Ireland

By Patrick McCarthy Photos by Mark McCall It must be said, it was a rough crossing. Enormous waves edged with white foam-like giant meringues spotted through the cabin’s porthole. There was a temptation, in spite of the turbulence, to kill the lights and stare transfixed at the giant swells and

By Everett Potter Pining for the emerald green island of the shamrock and a freshly pulled pint of Guinness? In the time of coronavirus, traveling to Ireland is not possible for a while. But a virtual trip to the auld sod via a great Irish movie is as easy as

This promises to be a very quiet St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland and elsewhere, so a bit of armchair travel is in order. Here’s a look at a special corner of Ireland through the lens of Colleen Duffley, an American photographer with a passion for the country.  In this selection

  By Everett Potter For a small country, Ireland has a remarkable wealth of dramatic sites, hidden corners, and amazing discoveries. The problem is that left to your own devices in a rental car, a GPS and an itinerary on your iPad, you’ll have a great time but you’ll only

By Everett Potter What is the best hotel in Dublin? There’s little doubt that it’s The Merrion, which occupies a row of four understated 18th century Georgian townhouses on a quiet street close to St. Stephen’s Green. The brass signage is so discreet that you might mistake it for that

By Everett Potter St Patrick’s Day is on the horizon, reason enough to begin contemplating a getaway to Ireland. For anyone seeking the perfect lodging, the country has plenty of five star places with baronial fireplaces, silver service dinners and loads of fellow Americans in yellow golf sweaters colonizing the

By Everett Potter I’ve stayed in castles, country homes and luxury lodges all over Ireland, but I’ve never encountered a place quite like Ballilogue.  Located in a rural setting outside the town of Kilkenny in southeastern Ireland, it’s a former hamlet that’s been transformed into a collection homes, reimagined and

By Geri Bain   Turning a bend, we emerged from a stretch of forest to catch our first glimpse of Dromoland Castle, its stone turrets and towers reflected in the gracious estate’s lake. The romantic exterior was matched by an equally regal interior.   We stepped into an antiqued-filled lobby,

By Larry Olmsted It’s been nearly 800 years since the first iteration of Ashford Castle was built in 1228. Renovated and expanded countless times over the centuries, for most of recent history, the one-time fortress has best been known as one of Europe’s most romantic and luxurious resorts. Last week