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Holland and the Irish Submarine

Irish submarine

Have you ever heard of an “Irish Submarine”? Anyone who grew up by the seaside knows the “pull of the ocean”,  and often can operate a boat before they can drive a car. In this letter we will meet a man whose childhood on the coast of Clare, led him to explore under the sea, […]

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The Penal Laws – and A Tale of Love and Loss

Art O'Leary burial

Have you ever heard of the “Penal Laws” in Ireland? During the 1700s, certain laws were put in place that forbade Roman Catholics (and Presbyterians) from assuming certain offices and owning property above a certain value. Here is the story of one couple who lived during  this time. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to […]

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Beara Peninsula and Kenmare on the Wild Atlantic Way

For our next leg of our trip around Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, we left the town of Bantry and started on a tour around the Beara Peninsula (you can see more about our last leg here). The Beara Peninsula is sometimes referred to as “Ireland’s forgotten peninsula” – which as a description is way out […]

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Skibbereen to Mizen Head on the Wild Atlantic Way

We pick up on our next leg of the Wild Atlantic Way – travelling from Skibbereen to Mizen Head in County Cork – after leaving Cape Clear behind us. This leg feels like “home territory” for me as I know the area well – my own family of Collins’ came from outside the village of […]

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Kinsale to Clonakilty on the Wild Atlantic Way

Have you heard about Ireland’s new Wild Atlantic Way? It’s a route that goes all the way from Kinsale in County Cork to Malin Head in Donegal – along the way passing by some of the most gorgeous scenery in the world – and also taking a trip through the Ireland of your ancestors.

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