Buildings of Sligo – The Provincial Bank

The Provincial Bank was the first bank opened in Sligo in 1828, originally located across the street near the old bridge on Stephens Street. In 1881, a new Renaissance style building was erected on Stephens Street, designed by the Architect Thomas Manley Deane and built by Joseph Clarence. The facade is made of Mountcharles sandstone with the side of the building made from Ballisodare limestone. … Continue reading Buildings of Sligo – The Provincial Bank

This masonic lodge meeting is no secret

There are lots of events happening around the country for Culture Night, which takes place on Friday 16th September 2016.  You can check out the Culture Night website to see what is on in your area. I’m thinking of going to the Masonic hall in Sligo, which is only open to the general public on Culture Night. You get a tour of the building and a short talk on … Continue reading This masonic lodge meeting is no secret

Lissadell House

The light of evening, Lissadell

We visited Lissadell House in May and did the guided tour.  Lissadell House is a big country house, located in North Sligo.  It originally belonged to the Gore-Booth family, who were Anglo Irish landlords.  They sold it to the Cassidy-Walsh family in 2004, who have since renovated it and use it as their own family home and have also managed to turn it into an interesting visitor attraction, which is open … Continue reading The light of evening, Lissadell

Clondalkin Round Tower

Hidden gems around the Round Tower

The west Dublin village of Clondalkin, has a great walking tour with various different historical and heritage points of interest, dating as far back as the 5th century.  We recently did a self-guided walking tour. The Clondalkin walking tour takes about an hour and a half to do and is about 4 Kilometres, if you are short on time, you can also do a shorter version, which only … Continue reading Hidden gems around the Round Tower

Clonmel Heritage Walking Tour – Anne Street

A walk around Clonmel town will show you an array of old buildings from different historical and architectural periods, from the Medieval period up to the 19th Century.  It is the largest town in County Tipperary and the river Suir runs through it. We did a self-guided walking tour around the town and visited this charming Georgian street. One of the first points we stopped at, on … Continue reading Clonmel Heritage Walking Tour – Anne Street

Literary Trail – Sebastian Barry – 1st Location

Literary Trail for Sebastian Barry’s trilogy – The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty, The Secret Scripture and The Temporary Gentleman This first location in our Sebastian Barry Literary trail is within a short walking distance of the main thoroughfare in Sligo town, called O’Connell Street. 1. John Street – The McNulty family home was set on John Street and the opening line of the book “The Whereabouts of Eneas … Continue reading Literary Trail – Sebastian Barry – 1st Location

Georgian architecture doorway

James Joyce Literary trail

On the Saturday morning of the St Patrick’s weekend, we made our way into town to do the James Joyce literary walking tour.  It’s run by the James Joyce centre which is based in a beautiful Georgian house on North Great Georges Street, which is only a five-minute walk from O’Connell Street in Dublin.  The street where the centre is based, North Great Georges Street, … Continue reading James Joyce Literary trail

19th Century village square

I love everything that is old..

Travel back in time to an old-world village in the midlands of Ireland.  Ardagh in County Longford, Ireland, is a village which can trace its roots back to the 5th century when Saint Patrick founded a monastery here.  Today, it is known as a heritage village, it looks and feels like a village from the pages of a Jane Austin novel. I’ve always thought, it would … Continue reading I love everything that is old..

Wild Geese at Cahir Castle

5 things to do in Cahir, Tipperary

Spend some time, in this picturesque historical south Tipperary town and do these five activities. 1. Browse the Farmers Market On Saturday mornings, in the Castle car park, the Cahir Farmers market takes place, they have lots of stalls with fresh produce, delicious baked goods and crafts.  We treated ourselves to breakfast of tea and scones.   Source: Cahir Farmers Market Facebook 2. Visit a Medieval Castle Cahir Castle … Continue reading 5 things to do in Cahir, Tipperary

Whiskey in the jar – A brief history of the original Sligo Distillery

  As work continues in Sligo, to open a craft distillery and visitor centre at the Palladian Georgian mansion, Hazelwood House, we take a look back at the history of one of Sligo’s original distilleries.  In the 19th century, Sligo had gained a reputation for producing high-quality ale and whiskey.  At one point, there were several breweries and distilleries operating in Sligo, one of these was the … Continue reading Whiskey in the jar – A brief history of the original Sligo Distillery