Lots of travelers who visit Ireland see the popular sites that have been beefed up by the Irish Tourism Board so that they can comfortably handle up to a dozen motorcoaches at a time. These are the famous attractions - The Cliffs of Moher, Newgrange, Blarney Castle, Glendalough, Guinness Storehouse, the Ring of Kerry, the Burren, Connemara.
And these are all very worthy sites.
THIN PLACES TOURS ARE DIFFERENT My tours are a bit different. While we must include some of these sites (Newgrange, Glendalough), we focus on "thin places" or places where the veil between this world and the eternal world is thin. These are mystical places connected to heroes, legends, stories of people from the Otherworld. These sites have been sacred for thousands of years. They are often part of "hidden Ireland." These are parts of Ireland that aren't in most of the guidebooks. And most of them can't accomodate the big motorcoaches.
The earth's energy is different in these sites. They impart a kind of peace and healing. Our tours cover anywhere from 20 to 30 different sites in 10 days - some well known like the Giants Causeway and the Burren, but most are part of the hidden landscape. We hire local guides with specialty focuses and we stay in vibrant city centres (Galway, Kilkenny, Derry, Donegal, Dingle and more) so our guests can connect with Irish people and culture.
PLACES OF RESURRECTION - May 15-24, 2015
In this Thin Places tour of Ireland you will walk deep into the southwestern landscape, through some of the most mystical and ancient sites in western Europe. Rather than rush around traveling from one place to the next covering long distances, you will take your time immersed in ancient energies, the Irish mysticism, culture and heritage. Though we’ll only travel through 5 counties, you’ll see all the elements of the Irish landscape – the Atlantic coast, the highest mountains, bogs, lush valleys, enchanted lakes, three islands and many vibrant towns and villages. You’ll travel with a small group of people who will become your friends. Our tour groups are small – 15 to 25 people – so as to be flexible and intimate.
IMAGES IN THE LANDSCAPE- Sept. 11-20, 2015
Visit the rugged, wild west of Ireland. On this 9 day tour you will visit holy mountains, passage tombs, lakes, the rugged Atlantic coast and several islands. Sites on this tour include the Burren, Connemara, Crough Patrick, Clare Island, Achill Island, Inchagoil, Cong, Lough Corrib, Clonmacnoise, Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, Coole Park, Thoor Ballylee, Carrowkeel tomb complex and the Hill of Uisneach. Over 30 sites and some of the most beautiful scenery Ireland has to offer. You'll also benefit from several private guides including Tony Kirby (The Burren) and Michael Gibbons (Connemara).
I have over 211 Facebook friends who are writers. I
have personally met only 56 of them - most only once
or twice at a conference or seminar where I
presented. Out of the 211, I would call about 30
personal friends or people I would miss if they
weren't in my life. If any one of these 30 writers
asked me to spread the word about a new publication,
or highlight an event, or help with making some
connections - I would do my best, and be happy to
help. I am a strong connection for these folks - as
they are for me. The relationship with 26 of these
30 friends was developed and strengthened through
Facebook - in some cases, Facebook is the ONLY
platform used to develop the friendship.
How long would it have taken me to develop
connections like that outside of Facebook? One good
friend is better than 100 acquaintances. Through
these friends and their connections, I've been
granted interviews, gotten introductions, connected
with agents and new publishers, and had doors open
for new opportunities both in writing and in
Here's 5 tips for Writers who want to make the
most of Facebook:
Keep the status' short. - Think of your
status post as a headline in a newspaper. What
is going to make people stop scrolling down the
newsfeed and read your post? If you continue to
offer posts people find interesting, they'll
make it a point to stop at your name in the
Newsfeed. The shorter the post is, the more
likely it will be read.
Comment, comment, comment - The most
powerful tool in social media is the comment
feature. Being able to talk back makes the
platform social. Use this feature 10X more than
the post feature, that is ... focus on others
10X more than you focus on yourself. Interest
in others builds strong relationships.
Do post links to articles, blog posts, and
interesting material on the web, but make it
only 1/3 or less of your total postings. If you
become a "one topic poster" interest in your
Facebook posts will wane. Your Facebook profile
should tell about you, the person ... who is
also you the writer.
Be mindful of how often you post - About 70%
of my wall posts are done from my phone, because
my job takes me on the road. You want to post
often enough that people remember you, but not
so often that your bore your friends to death,
or clog up their newsfeeds. If you cant think
of something interesting to put in your status
bar, then comment on others' posts. Make it
sincere. I try to post something daily... even
if only comments.
Use your sense of humor - If you have a
sense of humor, here is where you'll profit from
using it. People always stop and read the posts
of funny people. Humor gets the most consistent
exposure, and helps develop more relationships
with less effort.
Be conversational, interested in others, offer
some interesting content, but most of all .... give
your facebook friends a little insight into who YOU
ways or tips for getting the most out of your
Ireland vacation ...
1. RENT A CAR IF POSSIBLE: Many first-time
American visitors will use a tour bus for the land
portion of their trip because they are fearful of
driving in a foreign country, on the wrong side of
the road on the wrong side of the car. If you are a
good driver, you will be able to handle driving in
Ireland. If you're a little nervous, rent a car with
an automatic transmission. It costs more, but
shifting is one less thing to think about while
The flexibility of having your own car is twice
or three times the value of being dependent on a
second party. Also, it's often cheaper to make your
car rental reservations on line when you book your
airfare. I use Orbitz and Travel Zoo. You can
specify the size of the car, insurance choices and
standard vs. automatic, and it will be ready for you
when you arrive at the airport.
2. GET A GOOD ROAD MAP OR TWO: - I always
use two different maps - ....read full post.