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Irish Vikings – A Walk on the Viking Meadow

Do you have any “Irish Vikings” in your family tree? Have you ever taken a walk on “The Viking Meadow”? That is the translation for Wicklow Town on the east coast of Ireland. The town also gives County Wicklow it’s name. So what is all this about Vikings? Do read on…. Céad Míle Fáilte – […]

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The Wine Geese of France

All about the Irish “Wine Geese of France”. When you think of the beverages of Ireland maybe a spot of tea comes to mind, a drop of whiskey, or a pint of Guinness…but how about a glass of wine? Ireland has a long history of trading wine that starts with a friendship with France. In […]

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Sheeps Head Peninsula and Bantry on the Wild Atlantic Way

We left Mizen Head to travel north on the next leg of our journey around Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way (if you want to see all about our last leg, you can catch up here). This leg takes us from the village of Durrus, out along the south of the Sheep’s Head Peninsula to the lighthouse […]

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Clonakilty to Baltimore on the Wild Atlantic Way

Seaside Houses

Today we travel from Clonakilty to Baltimore on the Wild Atlantic Way – deeper and deeper into West Cork! Leaving the town of Clonakilty on the Wild Atlantic Way, we skirt the coast on a series of small roads heading west. Lots of “ins and outs” as we make our way into what was Barry, […]

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One Irish Castle and Many Irish Names

Have you ever visited an Irish Castle? Nowadays, some are mountains of ivy-covered rubble – while others are beautifully restored houses and museums. But, all of these castles and tower-houses have a history – and that history is usually intertwined with the history and genealogy of different Irish families. Just this morning, I took the […]

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