Country Under Wave – An Irish Story

No day in this realm is without its beauty. But it takes a special kind of spirit to appreciate these grey, sunless days of our nascent Spring. “The hungry gap”, it used to be called as winter stocks were depleted and the land  gave little or nothing  amidst the coldest, bleakest months of the year.Continue reading “Country Under Wave – An Irish Story”

My Snow-In

Ireland rarely gets snow. I’ve never been snowed in before. The snow arrived quickly and magically on Tuesday night. I had been to the shops already and had enough food and coal to last me a few days. It was, paradoxically, a dramatic and exciting time as we submitted to more simple lives amidst theContinue reading “My Snow-In”

A Trip to Dingle

I went to Dingle last weekend in the company of the new lady in my life. We stayed in the Dingle Skellig Hotel. The hotel is the best in Dingle and one of the best in Kerry. It features a spa and leisure center, a range of lovely rooms, a beautiful restaurant and a veryContinue reading “A Trip to Dingle”

A history of the railway in Ireland

I love trains. I think they are beautiful. They seem to both rumble and ghost across the countryside. Travel is both luxurious and communal. They echo with the spirit of an earlier time; a time when rail was the only way to get people and goods around,  a time when travel was sacred and specialContinue reading “A history of the railway in Ireland”

Guinness Storehouse

The Guinness Storehouse is Ireland’s most visited tourist attraction with over 1.6million visitors in 2016. With Dublin full of wonderful things to do, I want to help you decide if it is worth your while. My first impressions of Guinness storehouse was that it was an overly commercial venture with little cultural and educational value.Continue reading “Guinness Storehouse”

A Day In Dublin

I spent the day in Dublin today. It’s the weekend after St. Patrick’s day and a truly magical time to visit Dublin. It’s easy to be cynical about the green tinged buildings, the fairground fun and the open air food markets. But as one of Dublin’s favourite sons once said ” a cynic is someone who knowsContinue reading “A Day In Dublin”