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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

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?
SHEEP Read more

When Samantha Met Timmy: A Warm Story from The Donkey Sanctuary in Liscarroll

By Anonymous, December 2, 2010

By Judy Enright
Special to the BIR

In this season of giving, I like to mention one of my favorite Irish charities, The Donkey Sanctuary in Liscarroll, Mallow, Co. Cork, and the wonderful work they do there. Read more

Grace Kelly had this thing about Drimurla in Co. Mayo

By Ed Forry, November 2, 2010

by Judy Enright
Special to the BIR
The ancestral home of Grace Kelly, Oscar-winning American actress, fashion icon and ultimately princess of Monaco, doesn’t look like much at first glance.
And, honestly, it’s really not much more now than the crumbling ruin of a two-room house where her grandfather, John Kelly, was born in 1857 in Drimurla just outside Newport, Co. Mayo. In 1887, he left Ireland for Philadelphia, where he founded one of that city’s leading construction companies and made his family’s fortune. Read more

Like to Chat? An Irish B&B May Be the Best Place for You

By Ed Forry, October 20, 2010

By Judy Enright
Special to the BIR

Last month, we wrote about Irish bed and breakfasts and how many of the owners have elevated B&B accommodation in Ireland to an art form. Our favorites, as outlined then, include: Cahergal Farm in Newmarket-on-Fergus and Riverfield House in Doolin, both Co. Clare; Glasha Farmhouse in Ballymacarbry, Co. Waterford; Gearhadiveen in Kenmare, Co. Kerry; and The Heron’s Cove in Goleen, West Cork. We also added Heaton’s in Dingle to the list even though the owners actually list it as a guesthouse. We think it’s nearly a B&B because of the warmth and personal attention from the owners that you experience in many B&Bs.
True, some travelers prefer the anonymity of a large hotel where you are just a name on the books. I have a friend who teaches photography all over Ireland and, when he’s working, he prefers hotels so he can focus on his lesson plans and his thoughts and he doesn’t feel obliged to chat with anyone. Read more

Castlemartyr Resort has it all, and then some

By Anonymous, July 2, 2010

By Judy Enright
Special to the BIR
How do you spell luxury in Co. Cork? C-a-s-t-l-e-m-a-r-t-y-r, that’s how!
We spent a recent Saturday night at Castlemartyr Resort and very highly recommend this wonderful place. While the resort is utterly luxurious, it is anything but pretentious. Even the traveler like me, who hasn’t packed fancy duds, feels completely at home and most welcome.
Castlemartyr is part of the Dromoland Collection and, if you have ever stayed or dined at Dromoland near Shannon Airport, then you know management does not spare the horses and everything is top drawer. These are two of Ireland’s most magnificent properties. Read more