Touring Tuesdays – To Wexford by Steam!

Ireland was once cris-crossed with railway lines connecting many isolated communities around the country. At it’s height, there were over 3000 miles (5000km) of railway tracks. Sadly. railways proved expensive to run and as better roads developed, many railway lines proved unviable and were closed. This was not helped by the partition of the island, […]

Touring Tuesdays – Limerick City by Jack Fennell

Birthplace of Dumbledore (well, Richard Harris) and the childhood stomping-ground of Preacher’s Tulip O’Hare (Ruth Negga), Limerick is an ancient and storied place. The name is likely derived from one of several words or phrases meaning ‘a bare place where horses graze,’ Vikingised and Anglicised into a name shared with a well-known genre of rude […]

Touring Tuesdays: HMS Caroline by Edmond Barrett

Despite visiting Belfast every year of my childhood to see my Barrett Grandparents, until recent times, I was blissfully unaware of the existence of the Royal Navy warship, HMS Caroline. What makes this vessel worthy of interest? Her vintage. For unlike the floating computers that make up the modern navies of the world, with their […]

Touring Tuesdays: From “The Angry Shilling” to the “The Jealous Wall” by Sean Williams

A Baker’s Dozen of Ireland’s Fanciest Old Mansions Think of Ireland and “stately homes” is probably not the first phrase to come to mind. Not for me, anyway. Instead, I pictured green hills, ancient ruins, and delightful pubs. (Or was it leprechauns, musicians, and Guinness? One could make many such lists.) What tourists often forget […]