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14 great reasons to make 2014 the year to visit Ireland

Guinness Jazz

Fresh off the back of a big year for tourism in 2013, spearheaded by The Gathering, Ireland is showing no signs of slowing down.  You’ll be unlikely to need any sunscreen, and whilst they can’t guarantee sunshine, you’ll get history, art, sport and tradition like you’ve never seen it before. Here’s 14 reasons to make Ireland your choice of destination ... Read More »

What gifts have you brought to Ireland?

Earlier I received a question/comment on a previous post asking about what kind of unique things someone could bring to Ireland as a gift or to trade. The question, from Fonda, was phrased as follows: I would like to know what to take to Ireland, things they can’t get that I might trade for. Can you give me some ideas ... Read More »

Sample 14 day Ireland Travel Itinerary

Cahersiveen, 14 day ireland travel itinerary

Late last year I asked people would they mind sharing the details of their Ireland travel itineraries with us on the site. I had numerous responses (thank you all very much), and I’m just getting around to sharing some of them on the site now. I’m sure they’ll be really useful to anyone planning a first time trip to Ireland, ... Read More »

Get out, and get active on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

Carrowkeel , wild atlantic way

The big buzz last year in Irish tourism was all about The Gathering – the initiative to bring the Irish diaspora back to Ireland to connect with their ancestors, family, heritage and what-not. This year all the hype is about The Wild Atlantic Way – a 2500km coastal driving route taking you from Donegal in the north of the country, ... Read More »

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 »

Could this be the best Ireland Travel Guide Book for first time visitors?

Rick Steves Ireland Travel Guide Book

I received an email last week from Mark in Pennsylvania asking me what Ireland travel guide book he should pick up for his trip to Ireland later this year. He and a friend are heading over on their maiden trip and are hoping to cover as much of Ireland as possible in 2 weeks. They’ve been doing a little research ... 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 »

Things I regret buying/paying for while holidaying in Ireland

Tourists to Ireland are always looking for something to bring back home with them that was actually made in Ireland. Some sort of souvenir for themselves, or maybe a little something for someone special that’s waiting their return. (see here for ideas). You also have the other side of the coin: people visiting Ireland who don’t want to be ripped ... 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 »