exploring ireland

How’s the weather? Summer in Ireland

  Just about the first thing people ask me after I’ve visited Ireland is “how was the weather?” This question is usually followed by a nudge or a knowing look and the words “pretty rainy, right?”

A Day in Derry

This post is the third in a series about the author’s 2013 trip to Ireland as a recipient of a Gaeltacht Summer Award from the Ireland-United States Commission for Educational Exchange. The previous posts in this series are Donegal Diaries 1: Back to Oideas Gael!, Donegal Diaries 2: A Fortnight in Glenfin, and An Irish Odyssey: Irish in the Fair …

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Celebration of Irish summer: Part 2 with Video

Following on from our Irish summer 2013 celebration, catch a taste of our Irish summer  (because it’s running out fast!). Here’s along the Béara peninsula, sticking out into the Atlantic ocean. Warning: sheep noises 🙂

Jigs and Reels and Hornpipes, Oh My!

So you’re thinking about traveling to Ireland, and one thing you’re really looking forward to is hearing some traditional Irish music…maybe even listening in on a real Irish “trad” session! There’s only one problem…you know absolutely nothing about Irish traditional music (other than that you like it), and you’d like to learn a little bit …

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Off to Ireland!

This was NOT what I expected to wake up to when I opened my email on the morning of May 30: “30TH May 2013 Audrey, a chara, I am delighted to inform you that due to another candidate’s withdrawal the Ireland-United States Commission for Educational Exchange has decided to offer you a Gaeltacht Summer Award.” …

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