A Bere Island Retreat into the Spiritual Sublime

The New York City Museum of Moving Images currently features an emotion-simulating piece of artwork that at first appears static, yet changes to reflect the expressions of the onlooker (Exhibitions). On the wall it hangs. A representation of Caspar David Friedrich’s painting The Wanderer. A viewer stands from a distance, with his face to a […]

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The Itinerant Irish–Macweeney’s story of the Irish at Large

Irish travelers, also referred to as tinkers or gypsies, are said to have broken off from the “settled” Irish about a thousand years ago. They have a long history as craftsmen and tradespeople. As one source notes, “the sound of a hammer hitting an anvil,” warranted them the nickname of “tinkers” (Rock, Lauren).   The […]

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Near the heart of Ireland–Athlone and Beyond

In leaving Ireland, I remember a song I heard on RTÉ radio a few days before returning to the United States. Its lyrics went: I left my heart in Athlon, my heart is an empty stone.” Still, I think of those lyrics today and envision the images of the place that captivated me as a stranger to the land. There is a […]

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Saint Patrick and the Ridding of the Snake

To some, Saint Patrick and the myth of riding Ireland of snakes is an allegory where the snake represents evil and Christianity is the cure—the eradicator—to that evil. Yet, others trust the geography of the island in answering the no snake question. Before the Emerald Island was an island, it was covered by ice. According […]

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How to Find the Best Hiking Trails in Ireland

Ireland is world-renowned for its unique and exquisite beauty, and this natural splendor is often best appreciated up close and personal. If you’re into outdoor activities and you want to experience the Emerald Isle from a more personal vantage point, hiking through the country may be a great vacation idea for you. Ireland’s many top-notch […]

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