Collected by James Bronner
Rosroe, Co. Galway, Ireland
No, this is not a mistake, I am not writing about Norway. Quickly defined, a fjord is a very deep and narrow inlet originally formed by glacial movement, which can be identified by steep cliffs or mountains flanking either side. The Killary Fjord...
Killadoon, Ard Na Mara, Co. Mayo, Ireland
My Irish friend, Aedín, and I were driving from Galway to Westport when suddenly she veered off the main road. "There's a great beach down this way, I think," she said to me. I was up for anything, seeing her country for the first time. We came...
Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Nestled at the head of Kenmare Bay where the Roughty River flows into the sea and the Ring of Kerry meets the Ring of Beara, is the charming town of Kenmare (in Irish: An Neidín). In addition to offering a collection of delightful shops, excellent...
Fisher St, Ballyvara, Doolin, Co. Clare, V95 FY67, Ireland
After a delicious dinner at Gus O'Connor's Pub in remote Doolin, Ireland we stayed to enjoy a Trad music session which held us in rapt attention. The Guinness was flowing and the craic was truly mighty; the gifted local musicians sang and played...
River Corrib, Co. Galway, Ireland
During my conference in Galway, I crossed the River Corrib twice each day while walking from my hotel to the university. I got a chuckle out of seeing these gentleman fishing from the well-manicured paths along the river each afternoon. I imagined...
Loughrask, Rent an Irish Cottage, Co. Clare, Ireland
The Wood Loop Path just outside Ballyvaghan, Ireland, isn't always well marked. I was quite happy to see this little purple-and-yellow sign letting me know I hadn't wandered too far afield. Living in a medium-sized city, it's never really quiet...
29 Frederick St S, Dublin Southside, Dublin 2, Ireland
Start with chorizo-stuffed squid and a Hendrick’s martini. Follow these with a pancetta-topped lobster burger with truffle-and-Parmesan fries, and you’ll know that you’ve moved well beyond traditional fish and chips. 353/(0) 1-679-7000. This...
Laragh West, Newtown Park, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
The Wicklow mountains are said to be thick with gold. They're the first thing you see when you fly into Dublin, with the strangely sloping conical head of the Sugar Loaf rearing up majestically in the distance. There is a hiking trail called the...
O'Connell Street, Clonroad Beg, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland
This may be the most charming hotel in the sweet town of Ennis in County Clare. The place looks and runs like an intimate bed & breakfast but operates on the level of a 4-star hotel. The staff is sweet, warm and always greets you with a smile and...
Church Hill, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Glenveagh National Park was a nice place to spend Christmas Eve. It was deserted, quiet and tranquil. We loved it, as we walked and talked and stopped in the huts planning parties we would never have there. There is a castle at the beginning of...
Meenderrygamph, Co. Donegal, Ireland
This bridge was the farewell point for loved ones as they left Donegal on foot in the 19th century for greener pastures in Canada, USA etc .... The bridge experienced many goodbyes and tears for the people between Muckish Mountain in the west and...
Gurteen North, Annascaul, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Traipsing through the Dingle Peninsula gives you plenty of moments to reflect on life as it used to be and the many people that have gone before us. On a self guided hiking trip arranged through Southwest Walks Ireland, we had left our lodging in...
Doon East, Co. Kerry, Ireland
The tide was receding on a rainy September morning just outside of Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland. We had a good day's walk ahead of us but we were starting at the beach and heading out across the wasteland to catch up with the coastal walk heading...
Carrowbeg, Co. Mayo, Ireland
I was on holidays in Ireland late June through early July last year (2012) and ended up getting together with friends from all over at the Westport Music and Food Festival in County Mayo. The grounds of Westport House made an ideal setting, right...
Ballynabooly, Co. Cork, Ireland
Before doing so in Ireland, I had never stayed at a traditional B&B. While the trend is becoming more popular in the United States and other countries, the Bed & Breakfast concept has been around for decades in Ireland. When I reached the small...
Caddellbrook, Co. Roscommon, Ireland
JJ Harlow's is a cozy pub lover's dream! Divided into 3 sections, the 1st section especially (pictured) is ideal for sipping a quiet pint or one of the MANY excellent craft beers while you relax & read or chat. The staff are friendly and very...
Inchinaleega East, Sneem, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Of all the continents, Europe especially needs to be seen and understood in its most simple, honest villages. One such place is located in Kerry County, Ireland in the unimaginably beautiful village of Sneem. Located 235 miles southwest from...
4 John St, Dingle, Co. Kerry, V92 K039, Ireland
Doyle's is a great place to go for local, fresh seafood in Dingle. The servers were very friendly and my warm goat cheese salad (pictured) and seafood risotto was absolutely delicious. At my table we also had oysters, seafood chowder and crab...
Market St, Clifden, Co. Galway, Ireland
Mitchell's was very well rated online and rightfully so. The restaurant had a lovely atmosphere and pleasant staff. The seafood was extremely fresh and if you asked, they could tell you where it all came from. I would love to go back and eat my...
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