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Knowth passage tombs in Bru na Boinne, Ireland
Newgrange and Knowth are two of the main archeology sites in Bru na Boinne, or the Boyne Valley, in Ireland. This valley is located 25 miles (or 40 km) from the airport in Dublin, and is full of Stone Age artifacts and architecture. In particular, there are incredible passage tombs, which I’ve described below. For a full guide to visiting these...
The Bru na Boinne landscape and the Boyne River
One of the best things to do near Dublin is to visit the archeology sites of Bru na Boinne (aka the Brú na Bóinne World Heritage site). When my family recently flew to Ireland for a two-week vacation, we decided to drive the 25 miles (40 kilometers) there from the Dublin airport on Day 1 since we couldn’t check...
Dublin airport security and customs opener
When my family and I flew from Dublin, Ireland, to Atlanta, Georgia, in June 2017, I was really impressed by the high Dublin airport security and the thorough Customs check. In fact, I'd say it was the highest airport security I've ever experienced! What's funny is that when we first arrived at the airport on the day of our departure, we had...
Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa
If you’re looking to spoil yourself with a luxurious dose of Irish country manor house, the five-star Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa is the place to be. Located in Wicklow County, it’s an easy 15 miles (25 km) south of Dublin; 91 miles (146 km) from Kilkenny; and 112 miles (180 km) from the Rock of Cashel. I stayed at...
Rock of Cashel
The Rock of Cashel — or Carraig Phádraig — is one of Ireland’s top attractions. Located beside Cashel town, in County Tipperary on a walled plateau, it also goes by the names of Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick’s Rock. Just looking at the photo makes me want to start climbing! The Rock of Cashel is about 20 kilometers (almost 13 miles)...
Castle Kilkenny
I’ve heard so much about Kilkenny, Ireland, that we had to include it in our family’s vacation tour this spring (2017). And because I was a magazine editor-in-chief for decades, I couldn’t resist putting together this ultimate guide to Kilkenny and sharing it with you! Hopefully this guide will save you the loads of time it took me to research it....

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