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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...

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The Charms of the West

Patricia Danaher explores the high season of Galway City and the delights of the western landscape. The west of Ireland has...

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Poets & Pubs in Dublin: A Literary Tour

Dublin’s fair city has changed in recent years. Cranes have come to dominate its skyline and people of all hues –...

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Rebranding Limerick

As Ireland’s first City of Culture, Limerick is positioning itself to become a new capital of the arts in the west. Adam...

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Kerry: The Beautiful Kingdom (Photos)

Photographer John Wesson on the landscape and people of Kerry that captured his imagination more than 30 years...

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Kerry: The Beautiful Kingdom (Photos)

Photographer John Wesson on the landscape and people of Kerry that captured his imagination more than 30 years ago. ℘℘℘ I am lucky enough to have had a long association with Kerry, having...

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Reading West Cork

A trip to the West Cork Literary Festival turns into an unexpected and inspiring look at Bantry Bay and the people who call it home. ℘℘℘ In the words of Man Booker Prize-winner Anne Enright,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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Dublin’s Fair County

Seaside villages, mountains and castles. There’s more to Dublin than its famed city. ℘℘℘ I thought I knew Dublin. I’ve spent lots of time in the capital and even accompanied friends from...

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The Pain and the Pleasure

A grueling climb in the rain is followed by a blissful spa treatment.  ℘℘℘ Five miles outside the County Mayo town of Westport, a conically-shaped mountain looms over the surrounding...

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Rebranding Limerick

As Ireland’s first City of Culture, Limerick is positioning itself to become a new capital of the arts in the west. Adam Farley traveled there to see how it’s going and what it means for the...

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Normandy

An Irish American takes a family trip to Normandy’s WWII battle site. This June marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings when the United States and her allies, primarily Britain and Canada,...

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All Around Ireland

The Wicklow Mountains, Co Wicklow. Photo by Michelle Meagher.

Michelle Meagher’s photographs of her first trip to Ireland. Wicklow Mountains, County Wicklow. This panoramic view of the Wicklow Mountains and Lake is my favorite of all the pictures I...

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Sliabh An Iarainn

Sliabh An Iarainn, Co. Leitrim. Photo: Claire McWeeney

Sliabh An Iarainn at 10:30pm in mid June is the most ethereal setting I have ever experienced. This magnificent landscape just down the road from my home in Augnasheelin, Country Leitrim was a...

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Donegal: The Forgotten County

An appreciation by Enda Cullen. Apologies to readers from other counties but my mother used to say that Donegal and Clare people were the friendliest people in Ireland.  She has passed on to a...

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A Sacred Place: Skellig Michael

Photographer and writer Chris Ryan visited the larger of the two Skellig Islands off the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, where an early-medieval monastery survives at the edge of the material...

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Girls On A Bus Through Ireland

The view from the front of our CIE coach on the Ring of Kerry. All photos: Tara Dougherty and Sheila Langan.

In August, Irish America’s Tara Dougherty and Sheila Langan went on CIE’s Taste of Ireland Tour. It was a trip not soon to be forgotten. Scroll down for more photos. An Irish American’s First...

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Golfing the Emerald Isle

Five days of golf in Ireland’s southwest and a day of football in Dublin. I credit my brother-in-law Tom Coyne for inspiring my golf trip to Ireland. Not too long ago, Tom completed what can...

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The Charms of the West

Patricia Danaher explores the high season of Galway City and the delights of the western landscape. The west of Ireland has a quiet magic at most times of the year, a tranquility that sneaks up on...

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Your Travel Story: Tara Cross

I took this image of Tara cross on the evening of May 26th, 2012, almost 214 years to the day that the Battle of Tara took place. On that occasion the fields of Tara ran red with the blood of Irish...

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Joe Duffy Made Me Famous, Dingle Saved Me

When Mary Tolan’s backpack – containing her wallet, passport and six months of writing – was stolen in Ireland, she thought all was lost. Over the course of five weeks on the Dingle Peninsula,...

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Landscapes of the Heart

Photographer Eoghan Kavanagh on the Irish landscape. I began to work as a freelance photographic assistant in New York City twenty years ago. It was a wonderful opportunity but I could not settle,...

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Your Travel Story: Killarney National Park

I discovered The Killarney National Park on one of my first trips to Ireland many years ago, and I’ve returned to Killarney many times since. Just last September, on yet another stroll through this...

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Painting the Burren

Andy Weeks, a New York-based artist, finds inspiration in Clare’s rocky landscape. Two years ago, my wife and I decided to visit Ireland.  We were in the process of buying a house outside of New...

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The Dunbrody: The Ark of New Ross

Celebrating the Dunbrody Famine Ship, the Irish Emigration History Centre, the Irish America Hall of Fame, and the upcoming inaugural Irish America Day, hosted by the town of New Ross, Co....

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My Travel Story
Ireland, Land of Enchantment

Heidi Boyd on her recent trip to Ireland. “Do you have Irish ancestors?” This is normally the first thing people ask me upon finding out I went on holiday in Ireland. In most cases, the...

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Your Travel Story: Doolough

On a lonely stretch of road in Co. Mayo, between Louisburgh and Delphi Lodge, I took this photo of Doolough, which translates as dark lake. It was a lovely day, and the light was perfect, as it...

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Bring Them All Back Home

‘Ireland Reaching Out’ is a pilot project that aims to reconnect all 70 million Irish people worldwide with their ancestral homeland. The Ireland Reaching Out project is the brainchild of...

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The Most Spectacular Golf Course on the Planet

The Old Head Golf Links in Kinsale, County Cork has been ranked by Links magazine as the most spectacular golf course on the planet (Spring 2011 edition). Truly one of the most unique golf courses...

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Capitvating Connacht

Connacht is the ruggedly beautiful western province of Ireland, bounded by the Shannon, Ireland’s longest river, to the east, and the Atlantic Ocean. Connacht is comprised of counties Galway, Mayo...

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Return to Ireland: Mary Pat Kelly writes about the ancestors calling her home. The kings of Ireland were not inaugurated in Christian churches as were other European monarchs. The chieftains stood on...

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Exploring Ulster

In this travel series, Irish America explores each of the four provinces of Ireland. The northern-most province of Ulster contains a diverse array of cultures and sites, which, combined, tell the...

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Magnificent Munster

In this travel series, Irish America explores each of the four provinces of Ireland. Munster is located in the southern part of Ireland and consists of six counties: Cork, Clare, Kerry, Limerick,...

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A Look at Leinster

In this travel series, Irish America explores each of the four provinces of Ireland. Leinster is sometimes overlooked by travelers to Ireland, with the raw and rugged splendor of the south, west and...

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Captivating Connacht

In this travel series, Irish America explores each of the four provinces of Ireland. Connacht is the ruggedly beautiful western province of Ireland, bounded by the Shannon, Ireland’s longest river,...

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A Course Called Ireland

Bestselling golf author Tom Coyne wrote about trekking across Ireland for sixteen weeks in search of the greatest round of golf ever played. He shares his experience and excerpts from his book A...

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A Winter Honeymoon

April Drew married John Mooney on Saturday, December 5, 2009 in Killarney, Co. Kerry. The New York couple discovered that a honeymoon in Ireland in mid-winter warmed the heart, offered spectacular...

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Touring Ireland with Brian Stack

“Let me tell you the deal we have right now,” says Brian Stack in his good-natured brogue. “For $363, you can have six nights in Ireland staying at a choice of over 1,100 bed and...

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Salsa Verde: The Irish in Chile

I have been visiting Chile since 1991 and had learned quite a bit about Bernardo O’Higgins, who had a most significant impact on the politics and culture of Latin America and on Chile in...

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Poets & Pubs in Dublin: A Literary Tour

Dublin’s fair city has changed in recent years. Cranes have come to dominate its skyline and people of all hues – Polish, Chinese and African as well as Irish – now throng its streets. Yet one...

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Exploring Ulster

The northern-most province of Ulster contains a diverse array of cultures and sites, which, combined, tell the tale of modern Ireland, a place of history, pluralism and an evolving culture. Ulster is...

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Magnificent Munster

Magnificent Munster Munster is located in the southern part of Ireland and consists of six counties: Cork, Clare, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford. Its main centers of population include Cork...

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A look at Leinster

A Look at Leinster Leinster is sometimes overlooked by travelers to Ireland, with the raw and rugged splendor of the south, west and north coasts attracting more attention. However, the Leinster...

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Exploring the Kerry Kingdom

Who was the first European to discover the Americas? Contrary to popular opinion, it may not have been Christopher Columbus. In fact, it may well have been St. Brendan – an Irishman who hailed from...

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The Magic of Yeats Country Lives On

Ed: This post originally appeared in the February / March issue of Irish America after Bridget English was sent on assignment to attend the Yeats International Summer School the previous summer. The...

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Ireland’s Cultural Heartland: A Visit to Ireland’s West and Northwest

The West Patricia Harty’s tour of the West Landing in the West of Ireland “the cultural heartland” is a wonderful introduction to Ireland. “It is,” as Liam Scollan, the CEO of Ireland West...

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Oileán Iathghlas Éireann:
The Emerald Isle

In late September, Irish America designer and photographer Patrick Cahalan took a CIE seven-day tour of Ireland. The photos in the next few pages give a taste of his experiences on his first trip to...

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Donegal Crowned World’s Coolest Destination

Co. Donegal claimed the number one spot on National Geographic Traveller’s annual “Cool List”...

Report from Havana: Irish Latin American Conference

The annual conference of the Society for Irish Latin American Studies (SILAS), “Island Relations:...