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The Savage Craic

WATCH: The Savage Craic Of Western Ireland, Part 5

Richard Bangs | Posted 03.14.2012 | Travel
Richard Bangs

There are true stories, and then there are Irish stories.

WATCH: The Savage Craic Of Western Ireland, Part 4

Richard Bangs | Posted 03.13.2012 | Travel
Richard Bangs

Under ragged shreds of clouds and swirling mist we knock the van down a skinny rock and dirt road and park at the beginning of the Meanean Pass in the round-shouldered Maumturk Mountains. At a signpost made of recycled tires, we equip ourselves with backpacks and wind up a stony pilgrim's path.

WATCH: The Savage Craic Of Western Ireland, Part 3

Richard Bangs | Posted 03.12.2012 | Travel
Richard Bangs

Guglielmo Marconi made the first transmission connecting Europe with North America here in 1907 with a 10,000 word memo. And the first non-stop transatlantic flight, a modified World War I Vickers Vimy bomber, crash-landed in a bog here in 1919. Now gulls hang in the air like kites.

WATCH: The Savage Craic Of Western Ireland, Part 2

Richard Bangs | Posted 03.11.2012 | Travel
Richard Bangs

Up the stunning R478 coastal road, full of scoops and cuts, pleats and tucks, bights and coves, where the cold Atlantic is engaged in its never-ending battle with the rocky shore: By mid-afternoon, we pull into "The Cliffs of Insanity," as so aptly termed in The Princess Bride.

WATCH: The Savage Craic Of Western Ireland, Part 1

Richard Bangs | Posted 03.10.2012 | Travel
Richard Bangs

We pass a string of shuttered pubs. "A good puzzle would be to cross Ireland without passing a pub," James Joyce quipped. But with the fall from Celtic Tiger to Celtic Kitten in the past years, and with new indoor anti-cigarette laws, and stricter laws on drunk driving, folks are staying closer to home.