Wichita to Ireland ... Sing hallelujah!                             Our Pictures

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Thoughts from the Emerald Isles

City Links

Dublin Tourist Links

Limerick Tourist Links

Limerick City, County Limerick in the province of Munster

Tourist attractions in the city centre include

Galway Tourist Links

Waterford Tourist Links

Claddagh Ring
      story & links...

Republic of Ireland

The Republic of Ireland is divided into 30 administrative regions, mostly tied to the 26 constituent counties (county Tipperary is divided in two and county Dublin in four). Each region has a directly elected Council which is responsible for many of the issues of local government. These 30 divisions are shown on the map on the left, with the numbers given in the key below. The counties themselves were laid out several centuries ago by English settlers, and have survived largely unchanged since then.

Where is County .....? Check the numbered area with the list below to find the name of the county-area. This is one way to compare local attractions and geographic locations, to coordinate with our planned singers' tour!

1 Carlow   16 Longford
2 Cavan   17 Louth
3 Clare   18 Mayo
4 Cork   19 Meath
5 Donegal   20 Monaghan
6 Dublin Corporation   21 Offaly
7 Dun Laoghaire & Rathdown   22 Roscommon
8 Fingal   23 Sligo
9 Galway   24 South Dublin
10 Kerry   25 Tipperary North
11 Kildare   26 Tipperary South
12 Kilkenny   27 Waterford
13 Laois   28 Westmeath
14 Leitrim   29 Wexford
15 Limerick   30 Wicklow

Claddagh Ring

Claddagh Ring — Symbol of Love, Friendship and Loyalty, the Story...
[Pronounced? ... Clad-daw -or- Clad-ah -or- Clod-uh.]

An icon of Irish culture, the Claddagh ring design is attributed to the anient Claddagh fishing village. The Claddagh ring symbolizes friendship, love and loyalty which, according to legend, originated in the 17th century. The ring includes a cluster of symbols: hands for friendship, a heart for love, and a crown for loyalty.
        The Claddagh, said to be the oldest fishing village in Ireland, was situated just outside the walls of the city of Galway overlooking Galway Bay. The name came from the Irish word 'cladach, which means stony shore.' Over time as the walls came down and Galway grew into the modern yet charmingly picturesque city that it is today, this ancient village grew and merged with the rest of the town. Though even to this day just over the Wolfe Tone Bridge at the mouth of the Claddagh Quay, there are a handful of houses proudly bearing the Claddagh insignia.

Wikipedia article on the Claddagh Ring

Dublin Viking Adventure

Visitors travel through time at
Dublin's Viking Adventure which is an interactive experience of life in Viking Dublin. The Norse guide takes you on a journey to Viking Dublin. Walk the narrow streets of the Viking town of Dyflin. The Viking adventure also has a collection of artefacts discovered during the excavation of the site.

Ireland Photo Library

Photo Gallery - Ireland

Dive Irish Isles

National Geographic feature article

Underwater Ireland in a dry suit

National Museum of Ireland — Dublin

National Museum of Ireland — Dublin

Finding the National Museum of Ireland
Email: marketing@museum.ie

Bunratty Castle

Bunratty Castle Folk Park

A Celtic Journey

A Celtic Journey is the theme for your adventure through time., The story brings you into the magic and mystery of the Prehistoric, Celtic, Viking, Anglo-Norman and Native Irish Ancestries. Check out Shannon Heritage attractions.

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Ciorcal Oidhreachta an Chláir — Clare Heritage Circle

Clare Heritage Circle Page

monastic site of Holy Island (Inis Cealtra) on Lough Derg

virtual reality cliff-face adventure

interpretaive center

Cliffs of Moher at Burren Page Cliffs of Moher, Doolin Co. Clare, West Ireland

Archaeological Stone Sites

Drombeg Stone Circle

Drombeg Stone Circle- bronze age Ireland, County CORK (Skibbereen/Glandore), — similar to deposits at the Scottish recumbent circle of Loanhead of Daviot.


A dolmen is a megalithic tomb with a large, flat stone laid on upright ones, called a 'portal tomb' dating to 2500-2000 BC. There are said to be 366 in Ireland, and are linked to the legend of Diarmuid and Gráinne. See Diarmuid and Gráinne's Bed.

Kenmare Stone Circle

The Kenmare Stone Circle of County Kerry, locally known as 'The Shruberries', is composed of 15 heavy boulders and may be the largest in SW Ireland.

Creevykeel Court-Tomb

Creevykeel Court-Tomb County Sligo,
"massively impressive monument today after restoration ..."

Irish Gaelic Language

Irish is known as Irish, Gaelic or Irish Gaelic in English. The official standard name in Irish is Gaeilge /'geɪlɪk/. Before the 1948 spelling reform, this was spelled Gaedhilge. In Middle Irish the name was spelled Gaoidhealg, and it was Goídelc in Old Irish.

The 9th and 10th century Viking invasions of Ireland lead to the destruction of many early manuscripts, so most surviving manuscripts were written later.

Irish Writing from omniglot.com

BlarneyStone — Stone of Eloquence

For over a century visitors to Blarney Castle have participated in this ritual. No one really knows who started the tradition of kissing the stone but some say the Blarney stone is a piece of the Stone of Scone, the rock used to crown Scottish Kings. Near Limerick ....official site: Some say it was Jacob’s Pillow, brought to Ireland by the prophet Jeremiah. Here it became the Lia Fail or ‘Fatal Stone’, used as an oracular throne of Irish kings – a kind of Harry Potter-like ‘sorting hat’ for kings. It was also said to be the deathbed pillow of St Columba on the island of Iona. Legend says it was then removed to mainland Scotland, where it served as the prophetic power of royal succession, the Stone of Destiny.

Others say it may be a stone brought back to Ireland from the Crusades – the ‘Stone of Ezel’ behind which David hid on Jonathan’s advice when he fled from his enemy, Saul. A few claim it was the stone that gushed water when struck by Moses.

Whatever the truth of its origin, we believe a witch saved from drowning revealed its power to the MacCarthys. Visit:
Blarney Castle official site

Colleges, Institutes, Universities

University of Dublin, Trinity College

National University of Ireland, Galway

Limerick Institute of Technolofy

Waterford Institute of Technology

Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology

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