Ireland

Pint of Guinness- Dublin's Best Pubs

The Best Pubs in Dublin – According to Locals!

By Hannah Logan - February 11, 2022
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Ireland is my home away from home and holds a special place in my heart and while Galway, which is where I lived, will always be my number 1 I do have a soft spot for Dublin as well. Yes it’s busier and more expensive but its a really great city to explore and has…

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Galway Latin Quarter

The Best Pubs in Galway: Music, Pints, and Irish Craic

By Hannah Logan - February 10, 2022
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Anyone who’s been to Ireland knows that as amazing as Dublin’s pubs may be, the real craic is in Galway. Sure, I may be biased as Galway was once a place that I called home, but I’m not alone in my thoughts. Even the locals agree that Galway’s craic is top notch, with many of…

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Ballyseede Castle Hotel, Ireland

Magical Castle Hotels in Ireland (That You Can Actually Afford!)

By Hannah Logan - February 8, 2022
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As  child I used to dream of being a princess who lived in a castle. As an adult, I’m not so interested in being a princess but my castle dreams have come true thanks to some of the magical castle hotels in Ireland. If you too had princess (or prince!) dreams growing up then I…

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Solo Travel in Ireland: Why I Love and Recommend it

By Hannah Logan - February 8, 2022
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Ireland is my favourite country. As the first place I ever visited I now consider the emerald isle to be my home away from home and have returned multiple times. With stunning scenery, friendly locals, and delicious food I think Ireland is a must-visit for anyone. But, if you don’t have any to go with-…

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Temple Bar, Dublin

Don’t Skip the Temple Bar District in Dublin

By Hannah Logan - May 22, 2018
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The smell hits me as the door shuts closed behind me. It’s a mix of spilt beer, stale cigarette smoke, and the damp scent of rain. It’s just past 7:30 am but the streets are quiet; the lingering smell of a night out the only reminder that only five hours ago, this same road was…

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Ashford Castle

Irish Fairy Tales Come to Life at Ashford Castle Estate

By Hannah Logan - May 8, 2018
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Picture this: a historic castle located in the woods beside a lake. The front of the castle has a stone bridge, spanning the rushing river below and protected by small towers. Once past the bridge, visitors are greeted by a grand entranceway, guarded on either side by statues of Irish wolfhounds. On the lakeside, there…

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Learning to Surf in Ireland

Learning to Surf in Ireland

By Hannah Logan - April 18, 2017
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The cold wind whipped the Atlantic waves into a frenzy as I watched from the safety of the shoreline. Nearly every wave was capped in white foam as they crashed against the empty beach below. I huddled further into the hood of my rain coat as I watched. Not only was the wind bound and…

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In Search of the Gift of Eloquence: The Legend of the Blarney Stone

By Hannah Logan - January 6, 2015
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Even if you don’t know much about Ireland, you have probably heard of the Blarney Stone; a stone of legend, with rumoured powers and a mysterious history. Some claim the rock to be a section of the Stone of Destiny, which was gifted to the King of Munster after he sent his men to support…

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Traditional Irish Folklore Part 1: The Legend of the Leprechaun

By Hannah Logan - September 2, 2014
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I’m a sucker for stories, especially anything to do with legends, myths, and of course, fairy tales. My love for these tales is part of why I originally wanted to go to Ireland and also part of why, after 3 months living in Galway and three visits to the Emerald Isle later, I still want…

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The story of the Irish Claddagh Ring

By Hannah Logan - February 24, 2014
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“Excuse me Miss, I saw your ring. I’ve read if it’s pointing out it means that your heart is available- are you single?” A little shocked I looked down at the offending ring on my hand. I had bought my Claddagh Ring over a year ago when I lived in Ireland, and wore it every…

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