When most people think of Ireland, they think of rolling green vistas, cozy Irish pubs and of course castles! Today, thousands of these formidable structures dot the landscape, offering us a magnificent window into Ireland’s past. Since the turn of the last century, many of these beautiful buildings have been converted into hotels or bed and breakfasts. Offering a range of accommodation options, Irish Castle Stays are wonderful way to immerse oneself in Ireland’s history. With a variety of options that range from luxury vacations to quiet country retreats, who wouldn’t want to spend a night in a castle?
Newspapers are an excellent and, in many cases, overlooked resource that can offer a wealth of genealogical information. From in-depth, cited family histories to local histories, business directories, biographies and more, periodicals can add new levels of detail to your family history research.
Located in Ireland’s Boyne Valley, Newgrange is a neolithic passage tomb that was constructed to align with the rising sun of the winter solstice. The Boyne Valley has a high concentration of prehistoric tombs and Newgrange is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Brú na Bóinne. Newgrange is Ireland’s most famous prehistoric monument. It was built by a community of farmers and astronomers approximately 5,200 years ago. The Newgrange passage tomb is one of the earliest and greatest feats of solar alignment, built 1000 years before Stonehenge. It is a majestic site to celebrate the winter solstice in Ireland.
Although Irish migration began in the 1700’s and has maintained a steady flow throughout the centuries, it was Great Irish Famine of the nineteenth century that triggered one of the greatest population displacements of modern times. In this second of our series on the Great Famine, we examine the perilous journey the Irish took to the New World. We hope this will provide a better understanding of the lives of your ancestors and will inform your future heritage travel.
To celebrate National Book Lovers Day, the Wandering Gaels are sharing their favourite travel and heritage books. We hope our picks will inspire you, motivate you and take you on a new journey!
Ireland has a long and bloody history, that has left behind restless spirits and spine tingling tales. From old castles to battle fields and jails, these spots around Ireland hold many secrets and some unwanted guests… Tour with us what we believe are Ireland’s most haunted places this Halloween.