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Rest and Recovery in Misty Adare, and a Visit to Lough Gur

This entry is part of a series, Ireland 2009»

The past five days had been Very Hectic, so we decided to take the morning off from touring and relax a bit. We slept in, ate a late, sedate breakfast, then went for a stroll.

I had been up since the chirping birds began serenading us […]

The Long, Lovely Drive Across Southern Ireland

This entry is part of a series, Ireland 2009»

Father’s Day began early enough, with cleaning up, packing and preparing to travel again. I was extra-excited as today we would see Kilkenny, Cashel and finish in Adare, my all-time favorite Irish hamlet. (I wonder why they call it a hamlet? Not big enough to […]

Sneaking Around Dublin on the Bus

This entry is part of a series, Ireland 2009»

Yesterday’s long and satifying hours were followed by a short night of sleep in our castle. Paula Jo had big plans for us for our only full day in Dublin, so we had to get going early! Sadly, though, by the time we got dressed […]

The Irish Food Effect

I’ve been reading too much about Irish food; now I’m scared. I don’t mind the meat-and-potatoes aspect of their cuisine. No, it’s the lack of chile peppers that has me concerned.

I need to get a two-week supply of capsaicin stored in my fatty tissue muscles! I’m on my way to the store to get […]

Eating Irish: Ploughman’s Lunch

Irish agriculture has pretty much all gone mechanized these days, but for many decades the ploughman was an integral component of food production there. Probably longer than in the U.S., where we adopt new ways more quickly, and we have more social wealth to support that.

Working with a horse and plough is mighty hungry-making, […]

Book of the Month: The Irish Pub Cookbook

In honor of our impending two-week trek in Ireland, I’ve been doing some essential research. I’m already aware of some of the basics, such as the Guinness Storehouse and the Tullamore Distillery, and they’re scheduled on the tour.

But what about Irish food? And how it’s prepared? Especially in the places where I intend to […]