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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 ...
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 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.
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.
What You Really Need to Pack for Ireland
Things to bring with you to Ireland - essential items that make travel easier and more fun.
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.
Why Size Really Matters in Ireland
Shoppers beware - in Ireland, size really is important! Because Irish clothing and shoe sizes can be different from what you are used to at home.
Four Seasons in One Day - Ireland's Weather
Ireland and weather - a theme in itself ... but the Irish weather, come rain, come shine, is manageable. If unpredictable. That much is true ...
How to Pay Road Tolls on Dublin's M50
Toll barriers have been scrapped on the notorious M50 - read up on barrier-free tolling and avoid penalties.
Got 2 Days in Dublin? Make the Most of It ...
Want to spend a weekend (or any other two days) in Dublin? Ireland's capital offers a lot, but you can't see it all. Let me give you an itinerary for a Dublin weekend to remember.
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.
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.
Some Irish Phrases That'll Help You Along ...
While you may not be able to hold a conversation in Irish, you can spice your English with some Irish phrases and colloquialisms.
When in Ireland, Drink What the Irish Drink
Going into an original Irish pub in Ireland and drinking just imported stuff should be outlawed. If you want to down a few - try the local brew.
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.
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.
Naked on Irish beaches? Watch your back!
Nudism in Ireland? It is largely a private matter, but sometimes tolerated. An Irish solution ...
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 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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
Find the Best Sites in Ireland by Region
Explore this round-up of the top places to see and things to do in the different counties of Ireland. Pick up key travel tips for the Emerald Isle.
How to Travel Ireland Without Driving a Car
The best way to travel around Ireland is by car - no contest. But what if a visitor does not want or simply cannot use a car? There are alternatives available ...
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.
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.
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.
It's a Long Way to Tipperary - But Why and From...
Tipperary, it's a long, long way to go ... but why did this Irish town matter at all? Lyrics and history of the popular soldiers' song explored.
Churches Not to Miss in Ireland
Ireland, known as the island of saints and scholars, is dotted with church buildings - from small, early medieval oratories to Byzantine extravaganzas. Here are ten churches I would recommend for a visit and which would give you a fair impression of the different styles.
Where to Join an Irish Pub Session in Dublin
A list of Dublin pubs and clubs hosting regular sessions of traditional music.
What Documents Do You Need To Enter Ireland?
Information on passports, visas and vaccinations for travellers planning to visit Ireland.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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:
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 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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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 are Ireland's 20 Largest Cities?
Ireland's towns are, mostly, not large as such - but here are the twenty largest Irish urban areas.
What to Expect in Ireland in August
Ireland in August - Events, Holidays and Other Highlights During August in Ireland
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.
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.
Should You Buy a Holiday Home in Ireland?
The basic knowledge you need for buying a holiday home in 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.
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.
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.
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 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?
Where to Join an Irish Pub Session in County...
Traditional Music in Donegal - A list of Donegal pubs and clubs hosting regular sessions of traditional music.
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.
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 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.
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.
Kildare Village Outlet Shopping
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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.
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
What to Expect in Ireland in October
Ireland in October - Events, Holidays and Other Highlights During October in Ireland
Tayto Park - Far More Than Potato Snacks
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Gay Travel in Ireland - No Problem
Gay Travel in Ireland - there should be no major problem for you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
Saint Patrick's Purgatory - Not for the Faint-...
Lough Derg or Saint Patrick's Purgatory is not a tourist attraction - it is a pilgrimage site strictly open only to those seeking spiritual truth.
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.
Beara Peninsula (Counties Kerry and Cork)
Though only a few miles south of the more famous Ring of Kerry, the Beara Peninsula is a different world. The peninsula and its main town Castletownbere have not yet been totally discovered by mainstream tourism and retained a rural charm that has been modernized and polished to death in other places.
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.
The Sash - Definitely Not a Song for Everyone!
The Sash My Father Wore - the lyrics of this popular Irish folk song.
Where Dublin Mammies go to Buy Fresh Fruit
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What to Expect in Ireland in September
Ireland in September - Events, Holidays and Other Highlights During September in Ireland
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?
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
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.
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.
Is W.B.Yeats Resting Beneath Benbulben ...or an...
Who lies buried in Drumcliff, beneath Benbulben? Is at W.B. Yeats, or an assortment of French poor?
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.
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?
Answered: What are the Best Irish Cities to...
Can you visit Irish cities without using a car? Actually, that might be the best idea ... to get there or to get around.
A Short Overview of the National Museum in...
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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.
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.
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.
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.
How To Enjoy Ireland On A Bicycle
Cycling through Ireland? Possible, but maybe not as idyllic as a few decades ago ...
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.
Your Reasons to Visit Drumcliff - More than Yeats
Drumcliff - well worth a stop if you like medieval Ireland, stunning landscapes and Yeats' poetry ... and a good mystery.
In the footsteps of prisoners and academics ......
The Royal Canal Way is a unique way to explore some of the hidden aspects of Dublin.
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.
Top 10 Romantic Days in Ireland - How to Say "I...
Let's face it - anybody can buy a box of chocolates, a few roses, a card and thus create that instant
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.
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.
Why the Titanic Became so Iconic
The ill-fated RMS Titanic was tragedy after triumph - and made 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?
Tradtional Music Sessions
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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.
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 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.
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 ...
Courtyard by Marriott
The Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Galway City - description of its location and what to expect.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
What Can You Expect in an Irish Pub?
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Taking a Bus in Dublin
Taking a bus in Dublin ... it generally is a great experience to explore Dublin by bus and the system operated is fairly easy to master. But it does have its pitfalls.
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.
When to Buy Travel Insurance for Ireland
Do you need travel insurance when coming to Ireland? Well, yes and no ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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?
Want to Take That Image? Make Sure it is Legal...
Camera? Packed ... but what are the rules and regulations regarding photography in Ireland?
The Good Sex Guide to Ireland
Curious about sex in Ireland? Here are some legal basics, and helpful hints on how to stay safe ...
How to Get (Legally) Married in the Republic of...
Information on the Legal Requirements for an Irish Wedding
When are Public Holidays in the Republic of...
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What to Expect in Ireland in November
Ireland in November - Events, Holidays and Other Highlights During November in Ireland
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 ...
Have a Question on Matters Irish? Ask the...
Ask the Ireland Travel Expert - the basic rules for using this section, and how to make your question more likely to get answered by Bernd Biege.
The Rising Of The Moon
The Rising Of The Moon - the lyrics of this popular Irish folk song.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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).
What You Really Need to Know About Ireland's...
A very short introduction to Ireland's often complicated history.

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