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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.
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.
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.
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Souvenirs from Ireland - have a look at the best of the many choices you can encounter on yout Irish vacation.
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.
A short introduction to the Irish words and phrases visitors are most likely to encounter when travelling 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.
Ireland and weather - a theme in itself ... but the Irish weather, come rain, come shine, is manageable. If unpredictable. That much is true ...
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.
Alcohol often is part of the Irish vacation experience - but what does the law say about drinking alcohol in Ireland?
In Ireland you will hear people speaking an Irish version of English. Influenced by tradition and the Irish language. And confusing for the visitor.
Trick or treat? Well, if you insist ... but the original Irish samhain was a much less tooth-murdering feast than Halloween is today.
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 avoid doing what the Irish commonly associate with the more unwelcome tourists. Here is what you simply should not do when visiting Ireland.
Irish Customs Regulations - find out what you can legally bring into the country ... and which channel to take.
Look out for the special Irish markings for special drivers - the L-, N- and R-plates explained.
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.
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.
Toll barriers have been scrapped on the notorious M50 - read up on barrier-free tolling and avoid penalties.
The Parting Glass - a song of farewell and hope and very popular indeed, due to a number of reasons ...
Things to bring with you to Ireland - essential items that make travel easier and more fun.
A round-up of festivals and events that take place in Ireland during 2014 - a mixed bag, with something for everyone.
Nudism in Ireland? It is largely a private matter, but sometimes tolerated. An Irish solution ...
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 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.
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.
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.
Ireland has literally hundreds of festivals, but where should a visitor go? Find out more about the best festivals in Ireland.
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.
Close Encounters of the Irish Animal Kind - How Not to Come to Harm
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:
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.
As the Irish stayed at home for samhain, this was the time to have fun and games. And divining the future was important in this samhain night ...
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.
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.
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.
Ring-Tailed Lemurs at Fota Wildlife Park - three major zoos and wildlife parks are open to the public in Ireland. The zoos in Dublin and Belfast and the extensive park in Fota are home to a variety of species. See some impressions from Fota Wildlife Park in this image gallery ... Page 9.
Red Ruffed Lemurs at Dublin Zoo - three major zoos and wildlife parks are open to the public in Ireland. This image gallery shows you some animals from Dublin Zoo, one of the oldest zoos in Europe. Page 2.
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.
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.
Ryanair's cabin baggage or hand luggage rules are strict and can be costly - find out more before booking a budget flight to Ireland.
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.
Ireland in October - Events, Holidays and Other Highlights During October in Ireland
Once you have done the essential sights of Dublin you might be tempted to see some of the hidden gems
Ireland on the cinema screen - a list of recommended movies to give you that Irish feeling and a bit of an insight.
Kilmainham Gaol - a place of suffering and despair made into a tourist attraction. Mainly because of 1916 connections.
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
The Celtic feast of samhain, the end of summer, became the carnival-like Halloween - thanks to the popes, the reformation and European emigration.
Information on passports, visas and vaccinations for travellers planning to visit Ireland.
Ireland's towns are, mostly, not large as such - but here are the twenty largest Irish urban areas.
A comprehensive list of emergency telephone numbers for travellers in Ireland, including police, medical services, and fire.
"Break for the Border" is advertised as a "Wild West Theme Pub" - well, there are some hints towards
Weather data from Dublin, on the east coast of Ireland - the statistical low-down on the weather in the Irish capital.
Dublin's nudes - it is art, so they can get away with it. Unless you show a man's bare backside, then a sex change is due ...
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 ...
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The Cliffs of Moher are spectacular - but unfortunately also an example of misguided attempts to exploit the visitor as much as possible.
The basic knowledge you need for buying a holiday home in Ireland.
Samhain or Halloween - whatever the occasion, food was an integral part of it. And here are some ideas for Irish goodies to prepare at home.
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.
Prices in Ireland are not exactly low, but you may beat the Rip-Off Republic by thinking ahead and stretching your Irish travel budget.
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Bunratty has made itself a name as one of the best attractions of Ireland over the years. A complete Victorian village was recreated with original and reconstructed buildings, a medieval castle and entertainment.
Why Ireland as a holiday destination? Here are some reasons ... you really should consider heading for Ireland.
Contraceptives are widely available in Ireland - times have changed. But things might not be as easy as the visitor expects ...
Guinness is undoubtedly Dublin's most famous export and a visit "to the Guinness brewery" ranks amongst
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 list of Sligo pubs and clubs hosting regular sessions of traditional music.
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.
Finn MacCool was supposed to have built the Giant's Causeway to cross over to Scotland - the World Heritage Site is highly recommended.
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.
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Tourist traps are more hype than substance - best avoid, in Ireland as well as everywhere else. An Irish list of things to miss.
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.
Temple Bar - does the reputation translate into reality? Yes and no, making the area a mixed blessing.
Ireland in November - Events, Holidays and Other Highlights During November in Ireland
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Irish beers ... you might think they start and end with Guinness, but not only the Murphy's crowd in Cork would take exception to that!
Connacht - have a look at some of the the best places to visit when travelling in the West of Ireland.
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.
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?
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.
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Clontarf 1014 - a Battle just outside Dublin to decide who was to rule over Ireland.
The twelve days of Christmas - what happens during this festive period in Ireland?
Chuggers - a nuisance on Dublin streets and best avoided.
Tara - ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland and one of the most legendary sites in Irish history and folklore.
Irish sporting events in 2014 - from GAA to the Ryder Cup, from Ireland's bid for Olympic Gold in Sochi to the Dublin Marathon.
The Easter Rising of 1916 is celebrated at Easter - which makes no sense at all. Only in Ireland ...
Saint Brigid - the „Mary of the Gaels“ was an Irish nun, abbess, founder of several conventsand even bishop.
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.
Some statistics on who actually visits Ireland - gleaned from publications by Fáilte Ireland.
The Virginia Pumpkin Festival celebrates all things pumpkin and Halloween on the October Bank Holiday Weekend. Head for County Cavan on those dates ... if you are in Ireland at the time.
A list of Dublin pubs and clubs hosting regular sessions of traditional music.
Gay Travel in Ireland - there should be no major problem for you.
Soul cakes are a treat, mainly baked for and handed out at Halloween.
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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?
The Rising Of The Moon - the lyrics of this popular Irish folk song.
Public holidays in Northern Ireland are (at times) different from those in the Republic - here is a complete list.
Irish High Crosses - what they are and how to identify them.
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.
Howth is slightly off the beaten track for visitors to Dublin - but an excellent connection via DART makes the seaside village accessible for anyone.
A bleak, scarred limestone plateau - the Burren just south of Galway Bay is one of Ireland's most fascinating sights.
How to get food fast when visiting Ireland - with a twist. Explore the local fast food outlets and expand your culinary horizon.
Complete list of Irish airports with connections within Ireland, European and long-haul flights, with links to further information.
Killarney remains one of the top tourist destinations in Ireland for both Irish and foreign travellers.
Visiting Galway City in Ireland's province of Connacht? Here is a short list of recommended things to do.
Harold's Cross Cemetery, or more precise the Mount Jerome Cemetery in Harold's Cross, is one of Dublin's finest burial grounds. It has been compared to Pere-Lachaise in Paris and Highgate Cemetery in London ... quite rightly so.
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.
Dublin is a "Party Town", once even known as Europe's Number One in this regard - though this ranking
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.
Bringing pets to Ireland - a short, practical guide for pet owners who need to bring their companions.
Whiskey - Irish drinks and their history.
The digital traveller is a common sight in Ireland. Where do he or she get their energy from, to recharge those batteries?
If you spend an evening in an Irish pub, you might catch a session in full swing - Ireland's best entertainment without any frills.
Are gunpowder, treason and plot remembered on the 5th of November in Ireland? Not really, it is an almost forgotten British event.
What are the top sights of Munster? West Cork and Kerry rank high, but there is more than coastal scenery in this Irish province.
Just why do the Irish have a tendency to make a castle in County Cork the subject of many a conversation? It's all Blarney!
While the National Museum of Ireland in Kildare Street is a definitive "must see" the museum in the Collins
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.
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.
Ireland's attractions on a shoestring? Possible ... you only have to change routes or know the (perfectly legal) way around paying ...
The prices you must expect when buying a holiday home on the west coast of Ireland.
Ruins and remains of monasteries still are numerous in Ireland - and I encourage you to include a few in your plans.
Renting a car in Ireland? Get the rental that fits you needs on Irish roads - and know the difference between European and US cars.
Ferry travel to Ireland sounds outdated - but it has definite advantages. Provided you are travelling from the UK or mainland Europe.
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 ...
Priority Boarding on Ryanair can be a bone of contention ... if it actually works, it can be good.
A Short Survey of Ireland's Eastern Province
The Sash My Father Wore - the lyrics of this popular Irish folk song.
The bairin breac (or Irish Halloween cake) is not only nutritious and delicious, it is also used as an aid to tell the future ...
If you are prepared for changing weather, strong winds and challenging courses, Ireland can be a golfer's paradise.
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.
William Butler Yeats - a short biographical sketch of Ireland's national poet and first Nobel Prize laureate.
This is one of the real "must see" museums in all Ireland for anybody interested in history at all. Finds
Mother Nature certainly made Ireland wonderful ... so which would be the seven wonders of Irish nature?
If you are looking for a city center location where every palate can find satisfaction at a moderate price this foodcourt is the place to go. Very busy at lunchtime but generally not overcrowded.
Remembrance Day (later Sunday) was established after the wholesale slaughter of the First World War - today it is mostly observed in Northern Ireland.
Irish Whiskey - a souvenir? Why not ... but compare prices, especially with those at home. Or you might be in for a surprise.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Information on the Legal Requirements for an Irish Wedding
A short introduction to tolls raised on Irish roads - adding to the cost of touring Ireland.
Basic Facts about County Tipperary
Dublin offers a lot of entertainment for young persons that the older generations might also enjoy. An Irish mix ...