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Plan Ahead - How to Create Your Irish Dream Vacation

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Planning a vacation in Ireland doesn't have to be hard - just follow some basic advice in our list of resources on Ireland and the Irish. This will give you a very personal itinerary, much more satisfying than an off-the-peg tour!

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Clontarf Viking Festival Reminder

Friday April 18, 2014

For two full days, Vikings will take over the shores of Dublin Bay again, on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th. Many hundred reenactors will assemble to present Viking life around 1014 to the visitors. And to re-fight the Battle of Clontarf (though with considerably less casualties ... they are just having historical fun). More information on the official Clontarf website. If you had nothing planned for the weekend ... now you have!

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Happy 65th Birthday, Republic of Ireland!

Friday April 18, 2014

The Republic of Ireland Act 1948, which explicitly declared Ireland to be a republic, plain and simple, marks the moment when Ireland became a true republic. It scrapped all Imperial trappings and gave the President of Ireland the power to exercise the executive authority of the state in its external relations (but only following the advice of the Government of Ireland). This act was actually signed into law in late 1948 ... but only came into force on April 18th, 1949 - then Easter Monday. So, today the Republic of Ireland reaches the 65th birthday ...

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Good Friday - a Holiday in Ireland?

Thursday April 17, 2014

In two days' time one of those specifically Irish planning dilemmas will come to pass. Good Friday, one of the Catholic church's highest feast days ... and in Ireland basically just another day. With less alcohol. But there are differences between North and South. Is Good Friday a holiday or just a holy day? Well, the answer is somewhere in the middle.

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Epic Clontarf Reenactment

Tuesday April 15, 2014

This April sees the anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf ... a major event in Irish medieval history and the end of the career for High King Brian Boru. So, time to party. And an epic party it will be:

For two full days, Vikings will take over the shores of Dublin Bay again, this coming weekend. Many hundred reenactors will assemble to present Viking life around 1014 to the visitors. And to re-fight the Battle of Clontarf (though with considerably less casualties ... they are just having historical fun). More information on the official Clontarf website.

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