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Experiencing Dublin on St. Patrick's Day

  MediaProductions Every March 17th, the 5th-century Romano-British missionary who converted the Celts to Christianity, then became a bishop and eventually Irland´s patron saint is celebrated in more countries than any other national holiday, and of course it has special weight and significance here, where it´s a public holiday as well as a cultural and religious one. And if you happen to be visiting on this special day, you´re in for a treat, with various forms of festivities shamrocking the…

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Ireland's national cemetery, Glasnevin in Dublin

If this was not in fact the highest point in Dublin, it certainly felt like it. After climbing the 198 steps to the top of Glasnevin Cemetery's Daniel O’Connell Tower (below) -  Ireland's highest round tower - I was able to gaze over the entire city, laid out almost like a map. It stretched from the western limits, past the airport to the north, by way of the Hill of Howth, the Irish Sea and the Liffey River mouth round to the Dublin Mountains in the south. This amazing revelation was the…

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Kinsale, jewel of Ireland's south coast

With its deep water harbour and a population of a bit over 5,200, the town of Kinsale in County Cork has been an important sea port for more than 1,500 years. St Multose founded a monastery here in the 6th century, and the early Celtic settlement that grew up around the estuary was later supplanted by a Viking trading post. The Normans fortified the town in the 13th century, and over the next 200 years it developed as a centre for fishing and shipbuilding. read post

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    Did your area make the cut?
  • Nat Geo weighs in with an ¨essential¨ guide to Éire:
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    Here’s everything you need to know about exploring the Emerald Isle—when to go, where to stay, what to do, and how to get around.
  • Next year I´m hoping finally to get to the homeland of my grandmother Lizzie Duffy. So this NatGeo list of Éire bucket listers will definitely come in handy!
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    They've got that whole work-life balance thing all figured out.
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    County Monaghan |
    See where poet, Patrick Kavanagh, called home
  • I'm finally - finally! - getting to Eire later this year for the first time, and in the course of researching the trip came across this piece by Tripatini member Mary Jo Manzanares about sites relating to Dublin's rich history of writers. And gosh, maybe I'll even take another stab at Ulysses!
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    Learn about literary Dublin and its attractions that celebrate Dublin writers like James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift, Bram Stoker and more.
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    The Best Places to Eat, Stay, and Play in Dublin
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  • In observance of Pride, The Guardian just came out with a piece on Europe's ten best gay-friendly destinations - and here's why Dublin made the cut:
    10 of Europe’s best destinations for LGBTQ+ travellers this Pride season | Gay and lesbian travel |…
    From Madrid to Mykonos our writer picks the most queer-friendly holiday spots in Europe
  • Maureen Blevins has a question about Ireland in the Media Only group. Can someone help her out?

  • Heading back to Ireland in a week.  Want to spend more time along the Atlantic coast this time from Burren down to Country Cork.  Any suggestions?

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