012 Kinsale Walks and Ghost Tour with Barry Moloney

Welcome to Episode 12 of the Thin Places Travel Podcast. In this episode, we’ll be talking about Kinsale Walks and the oldest Ghost Tour in Ireland. Our guest will be Barry Moloney, a tour guide with Kinsale Historic Strolls. He’ll tell about how Kinsale is a draw for artists and storytellers and a little bit about Kinsale history. We’ll also review the Kinsale Ghost Tour, a part of Kinsale performing events. 


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#012 Artists and Storytellers in Kinsale with Barry Moloney
Host – Mindie Burgoyne
Guests – Barry Moloney – Don & Barry’s Kinsale Historic Strolls
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Kinsale Walks and Ghost Tour – County Cork

Kinsale – County Cork – off the coast of southern Ireland

Kinsale isn’t a thin place… sometimes you need to relax and rejuvenate and have fun. Most lovers of thin places and liminal spaces also love history and stories of local people – heroes, villains – and Kinsale is very rich in history that impacted the evolvement of society in the western world with the famous “Battle of Kinsale.”
Kinsale has two historic forts, Charles and James Forts. And so many other bits of interesting history.

Kinsale is of my favorite towns for relaxing. I love the vibe. The town is clean, vibrant It’s an art and foodie town. The people are friendly. It’s totally walkable and everywhere you look is color and light.

When you go to Kinsale a good way to get your bearings is to go on a tour guided by Don or Barry – on Don and Barry’s Historic Strolls. I was lucky enough to get an interview with Barry when I was in Kinsale recently.

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009 Mysteries of the Burren – Tony Kirby

Welcome to Episode 009 of the Thin Places Travel Podcast.  Our guest today is Tony Kirby. He is a full-time tour operator offering walking tours through the Burren in West County Clare. He’s been offering these tours for 15 years through his company, Heart of Burren Walks

Tony Kirby offers Heart of Burren Walks

Tony Kirby – Heart of Burren Walks

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#009 Mysteries of the Burren with Tony Kirby
Host – Mindie Burgoyne
Guests – Tony Kirby –Heart of Burren Walks
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The Burren in County Clare

The Burren in west County Clare is our featured destination in this podcast. Entire books are written about this 200 acres of rocky limestone that borders the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a landscape of myths and legends and sacred ground with archaeological remnants that date back thousands of years. It’s also a landscape of contrasts – the gray rock against the blue sky, mountains and hills that rise out of a seemingly endless flat bedrock. The contrasts are particularly powerful in the spring when the flowers of the Burren come into bloom. Tiny little orchids pop up in between the slabs of limestone Continue reading “009 Mysteries of the Burren – Tony Kirby”

EP 005 Thin Places in Dingle with Kevin OShea

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#005 Dingle with Kevin O’Shea
Host – Mindie Burgoyne
Guest – Kevin O’Shea of Celtic Nature Walking Tours
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Dingle has all of the elements people want to experience on an Ireland tour – pristine beaches, rolling hills with 40 shades of green, wild landscapes with cliffs and crashing waves, ancient historical monuments, vibrant towns, Irish culture – music, dance the pub culture, off-shore island visits, wonderful interpretive centers, fabulous food, a significant arts culture, mountains, valleys, sacred sites. Dingle has them all. It’s a worthwhile place to spend several days.  Continue reading “EP 005 Thin Places in Dingle with Kevin OShea”

EP 001 – What are Thin Places? St. Gobnait’s Journey

Thin Places Podcast - What are Thin Places

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#001 What are Thin Places?  St. Gobnait’s Journey
Host – Mindie Burgoyne
Guest –   Ruth O’Hagan
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In Episode #1 Mindie Burgoyne discusses the definition of “thin places” and explains why travel to Ireland is so often associated with mystical and spiritual travel.  The guest for this episode is Ruth O’Hagan, from County Clare, Ireland.

Mindie tries to define Thin Places and tells the story of St. Gobnait

What are thin places?  places where the veil between this world and the otherworld is thin.

Are places made thin by us or are they inherently thin?

How do identify a thin place?  What caused the ancients to choose certain places that still vibrate today?

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