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

Derrynane House

The Liberator’s home

On a recent trip to Kerry, we visited the ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell, the Liberator.  Since we had visited his crypt and round tower at Glasnevin cemetery, you can read about our visit here and got to touch his coffin and for years admired his statue on O’Connell street, we couldn’t miss an opportunity to see where the great man once lived. Brief history … Continue reading The Liberator’s home

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

Enniscrone old bathhouse

A Winter murder at a Seaside Village

The seaside village of Enniscrone in west Sligo along the wild Atlantic way, has long been a popular holiday destination, going back as far as the 19th century when the Victorians began visiting the small seaside village, located on the shores of Killala Bay in west county Sligo. It has been a popular destination since the 1850’s, when the local landlord, Robert Orme built the Cliff bathhouse … Continue reading A Winter murder at a Seaside Village

Sligo Secret Scripture Walking Tour

The Secret Scripture walking tour

Book a ticket for the guided Secret Scripture walking tour and discover Sligo town at the turn of the 20th century, from the perspective of one Sligo family, follow in their footsteps and see where they lived, worked and played. The Sligo secret scripture trail is a local history and literary tour based around Sligo town. The award-winning author Sebastian Barry set his novels in Sligo town … Continue reading The Secret Scripture walking tour

Seán Mac Diarmada's cottage in Kiltyclogher, Leitrim

A Rebel’s home

  Kiltyclogher or Kilty as it is known locally, is a small village situated in north Leitrim, it is right on the border with Fermanagh. It is a quaint little village, laid out neatly with four roads, the village lies on the R281 road.     Brief History The village was originally established in the 1830’s by the local landlord Charles Henry Tottenham, in honour of his … Continue reading A Rebel’s home

Old Irish flag

1916 Rising Exhibition in Tipperary

  Some photos from a recent visit to the Tipperary County Museum located in Mick Delahunty Square in Clonmel, Tipperary, where a 1916 Easter Rising exhibition is currently been held. You can find out more about the exhibition and the County museum opening days/hours here.   You can read about the Tipperary Volunteers and see an original copy of the Irish Proclamation at the Tipperary … Continue reading 1916 Rising Exhibition in Tipperary

Sign for Castlepalooza music and arts festival

Castlepalooza music festival

We headed to the Castlepalooza arts & music festival, which is held on the grounds of the 18th century Charleville Castle in Tullamore, county Offaly. It was our first time at Castlepalooza, which is a small boutique festival which plays alternative music/Indie and DJ sets. As it’s small, everything was a short walk compared to some of the bigger festivals we have attended. The weather was mixed with … Continue reading Castlepalooza music festival

Black and white photo of Doris street

Who once lived on this Dublin street ?

I took this photo a few weeks ago when I was out for a lunchtime stroll.  I really like these quaint little red brick terraced houses on Doris street in Ringsend in ‪Dublin‬ 4‬.  Doris street is located in an area called South Lotts, which was reclaimed marshes along the South of the river Liffey in Dublin.  I believe these houses were built-in circa 1905, as I can’t find any … Continue reading Who once lived on this Dublin street ?