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28 September 2016

Kyteler's Inn in Kilkenny

Would you stay here for the night if you know that a witch once lived and owned this inn? Kyteler's Inn established in 1324 located at the heart of Kilkenny city. There's a bunch of stories behind this place, scary and will really give you goosebumps. But I tell you, it's now just a story, there's much to see and experience in this amazing place. 


Kyteler's Inn was once owned by a daughter of Flemish family of merchants who found settlement in Kilkenny, Ireland. She was Dame Alice Kyteler who was married four times namely William Outlaw (merchant and moneylender), Adam le Blund (moneylender), Richard Valle (landlord of County Tipperary) and Sir John le Poer (a knight). These marriages left her a huge amount of wealth that made a lot of people around her jealous which lead to different accusations.

Alice was the first person in Ireland who was condemned for Witchcraft or maleficium. Her fourth husband expressed his suspicion that Alice was poisoning him. As you can imagine, this lead to the accusation that she murdered her four husbands using poison and sorcery.

She and her followers were also accused of other things like offering animals as sacrifices to Satan, conducting secret meeting at night in different churches to do black magic, and even denying faith of the Church and Christ. Before she was sentenced, she fled out of the country, probably in England. Since then, she was not seen or heard.

Her most faithful maidservant, Petronella de Media was burnt at the stake guilty of witchcraft implicating Kyteler. It was said that Petronella confessed because she was tortured which was believed to be legal in church law during those medieval period.


Kyteler's Inn now owns by a new lade named Nicky Flynn. She acquired the place in 1986 and have rebuild it to it's Medieval look. She made it sure that the once avoided place will be the heart of "good food, drinks, entertainment and traditional Irish hospitaliy".  And she dis it. It is now popular to tourists and locals. The Top Bar is a big room which you can find your own space to settle for the day for it's great food and drinks. On the side, you can learn about the history of the Kyteller's Inn.

There are great deals in other restaurants and bars but being in that old creepy yet beautiful looking place makes a huge difference. So if you're in the Kilkenny don't forget to visit Kyteler's Inn.

16 September 2016

Cultural Night 2016

Tonight is the night for the the famous anual event all around Ireland and even in other parts of the world. It is one night in which different arts and cultural organisations extend their opening hour to welcome people into their door. Amongst these organizations are the National Museum of Ireland, Christ Church Cathedral, The Guinness Storehouse, The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children, Dublin Castle State Apartments and plenty more historic houses, museums , galleries and cultural centres.

Not only that, I'm pretty sure the streets will be alive too with music and happy people. So hold on to your chair and braced up your tremol-no for you will be blown away by the rich culture of Ireland. This is your chance to explore new things, enjoy the nation has to offer in terms of arts and culture. Be part of your community and make this your night too.

Other information on Culture Night 2016.

15 September 2016

iPhone Photos vs Sony A55

I'm in the process of deleting old snaps in my iphone and I came across the picture of Kilruderry House and Gardens at south of Bray, Wicklow. Then I remember that me and my husband had plenty of good shots using his Sony Alpha 55. It's no brainer, photos using SLR are better over pictures using iphone 4 (yeah yeah I got the an old unit, but not for long {wink} hi sweetie).

Just to give you a short tour of the place, kindly click the links below. 

20 Cents a Song

Eddie Rocket's Jukebox

Personally, the idea of dining out is fun for so many good reasons. First of all, it's my excuse not to cook at home once or twice a month. (I think that is just fair, don't you think?) Secondly, tasting other cuisine is one of my goals so I can recreate a new recipe out of it (ahem, another excuse). Third, it's my chance to experience other perks just like this Eddie Rocket's Jukebox. It is an absolute musicians firend. Imagine you can travel back in time by just 20 cents per song. You'll just have to drop a coin, press the code, song goes to the queue  and enjoy the beat. Though sometimes, you have to wait for other songs to finish before your choice to be played. 

If you are going to ask me about the food, check out my review at Luto ni Nanay.

12 August 2016

Glendalough National Park , Wicklow Ireland

I'm so grateful for another chance to visit this lovely and calming Wicklow Mountains and Lake. We usually follow a trail to reach the peak but we just drove up the hill during our last trip since we had our 23-month old toddler with us. Nonetheless, the experience was still great. Great weather and amazing scenery.  

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