Encountering the Titanic in Athlone

Passengers on the Titanic included a family headed by a single mom from Athlone.

Remembering Margaret Rice and Her Five Sons As ambivalent as I might feel about disaster tourism—is it really okay to go and look?—I am still drawn to all things Titanic. Of course, I loved the James Cameron movie, reenacted actor…

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Where to Stay in Danbury: Hotel Zero Degrees

Open space, natural lighting, a fireplace, and plenty of workspace and outlets are all part of the functional charm of Hotel Zero Degrees in Danbury, Conn. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Sustainable, Affordable, Super Cool: What’s Not to Like? Travelers with reason to visit Danbury, Conn. (right on the border of both Westchester and Putnam counties in New York) might look into a stay at Hotel Zero Degrees, which opened in…

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Finding the Oldest Bar in Ireland

A series of unfortunate events lead us to the oldest bar in Ireland, which dates to the year 900 A.D. and possibly earlier. Athlone Castle is younger. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A Visit to Sean’s Bar in Athlone A series of unfortunate events lead us to Sean’s Bar in Athlone. Driving from Galway back to Dublin but willing to take detours should we see a reason to frolic and detour, we…

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Flannery’s Hotel Offers Affordable Convenience

Need a place to stay in Galway, Ireland that is affordable, safe, clean, and convenient? Consider Flannery's Hotel. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Staying in Galway on a Budget Our stay in Galway will be a short one, so basically we want to check into a hotel that is inexpensive, safe, and clean. We get lucky and book a visit at Flannery’s Hotel,…

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Cong Beyond The Quiet Man

The Quiet Man Museum in Cong celebrates the John Wayne movie of the same name. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

If you are not into the film, should you bother visiting Cong? As robust as one’s Netflix account might be, some of us just are not big fans of The Quiet Man, the John Ford-John Wayne-Maureen O’Hara film about a…

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The Mysticism of Ross Errilly Friary

Driving from Cong to Galway, two visitors spot what looks like a castle in the distance, one that does not appear in any of their guidebooks. They decide to investigate. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Finding Ireland in a Frolic and Detour Returning to Galway from a day trip to Cong (where The Quiet Man, starring John Wayne, was filmed), we cannot help but notice in the distance what appears to be a very big…

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