"Travelers411" Radio Show - December 31, 2011
Donegal Castle in Donegal Ireland
Learn About Inishowen in County Donegal, Ireland with Tour Guide and Lifetime Resident Dessie McCallion; Actor, Author, Humorist, and Leprechaun Malachy McCourt Tells Stories About Father Mychal Judge, the "Saint of 9/11"; Big Discounts and Vacation Package Options for 2012 from Dooley Car Rental and Dooley Vacations; Checking in with Gleeson's Townhouse & Restaurant in Roscommon, Ireland; Important Holiday Travel Tips from Vikki Corliss of InsureMyTrip.com; Visiting the Temple Gate Hotel in Ennis, the Capital of County Clare; Upcoming Festivities at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre in County Clare; Stephanie Abrams' Latest Suggestions for Travel in Ireland Including Sites of Interest in African American History.

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Dessie McCallion, Local Historian and Tour Guide, Inishowen Tourism, County Donegal, Ireland.
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Learn About Inishowen in County Donegal, Ireland with Tour Guide and Lifetime Resident Dessie McCallion

Travel Expert and Radio Show Host Stephanie Abrams broadcasts from The Red Door in Inishowen, County Donegal, Ireland. She welcomes Dessie McCallion, Tour Guide of Inishowen in County Donegal, Ireland to the show, broadcasting on location. She asks Dessie for his opinions and insights as to what in Inishowen will attract visitors, including those who might be planning to visit Derry. Inishowen is a fifteen minute drive from Derry in Northern Ireland, making it a good option for visitors there.

Dessie says that Inishowen has always been "the hinterland" of the city of Derry, and although they are in the Republic of Ireland, they belong to the diocese of Derry in the UK, creating further connection with that city. He shares that he's lived in Inishowen all of his life, a few miles from where he and Stephanie are sitting at the moment. At the age of seventeen, he traveled to some of Ireland's larger cities for the first time. He describes himself as being at home in the hills and the country, and says that he never understands how city dwellers can tell the weather when they can barely see the sky, and that he frequently ends up lost in cities for this reason as well.

Stephanie describes Inishowen as "180 degrees the other way" from any city. Dessie explains that Inishowen is a peninsula, with four hundred square miles of coast. The center is hilly or peaty ground, with towns around the coast like Buncrana, Clonmany, Ballyliffin, Moville, and Greencastle. The only town of any significant size is Carndonagh in the center.

Talking about his tour routes, Dessie says that sometimes when people think they've seen it all above ground, he takes them underground. He explains that they have underground dwellings called souterrains that have existed in Ireland since the Iron Age and have recently been opened up. They are man made cave dwellings. In the town of Malin, the most northern point in the Republic of Ireland as Stephanie points out, is one such dwelling where he takes visitors. They were actually designed for children as refuge during the wars between chieftains. Dessie says that they were meant to hold the most valuable possessions, which were children. A full sized warrior couldn't get into one without removing his armor and would have had to go in head first, so it was the safest place for children.

Stephanie asks for Dessie's list of must-visit spots in Inishowen. His number one recommendation based on personal preference is the Grianan of Aileach, which means "Stone Palace of the Sun" in Irish. It's a fortress dating back to 1000 B.C., and he says the view from it is spectacular. It's about fifteen minutes from Buncrana, which is just to the west of Derry. He cites it as a starting point in the history of all peoples in the area, and all events there can be traced back to it somehow.

Stephanie says that if you'd like to meet with Dessie, you can connect with him through the local regional tourism board of Inishowen. "I can't think of a better thing to do if you want a bird's eye view into the present and the past in Inishowen," she recommends.

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Malachy McCourt, Author, Actor, Humorist, New York City, New York, USA.
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Actor, Author, Humorist, and Leprechaun Malachy McCourt Tells Stories About Father Mychal Judge, the "Saint of 9/11

Show Host Stephanie Abrams was invited to the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City several years ago, and she saw a film called "The Saint of 9/11", a celebration of the life of Father Mychal Judge, the chaplain of the New York City Fire Department. Author, actor, and humorist Malachy McCourt appeared in the film, and Stephanie was interested in speaking with him. She'd been friends with his daughter Siobhan McCourt since sharing a flight to Ireland with her once, and after contacting Siobhan she was put in touch with Malachy himself. She says that she counts him as a person that she treasures. He joins her on the show now.

Malachy begins by noting that any day above ground is a good one, and if they were going to make Stephanie a saint, she would be "Our Lady of Perpetual Motion" since she's all over the world. "I don't know how you do it, but you do," he congratulates her. She mentions her trips to Hawaii and California and agrees that she is always in motion. Malachy comments on the difficulty of visiting so many bright and sunny places but says that someone's got to do it.

Stephanie reminds him of an occasion when they were together at the unveiling of a bust of Malachy's brother Frank McCourt, author of "Angela's Ashes" in Limerick, Ireland. A photo gallery of the event is available on sabrams.com. It was held at the Leamy School, which Malachy jokingly refers to as "the Leamy Academy of Surgeons" because they cut them up and "beat the hell" out of the students there. He adds that as you grow older you develop more compassion for your past.

Stephanie asks about the film "Saint of 9/11" that Malachy was involved with, and some insight into Father Mychal Judge, who she says "transcended the title of New York City Fire Department chaplain". Malachy shares that the Father was a Franciscan monk, and "was on the go constantly" and was known to and beloved by everyone. He describes Father Mychal as very mischievous and jokes that "even Conservatives liked him." Asked if he remembers the first time he met Father Mychal, Malachy says that it must have been about twenty-five or thirty years ago. He reminisces that speaking of quirky humor, Father Mychal had a quirky, irreverent sense of humor too. "He was able to look at the absurdity of the human condition...unlike his name, he was never judgmental at all; never judged anybody. He accepted people on the basis that they were fallible human beings and that they were liable to be as much saints as they were sinners."

Malachy is a recovering alcoholic and shares that Father Mychal Judge was too, and was very helpful to many people. He was also extremely sympathetic and helpful towards gay people suffering with AIDS, and said that he was never afraid and would bless and hold the hands of people dying from the disease. Malachy adds that there is talk of making Father Mychal a saint, but Malachy doesn't think that he would like that "because sainthood removes you from the ordinary human beings and he never thought himself as being an extraordinary human being." Malachy adds that the Father was unconditionally accepting of others' beliefs, religious and otherwise.

Show Host Stephanie Abrams compliments Malachy, describing him as someone who will always help to keep a smile on your face because of his "marvelous, positive attitude" and quirky way of looking at life. She also recommends that listeners try to get a copy of the film "Saint of 9/11" to understand more about the incredible effect that Father Mychal Judge had on so many lives.

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Dessie McCallion, Local Historian and Tour Guide, Inishowen Tourism, County Donegal, Ireland.
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Malachy McCourt, Author, Actor, Humorist, New York City, New York, USA.
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Pat Dooley, CEO, Dooley Car Rentals, Limerick, Ireland.
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Big Discounts and Vacation Package Options for 2012 from Dooley Car Rental and Dooley Vacations

Radio Show Host and Travel Expert Stephanie Abrams informs listeners that she has one of the secret weapons of the travel industry on the show with her today in Limerick, Ireland. She welcomes her good friend Pat Dooley, CEO of Dooley Car Rental based in Limerick, but with offices all over Ireland and in Monmouth, New Jersey.

They're enjoying sixty degree weather in Limerick at the moment. Stephanie shares with Pat some of her itinerary for this current Ireland trip, including heading from Limerick to Galway, Mayo, Donegal, Derry, and then on to Giant's Causeway. "I'm definitely putting you on a mileage rate," Pat quips. Stephanie can't believe that Pat has never visited Giant's Causeway, one of her favorite spots. She refers to her trip there as a pilgrimage. Pat promises that he'll visit before the next time he speaks with her, joking that he'll even count the stones there. "It's a delicious experience," Stephanie recommends.

Pat shares that Dooley has some packages for the new year, adding, "Definitely there's a huge appetite for travel to Ireland in 2012. We can see it materializing already." Stephanie is planning trips for March and the end of June and beginning of July, intending to be there for the Volvo Ocean Race. "There's a nice little castle for sale in Limerick if you want to just move," Pat offers. Stephanie has designs on the castle assuming she wins the lottery. She says she'll invite Pat as a guest, to which he threatens, "I'll know every room in it by the time you get here," Pat advises that Ireland is a real estate paradise at the moment for anyone with money. "The country's for sale," he sums up.

Stephanie comments that April 15, 2012 at 2:20 AM will mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. A new Titanic museum has been built in Belfast, and there will be events throughout the country commemorating the event, including in Cove (Cobh), County Cork, the last port that the Titanic visited. Galway will be the last stop for the Volvo Ocean Tour this year, and Travel Expert Stephanie Abrams promises that no one knows how to throw a party like Galway.

Dooley's services also include holiday packages, and for 2012 they're offering price reductions and huge savings on many package deals including stays in B&Bs. In many cases they even absorb the taxes. He recommends those interested visit dooleyvacations.com and browse the packages available and huge savings to be had there. An example of a golfing package would be a visit based in Killarney for three days and playing Killarney, Ballybunion, Waterville, Dukes, or Doonbeg. There are about six to ten courses in the area and Dooley will pick three courses for a package. Pat and Stephanie both comment that with the recent good investment in the road system, you can get between the east and west coast of the country in two hours.

Pat shares that golfers have shied away from Ireland for the last two years because of pricing, but now it's possible to book stays at five star resorts for two star prices. Dooley is putting together packages to cater to the golfing clientele, especially during their primary visiting times in May, June, and September. "This is the year that anybody considering golf should come, because the prices are way down," Pat advises.

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Mary Gleeson, Co-Owner, Gleeson's Townhouse and Restaurant, Roscommon, Ireland.
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Checking in with Gleeson's Townhouse & Restaurant in Roscommon, Ireland

Staying at the Westwood House Hotel in Galway, Show Host and Travel Expert Stephanie Abrams made a trip to County Roscommon to meet with Mary Gleeson, Co-Owner of Gleeson's Townhouse & Restaurant. Mary is an active member of Good Food Ireland, and they met at a Tourism Ireland function in the U.S.

Updating on what's new at Gleeson's is their twentieth year celebration of being in Roscommon. They started as a tiny coffee shop and have expanded and enjoyed twenty years of food service in the area. Mary and her husband were both primary school teachers until they went with their gut and bought the property to open the coffee shop. She says that during this time, Ireland wasn't a scene for eating breakfast out or going out to have a cup of coffee or tea and a homemade snack, and they worked to change that. Stephanie confirms it, remembering an early visit after taking the ferry from Holyhead to Dublin and being unable to find a breakfast spot.

Stephanie comments that location is fabulous and Mary agrees, adding that they're in the heart of rural Roscommon town, with a population of 5,000 people, and that the town boasts lots of history including a nearby castle. "We're surrounded by farmers, we're surrounded by local producers, we love to feature them and focus on them both in our food and wine shop and on our menus."

The building was originally called the Manse, and was a Scottish Presbyterian minister's residence since 1870. A city museum is next door. It went on to be a doctor's surgery until Mary and her husband purchased it in 1991. Laughing over the differences in meaning between the word "surgery" in American English and "English English" (surgery usually just indicates what Americans would call an office) Mary adds that another such confusing word is craic, pronounced crack, which refers to a night out having fun and enjoying living, laughter, music, and camaraderie, but the pronunciation denotes hard drugs in the U.S. Stephanie asked Mary to define it so that listeners wouldn't be under the wrong impression about her encouragement to go out and enjoy some good craic! "You certainly feel that here at Gleeson's Townhouse & Restaurant," Stephanie compliments.

Mary describes their businesses as encompassing "a rich tapestry of life, and it's lovely to be in the middle of it, and it gets interwoven into everything we do. It's not just about the food." Stephanie wants to know when Mary is making a reality show, referring to the always fun and happy aspects of the shops and restaurants that are part of Gleeson's, and their very busy but cheerful atmosphere. Mary agrees that she's going to need to write a book to capture all of the joyful activity, events, and sometimes drama.

Mary's three children all work with them now, including being in charge of one arm of the business called Gleeson's on the Go, a gourmet catering trailer that brings food freshly prepped in the Gleeson's kitchen to festivals, shows, corporate events or private parties. It's been a big recent success.

Stephanie asks for an update on Good Food Ireland. Mary explains that it was formed in 2006 and has gotten ever stronger since. "The new members are just flooding into Good Food Ireland," Mary updates. About the concept, she clarifies that "it's people realizing how good our locally produced food is and that we should be so proud of it and focus it on our menus," she explains, adding that the organization is thriving.

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Vikki Corliss, Director, Public Relations and Communications, InsureMyTrip.com, Warwick, Rhode Island, USA.
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Important Holiday Travel Tips from Vikki Corliss of InsureMyTrip.com

Referencing a recent conversation, Travel Expert and Radio Show Host Stephanie Abrams welcomes Vikki Corliss, Director of PR and Communications for InsureMyTrip.com, based in Warwick, Rhode Island, USA to the show. Stephanie and Vikki recently talked about things that travelers can do to ensure smooth trips during the holidays, and Vikki has even more tips for listeners.

"For a season that's supposed to be about peace and goodwill towards men, we bring a lot of grumpy!" she says, adding that we don't think, plan, and prepare as much as we could to ensure a happier, healthier, cheerier trip. Consider timing: the minimums are being at the airport two hours early for domestic travel, three hours for international. That time frame gives you time to check bags, get through security, and deal with delays. It doesn't include the window of time to travel to the airport, and during the busy holidays you can easily get stuck in traffic even if you live near the airport. It's not something you're going to want to deal with and it's definitely not going to leave you with peace of mind or a relaxed feeling to cope with your travels. Stephanie agrees, adding that it's nice to be able to relax after you've made it through security checkpoints. "Take a little extra time to give yourself a little extra time, and relax," Vikki summarizes.

Vikki also emphasizes not to wrap gifts before traveling. It's something that will make the TSA stop to open checked luggage and unwrap the packages to make sure there's nothing illegal or threatening in the items. If wrapped gifts are in a carryon, you're holding up all the people in line behind you as well. Stephanie adds that it is terrible to have to unwrap something you've just wrapped especially in the stress of the moment. And you never know when the TSA might confiscate a potentially expensive gift that might be viewed as a weapon.

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Pat Dooley, CEO, Dooley Car Rentals, Limerick, Ireland.
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Mary Gleeson, Co-Owner, Gleeson's Townhouse and Restaurant, Roscommon, Ireland.
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Vikki Corliss, Director, Public Relations and Communications, InsureMyTrip.com, Warwick, Rhode Island, USA.
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John Madden, Owner, Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis, County Clare, Ireland.
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Visiting the Temple Gate Hotel in Ennis, the Capital of County Clare

Travel Expert and Radio Show Host Stephanie Abrams is broadcasting on this New Year's Eve from one of her favorite places in the world, the west coast of Ireland. She begins this hour with a visit with her good friend John Madden, Owner of the Temple Gate Hotel in Ennis, County Clare, Ireland.

Sitting in the library of the Temple Gate Hotel, Stephanie and John reminisce about their first meeting ten years ago. He describes her as a lady of many ideas, and says that he always learns something from talking with her and hearing her stories of adventures and connections with others. Stephanie mentions the formation of the Irish Knights, a group of hoteliers and attractions that together offer lots of great opportunities for visitors to Ireland.

John says that he is very optimistic for improvements in the Irish tourism industry in 2012, including a new management arrangement at Shannon Airport, which was formerly controlled by Dublin Airport but may now have some more autonomy. Stephanie agrees that this would be beneficial for travelers, as she herself had wanted to fly into Shannon but it just didn't offer as many opportunities and doesn't leave as much time on a trip if you'd like to visit the west coast of Ireland and have to return to Dublin to fly home. Stephanie adds that traveling through Shannon is less stressful because it's not as dense or busy. John adds that the motor way structure has recently been dramatically improved in Ireland, so taking a rental car, such as from the convenient Dooley Car Rental, is a fast option. Stephanie adds that if you don't want to pick up a car immediately, a shuttle costing about six euros will bring travelers from the airport into the town center at Ennis. John says that the bus and train services are also options. Stephanie's producer and travel companion David Isby recently used this option, and "in typical Irish fashion", as she says, the bus driver gave them a bit of a sightseeing tour upon learning that it was their first visit to the western part of Ireland, and then delivered them straight to the door of the Temple Gate Hotel.

Stephanie asks John what listeners should know that will make them want to book a visit to Ennis and the west coast. John begins with the fact that Ennis is the capital of County Clare, and is an old market town with narrow streets and a very friendly people. It's famous for traditional Irish music and the pub scene. Many big attractions are very close and easily accessible, such as the Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle, and world famous golf clubs such as Doonbeg.

The hotel is a family owned boutique hotel with seventy bedrooms and a recently awarded four stars. They pride themselves on the quality of service of their food and staff. "Which I can attest to," Stephanie quickly adds. The bistro is now called Legends, formerly J.M.'s. "It's such a lovely atmosphere. It's kind of like a storybook," They've been recognized by the Automobile Association with eleven successive rosettes, proving that they're retaining their high standards. The building was once a convent of the Sisters of Mercy, so Stephanie points out that they have a gorgeous chapel-like cathedral style room that's great for banquets and ceremonies.

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Katherine Webster, Director, Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience, Liscannor, County Clare, Ireland.
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Upcoming Festivities at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre in County Clare

After leaving Ennis and driving to the Cliffs of Moher also in County Clare, Ireland, Travel Expert and Show Host Stephanie Abrams meets with her friend Katherine Webster, Executive Director at the Cliffs of Moher.

Katherine shares that February 8, 2012 marks the fifth anniversary of the opening of the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience. It's also an important time because February 1 is St. Brigid's Day, the day of the female patron saint of Ireland. This festival goes back to a ceremony begun in Druidic times, when the February 1 festival was a celebration of the goddess Bridget, goddess of fire. It marked the start of the growing season for farmers in the agricultural calendar. People in the surrounding region have always celebrated enthusiastically in part because the holy St. Brigid's Well is located nearby, The Cliffs of Moher will celebrate their annual Clare at the Cliffs festival, which will be extended into the birthday celebrations of the Visitor Center. Visitors between February 1 and February 12 will get to witness some of the series of celebrations running during that time.

Stephanie says that she usually visits to enjoy the salt and sea air of the cliffs, shop in the excellent visitor's shop, and see the puffins that live on the cliffs. She did visit during one St. Patrick's Day festival and has fond memories of the humorous events that took place at the time, calling it "great fun". Katherine agrees that they always make "a big fuss" for the St. Patrick's Day festivities. Stephanie adds that there's always something going on at the Cliffs of Moher even on any normal day.

Katherine explains that the Visitor's Centre itself is actually built underneath the hillside, subsumed into the hills beside the cliffs. It's built out of local stones covered in ancient fossils that are millions of years old, so that it looks like a part of the hills themselves. Inside the cafe with its fantastic view out over the cliffs, they have an exhibition with the story of the cliffs, including the geology and wildlife found there and the legends that have developed over the years. They also have The Ledge, a virtual reality tour experience that allows visitors to fly over the cliffs and then dive under the water to see the sea creatures living there. "You know you are in for an amazing treat as you leave the reception area of the Visitors' Centre," Stephanie says, describing the creative and ingenuous photographic design used there.

Katherine says that there has never been a better time to come and visit the west coast of Ireland where the Cliffs of Moher and County Clare are located. They've seen a recent growth in North American visitors and hope to see it in the future as well. Stephanie agrees, adding that the monetary exchange is currently at a good rate for visitors to take advantage of too. "People, you just can't stay home, and I hope that you'll put the Cliffs of Moher at the top of your list of must see experiences."

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Stephanie Abrams' Latest Suggestions for Travel in Ireland Including Sites of Interest in African American History

Travel Expert and Show Host Stephanie Abrams wants to let listeners know that Ireland is an incredible place to celebrate any of the holidays that come at the end of the year. There are connections all over Ireland for any interest that visitors could have. Stephanie's trip has been both exciting and relaxing, and she says it'll be hard to top.

If you have an interest in tracing the connections of black Americans in Ireland, Stephanie recommends making a trail beginning in Dublin at Glasnevin cemetery, where a visitor's center has information about the relationship between Frederick Douglass and the Irishman Daniel O'Connell. Remnants, remains, and memories of their unique friendship and mutual admiration are all clearly evident. Then go north to Derry, where at the Beech Hill Country House you can explore the African American military connections of the Marines who served during World War II. Many of the men who served on the USS Mason were black, which was very unusual for naval ships of the day especially considering that the men did very important jobs on board. There is a great center of information at Beech Hill on the history of the subject.

Stephanie says that she's even managed to discover some new places recently, including Buncrana, located a fifteen minute drive from Derry. Unlike Derry, which is in Northern Ireland, Buncrana is in the Republic of Ireland and is the most northern part of Donegal. Next week's show will feature some interviews with residents of the area. Visit the Red Door, a restaurant in a historic building with four inn rooms, each of which is "spectacular, chic, trendy, modern, comfortable, and as beautiful as can be," Stephanie glowingly reports. It puts visitors in a good spot to explore the surrounding area and peninsula of Inishowen. She also reports that it's got a very intimate atmosphere and serves great food.

A fun feature of Derry is the so-called Cinebowl, a complex featuring a state of the art movie theater complex, bowling alleys, and a big arcade. It's a great activity center, especially if you're traveling with children.

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John Madden, Owner, Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis, County Clare, Ireland.
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Katherine Webster, Director, Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience, Liscannor, County Clare, Ireland.
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