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Taking a Staycation in Ireland? 4 Things to Do

The luscious natural landscapes and the warm cozy nights in quaint little pubs that Ireland has to offer make it a great place to live. Why bother blowing your budget on a package holiday overseas when you can explore the many places nearby that you may not have had a chance to visit in a
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Ireland Girls’ Getaway

FUN, SCENIC & HISTORIC IRELAND EPISODE PREVIEW: Season 6 on Family Travel with Colleen Kelly Girls’ Getaway to IRELAND During their time in Ireland, Colleen and her sister get competitive at clay shooting, learn how to harvest mussels in a stunning fjord, take a scenic bike ride around the city of Westport, listen and dance
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Family Traveling in Ireland

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The Stunning Views of the Sandhouse Hotel

Located in Donegal and surrounded by stunning beaches and rolling hills is the Sandhouse Hotel and Marine Spa. This family-run hotel aims to relax and pamper you. Choose between the beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean or the bright greens of the Irish hillside as you book a Seaview or Hillview room. Neither view will
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Experiencing True Irish Culture

To learn more about the beautiful country I was visiting, I headed to the Cnoc Suain Heritage Center to be immersed in Irish Culture. Originally farmland, founders Charlie Troy and Dearbhaill Standún restored the 17th century cottages and created the cultural center to celebrate their Irish heritage. I got a personal lesson from one of
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Our Journey Down the Wild Atlantic Way

Our trip down Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way began with a kayak ride through Galway, a harbour city located where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic Ocean. We rented open-top kayaks with Rusheen Bay Watersports, and headed out into the relatively shallow Rusheen Bay – the perfect spot for beginning kayakers like us. This was the
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Roof over our heads

Castlecourt Hotel OUR EXPERIENCE WHILE ON SET While we were shooting all over Ireland, we stayed at several different hotels and we would like to highlight them here! Castlebar Street, Westport, County Mayo, Ireland We had a lovely stay at the Castlecourt Hotel in Westport.  The rooms were comfortable, the location perfect for our needs
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Gaelic Sports in Dublin

Experience Gaelic Games OUR EXPERIENCE WHILE ON SET My cousin, Nicky English, is a well-known hurler from Tipperary, Ireland.  What is a hurler, you ask? Well, a hurler is a someone who plays the gaelic game called hurling which is one of the oldest games known in ancient Irish history. When we found out that
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Irish Fare in Dublin

The Pepper Pot OUR EXPERIENCE WHILE ON SET We had the pleasure of meeting an American mom who is now living with her family in the Dublin area. We came across Kristin Jensen through her blog, Edible Ireland,  which emphasizes the amazing food in the Emerald Isle.  Kristin was kind enough to meet me for a
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Souvenir Shopping in Westport

John O’ Brien Clothing & Accessories OUR EXPERIENCE WHILE ON SET John O’Brien’s shop is packed to the brim with yarn and gorgeous wool sweaters.  I learned that different families, or clans,  have different sweater patterns.  The Aran Sweater takes its name from the set of islands off the West coast of Ireland, not far
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Irish Food – Not Just Potatoes and Stew!

Grainne Uaile OUR EXPERIENCE WHILE ON SET Fresh ingredients, perfect pints and a welcoming atmosphere…really, we couldn’t ask for anything more! For lunch we enjoyed by far the best Irish stew I have ever had!  The seafood was straight from Clew Bay and the vegetables all locally sourced as well.  Delicious!  The atmosphere was humming…literally!
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Pubs are for the Whole Family

Nevin’s Pub OUR EXPERIENCE WHILE ON SET One of our favorite spots with our family in County Mayo is Nevin’s Pub in Mulranny. Children and adults are welcome to enjoy the atmosphere and you are sure to enjoy a pint or two!  There is a local music group called Westport Coda, that stunned the crowd
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