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Strokestown House, Park, Gardens and Famine Museum

Strokestown house, park and famine museum is a place that we like to visit often. When guests staying in our accommodation ask for places to visit, Strokestown House is always one of the first places we suggest. Open all year round, it is a fabulous place for the...

A return to Corlea

The last time we went to the Corlea trackway centre near Kenagh in county Longford it had been closed for the season. This time, we’d checked the opening dates so wouldn’t have to endure the biting cold of this unbearably long winter for any great length of time or...

Loughs, lakes and reasons to be cheerful Part 1

It has been a long, harsh winter and I for one am glad the snow has gone so after all of that what else is there to do when the sun comes out but to take to the road and capture some of County Longford’s outdoor splendour. When we first moved to County Longford, we...

Salthill, Galway, Ireland

A great place for the whole family, couples or just to pootle by yourself. Being based near Longford, there are several places to visit, depending on how far you are prepared to travel in a day. For big summer days out, we often head for Galway city which has lots to...

On landscapes, inspiration and writing

I like to write. I’ve been writing for years but not always for my own benefit and not always by putting pen to paper. If I’m honest, it doesn’t often get past the thinking about it stage but that is where most of the pleasure comes from: the idea forged in the...

Irelands Haunted Landscapes

“My yesterday’s walk with me. They keep step, they are grey faces that peer over my shoulder.”, William Golding The haunting effect of a landscape has been described by the cultural geographers Maddern and Adey as the nagging presence of an absence, and it is perhaps...