The Engaging Ireland Podcast

Providing travel tips, guides to places of interest, interviews and all things Ireland – Hosted by Travis and Kathy Nelson

Ep. 21 – Tourism Ireland Interview

In this episode, we sit down to talk with Marie McKown of Tourism Ireland to discuss current issues affecting Ireland tourism, such as how the recession has affected travel to and within Ireland and how the tourism industry in the country has reacted.

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Episode 17 – Irish Fireside Interview

Liam, Corey, Kathy and Travis at Irish Fest

Liam, Corey, Kathy and Travis at Irish Fest

At the 2009 Milwaukee Irish Fest, we sat down for an interview with Liam Hughes and Corey Taratuta, the hosts of the popular Irish Fireside travel podcast.  They told us a bit about their podcast, Liam’s cottage in Ireland, their favorite places to see in Ireland, and gave us some tips for first time Irish travelers.  You can find their amazing podcast at http://irishfireside.com

You can find more information about the festival itself and our topics of conversation by checking out the following sites:

Irish Fireside – http://irishfireside.com

Milwaukee Irish Fest – http://www.irishfest.com

Liam’s Jazz CD – http://liamjazz.com

Lamplighter Studio – http://www.lamplighterstudio.com

Knockahopple Cottage – http://www.knockahopple.com

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Episode 16 – An Interview with Dr. Tim Campbell

Saint Patrick Centre (Courtesy Lancastrian)

Saint Patrick Centre (Courtesy Lancastrian)

Episode 16 ñ Interview with Dr. Tim Campbell
Dr. Campbell is the Director of the Saint Patrick Centre in Downpatrick, County Down. He was kind enough to sit down with us for a few moments during Milwaukee Irish Fest 2009, and he told us about the Centre and several of its programs, which include local outreach events and an international ambassador program.
The following information appears on the centreís website (http://www.saintpatrickcentre.com/):
The Centre is an exciting interpretative exhibition which tells the fascinating story of Ireland’s Patron Saint. Through Patrick’s own words a light is shone on the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and its development through his mission. A series of interactive displays allow visitors to explore how Patrick’s legacy developed in early Christian times and reveal the fabulous artwork and metalwork which was produced during this Golden Age. The exhibition also examines the major impact of Irish missionaries in Dark Age Europe – a legacy which remains to this day.
The Saint Patrick Centre is the only permanent exhibition in the World†dedicated to†Ireland’s Patron Saint and one of the top tourist destinations in Ireland. Situated in the heart of Saint Patrick’s Country, beside Down Cathedral and Patrick’s Grave,†we are just 2 hours north of Dublin and 40 mins south of Belfast. The Centre provides a cutting edge interactive exhibition about the life and legacy of Patrick and is a central hub on the new Saint Patrick’s Trail through Counties Armagh and Down. As a non-profit organisation we provide reconciliation†education programs to thousands of children in Northern Ireland every year as well as†running cross border and international youth programs. The Friends of Saint Patrick is a support†organisation which is growing around the World to make people aware of our work and the new Northern Ireland.
Bernd Biegeís article (and many others about travel to Ireland) on About.com can be found at http://goireland.about.com/od/countydown/gr/patrick_centre.htm.

Dr. Campbell is the Director of the Saint Patrick Centre in Downpatrick, County Down. He was kind enough to sit down with us for a few moments during Milwaukee Irish Fest 2009, and he told us about the Centre and several of its programs, which include local outreach events and an international ambassador program.

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Episode 15 – Tommy Sands Interview

Tommy, Moya and Fionán Sands (Courtesy of Ixtlan Artist's Group)

Tommy, Moya and Fionán Sands (Courtesy of Ixtlan Artist's Group)

We caught up with Tommy Sands, world-renowned singer/songwriter and social activist from County Down, at the 2009 Milwaukee Irish Fest and asked him about his musical influences, his new book The Songman: A Journey in Irish Music, and how he views the changes that have taken place in the last few decades in Northern Ireland. Continue Reading…

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Episode 14 – Fairymount Farm – John and Linda Kenny Interview

The Old Cottage at Fairymount

The Old Cottage at Fairymount

When we were planning our first trip to Ireland, we had no idea what we were doing. We were traveling with another couple and none of us had been outside of the borders of North America before. We had a lot of decisions to make. How would we decide what to see and do? Should we stay in hotels? Or B&Bs? Or should we rent a self-catering accommodation for the week? If we were to stay in a self-catering accommodation, where would we want it to be located? Continue Reading…

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