Book of Kells,Trinity College, Dublin.

One summer a few years ago I stayed in student rooms in Trinity College. Although the accommodation was rather spartan with the traditional blue tack scars on the walls, it was so atmospheric to be able to wander around the old buildings of the Dublin university long after all the tourists had gone. Best of […]

Achill Island, County Mayo.

Location: Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland. Photo and caption by Glen McClure / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. See more great pics via 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, Part II – In Focus – The Atlantic.

The Wall Murals of Conor Harrington.

Conor Harrington is a street/graffiti/figurative/painter based out of Cork, Ireland. “A painter first and foremost. If you asked me that 10 years ago I would have said a graffiti writer but now as I get older I’m trying to shake off all those labels. It’s a strange position for a lot of us these days. […]

Badass Connery In Zardoz a Must-See Cult Classic, 1974.

The Badass Sean Connery In Zardoz, The Most Insane Must-See Cult Classic “John Boorman’s Zardoz is a genuinely quirky movie, a trip into a future that seems ruled by perpetually stoned set decorators.” It’s set in a post-apocalyptic Ireland. And to go there is either a guilty pleasure or a mistake. As Mark Kermode puts […]

Crannogs, Artificial Islands built by Neolithic people.

The Neolithic people of Great Britain were prolific builders. Just look at the British Isles—they are studded with countless ancient megaliths, hill forts, monumental graves, ritual sites and structures that archeologists have been collectively scratching their heads over for centuries. In Ireland and to some extant, in Scotland, a wholly different kind of structure is […]

Darth Vader appears in Ireland.

Portmagee, Ireland John O’Dwyer, a member of the costuming club 501st Legion Garrison Ireland, dressed as Darth Vader, looks out towards Skellig. The small County Kerry fishing village of Portmagee hosted the Star Wars festival for the second year running. Image Credit: Photograph by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images Source: The 20 photographs of the week | […]

Fantasies of the future – Wellcome Collection.

In this dramatic Victorian prediction, politics is centre-stage: Ireland has been brought to her knees before Britannia. This seems less a prediction than a reference to the potato famine from the 1840s that had devastated Ireland. Other doom-and-gloom forecasted included shipwrecks and war. Source: Fantasies of the future | Wellcome Collection

Deserted House in Castlecove.

Ireland is full of abandoned, weatherbeaten homes. This one is in Castlecove, a few miles north of where we stayed during our vacation. The yard is wildly overgrown, but I hacked my way in to take a peek. If I had taken this picture at dusk instead of dawn—and perhaps underexposed it instead of deliberately […]

Ireland’s Oldest Pub. circa 900.

Sean’s Bar, Ireland’s Oldest Pub I visited more than 50 pubs around Ireland over the eight weeks my wife and I toured the country in the summers of 1997 and 1998. I don’t recall being in any pub that had a selection of more than five beers: Guinness, Smithwick’s, Carlsberg, Kilkenny, Budweiser or Coors, and […]