Suburban Dublin: By the river through the meadows.
Nov02

Suburban Dublin: By the river through the meadows.

Suburban Dublin: By the river through the meadows. Our walk starts beside Morton’s pub in Firhouse at the cottage tea rooms. From 9.30am the tea rooms are open and offer breakfast and brunch. Firhouse and the tea rooms are accessible in thirty minutes from Dublin city centre by local bus routes numbers 49 and 65B, and also from and to Dun Laoghaire by the number 75. The tea rooms describe themselves as an eccentric and delightfully...

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St Colmcille’s Holy Well South Dublin
Nov02

St Colmcille’s Holy Well South Dublin

Saint Colmcille’s Well is  located at the top end of the Ballycullen Road as you near Orlagh retreat centre. Legend has it Saint Colmcille stopped off on his way to Glendalough and came upon the ancient well, where he quenched his thirst and blessed the well. Little is known of the well’s earlier history, but both the local parish and school are named after St. Colmcille. In about 1914 its reported that a postman who frequented...

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Check out  the Julie Fowlis Spotify playlist
Nov02

Check out the Julie Fowlis Spotify playlist

From Julie’s facebook: Today’s news – my back catalogue is now finally available Spotify I’ll be making some playlists in the weeks to come but to start with I have selected 90 minutes of my own music as an intro to who I am for those who don’t know my music. There may be a surprise or two in there for those tho think they do also…!...

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Highlighting Dublin – “a feast for the senses” – to millions of Britons
Nov02

Highlighting Dublin – “a feast for the senses” – to millions of Britons

Tourism Ireland campaign with The Daily Telegraph showcases Dublin An article in today’s Daily Telegraph is highlighting Dublin to British holidaymakers. The article is part of a Tourism Ireland campaign which has been running throughout 2017 – with a series of articles about the island of Ireland featuring in the Saturday travel section of The Daily Telegraph, which is read by 1.4 million people across Britain. The article which...

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Irish Halloween Podcasts: Witches, Banshees and the Hell Fire Club
Oct27

Irish Halloween Podcasts: Witches, Banshees and the Hell Fire Club

Irish Halloween Podcasts: Witches of Kilkenny and the Hell Fire Club, Dublin The Story of Alice Kipler, The Witch of Kilkenny. The Hell Fire Club Dublin The Hell Fire Club on Mont Pelier Hill casts a foreboding presence over the south Dublin suburbs. It was originally built as a hunting lodge by William “the Speaker” Connolly, politician and land owner, in or around 1725. It is reported that the stone used to build the lodge was...

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Samhain, The Origins of Halloween
Oct27

Samhain, The Origins of Halloween

Possibly Ireland’s most famous known export after Guinness, the Halloween festival we celebrate today originated with the Celtic festival of Samhain. Samhain signified the end of the Celtic year and the end of summer. It was also a festival of great importance with particular significance to the dead. The Celts split the year into four quarters and there were three other quarterly festival dates: Imbolc, the beginning of spring,...

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Hike up to the Hell Fire Club in Dublin
Oct18

Hike up to the Hell Fire Club in Dublin

The Hell Fire Club on Mont Pelier Hill casts a foreboding presence over the south Dublin suburbs. (periscope tv video below) It was originally built as a hunting lodge by William “the Speaker” Connolly, politician and land owner, in or around 1725. It is reported that the stone used to build the lodge was sourced from a large passage grave and cairn, (burial place), which once stood on the hill, and a standing stone was...

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Gallery: Stephen’s Green Autumnal Bliss
Oct10

Gallery: Stephen’s Green Autumnal Bliss

We had coffee at eleven and took a stroll down Stephen’s Green....

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Ireland’s Ancient Gold
Oct01

Ireland’s Ancient Gold

The Bronze Age in Ireland, (2500BC-500BC), introduced metal working skills to the country. This is widely attributed to settlers known as “beakers” from the European continent. Bronze, a mixture of tin and copper, was used to make practical items such as cooking pots and axes, with Ireland reportedly having substantial copper reserves at that period mainly in the south of the country. Gold was the preferred metal used for...

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Watch this impromptu rendition of Raglan Road on Dublin’s Train service last night.
Oct01

Watch this impromptu rendition of Raglan Road on Dublin’s Train service last night.

Watch this impromptu rendition of Raglan Road on Dublin’s Train service last night. Made famous by Luke Kelly here is the Ramparts Chamber Choir with their...

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