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 countryside. This is Croagh Patrick. It’s 2,500 feet high. It’s a place of ancient history. It’s associated with Ireland’s patron saint and on a rainy day this June, I was determined to climb it. The...

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

Sliabh An Iarainn

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 staple of my childhood. Sliabh An Iarainn (translates to “the iron mountain”) consists of remote scenery that is breathtaking and thrilling. The location makes it a treasure to locals and it has...


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 rebels who had gathered on the hill to engage the occupying forces of the British empire. Thankfully, on the occasion when I took this image the only thing red was the magnificent evening skyline...


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 lush and peaceful garden, I had to wonder if I had ever crossed the same path twice. I snapped this photo as it was the perfect ending to another magical day in Killarney. Killarney National Park,...


Finding Roots in Ireland,
Land of Enchantment

Heidi Boyd on her 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 person asking has Irish roots and is happy to meet a fellow Irishman.  And maybe they’ve found one in me. Maybe. Prior to my vacation in Ireland, I had no connection to Ireland, or any other ancestry.  At...