Each year, Connemara Life celebrates the spirit and beauty of what’s known as the Wild Atlantic Way, the western region of Ireland along the coast and inland, where hills, lakes, and woods create an idyllic scene for all those who behold her.
Cashel House Hotel, one of Connemara’s most famous hotels, celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year. Dermot and Kay McEvilly fulfilled their dream and took the big step of opening Cashel House as a hotel back in 1968 when the economy wasn’t exactly flying.
Storms in late 2013 and early 2014 brought down some of Ireland’s oldest trees. Amongst the trees that succumbed to the high winds were oak, beech, and ash in the grounds of Áras an Uachtaráin and the Phoenix Park, some of them as old as 250 years.
As you enter the wild countryside of Connemara, you are greeted by the Twelve Bens—the mountain range that reigns majestically over Connemara—the beautiful gleaming rivers, and the still, reflective lakes that define this spectacular landscape.
Having entertained the notion of getting wed in a fairy-tale castle in Ireland, Greg’s search happened upon an idyllic location. The four-star Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is truly a fairy-tale escape tucked away in the rugged yet enchanting wilderness of Connemara.
If you travel along the bog road towards Cleggan on a fresh, clear morning any time of the year and get that first view of the village and the bay sheltered by Cleggan headland to the north, the beauty of the scenery grips you.
The Georgians and Victorians had a profound sense of legacy; they had an almost obsessive preoccupation with the need to be remembered, to make their mark and ensure that each generation added to the entity that was their family.