Tag Archives: Northern Ireland

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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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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An Ephipany in Ireland – Why do I Keep Going Back?

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Every year we travel to Ireland with a few guests and we share with them some of our favorite thin places, mystical places where the veil between the two worlds is thin.  I’ve been traveling to Ireland for the last … 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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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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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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