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How Much Should You Tip in Ireland ... And When?
Tipping in Ireland is like an arcane art mastered by only a few enlightened individuals. The rest of us mere mortals will have to just fumble along. Here are some pointers in the right direction.
Trying to Find a Decent Pub in Dublin? There's...
Dublin is full of pubs and picking the best is down to taste and expectations. But here is a list of lists - of Dublin pubs that are worth a visit.
Just How Easy is Driving in Ireland?
Driving a (rental) car in Ireland does not need to be difficult or even dangerous - as long as you stick to the rules of the road and some basic advice.
Which Souvenirs are Worth Buying in Ireland?
Souvenirs from Ireland - have a look at the best of the many choices you can encounter on yout Irish vacation.
Dublin Sights and Attractions You Should Not Miss
Dublin's best attractions, most famous sights, and recommended places to go ... a comprehensive list.
The Sights You Really Should Consider Visiting...
Trust me, when you travel around Ireland, these are the sights you really should consider - for starters at least, as there is much more ...
What are the Best Free Attractions in Dublin?
Want to see Dublin, but not spend a lot of Euros? Here are some handy hints on how to make the most of Ireland's capital for free ...
8 Frequently Asked Questions about Alcohol Laws...
Alcohol often is part of the Irish vacation experience - but what does the law say about drinking alcohol in Ireland?
What You Really Need to Pack for Ireland
Things to bring with you to Ireland - essential items that make travel easier and more fun.
Why Size Really Matters in Ireland
Shoppers beware - in Ireland, size really is important! Because Irish clothing and shoe sizes can be different from what you are used to at home.
Four Seasons in One Day - Ireland's Weather
Ireland and weather - a theme in itself ... but the Irish weather, come rain, come shine, is manageable. If unpredictable. That much is true ...
Some Irish Phrases That'll Help You Along ...
While you may not be able to hold a conversation in Irish, you can spice your English with some Irish phrases and colloquialisms.
When in Ireland, Drink What the Irish Drink
Going into an original Irish pub in Ireland and drinking just imported stuff should be outlawed. If you want to down a few - try the local brew.
How to pay in Ireland, North and South ...
Paying in Ireland - cash is king, credit cards are also handy if you have a PIN. Find out more about the Irish currencies and payment methods.
Dublin's Best Pubs? Here Are Some Favourites ...
The Auld Dubliner in Temple Bar - one of Dublin's best pubs, a favourite with the crowds.
10 Things to Never Do in Ireland, Ever
When in Ireland avoid doing what the Irish commonly associate with the more unwelcome tourists. Here is what you simply should not do when visiting Ireland.
Ireland and Customs - What is Legal to Import?
Irish Customs Regulations - find out what you can legally bring into the country ... and which channel to take.
How to Pay Road Tolls on Dublin's M50
Toll barriers have been scrapped on the notorious M50 - read up on barrier-free tolling and avoid penalties.
Got 2 Days in Dublin? Make the Most of It ...
Want to spend a weekend (or any other two days) in Dublin? Ireland's capital offers a lot, but you can't see it all. Let me give you an itinerary for a Dublin weekend to remember.
Which of the Most Dangerous Animals of Ireland...
Does Ireland have dangerous animals you should be aware of? Oh yes ... despite Patrick's ban on snakes.
Naked on Irish beaches? Watch your back!
Nudism in Ireland? It is largely a private matter, but sometimes tolerated. An Irish solution ...
Read the Full Text of the 1916 Declaration of...
Full text of the 1916 declaration of the Irish Republic, as read out by Patrick Pearse during the Easter Rising.
Can You get Contraceptives in Ireland? You Sure...
Did you really not know that contraceptives are widely available in Ireland? Times have changed, for the better.
Want to Sound Like the Irish Natives? Here's...
In Ireland you will hear people speaking an Irish version of English. Influenced by tradition and the Irish language. And confusing for the visitor.
Why You Should Mind the Irish L-Driver
Look out for the special Irish markings for special drivers - the L-, N- and R-plates explained.
Eat Like the Irish: Original Food of Ireland
When in Ireland, do as the Irish do. And when it comes to food and drink the tourist should endeavor to savor local specialities. You can have steaks, burgers and buffalo wings any day at home.
On What Date Should Ireland Really Celebrate...
The Easter Rising of 1916 is celebrated at Easter - which makes no historical sense at all. Only in Ireland ...
One Day in Dublin
You only have one day to spare for Dublin? Well, Ireland's capital can be explored in this tight time frame, if needs must. Here is my sample itinerary for a Dublin day to remember.
Dublin Pubs Where They Really Raise the Roof
Some of Dublin's pubs where you'll always find a good crowd and a good buzz.
What You Need to Know About Ryanair and Luggage
Ryanair's cabin baggage or hand luggage rules are strict and can be costly - find out more before booking a budget flight to Ireland.
What Women Travelling Alone to Ireland Should...
Women travelling alone in Ireland - a problem? There are some places on earth where women should never travel alone, for whatever reasons - thankfully Ireland is not one of them. Which does not change the fact that woman travellers in Ireland should exercise caution, in several ways.
Shopping on the Cheap in Ireland - Without Tax
Most goods in Ireland carry a hefty surcharge of 23% Value Added Tax (VAT). Thus goods that would be actually priced at 100 Euros will cost you 123 Euros. Or, to reverse the process, without the added VAT a souvenir bought for 100 Euros would only set you back by 81.30 Euros.
Find the Best Sites in Ireland by Region
Explore this round-up of the top places to see and things to do in the different counties of Ireland. Pick up key travel tips for the Emerald Isle.
How to Travel Ireland Without Driving a Car
The best way to travel around Ireland is by car - no contest. But what if a visitor does not want or simply cannot use a car? There are alternatives available, none of them perfect, but a combination of road and rail travel is an interesting option.
It's a Long Way to Tipperary - But Why and From...
Tipperary, it's a long, long way to go ... but why did this Irish town matter at all? Lyrics and history of the popular soldiers' song explored.
Churches Not to Miss in Ireland
Ireland, known as the island of saints and scholars, is dotted with church buildings - from small, early medieval oratories to Byzantine extravaganzas. Here are ten churches I would recommend for a visit and which would give you a fair impression of the different styles.
The Irish Words You Should Really Know
Which Irish words should you really know when travelling to Ireland? There are a few ... and some may be saving you from embarrassment.
What Documents Do You Need To Enter Ireland?
Information on passports, visas and vaccinations for travellers planning to visit Ireland.
The Fiercest Fights in Ireland - Spectator Sports
When in Ireland, do as the Irish do! And one thing the Irish are certainly fond of are sports. At least in the role of a spectator. Here are the ten most popular spectator sports:
Want to Get Close to Dublin's Attractions? Then...
Dublin is comparatively small ... and you may walk through the main areas of interest in a short time. So, why not do it, and save money to boot?
How to Make the Best of Three Days in Dublin
You have planned to stay three days in Dublin? Maybe this is the ideal time frame to get to know Ireland's capital in a leisurely way. An itinerary for a three day visit to Dublin could even take you to non-central attractions.
Gay Travel in Ireland - No Problem
Gay Travel in Ireland - there should be no major problem for you.
Dublin Pubs You May Not Find in Every Guidebook
Dublin pubs that are not on everyone's radar ... but that provide a unique experience, a quiet pint. or a convenient pit-stop when touring Ireland.
What are Ireland's 20 Largest Cities?
Ireland's towns are, mostly, not large as such - but here are the twenty largest Irish urban areas.
Why Travel to Ireland? Here are 10 Good Reasons...
Why Ireland as a holiday destination? Here are some reasons ... you really should consider heading for Ireland.
Is Northern Ireland Still a Dangerous Place?
Many visitors to Ireland are wary of going into the six counties of Northern Ireland. Is it still a dangerous place? Not really - if you just use common sense.
Just a Few Words of Irish For You ...
Want to impress a flame-haired colleen with your knowledge of Irish? Try counting to ten. This might work better in Boston than in the gaeltacht, though. Well, man can but try ... so here are a few basic Irish words that might ocome in handy.
Movie Locations in Ireland
Ireland has long been a country where cinemas were an important part of popular culture - indeed the Irish are regarded as some of the most enthusiastic cineasts of Europe. But Ireland has also a tradition of film production. Many major movies were filmed here, find the places where this happened ...
What is the Best Month to Visit Ireland?...
What is the best time to visit Ireland? Easy - because at least six months hold the promise of an enjoyable Irish vacation.
How to Keep an Eye on Your Euros in Ireland
Prices in Ireland are not exactly low, but you may beat the Rip-Off Republic by thinking ahead and stretching your Irish travel budget.
The Parting Glass - Why So Popular?
The Parting Glass - a song of farewell and hope and very popular indeed, due to a number of reasons ...
How to Enjoy a Safe and Unproblematic Irish...
Travelling in Ireland is not dangerous as such - millions of tourists visit the country every year without coming to harm whatsoever. Still it is a wise precaution to be a safety-conscious traveller.
Top 10 Festivals in Ireland
Ireland has literally hundreds of festivals, but where should a visitor go? Find out more about the best festivals in Ireland.
Should You Buy a Holiday Home in Ireland?
The basic knowledge you need for buying a holiday home in Ireland.
Ireland's Best Festivals in 2015
A comprehensive list of various festivals and major events taking place in Ireland during 2015. Pick your own favourites!
Some Basic Facts You Should Know About Dublin
Once a Viking trading colony, Dublin today is a vibrant and modern city with a good sense of tradition. And the capital of Ireland, of course.
How to Travel Digital in Ireland
The digital traveller is a common sight in Ireland. Where do he or she get their energy from, to recharge those batteries?
What Will the Weather in Dublin Be Like When...
Weather data from Dublin, on the east coast of Ireland - the statistical low-down on the weather in the Irish capital.
What to Look Out For in an Irish Rental Car
Renting a car in Ireland? Get the rental that fits you needs on Irish roads - and know the difference between European and US cars.
Just How Difficult is Cross-Border Travel in...
Cross-border travel in Ireland - just how complicated is it? Actually, it might be too easy, and you may run foul of visa regulations.
Fungi the Dingle Dolphin
Dingle Bay is home to Fungi, a solitary dolphin known for interacting with humans. Unfortunately the dolphin's behaviour is not natural.
Need Help in Ireland? Here are the Numbers to...
A comprehensive list of emergency telephone numbers for travellers in Ireland, including police, medical services, and fire.
Where Dublin Mammies go to Buy Fresh Fruit
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When are shops, museums or banks open in Ireland?
Shopping or visiting an attraction in Ireland? When can you expect the doors to be open? Heree are some guidelines regarding Irish opening hours.
Cliffs of Moher - a Rip-Off?
The Cliffs of Moher are spectacular - but unfortunately also an example of misguided attempts to exploit the visitor as much as possible.
Belleek Pottery
Belleek Pottery is, with all due respect, about the only reason most people come to Belleek. The production of porcelain began in 1857 and the products of today's Belleek Pottery are sought by collectors.
Traditional Music Sessions in Ireland
If you spend an evening in an Irish pub, you might catch a session in full swing - Ireland's best entertainment without any frills.
Want to Bring Your Pet on an Irish Vacation?
Bringing pets to Ireland - a short, practical guide for pet owners who need to bring their companions.
Drink Where Dublin's Thinkers Did - Pubs with...
The Bailey - one of Dublin's pubs with literary connections.
House of Waterford Crystal
Waterford Crystal is legendary – though it may have had to whether a few rough spots and has by no means been a continuing success story, the name alone evokes craftsmanship and enviable cut-glass pieces to showcase in your home. So, why not visit Waterford Crystal at home?
What You Want to Give a Miss in Ireland
Tourist traps are more hype than substance - best avoid, in Ireland as well as everywhere else. An Irish list of things to miss.
Visit Ireland in Film With These Top Irish Movies
Ireland on the cinema screen - a list of recommended movies to give you that Irish feeling and a bit of an insight.
Heading for Dublin's Temple Bar? Then Consider...
Pubs in Dublin's Temple Bar - maybe not the first choice for a quiet drink, but certainly a party-zone from midday on ...
When are Public Holidays in Northern Ireland?
Public holidays in Northern Ireland are (at times) different from those in the Republic - here is a complete list.
Dublin Tours - Dublin Tour Hop-on Hop-off
A definitely brilliant idea if you are in Ireland's capital for the first time and want to take in Dublin's most important attractions at a leisurely pace. The whole tour would take just less the one and a half hours (depending on traffic).
The Best Free Attractions in Ireland
Ireland's attractions on a shoestring? Possible ... you only have to change routes or know the (perfectly legal) way around paying ...
When is Irish Whiskey the Perfect Souvenir?
Irish Whiskey - a souvenir? Why not ... but compare prices, especially with those at home. Or you might be in for a surprise.
Why You Should Make the Effort to See Dublin's...
One of Dublin's three cathedrals (and the largest church in Ireland), St. Patrick's is actually the National Cathedral ... but lacking a bishop.
The Seven Man-Made Wonders of Ireland You...
Ireland has some man-made wonders in addition to its natural wonders - some ancient, some medieval and some quite modern. Find out more about Newgrange, Carrowmore, the Leviathan and Samson as well as Goliath ...
How to Get (Legally) Married in the Republic of...
Information on the Legal Requirements for an Irish Wedding
Highway Robbery? Road Tolls in Ireland Can...
A short introduction to tolls raised on Irish roads - adding to the cost of touring Ireland.
How To Spend Your Time in Galway City
Visiting Galway City in Ireland's province of Connacht? Here is a short list of recommended things to do.
O'Connell Street (Dublin)
Everyone has to see O'Connell Street when visiting Ireland - a street of superlatives. O'Connell Street is reputed to be Europe's widest urban street. And it is home to the
Why Dublin's Temple Bar is Not Really a Must-See
Temple Bar - does the reputation translate into reality? Yes and no, making the area a mixed blessing.
Where to Get (Relatively) Close to Animals in...
Safe, yet (moderately) close animal encounters in Ireland - a list of attractions that might be of special interest for stressed parents.
Where to Join an Irish Pub Session in Dublin
A list of Dublin pubs and clubs hosting regular sessions of traditional music.
How to Get to Dublin Airport by Public Transport
Dublin Airport is connected to the rest of Ireland by bus - find out more about routes, tickets and the usability.
Easter Rising 1916 - What was the Plan?
The planning of the Easter Rising of 1916 - a series of conspiracies and a false start.
Where to Join an Irish Pub Session in County...
A list of Limerick pubs and clubs hosting regular sessions of traditional music.
Ireland by GPS
Satellite navigation has really taken off in Ireland over the last few years. The combination of a global positioning system and a digital map is the must-have gadget for many Irish drivers. But is it a must-have for travelers touring Ireland?
Why Ireland's County Towns Should be the Places...
Ireland's county towns - where to head for first when you need supplies, help, information, as they usually provide everything.
Buying a Holiday Home on Ireland's West Coast...
The prices you must expect when buying a holiday home on the west coast of Ireland.
What Can You Expect in an Irish Pub?
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Taking the bus, the LUAS or the DART? All are...
An introduction to public transport in Dublin - you definitely do not need a car in Ireland's capital.
How to Pick the Best of Connacht in Ireland's...
Connacht - have a look at some of the the best places to visit when travelling in the West of Ireland.
Ireland's Haunted Hostelries
For that special Irish holiday feeling ... why not drop into a pub with its own ghost? Or even stay a night with things that go bump in the night?
In the footsteps of prisoners and academics ......
The Royal Canal Way is a unique way to explore some of the hidden aspects of Dublin.
Courtyard by Marriott
The Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Galway City - description of its location and what to expect.
What to Expect in Ireland in June
Ireland in June - Events, Holidays and Other Highlights During June in Ireland
A Short Run-Down of Howth's Attractions
Howth is slightly off the beaten track for visitors to Dublin - but an excellent connection via DART makes the seaside village accessible for anyone.
Ulster - Six Plus Three Counties to Visit
A Short Survey of Ireland's Northern Province
Some Dublin Pubs That Are Definitely Not Central
A list of Dublin pubs that are not in the city centre, but it is recommended that you make an effort to get there when visiting Ireland.
Who Visits Ireland?
Some statistics on who actually visits Ireland - gleaned from publications by Fáilte Ireland.
10 Sights You Must Not Miss in Ireland's Munster
What are the top sights of Munster? West Cork and Kerry rank high, but there is more than coastal scenery in this Irish province.
Discover the Castle in the Middle of Dublin
Dublin Castle, one of the top sights of Dublin, is hidden away near Dame Street. And not a castle in the classical sense. But the former seat of British power in Ireland should be on every agenda.
Irish Monasteries You Should Not Miss
Ruins and remains of monasteries still are numerous in Ireland - and I encourage you to include a few in your plans.
Bleak and Bare in County Clare - the Burren
A bleak, scarred limestone plateau - the Burren just south of Galway Bay is one of Ireland's most fascinating sights.
The Best Irish Fast Food Outlets
How to get food fast when visiting Ireland - with a twist. Explore the local fast food outlets and expand your culinary horizon.
Ireland at a Glance
Ireland at a glance? Just the facts? No problem - here is the most important data.
Hopping On And Off Around Dublin
This Dublin tour is a must-do if you are in Ireland's capital for the first time and want to take in Dublin's most important attractions at a leisurely pace. The whole tour would take just 75 minutes.
Clonmacnoise (County Offaly)
Though Clonmacnoise is never really on the way, a detour to see this monastic site is worth the time and gas.
The Highest Sea Cliffs In Europe At Slieve League
The cliffs of Slieve League in Donegal are the highest sea cliffs in Europe - so they say.
Kildare Village Outlet Shopping
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Breathe Freely Even in an Irish Pub
A blanket ban on smoking in workplaces and enclosed public spaces is in effect all over Ireland. Now what does this mean to the visitor?
Gipsy Caravans in Ireland
Gipsy caravans in brochures look like a treat – and promise a „traditional way“ to enjoy a holiday in Ireland. In unspoiled landscapes at a leisurely place, as near to nature as you can get and with the carbon footprint of a mosquito. Which all sounds very nice. But is it really worth it? Let's take a closer look ..
Why You Should Consider The Ferry To Ireland
Ferry travel to Ireland sounds outdated - but it has definite advantages. Provided you are travelling from the UK or mainland Europe.
A Short Overview of the National Museum in...
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National Gallery of Ireland (Merrion Square,...
The National Gallery of Ireland is situated at Merrion Square and not too out of the way for a quick visit. And the small but exquisite collection of renowned masterpieces, including a only recently discovered Caravaggio, make it definitely worth the while.
2 Weeks in Ireland - With Some of the Best Sights
A tour of Ireland - in two weeks. Twelve days in Ireland (plus getting there) will give you a good idea of the magic to be found here.
Want to Take That Image? Make Sure it is Legal...
Camera? Packed ... but what are the rules and regulations regarding photography in Ireland?
Tara - All About the "Feeling"
Tara - ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland and one of the most legendary sites in Irish history and folklore.
Finding a Last Resting Place in Dublin
Dublin has a large number of cemeteries - but which stand out from the usual and mundane? Here are my top picks for visitors to the Irish capital.
Flying to Ireland? Here is a List of Airports ...
Complete list of Irish airports with connections within Ireland, European and long-haul flights, with links to further information.
Why the Titanic Became so Iconic
The ill-fated RMS Titanic was tragedy after triumph - and made in Ireland.
James Joyce in St. Stephen's Green
James Joyce in St. Stephen's Green - Dublin Statues - Memorials Worth Seeking Out in Ireland's Capital
Get to Know the Counties of Leinster
A Short Survey of Ireland's Eastern Province
When are Public Holidays in the Republic of...
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Tours of Dublin
When visiting Dublin you have several methods to explore the city at your disposal. The best way to get to know Dublin without too much hassle and with a knowledgeable commentary thrown in is a tour. You actually have a choice of several.
Is Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin Worth Seeing?
Kilmainham Gaol - a place of suffering and despair made into a tourist attraction. Mainly because of 1916 connections.
Ireland - Seven Natural Wonders to Explore
Mother Nature certainly made Ireland wonderful ... so which would be the seven wonders of Irish nature?
Ireland's Forty Shades of Green - and Johnny Cash
Just why do we talk about Forty Shades of Green? Blame Johnny Cash ...
10 Dublin Attractions Most Tourists Miss
Once you have done the essential sights of Dublin you might be tempted to see some of the hidden gems
Dublin's Saint Stephen's Green in a Nutshell
St. Stephen's Green is the front lawn on which Dublin's office workers and clerks relax during lunch hour - and maybe the true center of Dublin. No visit to Dublin would be complete without a stroll through it.
Can You Vape in Spite of the Irish Smoking Ban?
Vaping, the electronic alternative to smoking - legal despite Ireland's smoking ban? Yes, but it may be banned on premises.
How to Choose From the Best Sights of Ulster
The top sights of Ulster? Long regarded as one of the most dangerous places in Ireland and all Europe, Ulster has now been changed nearly beyond recognition due to the peace process.
How to Pick the Best Sights of Leinster in...
The top sights of Leinster? Leinster has so much to see that it is difficult to make a choice. I have taken the easy way out and included mainly sights and attractions within commuting distance of Dublin. This will suit visitors who want to stay in one central location and plan manageable day trips.
Beara Peninsula (Counties Kerry and Cork)
Though only a few miles south of the more famous Ring of Kerry, the Beara Peninsula is a different world. The peninsula and its main town Castletownbere have not yet been totally discovered by mainstream tourism and retained a rural charm that has been modernized and polished to death in other places.
What You Need to Know About Flying to Ireland...
The Hungarian-based budget airline started operation in 2003 and has built a strong presence in Eastern Europe.
How to Get (Legally) Married in Northern Ireland
Information on the Legal Requirements for a Northern Irish Wedding
Taking a Bus in Dublin
Taking a bus in Dublin ... it generally is a great experience to explore Dublin by bus and the system operated is fairly easy to master. But it does have its pitfalls.
Ireland's Weather - Temperatures, Rainfall and...
Weather data from Belmullet, County Mayo, on the Atlantic coast of Ireland. Get the statistical data on the weather in Ireland's West.
Whiskey
Whiskey - Irish drinks and their history.
Ten Megalithic Sites in Ireland That Will Leave...
Only old stones at the end of the world? No, Ireland's megalithic and prehistoric sites know how to impress even the most seasoned traveller.
National Museum of Ireland (Kildare Street,...
This is one of the real "must see" museums in all Ireland for anybody interested in history at all. Finds
Drumcliff - Round Tower, High Cross and Yeats'...
Drumcliff - well worth a stop if you like medieval Ireland, stunning landscapes and Yeats' poetry ... and a good mystery.
Renting a Car in Ireland - Essential Equipment...
Touring Ireland by rental car? Some things to take with you are common sense items, some are Irish legal necessities.
Why You Should Not Miss the Giant's Causeway
Finn MacCool may not have built the Giant's Causeway to cross over to Scotland - but the World Heritage Site in County Antrim is highly recommended.
Taking the Coastal Route in Dublin - on the DART
DART is one of the main means of public transport in Dublin, Ireland. Find out more about routes, tickets and the usability.
Dingle Peninsula (County Kerry)
The Dingle Peninsula is one of the most remote areas of Ireland - yet a tourist magnet. Worth a visit, but crowded in summer.
What to Expect in Ireland in October
Ireland in October - Events, Holidays and Other Highlights During October in Ireland

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