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Wonderful! The Cavan Burren & Keepers Arms Guesthouse

Cavan Burren; old walls & megalith The Calf House The thrill of discovering an amazing place little-known to the wider world is priceless. I Read more
Ennis, Ireland cheerful shopfronts

Tops! Ennis Town & Rowan Tree Hostel and Cafe Bar

Ennis deserves its accolade as Ireland’s friendliest town. I spent 3 days based in Ennis Read more

Bia Beag's Meet The Makers food series; Real Bread at Highbank Orchard

Irish Artisan Cheeses even a Vegan Loves!

Even a vegan loves these Irish cheeses! Irish artisan cheeses are next up in the Read more

Sadly, Vibrant Ireland is on a Temporary Go-Slow

Misty & rainy Cavan Burren Ireland Due to family illness & bereavement, and also my upcoming operation, for the past couple Read more
parade community garden float

Ireland Inspires on St Patrick’s Day

Little island, big impact, much love. Much of the world celebrates their links with Ireland Read more

Northern Lights, Tagnes, Tromso, Norwat

The Northern Lights Light Up Ireland!

Stunning! The display of the Northern Lights in Ireland 27 February 2014 was unforgettable. Here Read more

Join the Fun at the Graig Goes Wild Festival!

Graig Goes Wild! Come join in! From serene nature walks and painting in the wild, to white water Read more
Gild wearing st patricks day hat & gear ready for parade

Photos: Graiguenamanagh’s Fab St Patrick’s Day Parade

Everyone loves a parade! Here are some photos from the 2014 St Patrick’s Day parade Read more

Writing- pencil, notebook, coffee

Spring classes for Kilkenny writers- check ‘em out!

Do you live in county Kilkenny? Kilkenny County Council Arts Office & Library Service have Read more

My Top Food Tips from 2013, for Ireland and Venice

fresh breads Top tips from 2013! Give some a try in 2014 – an enjoyable type of Read more
Red wine & good times on the Venice Food Tour, with Kristina from Walks of italy

Solved! No Rip-Off Venice Food, Thanks To Walks Of Italy

In the food-heaven that is Italy, if you’re going to get a meal which leaves you Read more


Venice; Beautiful… But…Slightly Dangerous

Venice. Every time I close my eyes I see scenes from Venice. We are home Read more

London tip: see “Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life”

Lowry's painting of Piccadilly Circus The love ‘em or hate ‘em (lots of people love!) paintings by Lowry are on Read more
pompeii & h

See in London Tips: Pompeii and Herculaneum

One exhibit that is getting loads of thumbs up is Pompeii and Herculaneum at the Read more

Ice Age Art exhibition, British Museum

Top Cultural Picks; On In London Spring 2013

If you are visiting this Spring and have limited time, here are my top picks Read more