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Born in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford / University of Limerick Graduate / Computer Programmer / Allotment Lover / Photographer / Massive Traditional Irish Music Fan / Potato Lover / Irish Mythology Enthusiast / Whiskey Collector and Connoisseur.I built The Irish Place to share my love of the culture I grew up in. My hope is that those with Irish ancestry and can learn about their heritage... and all those planning to visit the beautiful landscapes of the Emerald Isle, with its rich and ancient culture can quench their thirst for knowledge here.Feel free to get in touch. I read every email!Sláinte
Mount Melleray Abbey - The Irish Place

The Cistercian Monastery of Mount Melleray

The original Cistercian Monastery was founded in 1098 and took its name from its location - the town of Cîteaux near Dijon.The founding fathers...
Statue of St Brigits at St Brigits Holy Well, Kildare - The Irish Place

The History of Ireland’s Second Saint, St Brigit

St Brigit is one of the best-known saints in Ireland, and regarded by many as being the country's second patron saint after the official...
A pair of Smartphones and a SIM - The Irish Place

Keeping in Touch from Ireland: Mobile Phone/Cell Phone Advice

Whilst in Ireland, you have three options to consider regarding keeping in touch via your mobile phone.You can opt to use your existing cell...
The Towers at Ballysaggartmore, Co. Waterford - The Irish Place

The History of Ballysaggartmore Towers

Ballysaggartmore Towers were the brainchild of Arthur Keily-Ussher.He is a man remembered more for his appallingly cruel behaviour towards his tenants during the Great...
Drombeg Stone Circle - The Irish Place

County Cork’s Ancient Past: The Drombeg Stone Circle

Ireland's green and verdant landscape is dotted with many types of megalithic monument, with the stone circle being amongst the most impressive.While they may...
Kathy Jordan playing the Bodhrán - The Irish Place

The Bodhrán: Heartbeat of Traditional Irish Music

Over recent years, the Bodhrán has changed and evolved faster than any other Irish Traditional Music instrument.The word 'Bodhrán' derives from the old Gaelic...
The Cross of Lorraine on the gable wall of Kilnaboy Church - The Irish Place

Kilnaboy: Round Tower and Rare Lorraine Cross

The Medieval Church at Kilnaboy sits on an ancient site that was once a female ritual centre headed by the legendary Abbess Inghean Baoith.The...
A Fly Fisherman casting his line on one of the lakes in the grounds of Ballyvolane House, Co. Cork - The Irish Place

Angling in Ireland ‒ a guide to fishing licences and laws

When planning a fishing trip in Ireland, it is worth noting that fishing licences are required for certain types of fishing only.Regulations state that...
The Flute, a key instrument in Irish Traditional Music - The Irish Place

Heavenly Instrument: The Irish Flute

An Irish flute is generally a simple instrument crafted from wood.It has been played across Ireland for decades in Irish Traditional Music ensembles and...
Tara Howley and Friends at The Doolin Folk Festival 2016 with Tara playing the Uilleann Pipes - The Irish Place

Mellow Beauty – The Uilleann Pipes

The Uilleann Pipes are widely regarded as one of the most outstanding examples of pipes worldwide.Largely because of their uniquely sweet and mellow tone,...

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