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A remarkable ‘off-the-beaten-path’ Dublin City Guide Book

Don’t you just love it when something new comes out on a topic that you’re interested in, and it’s like nothing that has been done before? That’s how I felt when I saw Pól O Conghaile’s new book, Secret Dublin – An Unusual Guide, hit the bookshelves. The book offers to take you off the beaten path, and helps you ... Read More »

Cork City Historic Walking Tour

Founded in the 6th century by Saint Fin Barre, Cork has grown from what was originally a monastic settlement, to what is now the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland. Since the early 900’s Cork has acted as one of the major trading ports of Europe, aided greatly by the deep water harbour in Ringaskiddy, at the mouth ... Read More »

Alternative Ways to See Dublin During a Short Break

Dublin City Hall

Dublin is a vibrant city that packs in a lot of culture and history. Therefore it only makes sense to do justice to the city when you are visiting. That means shunning the traditional tourist tips of heading to the same bars and taverns, or spending a whole afternoon having a tour of the Guinness Storehouse. Instead, it is time ... Read More »

Five Great Reasons to Visit Belfast

Titanic Center, Belfast (image credit Flickr user amandabhslater)

This time two decades ago, the idea of visiting the Northern Irish capital city would have been a very faint one – before the Good Friday Agreement was signed in 1998, Belfast was hardly on the map as a city to see! However, over the past 15 years, the city has really come out of its troublesome shell and, nowadays, ... Read More »

Why Dublin is the Perfect Place to Study

Trinity College Dublin

A freshly pulled pint of Guinness, live music, gentle laughter and the clinking of glasses in a true Irish pub are only the beginning of what Dublin has to offer. Students can expect a city jam-packed full of something for all the senses; there’s education, culture, great food, and the opportunity for a whole load of fun. The streets are steeped ... Read More »

Planning to visit Dublin city? Consider these tips before you go…

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Never go on holidays without a plan! That’s how I approach all my trips, and it generally proves to have positive outcomes. I don’t know about you, but I can’t just get on a plane, land somewhere, and then start exploring. I have to at least know a little about what I’m going to do when I get there, what ... Read More »

A day out in Cobh – what not to miss

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The small waterfront town of Cobh (pronounced Cove), in Co. Cork, might come up in your web searches for a variety of reasons. The town is probably best know for it’s Titanic connection – it was the last port of call before the tragic ship set sail for the New World in 1912. You also might find yourself reading about ... Read More »

Discovering the Dingle Whiskey Distillery

Dingle Whiskey Distillery casks

On a rainy, misty afternoon in Dingle County Kerry – weather which turns out just perfect for whiskey making – but not so much for mountain walks – we popped into the Dingle Whiskey Distillery, the town’s newest addition, to see what this small artisan distillery is all about! The distillery was founded in November 2012 by Oliver Hughes – ... Read More »

Top 10 attractions in West of Ireland – infographic

Kangaroo at Fota Wildlife Park

I received this interesting infographic in the mail today from the folks at irishcarrentals.com. It gives a break down of the top 10 attractions in West of Ireland by visitor number, and includes some other interesting pieces of tourism info too. I think if you take a few minutes to analyze it, you might get some travel planning ideas from ... Read More »

Mussenden Temple – photos and facts

Mussenden Temple

Mussenden Temple is a small circular building located on cliffs near Castlerock in County Derry, Northern Ireland. The temple was built in 1785 and forms part of the estate of Frederick Augustus Hervey, the 4th Earl of Bristol, Bishop of Derry. Built as a library and modeled from the Temple of Vesta in Italy, it is dedicated to the memory ... Read More »