Tag Archive for Ireland

The wild beauty of Ring of Kerry on the Western coast of Ireland

At Home in County Cork, Ireland

West Cork is known, according to an article in Bon Appetit back in May 2008, as “the California of Ireland,” due in part to its striking coastline and artisan foods. Though I see a far wider range of produce in Northern California than I did throughout County Cork, it’s clear Cork leads the way in Ireland. The wealth of produce… Read more →

I could have stayed for hours listening to the traditional jam session at O'Donoghue's (see "Pubs" below)

The Enchantment of Dublin

Dublin surprises me. I expect the charm of a European city, particularly that certain appeal the Irish hold, but there’s indescribably more. Despite gray days and even incessant rain one day in Summer (plus one glorious, clear night), I fell under Dublin’s eclectic, literary spell cast by Joyce, Shaw, Yeats, and the many figures who came from or made their… Read more →

Jameson truck outside the walls of the Old Distillery

Visiting New Midleton Distillery, Home of Jameson & Many Irish Whiskies in County Cork, Ireland

Ireland is a green land of rolling hills, sheep and craggy coastline, to be sure. The people enchanted even more… a generous, welcoming, hilarious lot. One of my favorite people in recent Ireland travels was Liam O’Leary, distillery operations manager at New Midleton Distillery in County Cork, near the southern coast of Ireland. The name New Midleton may not mean … Read more →