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Musings, ramblings and thought provoking articles from our team of talented writers - all views expressed are their own!

Seven Secret Wonders Hidden Away in the Irish Midlands

Fore lies some distance from the town of Mullingar, close to the larger village of Castlepollard in County Westmeath.  It’s a part of the country that tourists tend to speed through, but it’s ideal for those who want a quieter, more serene glimpse of real life in rural Ireland.  The ruined Benedictine monastery once housed […]

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Wish You Were Here? An Irish Christmas Primer

Do you ever dream of spending Christmas in Ireland, not in a hotel but with family having a really traditional Irish Christmas?  Maybe the details are a bit hazy.  What exactly would you be doing?  Remember, unlike the some places where Christmas is only one day, in Ireland it is really three – Christmas Eve, […]

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The Irish Christmas Candle Tradition

Irish Christmas decorations are similar to those in the USA, but not exactly the same.  While some enjoy the lights around the window, most houses seem to prefer a few larger light-up decorations.  Signs pleading ‘Santa please stop here!’ and images of the jolly man himself are always popular, but one image stands out for […]

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Can Even Santa Claim Irish Roots?

Across Ireland, towns and villages are starting to get into gear for Christmas.  Streets are being festooned with garlands of lights, but of course it is too soon to turn them on.  Christmas puddings are mostly made by now and waiting for the big day.  Christmas craft market organizers are frantically doing their last minute […]

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