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Ireland Travel: Most Popular Articles

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How Much Should You Tip in Ireland ... And When?
Tipping in Ireland is like an arcane art mastered by only a few enlightened individuals. The rest of us mere mortals will have to just fumble along. Here are some pointers in the right direction.
What are the Best Free Attractions in Dublin?
Want to see Dublin, but not spend a lot of Euros? Here are some handy hints on how to make the most of Ireland's capital for free ...
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.
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 Souvenirs are Worth Buying in Ireland?
Souvenirs from Ireland - have a look at the best of the many choices you can encounter on yout Irish vacation.
Just How Easy is Driving in Ireland?
Driving a (rental) car in Ireland does not need to be difficult or even dangerous - as long as you stick to the rules of the road and some basic advice.
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?
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
What You Really Need to Pack for Ireland
Things to bring with you to Ireland - essential items that make travel easier and more fun.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
Visiting Dublin? Then Look No Further for the...
Want to get to know Dublin? Start exploring here ... with itineraries, background information, and even the not-so-nice sides of Ireland's capital.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 ...
What to Expect in Ireland in October
Ireland in October - Events, Holidays and Other Highlights During October in Ireland
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:
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.
What You Need to Know About the Irish Samhain
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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 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Can You Travel Ireland Without Using a Car?...
The best way to travel around Ireland is by car - no contest. But what if a visitor does not want or simply cannot use a car? There are alternatives available ...
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 are Ireland's 20 Largest Cities?
Ireland's towns are, mostly, not large as such - but here are the twenty largest Irish urban areas.
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.
How to Celebrate an Irish Samhain on Halloween
Trick or treat? Well, if you insist ... but the original Irish samhain was a much less tooth-murdering feast than Halloween is today.
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.
Easter Rising 1916 - What was the Plan?
The planning of the Easter Rising of 1916 - a series of conspiracies and a false start.
Thanksgiving in Ireland - or Local Harvest...
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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.
Should You Buy a Holiday Home in Ireland?
The basic knowledge you need for buying a holiday home in Ireland.
Just a Few Words of Irish For You ...
Want to impress a flame-haired colleen with your knowledge of Irish? Try counting to ten. This might work better in Boston than in the gaeltacht, though. Well, man can but try ... so here are a few basic Irish words that might ocome in handy.
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.
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 ...
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.
Answered: What are My Personal Favourites in...
You ask, I answer ... honestly, these are some of my favourite places ever in Ireland. Which is, of course, a personal choice.
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.
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.
Your Complete Guide to Public Transport in Dublin
A short overview of the public transport options you have in Dublin.
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.
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.
Where to Join an Irish Pub Session in Dublin
A list of Dublin pubs and clubs hosting regular sessions of traditional music.
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.
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 Get the Best Out of Dublin in Just One Day
Can you do Dublin in one day? Yes, you can ... it is going to be busy, but you will see all the important sights, and even have a pint.
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.
Where Dublin Mammies go to Buy Fresh Fruit
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How to Enjoy the Best of Dublin in Just Two Days
Dublin in two days? Why not, the Irish capital is the ideal destination for a weekend city-break.
What to Expect in Ireland in November
Ireland in November - Events, Holidays and Other Highlights During November in Ireland
County Kerry
Basic Facts about County Kerry. Ireland Travel.
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.
The Good Sex Guide to Ireland
Curious about sex in Ireland? Here are some legal basics, and helpful hints on how to stay safe ...
Cliffs of Moher - a Rip-Off?
The Cliffs of Moher are spectacular - but unfortunately also an example of misguided attempts to exploit the visitor as much as possible.
What to 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.
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
Kildare Village Outlet Shopping
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The Rising Of The Moon
The Rising Of The Moon - the lyrics of this popular Irish folk song.
A Short Overview of the National Museum in...
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County Tipperary
Basic Facts about County Tipperary
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?
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.
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.
Why the Irish Song Mo Ghile Mear is Not About...
Mo Ghile Mear - the lyrics, the history, and the background of this popular Irish song ... which is not what it seems at a first glance!
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 ...
What You Need to Know About County Wicklow
Visiting County Wicklow in Ireland's province of Leinster? Here is a short list of recommended things to do.
GPS and SatNav When Driving in Ireland? Depends...
Satellite navigation has changed road travel in Ireland over the last few years - but is it a must-have for travellers on an Irish vacation?
How to 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.
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 ...
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.
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?
Is the Irish West Asleep? Or is the West Awake?
The West's Asleep - though it may become wake, and make England quake ... as the Irish are wont to do.
The Wee County - Get to Know Louth
Visiting County Louth in Ireland's province of Leinster? Here is a short list of recommended things to do.
Don't Go - the Verdict on Dublin's Rock'n'Stroll?
Rock'n'Stroll might have been Dublin's answer to the Hollywood Walk of Fame - but it simply does not work and is outdated.
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.
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.
Rude Names, Naked Bodies, and All That in...
Ireland can be even ruder than you think. Find out more ... from full frontal public nudity in Dublin to Effin cheese.
Is the Irish Song The Spanish Lady About...
The Spanish Lady - an Irish hymn to voyeurism and stalking, or simply a pleasing ditty?
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.
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.
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.
County Mayo
Basic Facts about County Mayo. Ireland Travel.
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.
What Documents Do You Need To Enter Ireland?
Information on passports, visas and vaccinations for travellers planning to visit 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.
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.
What You Should Know About County Westmeath
Visiting County Westmeath in Ireland's province of Leinster? Here is a short list of recommended things to do.
Get to Know the Counties of Leinster
A Short Survey of Ireland's Eastern Province
Some Basics You Need to Know About County Laois
Visiting County Laois in Ireland's province of Leinster? Here is a short list of recommended things to do.
Is Guy Fawkes Night Celebrated in Ireland?
Are gunpowder, treason and plot remembered on the 5th of November in Ireland? Not really, it is an almost forgotten British event.
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.
Where Modern Halloween has its Roots in Celtic...
The Celtic feast of samhain, the end of summer, became the carnival-like Halloween - thanks to the popes, the reformation and European emigration.
Irish X-Files
Irish X-files are a novel idea for a travel agenda. Even if you do not fancy the idea of spending a night in a haunted room, maybe you'll relish cruising in pursuit of lake monsters? Find out more about supernatural Ireland ...
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Want to Take That Image? Make Sure it is Legal...
Camera? Packed ... but what are the rules and regulations regarding photography in Ireland?
Where Irish History Was Made - Dublin's GPO
The General Post Office or GPO in O'Connell Street is one of the top ten sights of Dublin. Not only does the massive classical building dominate Dublin's main thoroughfare, it also is the iconic symbol of the failed 1916 Easter Rising. Several renovations restored the GPO to its former glory.
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.
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.
Who Visits Ireland?
Some statistics on who actually visits Ireland - gleaned from publications by Fáilte Ireland.
The most important female saint in Ireland -...
Saint Brigid - the „Mary of the Gaels“ was an Irish nun, abbess, founder of several convents, and even bishop.
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.
Where to Take a Deep Breath and Relax in...
A short survey of parks and gardens in or near central Dublin - where you can stretch your legs and take a short breather.
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.
What You Need to Know About County Kilkenny
Visiting County Kilkenny in Ireland's province of Leinster? Here is a short list of recommended things to do.
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.
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.
County Waterford
Basic Facts about County Waterford
Ireland - Seven Natural Wonders to Explore
Mother Nature certainly made Ireland wonderful ... so which would be the seven wonders of Irish nature?
Dingle Peninsula (County Kerry)
The Dingle Peninsula is one of the most remote areas of Ireland - yet a tourist magnet. Worth a visit, but crowded in summer.
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 Search and Find Bargain Flights to Ireland
Cheap flights to 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.
County Kildare - What You Need to Know
Visiting County Kildare in Ireland's province of Leinster? Here is a short list of recommended things to do.
Courtyard by Marriott
The Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Galway City - description of its location and what to expect.
What Can You Expect in an Irish Pub?
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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.
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.
Three Days - Enough to Really Get to Know Dublin?
Can you spare a long weekend? Because three days would be just the right time to spend in Dublin, getting to know Ireland's capital.
Why You Should Take A Walk Amongst Millions of...
Dublin has a large number of cemeteries - but which stand out from the usual and mundane? Here are my top picks for visitors to the Irish capital.
County Longford - What You Need to Know
Visiting County Longford in Ireland's province of Leinster? Here is a short list of recommended things to do.
What You Need to Know About Flying to Ireland...
Aer Lingus is Ireland's official flag carrier - but not the largest Irish airline. here are more details ...
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
In the footsteps of prisoners and academics ......
The Royal Canal Way is a unique way to explore some of the hidden aspects of Dublin.
The Best Reasons to Visit County Donegal
Off to see the attractions of County Donegal in Ireland's province of Ulster? Here is a short list of recommended things to do.
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.
County Antrim
Basic Facts about County Antrim. Ireland Travel.
Sligo in a Nutshell
Basic Facts about County Sligo. Ireland Travel.
Highway Robbery? Road Tolls in Ireland Can...
A short introduction to tolls raised on Irish roads - adding to the cost of touring Ireland.
Ulster - Six Plus Three Counties to Visit
A Short Survey of Ireland's Northern Province

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