Picture perfect Prague

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 in latest | one comment

Mother Prague, City of a Hundred Spires, a UNESCO monument and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. But for those who have been there before there is so much more to see as new venues open weekly and increasing affluence is leading to clean up, gentrification, rejuvenation and greater appreciation of this […]

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A trip to Bella Torino

Posted on Jan 4, 2015 in latest | 4 comments

  Bella Torino, my favourite Italian city stands proudly alone like no other Italian city. Turin, power house of the motor industry, surrounded on three sides by the Alps and sitting brooding on the River Po. it is here Hannibal invaded Italy and from here Gaius Julius Caesar led the Legions over the Alps to […]

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Revelation, Apocalypse and the Island of Patmos

Posted on Dec 28, 2014 in latest | Comments Off on Revelation, Apocalypse and the Island of Patmos

  To Greeks and Orthodox Christians Patmos is a holy island, a place apart for it is here they believe that the disciple of Jesus of Nazareth known as the “Beloved Disciple” (ον εφιλει ο Ιησους) the Apostle John received his “Revelation” from God when he was exiled here from Ephesus. The Greeks refer to the […]

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Dublin, a Christmas Wonderland

Posted on Dec 13, 2014 in Dublin | Comments Off on Dublin, a Christmas Wonderland

The New York Times has paid a pre-Christmas visit to Dublin, finding ‘Good Cheer and Great Deals’ aplenty for its readers. “What I found was a newly energized city rich not only with jovial cheer, but also an abundance of artisan offerings and a creative, literary spirit,” says the author, Ratha Tep. “Better yet, much […]

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The wonder of Waddesdon at Christmas

Posted on Nov 20, 2014 in latest | Comments Off on The wonder of Waddesdon at Christmas

Waddesdon Manor is different. Most National Trust houses hibernate for the winter but coming up to Yuletide this fairy tale Rothschild house Waddesdon Manor re-opens its doors for the winter season and the rooms are a veritable wonderland of magical decorations and trees. With a theme of Lights and Legends reflecting stories, myths and rituals […]

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The merry Beefeater of the Tower of London

Posted on Nov 12, 2014 in latest | one comment

With the Tower of London surrounded by Poppies and with its gruesome toll of executions, the last in 1941, I don’t want you to get the impression it is a serious place!  A Beefeater has become an internet hit after his politically incorrect jokes about the elderly and the French were posted on YouTube. Footage […]

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The Irish Orient Express

Posted on Nov 8, 2014 in latest | Comments Off on The Irish Orient Express

You will soon be able to travel around Ireland on a luxury sleeper train. The “Irish Orient Express” is perhaps the slightly fanciful description being given by the media to international luxury operator Belmond’s Irish Cruise Train venture. They bought 10 Irish Rail carriages, with plans to transform them into a luxury ‘Grand Hibernian’ train […]

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The strange traditions of Oxford

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 in Britain | Comments Off on The strange traditions of Oxford

Oxford is our favourite English city but even the Skibbereen Eagle must concede it is a city with many strange people doing strange things. From ancient ceremonies that were once practical necessities to the truly bonkers, Oxford is a place where an array of historical traditions are kept alive. In the week that Merton College […]

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Barcelona’s great Metro system

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 in latest | one comment

Barcelona’s metro system is fairly simple to negotiate. Frequent trains and clearly indicated arrival times make travelling by underground a fast and simpler option. Escalators are usually available but for those with wheelchairs or prams, lifts (elevators) are few and far between. Main interchange stations will usually have lifts although you may have to walk […]

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Beer on Berlin’s U-Bahn

Posted on Oct 25, 2014 in latest | 5 comments

Visitors to Berlin know it is the home of some seriously good bars, beers and microbreweries. But as any experienced pub crawler will tell you it is not being in the pub which is the problem but getting between them! So to make this easier in Berlin Thrillist have produced a handy U-Bahn Map listing […]

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The Eagle On London

Schools to Prison on the Tube

Posted on Aug 24, 2018 in latest | 15 comments

Happy Birthday Karl Marx

Posted on May 5, 2018 in latest | 18 comments

Millicent Fawcett

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Labour anti-Semitism – the morning after

Posted on Mar 27, 2018 in latest | Comments Off on Labour anti-Semitism – the morning after

The Eagle on Ireland

The Longest Day

Posted on Jun 21, 2019 in Ireland | Comments Off on The Longest Day

Bloomsday 2019

Posted on Jun 16, 2019 in Dublin | Comments Off on Bloomsday 2019

My Old Man

Posted on Jun 16, 2019 in Dublin | Comments Off on My Old Man

An Irish song for May Day!

Posted on May 1, 2019 in Ireland | Comments Off on An Irish song for May Day!