Star Wars’ is coming back, but should it be a welcome guest on ancient Skellig

Skellig Michael: Is 6th-century rock star selling out to a galaxy far, far away? The Force Awakens Graham Clifford PUBLISHED06/09/2015 | 02:30 SHARE ‘Star Wars’ is coming back, but should it be a welcome guest on ancient Skellig, asks our reporter. SHARE Just days old, the little bird would easily fit into the palm of my hand. Nestled between the stone walls of a monastic beehive hut, the grey, fluffy storm petrel chick is ­sheltered from the elements. In ­another corner I hear a Manx ­shearwater cooing as the winds  roll in from the Atlantic. This is Skellig Michael, monastic rock, ecological paradise and since last year, a film set. […]

Find out why Sarah Jessica Parker keeps coming back

Subscribe It sounds like a cliche, but South West Donegal is truly a hidden gem. Sarah Jessica Parker and hubbie Matthew Broderick have been coming to this unspoilt region to escape the glare of the paparazzi for over a decade – and from the minute we arrived, we could see why. From its rugged, beautiful scenery to its delicious seafood and unrivalled traditional craft fare, you’d be hard pressed to find a more magical Irish getway. Castle Murray House 3pm : Hold court at Castle Murray House Father and daughter team Martin and Marguerite Howley have run this charming little hideaway since 2002. Quaint comfortable and homely, Castle Murray House […]

Record crowds attend the Fleadh in Sligo

It was an exciting and successful weekend of competitions, concerts, céilithe and sessions as the Comhaltas 64th Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann was celebrated by an estimated 400,000 throughout Sligo. The biggest event to have ever been hosted in Sligo, organisers estimate that attendance was up 30% on the previous year. Sligo seemed to pulse with Irish rhythm and revelry as age-old traditions were celebrated by fresh generations. The Fleadh Cheoil featured a week-long festival of fun with over 250 events and in excess of 8,000 competitors taking part in the All Ireland Fleadh competitions. Sligo spared no effort ensuring an entertaining event-packed programme that brought the world’s premier festival of […]

Irish tourism set for ‘record year’ as visitor numbers surge

Overseas visitor numbers to Ireland grew by 12.1pc in the first five months of the year. The growth sets Ireland on a course for its best ever year in tourism. “If this trend continues we will be looking at a record year for overseas visitor numbers,” said Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Paschal Donohoe. Ireland is now in its fifth consecutive year of growth in visitor numbers, with the economic recovery, expanding air routes, a 9pc VAT rate for the sector and marketing initiatives like the Wild Atlantic Way and The Gathering all apparently paying dividends. 2007 was Irish tourism’s busiest year to date, with 7.7m visitors. “These are […]

Six Irish attractions have made it onto a list of the world’s top 500 must-see sights

Six Irish attractions have made it onto a list of the world’s top 500 must-see sights of all time, compiled by guidebook publisher Lonely Planet. The Cliffs of Moher are placed 378 on the list, “where Co Clare plunges off 214m-high cliffs”. The immense sea swell and craggy offshore islands attract big-wave surfers and puffins alike. “Northern Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction”, the “multimedia extravaganza” at Titanic Belfast, is the only museum on the island of Ireland to make the list, at number 424. With talking holograms, film footage, computer “fly-throughs” and rides depicting the ship’s doomed history, the museum “doesn’t feel macabre, celebrating instead the achievements of shipbuilders”. The […]

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Ireland West Private Tours are different and unique, we take you to places that are off the beaten track as well as the West’s major tourist attractions. We try to give you both a contemporary and historical flavour of the region, from sites of great historical and cultural importance, to wind swept beaches and rolling hills, to the pulsating cultural and cosmopolitan buzz of Galway City. But the choice is yours, you can pick and plan your itinerary, you can cut and change at will, or linger longer in some places. We give you time to relish the hidden Ireland, you are in complete control.

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Welcome to Ireland West Private Tours. Ireland West Private Tours is a family run business. We have over a hundred years’ experience in the hospitality industry and have always taken pride in offering a first class quality product to all our customers. Our company can offer you a truly unique holiday experience, encompassing an imaginative mixture of breathtaking scenery, relaxing exercise, local heritage, Irish culture, great food and excellent accommodation. We really care about your experience of Ireland and are absolutely dedicated to ensuring that you have a vacation you will remember. We will guarantee you a truly unique and exclusive tour of the real Ireland.