Walks – Knocknarea, Sligo

If you’re in Sligo and looking for a walk that will only take a couple of hours but will still give you a good workout and reward you with stunning views, then look no further than Knocknarea! The mountain is pretty distinctive and well known for the large cairn found at the summit, which is said to be the resting place of Queen Maeve, the Warrior Queen of Connaught. Legend has it that she was buried standing upright in full battle gear and with spear in hand, facing her enemies. I’m liking this lady, I though! Then I also read that she killed her sister Eithne so that she could have her way with Eithne’s husband. That’s just not cool!
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On Tour – Sligo

Earlier this month we headed to Sligo. It was the first time visiting for both of us and wow, were we blown away! I reckon Sligo is seriously under rated as a tourist destination. It certainly helped that we had some fantastic weather during our stay but the same could be said for anywhere and even as we walked the beautiful Gortarowey Forest Park Loop in the rain on our last day, majestic Benbulben still stole our hearts.
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Experiencing the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin

This year’s St Patrick’s Day parade was a wet and wild affair. However, being José’s first St Patrick’s Day in Ireland, we thought we’d get out amongst it and literally soak up the atmosphere!! It was also a good chance to test out our new toy, the GoPro Hero5. We’re very excited about getting out and about with it. It was just out of the box so we haven’t figured out all the features just yet but it’s so light and easy to carry around, it’s a dream!

Here’s a short clip featuring some of the highlights from the 2017 St Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin.
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Newgrange and Brú na Bóinne

If you want to delve a little into Ireland’s ancient past, there’s no better place than Newgrange. This  Stone Age passage tomb located in the beautiful Boyne valley in Meath is more than 5,200 years old and pre-dates both Stonehenge and the Egyptian Pyramids.  Newgrange is one of three principal passage tombs – Knowth and Dowth being the other two – and many smaller mounds in the area which are collectively know as Brú na Bóinne and have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Mullaghmore Loop Walk – The Burren

We did this popular Burren walk back in November on the recommendation of my cousin and were lucky to get an absolute stunner of a day for it.  My parents joined us and we all really enjoyed it but I would advise that you give yourself plenty of time to do this walk – a combination of starting too late in the afternoon, coupled with stopping too much to photograph the stunning scenery and sunset, ended with us scrambling about in the dark on the way back down!  Read More