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Reason 24 - British Tea

December 10, 2019

On today's show a beloved beverage brings out Joe’s and my inner Marketing nerds, Caitlin’s starstruck and has yet another “almost” story for us, who loves tea more? The Brits or the Irish? Maybe you’ll find out, and we’re back at our Food and Drink theme and spilling the...

Reason 23 - Whiskey

November 26, 2019

We’re back from a several-month hiatus and celebrating with a wee dram (and also apologizing for not great audio)! Caitlin learns being sick in Scotland beats being healthy anywhere else, Joe chimes in on a very controversial topic: Scotch Whisky vs Irish Whiskey, and we’re...

Reason 22 - British Beer

May 01, 2019

On this episode of 50 reasons to Visit Britain: Beer festivals in America VS the UK. We compare and contrast, drink this country’s beer and you just may get immortality, find out what animal I’m freaking out over this time and we’re brewing with excitement on reason 22. 



Reason 21 - British Recipes

April 18, 2019


This week on 50 Reasons to Visit Britain Joe gets on a soapbox to express his long standing love for curry, Chips vs Crisps, Takeaway vs Takeout - what’s the difference? We’ve got answers, you have to go across the pond for this dish and beverage banned in Canada & the US....

Reason 20 - Castles in England

March 20, 2019

On this episode of 50 reasons to Visit Britain Joe all but phone’s a friend and asks the audience for this week’s trivia answers, Joe gets graphic about what he’d do if living in Buckingham Palace, And we wrap up our castles theme with some Great British gems.Here is some...

Reason 19 - Castles in Scotland

March 13, 2019

On this episode of 50 reasons to Visit Britain we recount our days of castle roaming and monster hunting, we’ve got a Tea Party, Shakespeare Shout Out and a Real-Life Cartoon Castle, Joe describes more places I can only wish I’ve seen already, if you thought Caitlin was done...

Reason 18 - Castles in Wales

February 28, 2019

On this episode of 50 reasons to Visit Britain get ready for your weekly dose of botched pronunciations, Caitlin’s on her soapbox again discussing her alleged royal heritage, Joe takes a crack at castle trivia, hoping for a perfect score, we design palaces fit for 50 Reasons...

Reason 17 - One Day Drives

February 26, 2019

On this episode of 50 reasons to Visit Britain we get ready to pack our bags after this week’s Buzzfeed Quiz, Caitlin is not-so-fresh off the battlefield in Scotland, Joe redeems his trivia legacy after last episode’s crash & burn, Root or Rowt? Blinker or Indicator? You...

Reason 16 - The North Coast 500

February 19, 2019

On this episode of 50 reasons to Visit Britain we discuss a region where Westeros got its inspiration, Caitlin proves she won’t be attending Wimbledon anytime soon, Joe has more faith in birds than humanity, Caitlin offends a prominent Scottish clan and, ultimately, we...

Reason 16: Castle Hotels

February 19, 2019

Today, we kick off a new theme on Castles and we take a look at the first of three different types of castle – Castle Hotels.

Reason 14 - The Great West Way

February 11, 2019

This is 50 reasons to Visit Britain, on today's episode we dive into The Great West Way! We debate over a popular Alanis Morissette hit, Joe enlightens us with a FAIRLY magical interest, Caitlin gets ridiculous over a rodent, and we chat with a few Yeoman Warders from the...

Reason 14: The Language

February 05, 2019
Communication is key – especially in Ireland’s culture. We delve into the Irish language this week and take a look at “Old Ireland” where it’s still heard today.
  • The clever Carlsberg-not-Heineken commercial we discussed
  • Students rocking out from Coláiste Lurgan – an...

Reason 13 - Language

February 05, 2019

This is 50 reasons to Visit Britain, on today's episode we dive into languages of the UK! English vs. American accent. What came first? The answer may surprise you.  Joe makes this an honorary 50 Reasons to Visit Ireland episode, Caitlin finds her very own hero in a...

Reason 12: Music

February 01, 2019

Continuing our theme of culture, we suggest that Irish music is a good enough reason to visit the island. It’s a pretty difficult one to disagree with.

Reason 12 - Music

January 29, 2019

This is 50 Reasons to Visit Britain, on today’s show we Spice Up Your Life with references to one of the worst films of all time, Caitlin explains why she was panting all over Liverpool, Joe dotes on Oasis - a band that’s more than ‘just fine’ and much more!

Reason 11 - Writers and Poets

January 22, 2019

This is 50 Reasons to Visit Britain, on today's show we get chipper and cheerful with some Charles Dickens story-lines, Caitlin overshares some not-so-fun facts about Lewis Carroll, we have much adieu about Shakespeare, and much more!

Reason 10 - Snowdonia

October 30, 2018

This is 50 Reasons to Visit Britain, on today’s show we discuss how Buzzfeed wows us again with its spot-on quiz results, we do our best to not offend any Welsh people with our pronunciations, we’re slightly less tactful with our bashing of power kiters, we have a chat with...

Reason 9 - The Cotswolds

October 16, 2018

This is 50 Reasons to Visit Britain, on today’s show we discuss cheese traveling at a pace faster than a semi-truck, Caitlin takes any chance she can to name drop her alleged relatives, Farmer Joe insists on his favorite type of slaughter, we ponder the perfect name for a...

Reason 8 - Argyll & The Isles

October 02, 2018

This is 50 Reasons to Visit Britain, on today’s show we move on to covering the west isles of Scotland, Caitlin channels the ghost of a 90s flash-in-the-pan popstar to get her point across, we take a look at our most popular tour of Scotland and much more!

Reason 7 - Cairngorms

September 18, 2018

This is 50 Reasons to Visit Britain, on today’s show we zoom in on the Scottish Highlands for the first time with Cairngorms National Park, Caitlin claims both the royal family and a famous pirate as her relatives, Joe beams with excitement over everyday occurrences in the...

Reason 6 - Pembrokeshire

September 04, 2018

This is 50 Reasons to Visit Britain, on today’s show we venture into Wales for the first time this series, Joe’s way with words paints a colorful picture of New York wildlife, we take an escorted tour through the the land of 600 castles and much more!

Reason 5 - Devon and Cornwall

August 21, 2018

This is 50 Reasons to Visit Britain, on today’s show we visit the two most south western counties in England, Joe utters the word cute in a genuine manner, and much more!

Reason 4 - The Lake District

August 07, 2018

This is 50 Reasons to Visit Britain, on today’s show we take an in-depth look at the Lake District in Northern England, Joe longingly recalls a meal from 8 months ago, we explore all of England with our Tour for the Reason and much more!

Reason 3 - Other Movies & TV Shows

July 24, 2018

This is 50 Reasons to Visit Britain, on today's episode we check out some iconic filming locations for classic movies filmed throughout Britain, we spend way too much time talking about Hugh Grant, Joe continues with his passion of taking Buzzfeed quizzes and much more!

Reason 2 - Outlander

July 10, 2018

This is 50 Reasons to Visit Britain, on today's episode we take a look at some wonderful places that inspired the show Outlander and were used as filming locations, Caitlin gets excited at a dog sitting in a chair, we take another silly Buzzfeed quiz and spend too much time...

Reason 1 - Harry Potter

June 26, 2018
Episode 1 is here! In this episode we step inside the magical world of Harry Potter filming locations 
  • We dedicate more time to Hufflepuff than the Harry Potter movies and books combined
  • Caitlin mentions that time she used to live in Belfast within 10 minutes
  • Joe reveals the...

Reason 0 - Introduction to Britain

June 22, 2018

We’ve got some pretty good news to share… much like every moderately successful tv show from the 90s, we’re coming back!

If you don’t see Episode 1 of 50 Reasons to Visit Britain in your stream by June 27th, look at the following places to see what we did wrong:


Episode 50: For the Craic

April 04, 2018

Episode 50 is here! This is the last podcast in the 50 Reasons to Visit Ireland series. This week Caitlin and Joe discuss Irish Craic. Craic is defined as “a term for news, gossip, fun, entertainment and enjoyable conversation, particularly prominent in Ireland”. Listen to...

Episode 49: For the Family

April 04, 2018

During episode 48 Caitlin and Joe sit down with special guest, Ava, to talk to her about Ireland. She tells us her favorite places she has visited in Ireland. Caitlin and Joe also cover great family activities in Ireland.

  • Check out this video of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park....

Episode 48: For the Adventure

April 04, 2018

During episode 48, Caitlin and Joe discuss the wide variety of adventure in Ireland. Among these adventures are coasteering, bog snorkeling, recreational tree climbing, hill walking and surfing. Check out this podcast for the best places to go on these awesome adventures.

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Episode 47: Because You Got Married

April 04, 2018

During episode 47 Caitlin and Joe talk about the best couple destinations in Ireland. Learn all about Joe’s Ireland wedding, classic wedding traditions and castles that are perfect for Irish weddings.

  • Click here to see the honeymoon testers’ visit to the Emerald Isle. They...

Episode 46: Because it’s Christmas

April 04, 2018

In episode 46 learn all about the Christmas traditions of Ireland. Caitlin and Joe talk about the best Christmas Markets, the classic polar plunges and New Year’s festivals. Also listen as Joe discusses the differences in holiday traditions between Ireland and United States.

Episode 45: For the Hidden Gems

April 04, 2018

We welcome Caitlin’s dear friend Josh to the podcast this week. He sits down with us as we discuss the hidden gems of Ireland. We will reveal the beautiful, scenic places that are less well know such as Downpatrick Head, Slieve League Cliffs, Mussenden Temple and many more!

Episode 44: Because You Like to Run

April 04, 2018

Ireland is a very popular place for runners and people who enjoy the outdoors. This week we sit down with our co-worker Ann who loves to run in Ireland. Learn all about the Dingle Half & Full Marathon, the Connemarathon, the Clare Burren Marathon and much more!

  • Check out...

Episode 43: For The Photos

April 04, 2018

This week Joe sits down with photographer Manuel Palacios who recently traveled to Ireland to take some incredible pictures. Listen to find out what he has to say about capturing amazing photos in Ireland.

  • Click here to visit Manuel’s website to see some amazing photos.
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Episode 42: Mythology & Folklore

April 04, 2018

Irish mythology and folklore is unlike any other form. The mythology features gods that are surrounded in mystery. Learn about leprechauns, fairies, heroes and much more!

  • Check out this video explaining why Irish mythology isn’t more popular.
  • Click here to watch a video...

Episode 41: Sligo

April 04, 2018

Sligo is along the northwest coast of Ireland. The name ‘Sligo’ translates to ‘Shelly River’ which is due to a large amount of shellfish in the surrounding waters. The town is full of rich history to discover.

  • Watch the Galway song Joe mentioned here.
  • Check out this video...

Episode 40: Westport

April 04, 2018

Westport is located in Country Mayo along Ireland’s west coast. It is a popular tourist attraction with rich ancient past, unique architecture and friendly locals.

  • Watch the 2012 Westport Food Festival promo here.
  • See why Westport is the best place to live in Ireland.
  • Listen

Episode 39: Killarney

April 04, 2018

This week is all about Ireland’s Adventure Capital. The area has beautiful landscapes to explore like the Killarney National Park and it is big for marathons. Killarney is also a very popular area along the Ring of Kerry.

  • Check out this video with an aerial view of...

Episode 38: The Irish Pub

April 04, 2018

Pull up a chair, order a pint and raise a glass with us to the most iconic pubs in the world.

  • In case you haven’t heard us talk about The Burren yet…
  • More on the tale behind The King’s Head.
  • We don’t know what’s going on here, but we like it.

Episode 37: Dublin

April 04, 2018

This week we discuss the largest city in Ireland: Dublin. The Emerald Isle’s capital is located at the mouth of the River Liffey. The city was originally founded as a Viking settlement.

  • This video gives you a view of all the beauty that Dublin has to offer.
  • Check out this...

Reason 36: Cork

April 04, 2018

This week we discuss the Rebel City of Cork. The city is situated along River Lee which divides to break the city into two islands. We discuss Cork and Dublin’s rivalry and talk about must-see places to visit.

Reason 35: Belfast

April 04, 2018

There’s no place like Belfast – at least, Caitlin thinks so. We discuss all the must-see spots found in Northern Ireland’s capital and relive some memories from her semester abroad.

  • Here’s a look behind-the-scenes at Rihanna in Belfast for her We Found Love video.
  • Take a...

Reason 34: Kilkenny

April 04, 2018

We take a 50 Reasons stroll down the Marble City’s Medieval Mile and break down some of its most historical, cultural destinations.

  • Follow along with us on your own Medieval Mile Map.
  • Here’s a clip depicting more of Kilkenny Castle’s history.
  • Kilkenny is home to the world’s...

Reason 33: Derry~Londonderry

April 04, 2018

Reason 32: Galway

April 04, 2018
  • Catch a live stream of Galway via the Claddagh Webcam.
  • Discover more of the musical, vibrant West End here.
  • Listen to Joe’s favorite band Bell X1 sing one of their singles, ‘The Upswing‘.

Reason 31: Irish Tea & Coffee

April 04, 2018

It’s Barry’s Vs. Lyons in the ultimate 50 Reasons taste test and we tell the story of how the infamous Irish coffee came to be.

  • Caitlin might not have read Joe’s blog post, but you can here.
  • One of those classic Barry’s commercials
  • Let Irish actress Saoirse Ronan teach...

Reason 30: Irish Whiskey

April 04, 2018

We celebrate the “water of life” and the very best Irish whiskey. Bottoms up!

Reason 29: Irish Beer

April 04, 2018

We raise a glass to Ireland (and Irish pubs in Boston) as we sample Irish beer and explore its rich flavor in Reason 29.

Reason 28: Irish Stout

April 04, 2018

Episode 28 explores the most popular Irish Stouts including Murphy’s, Beamish and of course, Guinness. Caitlin and Joe dive into the history of each classic Irish drink and give tips on the best ways to experience them!

  • After Joe complains about the small and crowded...

Reason 19.5: Game of Thrones

April 04, 2018

This bonus episode talks all things Game of Thrones. Special guest, Katie recently traveled to Iceland and tells us all about the breathtaking filming locations. She was blown away by the tour. Even if you are not a Game of Thrones fan, the amazing sights and nature make...

Reason 27: Traditional Irish Recipes

April 04, 2018

The Traditional Irish Recipes episode takes a closer look at some celebrity Irish chefs, cooking experiences you can have in Ireland (like the one above) and some of the amazing traditional Irish food.

Reason 26: Farm to Fork

April 04, 2018

The Farm to Fork (or table) movement in Ireland is one that is all about enjoying good food but also about trusting it and being excited about its journey. Today we discuss.

  • The Ireland’s Ancient East Fabulous Food video Joe mentioned.
  • Below is a couple of dishes that still...

Reason 25: Ireland’s Ancient East

April 04, 2018

Ireland’s Ancient East consists of 17 counties that cover 5,000 years of Ireland’s history. The three main regions are the Historical Heartlands, the Celtic Coast and the Land of 5,000 Dawns.

  • Map of Ireland’s Ancient East.
  • The photographs Frank Corry took of Glendalough...

Reason 24: Causeway Coast

April 04, 2018

The Causeway Coastal’s route is 120 miles spanning from Belfast to Londonderry. It is said to be the most beautiful drive in Ireland filled with folklore, legend and history.

Caitlin enjoying her...

Reason 23: Wild Atlantic Way

April 04, 2018

The Wild Atlantic Way stretching from Malin Head to Kinsale Harbor is the longest coastal route in the world. It spans over 8 counties, 5 Providences and has over 1,000 attractions.

Reason 22: Islands

April 04, 2018

Scattered throughout the coastline of the island of Ireland are hundreds of smaller islands. In many ways, these undeniably beautiful spots are Ireland at its most traditional.

Reason 21: New Movies

April 04, 2018

Get your popcorn and Sno-Caps ready as we wrap up Filming Locations with New Movies this week. Beware of spoilers, heartfelt tangents and poor acting attempts from your favorite Ireland podcast co-hosts.

Also, we realize we’re kind of the worst for not mentioning Star Wars....

Reason 20: Old Timey Movies

April 04, 2018

Joe was Far and Away in Ireland this week while Caitlin was in Boston, but that didn’t stop us from talking about Old Timey movies filmed on the Emerald Isle.

Reason 19: Game of Thrones

April 04, 2018

For many people all over the world, Ireland is a destination first seen on the silver or small screen. As part of our Filming Locations theme, we enter the world of Westeros where the Emerald Isle is a character in its own right. With many scenes filmed in Titanic Studios as...

Reason 18: Castles to Visit

April 04, 2018

We wrap up our Castles discussion this week with the very best ones to tour in Ireland. We cover kissing stones, making wishes, hunting ghosts, feasting at medieval banquets and so much more.

  • The tale of St. Patrick, the Devil & the Rock of Cashel Joe was butchering.
  • What’s...

Reason 17: Castles (to rent)

April 04, 2018

We continue our Castles theme today by taking a look at ones that you can rent out for special occasions.

Reason 15: Irish Sports

April 03, 2018

We round off our Culture theme with Irish sports this week. Caitlin asks “What is sports?”, Joe recalls his days playing Gaelic football and together we bring you the best of Irish athletics.

Reason 5.5: Donegal Update

April 03, 2018

Because our own trips to Ireland are reasons in themselves, we bring you our first bonus episode. Joe recounts one of the most picturesque plane landings in the world, top notch scenery and much more from his return to Donegal for the first time in years.

  • Here’s a brief look...

Episode 13: Dancing

April 03, 2018

Where would Irish culture be without the art of dance? The home to Michael Flatley’s inspiration, those big curly wigs and feet that won’t quit is a place you’ve just got to see for yourself.

  • Riverdance, Eurovision in Dublin 1994 – the performance that took the world by storm

Reason 11: Writers & Poets

April 03, 2018

Starting our deep dive into Irish Culture, we take a look at some of the writers and poets that shaped the Irish literary revival and continued the tradition of Ireland being the land of Saints and Scholars.

Reason 10: Ancestry

April 03, 2018

Rounding out our theme on Ireland’s History of Emigration, we take a look at the subject of ancestry. What does it mean to have Irish roots, and how can you find out more about yours? We talk to our colleague Katie who tells us her story.

Reason 9: St. Patrick’s Day

April 03, 2018

With just a few days until the entire world pretends to be Irish, we take a look at the man behind Ireland’s national holiday, debunk some of the most popular myths, take a look at his legacy, and see how the day itself is celebrated in Ireland and around the world.

  • A website...

Reason 8: Titanic

April 03, 2018

 We went with a slightly lighter tone to last week and talked about the most famous shipwreck in recent history.

Reason 7: The Great Famine

April 03, 2018

Today we started our first reason in our new theme – Ireland’s History of Emigration. The Famine was a seminal event in Irish history and, while you wouldn’t expect to visit Ireland specifically for this one event, there is such a legacy left behind that makes it worth it.

Reason 6: Wicklow Mountains

April 03, 2018

Our final reason in our Scenery theme. Next week, we start into a four-part theme based around Ireland’s History of Emigration.

  • Here’s the movie I was talking about, based loosely on the life of Martin Cahill: Ordinary Decent Criminal. The last time I watched it was...

Reason 5: Hills of Donegal

April 03, 2018

We’ve moved into the top corner of the West of Ireland today.

  • Bonus song from Christy Moore about the Famine called The City of...

Reason 4: Ring of Kerry

April 03, 2018
  •  Urban Dictionary backs up Caitlin’s hypothesis that some people use MacGillycuddy (or another version of it) as a filler word. The number 4 definition is NSFW, however!
  • While Charlie Chapin was famous for his silent movies, one of his most famous pieces is a speaking role.
  • ...

Reason 3: Dingle Peninsula

April 03, 2018

In this episode, we talk about “the most beautiful place on Earth”, try to teach Caitlin some more Irish, and introduce a new segment. Some notes below:

  • Joe’s fun fact may not be a fact (hear disclaimer in Episode 1) as we have been unable to get a source to prove it.
  • In case...

Reason 2: The Burren

April 03, 2018


Our second reason to visit Ireland is The Burren in County Clare.

Reason 1: Connemara

April 03, 2018
Today was our very first real show so we were a mixture of nervous and excited to talk about Connemara. As promised, you will find a few things below that are mentioned in the show:

Reason 0: Introduction

April 03, 2018


Welcome! Pull up a chair. Do you take milk in your tea? Of course you do.

This is the grand unveiling of our “50 Reasons to Visit Ireland” Podcast and we are really excited about it. Please take a listen to our introduction (above) to find out what it is all about and like us...