Ireland

First Morning in Ireland

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First Morning in Ireland

Waking up in Ireland I woke up early my first morning in Ireland. The effects of jet lag made it a restless night and, when there was just enough light to see soft shapes in the room, I looked over to the bedside table. There was no bedside clock and, as I had no watch or phone or device of any kind, I could only guess at the time. I decided to end the struggle of going back to sleep and get up. When I looked out the second floor window of the farmhouse B&B, there was only a hint of morning through the thick fog. Even though I could see...

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Eating Ireland

Posted by on 12:57 pm in Food and Wine, Ireland, Spotlight | 27 comments

Eating Ireland

Food in Ireland Fish and Chips in Ireland I am an unapologetic travel addict. So it’s no surprise I jumped at a recent, last minute invitation to stay with friends just outside of Limerick, Ireland. I was eager to see the land of verdant hills, castles, Celtic history, high crosses, pubs, and Guinness pints. The cook and foodie side of me couldn’t wait to discover a new cuisine, and perhaps add some recipes to my repertoire. Fish and chips, although cliché, were the first foods I wanted to sample. Locals in Limerick told me to order takeaway...

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Sephira, World Music and Aime

Posted by on 8:22 pm in Ireland, ITKT Staff Writers | 5 comments

Sephira, World Music and Aime

Sephira, music from Ireland for the Holidays Christmas with Irish sisters, Sephira Sephira is a duo consisting of sisters Joyce and Ruth O’Leary and they have released a Christmas album for the ages. The album Starlight by the aforementioned duo showcases their mastery of the violin, their ethereal and angelic vocals, and their penchant for infusing Celtic and classical influence into popular music. Starlight brings a breath of fresh air into the crowded Christmas music arena. The album consists of Christmas classics like Have Yourself a...

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“The Gathering”: A Year-Long Celebration in Ireland

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“The Gathering”: A Year-Long Celebration in Ireland

Don’t Miss “The Gathering” with Brendan Vacations — The Ireland Specialist ~ From Guided Tours to Self-Drive Vacations, Brendan Offers the Best Choices For This Exciting Year-Long Celebration in Ireland ~ Ireland is throwing a party and Brendan Vacations, the Ireland Specialist, wants to be your official host! The Irish have contributed so much to the world with their culture, myths and literature, music, dance, and more. To pay tribute to the country and her people, past and present, Ireland has put together The Gathering, a year-long...

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Sceptre Tours to Ireland, $799

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Sceptre Tours to Ireland, $799

Lynbrook, NY (January 19, 2011) – The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt is one of Ireland’s most exclusive resorts. Sceptre Tours 6-Night Ritz-Carlton in Spring Package allows travelers to enjoy the luxury resort this spring for the incredibly affordable price of just $799 per person. The 5-Star Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt is the perfect home base for exploring Dublin and East Ireland. After a day of seeing the sights, guests get to spend their evenings being pampered by the resort’s wide range of amenities and services. This 6 night luxury...

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The Titanic’s Story is Cobh, Ireland

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The Titanic’s Story is Cobh, Ireland

“I can still smell the fresh paint. The china had never been used,” recalls Old Rose in Titanic, the 1997 blockbuster film. “The sheets never slept in. Titanic was called the Ship of Dreams. And it was.” Before Jack, Rose and the Heart of the Ocean sailed into movie legend, I was already a long-time Titanic buff. Planning a visit to Ireland, I wanted to do more than kiss the Blarney Stone and visit ancient Celtic ruins. I was determined to check out Queenstown, the fabled ship’s last port of call. Researching the city’s history, I found that...

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Packie’s Food and Wine in Kenmare Bay, Ireland

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For a small Irish town made up of little more than two streets Kenmare has a surprising number of award winning restaurants and Packie’s is no exception. Local chef Martin Hallissey has created a fine dining experience without losing any of that Irish charm or hospitality. The menu focuses heavily on produce from the local region – scallops, mussels and prawns from Kenmare Bay as well as locally caught sea fish feature heavily on the set menu and in the daily specials.  Local produce is sourced wherever possible and organic ingredients...

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Ashford Castle Celebrates 1939

Posted by on 9:53 am in Announcements, Ireland News | 1 comment

County Mayo, Ireland – July 28, 2009: Ashford Castle can trace its roots back to 1228 but history buffs should fast-forward all the way to 1939 for the most pivotal year in the life of the sprawling structure in Ireland’s County Mayo. That’s when the estate, which for years served as a country home for the Guinness family, first opened as a hotel. The world would soon be at war but Ashford Castle instantly became a constant of luxurious service, warm hospitality and welcome tranquility. Now guests have one more reason to...

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Experience True Irish Royalty

Posted by on 7:00 am in Announcements, Ireland News | 0 comments

Lynbrook, NY (July 7, 2009) — For those who want to experience the historic side of Ireland and stay in a castle every night, the Aer Lingus Vacation Store is now offering an “Ireland Legendary Luxury” package priced from just $1,999 per person. The Ireland Legendary Luxury package is the perfect opportunity for travelers to experience Ireland while relaxing like royalty. Explore the beauty and scenery of Ireland each day and each night return to an enchanted castle for the evening’s stay. This is truly the most luxurious...

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Erin Go Braugh and Ciao Bella Meet

Posted by on 12:37 pm in Ireland, Italy, ITKT Blogs | 0 comments

Have I mentioned the Italian guy? I probably haven’t mentioned the Italian guy. I’ve actually been trying NOT to mention the Italian guy, even to myself. However, there is an Italian guy. If you want to add the proverbial (and in this case, quite delicious) icing to the Irish cake, picture this: You’re all alone, feeling the happiest you’ve ever felt in your life and you’re aware of that moment as it is occurring, and then you’re sitting on the banks of the Aran Islands in Galway (I mentioned you’re in Ireland, of all places), when suddenly...

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A Happy St. Paddy’s Day Celebration… It’s All about Location!

Posted by on 9:14 am in Ireland, Italy, ITKT Blogs, United States | 2 comments

With my trip to Ireland just around the corner, St. Patrick’s Day brings with it an added touch of nostalgia for all things Irish. And what better place to plant yourself for the National Holiday of Ireland than on the streets of Dublin? Well, if in addition to the Irish obsession, you’ve also got a hankering for all things Italian, New Orleans might be the next best location for a unique St. Paddy’s Day excursion. While living in New Orleans a few years back, I came to experience the Irish-Italian connection by witnessing the Irish-Italian...

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Lots of Good Crack to be Had?

Posted by on 2:05 am in Ireland, ITKT Blogs | 0 comments

Is that what she said? Did my sweet little Irish friend mention doing CRACK with me in Ireland? I mean, at times in my life I’ve been up for all sorts of various pleasantries, but CRACK? Huh? Surely this couldn’t be what she meant. So, instead of making a complete fool of myself by asking if she had actually thrown out the suggestion of us becoming drug addicts together on the green isle, I decided to do the reasonable thing and toss the words “crack” and “Ireland” into a Google search. What I found certainly aided in the interpretation of my...

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Téann an Saol Thart Mar a Bheadh Eiteoga Air…

Posted by on 11:47 am in Ireland, ITKT Blogs | 2 comments

…Life goes as quickly as if it had wings. I have no idea how many times I’ve told that story over the last 20 years. With each telling of that moment in time, it comes from further in the past, the images blurring more and more around the edges. Now I find myself wondering; Do I really remember that moment or have I just told the story so many times that I simply think I remember it? Like reflecting on a book read long ago, the sense of the story is there, the basic plot and characters, but the details are faded and many completely...

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A Moment in Dublin

Posted by on 1:29 pm in Ireland, ITKT Blogs | 0 comments

Once upon a time, long ago, a young woman found herself, quite by chance, running in the rain through the streets of Dublin, when suddenly it dawned on her, “I am having the happiest moment of my entire life.” At the enormity of this thought, she stopped and scanned the panorama of where she stood, taking in every nuance, every light, every sound, every smell, absorbing the moment with every cell in her body. And it was during this moment that an even more profound thought crossed her mind; “Not only am I having the happiest moment of my...

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Aer Lingus to Ireland for $199

Posted by on 12:53 pm in Announcements, Ireland News | 0 comments

Aer Lingus have released their spring and summer air fares, and these prices are unprecedented! Visit between April 1st and June 15th, and Aer Lingus will get you there from as little as $199* each way. Travel between June 16th and August 31st and fares start at $249* each way. These fares are available exclusively at aerlingus.com January 9th through January 21st. The tip here is to act fast to take advantage of this hot January offer before you miss out on the opportunity to sip a pint of Guinness from the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin or...

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