Yeats Tower

We were visiting Limerick and Galway recently and planned a visit to Thoor Ballylee Castle near Gort, County Galway.  I first heard of Thoor Ballylee last year during the Yeats 150th celebrations, it featured on an RTE news report, highlighting it’s connection to the poet and subsequently I saw the castle on news reports about the bad flooding in the Midlands and west of Ireland during … Continue reading Yeats Tower

Book the Sligo Secret Scripture Walking Tour

Guided Walking Tour – Sligo Secret Scripture The Sligo Secret Scripture Trail is a literary & local history tour based in Sligo town and county.  The tour takes a snapshot of Sligo in the 1920’s and 1930’s from the viewpoint of one semi-fictional family, who lived and worked in the town.  The award-winning author Sebastian Barry, set his novels in Sligo town and wrote about his family who … Continue reading Book the Sligo Secret Scripture Walking Tour

Maria Edgeworth Statue Literary Trail

To Edgeworthstown and Beyond

We took part in a new walking tour over the summer in County Longford.  The St. Mary’s to St. John’s & Beyond walking tour is a historical and literary trail based in the town of Edgeworthstown. The walking tour tells the history of the town and of the Edgeworth family and other famous literary figures connected with the family in County Longford, including the head … Continue reading To Edgeworthstown and Beyond

Sebastian Barry Literary Trail – Café Cairo

Are you a fan of the Secret Scripture?  this café is referenced throughout all three books and provides the backdrop to many scenes from the books.  As a child, Eneas’s mother brings him here for tea as they sheltered from the rain in The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty, “usually they would not go into such a place, out of respect for the expense of bought tea..” after visiting the Cathedral. The Café … Continue reading Sebastian Barry Literary Trail – Café Cairo

Literary Trail – Sebastian Barry – 2nd Location

Literary Trail based on the novels – The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty, The Secret Scripture and The Temporary Gentleman. Welcome back, the next point of interest on the Sebastian Barry Literary trail is located only a short walk from the main street in Sligo Town.  (You can click here to view the 1st point on the Literary trail.) 2. The Lungey House The second location is only … Continue reading Literary Trail – Sebastian Barry – 2nd Location

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

Old sligo street

In the footsteps of Eneas McNulty

Are you a fan of Sebastian Barry’s fictional trilogy about the McNulty family, Eneas, Roseanne, Jack and Mai ? Experience Sligo from the characters’ perspective.  Check out the melcoo literary trail to follow in the footsteps of your favourite characters. Over the  next few weeks, we will be posting a walking tour series about the streets and buildings in Sligo that helped inspire the novels.  Sebastian Barry’s novels have become a … Continue reading In the footsteps of Eneas McNulty

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..