Galway, When the Sun Goes Down, the Craic Is Up!

Ireland's "Wild Atlantic Way" usually refers to the rugged conflux of seacoast and mountains to be found in the western counties. But in the city of Galway, "The Wild West" takes on a different connotation.

Galway, known throughout history as a trading center, has…


Added by Michael Quane on June 4, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Ireland's Surprising Wild West, Where Eagles Soar

There are many surprises to be found in Ireland's "Wild West," and one for me that was completely unexpected was to see eagles and other birds of prey flying above the countryside in County Sligo.

I happened upon Ireland's Raptor Research Centre after visiting the monument…


Added by Michael Quane on May 28, 2015 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

The 'Wild' (North) West: Dear Old Donegal

The wildest county in Ireland's "Wild West" is little known to a lot of  visitors to Ireland, because it's not on the well- worn, u-shaped trail that many tourist take between Shannon and Dublin. That's a reason why Donegal's blend of mountains, lakes and seacoast have…


Added by Michael Quane on May 15, 2015 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

The Lakes of Killarney - Ireland's Crown Jewels

The good people of Ireland's County Kerry call their land "The Kingdom," and if that's so, then the Lakes of Killarney must be the Crown Jewels.

Killarney's lovely lakes have been immortalized in song and story for their breathtaking beauty. Indeed, Queen Victoria and her…


Added by Michael Quane on February 17, 2015 at 9:30pm — 7 Comments

In the Footsteps of Giants

The only Irish attraction to make Conde Naste Travel Magazine's "20 Most Beautiful UNESCO Word Heritage Sites" was County Antrims's Giant's Causeway.  The 40,000 basalt stone columns that stretch into the sea…


Added by Michael Quane on January 7, 2015 at 10:30am — 3 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…


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

Dublin's Clontarf Castle

To lovers of history, Ireland is a land of castles and battlefields, and there are many of both in the Emerald Isle, given its contentious past. The Clontarf Castle Hotel brings the history-minded both, given its location in a renovated castle, close by the site of the important…


Added by Michael Quane on November 17, 2014 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Mystical Newgrange is a 5,000-Year-Old Irish Gem

It's older than the pyramids of Egypt and England's Stonehenge, and it's an astronomical wonder as well. Yet the passage grave at Newgrange, in Ireland's County Meath, is often ignored in…


Added by Michael Quane on August 29, 2014 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

Tipperary, an Overlooked Irish Charmer

If you’re concerned that modernity has caused the Emerald Isle will lose its rural charm, set your compass to County Tipperary for a taste of "the real Ireland."…


Added by Michael Quane on July 24, 2014 at 1:30pm — 15 Comments

'One Great Irish Spot': Clonmacnoise

In Ireland, Clonmacnoise was a light in the Dark Ages.…


Added by Michael Quane on March 9, 2014 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Playing the Wild Rover: Some Irish Pubs Around the Globe

France has its Eiffel Tower, the U.S. its Statue of Liberty, but arguably the most iconic attraction in Ireland is that cathedral of conviviality, the Irish pub. The unique thing that this Irish institution has is that, unlike the others, it’s exportable, if you don’t count plaster-of- Paris imitations of Lady Liberty and the Eiffel Tower,that really don’t do it for…


Added by Michael Quane on November 20, 2013 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

Help Our Philippine Brethren Today

The government of Ireland has pledged aid of more than 3 million euro to the disaster-stricken Philippines, and Irish missionaries are in the forefront of providing assistance to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, according to Irish news reports. Tipperary-born…


Added by Michael Quane on November 19, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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