Ireland

Ireland is our spiritual home. It’s where the Watt family descended from and its been Jess’s favorite place to escape. From the age old cobbled streets of Dublin to the Celtic-rich history of the Book of Kells and years of The Struggles, it’s a fully immersive history lesson, best told over a pint of Guinness.

Jerpoint Abbey and its many treasures

Standing strong among the emerald green fields, Jerpoint Abbey has defied time and the reformists to remain one of the best-preserved medieval abbeys in Ireland. Situated just outside of Thomastown, a cute-as-a-button mill town outside Kilkenny, Jerpoint Abbey is a pleasant surprise – especially as the other places we wanted to experience around the town are closed...

St. Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny

St. Canice’s round tower rises above downtown Kilkenny. St. Canice’s Cathedral is the birthplace of modern Kilkenny. St. Canice’s cathedral, also known as Kilkenny Cathedral dates back to the 13th century on the site of a monastery dedicated to St. Canice that stood in the 6th century. The English gothic architecture is from around the 16th century though...

Kilkenny, Ireland’s favorite medieval city

Some cities just connect with you on such a personal level that you could easily see yourself living there and Kilkenny is one of those rare gems. Kilkenny proudly celebrates its name The capital of county Kilkenny is a colorful city with an equally colorful past, yet its nickname is The Marble City due to the black limestone which has veins of fossils threading...

The Yard Café, Kilkenny

Cute as heck, with strong coffees, Kilkenny’s Yard Café is a hip little coffee shop that makes you feel right at home. We’re spoiled for choice for early-morning cafes in New York, with the city running pretty much 24-hours.  On a chilly November morning we awoke dreaming of our morning brew, this time in Kilkenny, Ireland, and quickly realized we might...

Haunted Ballyseede Castle, is an Irish castle stay to treasure

A castle stay in Ireland is one of those must-dos but when it includes dogs, like at the haunting Ballyseede Castle, it becomes an unmissable experience. We all dream of living in a castle and at Ballyseede Castle, you can experience the feeling, even if it’s only for one night. In theory, staying in castles in Ireland and Europe conjure up romantic images of...

Adare Ireland, one picturesque Irish village

It’s life’s detours that take you to the most interesting and unexpected places – like Adare Ireland. We’re not fans of motorways and turnpikes. They propel you along a homogenized path that removes you from the realities of a country, where the only taste of the place you’ll get is the microwaved chicken rolls at the gas/service station. After yet another...

Kilkenny Castle, one of Ireland’s most beautiful castles

Offering an imposing facade and prime defensive position at the highest point of the city, Kilkenny Castle is unmissable. It was constructed at this strategic fording point of the Nore River in 1193 by Richard de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, better known as Strongbow – the tasty apple cider (though that wasn’t his official title). The castle offered a strong...

Kells Ireland – an experience worth writing home about

Ancient water mills, castles, and abbeys are part of the magic of an Irish road trip – especially when you get the whole experience in one town – Kells Ireland. We had always wanted to make it to Kells but it was one of those places that were “almost close enough to Kilkenny to make it” and “no way, that’s going to take us an hour in the wrong direction”...