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Shannon Airport vs. Dublin Airport

There is something about finally booking a flight to Ireland that makes it feel real, like I am actually going instead of just dreaming.  While it is likely that I’ve been planning the trip for a while, when I get those plane tickets, I get so excited—like can’t-sleep-start-the-count-down-can-we-go-tomorrow excited. But before we buy those tickets, I need to know which ... Read More »

Ireland Travel with a Loose Plan

Poulnabrone Dolmen in County Clare

Guest article by Claire Fullerton Once upon a time, I spent a year living on the western coast of Ireland, in an area of Connemara called Inverin, which is thirteen miles up the coast road from Galway City. Last October, I had good cause to return for nine days, and had invited a childhood friend to accompany me sans husbands, ... Read More »

My “extra baggage” lifesaver in Ireland

aircoach_travel with extra luggage

Most people travel light these days, but there are those of us who absolutely need extra baggage (e.g. travelling with kids or moving to Ireland), and therefore will need extra space when travelling within the country. Such was my case recently, having arrived at Dublin airport on a one way ticket, with countless bags (well about 12), strollers, car seats, ... Read More »

Don’t Pay! Free access to Irish Heritage Sites is available

I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a bargain hunter, but I do love a good bargain, and you can’t get a better bargain than free :). If you love visiting Ireland’s Heritage Sites, you’ll be quite pleased to hear that many of them are free on the first Wednesday of every month. Places like Charles Fort in Cork (pictured above from ... Read More »

How to find a pet friendly bed and breakfast in Ireland

pet friendly BandB in Ireland

As you may have seen, I’ll be bringing my dog back to Ireland soon. I’ll be arriving in Ireland at a perfect time – right as the weather will be getting warmer, and the day’s longer, so a weekend trip, or 2, during the summer, is on the cards. I started thinking about where my dog will stay if I’m ... Read More »

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 »

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 »