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How to See the Best of Dublin in a Short Time
On a day out in Dublin, make sure you do not miss the best sights! All are actually in the city centre or at least on a bus route.
10 Great Dublin Pubs to Visit and Have a Pint
Dublin is full of pubs and picking the best is down to taste and expectations. But here is a list of the pubs that are worth a visit.
Ireland's Top Sights - More Than Shades of Green
What to visit in Ireland? The Top Ten Irish Sights are places you should not miss. Though, at times, they might be a bit crowded.
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.
Top 10 Souvenirs to Bring Home
Souvenirs from Ireland - have a look at the best of the many choices you can encounter on yout Irish vacation.
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.
The Most Overrated Attractions and Tourist Traps
Tourist traps are more hype than substance - best avoid, in Ireland as well as everywhere else. An Irish list of things to miss.
Just How Easy Is It Drive 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.
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 ...
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.
What You Really Need to Pack for Ireland
Things to bring with you to Ireland - essential items that make travel easier and more fun.
10 Irish Words Every Visitor to Ireland Should...
A short introduction to the Irish words and phrases visitors are most likely to encounter when travelling in Ireland.
Barrier-Free Tolling on the M50
Toll barriers have been scrapped on the notorious M50 - read up on barrier-free tolling and avoid penalties.
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 Best Free Things to Do in Dublin
Dublin tends to be one of the more expensive cities of Europe, let alone of Ireland. But the Irish capital city still offers free attractions.
Alcoholic Drinks in Ireland
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.
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?
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.
26 Irish Idioms and Phrases You Need to Learn...
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 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.
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.
Naked on Irish beaches? Watch your back!
Nudism in Ireland? It is largely a private matter, but sometimes tolerated. An Irish solution ...
Want to Get Close to Dublin's Attractions? then...
Most of the main sights of Dublin are situated in a comparatively small area. To get a good impression of this lively and historic city you only need to take a walk. And you can travel light as shelter from rain and refreshments can be found virtually everywhere. The whole tour should take anything between two and six hours - two hours for energetic walkers and without lingering too long at any place, six hours including stops, the Trinity College tour and a pause or two in a café.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
Two Days in Dublin
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.
11 Most Dangerous Animals of Ireland
Close Encounters of the Irish Animal Kind - How Not to Come to Harm
Keeping 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.
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.
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.
Want 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.
What Will the Weather in Ireland Be Like When...
Weather data from Dublin, on the east coast of Ireland - the statistical low-down on the weather in the Irish capital.
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.
What to Expect in Ireland in September
Ireland in September - Events, Holidays and Other Highlights During September in Ireland
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.
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.
Irish Game and Country Fair
The Irish Game and Country Fair at Birr Castle (County Offaly) is a perfect way to discover life in the Irish countryside. Or at least the lifestyle promoted for the genteel Irish countryside. A great day out anyway.
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?
2014 Irish Sport Events You Shouldn't Miss
Irish sporting events in 2014 - from GAA to the Ryder Cup, from Ireland's bid for Olympic Gold in Sochi to the Dublin Marathon.
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
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.
Why Not to Miss Visiting Trinity College Dublin
The Campanile of Trinity College must be the most-photographed building in Dublin - but there is so much more to this university, founded in 1592.
Why Loughcrew in County Meath Is an Amazing...
Loughcrew ... if you are interested in megalithic culture and art you should make a beeline here - situated on a group of hills near the town of Oldcastle you will find the second largest (after Carrowmore in County Sligo) megalithic cemetery in 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.
How to Travel Ireland Without Driving
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.
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.
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.
Brú na Boinne - Newgrange and Knowth
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What to Expect in Ireland in October
Ireland in October - Events, Holidays and Other Highlights During October in Ireland
Guinness Storehouse (St. James's Gate, Dublin)
Guinness is undoubtedly Dublin's most famous export and a visit "to the Guinness brewery" ranks amongst
St. Patrick's Cathedral (Dublin)
One of Dublin's three cathedrals, St. Patrick's is actually the National Cathedral of Ireland, but lacking a bishop. Being the largest church in Ireland, St. Patrick's is well worth a visit, though a bit of a walk from Dublin's city center.
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
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.
What to See in Dublin's Phoenix Park
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Traditional Maritime Ireland Just Outside Dublin
Howth is slightly off the beaten track for visitors to Dublin - but an excellent connection via DART makes the seaside village accessible for anyone.
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 ...
It's A Long Way To Tipperary
Note that this song is not really Irish, but comes from the English music hall tradition. Written by
Where Time Stood Still - Bunratty Castle
Bunratty has made itself a name as one of the best attractions of Ireland over the years. A complete Victorian village was recreated with original and reconstructed buildings, a medieval castle and entertainment.
Ireland's Twenty Largest Towns and Cities
Ireland's towns are, mostly, not large as such - but here are the twenty largest Irish urban areas.
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.
Dublin's Pubs and Restaurants - Break for the...
"Break for the Border" is advertised as a "Wild West Theme Pub" - well, there are some hints towards
Should You Buy a Holiday Home in Ireland?
The basic knowledge you need for buying a holiday home in Ireland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
Where Finn wanted to cross over to Scotland -...
Finn MacCool was supposed to have built the Giant's Causeway to cross over to Scotland - the World Heritage Site is highly recommended.
How to Get Really Medieval in Ireland
Architectural relics from the Irish middle ages, an abiding memory of Ireland's past.
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.
What Documents Do You Need To Enter Ireland?
Information on passports, visas and vaccinations for travellers planning to visit Ireland.
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.
Killarney - An Introduction
Killarney remains one of the top tourist destinations in Ireland for both Irish and foreign travellers.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
What Can You Expect in an Irish Pub?
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Priority Boarding on Ryanair - Worth It?
Priority Boarding on Ryanair can be a bone of contention ... if it actually works, it can be good.
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.
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.
Kildare Village Outlet Shopping
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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
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.
Can You Drive on the Left with Left-Hand...
Driving with left-hand controls on the left made easier - in Ireland and the United Kingdom.
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.
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.
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?
Natural Beauty and Christian Heritage at...
Glendalough ranks among the most historic and beautiful places in Ireland. A visit from Dublin will take only a few hours - but is it worth it? Your About Guide to Ireland thinks it definitely is, let Bernd Biege explain.
What to Expect in Ireland in November
Ireland in November - Events, Holidays and Other Highlights During November in Ireland
Ring of Kerry (County Kerry)
The Ring of Kerry, a circular tour taking you from Killorglin via Cahersiveen and Kenmare to Killarney, takes in some of the most spectacular landscapes of Ireland's Southwest. But it has been so well publicized that traffic jams are not unknown in Summer. So is it still worth taking this tour?
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.
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.
Can I Get Contraceptives in Ireland?
Contraceptives are widely available in Ireland - times have changed. But things might not be as easy as the visitor expects ...
Gay Travel in Ireland - No Problem
Gay Travel in Ireland - there should be no major problem for you.
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.
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.
Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival (County Clare)
The annual mega-event of Irish matchmaking is traditionally held in Lisdoomvarna, a picture-postcard town on the edge of the Burren. Need a husband? They'll find you one ...
Highway Robbery? Road Tolls in the Republic of...
A short introduction to tolls raised on Irish roads - adding to the cost of touring 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:
Moore Street
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Notable Cemeteries of 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.
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).
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 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.
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.
Traditional Music in Dublin - Sessions in Local...
A list of Dublin pubs and clubs hosting regular sessions of traditional music.
Cheap Accommodation in Ireland
Cheap accommodation in Ireland can take a huge chunk out of your costs when planning an Irish vacation. Find out where to search for bargains and what pitfalls to avoid.
2014 Art Events in Ireland You Shouldn't Miss
Art events in Ireland during 2014 - dance, theatre and exhibitions, from the well-known to the brand new.
Best Gold Courses of Ireland
If you are prepared for changing weather, strong winds and challenging courses, Ireland can be a golfer's paradise.
Tayto Park - Far More Than Potato Snacks
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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.
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.
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.
It's a Long Way to Tipperary - Why and From...
Everybody knows that it's a long way to Tipperary, it's a long way to go. But how did the distance to this Irish town become the subject of the popular soldiers' song?
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.
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.
Samhain - A Very Irish Feast
November 1st was traditionally known as samhain , literally translated the "end of summer" and pronounced
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.
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?
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.
Why is Ireland Divided?
Ireland is a separated island - and this is a long and complicated history. Let me try to explain how partition came about ...
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.
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.
Clonmacnoise (County Offaly)
Though Clonmacnoise is never really on the way, a detour to see this monastic site is worth the time and gas.
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
Ireland - Seven Natural Wonders to Explore
Mother Nature certainly made Ireland wonderful ... so which would be the seven wonders of Irish nature?
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
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.
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.
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.
Whiskey
Whiskey - Irish drinks and their history.
Getting Married in the Republic of Ireland
Information on the Legal Requirements for an Irish Wedding
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 ...
Who Visits Ireland?
Some statistics on who actually visits Ireland - gleaned from publications by Fáilte Ireland.
Handy Dublin Hints
Visiting Dublin? If you strike out on your own, here is a handy dozen of hints to make your life easier.
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.
The Rose of Tralee Festival - Tralee, County...
This is the event most Irish people claim to be not watching, ever ... and which still manages to have record-breaking audiences each and every year when broadcast on RTÉ. The Rose of Tralee is a guilty pleasure.
Irish Grocery Prices
Irish grocery prices are of interest not only if you are planning on cooking yourself. They are also a good indicator on price levels in the country. Here are some basic things and their prices, as found in an average supermarket in a semi-rural location.
How to Identify a Real High Cross in Ireland
Irish High Crosses - what they are and how to identify them.
Kylemore Abbey (County Galway)
You'll have to stop at Kylemore Abbey if you are in the vicinity, even if just for a quick snapshot of the main building from across the lake. A closer look might have you wondering what the fuss is all about, but the first impression counts!
How To Enjoy Ireland On A Bicycle
Cycling through Ireland? Possible, but maybe not as idyllic as a few decades ago ...
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.
In the footsteps of prisoners and academics ......
The Royal Canal Way is a unique way to explore some of the hidden aspects of Dublin.
Sligo Town and Environs
Sligo Town and its environs - a good place to visit when touring Ireland.
Cheap Flights to Ireland
Cheap flights to Ireland can take a huge chunk out of your costs when planning an Irish vacation. Find out where to search for bargains and what pitfalls to avoid.
Dublin Airport Services – Public...
Dublin Airport is connected to the rest of Ireland by bus - find out more about routes, tickets and the usability.
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