The Irish Pub

The Irish Pub

The pubs in Ireland serve up more than pints of Guinness, though we scarcely need more of a reason to hit a pub than for the pint. That said, the Irish pub embodies so much of what draws us back to Ireland again and again. It’s hard to remain a stranger in a pub;...
Around Our Table

Around Our Table

The fondest memories are made when gathered around the table. One leg of the Eire Retour table is supported by our commitment to beautiful, delicious, body- and soul-nourishing food. The quality of raw ingredients in Ireland is second to none so we’re one leg up on...
One Hundred Thousand Welcomes!

One Hundred Thousand Welcomes!

Upon arrival at their home-away-from-home cottages at the Old Deanery in Killala, we greeted our travelers with the traditional Irish welcome: Céad Míle Fáilte–One Hundred Thousand Welcomes. The welcomes came in many forms: warm hugs, glowing turf fire in...
What’s In Our Suitcase?

What’s In Our Suitcase?

At last! We are packing our suitcases, soon to be Ireland bound. There is no turning beyond this point. We like to pack our suitcases–it means we are on our way. Traveling light is a challenge we choose to embrace, opting for comfort and function while...
Caraway Seed Cake ~ An Irish Holiday Tradition

Caraway Seed Cake ~ An Irish Holiday Tradition

Put on the kettle, pour yourself a piping hot cup of tea and offer up a slice of this delicious Caraway Seed Cake to ease you through a dark and dreary December afternoon. Add a good book or conversation with dear friends and it will brighten even your darkest of...
Irish Cuisine—It’s Not Just Potatoes

Irish Cuisine—It’s Not Just Potatoes

While the humble potato has indeed been a staple for the Irish since the early 1600’s, until recently most references to their cuisine give the impression that there is not much else going on in the Irish kitchen other than bowls of Mash, Shepherd’s Pie or Guinness...