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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
No matter how often you visit Ireland, you can nearly always find something fun, new, and interesting. Last autumn, we loved hearing on the radio and reading about “UFO sightings” in Irish skies. Local radio stations were abuzz with reports that... Read more
With January marking the dawn of another year, this seems a great time to share some of Ireland’s many special attributes and attractions. That’s easy enough to say, but it’s very difficult to compress all that Ireland offers into one column. Instead we’... Read more
Shannon Airport was already in holiday mode when I traveled through in mid-November - proof positive that the Irish take Christmas very seriously and love to celebrate the season. Two enormous, sparkling Christmas trees were erected at the end of the Aer... Read more
If you have ever visited the magical, mystical Burren in Co. Clare, it probably won’t surprise you to learn that there’s nearly as much going on in places beneath the karst landscape as there is above ground. DOOLIN CAVE One such place is just north of... Read more
There is so much to enjoy when visiting Ireland and it’s always nice to remember your trip with a souvenir or two. But as seasoned travelers know, there is limited space and weight allowed in homebound suitcases and that could curb your urge to spend. I’... Read more
BY JUDY ENRIGHT SPECIAL TO THE BIR Is there anyone on earth who hasn’t heard about the Titanic hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage in 1912 with the resulting loss of more than 1,500 lives? If so, the uninformed must be living in the back of beyond! It... Read more
BY JUDY ENRIGHT SPECIAL TO THE BIR Is there anyone on earth who hasn’t heard about the Titanic hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage in 1912 with the resulting loss of more than 1,500 lives? If so, the uninformed must be living in the back of beyond! It... Read more
BY JUDY ENRIGHT SPECIAL TO THE BIR Summertime is fun time, especially in Ireland. Every visitor can find something fun and something of interest when the weather is fine and the cities and towns are bustling and bursting with activities, events, and... Read more
This Enniskillen hotel is definitely not just another run-of-the-mill accommodation. A magnificent and imposing structure, Manor House Country Hotel sits atop a rise and greets you at the end of a sweeping drive. The friendly front desk staff welcomes you... Read more
BY JUDY ENRIGHT SPECIAL TO THE BIR Have you ever had itchy feet? Nearly 30 years ago, James Kearney, an accountant, did and the result is a boon to those who visit Viewmount House in Co. Longford. In 1989, Kearney, who was tired of working with numbers... Read more
Ireland, some say, is like a doughnut – only the outside matters and there’s nothing much to bother with in the middle. Tourism groups and many others take issue with that comment and say there is much more to Ireland than just the seacoast, as beautiful... Read more
Ireland, some say, is like a doughnut – only the outside matters and there’s nothing much to bother with in the middle. Tourism groups and many others take issue with that comment and say there is much more to Ireland than just the seacoast, as beautiful... Read more
It is especially difficult to pinpoint a favorite place in Ireland because there are so many wonderful spots everywhere. But, after 20-plus years of traveling to and renting a house in the West, I have to say that Achill Island in Co. Mayo is my favorite... Read more
by Judy Enright It’s that time of year again when Ireland and the Irish hop into the world’s limelight to celebrate St. Patrick and his special day. In March, everyone is Irish, as you know, regardless of surname or heritage. Each of us shares equally in... Read more
Although some Irish attractions may not reopen until around St. Patrick’s Day, you will have no trouble finding numerous fun and interesting things to do there in February. As you might expect, cities like Dublin, Galway, Belfast, and Cork, are alive and... Read more
BY JUDY ENRIGHT SPECIAL TO THE BIR Most of us visit the Emerald Isle when fields and hillsides are sparkling with brilliant shades of green. So a snowy mantle across the land may seem a bit out of place. But, this is winter and, yes, it does snow in... Read more

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