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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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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?
What You Really Need to Pack for Ireland
Things to bring with you to Ireland - essential items that make travel easier and more fun.
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.
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.
Why Size Really Matters in Ireland
Shoppers beware - in Ireland, size really is important! Because Irish clothing and shoe sizes can be different from what you are used to at home.
How to pay in Ireland, North and South ...
Paying in Ireland - cash is king, credit cards are also handy if you have a PIN. Find out more about the Irish currencies and payment methods.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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 Road Tolls on Dublin's M50
Toll barriers have been scrapped on the notorious M50 - read up on barrier-free tolling and avoid penalties.
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.
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.
Naked on Irish beaches? Watch your back!
Nudism in Ireland? It is largely a private matter, but sometimes tolerated. An Irish solution ...
Want to Get Close to Dublin's Attractions? Then...
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?
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 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.
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.
Why the Titanic Became so Iconic
The ill-fated RMS Titanic was tragedy after triumph - and made 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Easter Rising 1916 - What was the Plan?
The planning of the Easter Rising of 1916 - a series of conspiracies and a false start.
Dublin Pubs You May Not Find in Every Guidebook
Bowe's - one of the Dublin pubs that are not on everyone's radar.
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.
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's Best Festivals in 2015
A comprehensive list of various festivals and major events taking place in Ireland during 2015. Pick your own favourites!
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.
Want Some Effin Cheese? No Problem in Ireland!
Places in Ireland with names that you'd think twice about using in polite company - from Muff to Cum, and even Effin, banned from Facebook!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Should You Buy a Holiday Home in Ireland?
The basic knowledge you need for buying a holiday home in Ireland.
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 ...
The Seven Man-Made Wonders of Ireland You...
Ireland has some man-made wonders in addition to its natural wonders - some ancient, some medieval and some quite modern. Find out more about Newgrange, Carrowmore, the Leviathan and Samson as well as Goliath ...
What You Really Need to Know About Ireland's...
A very short introduction to Ireland's often complicated history.
Who Visits Ireland?
Some statistics on who actually visits Ireland - gleaned from publications by Fáilte Ireland.
Kildare Village Outlet Shopping
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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.
Why Travel to Ireland? Here are 10 Good Reasons...
Why Ireland as a holiday destination? Here are some reasons ... you really should consider heading for Ireland.
The Highest Sea Cliffs In Europe At Slieve League
The cliffs of Slieve League in Donegal are the highest sea cliffs in Europe - so they say.
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?
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.
What to Expect in Ireland in May
Ireland in May - Events, Holidays and Other Highlights During May 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?
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.
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 Parting Glass - Why So Popular?
The Parting Glass - a song of farewell and hope and very popular indeed, due to a number of reasons ...
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 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.
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.
How to Get (Legally) Married in the Republic of...
Information on the Legal Requirements for an Irish Wedding
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 ...
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.
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.
A Short Overview of the National Museum in...
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Where Dublin Mammies go to Buy Fresh Fruit
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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.
Where to Join an Irish Pub Session in Dublin
A list of Dublin pubs and clubs hosting regular sessions of traditional music.
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.
Gay Travel in Ireland - No Problem
Gay Travel in Ireland - there should be no major problem for you.
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.
Find Out How Easter is Celebrated in Ireland
A Short Overview of Irish Easter Celebrations and Traditions
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
2 Weeks in Ireland - With Some of the Best Sights
A tour of Ireland - in two weeks. Twelve days in Ireland (plus getting there) will give you a good idea of the magic to be found here.
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.
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.
What You Need to Know About Flying to Ireland...
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), provides a direct connection to Ireland to the UAE.
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.
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.
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.
Where in Ireland Can You Climb the Demon's...
You may have heard about the "rudest place names of Ireland", like Cum, Muff, and Effin ... but what
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the footsteps of prisoners and academics ......
The Royal Canal Way is a unique way to explore some of the hidden aspects of Dublin.
What Can You Expect in an Irish Pub?
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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Irish Grocery Prices
Irish grocery prices are of interest not only if you are planning on cooking yourself. They are also a good indicator on price levels in the country. Here are some basic things and their prices, as found in an average supermarket in a semi-rural location.
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.
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.
Want to Take That Image? Make Sure it is Legal...
Camera? Packed ... but what are the rules and regulations regarding photography in Ireland?
What to Expect in Ireland in April
Ireland in April - Events, Holidays and Other Highlights During April in Ireland
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.
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.
House of Waterford Crystal
Waterford Crystal is legendary – though it may have had to whether a few rough spots and has by no means been a continuing success story, the name alone evokes craftsmanship and enviable cut-glass pieces to showcase in your home. So, why not visit Waterford Crystal at home?
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.
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.
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
Ireland - Seven Natural Wonders to Explore
Mother Nature certainly made Ireland wonderful ... so which would be the seven wonders of Irish nature?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Ireland at a Glance
Ireland at a glance? Just the facts? No problem - here is the most important data.
Courtyard by Marriott
The Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Galway City - description of its location and what to expect.
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.
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.
What to See in Dublin's Phoenix Park
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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.
Ireland's Forty Shades of Green - and Johnny Cash
Just why do we talk about Forty Shades of Green? Blame Johnny Cash ...
What to Expect in Ireland in October
Ireland in October - Events, Holidays and Other Highlights During October in Ireland
Gipsy Caravans in Ireland
Gipsy caravans in brochures look like a treat – and promise a „traditional way“ to enjoy a holiday in Ireland. In unspoiled landscapes at a leisurely place, as near to nature as you can get and with the carbon footprint of a mosquito. Which all sounds very nice. But is it really worth it? Let's take a closer look ..
How to Get (Legally) Married in Northern Ireland
Information on the Legal Requirements for a Northern Irish Wedding
Things You Need to Know About County Wexford
Visiting County Wexford in Ireland's province of Leinster? Here is a short list of recommended things to do.
Highway Robbery? Road Tolls in Ireland Can...
A short introduction to tolls raised on Irish roads - adding to the cost of touring Ireland.
What to Expect in Ireland in June
Ireland in June - Events, Holidays and Other Highlights During June in Ireland
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.
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?
How to Identify a Real High Cross in Ireland
Irish High Crosses - what they are and how to identify them.
When to Buy Travel Insurance for Ireland
Do you need travel insurance when coming to Ireland? Well, yes and no ...
When are Public Holidays in the Republic of...
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Ireland Accommodation 101
Choosing accommodation for your stay in Ireland can be tricky. Visitors are faced with a host of options ... the choice is yours, but what should you consider? Unless you are pre-booking a tour you will have to decide how to spend your nights in Ireland. Of course a lot will depend on your budget.

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