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Get to Know Ireland's Historic Dromoland Castle Hotel & Country Club

Dec 3, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Vacations in Ireland are not complete without a visit, or even better, a stay in one of the many medieval castles located around the mountains and rugged shorelines—particularly if it’s a rainy day. Dromoland Castle Hotel & Country Club in County Clare, ancestral home of the O’Brien’s, Barons of Inchiquin, offers one such opportunity. A 15-minute drive from Shannon International Airport, the property is reached along a winding, tree-lined road that bypasses a boating lake and a golf course in the grounds. The grey-stoned, gothic-style castle comes into view over the tops of several undulating hills.

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13th Century Ashford Castle: Irish Hospitality on Lake Corrib

May 8, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

A winding driveway through manicured lawns fronted by an imposing gatehouse with crenellated stone battlements—the first clues that something impressive lies beyond. But still, these elements ill-prepare one for the full splendor of the Ashford Castle, as the magnificent 13th century Irish edifice comes into view beyond the last gentle rise of land.... Read More

Waterford Castle | An Island Haven in Southeast Ireland

Dec 16, 2011  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen  |  2 Comments

Standing one evening at the water’s edge down by the harbor, watching fishermen unloading bountiful baskets of herring, there was little doubt in our minds as to what we would be selecting for breakfast next morning.... Read More

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