In East Mayo: A Community Where Past Is Prologue

A year-long celebration is underway to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Swinford, a County Mayo town as proud of its heritage as its time-honored strength of community.  ℘℘℘ The words were painted high on a whitewashed brick wall, just above a red and green Mayo flag flapping in the wind.  MELLETT’S DRINKING EMPORIUM  ESTB 1797 “Is it...

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Pam Martin and Eddie Hawkins of Wild Rover Adventures paddle the River Quoile towards Down Cathedral, where St. Patrick is buried.

Paddling in the Wake of St. Patrick & Game of Thrones

Looking for a truly exceptional adventure? Paddleboarding is the fastest growing sport in the world, and Ireland offers an abundance of waterways – some challenging, some less so – and, as our intrepid Canadian couple discovered, all flanked by stunning landscapes of mountains, lakes, coastlines, and islands. ℘℘℘ We wanted to drink in Ireland’s audaciously green spring, but do as much...

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Mighty Mayo

Steeped in history with landscapes that go from brilliant beaches to windswept boglands, lakes, mountains to islands, pilgrimage sites to pirate queens, Mayo has it all. ℘℘℘ There’s something about Mayo… Oh, the Green and Red of Mayo I can see it still Its soft and craggy bogland Its tall majestic hills Where the ocean kisses Ireland And the waves caress its shore Oh the...

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Boats along Haven Coast in Kinsale, County Cork. (Photos: Tourism Ireland)

West Cork

Take a walk (or a drive) on the wild side. West Cork offers an abundance of wildlife, nature, and scenery. ℘℘℘ Is there a more intriguing place in Ireland than West Cork? On a recent trip, I was dazzled by the wild beauty of its rugged coastline. I loved its small towns and villages, each buzzing with life. And I was thrilled to uncover its history through sites that still hold echoes of...

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County Galway

Home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, County Galway also features and ancient city with ties to Spain that doubles as a modern-day thriving university town.  ℘℘℘ To Hell or to Connaught, roared Cromwell’s troops. At the time, it was the direst of punishments, but if you were banished to this Irish province today and ended up in County Galway, you would probably...

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