Ireland Archive

Ireland’s Hill of Tara

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Ireland’s Hill of Tara. For the life of me, I don’t know where I first heard about it. It could have been mentioned in a book or covered in a documentary. All I know is that while visiting Dublin, I wanted to learn more. What better place to start than a museum

Drawn to the Burren

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP What’s in a name? Why do some place names call so loud and so far that you just have to get there? Why does the Burren resonate in my soul? Stone Legacy The Burren takes its name from the Irish word ‘bhoireann’. It literally means “a rocky place.” Approximately 260 square

Towers and Forts: An Irish Treasure Hunt

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP We often travel a route with the map in hand and randomly choose short historic side trips to investigate while on the way to our actual destination. Sometimes, it’s a wild goose chase. Other times, it’s a treasure hunt that leads to such beauties as the Ring of Kerry’s Staigue Fort

Ireland’s Skellig Michael: A Storied Past

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Somewhere between the 6th and 8th centuries, a group of monks sought an isolated locale to practice their religion. They found Skellig Michael. Skellig come from Sceillic, which means steep rock. Over the next 500 years these Christian monks would develop a precipitous monastic complex that boggles the mind. Perched on a

Ireland’s Trim Castle

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Trim – the word sounds precise, with little excess. Trim Castle – on the River Boyne – is just the opposite. It is the largest Normandy castle in Ireland. Historic stone structures always draw my attention and Trim was no exception. We had to stop and take a look. Arriving too late in the

Getting to Know Guinness: Going to the Source in Dublin, Ireland

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP You can’t go to Dublin and not have a pint of Guinness. It would be like going to Italy and not eating pasta or visiting California’s Napa Valley and not having a sip of wine. St. Jame’s Gate I decided my first taste of the dark brew should be as close to the

The Stone Circles of Cork & Kerry, Ireland

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Think Celtic stone circle and what comes to mind? Most likely it’s Stonehenge – the granddaddy of all stone circles. Rings of standing stones are more common in the land of the Celts than you’d think. There are somewhere in the neighbourhood of 235 stone circles in Ireland. Almost half of these

Ireland’s Brú na Bóinne

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP It  means the palace or the mansion of the Boyne – and Brú na Bóinne is an Irish treasure. What’s in a Name? Brú na Bóinne is the Gaelic name given to an area in Ireland dominated by three immense prehistoric passage tombs – Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. Behind the Stones