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Jerpoint Abbey is located just over two and half kilometres west of Thomastown in County Kilkenny, and is an important national monument, which has been cared for by the Office of Public Works since 1880. The abbey, originally built...
Public transport in Ireland is cost-effective and efficient, meaning that it often represents the best means of exploring the island. Many travellers prefer the independence and freedom of driving their own car or a rental car, but this can be...
What is the difference between Scotch and Whiskey? This is a question often asked by whiskey enthusiasts who wonder just how similar these two drinks may be. Key Difference Between Scotch and Whiskey The most obvious answer and key distinction is...
If you are thinking of retiring in Ireland, there is a great deal of information that you will need to take on board before making the final decision to do so. Only people fitting certain criteria will be allowed to...
The Treaty Stone in Limerick, widely believed to be the setting for the signing of the Treaty of Limerick, is hugely significant in Irish history. The signing of the treaty ended the Siege of Limerick and signalled the conclusion of...
No visit to the Emerald Isle is complete without a visit to some of the country's religious sacred sites. For many tourists, in fact, one of their main reasons for visiting Ireland is to experience its famous sacred healing places. There...
The parish of Killilagh is located in the north-west corner of the Barony of Corcomroe in County Clare, Ireland. A small and sparsely populated parish, the mountainous landscape ends at the South Sound and the bay of Doolin, overlooking the...
To find the roots of Halloween in Ireland, and the traditional eating of delicious barmbrack bread, we need to travel back to Celtic times - to the festival of Samhain to be precise. Changing of the Seasons To our pagan forebears,...
Samhain was a pagan festival dating from Celtic times in Ireland. It is referenced in some of the country's very earliest literature and has many connections to Irish mythology, with countless tales involving evil spirits and the afterworld. One the most...
Halloween is a children's favourite because of the opportunity to dress up, play games with friends and get free sweets and candies. It is considered a kids festival but the original halloween involved the whole community. The Irish Origin of Halloween Perhaps...