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

County Down Genealogy, Pictures and Surnames with Van Morrison

I don’t know about you – but I am a big fan of the music of Van Morrison – I think most people would find something of beauty in his vast repertoire. But this morning, we’re going to use just one of his songs – “Coney Island” to guide us around south County Down. “Coming…

Tralee to Kilkee on the Wild Atlantic Way

Coming into the town of Tralee – the administrative capital of County Kerry – my mind always goes back to the Rose of Tralee festival. Specifically to the early 1980s and heading down to Tralee for the craic, sleeping only when necessary and wherever possible. Funny how those memories can colour your impressions of a…

wild atlantic way

Wild Atlantic Way Ireland – Join us on a Long, Slow Trip.

As we go along, we are looking at the scenery, exploring the music, visiting the places associated with your Irish surnames – as well as lots of history and culture along the way! So, let’s get the logistics out of the way. Here are the legs that we are covering – if a link is…

The Dingle Peninsula on the Wild Atlantic Way.

We left Killorglin heading for the small town of Milltown – marking the southern start of the Dingle Peninsula. From there, it was an easy drive along a coastal road, enjoying Dingle bay to our left. The first stop along the way was Inch Strand – which is nicely ironically named as it extends along…

Irish countryside

The Ring of Kerry on the Wild Atlantic Way

The thing that hit us most as we wandered into the colourful village of Sneem was the smell of turf fires! A real smell of Kerry for us. The village offered a welcome rest after the snaking road out of Killorglin and getting stuck behind a tractor or two. The other thing about Sneem are…

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.