"Dunguaire Castle was not on our list of places to see; we just happened to stumble upon it on our drive from Galway to Killarney, Ireland. Finding lesser-known attractions along the journey is why we always rent a car when we vacation!"
"This picture was taken in Galway, Ireland, at dusk. If I win the lottery, I want to buy the red house."
"My wife and I were trying to avoid becoming forever lost in the maze of dirt roads, cattle paths and Gaelic road signs in County Cork, when we saw a sign directing us to a marina. As we turned down the side road to investigate, we were presented with this wonderfully picturesque image. It’s amazing what you find if you just get off the highway."
"During our June 2009 visit to Ireland, we traveled to the Dingle peninsula. Here at the western end, land and sea meet in a beautiful vista near the Blasket Islands."
"Celtic crosses at the Rock of Cashel, with Hore Abbey in the background, in County Tipperary."
"Ross Castle in Killarney National Park, Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland."
"Irish roadblock: It's lots of fun driving around the Beara Peninsula in western Ireland, but traffic is occasionally held up by slow-moving sheep..."
"This is an image from my book, A Journey into Ireland's Literary Revival, about places in Ireland that inspired great Irish writers like William Butler Yeats, Lady Augusta Gregory, John Millington Synge, and Sean O'Casey. Here is the tiny island of Inishmaan, just off the coast of Galway."
"'Most of these fences,' the tour guide told us, 'are historic landmarks, and illegal to disassemble.' This one protects the abandoned-looking home on the shores of Gaelic-speaking Connemara, Co. Galway."
"Slieve League on the northwestern coast; the second-highest cliffs in Ireland. The breathtaking view is well worth the hike to get there. You can drive, but the road is very narrow and it's really so much more enjoyable to see it while walking. Sheep dot the landscape near the cliff's edge."
"A bagpiping corps follows a kids' float in the Waterford City, Co. Waterford, St. Patrick's Day parade. While all the locals stand around clapping hands and whistling for good ol' Padraig, the town mayor provides commentary on the event over the main street's loudspeaker system (only in Ireland…)."
"Statue outside the Cobh Heritage Center, which is dedicated to the history of Irish emigration."