The Claddagh Ring

The Claddagh Ring

We walked into Thomas Dillion’s Claddagh shop in Galway City holding our breath a tiny bit. All three of us wanted one; my mom, my cousin, and myself. We wondered if this shop was truly the original maker of the Claddagh ring … I guess you could say we were feeling skeptical, with a side […]

It’s Snowing in Ireland!

It’s Snowing in Ireland!

Storm Emma has made her way down from Siberia and is HAMMERING all of the UK and Ireland, as well as parts of Europe. Virgin snowflakes are falling upon revirginized ground and the snowfall is impacting these countries quickly. You see, it doesn’t normally snow here, so ya know, plows aren’t part of the infrastructure. […]

Stuck in the daily grind? Read this

Stuck in the daily grind? Read this

It happens. From driving to work, to appointments and meetings. From taking the kids to soccer and school and birthday parties, to all those house projects yet to be finished … it’s pretty easy to get stuck in the daily grind. Even for the things and the people we love! That’s why travel is a […]

A Secret Irish Jewel (with no name or directions)

A Secret Irish Jewel (with no name or directions)

Part of the magic of travel in Ireland for the modern person is all about getting lost. This is so you can find yourself again. What do I mean? Have you ever had something go “wrong” only to realize that whatever happened actually led you to something of great value? If my plans hadn’t gone […]

The Sheep’s Head Peninsula

The Sheep’s Head Peninsula

I walked into Peter and Amanda Clarke’s house last week on a sunny morning and as I entered their kitchen Amanda whispers, “Kat, come here…” I tiptoed over to the door she was standing in front of and looked out. There, sitting quietly, was a beautiful little fox. Red and slight and breathing lightly. We […]

West Cork Dream

West Cork Dream

Retreat to Ireland is held in the largest county in Ireland, County Cork. And it’s specifically located in an area lovingly known as “Wesht Cork” by the older farmers and country people. Acknowledged by wider Ireland as a quirky locale with a cosmopolitan mix of humanity, you can’t walk two steps without meeting a yoga […]