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 […]

Touring Tuesdays: Biking in The Bog

This week Nigel Quinlan takes us to Lough Boora Discovery Park in Co Offaly. Lough Boora Discovery Park is way out in the middle of nowhere, which is where the best bits of Ireland can often be found. It’s a cutaway raised bog in County Offaly, somewhere between Birr and Tullamore, and can be reached by […]