Ireland’s Ancient East

How Cork’s Spike Island went from Ireland’s Hell to Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction

By | 2018-04-27T13:06:19+00:00 April 26th, 2018|Categories: Attractions, Ireland's Ancient East, Munster, Museums, Spike Island, Touring Ireland|Tags: , , , , , |

Of all the profound changes Cork’s Spike Island has undergone during its recorded 1,300-year history, perhaps the most significant is that all those who go there now do so willingly. For a time, it was the largest prison on earth - housing 2,300 inmates - and a venue for the most squalid, inhumane internment imaginable. Enveloped [...]

Embark on a journey through the Munster Vales – Ireland’s historic heartland

By | 2018-03-08T10:02:28+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Categories: Attractions, Touring Ireland|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

“An authentic slice of Ireland.” As sound-bites go, the people behind the Munster Vales could hardly have asked for anything better than the one provided by travel writer and broadcaster Fionn Davenport. Speaking to RTÉ Radio 1, Davenport fondly recalled his brief trek across Ireland’s newest tourism region. Encompassing Tipperary, Waterford, Limerick and Cork, the Munster [...]

Waterford could take centre stage on Ireland’s Ancient East in 2017

By | 2017-06-29T13:34:40+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Categories: Car Rental, Driving in Ireland, Ireland's Ancient East, Wild Atlantic Way|Tags: |

Since its initiation in 2014, the Wild Atlantic Way has emerged as a bona fide cultural and tourism phenomenon. The 2,500km meandering exploration of Ireland’s west coast - between Donegal and Cork - encompasses numerous sites of natural wonder, such as the Cliffs of Moher and the Skellig Islands, that were well established as tourist destinations. [...]