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Traveling Feet - April 04, 2009 - Shownotes & Audio Archive

“Traveling Feet” Broadcasts Live From the Mount Country Falcon House Hotel & Spa in Foxford, County Mayo; The Historic Foxford Woollen Mills; National Museum of Ireland-Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo; Fabulous Accommodations at the Mount Country Falcon.

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Travel Expert Stephanie Abrams was scheduled to fly out of Ireland on March 31st but extended her stay another week. She broadcasts live from the Mount Country Falcon House Hotel & Spa in County Mayo.

Stephanie recently met Irish X-Factor contestant Liam Geddes Jr. at the Pontoon Bridge Hotel in County Mayo. The X-Factor is the UK equivalent of American Idol and Geddes was the highest placed Irish competitor in 2008. Geddes made his American debut at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield in October, 2008. Geddes is from Ballina in County Mayo, the sister city of Pittsfield Massachusetts. He is scheduled to return to the Berkshires in spring 2009.  

In November, 2008 Stephanie was encouraged to visit the region of Inishowen by Buncrana Town Councillor Daren Lalor who she met at the Clare Tourism Conference. During her many visits to Ireland Stephanie had never seen this part of County Donegal. She finally went and on Thursday April 3, 2009 an article on Stephanie's visit appeared in the Derry Journal. The title was “Inishowen has massive potential- says top American broadcaster”. Stephanie was taken to Malin Head, the most northern point in Ireland.

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The town of Foxford is centrally located within County Mayo, Ireland. The Foxford Wollen Mills are one of to the area's top historical attractions. Founded in 1892 by the Sisters of Charity in response the area's poverty, the mills were designed to provide employment to locals. Today there remains a working wollen mill where rugs, blankets and tweed clothing are weaved and finished under one roof.  The products that are made at the mills are intended to reflect the colors of western Ireland.

The Foxford Woollen Mills Visitors Centre includes a self-guiding interactive tour which tells the story of the history of Foxford and an on-site tour of the working mills. In addition to the historical presentation, the Woollen Mills have 25,000 square feet of retail space as well as a restaurant and cafe which offers home-baked food. There is a master jeweler on site as well as two art galleries. The An Grianan Gallery focuses on the work of local artists. The Foxford Woollen Mills is open to visitors 12 months a year, 10am to 6pm Monday through Saturday.

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Fun Facts:

In the UK and the Republic of Ireland, the term councillor refers to a local government official. The American equivalent is councilman or councilwomen. The term selectman is unique to New England.

The Inishowen region forms the largest peninsula in Ireland.

The most northern part of Ireland, Malin Head is part of Donegal in the Republic of Ireland and is not in Northern Ireland.

Guests Include:

Joe Queenan, Managing Director, Foxford Woollen Mills.

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Visit Stephanie's blog for recent updates on her travels in Ireland.

The National Museum of Ireland's Country Life Museum is located on 30 acres of the spectacular grounds at Turlough Park in Castlebar, County Mayo. The historic estate includes a manmade lake, a greenhouse and the Turlough Park House, a Venetian Gothic building designed by Thomas Newenham Deane in the 1860's. The house has a total of 365 windows. The museum opened in September of 2001 and is comprised of contemporary building built into the terraces of the estate.

The Country Life Museum houses Ireland's foremost collection of folk art. The national “Folklife” collection of objects represents the traditional way of life in Ireland since 1850. The museum examines the daily life of people living between 1850 and 1950 with folk art devoted to traditional crafts and everyday life in rural Ireland in the century since the Great Famine. The museum has three sister sites in Ireland and is the only branch of the National Museum of Ireland that is outside of Dublin. Admission is free.

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The Mount Falcon Country House Hotel & Spa is a 4 star, luxury property strategically located in the center of County Mayo and within a short distance of the local airport. Accommodations include both suites (standard, deluxe and superior) and self-catering units. There are a total of 32 bedrooms, 6 of which are in the existing house. There are 45 lodges located throughout the grounds of the estate.

The Mount Falcon is situated on the River Moy, which is Ireland's most prolific salmon river. The river is also is stocked with trout and eel. In addition to angling, Mount Falcon is a popular destination for golfers. There are 12 golf courses within an hour's radius of the property, 4 of which are championship links courses.

Fine dining is offered at the hotel's main restaurant headed by Executive Chef Philippe Farineau. Farineau combines a use of local Irish product and a French sensibility. All the meat used in meals is of Irish origin.

Traveling Tips:

If abroad and driving on the opposite side of the road, remember to have the center of the road against your right arm to keep yourself oriented in preparation for turns.

Fun Facts:

Pampooties refer to traditional footwear made from rawhide, the whole of which is tied together with laces of hide. They were worn traditionally on the Aran Islands in the early 20th Century and are found in the Folklife collection of the Country Life Museum.

County Mayo boasts more Blue flag beaches than any other county in Ireland. A Blue Flag beach is a recreational beach which is awarded an eco-label by the Blue Flag Programme in its country of origin. There are Blue Flag programs in countries worldwide. The label is awarded to beaches that meet the highest standards of water quality, environmental education, environmental control and safety. Blue Flag standards are voluntary.

Guests Include:

Bernie Byron, Marketing Executive, National Museum of Ireland-Country
Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

Alan Maloney, Proprietor and Manager, Mount Falcon Country House Hotel & Spa.

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