Traveling People

BY JUDY ENRIGHT SPECIAL TO THE BIR Going green doesn’t necessarily mean going to the Emerald Isle but it could. There is much focus in Ireland today on visitors enjoying their stay without adding to the carbon footprint. Where bus tours and car travel... Read more
Fishing boats docked in colorful Killybegs Harbor in Co. Donegal.BY JUDY ENRIGHT SPECIAL TO THE BIR A new year has dawned, bringing with it the potential for many new adventures for us all – hopefully they’ll be pleasant, fun, and memorable adventures. We... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR It would probably be fair to call me a stalker – in the nicest sense of the word, of course.This feral goat is currently in captivity being treated for injuries. Doesn't he look like he's smiling? For at least a decade,... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR We all know change is inevitable but in few places is change more evident than in Ireland. Attractions, accommodation, and eateries you visit and enjoy one year, could very well be gone by the next. But there are some “... Read more
BY JUDY ENRIGHT SPECIAL TO THE BIR The Irish work very hard to make sure that their homeland is all things to all visitors. Festivals, sports, genealogy, art, music, theatre, and cultural events, available for all ages, can be found everywhere. There’s... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR Traveling People What’s a holiday in Ireland without splurging now and again? Isn’t that how some of your best memories are made? If you seek comfort, elegance, world-class service and hospitality, beautiful surroundings... Read more
BY JUDY ENRIGHT SPECIAL TO THE BIR When life hands them lemons, some creative Irish folks make lemonade. We probably all remember the Celtic Tiger years in Ireland when the economy was booming and jobs were plentiful. That economy departed, leaving behind... Read more
by Judy Enright Special to the BIR Want to know where to go when you visit Ireland? Well, check out recommendations from some of the Irish who voted for the best place to vacation in Ireland. The Irish Times newspaper recently announced 25 locations... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR There was a time not so long ago in Ireland when bicycles and feet were the primary modes of transportation, especially out in the rural areas. Of course, there were motorized vehicles then, too, but certainly not the... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration is always extraordinary and lasts for much longer than just a day. But as spectacular as the annual festival always is, this year’s event promises to be the biggest and best yet... Read more
BY JUDY ENRIGHT SPECIAL TO THE BIR Would I ever steer you wrong about Ireland and all things Irish? No, I never, ever would. So, I love it when I mention my favorite tourist attractions and accommodations and others agree. For instance, Ireland’s... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR Since before 2010, when the Benedictine nuns closed their highly regarded school for girls at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, the most frequent question in the area has been: “What next?” Would the picturesque castle,... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR It’s hard to fully appreciate the amazing colors and complex details in the late artist Harry Clarke’s magnificent stained glass windows The Immaculate Conception window (1925) in St. Mary’s in Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo. (... Read more
by Judy Enright Special to the BIR One of many things I love about Ireland is that each time you visit, you are likely to be surprised by something that you haven’t before seen or experienced. Each season and location brings its own set of special... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR The Irish are a wind-loving lot – and why not when they are so often buffeted by the gales that swirl around the greenest island in the Atlantic? While some here complain that wind turbines block their vistas, the Irish... Read more
Resplendent: Kylemore Abbey If you’ve traveled through the West of Ireland, you have almost certainly stopped to visit Kylemore Abbey, built in the 1800s by Mitchell Henry for his wife, Margaret. Kylemore is one of Ireland’s top tourist attractions for so... Read more
Clonalis in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, the ancestral home of the O'Conor family By Judy Enright Special to the BIR The Irish have totally mastered the art of bed and breakfast accommodation, offering many wonderful and welcoming B&Bs all across the... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR A trip to Donegal this spring reminds me about how lovely and lively that county really is. Sadly, not many Americans travel so far north and that’s a great pity. Donegal is visually stunning and offers so much to... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR The clerk in the upscale Connemara shop said, “Sheep sell. Items here with sheep on them fly out the door!” She had seen me admiring a large display of ceramic mugs, coasters, magnets, cards, prints, and more – by Thomas... Read more
Let’s talk food – Irish food. In short, it’s great! You may still be able to find a pub that serves dry, tasteless ham or cheese sandwiches on bland bread, but for the most part, food is fresh, locally sourced, and truly outstanding and not just in the... Read more

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