Surreal Connemara

Once Hurricane Ophelia had blown over, we packed up and left our refuge in Letterfrack for a visit to the Connemara National Park. I have never seen a landscape so surreal, in person, in all of my life.   Here, it looks like you are inside a virtual reality game. Every few miles the scene…

Hurricanes and Rainbows

In less than 3 hours you can drive completely cross-country in Ireland, but you would be foolish not to stop at the Wonderful Barn, Maynooth Town, Clonmacnoise or another historic site along the way. Renvyle We reached Galway late evening and headed north up to the Connemara Loop to spend the night in the village of…

Colcannon, Bangers, and Guinness Stew

Having just returned from Ireland, I felt it imperative to revisit a previous blog and add my hand at Guinness stew. Colcannon In honour of Saint Patrick’s Day, I made Colcannon, an Irish dish of cabbage, potatoes, and a whiskey sauce. Simple, quick, and classic comfort food that can be served as a celebratory meal…

Ireland’s Only College Town, Maynooth

Just outside of Dublin, Maynooth feels more like a suburban neighbourhood than a town of its own.  It is artful and well-designed with no pretension. You can reach Maynooth by heading west on the M4/N4/N6 Motorway route that leads cross-country from Dublin to Galway. Our intention was to snap a few photos of the Maynooth Castle…

Northern Ireland and the Real Westeros

A short trip through Northern Ireland from Belfast up to the Giant’s Causeway has many attractions along the way, many that were used as filming locations in Game of Thrones. Not being a fan, I was still just as thrilled as the next  person to visit these beautiful landmarks. I know the series’ music and…

Science, Giants, and Geology

  The highlight of our tour of Northern Ireland was visiting the World Heritage site, Giant’s Causeway. The Causeway earned this honour back in 1986, the same year the Visitor Center opened, and is one of top four greatest natural wonders of the United Kingdom.   Take a 15-minute leisurely walk through the hills before…