Top Tip – Free Admission to Heritage Sites in Ireland

We only recently discovered that there is free admission on the first Wednesday of every month to Heritage Sites managed by the Office of Public Works (OPW). There are so many great sites all over the country, so no excuse not to get out and explore! We’ve ticked off some great ones like Garnish Island, Brú na Bóinne and of course our local attraction, Portumna Castle but there are still heaps more we are looking forward to checking out. Here is a list of participating sites from the OPW. These are just ones that you would usually have to pay for. There are many others that are free at all times and further details can be found at the Heritage Ireland site.Read More

PHOTO OP – The Wonderful Barn

Looking for something a little different to photograph, then check out the Wonderful Barn in Leixlip. Built in 1743, this corkscrew barn was commissioned by Katherine Conolly on the family’s Castletown House Estate following the famine of 1740-1741.  It’s purpose was to provide employment for the poor as part of a famine relief scheme and to store grain should there be future food shortages.
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St Patrick’s Day Parade – Dublin 2017

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 literally just out of the box so we haven’t figured out all the amazing 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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