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Ireland offers plenty of help for roots-searchers

By Anonymous, December 5, 2011

by Judy Enright
Special to the BIR

Is it because this country is such a grand melting pot that so many of us are engaged in the search for our roots? There are, of course, a number of sensible reasons for learning about your past: ancient traditions that might be lost if you didn’t learn about them; or genetic medical conditions in the family that you should know about and watch for. Read more

There are photographers, and then there’s Tim Durham

By Anonymous, October 12, 2011

In this digital age, it seems that everyone who picks up a camera is instantly a “photographer.” Read more

Irish offer lots of help in choosing accommodations

By Staff, July 29, 2011

Fishing in Co. Galway. Photo by Judy EnrightFishing in Co. Galway. Photo by Judy EnrightBy Judy Enright
Special to the BIR

Some people say that carefully choosing accommodation in Ireland isn’t all that important because, after all, you just sleep in those places.

For a lot of travelers, that seems to be all too true. They just slog from one place to another without experiencing the history or flavor of the places they have visited.

But, fortunately, there are a number of organizations in Ireland that have set out to change all that. There is Ireland’s Blue Book and Manor House Hotels, The Great Fishing Houses of Ireland, Green Book Hotels, and many more. Some of the recommended properties appear in more than one book, too. Read more

Tips for travelers along the whiskey trail

By Anonymous, July 5, 2011

Casks of Jameson in the Midleton, Co. Cork, Distillery.Casks of Jameson in the Midleton, Co. Cork, Distillery.
By Judy Enright
Special to the BIR

Depending on the ages of your group, traveling the whiskey trail in Northern Ireland and the Republic is fun and a great learning experience, even if you aren’t a devoted whiskey drinker. Bushmills and Jameson are probably Ireland’s best-known whiskeys, but there are many others, and most distilleries offer excellent guided tours of their facilities. Read more

Irish Cuisine, You Say? You Can Add ‘Gourmet’ to the Lexicon

By Anonymous, June 3, 2011

Can you imagine raving about the cooking or food in Ireland? Have you ever used “gourmet” and “Ireland” together in the same sentence? Read more

If Wildlife’s Your Thing, Fota Island in Cty Cork is for You

By Ed Forry, May 6, 2011

BY JUDY ENRIGHT
SPECIAL TO THE BIR
Could there really be wildlife in Ireland? You bet and it’s not just confined to the pubs or city nightclubs.
If you are anywhere near Co. Cork in your Irish travels, visiting the Fota Wildlife Park and nearby attractions on Fota Island is highly recommended. Read more

As Springtime Beckons, Ireland Fixes on Tourist Lures

By Ed Forry, April 2, 2011

By Judy Enright
Special to the BIR
Driving in Ireland might euphemistically be called a challenge for those of us accustomed to driving on the right.
But the Irish, good folks that they are, have accepted that not everyone driving the roads speaks English, so they have designed a series of signs that leave little doubt about their messages. Read more

A Guide to All Things Patrick in Ireland This Month

By Ed Forry, March 1, 2011

By Judy Enright
Special to the BIR
Ah, St. Patrick, that elusive, mystery man who surfaces once a year, on March 17, empowering everyone to flaunt their Irishness, whether or not they have even one drop of Irish blood.
Would you believe – and you can pull this tidbit out at your next Trivia session – that this year marks the 1,550th anniversary of the Holy Man’s death? Well, 2011 marks the death of one St. Patrick anyway. Whether there was more than one is the stuff of legend and ongoing controversy. Read more

Herewith Some Irish Notions to Ease the Winter Blues

By Ed Forry, February 4, 2011

By Judy Enright
Special to the BIR
One of Ireland’s most appealing attributes, as we’ve said in previous columns, is that no matter how many times you visit, you can always discover something new. Read more

Ireland never disappoints the curious and active traveler

By Ed Forry, January 7, 2011

By Judy Enright
Special to the BIR

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when someone says “Ireland?” Well, probably green fields, sheep, and magnificent vistas. Sure, there are all three in Ireland but there’s so, so, so much more. It’s truly a place that has something for every taste. And, as they say, what’s not to like?
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