Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Video of an Irish Holiday

I love promoting Ireland as you know & today I came across a really fantastic amateur video on Vimeo, taken by Canadian, Stephen Parker.  It is one of the best amateur tourist vids I've seen of Ireland & for me, was a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

It's 20 mins long & if you're Irish & living away from home or have been on a holiday to Ireland or are about to go, then sit back & take a look at this clever piece of holiday footage. 

Click here to view --> A Fortnight Plus Half - An Ireland Adventure - By Stephen Parker

I've watched it three times already & I only found it an hour ago!

Many of the locations featured in the video are places I visited last year on my 30 days Around Ireland.  Here below are my own photos of some of those places.



Thursday, 18 July 2013

iSLE Magazine - Have You Checked It Out Yet?

My favourite magazine out of Ireland has just posted its third Issue.   Have you checked it out yet?

Again Lisa McGee, Founder & Creative Director of iSLE Magazine, has excelled in bringing to us the vibrancy of Ireland, beautifully brought to life in this colourful, easy to read quarterly lifestyle magazine.
If you're a resident of Ireland & love getting out & about discovering new places to visit, trying out Irish made products & home-grown produce, then you'll love this magazine. 
For those of us who sadly, can only dream of Ireland from afar, but hope to one day get back there, then these magazines are full of wonderful tempting treats that await us on our next visit.
There's Blogger Reviews & Book Reviews, Recipes, interesting Feature stories & much, much more.
This magazine is a page turner & the only magazine I ever read from cover to cover.  So go make yourself a cuppa, sit yourself down & check it out for yourselves:

And if you missed the first two issues, then here they are :
NB: Cover photos displayed are the property of iSLE magazine  

Monday, 15 July 2013

There's So Much To Learn About Ireland

We're now into Week 7 of the 8 Week online course on 'Exploring Irish Identity' run by Hibernia College in Dublin & I can say without a doubt that it has been a fascinating journey. 

As I've mention in a previous blog, this course is FREE & remains online until the end of August. 

Each week we have had a different aspects to explore & discuss regarding their relationship to the formation of an Irish Identity.  The 8 Sessions in the course have included:





Each has had a fascinating influence on the changing notion of the Irish Identity. 

It is not too late to sign on to the course however.  My advice if you do want to do this 8 week course in the remaining 5 - 6 weeks that it is online, would be to concentrate on watching the Course video presentations, reading the feedback provided by the participants in your forum group [an aspect of the course, I have probably learnt the most from] & then save the suggested web links & videos provided for reading or viewing at a later date if you're unable to get it all accomplished in the remaining timeframe. 

For those who join now & have plenty of time on their hands, you will be able to complete this course in the remainder of the time it is available without any problem.

There is a short multi-choice quiz at the end of each session, with all the answers having been alluded to in the video presentations provided, as well, there are 4 'Tasks' for you to complete as, when & if you want.

You're level of commitment to the course is your choice, posting course tasks [mini assignments] is optional.  There are no demands for you to complete every aspect of the course however, even at a most basic level, you will not fail to learn far more about Ireland than you know already.  That has certainly been my experience anyway.

As of this week, there are a massive 3338 students from around the world, including Ireland, who have signed up to this course - they don't call it a MOOC [Massive Online Open Course] for nothing. 

So, if you are reading this and are tempted, go on, sign up now & give it a crack, you've got nothing to lose.