by Jessica Colley | 12.31.13 | 10:21 PM ET
Jessica Colley had attended family funerals back in the States, but none had prepared her for her first Irish burial
by Jim Benning | 06.16.10 | 10:50 AM ET
Happy Bloomsday, the day (June 16) that James Joyce immortalized in his epic novel, “Ulysses.”
If you have the evening free and are in the mood, this might be a good time to seek out a local “Ulysses” reading or related pub crawl. The L.A. Times offers up a short list of gatherings around the U.S. For more on the annual rite, check out this New York Times story.
And look at that: Even Twitter is lighting up with posts about Bloomsday.
by Rick Steves | 06.14.10 | 12:41 PM ET
On one of Ireland's national parks of traditional culture
by Doug Lansky | 05.05.10 | 10:29 AM ET
More than 2,000 travelers from 80 countries voted in the Titanic Awards survey. Here are the unlucky winners.
by Jim Benning | 04.15.10 | 11:51 AM ET
Oh Iceland. Now look at what you’ve done.
Amazingly, the closing of air space across parts of northwestern Europe due to widespread ash from a volcanic eruption in Iceland is, according to the New York Times, “among the most sweeping ever ordered in peacetime.”
by Michael Yessis | 03.17.10 | 3:44 PM ET
And it’s still one of the Seven Wonders of the Shrinking Planet.
by Larry Habegger | 01.13.10 | 12:25 PM ET
Larry Habegger rounds up global travel news
by Paul Lynch | 01.07.10 | 4:48 PM ET
Paul Lynch explores the intersection of travel and the nose
by Eva Holland | 12.01.09 | 10:27 AM ET
See, I told you Hollywood never gets tired of this story. “Leap Year” stars Amy Adams as uptight Anna, who decides to take advantage of an old Irish tradition and fly to Dublin on “Leap Day” to propose to her boyfriend. Of course, she gets sidetracked by a series of comic mishaps and a handsome European stranger—the trailer tells you the rest:
It hits theaters in January, alongside When in Rome, making it a good month for fans of the romance-in-Europe flick.
by Eva Holland | 10.08.09 | 10:57 AM ET
by Eva Holland | 07.20.09 | 10:29 AM ET
The author of “Angela’s Ashes,” the Pulitzer-winning memoir about his impoverished Irish childhood, has died at 78. The Limerick Leader looks back at McCourt’s last visit to his childhood home, when he tagged along on the “Angela’s Ashes” walking tour, while Book Bencher Cressida Leyshon remembers editing the first excerpts of the unpublished manuscript for The New Yorker.
by Michael Yessis | 06.16.09 | 3:47 PM ET
A few links from around the internet to commemorate Bloomsday:
- AFP Reports that, despite the global recession, thousands of James Joyce fans streamed into Dublin today to celebrate.
- In the Guardian, Declan Kiberd explains just why Dublin has come to embrace Bloomsday, calling Ulysses “modernism’s most sociable masterpiece.”
- Colum McCann wrote a touching piece in the New York Times about how Ulysses provided him with comfort and connection to his late grandfather.
- Of course, on Twitter you can follow @StephenDedalus and @LeopoldBloom.
by Dhani Jones | 04.20.09 | 3:07 PM ET
NFL linebacker and Renaissance man Dhani Jones hosts the new Travel Channel show, Dhani Tackles the Globe.
Like any good Renaissance man, he’s writing poems inspired by the travel experiences featured on each show.
The topic of tonight’s journey: Hurling in Ireland.
by David Farley | 03.26.09 | 4:16 PM ET
A couple decades ago, the authenticity of Irish pubs both within and outside the Emerald Isle was never questioned. Pubs abroad, one assumed, were likely started by an Irish immigrant, looking to offer homesick lads a taste of home and the wanderlust-stricken a rehashed memory of that last trip to Dublin.
Today, however, things are different. Welcome to the Irish Pub Company, which has birthed hundreds of near-identical “Irish” pubs from Shanghai to Sienna. Yes, the décor in that pub you’re nursing a Guinness in isn’t decades- or centuries-old; it wasn’t transported from a farm house or old church in County Cork. It was manufactured by a company that’s making a killing exporting Irishness.
Bill Barich’s fascinating book, A Pint of Plain, released in February, details the history, the present state and the inevitable fate of the Irish pub. Both in Ireland and abroad. Barich, an American in Ireland, travels around the isle, chatting up publicans and pub owners and discussing how modernity and globalization have led to falling attendance at Irish pubs as well as the movement to dispatch cheap prefabricated models across the planet. The only problem with Barich’s book is that you’ll start to wonder if that Guinness you’re crying into is real, too.
by Rob Verger | 03.06.09 | 12:03 PM ET
The AP reports that the head of Dublin-based Ryanair is indeed “serious about making passengers pay for the right to relieve themselves on flights—and is flush with interest in the idea of mounting credit card-operated toilets.” Charging by credit card is logistically easier than charging by coin, as had been suggested earlier, which “wouldn’t work in part because Ryanair operates heavily in areas using both the euro and British pound.”
I’ve said it before about Ryanair (when they had some not-so-nice words about bloggers) and I’ll say it again now: oy vey.
What about someone who needs to go, but doesn’t have a credit card?
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