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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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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 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.
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.
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 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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
Ireland at a Glance
Ireland at a glance? Just the facts? No problem - here is the most important data.
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 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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 ...
Touring Northern Ireland in a Week
Why not explore Northern Ireland for a change? Seven days are enough to get there, to see a representative selection of attractions and landscapes and to still have time to relax and enjoy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Rossnowlagh Orange Order Parade
Rossnowlagh hosts the only parade of the Orange Order in the Republic of Ireland - every year just before July 12th, from the hills to the beach, peaceful and with a family atmosphere. Take a look at some images and maybe go yourself.
What Documents Do You Need To Enter Ireland?
Information on passports, visas and vaccinations for travellers planning to visit Ireland.
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 ...
Should You Buy a Holiday Home in Ireland?
The basic knowledge you need for buying a holiday home 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.
Where to Join an Irish Pub Session in Dublin
A list of Dublin 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.
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 ...
Have Two Weeks in Ireland? Then See Some of the...
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 are Ireland's 20 Largest Cities?
Ireland's towns are, mostly, not large as such - but here are the twenty largest Irish urban areas.
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.
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.
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.
Marching in Orange - in the Republic of Ireland?
Every year, Rossnowlagh in County Donegal hosts a very differrent event - the only Orange Order parade in the Republic of Ireland.
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.
A Dozen Astonishing Street Art-Works Found in...
Public poetry, a (now partially lost) piece of street art in Dublin - part of a series highlighting the unusual aspects of Ireland's art scene.
What to Expect in Ireland in July
Ireland in July - Events, Holidays and Other Highlights During July in Ireland
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.
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?
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.
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.
Where Dublin Mammies go to Buy Fresh Fruit
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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.
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.
A Tour of the Wicklow Mountains
How about a drive through the Wicklow Mountains? There are many ways to take, here is one suggestion that takes in the Vale of Avoca, some stately homes, the Wicklow Gap, the massive reservoir near Blessington and, of course, Glendalough.
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.
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.
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.
Which Tall Ships Can You Expect in Belfast in...
A comprehensive list of the vessels expected for the Tall Ships Races 2015 in Belfast - coming from places like Brazil and the Czech Republic.
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 ...
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.
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.
In the footsteps of prisoners and academics ......
The Royal Canal Way is a unique way to explore some of the hidden aspects of Dublin.
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?
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.
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.
What to Expect in Ireland in October
Ireland in October - Events, Holidays and Other Highlights During October in Ireland
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.
Donegal Orangemen
Donegal Orangemen - Rossnowlagh hosts the only parade of the Orange Order in the Republic of Ireland - every year just before July 12th, from the hills to the beach, peaceful and with a family atmosphere. Take a look at some images and maybe go yourself. Page 2.
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
How to Get (Legally) Married in the Republic of...
Information on the Legal Requirements for an Irish Wedding
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.
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.
Tayto Park - Far More Than Potato Snacks
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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.
What to See in Dublin's Phoenix Park
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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.
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.
Kildare Village Outlet Shopping
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When and Where to See Tall Ships in Ireland
The Tall Ships Races visiting Irish ports - not a regular occurrence, but both Dublin and Waterford have hosted the event, and Belfast is up in 2015.
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 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.
Where to Join an Irish Pub Session in County...
A list of Limerick 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.
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.
The Sash - Definitely Not a Song for Everyone!
The Sash My Father Wore - the lyrics of this popular Irish folk song.
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.
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 to Expect in Ireland in August
Ireland in August - Events, Holidays and Other Highlights During August in Ireland
When to Buy Travel Insurance for Ireland
Do you need travel insurance when coming to Ireland? Well, yes and no ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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
What to Expect in Ireland in September
Ireland in September - Events, Holidays and Other Highlights During September in Ireland
Are Your Allergies Really Worse in Ireland?
Are allergies worse in Ireland than at home? Not really, but the symptoms may be ... so be prepared if you suffer from hay fever.
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.
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.
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.
What You Really Need to Know About Ireland's...
A very short introduction to Ireland's often complicated history.
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?
What Can You Expect in an Irish Pub?
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Ley Lines in Ireland, Just a Fiction, or Secret...
Ley Lines in the Irish landscape? You may well spot them, but the jury is still out on whether they are a reality ...
A Short Overview of the National Museum in...
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Gay Travel in Ireland - No Problem
Gay Travel in Ireland - there should be no major problem for you.
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?
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.
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
West Belfast - A Walk Through the Troubled...
Walking the troublespots of West Belfast sounds like a plan. So does jogging in a minefield. Actually there is no problem with the first idea. Belfast has changed immensely over the last years. And sectarian strive became a tourist attraction.
Highway Robbery? Road Tolls in Ireland Can...
A short introduction to tolls raised on Irish roads - adding to the cost of touring Ireland.
The Ins and Outs of Camping in Ireland - and...
Camping in Ireland is an acquired taste, especially if you are using the good old tent - and it is fraught with legal difficulties ...
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.
Tradtional Music Sessions
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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.
My Cavan Girl
My Cavan Girl - the lyrics of this popular Irish folk song.
Dubh Linn Gardens, Dublin Castle
The Dubh Linn Gardens are a park not many people know about - hidden behind Dublin Castle, doubling as a helicopter landing site and rarely visited by tourists.
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.
Ireland's Provinces - Are There Four, Five, Or...
A short introduction to all of Ireland's five provinces ... and you thought there were only four?
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.
Know More About Prehistoric Monuments in Ireland
Prehistoric monuments in Ireland - only a pile of stones? No, there is much more to them. And here is a quick guide to what they are.
When are Public Holidays in the Republic of...
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