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Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships – Birr 2018

I’ve probably mentioned (a few times!) that I’m not a morning person. However, there are occasions when an early start is well worth it and this morning was definitely one of those times. Today is the final day of the 48th Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships, which are taking place in Birr this year. I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to try and see the balloons in action, particularly as it’s so close to home.Read More

Snow Day in the Slieve Bloom Mountains

Yesterday I drove to the Slieve Bloom Mountains in search of snow. There has been a lot of snow this winter. By Irish standards I mean! Yet somehow I’ve managed to miss it all. We had a decent snowfall in our home town back in December but I was away in Dublin for the week and couldn’t help but be a little envious of all the lovely photos appearing online. Of course by the time I got back there was no trace of it. Since then there has been the odd sprinkling but nothing was sticking. There were a few other instances of wrong time, wrong place and I figured since it’s February now, I’d probably missed the chance.

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Death and Divinity at Clonmacnoise

The impressive heritage site of Clonmacnoise is less than an hour from where we live. We’d talked about going many times but as usual with the places closest to you, we never seemed to get around to it. Well last week, we finally got our butts in gear and went to check it out.Read More