Exploring Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, County Galway
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Exploring Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, County Galway

Kylemore Abbey is one of the most recognized buildings in all of Ireland. This romantic castle, nestled at the base of a mountain on the edge of a glistening lake in the wilds of Connemara, brings to mind fairy tales, stories of everlasting devotion and, as with all good stories, tragedy. The story of Kylemore ticks all…

Dingle Itinerary : 2 Days in Dingle
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Dingle Itinerary : 2 Days in Dingle

One of the most common questions I receive when helping people plan their Ireland family vacations is, “We want to visit Dingle. Can we do it in a day trip from Killarney/ Adare/ Cork?” I answer honestly – yes, you can. But you will likely feel rushed, and you may have to cut short or…

Cahir Castle in Tipperary – Our Most Favorite Castle in All of Ireland
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Cahir Castle in Tipperary – Our Most Favorite Castle in All of Ireland

It’s kind of funny to me as I look back at the recommendations made in the last couple years of my Ireland travel coaching business…  I recommend Cahir Castle highly, noting that it is a favorite of ours. And yet, I’ve never written about it. Maybe I wanted to keep it as my own little…

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Stroll Through Ireland’s History at Craggaunowen

Ireland has an amazingly vast history for such a small island. Celts, Picts, Vikings, Normans, and the English all called Ireland theirs at one time or another. A stroll through Ireland’s history at Craggaunowen takes you from the late Bronze age (1200-500 BC) through the Elizabethan Period (1558-1603) in an interactive history lesson that is…

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Irish Night at Bunratty Castle – Craic for the Whole Family

Bunratty Castle is familiar to visitors to western Ireland. Located just south of the Shannon Airport, you pass the majestic castle walls on your way to Limerick and destinations south. Famous for their Medieval Banquets, which are fabulous but not a great option with young children, Bunratty Castle also offers a less expensive and livelier…

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Visiting Kilkenny Castle – Updated

Our tour with IrishTourism.com began in Kilkenny and we couldn’t leave without revisiting the castle, where quite a bit has changed since our first visit to Kilkenny Castle in 2008. The biggest change is that my children are older.  While they still loved the play area on the grounds, they also enjoyed walking the many…

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Birr Castle Demense – Ireland’s “Green Jewel”

When planning a family vacation in Ireland, most people think of the history and the landscape.  Few think of science.  Yet, that is exactly what you will find at Birr Castle Demense in County Offaly- a world of science spread across the estate of the Earls of Rosse. Visiting Birr Castle Demense Birr Castle is…