Traveling People

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
Irish castle Elegant castles and ruins are scattered across the Irish countryside and add an air of romance and mystery to this mystical island. It’s fun trying to imagine life in those feudal days and how castle dwellers coped without instant... Read more
14 from its pews boarded the Titanic, only 3 survived; Memorial Week is April 8-15 Lehardane Catherine Bourke, Nora Fleming, Delia Mahon, Annie McGowan, John Bourke, Annie Kate Kelly, Pat Canavan, Delia McDermott, Mary Mangan, Kate McGowan, James Flynn,... Read more
By Judy Enright, Special to the BIR Each traveler has definite likes and dislikes about what makes a trip special. Some are bound by time constraints and can only get away from their “real” lives for a short time; others enjoy spending more time to see as... Read more
It's hard to believe that another year has sped past, leaving behind some good and some not-so-good memories, and that 2012 has now been launched. As the year turns, it's fun to remember all the things we love about Ireland, especially what we experienced... Read more
by Judy Enright Special to the BIR Is it because this country is such a grand melting pot that so many of us are engaged in the search for our roots? There are, of course, a number of sensible reasons for learning about your past: ancient traditions that... Read more
In this digital age, it seems that everyone who picks up a camera is instantly a “photographer.” And, true, many amateurs are pretty good, but the flip side of the coin is those gifted photographic artists like Tim Durham from Co. Westmeath, whose work... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR Some people say that carefully choosing accommodation in Ireland isn’t all that important because, after all, you just sleep in those places. For a lot of travelers, that seems to be all too true. They just slog from one... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR Depending on the ages of your group, traveling the whiskey trail in Northern Ireland and the Republic is fun and a great learning experience, even if you aren’t a devoted whiskey drinker. Bushmills and Jameson are... Read more
Can you imagine raving about the cooking or food in Ireland? Have you ever used “gourmet” and “Ireland” together in the same sentence? Well, times have changed radically over the years and Ireland is rapidly winning acclaim worldwide for outstanding chefs... Read more
BY JUDY ENRIGHT SPECIAL TO THE BIR Could there really be wildlife in Ireland? You bet and it’s not just confined to the pubs or city nightclubs. If you are anywhere near Co. Cork in your Irish travels, visiting the Fota Wildlife Park and nearby... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR Driving in Ireland might euphemistically be called a challenge for those of us accustomed to driving on the right. But the Irish, good folks that they are, have accepted that not everyone driving the roads speaks English... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR Ah, St. Patrick, that elusive, mystery man who surfaces once a year, on March 17, empowering everyone to flaunt their Irishness, whether or not they have even one drop of Irish blood. Would you believe – and you can pull... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR One of Ireland’s most appealing attributes, as we’ve said in previous columns, is that no matter how many times you visit, you can always discover something new. For instance, local friends recently toured Ireland and... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR What’s the first thing that comes to mind when someone says “Ireland?” Well, probably green fields, sheep, and magnificent vistas. Sure, there are all three in Ireland but there’s so, so, so much more. It’s truly a place... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR In this season of giving, I like to mention one of my favorite Irish charities, The Donkey Sanctuary in Liscarroll, Mallow, Co. Cork, and the wonderful work they do there. Several years ago, I revisited the Sanctuary and... Read more
by Judy Enright Special to the BIR The ancestral home of Grace Kelly, Oscar-winning American actress, fashion icon and ultimately princess of Monaco, doesn’t look like much at first glance. And, honestly, it’s really not much more now than the crumbling... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR Last month, we wrote about Irish bed and breakfasts and how many of the owners have elevated B&B accommodation in Ireland to an art form. Our favorites, as outlined then, include: Cahergal Farm in Newmarket-on-Fergus... Read more
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR How do you spell luxury in Co. Cork? C-a-s-t-l-e-m-a-r-t-y-r, that’s how! We spent a recent Saturday night at Castlemartyr Resort and very highly recommend this wonderful place. While the resort is utterly luxurious, it... Read more