Category Archives: Sites on Discover the North 2014 Tour

St. Patrick’s and St. Patrick’s – Twins, Curses and Blessings in Armagh

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Coming into Armagh from the Monaghan Road one gets a dramatic view of the city skyline, especially at twilight. The view is dominated by two buildings on two hills – St. Patrick’s Cathedral and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Both are diocesan … Continue reading

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The Dark Hedges – County Antrim

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The Dark Hedges refers to an avenue of Beech trees in County Antrim. The trees are now over 200 years old and have become one of the most photographed places in all of Northern Ireland. Planted by the Stuart Family … Continue reading

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St. Patrick’s Chair – Make A Wish

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The old County Tyrone legend states that if you sit in St. Patrick’s Chair located in the Altadaven Wood, and make a wish – that wish will come true within one year. Mine did.  But I’m not telling .. because … Continue reading

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Famine Memorial in Dublin – Walking in Two Worlds

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Of all the Famine Memorials I’ve seen in Ireland, the one in Custom House Quay in Dublin’s Docklands is the most moving.  Life-size sculptures of  gaunt, listless peasants stand almost as if in slow motion … wandering down the quay. … Continue reading

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7 Sites in Northern Ireland that Feed the Soul

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I remember visiting Northern Ireland in the days when the military occupied the border equipped with machine guns and combat gear.  I loved the north just as much then as I do now that the army, barbed wire and weapons … Continue reading

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Remembering Heroes and the Children of Lir

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Lir was the Lord of the Sea, in the days of the Tuatha de Danann.  He had four children – a daughter, Fionnualla and three sons – Aodh and twins Conn and Fiachra.  His wife died when the children were … 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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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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