Ireland

This is my guide to Ireland, everything from Irish tourist attractions and sights, Irish history , Irish food and recipes, folklore and mythology to the people and culture along with a few Irish superstitions and traditions. Your guide to Ireland by an Irish woman living and raising a family in Ireland

Friday, March 13, 2009

Lough Key Forest And Activity Park


Lough key forest is situated in Boyle, Co. Roscommon

Lough key is a vast forest estate covered in a magnificent variety of woodland and wildflowers, populated by deer, foxes, hares, rabbits, squirrels, otters, badgers and a wide variety of birds.
There are many activities at lough key with much to see and do for all ages, there are 19th century tunnels, a viewing tower, trails and walkways, an adventure center an an outdoor play kingdom for children to play and explore.

Lough key has a rich history with many bronze age and Neolithic settlements, in the 1600's the land was granted to an English family who resided there until 1957 when a terrible fire destroyed their mansion.
You can take one of the many trails through the woods or along the canals or even take the tree canopy walk, a bridge through the treetops of lough key that offers amazing views of the surrounding area.

Lough key is an adventure filled day out for the whole family in one of the most spectatular woodlands in Ireland - well worth the visit

Under the fairy bridge - Lough Key



All images of Lough key forest provided under Creative commons by Irishfiresides Photostream

Friday, March 6, 2009

Temple Bar, Dublin City


Temple bar - the cultural quarter of Dublin

Ireland has a lot to offer and Temple bar is one of the must-see's of Dublin city and I would know, having spend much of my early twenties in Temple bar. One of the most colourfull streets in Dublin, Temple bar is lively and energetic with a great night life and friendly atmosphere.

Some of the oldest bars in Dublin are situated in Temple bar and you can find a variety of entertainment from live music (ranging from traditional Irish music to rock/alternative music and everything in between) stand up comedy, street performances, parades, art shows, plays and much more.

There are many options for accommodation in Temple bar to suit all prices and everything you need is close as Temple bar is situated in the heart of Dublin city. You can shop during the day or explore the city, go to live performances or just relax at the meeting house square, there is always something to see. You will also find many fantastic and unusual shops, signs and artistic graffiti in the area such as these

temple bar sign

Skateboarding a few years ago was a popular pastime of the youth around temple bar as they practiced and performed on the streets and ramps in the area, often if they were good, to a large audience of tourists and locals, although you can see from the above sign that not everywhere was the skateboarding appreciated!

graffiti temple bar

Many of the streets in Temple bar are pedestrian only and are great meeting places. There are many street performances and large crowds gather to see musicians, comediens, mimes, drummers, jugglers and more. In Temple bar the entertainment is as much on the paved streets as in the pubs and venues.

The Temple Bar Pub, Temple Bar, Dublin, County Dublin, Republic of Ireland (Eire)
The Temple Bar Pub, Temple Bar, Dublin, County Dublin, Republic of Ireland (Eire) Photographic Print
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Truly worth a visit and an experience you will never forget.

Temple bar images from http://www.stockphoto.ie/


Sunday, March 1, 2009

This Is Ireland


This is my guide to the beauty spots, tourist attractions and sights of Ireland. 

Follow me around Ireland and get a real feel for the people, places and wonders of Ireland.  Speaking as an Irish person living in Ireland, Ireland is a beautiful country with a lot to see and learn, ok the weather is not always ideal but something you will easily forget as you travel with me.

This image is Glencar waterfall in County Leitrim, It is not a large waterfall but it was made famous in the poem "The Stolen Child" by W.B. Yeats

The Stolen Child

By William Butler Yeats


WHERE dips the rocky highland
Of Sleuth Wood in the lake,
There lies a leafy island
Where flapping herons wake
The drowsy water rats;
There we've hid our faery vats,
Full of berrys
And of reddest stolen cherries.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.

Where the wave of moonlight glosses
The dim gray sands with light,
Far off by furthest Rosses
We foot it all the night,
Weaving olden dances
Mingling hands and mingling glances
Till the moon has taken flight;
To and fro we leap
And chase the frothy bubbles,
While the world is full of troubles
And anxious in its sleep.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.

Where the wandering water gushes
From the hills above Glen-Car,
In pools among the rushes
That scarce could bathe a star,
We seek for slumbering trout
And whispering in their ears
Give them unquiet dreams;
Leaning softly out
From ferns that drop their tears
Over the young streams.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.

Away with us he's going,
The solemn-eyed:
He'll hear no more the lowing
Of the calves on the warm hillside
Or the kettle on the hob
Sing peace into his breast,
Or see the brown mice bob
Round and round the oatmeal chest.
For he comes, the human child,
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than he can understand.