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Stories from travels in

Ireland

The Curragh of Kildare, Ireland

In Co. Kildare, south of Dublin, on the way to Limerick, heading down the M7 from Naas, you pass a large expanse of common land

Colourful green canal boat tied up on the grand canal in Sallins Co Kildare

The Grand Canal, Sallins, Co. Kildare, Ireland

There’s a romanticism about living on a houseboat, especially on blue sky days. Coffee on the deck (am I getting the lingo right? ). Sunnies

St Brigid’s Garden Well, Kildare, Ireland

February 1 is St Brigid’s Day in Ireland, the day when we celebrate one of our three national saints. St Brigid was some woman for

Palmerstown House, Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Ireland is awash with stately country homes, many of which, like The K Club, are now golf courses rather than private residences. Others, like Castletown

Foxes carved into Peace Tree ST Anne's Park Raheny Dublin

St Anne’s Park, Dublin, Ireland

I’m a fan of old country manses. I like imagining life back then, upstairs rather than downstairs, of course. I have my favourites, Blenheim Palace

Castletown House, Co. Kildare, Ireland

If you’ve any sort of an imagination and are a fan of TV series like Downton Abbey, and Upstairs, Downstairs, you’d have a ball doing

The K Club, Straffan, Co. Kildare

When you can’t travel forward, and you don’t want to stay where you are, the only way to go is backwards. I’ve been making the

Kilkenny and its hens, stags, and cats

Ireland has five official cities: Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, and Waterford. By official, I mean administrative. Kilkenny, usually referred to as a city, is an

Night life in Dublin

I find it hard to pass an open door. There’s a curiosity about me that wants to know what’s inside. This was rewarded last week

By the Liffey in Dublin

Let’s just wander, I said. And see where we end up. We were headed to the IFC in Dublin’s docklands, down by the Customs House,

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