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Kinsale: Jewel of Ireland's South Coast

With its deep water harbour and a population of a bit over 5,200, the town of Kinsale in County Cork has been an important sea port for more than 1,500 years. St Multose founded a monastery here in the 6th century, and the early Celtic settlement that grew up around the estuary was later supplanted by a Viking trading post. The Normans…


Posted on March 17, 2020 at 12:06pm

Contrasts in Australia's Red Desert

When the car’s front tyre burst, I thought events could get no worse.

Things had looked ominous as our plane landed at Alice Springs, and we were handed umbrellas for the short walk to the terminal building. We had arrived at the driest part of the continent and it was pouring with rain. The problem was that three tropical…


Posted on March 2, 2020 at 12:09pm

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

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