Mide (Meath): The Fifth Province of Ireland

The four provinces of Ireland: Ulster (red), Connacht (blue), Leinster (green), and Munster (yellow). The four historic provinces of Ireland are long-established entities dating back to the 1st millennium AD. Modern-day descendants of old Irish kingdoms, Ulster, Leinster, Munster and Connacht may no longer carry any administrative functions, but remain important cultural and geographic entities. As you…

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Skellig Michael

There have always been those who choose to follow their own spiritual path but removing themselves from the world entirely.The word ‘monastery’ literally translates to ‘hermit’s cell’ in Greek (monastērion, derived from monos –‘alone’).11.6 kilometres off the western coast of County Kerry, Ireland lies a rocky crag of an island that more than lives up…

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Lovely Marilyns You’ve Got There: Hill Lists in the British Isles

Peak bagging may sound like a euphemism for something else, but don’t worry, it’s actually something quite noble: the task of attempting to reach the summits of a collection of mountain peaks. Some climbers achieve great notoriety by completing one of these lists, the most famous being the ‘Seven Summits’, the highest peak of each…

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