Staying on a sheep farm in County Tipperary, Ireland

We love our visits to grand and gracious Dualla House just outside of Cashel, Tipperary, Ireland because it means we get to see working sheep dogs herding the thousand or so sheep which graze on green pastures around the grand Georgian farmhouse where we sleep. Mairead and Martin Power are the most accommodating of hosts. […]

Trinity College Dublin Guided Tours Great Way to Experience History

Downtown Dublin’s Trinity College campus sprawls over more than 44 acres of prime real estate. But, the casual visitor only sees about twenty square feet of this space, and that is what is surrounding the famous “Book of Kells,” kept in the campus library near the main entrance just off of Grafton Street. When entering […]

Welcome new arrivals to Ireland

Jim and Betsy Cooke arrived in Dublin on October 8 to begin their 8-day tour in Ireland with European Focus. This is Jim and Betsy’s second tour with us since their first in the fall of 2008, which took place in Germany. After their early arrival at Dublin’s International Airport, the morning was spent on […]

Moneygall, Ireland Obama Ancestral Home in County Offaly

President Barack Obama has Irish roots on his mother’s side. The hamlet of Moneygall, about 125 kilometers to the southwest of Dublin is where the 44th president’s great-great-great grandfather Joseph Kearney lived before emigrating to America. European Focus owner James Derheim visited Moneygall on September 1 and found the village still basking in the glow […]

Ireland’s Pubs Face Big Challenge Starting in October

Starting soon, empty pubs all across Ireland. Why? Because of Ireland’s newest “get tougher” stance on drinking and driving. Starting on October 1, it will now be illegal to have even one pint before getting behind the wheel. This will certainly be the death of many a village pub, which are reliant on the farmer […]

Shelburne Lodge in Kenmare County Kerry Best Bed and Breakfast

The best bed and breakfast in Kenmare, County Kerry, Ireland by far is the beautiful Shelburne Lodge run by Tom and Maura Foley and their family and team. We’ve been staying here with our clients since 2001 and the Shelburne Lodge has become our home away from home in Ireland. You’re greeting warmly when you […]

Roadside color in County Kerry, Ireland

Postcard from Ireland

A photographer’s dream, that’s Ireland. This view is on the end of the Beara Peninsula near Allihies.