Ireland Travel Resources

Have you ever travelled to Ireland? Perhaps you plan to visit in the next year or two? Here I share articles that will help with planning - or reliving - your trip to Ireland. We bring to life the unique characteristics of the Irish people and countryside - often leaving the main tourist attractions to visit some interesting diversions that I think you will enjoy!

 

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Ireland Travel Letters

Have You Walked one of the Pilgrim paths of Ireland?

Have you ever had the time to walk along one of the Pilgrim Paths of Ireland? These special places lie just beyond our main tourist routes and stops – but offer you a timeless world of beautiful scenery and a way to walk in the footsteps of your Irish Ancestors.

Have you Visited the Irish Famine Museum?

A couple of weeks ago, we were on an Irish road-trip around the north-west counties of the island. One of the most striking locations was a place called Strokestown Park House in County Roscommon. And that is the focus of our letter today. The Strokestown Park estate sits in the middle of 11,000 acres in…

The Delightful Butter Roads of Old Ireland

Isn’t it amazing how butter has been “rehabilitated” in our medical literature. Apparently, it contains good fats that can help ward off all manner of neurological diseases – what good news! You see, Ireland has always had a reputation for its dairy products and I think we are all fond here of that dark, yellow…

A Journey into Irish DNA

Did you know that “DNA Day” was celebrated earlier this week? I wonder who made that one up! To celebrate , we recorded a podcast that will come out next week – so do watch out for it. In the meantime, we thought it would be good to lay out the facts (and best guesses)…

Bagpipes

A Journey from Ireland to Scotland

Many of our readers have mixed Irish and Scottish ancestry. How about you? Even more have surnames that they can’t quite figure out to be Irish or Scottish. This week, I thought it would be appropriate to talk a little more about this “overlap” between Ireland and Scotland as we will see the anniversary of…

Ireland Travel Podcasts

Join Us On a Trip Around The Aran Islands – (#604)

Join Mike and Carina as we take around Inishmore – the largest of the Aran Islands which lies at the mouth of Galway Bay to the west of Ireland. It’s a magical part of the world – and we travel around in the company of a very special tour guide.

The Irish Scots – A Trip to Glasgow in Scotland (#503)

In this episode of the Letter from Ireland Podcast show, we travel to the city of Glasgow in Scotland to meet two proud Glasgow natives of Irish ancestry. Come with us as we get a unique perspective on this city that saw the arrival of so many Irish immigrants from the 1800s onwards.

The Life of Riley – A Trip Through County Cavan (#502)

In this episode of the Letter from Ireland Podcast show, we take a trip around County Cavan – looking at the main families, sites and music along the way. Join us as we have the “Life of Riley” in County Cavan.

Beautiful Irish House by the sea

Tales of West Cork – Will You Come to an Irish Hooley? (#303)

In 2017 we held the first gathering of our Green Room members in Ireland – which we called “The Green Room Hooley”. It was a tremendous success and we are now planning our next gathering, based around the town of Bantry in County Cork. In this Podcast episode we share some special memories – and introduce you to the area around Bantry through stories and chat.

Carina and a character in the folk park

Meet The Ulster Scots – The Ulster American Folk Park (#302)

Have you visited the Ulster American Folk park near Omagh in County Tyrone? Why not come along with us now as we take you on a tour of this fascinating place. You may even hear about one of your own ancestors.