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Madeira: Portugal’s Wild Atlantic Garden

The Madeiran archipelago, together with those of the Canaries, Azores, and Cape Verde, comprise Macaronesia, "the Fortunate Isles", to which the gods of Greek mythology brought the heroes when their adventurous lives were over. They are volcanic in origin, their hard, basalt mountains rising above Atlantic deeps, unconnected to the European or…


Posted on January 10, 2020 at 12:46pm

Glasnevin: Ireland's National Cemetery

If this was not the highest point in Dublin, then it certainly felt like it. After climbing the 198 steps to the top of the Daniel O’Connell tower in Glasnevin cemetery, the highest round tower in Ireland, I was able to gaze over the entire city, laid out almost like a map. It stretched from the western limits, past the airport to the north, by way of the Hill of Howth, the Irish Sea and the Liffey mouth round to the Dublin mountains in the south. This amazing revelation was the culmination…


Posted on November 5, 2019 at 6:37am

Glendalough: Ireland's Valley of the Two Lakes

Toward the end of the 6th century CE, a small group of Irish monks led by Saint Kevin, who had previously lived there as a hermit, founded the Christian monastery at Glendalough, in what is now County Wicklow. The settlement grew and thrived, despite Viking raids, for the next six…


Posted on October 27, 2019 at 9:06am

Titanic Belfast, a Celebration of Triumph and Tragedy

Samson and Goliath, the huge gantry cranes of Belfast’s Harland and Wolff shipyard, still dominate the city skyline though the incessant din of heavy shipbuilding is now but a memory. The company, which once employed more than 10,000 skilled craftsmen and engineers, has contracted its workforce to around 500, and…


Posted on September 25, 2019 at 1:41pm

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