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Cong, Ireland is one of my favorite places in the world. It’s a dreamy fairy-tale setting with an ethereal vibe that stays with you long after you’ve departed. And though Ireland has no shortage of quaint villages, Cong is at the top of that list PLUS it has the distinction of...

Nine years ago, when I first visited Ireland we stopped in a bucolic little town called Cong, made famous by the 1950s John Wayne movie The Quiet Man. Because it was my father’s favorite, he watched it a lot. And when I was a kid we didn’t have iPads so I did too. I was instantly taken with this place and I vowed...

A family reunion was propelling the return to our ancestral homeland, but what was really burning a hole in my travel guide was a visit to the new, huge, gleaming Titanic Belfast museum. OF COURSE I will make Seamus walk across the hallowed space where Harland & Wolff’s shipyard once stood, where over three thousand...

Ireland provides a great many things for the visitor: Extreme hospitality, a convivial pub scene, verdant scenery – and the chance to relive one’s childhood fixation with disaster. The Titanic was my obsession. By the time I reached fifth grade I had done more research on the ship of dreams than James Cameron. I...