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Travis and Kathy Nelson talk about Irish travel, history and culture...as well as their own desire to live in Ireland. If you dream of traveling to Ireland and want to make your dream a reality, this is the podcast for you! Includes tips for travel in Ireland and information about places to see. Podcasting "live" from Ireland, whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Travis and Kathy Nelson talk about Irish travel, history and culture...as well as their own desire to live in Ireland. If you dream of traveling to Ireland and want to make your dream a reality, this is the podcast for you! Includes tips for travel in Ireland and information about places to see. Podcasting "live" from Ireland, whenever the opportunity presents itself.
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Travis and Kathy Nelson talk about Irish travel, history and culture...as well as their own desire to live in Ireland. If you dream of traveling to Ireland and want to make your dream a reality, this is the podcast for you! Includes tips for travel in Ireland and information about places to see. Podcasting "live" from Ireland, whenever the opportunity presents itself.

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Episodes

Ep. 37 - The Gobbins Path

1/8/2016
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The Gobbins is a cliff-face path on IslandMagee, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, northeast of Belfast. Unlike many other costal paths that just follow close along the top of an ocean-side cliff, the Gobbins first descends down to sea level, then winds along he base of the cliff, up and down steep cut stone stairs, across bridges from sea-stack to cliff face and island to island, past caves and through a narrow tunnel. Though it was long inaccessible to the public because it fell into...

Duration:00:31:24

Ep. 36 - In The Footsteps of Patrick - Continued

3/16/2015
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In this episode, we bring you more sites associated with the Patron Saint of Ireland. Happy Saint Patrick's Day! Balintubber Abbey Website: www.ballintubberabbey.ie/ Tochar Phadraig Website: www.heritagecouncil.ie/landscape/initiatives/the-pilgrim-paths/tochar-phadraig/ The Western Way: www.irishtrails.ie/trail/western-way--gal-/37/ Christopher Sommervile Walk of the Week: www.independent.ie/life/travel/ireland/walk-of-the-week-mamean-connemara-co-galway-26574913.html Altadaven Wood:...

Duration:00:08:36

Ep. 35 - Contemporary Irish Halloween Traditions

10/30/2014
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During this, the last of our special Halloween-week episodes, we are taking a look at some contemporary ways to observe Samhain/Halloween.

Duration:00:06:10

Ep. 34 - Samhain stories of the supernatural: the Pooka and the Banshee

10/29/2014
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Our Halloween-week episodes are nearly done. In this episode, we talk about two supernatural creatures of Ireland: the Pooka and the Banshee.

Duration:00:05:53

Ep. 33 - The Legend of Stingy Jack

10/28/2014
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We've talked in a previous episode about the tradition of carving turnips to carry home an ember from the communal Samhain bonfire. But where does the term Jack o' Lantern come from? In this episode, we tell the tale of Stingy Jack.

Duration:00:04:39

Ep. 32 - Finn Mac Cumhal and the Captaincy of the Fianna

10/27/2014
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It is said that Finn Mac Cumhal fought a goblin of the fairy folk on Samhain-eve on the hill of Tara. In this special Halloween-week episode, we tell the story of Finn and how he became the captain of the Fianna of Erinn. This story is from "The High Deeds of Finn and Other Bardic Romances of Ancient Ireland", By T.W. Rolleston, Illustrated by Stephen Reid, which can be found on Project Gutenberg at www.gutenberg.org

Duration:00:07:48

Ep 31. - A History of Halloween Traditions

10/27/2014
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This is the first of a special Halloween series, where we explore the history of contemporary Halloween traditions and observances, such as bonfires, jack o'lanterns, costumes and trick or treating.

Duration:00:07:08

MiniCast - The State of the Podcast 2014

10/16/2014
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We're back! Sorry to have been gone for so long! In this small episode, we talk about what we've been up to and what our plans for new episodes. We also mention the Thin Places tours led by our friend Mindie Burgoyne. You can check out her website at http://www.thinplacestour.com/ Please follow us on FaceBook!

Duration:00:10:52

Ep. 30 - Our Irish Firsts

10/13/2012
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In this episode, we talk about a request we got from the folks over at Infinite Ireland (http://www.infiniteireland.com/), which prompted us to reminisce about all of the Irish “firsts” we experienced during our first trip to Ireland. We hope that you enjoy reliving the joys of our first days in Ireland with us! Here are some of the places we remembered from that first trip: Fairymount Farm - http://www.fairymountfarm.com/ The Rock of Cashel - http://www.cashel.ie/ Clonmacnoise -...

Duration:00:34:22

Ep. 29 - In the footsteps of Patrick

3/17/2012
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In this episode, we follow in the footsteps of Saint Patrick, paying a visit to a few of the key sights connected with Ireland’s patron saint.

Duration:00:10:12

Ep. 28 - Part 2 - Northern Ireland and Donegal Top 10

10/16/2011
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In the second part of a two part episode, we tell you about the rest of our 10 favorite places to see in Northern Ireland and Donegal.

Duration:00:35:49

Ep. 27 - Part 1 - Northern Ireland and Donegal Top 10

10/9/2011
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In this episode, we review our top 10 list of places to see in the counties of Northern Ireland and in county Donegal.

Duration:00:33:24

Ep. 26 - McPeake Interview

1/18/2011
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You can’t read a history of traditional music of Northern Ireland without coming across the McPeake name sooner or later. The McPeake family has been influencing traditional music in Ireland and around the world since the mid-1900s and continues its tradition of education and entertainment today. We had the distinct pleasure of sitting down with Frances McPeake III and Frances McPeake IV at Milwaukee Irish Fest, and they gave some insight as to what has gone into the making of this family...

Duration:00:33:22

Ep 25 - Irish Christmas Traditions

12/20/2010
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Duration:00:07:13

MiniCast - The Gathering

11/30/2010
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In this brief MiniCast, we talk about the year long promotion being spearheaded by Fáilte Ireland in 2012. This promotion, being called The Gathering, is really a series of cultural and sporting events that will take place throughout the year and is an effort by Fáilte Ireland to entice Irish people who have moved abroad and those of Irish ancestry to return to Ireland for a visit. You can read more about The Gathering on our daily blog: http://dailyblog.engagingireland.com/?p=224 Also,...

Duration:00:03:03

Ep. 24 - The Top 10 Gardens in Ireland

10/24/2010
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Ireland boasts many beautiful and interesting gardens. In this episode, we highlight a few of our favorites. It’s difficult to narrow down our list to just ten, but we have made our choices. If you have a favorite garden, please feel free to send a comment telling us about your favorite garden and why it is special to you.

Duration:00:20:30

Ep. 23 - Interview With Joe O'Flynn and Brian Bourke

10/10/2010
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We recently had the pleasure of interviewing Joe O’Flynn, owner of Rathsallagh Country House Hotel, and Brian Bourke, owner of Glenlo Abbey Hotel. Both establishments are family-owned and operated, and Joe and Brian shared with us a bit of what it has been like to operate in these difficult economic times. Not only has there been a drop in the number of visitors to Ireland, but there has also been the issue of the “zombie hotels” to contend with. Even in these trying times, however, Joe and...

Duration:00:27:23

Ep. 22 - Interview with Mags Downey Martin from the IHF

9/26/2010
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At the 2010 Milwaukee Irish Fest, Megs Downey Martin, from the Irish Hotels Federation, and the DownHill House Hotel in Ballina, County Mayo, took some time to speak with us regarding the current state of the Hotel Industry in Ireland, and what you should think about when booking a hotel or guest house for your next Irish stay. The term zombie hotel comes up briefly in the interview. Because of the increasing impact of zombie hotels in Ireland, we thought it would be a good idea to...

Duration:00:16:39

Ep. 21 - Tourism Ireland Interview

8/30/2010
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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. Links to some of the sites mentioned in the podcast: Tourism Ireland http://www.discoverireland.com/ The Characters of Ireland videos page on Discover Ireland (page was down when we posted the podcast) Blog for Discover Ireland...

Duration:00:13:53

Engaging Ireland Minicast - The State of the Podcast

8/1/2010
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On this short episode we discuss changes to our recording capabilities and our website. And we briefly review our plans to attend the 30 anniversary of Milwaukee Irish Fest. As promised in the podcast, below is a list of a few Ireland Discussion Forums (in no particular order): Ireland Yes – Michelle Erdvig http://ireland.activeboard.com/forum.spark?aBID=65127 Ireland Expert - Pat Preston http://www.irelandexpertpatpreston.activeboard.com/forum.spark?forumID=104667 Trip...

Duration:00:04:19