The castle at Sintra in Portugal

The Moorish Castle has plenty of atmosphere

Sintra’s an easy day trip on the train from Portugal’s wonderful capital Lisbon. Hilly, with great views and some fairy tale architecture, it’s easy to see why the rich, the famous and royalty built their mansions around the village as an escape from the big city. Sintra itself is touristy and busy but the real […]

Northern Ireland: The Argory   

The Argory

Pondering Northern Ireland, my thoughts are all too often coloured by the Troubles. It’s easy for me to forget that life went on despite the bombs, shootings and the hectoring background noise of politicians that filled my formative years. It’s weird to think that the National Trust was busy there despite all that trouble, doing […]

Hunting ancestors in Northern Ireland   

The countryside around Donaghmore

It’s a lot easier doing family history when home is just miles from where ancestors lived and worked. It’s a little more expensive if they hailed from over the water. In my case, Northern Ireland. Some background: My maternal granddad, Ernest Moore, came from Donaghmore in County Tyrone, just a few miles from the banks of mighty Lough Neagh. […]