Dingle Photo Walk

The Dingle Peninsula is one of several peninsulas in South West Ireland. Each one is memorable for different reasons - Beara for its winding passes and clusters of standing stones, the Ring of Kerry


Hazel Mountain Chocolate: Yield to Temptation

The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it... I have seen that Oscar Wilde quote scrawled across pub and cafe walls all over Ireland. I suppose it's good for business; if you're trying to decide between one more pint

The Beara Peninsula: Secrets I Should Keep

I shouldn't tell you any of this. If word gets out about how unbelievably cool the Beara Peninsula is, then everyone will go there. The roads will become clogged with buses and nervous tourists driving on the left for the first time, and I can't have that. I like the quiet of the Beara Peninsuala, how I can …

Around Inishmore on a Bicycle

[1/29/19 Note: Upon transferring this blog post to Jolene's Life in Focus, some of the pictures and maps disappeared. I'm in the process of fixing this.]  My Aran Islands adventure began aboard the Happy Hooker last week. (I know what you’re thinking, but the Happy Hooker derives its name from the red-sailed Galway Hooker, a …

Strawberry Field Forever: My Love Affair with a Pancake Cottage

The affair began innocently enough. One evening, about a week ago, I was driving from Killarney back to Sneem via Moll's Gap when I decided to pull over and watch the sunset. Clouds rolled over the sandstone mountains, gathering color from the horizon and red earth. Two black lambs grazed next to their mother on the craggy hillside …

Three Random Things About Lough Tay

If you have the good fortune of driving through the Sally Gap in County Wicklow one day (and surviving), you'll see Lough Tay. It's a lake the color of freshly poured Guinness, pooled in a deep fissure of earth between mountains Djouce and Luggala. You'll want to pull off the R759 or pause at a …

Adoration of Dora

First-time director Shu-Ling Hergenhahn-Zhao recently transformed Cass Murphy into a Picasso painting for Lojo Simon's play, Adoration of Dora. AOD is a surreal exploration of the life and work of Dora Maar, photographer, artist, and muse to Pablo Picasso in 1930s Paris, starring an all female cast.  

Portmagee Panorama

Isn't it about time you visited Ireland? Come on! Book that ticket. Rent a car. Circle the Iveragh Peninsula and summit the fog-covered mountains that fall into a sloping patchwork of green fields. Stop in Portmagee and order a pint at the Bridge Bar. Make a few new friends as traditional, Irish music pulses through …