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  One more long, hot summer is in the books and now we can enjoy the cooler, shorter days of autumn.   FALL COLORS Even though summer and lush gardens are just a memory, Ireland still boasts brilliant fall colors in bright orange montbretia flowers,... Read more
To paraphrase a well-known saying, we say “Go North, young man, go North.” Beautiful Northern Ireland tends to be overlooked by too many travelers and more’s the pity because there’s so much to see and do there. THE NORTH If you head north out of Dublin,... Read more
      At the moment, we are in isolation because of COVID-19, but this virus can’t stop us from dreaming. In fact, this is a perfect time to sit down and dream up your next adventure in Ireland.       CASTLE HOTELS Some say a hotel is just a place to... Read more
Is there a single word that describes Ireland at this time of year? If so, that word would have to be “color.”  Everywhere you turn there’s color whether it’s in the green of lush fields, or the brilliant yellow flowers on gorse bushes, or the soft colors... Read more
It was no surprise really to read recent comments by Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, about the group’s focus on 2020, especially in light of the Covid-19 outbreak and the Irish government’s move to completely shut down the country to save lives. ... Read more
By Judy Enright   Strike up the band and let the celebration begin! It’s March, that most welcome precursor of spring which, as they say, breaks winter’s back. And along with bidding snow, ice, and cold farewell for another year, comes the pleasure of... Read more
Just do it! There’s no time like the present and you know you want to!  It’s easy - just hop online - or visit your favorite travel agent - and book a trip to Ireland! You won’t regret it!   How about staying in a B&B on a working farm like Cahergal... Read more
From Tourism Ireland: GALWAY 2020 OPENING CEREMONY Beginning in the farthest reaches of Galway on St Brigid’s Day, fiery celebrations will erupt in towns and villages across the county in keeping with the ancient traditions of the Irish Celtic calendar.... Read more
For your consideration: My favorite Ireland experiences The New Year has dawned, as bright, fresh and clean as snowflakes. It’s exciting and refreshing because it is a new beginning and brings hope and trust that all will be well in the year ahead. This... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR It sure seems as though this mad world needs the peace, quiet, and holiness of the Christmas season this year to offset the turmoil and turbulence that’s raging everywhere. Has there ever been a time in recent memory... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR Ireland is notable for many things, but high on that list is the dedication of its residents and organizations to preserving and sharing treasured antiquities. In cities, towns and across the countryside, there are... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR October is a wicked and wonderful month of ghoulies and ghosties, black cats, jack-o-lanterns, witches, haunted houses, and so much fun as the world celebrates Halloween. Don’t think for a minute that Ireland doesn’t... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR Ireland in the autumn could be just the right prescription for those who relish tranquility and eschew the frenzy of summer tourism. Most tourist attractions are still open in September and there is much to do around the... Read more
BY JUDY ENRIGHT SPECIAL TO THE BIR Ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall, 99 bottles of beer; if one of those bottles should happen to fall, 98 bottles of beer on the wall. We are probably all too familiar with that old song. How many of us gritted our... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR Ireland and its many visitors are blessed with an extensive and varied choice of accommodation across the country. Today’s traveler can choose any type of overnight experience from castles and manor houses to B&Bs... Read more
BY JUDY ENRIGHT SPECIAL TO THE BIR Gweedore, in northern Co. Donegal, is probably not a location too many of us American travelers have discovered. Sadly, most visitors stop their northern trek in Donegal Town and that’s a real pity because Gweedore is in... Read more
BY JUDY ENRIGHT SPECIAL TO THE BIR “Shucks,” David Keane might have said to his wife and family back in 2014. “Maybe we should buy an oyster farm.” Five years later, he’s happily shucking oysters for visitors touring DK Connemara Oysters Ltd. in... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR Is there a truer (or cuter) sign of spring in Ireland than the fluffy young lambs that run, jump, and frolic in the emerald green fields? It’s a sure sign of the new year and rebirth of the world after an often long,... Read more
March is here – and that means it’s nearly spring in New England! Ireland is already enjoying spring weather and the daffodil, that cheery harbinger of warmer weather, has been blooming and brightening the landscape for several weeks and its season is now... Read more