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First Stop Clifden

We’d been told about the new motorway from Dublin to Galway, but I don’t think either of us actually believed that it would only take us two hours to cross Ireland from East to West. In fact, it was an extremely pleasant drive, and yes, we were navigating the (many) roundabouts on the outskirts of Read the Rest…

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From Expat To Tourist To Expat Again

I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to get on an airplane as When we boarded our flight to Chicago this past Saturday. Thanks to the eruption of the Icelandic volcano with the unpronounceable name, our two-week trip to Ireland had become three weeks and we were all more than ready to go home. Read the Rest…

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Connemara National Park

This is the trail map for the Diamond Hill hike in Connemara, Ireland, one of the most unusual hikes we’ve ever done. The trailhead is at the entrance to the Connemara National Park visitor center in Letterfrack, Galway. The hike, with an elevation gain of 1,350 feet (400 meters), is an easy walk on the Read the Rest…

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Easter 1916 Celebrations In Dublin

This post should be sub-titled “I’m an American, I don’t care”

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Road Trip Ireland Part III – Into The West

In this final post in this series on visiting Ireland I’ll be describing the places we plan to visit during our upcoming trip. We haven’t been to Ireland since 2005 (I can’t complain, we’ve met up with our extended family in Portugal, Cyprus and Italy in the intervening period) so we’re all excited at the Read the Rest…

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Road Trip Ireland Part II – Dublin To Belfast

For today’s post I’m going to focus on the part of Ireland where I grew up: the Boyne Valley. As I’ve said before, Ireland is positively littered with structures built in earlier times from early Christian churches to castles of all types, sorts and sizes. In the Boyne Valley, you’ll find all of that and Read the Rest…

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Road Trip Ireland Part I – The South Coast

I’ve been asked about visiting Ireland with kids twice in the past week or so. So, given that and the fact that St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, I thought I’d be patriotic and devote a few posts to visiting Ireland.

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An Eventful Visit To The Giant’s Causeway

I was clearing out some bookshelves recently and I came across this little book. It’s part of a set of Irish Legends re-told for young children. The Finn MacCool story reminded me of the time we visited the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland with CAM. Before I describe our visit to the Causeway, I need Read the Rest…

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National Trails Day at Glendalough

October 4th being National Trails Day in Ireland we took ourselves off to Glendalough, Co Wicklow to support this worthwhile event and to give the Small Boy more practice in his new backpack. We chose Glendalough because it ticks a number of boxes for walking/hiking with an infant. For one thing It is an easy Read the Rest…

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Photo Friday: Wicklow Way

MT’s mention of the Wicklow Way in her recent post made me realize that I really don’t write about Ireland enough on this blog. So today I thought I’d redress that a little by sharing some photos of the scenery along this 127km trail which winds through the Dublin and Wicklow mountains. Mountains in Ireland Read the Rest…

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