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Optional Salmon Fishing Trip Added to 2013 Tour – Glen River, Donegal

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Dan Burgoyne will lead some guests on an optional salmon fishing excursion on Day 5 of the Discover the North 2013 tour.  Fishing will be in the Glen River in County Donegal, and will occur under the guidance of Angling … Continue reading

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Beltany Stone Circle – Thin Place in Co. Donegal

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If a thin place is one where the veil between this world and the eternal world is “thin,” then Beltany Stone Circle in County Donegal ranks as one of the thinnest or most mystical sites in all of Ireland. The … Continue reading

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White Park Bay on the Antrim Coast – Where the Sand Sings

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White Park Bay sits on the Antrim Coast between Ballintoy and the Giant’s Causeway. It’s a two-mile long, crescent shaped beach with a series of dunes that run up to a chalk cliff border.  The landscape is an ancient one, … Continue reading

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Books to Read Before Travel to Ireland

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Before traveling to Ireland it’s good to have some background on the country, its landscape, its heritage and its people.  For our tours which focus on “thin places” or mystical sites, its also good to have an understanding of the … Continue reading

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St. Columba and Glencolumbkille

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Glencolumkille is a rural parish in southwest County Donegal.  It is most known for its pilgrimage that honors the patron saint and protector of Donegal, St. Columba.  There are many variations of his name (Columbkille, Colmcille).  The Pilgrimage of St. … Continue reading

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Grianán of Aileach – the Sun Palace

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Grianán of Aileach or Grianán Ailligh is a cashel on the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal. It was the royal citadel of the northern Ui Néill  (O’Neills) from the 5th to 12th century. The Cashel The cashel dates to the … Continue reading

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Ardboe – Mystical Site on Enchanted Lough Neagh

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ARDBOE or Ard Bó  – a thin place in County Tyrone. In Irish the name means Height of the Cow. The Ardboe high cross stands 18 feet high on the shores of Lough Neagh. It has 20 scenes from the … Continue reading

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In the Irish Game of Thrones – Brian Boru Won

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The story of Brian Boru, High King of Ireland, plays out like the popular HBO television series Game of Thrones. In the late tenth century, Ireland had about 500,000 inhabitants and 150 kings. It was an old land – a … Continue reading

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What is a Thin Place? Mike Croghan Answers

Mike Croghan who runs Rathcroghan Tours gave some beautiful commentary when we asked him “What is a Thin Place?” The 2:57 video below is part of that response (more to follow in another post). Rathcroghan is the ancient royal capital … Continue reading

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Boa Island and Caldragh Cemetery – the Janus Figure

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This two faced Janus figure has been watching the sun rise and set over Boa Island for several thousand years.  He’s about four feet high and is perched in a lumpy, ancient cemetery in County Fermanagh – Caldragh Cemetery. Boa … Continue reading

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