During my visit to Galway City, Ireland I experienced a sensory explosion of beautiful, fresh, locally sourced foods. From handmade chocolates, dairy farm cheeses, olives, fresh salmon, Atlantic Ocean seaweed, artichokes, freshly baked breads, homemade jams, local meats to farm fresh vegetables, the food was a culinary feast. In fact, throughout my two week visit to Ireland, I consistently enjoyed fresh, locally sourced food that was delicious. So on your next visit to Ireland, venture out and enjoy the gourmet abundance of fresh, locally sourced foods.
In 2011, I visited the West coast of Ireland for the first time. I was awestruck by the enchanting scenery of ancient stone walls, Norman castles, and miles of unspoiled landscapes. Below are canvas wrap photos of some of my favorite places.
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January 28th marks the 150 anniversary of the great Irish poet William Butler Yeats. Featured are photograph’ s I took of Thoor Ballylee – W.B. Yeats summer home in the town of Gort, Co. Galway, Ireland. Yeats lived here in the 1920’s.
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1. See gorgeous landscapes
2. Tour Kylemore Abby- a Gothic Revival castle turned abbey for the Benedictine nuns
3. Meet friendly Irishmen
4. Visit ancient burial grounds and see lots of Celtic crosses
5. Visit W.B. Yeats summer home “Thoor Ballylee”
6. Visit Coole Park, the home of Lady Gregory who was good friends with W.P. Yeats
7. Attend the world famous oyster festival at Morans Oyster Cottage in September of each year and enjoy authentic Paddy Old Irish Whisky
8. See Irish family farms that date back generations
9. Be greeted by friendly horses on family farms
10. See medieval Norman castles
11. Say a prayer at St. Coleman’s well, located on the Fahey family farm in Gort, Co.’ Galway
12. Receive a true Irish blessing
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How to Make Authentic Irish Coffee
This recipe is from my husband Michael Fahey who is from Galway, Ireland. Slainte.
Irish Coffee glasses, good strong coffee, brown sugar, real Irish Whiskey (I recommend Paddy’s Whiskey), and real double cream (you can substitute with real heavy cream and whip it but avoid using artificial whip cream).
- Fill the glasses with hot water and let stand for a couple of minutes to preheat the glasses
- Discard the water and add two or three teaspoons of brown sugar to each glass
- Add a generous shot of Irish Whiskey – I recommend Paddy’s Whiskey
- Add freshly brewed strong coffee and stir
- Pour a thick layer of cream on top
- Do not stir the cream into the coffee
- Sip and allow the spiked coffee to seep through the cream and enjoy!
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