Rolling green fields and beautiful beaches – Ireland is our home

Hidden Ireland: “Ireland’s Jurassic Park” at Kells Bay Gardens

With Europe's largest collection of tree ferns and Ireland's largest palm tree at 14m, Kells Bay Gardens is a must for nature lovers. The gardens themselves cover just over 17 hectares with a large collection of sub-tropical plants. You’d be very tempted to pop on your explorer’s hat. The Primeval Forest towards the beginning of the red walk is particularly spectacular [...]

By | March 29th, 2016|Blog, Ireland|0 Comments

Hidden Ireland: Heavenly Hikes in Gleninchaquin Park in County Kerry

Pádhraic, myself and Mom at Gleninchaquin One of Ireland’s best-hidden gems is open to the public from 10am until 5pm. Gleninchaquin Park is tucked into a long and narrow valley that’s on the North West side of the Beara Peninsula and on the Wild Atlantic Way. It's one of those spots that if [...]

By | March 26th, 2016|Blog, Ireland|1 Comment

Memories of Baile na nGall: Poignant Family Moments in County Kerry

Me, Mom and Grandad at Ballydavid Pier “Conas atá sibh?”, “Go maith!” we both answered in unison. Baile na nGall is a special place for Mom and I. Translated as “Town of the Foreigners”, it’s more like a second home rather than a foreign land. Áit gurb fhéidir linn Gaelainn a labhairt gan [...]

By | March 24th, 2016|Blog, Ireland, Places We Love|0 Comments

Places We Love: Wine Strand in County Kerry

Trá na Fhíona or Wine Strand in English is the perfect spot if you’re really looking to escape from it all. It's a small beach that’s tucked away among houses and sheep and what's great about it is that we’ve never seen more than 10 people on Wine Strand at a time. This family [...]

By | March 22nd, 2016|Ireland, Places We Love|2 Comments

Places We Love: An Chonair aka Conor Pass in County Kerry

An Chonair or Conor Pass in English, is one of the highest Irish mountain passes in the country. It’s one of those places that’s absolutely stunning when the sun shines down but also wonderfully mysterious and intriguing when the mist settles. I can’t begin to count the many times that we’ve passed through An Chonair but [...]

By | March 19th, 2016|Ireland, Places We Love|0 Comments

Places We Love: Banna Beach in County Kerry

Can you spot Mom on the rocks? Armed with our Nordic poles, Mom and I set off to Banna Beach to walk through the sunshine and breathe in the sea air. Also known as Banna Strand, this stretch of sand in our home county, Kerry, extends from Ballyheigue Beach to Barrow. It’s approximately [...]

By | March 18th, 2016|Blog, Ireland, Places We Love|2 Comments

Places We Love: Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum

On the north side of Dublin, there’s a place that houses complete peace and tranquillity. Home to 1.5 million people, Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum has no shortage of stories to tell. The unique Victorian grounds hold an incredible natural beauty; memorial walls, tombstones, yew trees and flowers can be seen row after row and the atmosphere [...]

By | March 9th, 2016|Blog, Ireland|2 Comments

Far more than just Star Wars: Our Trip to Skellig Michael

Mom and I have visited Skellig or Sceilig Mhichíl (in the Irish Language) three or four times and each time has been a totally different experience. These days, the former Christian monastery on the remote island is known for its Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi cameo, but aside from that it really [...]

By | February 13th, 2016|Blog, Ireland|0 Comments