The construction begins!

To the fans of the EngagingIreland podcast…we know that there are a few of you out there…please be patient.  It’s September 8th and we’re beginning the update to our new hosting service, and our new WordPress blog.  Unfortunately, we had to shift the URL over to the new site before we could begin our updates.  Fortunately, we’ve been working on creating a demo website behind the scenes, so the majority of the construction should be over fairly quickly (by the evening of September 8th).  The changes to the blogpage should not negatively impact the podcast feed subscriptions in any way.

So, what can you expect on our new page?  Well, we’re glad you asked!  At the very least, the new and improved Engaging Ireland website will (eventually) contain the following

  • A much cleaner, nicer interface (with more photos, yay!)
  • A list of our most recent Twitter updates.
  • A separate photo page, with photo albums broken out by location.
  • A forum, where you can all ask questions, share stories, and talk about Ireland.
  • A separate page of travel tips.
  • More detailed lists of our favorite websites and resources for Ireland trip planning.
  • A new page for guest blogs and special features.
  • More information about us (just in case you wondered)

Now that we’ve got you interested in what you’ll see once this is all over, hopefully you’ll be able to be patient while we finish today’s construction.  When you come to this page on 9/9/09, what you see (we hope) will be an immense improvement, and extremely useful to you when you’re planning your next trip to Ireland.

Thanks!  Slan!

Travis & Kathy

Milwaukee Irish Fest

A view of the Irish Fest Cultural Village

A view of the Irish Fest Cultural Village

Hello, Everyone! Kathy here.

Milwaukee Irish Fest is barely a week gone now, but I want to get things written down before they fade from my (ever-decreasing) memory.

What a time we had at 2009 Irish Fest! We saw and did so much; yet, there was so much more we wanted to do that we just couldn’t get to. We planned to do more interviews and watch more bands and talk to more people. The truth is that, just like when you’re driving yourself around Ireland, it takes longer to get from Point A to Point B than you think it should. This is not a bad thing! We lingered over a pint here and an exhibit there. We met up with some old friends and made some new ones.

We would certainly be remiss if we didn’t thank Corey and Liam from the Irish Fireside for showing us the ropes and acting as our tour guides for the weekend. And we can’t wait to go back in 2010! (more…)

Episode 10 – Ardmore and Lismore

Lismore Castle

Lismore Castle

Ardmore is a lovely little fishing village located in west county Waterford approximately 70 kilometers SouthWest of Waterford City.  It is probably best known in the area for its beautiful beach and for its Cemetery, which houses the grave of St. Declan.  Lismore, one of the most historic towns in county Waterford, is probably best known for St. Carthage’s Cathedral and for Lismore Castle, the Irish home of the Dukes of Devonshire.  It was also once home to Sir Walter Raleigh.  In this episode, we talk about the day we spent visiting Ardmore and Lismore and discuss what there is to see and do in the area. (more…)

Galway City

Just a note to let you know that we haven’t forgotten you all! We have had very inconsistent Internet access (even in the places that claimed to have broadband, WiFi, or an Internet cafe in town).

We are taking notes and gathering information and photos to share with you, but we won’t be able to do that until as late as when we get home in June.

Stay tuned…

We’ve arrived in Ireland!

Just posting a quick note to let you all know that we’ve arrived in Ireland!. We drove quite a bit yesterday, traveling down to the ring of Hook drive, then toured Hook Head lighthouse. We’ve got some great photos of the area and audio from the guided tour there that we hope to post within a few days. We also walked around Duncannon fort and Dunbrody abbey, then took a drive through the Comeragh mountains and then back to our self-catering accommodation near Dungarvan. Our internet connections are somewhat sporadic, so our uploads of new podcasts are going to lag behind a bit, but we’ll save up anything we don’t immediately post for later shows.