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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 ...
Dublin Sights and Attractions You Should Not Miss
Dublin's best attractions, most famous sights, and recommended places to go ... a comprehensive list.
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.
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 ...
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 ...
What You Really Need to Pack for Ireland
Things to bring with you to Ireland - essential items that make travel easier and more fun.
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.
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.
Is Good Friday an Irish Holiday ... or Not?
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On What Date Should Ireland Celebrate the...
The Easter Rising of 1916 is celebrated at Easter - which makes no sense at all. Only in Ireland ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Naked on Irish beaches? Watch your back!
Nudism in Ireland? It is largely a private matter, but sometimes tolerated. An Irish solution ...
It's a Long Way to Tipperary - 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.
Easter in Ireland
A Short Overview of Irish Easter Celebrations and Traditions
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Documents Do You Need To Enter Ireland?
Information on passports, visas and vaccinations for travellers planning to visit Ireland.
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.
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:
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.
Easter Rising 1916 - The Plan
The planning of the Easter Rising of 1916 - a series of conspiracies and a false start.
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.
Dublin City - An Introduction
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Those Things You Know About Saint Patrick ......
Sorting the chaff from the wheat in our knowledge about Ireland's patron, Saint Patrick.
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.
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.
Should You Buy a Holiday Home in Ireland?
The basic knowledge you need for buying a holiday home in Ireland.
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 ...
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Where to Join an Irish Pub Session in Dublin
A list of Dublin pubs and clubs hosting regular sessions of traditional music.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
Gay Travel in Ireland - No Problem
Gay Travel in Ireland - there should be no major problem for you.
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.
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.
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 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.
Drink Where Dublin's Thinkers Did - Pubs with...
Dublin pubs that are famous for a connection to Irish literature and writers, from Behan to Yeats.
What Can You Expect in an Irish Pub?
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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Where Dublin Mammies go to Buy Fresh Fruit
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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.
The Sash My Father Wore
The Sash My Father Wore - the lyrics of this popular Irish folk song.
How to Choose Your Airline for Flying to Ireland
Flying to Ireland has become ever cheaper, but differences in price are still enormous. And they do not always reflect the level of service you get.
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.
What to Expect in Ireland in April
Ireland in April - Events, Holidays and Other Highlights During April in 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.
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.
The most important female saint in Ireland -...
Saint Brigid - the „Mary of the Gaels“ was an Irish nun, abbess, founder of several convents, and even bishop.
Ireland - Seven Natural Wonders to Explore
Mother Nature certainly made Ireland wonderful ... so which would be the seven wonders of Irish nature?
8 Different Views of Ireland's Capital Dublin
Dublin's best lookouts, places where you can spot the Irish capital from a different angle, are not always easy to get to. But definitely worth going if you want to have a panoramic view.
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.
Why You May Be Greeted With a "Ciao!" in an...
So, you walk into an Irish fish and chips shop, and all the staff is speaking Italian. Cheap labour? Far from it, these are the owners. Traditionally.
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.
When are Public Holidays in the Republic of...
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National Museum of Ireland (Collins Barracks,...
While the National Museum of Ireland in Kildare Street is a definitive "must see" the museum in the Collins
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.
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?
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
Getting Married in Northern Ireland
Information on the Legal Requirements for a Northern Irish Wedding
Some Basic Irish Words - A Short Introduction...
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.
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.
How to Identify a Real High Cross in Ireland
Irish High Crosses - what they are and how to identify them.
Who Visits Ireland?
Some statistics on who actually visits Ireland - gleaned from publications by Fáilte Ireland.
Whiskey
Whiskey - Irish drinks and their history.
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.
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 ...
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?
Why the Titanic Became so Iconic
The ill-fated RMS Titanic was tragedy after triumph - and made in Ireland.
In the footsteps of prisoners and academics ......
The Royal Canal Way is a unique way to explore some of the hidden aspects of Dublin.
Ireland at a Glance
Ireland at a glance? Just the facts? No problem - here is the most important data.
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.
Twelve Great Ideas for Touring Ireland with...
Making an Irish vacation exciting for children can be a major task - but Ireland has a lot to offer for the younger visitor.
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.
The Seven Man-Made Wonders of Ireland
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 ...
Before You Buy a Guide Book to Ireland
Getting a guide book to Ireland is easy - any large bookstore will stock a few and there are dozens more available to order. From the mundane and basic to the definitely esoteric. But which one is the best?
Germanwings
A low-cost carrier from Germany (as the name implies), Germanwings focuses on the tourism market. The network is extensive and includes Ireland.
Kildare Village Outlet Shopping
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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.
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.
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.
Music, Theater, and More: The Best Irish...
A round-up of festivals and events that take place in Ireland during 2014 - a mixed bag, with something for everyone.
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.
Full Irish Breakfast - a Common Name for a...
An exploration of Ireland's culinary start of the day - the Full Irish Breakfast (... or even the Ulster Fry). Not suitable for vegetarians.
Getting Married in the Republic of Ireland
Information on the Legal Requirements for an Irish Wedding
Planning a Vacation in Ireland
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.
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.
Where Irish History Was Made - Dublin's GPO
The General Post Office or GPO in O'Connell Street is one of the top ten sights of Dublin. Not only does the massive classical building dominate Dublin's main thoroughfare, it also is the iconic symbol of the failed 1916 Easter Rising. Several renovations restored the GPO to its former glory.
Want to Take That Image? Make Sure it is Legal...
Camera? Packed ... but what are the rules and regulations regarding photography in Ireland?
Ireland on a Budget
The Irish themselves have become used to high prices for everything. Tourists become nearly apoplectic when working out the restaurant bill. So, is really low-budget travel to and through Ireland still possible? It is, but only if you are prepared to cut corners and do without the frills - here's how.
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?
The Mass Grave for the Executed 1916 Leaders
Visit Arbour Hill in Dublin if you are interested in the Easter Rising of 1916 and its aftermath ... and have time to spare.
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.
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.
Get to Know the Counties of Leinster
A Short Survey of Ireland's Eastern Province
Ulster - Six Plus Three Counties to Visit
A Short Survey of Ireland's Northern Province
What You Need to Know About Irish Dancing
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Spending the Night in Dublin ... Partying
Dublin is a "Party Town", once even known as Europe's Number One in this regard - though this ranking
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.
William Butler Yeats - Irish Poet With Sligo...
William Butler Yeats - a short biographical sketch of Ireland's national poet and first Nobel Prize laureate.
Taking the Kids to Dublin? Keep Them Happy ...
Dublin offers a lot of entertainment for young persons that the older generations might also enjoy. An Irish mix ...
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.
Where to Join an Irish Pub Session in County...
A list of Limerick pubs and clubs hosting regular sessions of traditional music.
When to Buy Travel Insurance for Ireland
Do you need travel insurance when coming to Ireland? Well, yes and no ...
Ireland's Forty Shades of Green - and Johnny Cash
Just why do we talk about Forty Shades of Green? Blame Johnny Cash ...
The Rising Of The Moon
The Rising Of The Moon - the lyrics of this popular Irish folk song.
DART – Dublin Public Transport
DART is one of the main means of public transport in Dublin, Ireland. Find out more about routes, tickets and the usability.
Tradtional Music Sessions
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