Overview Ireland

Visiting Ireland

Lovingly referred to as the "Emerald Isle", Ireland is a true historical jewel, boasting hundreds of amazing castles and monasteries, in addition to beautiful landscapes and a vibrant fun-loving culture.

Dublin is the beating heart of Ireland, home to such tourist attractions as the famous Trinity College, and the newly-built but already-beloved Guinness Storehouse. Many visitors to the city embark on one of its ubiquitous Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tours, an economical and quick means of hitting all the city's many hotspots.

History is alive all over the Emerald Isle, and visitors won't want to miss trips to such famous spots as the sheer Cliffs of Moher and the Blarney Castle, home to the eponymous Blarney Stone. Other fascinating attractions include the ancient ... Read More
Lovingly referred to as the "Emerald Isle", Ireland is a true historical jewel, boasting hundreds of amazing castles and monasteries, in addition to beautiful landscapes and a vibrant fun-loving culture.

Dublin is the beating heart of Ireland, home to such tourist attractions as the famous Trinity College, and the newly-built but already-beloved Guinness Storehouse. Many visitors to the city embark on one of its ubiquitous Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tours, an economical and quick means of hitting all the city's many hotspots.

History is alive all over the Emerald Isle, and visitors won't want to miss trips to such famous spots as the sheer Cliffs of Moher and the Blarney Castle, home to the eponymous Blarney Stone. Other fascinating attractions include the ancient Glendalough Monastic Settlement, and the 12th century castle complex known as the Rock of Cashel. The isolated monastery on Skellig Michael is just another one of the plethora of amazing historical sites that make Island a history buff's heaven.

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Stories and Tips Ireland

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A Surprise Gem - St. Brendan's Church

Written by MilwVon on 16 May, 2012

One of the pleasures of self driving on vacation is having the opportunity to stumble upon an unknown historical site purely by coincidence. That was the case on our first day out driving the Irish countryside in County Kilkenny, as we headed out to…Read More


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Fabulous Self-Driving Tour

Written by MilwVon on 15 May, 2012

Saturday April 28th marked the half-way point in our vacation in Ireland. It would be the day that we transition from County Kerry (Tralee) to County Galway (Recess). The AA Ireland route planner had the direct route mapped at roughly 160 miles and…Read More


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Ancient Ruins, Fairy Forts and High Crosses

Written by MilwVon on 14 May, 2012

Talk to any tourist anticipating a vacation in Ireland and you're sure to hear about their hopes to see sites of history and folklore. Throughout the country, regardless of where you go there is a good chance you will stumble upon unnamed ruins mostly…Read More


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A Drive Through Cong on the Connemara Loop

Written by MilwVon on 13 May, 2012

We had one day planned to drive what some refer to as the Connemara Loop. Cong is on that route and would be our first destination after leaving the cottage in Recess.Cong is actually in County Mayo, just over the county line from County…Read More


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Hectic Travel (Saturday & Sunday April 21st & 22nd)

Written by MilwVon on 10 May, 2012

For David and me, the flight was uneventful although sleep was not an option for David. Typically I'm able to sleep for the better part of the overnight flight, but I wasn't able to get more than perhaps an hour at a time.…Read More


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Our First Day of Exploring Ireland (Monday April 23rd)

Written by MilwVon on 10 May, 2012

This was our first real day of touring, and it was really great. We started out with a plan to try to get to three historical sites within about an hour of our cottage. What we realized was just as people had forewarned,…Read More


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Another Wonderful Day of Exploring (Tuesday April 24th)

Written by MilwVon on 10 May, 2012

On Tuesday (24 April) our initial plan was to head northwest to Rock of Cashel and then on to Cahir Castle and the Swiss Cottage. Perhaps needless to say, we once again had a number of diversions . . . mostly good! Shortly after…Read More


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Relaxing at our Cottage (Wednesday April 25th)

Written by MilwVon on 10 May, 2012

I cannot say enough for our first accommodations in Ireland. Ballagh Court is comprised of five cottages, including three that were part of the original farm built in approximately 1800. Richard & Salvia (our hosts) purchased this farm from his family back in…Read More


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Titanic & County Cork (Thursday April 26th)

Written by MilwVon on 10 May, 2012

We had a very full day today, spent mostly in Cobh, formerly known as Queenstown at the time of the sailing of Titanic 100 years ago. After our two and a half hour drive from the cottage, we arrived in Cobh at around 10:00am…Read More


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Ring of Kerry & Killarney (Friday April 27th)

Written by MilwVon on 10 May, 2012

We had great weather for our Ring of Kerry (RoK) tour with O'Connor Auto Tours out of Killarney. The drive from Tralee to Killarney was not terrible – approximately 30 minutes door to door.The RoK tour started at 10:30a and not only did the…Read More


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