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Ireland Travel: Most Popular Articles

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Thanksgiving in Ireland - or Local Harvest...
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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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
Dublin Sights and Attractions You Should Not Miss
Dublin's best attractions, most famous sights, and recommended places to go ... a comprehensive list.
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?
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.
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.
Dublin's Best Pubs? Here Are Some Favourites ...
Just what would be Dublin's best pubs? Here are some crowd-pleasers, favourites for a number of reasons. And what a wide variety of Irish pub culture.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dublin, Turning Japanese, at Eirtakon -...
All you need to know about the Eirtakon, one of the premier anime and pop culture events in Dublin - colourful, and friendly.
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.
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.
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.
Naked on Irish beaches? Watch your back!
Nudism in Ireland? It is largely a private matter, but sometimes tolerated. An Irish solution ...
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.
Kildare Village Outlet Shopping
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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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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 Pubs Where They Really Raise the Roof
Some of Dublin's pubs where you'll always find a good crowd and a good buzz.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Courtyard by Marriott
The Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Galway City - description of its location and what to expect.
Can You Travel Ireland Without Using 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 ...
Visiting Dublin? Then Look No Further for the...
Want to get to know Dublin? Start exploring here ... with itineraries, background information, and even the not-so-nice sides of Ireland's capital.
Where to Join an Irish Pub Session in Dublin
A list of Dublin pubs and clubs hosting regular sessions of traditional music.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How the 12 Days of Christmas are Celebrated in...
The twelve days of Christmas - what happens during this festive period in Ireland?
How to Bake a Proper Guinness Cake ... and Why...
Guinness Cake - an Irish treat that satisfies, especially around Christmas time. Find out how to bake one yourself.
Easter Rising 1916 - What was the Plan?
The planning of the Easter Rising of 1916 - a series of conspiracies and a false start.
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.
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.
What to See in Ireland's Province of Munster
Munster, the Ireland's largest province, is the Irish South-West, with the counties of Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, and Waterford.
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.
What to Expect in Ireland in November
Ireland in November - Events, Holidays and Other Highlights During November in Ireland
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.
When to Buy Travel Insurance for Ireland
Do you need travel insurance when coming to Ireland? Well, yes and no ...
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 ...
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 ...
Should You Buy a Holiday Home in Ireland?
The basic knowledge you need for buying a holiday home in Ireland.
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.
Ulster - Six Plus Three Counties to Visit
A Short Survey of Ireland's Northern Province
The Seven Man-Made Wonders of Ireland You...
Ireland's man-made wonders - from ancient to modern times, from Newgrange to Samson and Goliath.
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.
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.
Where Dublin Mammies go to Buy Fresh Fruit
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County Kerry ... the Possibilities are Almost...
What to do when visiting County Kerry in Ireland's province of Munster? Here is a short list of ideas, and some background information.
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.
Ireland Became a Republic - in 1916, 1919,...
The Republic of Ireland Act only came into force in 1949 - despite earlier efforts to declare an Irish Republic.
Your Complete Guide to Public Transport in Dublin
A short overview of the public transport options you have in Dublin.
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
Who Visits Ireland?
Some statistics on who actually visits Ireland - gleaned from publications by Fáilte Ireland.
How the Germans Stole Back the Irish Christmas...
The Lidl Christmas Market - marketing at its best, and quite a nice touch ...
Easter Rising 1916 - the Bloody Aftermath and...
The aftermath of the Easter Rising of 1916 - a British blunder of enormous proportions.
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 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.
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.
Get to Know the Counties of Leinster
A Short Survey of Ireland's Eastern Province
What Documents Do You Need To Enter Ireland?
Information on passports, visas and vaccinations for travellers planning to visit Ireland.
Where to Find U2 in Dublin
U2 - the four megastars from Dublin are still up there at the top. Bono Vox, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. are also boosting tourism.
What County Mayo Can Offer the Visitor
What to spend time on when visiting County Mayo in Ireland's Province of Connacht? Here is a short list of recommended things to do.
The Seven Natural Wonders of Ireland You Really...
Ireland's natural wonders - from the bogs to the Burren, from Slieve League to the Giant's Causeway, sharks and skies included.
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.
Why You Should Take A Walk Amongst Millions of...
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.
Sligo in a Nutshell
Basic Facts about County Sligo. Ireland Travel.
How to Enjoy the Best of Dublin in Just Two Days
Dublin in two days? Why not, the Irish capital is the ideal destination for a weekend city-break.
Priority Boarding on Ryanair - Worth It?
Priority Boarding on Ryanair can be a bone of contention ... if it actually works, it can be good.
Dublin Bus - Convenient, If You Know How to Use...
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.
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 Sessions in Ireland - Venues...
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 Take That Image? Make Sure it is Legal...
Camera? Packed ... but what are the rules and regulations regarding photography in Ireland?
How to Identify a Real High Cross in Ireland
Irish High Crosses - what they are and how to identify them.
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?
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.
What County Tipperary Has to Offer the Visitor?...
Visiting County Tipperary in Ireland's province of Munster? Here is a short list of recommended things to do.
My Cavan Girl
My Cavan Girl - the lyrics of this popular Irish folk song.
What You Need to Know About the Irish Samhain
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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.
County Kildare - What You Need to Know
Visiting County Kildare in Ireland's province of Leinster? Here is a short list of recommended things to do.
A Short Overview of the National Museum in...
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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
Unleash Your Inner Chocolatier - Dublin's...
Have a sweet tooth? Then why not indulge it at Dublin's Butlers Chocolate Experience, where you can become a chocolatier for a day.
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.
The Best Reasons to Visit County Donegal
Off to see the attractions of County Donegal in Ireland's province of Ulster? Here is a short list of recommended things to do.
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 Good Sex Guide to Ireland
Curious about sex in Ireland? Here are some legal basics, and helpful hints on how to stay safe ...
What Can You Expect in an Irish Pub?
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GPS and SatNav When Driving in Ireland? Depends...
Satellite navigation has changed road travel in Ireland over the last few years - but is it a must-have for travellers on an Irish vacation?
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.
What You Need to Know About County Kilkenny
Visiting County Kilkenny in Ireland's province of Leinster? Here is a short list of recommended things to do.
The Sash - Definitely Not a Song for Everyone!
The Sash My Father Wore - the lyrics of this popular Irish folk song.
Ireland's Province of Connacht - Five Counties...
Connacht - basically the West of Ireland, with the counties of Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo. A rewarding destination for the visitor.
How to Get the Best Out of Dublin in Just One Day
Can you do Dublin in one day? Yes, you can ... it is going to be busy, but you will see all the important sights, and even have a pint.
Google Maps in Ireland - A Test Drive
Google Maps gives you free satellite images of famous Irish places like Tara, Glendalough and Clonmacnoise. Great fun - but a useful tool for the tourist? I took Google Maps for a test drive in Ireland ...
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.
Drogheda - An Introduction
Drogheda in County Louth is known as the home of Ireland's youngest saint - St. Oliver Plunkett, whose head is on display in a church right in the town centre. But there is more to this old Irish port ...
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 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.
Ireland in a Camper-Van
Travelling through Ireland with a camper-van - Carsten Rößler's notes from a holiday road trip using the ferry and his own vehicle.
Where to Join an Irish Pub Session in County...
A list of Limerick pubs and clubs hosting regular sessions of traditional music.
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.
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.
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.
Some Basics You Need to Know About County Laois
Visiting County Laois in Ireland's province of Leinster? Here is a short list of recommended things to do.
How to Get (Legally) Married in the Republic of...
Information on the Legal Requirements for an Irish Wedding
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.
County Antrim
Basic Facts about County Antrim. Ireland Travel.
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.
What to Expect in Ireland in December
Ireland in December - Events, Holidays and Other Highlights During December in Ireland
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?
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 ...
What You Need to Know About County Wicklow
Visiting County Wicklow in Ireland's province of Leinster? Here is a short list of recommended things to do.
What You Need to Know About Flying to Ireland...
Aer Lingus is Ireland's official flag carrier - but not the largest Irish airline. here are more details ...
He roared, then he croaked ... the Celtic...
Explaining the (late) Celtic Tiger in a few words ... Ireland's way from poverty to boom to bust.
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.
One of the largest airlines of the world, Delta is a well-established presence in the transatlantic market and also serving Ireland.
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.
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.
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.
Small Balls, Big Sticks - Ireland's Fastest Sport
Hurling - one of the fastest ball-games in the world, sometimes confused with hockey. That lasts usually only until you see a game in full flow.
The Rising Of The Moon
The Rising Of The Moon - the lyrics of this popular Irish folk song.
Mystical Place of Worship - Saint Brigid's Well...
Saint Brigid's Well just outside Kildare Town has received a modern make-over - but visitors can still sense that the area has been special for ages.
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 ...
Irish ... is it Actually Spoken in Ireland?
Irish is in fact a minority language. Despite the best efforts of the state.
William Butler Yeats - Irish Poet With Sligo...
William Butler Yeats - a short biographical sketch of Ireland's national poet and first Nobel Prize laureate.

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