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Four Best of Connaught
Cromwell's 'to hell or Connaught' quote is overly harsh on what I consider some of the loveliest landscape in Ireland. And the people are really friendly, too! Here's my four 'besht of the wesht.'

Four Best of Ulster
While the six counties of Northern Ireland were part of the ancient kingdom of Ulster, these days Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan are the Ulster counties in the Republic of Ireland. Here are my four favorites from these three.

Four of Best of Munster
In the second of the series looking at Ireland's ancient kingdoms to delineate regions, we look southward to Munster, which includes the Republic's two other large cities - Cork and Limerick.

Generosity Is a Way of Irish Life
According to the Charities Aid Foundation, Ireland has featured in the top ten most generous countries in the world since 2010. This was despite, or perhaps even because, of the economic austerity measures and recession.

Halloween Barm Brack
Barm brack, a sweet fruity yeast bread, is a traditional food in Ireland at Halloween. Enjoy it with a cup of tea, or as toast, or just plain.

How to Find a Fairy in Ireland
Fairies do not always come in the form of leprechauns. These earth elementals can be spotted in places of outstanding natural beauty. But be aware that now you see them, now you don't! They take a dim view of trespassers as well, nor do they lodge deeds of ownership with the Irish Land Registry.

Ireland's Lake District
Ireland's lake offer sporting opportunities and scenic beauty to 'just' revel in whether you are on a boat or ashore. But two counties vie for consideration as Ireland's Lakeland. It's a close tie with Fermanagh and Cavan.

Ireland's Last Witch
Technically, Biddy Early is not Ireland's last witch. But she is certainly the last person threatened with prosecution under witchcraft laws. Ireland's last witchcraft trial was held in Ennis, Co. Clare in 1865. Local 'cunning woman' Biddy Early was in the dock.

Ireland's Megaliths
Most regions in Ireland have some examples of megalith. No trip to Ireland is complete without visiting these huge rocks that have so much mysterious, soulful energy. Megalithic tombs come in many shapes and sizes from majestic passage tombs to hilltop cairns or a dolmen in cow field.

Ireland's Woman Presidents
The two Marys - Robinson and McAleese - ushered in Ireland's transition to a truly modern country. Both these past Presidents continue to influence at home and abroad for reform.

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