Scenic Mabry Mill, a watermill located at milepost 176.2 of Blue Ridge Parkway in Patrick County, Virginia. (Photo courtesy of the author)

Hospitality and History in the American South

History abounds on a tour that began in Washington, D.C. and visited Civil War battlefields, colonial towns, and the Blue Ridge Mountains. ℘℘℘ As you might expect, Memorial Day weekend is a popular time to visit the nation’s capitol. There are celebrations, a free concert by the National Symphony Orchestra on the West Lawn, and a spectacular fireworks display. However, the annual Rolling...

The forty shades of the green hills of Clare peek above St. Michael's Church on Inis Cealtra, also called Holy Island. Legend says it was built by Brian Boru in the 10th century.

County Clare

With the use of audio tours and drones, one of the most beautiful counties in Ireland is captured in all its glory. ℘℘℘ “It’s a long, long way from Clare to here.” These may be the words of a popular song but have you ever stopped to wonder why the singer misses this Irish county so much? What attractions does it have to offer? There is a huge amount to see and do in this county. It...

President  Higgins meeting with Aleida Guevara March, daughter of Che  Guevara, in Havana on February 18. (Che  Guevara’s grandmother was from Galway). (Photo: Alamy)

Report from Havana: Irish Latin American Conference

The annual conference of the Society for Irish Latin American Studies (SILAS), “Island Relations: Ireland, Cuba and the Latin World,” was held in Havana over four days in February. The conference coincided with the first Irish presidential visit to Cuba and the launch of novelist Joseph O’Connor’s book Star of Sea at the Havana International Book Fair. O’Connor’s book is the first...

Donegal cityscape.

Donegal Crowned World’s Coolest Destination

Co. Donegal claimed the number one spot on National Geographic Traveller’s annual “Cool List” of recommendations for those who love travelling the world. The isolated western county ranked above locations in Greenland, Sudan and Seoul among other “culture capitals, hipster hotspots [and] wild escapes” and was praised for its “undiscovered” aura by the magazine. “There’s an array...

Jerpoint Abbey, Co. Kilkenny. The chief delight of the Abbey is the sculptured cloister arcade with unique carvings. (Photos courtesy Tourism Ireland)

Ireland’s Ancient South East

A stroll through Ireland’s mystical past, from ancient castles and rugged stone monuments to lively taverns and modern day crafts.  ℘℘℘ I recently paid a visit to Ireland’s Ancient East. What’s that, you say? You haven’t heard of such a place? Well, I was once the same as you. In fact, I was skeptical about the very idea of it. But now I’m a convert and I’m writing this article...