Traveling People

By Judy Enright Special to the BIR What? Orchids grow wild in Ireland? Well, sure. In fact, there are about 27 native orchid species that grow in Ireland and more than 20 of those are found in the Burren in Co. Clare, on the Wild Atlantic Way on the West... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR A Co. Mayo ram is a handsome specimen of his breed. Well, why so many sheep photos with this month’s column you might wonder? When I am asked what I like best about Ireland, I have to admit that I love the West Coast,... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR Christmas seems like a perfect time to remind future visitors to Ireland about the wondrous works of the stained glass artist Harry Clarke. His magnificent windows can be found in numerous places around the country, and... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR Nothing enhances an Irish experience like having a wonderful place to stay – and no one knows that better than the owners of assorted types of accommodation whether hotels or bed and breakfast homes.Temple House: Temple... Read more
by Judy Enright Planning to book a tour of Ireland? As you probably know already, tours are a really great way to see the country through the eyes and dialogue of trained guides in the many all-around tour companies. There are so many things to see across... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR Wow! There simply isn’t any other word to adequately describe Ashford Castle’s new look. Red Carnation Hotels, a South African company that owns Ashford Castle in Cong, Co. Mayo, has spent the last two years completing... Read more
By Judy Enright It’s not exactly Ireland, but Milwaukee’s Henry W. Maier Festival Park will be more Irish than Ireland over the third weekend in August when the 35th annual “Irish Fest” comes to town. The mission of Milwaukee’s annual Irish Fest is “to... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR Let’s have a show of hands, please, from all readers who have visited County Monaghan. Where are all those hands? Hate to admit it, but I wouldn’t have been raising my hand, either – until this spring. Apparently, I’m... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR It’s an island country, so it should be no surprise that in Ireland there is a great focus on fish and its many excellent restaurants. According to the Irish Sea Fisheries Board (Bord Iascaigh Mhara or BIM) there were 11... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR Healthy and active vacations are very much the focus for visitors to Ireland these days. Walking/cycling trails abound for those energetic souls who want to get out and go, but there are also options for the traveler... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR It’s April at last, after a seemingly endless winter, and Ireland is exploding with spring color. Daffodils have popped up everywhere, fields are turning the delicious 40 shades of green, and gardens and hedgerows are... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR Mulranny Park Hotel, in Mulranny, Co. Mayo, recently opened for the 2015 season and is celebrating its 10th birthday this year with many offers and specials. Photo by Judy Enright It’s March and, as our... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR Do you ever look at the stamps on your mail? The US Postal Service offers many different and interesting stamps that feature a variety of seasonal designs, sports, flowers, history, holidays, and more. Ireland’s post... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIRIt’s well worth a trip up to Rossnowlagh in Co. Donegal to spend some time at the beautiful Sandhouse Hotel and Marine Spa on the Wild Atlantic Way and explore the area. My Dad used to say, “If it was supposed to be fun,... Read more
Ashford Castle in Cong, Co Mayo, was acquired in 2013 by the Red Carnation Hotel group and a three-phase project is underway to restore and enhance the property. BY JUDY ENRIGHT SPECIAL TO THE BIR Have you always wanted to be a prince or princess? If not... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR Yvonne’s Cottage is a fun (and delicious) place to stop for a bite to eat in Rosturk Co. Mayo. Ireland is ever changing. If you doubt that statement, just have a meal almost anywhere in the Emerald Isle and you will be... Read more
By JUDY ENRIGHT Ewe being judged at the Achill Sheep Show in Co. Mayo. Judy Enright photos October is such a lovely month in New England; it’s also a lovely month in Ireland. There’s not much brilliant foliage on the Emerald Isle, and it can be a bit... Read more
By Judy Enright There was a very large billboard in Carna, Co. Galway, this spring celebrating Boston’s Irish Mayor Marty Walsh. The Connemara area will be thrilled to have him visit this autumn. Boston Mayor Martin Walsh has already taken Connemara by... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR Every year, the Irish Tourist Board chooses a special theme to promote the many plusses of this stunning country. One year, the focus was on spas, spa treatments, and places that offered spa packages. Last year it was “... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR Ireland has changed a lot in the past 30 years. Much of that change is probably thanks to – or the fault of – the internet, depending on your perspective. But, changes can also be credited to the country’s many visitors... Read more