The Emerald Isle is everything you've imagined: green and rolling, musical and fun. Being a small island makes day trips across Ireland super easy and all corners accessible; the friendly people here make travelling a joy. Castles and ruins, prehistoric sites and lively cities interspersed between country fields and pasture. Take in the beautiful scenery and ever-changing sky by day, and local music in pubs by night, each village and landscape with its own character.
The studs of County Kildare: The Irish National Stud in County Kildare, about 45 minutes southwest of Dublin city, is a mixture of attractions each blending into the landscape with great planning and care. Some things you'd expected in such a place, but others you would not.
Whisky returns to the Emerald Island, Part III - Walsh Whiskey Distillery: The newest kid on the block opened its doors to the public on July 1, 2016. Here's how Bernard and his wife brought about this beautiful distillery on a historical estate, and what future plans they have for it.
Dublin's 1916 Easter Rising: 100 years after Dublin's uprising, read about the pivotal event that led to its eventual freedom from British rule and the formation of a republic.
Whisky returns to the Emerald Island, Part II - Kilbeggan: Over 250 years old, could this be the first? While Northern Ireland's Bushmills may be the oldest licensed whisky distillery in the world, Kilbeggan claims to be the oldest licensed pot still whisky distillery in Ireland, older than Bushmills by some accounts, disputed by others, definitely worth a visit.
Whisky returns to the Emerald Island: In the 1800s, Dublin was the world capital of whisky production. In the 1900s there were but two distilleries left on the island, but this century, Irish whisky is making a comeback. Here's what happened.
The Story of the Irish: When eight-year-old Frank Fitzpatrick was staying with his grandfather during a school holiday, he asked his Grandda why the 1916 Easter uprising was so important. Mick Smyth gave the boy a knowing look and began rearranging items on the kitchen table into a map of key rebel positions in Dublin during the week of war that started on Easter Monday.
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