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An illustrated talk presented by tour guide / author Monica Crofton and photographer / author John Ironside on the hidden and un-noticed beauty of Wexford town from a different perspective.


The Burren in North County Clare is a limestone wilderness with green grasslands interspersed and divided by a latticework of amazing dry stone walls. Neolithic Dolmens, burial tombs of the wealthy, once covered with soil and now laid bare as the ice movements across the land cleared away the soil now stand as mysterious monuments to the past inhabitants of this region.

Wexford's Food Festival 2015

This “Wexford Food Festival” provides a platform for local farmers and food producers to showcase their products and allow the public to sample the quality first hand.

Tory Island, a stark, beautiful, weather beaten silver landscape

This silver landscape of barred rock stripped by the high winds and harsh weather, enhanced by the continuing changes of patterns of light piercing through the clouds of graduated grays, blues and yellows and emerald colour of the Atlantic seas produce an ever changing kaleidoscope with a stark beauty and a great sense of peace

The Vikings in Waterford for the Winterval Christmas Festival

The Vikings of Waterford were out in strength on Sunday when I visited the Winterval Christmas Festival. The Vikings have set up their village in the ruins of the 13th Century Greyfriar’s church in the heart of the Viking Triangle on the eastern side of Waterford City.

The Viking Triangle, Waterford City, Ireland

Viking stories, buildings dating back to 914, exhibitions and museums, 13th century Franciscan Friary, 18th Century Cathedral, City Hall, restaurants, bars with good food, coffee shops and an amazing atmosphere…. all in the Viking triangle on the east side of this old city. Not forgetting the opportunity on your walk to drop into the Home of Waterford Crystal for a tour of the factory to witness the creation of pieces of this world renowned hand blown, hand cut glassware.

44th Hot Air Ballon Championships 2014

To see a modern hot air balloon gliding silently across the sky, with the occasional roar of the burners breaking the silence, invokes romantic dreams and a sense of peacefulness so exploited in the many fairy tale stories of our childhood.

A Connemara Bog, a 17th Century hill-side village and an amazing Irish Gaelic Cultural project

“Cnoc Suain”, a 17th Century Connemara Clochán, a hillside village situated on a drumlin hill in 200 acres of expansive primordial blanket bogland just 6km outside Spiddle, in an Irish “Gaeltacht” area of Connemara, Co Galway.
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  • About Author

    John Ironside FRGS
    Photographer, Travel Writer, Author

    Having spent many years as a professional photographer, I have been privileged to be witness to so many wonderful happenings, meeting so many amazing people all over the world and enjoying their cultures, hospitality and experiences.

    Through my travel business, I traveled extensively into Africa, South America, Caribbean and Europe bringing clients into these regions so they could experience the cultures and traditions of the communities, understand better the environment, the value of conservation and the caring of nature through adventure and environmental travel.

    Through my photography and travel writing I convey these experiences to others so that they too can enjoy and understand the moments that travel brings with it.

    Please feel free to pass on my blog to others that may gain from them.
    Thank you.

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