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Pub crawling in Killarney

Killarney is a pretty little tourist town in the southwest of Ireland. My hotel is in the town center, which is packed with small shops, restaurants and boutique hotels. On my first night in town I meet young rugby-playing raconteur … Continue reading

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Cork

On the train to Cork I sat with a retired businessman , Noel, who lost his sight seven months ago. He was travelling to the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind training center in Cork for training in how to … Continue reading

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Blame the Catholics

Reading the Irish Independent newspaper on the train from Dublin to Cork I came across an editorial by Mary Kenny captioned “Old Protestant virtues can help us through this economic crisis.” Her opening point is that successful businesses in Ireland … Continue reading

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Howth via DART

Howth (the name rhymes with oat) lies on the sea at the end of the Dublin Area Rapid Transit route. I have gotten weary of cities and museums and the weather is so good that I wanted to spend it … Continue reading

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The Trinity College Ball

Trinity College, just across from my hotel, had its Trinity Ball on Friday, featuring music on several stages. I was unaware of the event but was up early on Saturday morning and wanted to visit the campus and so had … Continue reading

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The Boat Train From London to Dublin

When we get off the ferry in Dublin a police dog gives all the passengers a sniff and James is pulled out of the queue. I’m concerned that he’s in trouble but he turns up within minutes, explaining that he likes the occasional joint and the dog must have smelled the one he enjoyed the night before in England. Continue reading

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