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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Blow to local tourism as Edmund Burke Pub refurb is blocked.
Jun26

Blow to local tourism as Edmund Burke Pub refurb is blocked.

With tourism numbers at all time highs in Ireland it’s not always good news on the development front as Galway county council has just blocked a proposal to develop one of Co Galway’s local pub landmarks the Dereen Inn near the monastic village of Abbeyknockmoy. Bought by local entrepreneur Declan Ganley as a “hobby refurbishment”, the pub was to be renamed as the Edmund Burke and was going to compromise of a...

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Walks in Wicklow: Glendalough
Jun21

Walks in Wicklow: Glendalough

“Gleann dá locha”; The Glen of the two lakes, was carved into the Wicklow landscape by glacial activity. Standing in the graveyard in the lands surrounding the lower lake you can easily imagine a time when this was a very important, bustling place with a busy monastic centre including churches, farmhouses, workshops, guesthouses and monastic cells at its height in the 9th Century. Founded in early 600ad by Saint Kevin, visiting here,...

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10 Places You Should Visit In Ireland Before You Die
May01

10 Places You Should Visit In Ireland Before You Die

Here at liveireland we’ve picked our top ten must see destinations in Ireland that we recommend you put on your bucket list. Some are natural phenomenon and some are historic sites, but they are all a must see. So in no particular order, here are our top ten. Slea Head, Co Kerry Cliffs Of Moher (Obviously) Rock of Cashel Newgrange, Co Meath The Burren, Co Clare Skellig (Star Wars) Glendalough The Saltee Islands Killarney...

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Podcast: Bunratty Castle
Apr30

Podcast: Bunratty Castle

Shane Smyth and Aoileann Nic Ginnea present a magazine programme on interesting aspects of Irish life, culture & music. In this edited highlight Eric Murphy calls to Irelands famous Bunratty castle Producer: Peter...

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Massy’s Wood, Kilakee
Apr16

Massy’s Wood, Kilakee

A short distance from the Hell Fire Club Massy woods once surrounded a beautiful stately home known as Kilakee House. The original house was sadly demolished in the 1940’s after the family came into debt after 1924. On first look all that seems to remain today are the front steps of the house, the main gates, outlying buildings, remnants of greenhouses, gate lodges and ice houses. But take a closer look and you’ll notice...

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