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Every September, the delightful town of Tralee in County Kerry stages the world famous 'Rose of Tralee' festival, inspired by the lilting song of the same name, composed by William Mulchinock in the middle of the 19th century. The song itself has become an immortal part...

In contrast to the wildness of western Ireland, the Southeast is mostly low-lying and docile. Rich pastureland watered by brimming rivers extends gently to a quiet coastline of long sandy beaches, estuarine mudflats of wading birds and low cliffs fringing deep bays. Ireland's most fertile...

Patrick was brought to Ireland as a slave and taken to Antrim where he was sold to a local landowner, Meliuc, who put him to work as  a shepherd. For six long years Patrick lived upon Slemish mountain with only his sheep for company. The...

Every castle  of some kind, and the ghost of Ballygally has been around for the best part of 400 years! The popular theory is that the ghost is that of Lady Isobella Shaw, wife of Lord James Shaw. Lord Shaw wanted a son, and when...

The legend tells us that the Irish Giant Finn McCool had a rival - a Scottish giant named Benandonner. Fin McCool decided to build a causeway to Scotland so that he could challenge his adversary in battle. When the work was completed, the causeway stretched...

If you are on a tour of Ireland , and find yourself in Belfast on a Sunday , then here are a few things to consider...

The castle as we see it today dates largely from the 16th and 17th centuries.  It is possible that everything that survives was built by the MacDonnells, but we like to think that at least the outer walls with the two round towers date back...