Ireland's Food Story Is Spreading Like Butter...

Photo by Kelli Tonnesen creamy, delicious Irish butter made from milk of grass-fed cows that graze from fields of fertile, rich, clean Irish soil...

 Ok, so maybe I'm a little enthusiastic, and perhaps a little dramatic, but not without reason. I can speak from personal experience of the freshness and quality of meals while traveling across Ireland. Fresh-off-the-boat seafood near Dublin; farm-to-fork produce from the back garden of a favourite 5-star hotel on the west coast; or warm, brown bread self-baked at one of Ireland's famous cookery schools and farms - there's no shortage of exquisite dining from coast to coast.  Ireland can put a place on a plate like never before, and foodies from all over the world are coming to taste for themselves. Pure Irish products like Irish beef and butter are favourites among many, but whether you fancy an artisan experience, a fabulous food trail, a nature hike to forage for your own ingredients, a high-end dining experience served to perfection or a simpler pub meal near a warm, glowing hearth, you won't be disappointed by what Ireland can offer as a top food destination.

While I could certainly make a job of eating my way across Ireland and continue to tell you about it, I'd much prefer to allow you to experience for yourself. Crafted Ireland specialises in luxury holidays of Ireland crafted just for you. So tell me, what's your flavour? Groups and individual travelers are welcome. Contact me today at

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Memories of an Irish Pub TOUR. Or lack thereof.

Photo: Alex Fegan

Photo: Alex Fegan

Neo-Prohibitionists, please drop your leaflets! We’re not suggesting one should visit Ireland’s pubs for the purpose of inebriation. But if you really want to understand the Irish way of life, these plac­es, some centuries old, are living tradition. That many happen to serve fresh pints of glorious Irish beer is but a mere coincidence, albeit a very pleasant one. Listen to pub patrons spin colourful yarns and you’ll soon know why Irish sweat­ers have achieved such fame. Or perhaps some fiddle and pipe players, modern-day wandering minstrels, will stop in and fill the room with traditional Irish folk music, leaving you no choice but to dance a jig or sing along. In the swirl of this revelry, you’ll understand that here, in an Irish Pub, the greatest works of art don’t hang on walls, but rather in the air itself.  On a coast-to-coast pub tour of Ireland, you'll find more than stunning landscapes and perfect pints of Guinness under our rainbows. You'll discover a treasure filled with warmth, wit, heart and soul. Here are just a few pieces of that gold:

The Palace Bar, Dublin

Dublin - The Palace Bar
Established in 1823, it is one of Dublin's oldest and best-loved original Victorian pubs. Preserved in time, The Palace remains unmodernised and the same walls greet today's visitors just as they did almost 200 years ago.  The ornate stained-glass and high ceilings have peered over the shoulders of literary greats such as Kavanagh, Flann O'Brien and Harry Kernoff and countless other faces. Some regulars and some lucky enough to happen upon it by chance and stumble through its doors (more out, than in). The unpretentious walls hold decades of history and celebrations.  Known as a "conversation pub," and always filled with local characters and tourists alike, it would be a sin to miss great craic in one of the snuggest snugs in Dublin. 

M. O'Shea, Borris, Co. Carlow

M. O'Shea, Borris, Co. Carlow

M. O'Shea - Borris, Co. Carlow
Don't let the candy-striped facade fool you into thinking that some serious business doesn't take place at O'Shea's. Michael O'Shea, also known as "The Bossman" was a jack of all trades and knew a thing or two about giving the people what they want. Operational as a grocer-bar since the 19th century, patrons could pull up a chair to savor lengthy conversation over a creamy pint, or pop in for a quick restock of village staples: bread, coal, nails. His ledgers still hang above the bar - a chronicle of goods purchased and how much was paid. Today, it's the artifacts and odds-and-ends like the ledgers, hardware, machinery and old Wellingtons adorning the walls and ceiling that tell the stories of the past and breathe life into this rural treasure.

J. Curran Bar, Dingle, Co, Kerry

J. Curran Bar, Dingle, Co, Kerry

J Curran's - Dingle, Co. Kerry
You'll be surprised at the wonders that can unfold within one single square room. Doubling as a merchant since the 19th century, Curran's Bar at one time "sold everything," - literally supplied every business in town from the local chemist and clergymen to the farmers and tailors (and everything in between). Generations later, pub-owner James Curran still marvels at the archive of billhead receipts safely stored for posterity's sake.  He's proud, and quite fond of the history piled on the shelves in that single square room that remains unchanged from the studs to the Valentia slate floor. And it's no trouble at all when those stacks of shirts, boots and hats need to be temporarily tucked away to make room for a bevy of thirsty patrons or a lively impromptu sing-a-long.

Crafted Ireland offers a variety of guided trips to different regions; each includes a rather cushy package of quality hotels, meals, transportation, visits to iconic sites, the best pubs and, of course, all the craic. These pubs and more (many featured in the critically acclaimed documentary, "The Irish Pub") are included on our Pub Tours of Ireland. 

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