Downpatrick Head

What to do and see in North Mayo

We took a trip along the North Mayo coastline to visit amongst others, Downpatrick Head and the Ceide Fields and were left pleasantly surprised with how stunning this part of Ireland is. Killala village Our first stop was Killala, a quaint seaside village. Killala was the scene of the last major engagement in the 1798 rebellion. The Irish rebels, helped by the French, held onto … Continue reading What to do and see in North Mayo

Birthplace of Michael Collins

At home with Michael Collins

On a tour of West Cork, one of our most enjoyable days of the trip was spent in Clonakilty. Clonakilty is a bustling town about 1 hours drive from Cork city. It is known for its pudding but we were there for a Michael Collins tour with Tim Crowley from the Michael Collins Centre. Along with seeing some of the rugged West Cork countryside we … Continue reading At home with Michael Collins

Jimmy’s Hall at the Abbey

  James Gralton, the true story of the only Irish man deported from his own country. We went to see the stage adaptation of the Ken Loach film, Jimmy’s Hall in the Abbey theatre last week.  The play is directed by Graham McLaren with Richard Clements starring as Jimmy and Lisa Lambe as Oonagh. The opening scene set in 1932, sees the title character, Jimmy … Continue reading Jimmy’s Hall at the Abbey

Tom Crean Kerry pub

Journey to the South Pole

On a recent trip to Kerry, we decided to visit the village of Annascaul. The main reason was to visit the pub once owned and run by the famous Irish Antarctic explorer, Tom Crean and to visit his grave site. I think I first became aware of Tom Crean, from the iconic Guinness Ad from 2002 and the newspaper reports about Tom’s life. A few … Continue reading Journey to the South Pole

In the trenches in Cavan

If you are planning a visit to Cavan, you would do well to pay a visit to the Cavan County Museum in Ballyjamesduff.  We have visited a few county museums over the last few years but Cavan’s museum stood out.  Museums today should strive to create interactive user experience’s and the museum has embraced this idea. The Museum is based in a beautiful 19th-century building that … Continue reading In the trenches in Cavan

Woollen Mills Waterford

Industrial heritage along the greenway

Ireland’s industrial heritage along the greenway We cycled the new Waterford greenway, which runs for 46 kilometres along the Dungarvan to Waterford old train line.  One of the stops on the greenway is the quaint small town of Kilmacthomas, where this impressive 7 arch stone rubble rail viaduct which spans over the River Mahon, dominates the local landscape.  It opened in 1878 for the Great Southern … Continue reading Industrial heritage along the greenway

Dungarvan quayside

Deise Greenway

We were both looking forward to the official opening of the Waterford Greenway so once it opened we booked a Friday off work to try it out. With Richard hailing from Clonmel we stayed the Thursday night in his homeplace and set off early Friday morning for Dungarvan. Since the Deise greenway opened, a host of bike rental shops have opened so you will be … Continue reading Deise Greenway

Second smallest chapel in the world

The story behind Ireland’s smallest chapel

A few photos from a visit to Carrick-on-Shannon in County Leitrim, we regularly drive through Carrick heading to Sligo but decided to stop for lunch and a stroll a few months ago. I had heard that Carrick had the smallest chapel in Ireland which had been renovated in the last few years so we decided to go and view it, we found it tucked away on the … Continue reading The story behind Ireland’s smallest chapel

Georgian house dining room

Belvedere House

A few photos from our visit to Belvedere House, located outside Mullingar in Westmeath, Ireland. Belvedere House was a Georgian villa built in 1740 by Robert Rochfort, Lord Belfield from designs by renowned architect Richard Cassells.  It was originally designed to be a hunting lodge or holiday villa but later became the main residence of Robert Rochfort, after he accused his wife Mary Molesworth of having … Continue reading Belvedere House