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Ireland Travel: Most Popular Articles

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Ireland's Top 10 Sights (It Really Is That 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
What You Really Need to Pack for Ireland
Things to bring with you to Ireland - essential items that make travel easier and more fun.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Barrier-Free Tolling on the M50
Toll barriers have been scrapped on the notorious M50 - read up on barrier-free tolling and avoid penalties.
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.
Naked on Irish beaches? Watch your back!
Nudism in Ireland? It is largely a private matter, but sometimes tolerated. An Irish solution ...
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.
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 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.
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
How to Live and Travel With Ryanair and Baggage
Ryanair's cabin baggage or hand luggage rules are strict and can be costly - find out more before booking a budget flight to 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.
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.
Armoured Cars and Tanks and Guns? No - Northern...
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.
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.
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.
11 Most Dangerous Animals of Ireland
Close Encounters of the Irish Animal Kind - How Not to Come to Harm
Top Sights in Connacht - Ireland's West
Connacht - have a look at some of the the best places to visit when travelling in the West of Ireland.
Ireland on a Budget - Possible!
Prices in Ireland are not exactly low, but you may beat the Rip-Off Republic by thinking ahead and stretching your Irish travel budget.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
What to Expect in Ireland in August
Ireland in August - Events, Holidays and Other Highlights During August in Ireland
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.
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.
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.
Need Help in Ireland? Here are the Numbers to...
A comprehensive list of emergency telephone numbers for travelers 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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?
Dublin's Temple Bar - Not Really a Must-See
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2 Weeks in Ireland - See 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.
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 ...
Should You Buy a Holiday Home in Ireland?
The basic knowledge you need for buying a holiday home in Ireland.
Tayto Park - Far More Than Potato Snacks
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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?
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 to See in Dublin's Phoenix Park
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What Documents Do You Need To Enter Ireland?
Information on passports, visas and vaccinations for travellers planning to visit 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.
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
Best Gold Courses of Ireland
If you are prepared for changing weather, strong winds and challenging courses, Ireland can be a golfer's paradise.
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:
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.
What to Expect in Ireland in September
Ireland in September - Events, Holidays and Other Highlights During September in Ireland
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.
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.
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.
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.
10 Sights You Must Not Miss in 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.
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.
Renting a Car in Ireland - Essential Equipment...
Touring Ireland by rental car? Some things to take with you are common sense items, some are Irish legal necessities.
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.
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.
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.
Dublin - Three Days To Enjoy Ireland's Capital
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.
Gay Travel in Ireland - No Problem
Gay Travel in Ireland - there should be no major problem for you.
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.
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.
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.
Sights of Ulster - Picking the Best of the North
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.
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
Want to Bring Your Pet on an Irish Vacation?
Bringing pets to Ireland - a practical guide.
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.
How To Enjoy Ireland On A Bicycle
Cycling through Ireland? Possible, but maybe not as idyllic as a few decades ago ...
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
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.
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.
Killarney - An Introduction
Killarney remains one of the top tourist destinations in Ireland for both Irish and foreign travellers.
Moore Street
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Samhain - A Very Irish Feast
November 1st was traditionally known as samhain , literally translated the "end of summer" and pronounced
Kildare Village Outlet Shopping
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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.
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.
St. Anne's Park and Rose Gardens
St. Anne's Park and Rose Gardens was once the place of a stately mansion belonging to the Guinness family, now it is a park for every Dubliner to enjoy. A bit out of the way, but worth going!
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
Sights of Leinster - Picking the Best of the...
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.
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 ...
Brú na Boinne - Newgrange and Knowth
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Lough Derg Retreats (Pettigo, County Donegal)
Lough Derg or Saint Patrick's Purgatory is not a tourist attraction - this is a pilgrimage site strictly
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.
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 ...
Traditional Music in Dublin - Sessions in Local...
A list of Dublin pubs and clubs hosting regular sessions of traditional music.
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.
Things to Do in County Mayo
Visiting County Mayo in Ireland's province of Connacht? Here is a short list of recommended things to do.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Getting Married in the Republic of Ireland
Information on the Legal Requirements for an Irish Wedding
Water Safety in Ireland
Irish statistics show that year after year time off on the seaside has a fatal ending for too many people. Locals and visitors alike. Most of these deaths are avoidable - here are a few safety hints.
The Rising Of The Moon
The Rising Of The Moon - the lyrics of this popular Irish folk song.
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
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.
Priority Boarding on Ryanair - Worth It?
Priority Boarding on Ryanair can be a bone of contention ... if it actually works, it can be good.
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.
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?
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
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 ...
Ireland - Seven Natural Wonders to Explore
Mother Nature certainly made Ireland wonderful ... so which would be the seven wonders of Irish nature?
Ireland Under Steam - Preserved Railways
The railway enthusiasts' guide to travelling through Ireland - museums and preserved Irish lines.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
Kells (County Meath)
Less than an hour's drive from Dublin, Kells is ideal for a short trip back into the middle ages. The town can boast a high number of medieval buildings and monuments.
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 Identify a Real High Cross in Ireland
Irish High Crosses - what they are and how to identify them.
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.
Ireland's Forty Shades of Green - and Johnny Cash
Just why do we talk about Forty Shades of Green? Blame Johnny Cash ...
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?
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. Page 5 of 6.
All the Counties of Leinster ...
A Short Survey of Ireland's Eastern Province
Dublin Airport Services – Public...
Dublin Airport is connected to the rest of Ireland by bus - find out more about routes, tickets and the usability.
Hiking in Ireland - Walking the Irish Walk
Hiking through Ireland can be a rewarding alternative for anyone moderately fit and with a willingness to invest their own muscle-power into getting from A to B. Several way-marked routes are available for long-distance hikes and shorter routes are identified locally.
The Early Christian and Medieval Monuments of...
Architectural relics from the Irish middle ages, an abiding memory of Ireland's past.
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?
The Sash My Father Wore
The Sash My Father Wore - the lyrics of this popular Irish folk song.
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 ...
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).
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.
Top 10 Megalithic and Prehistoric Sites of...
Many visitors to Ireland are drawn towards the megalithic and prehistoric monuments on the island. Built a few thousand years ago by persons unknown with an intention we know nothing of they still hold a certain fascination today. Be it because of the sheer impact of the building works necessary or the (supposed) mystical background. But what actually are the best monuments to visit?
Traditional Music in Donegal - Sessions in...
Traditional Music in Donegal - A list of Donegal pubs and clubs hosting regular sessions of traditional music.
Traditional Music in Limerick - Sessions in...
A list of Limerick pubs and clubs hosting regular sessions of traditional music.
National Museum of Ireland (Natural History,...
Dubliners call the Natural History Museum "The Dead Zoo" - and they are dead right. If you love animals,
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