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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 »

Ireland travel experiences from a first time visitor

Guinness Memorabilia

I had the pleasure recently of being contacted by Dorothy Bell from New England, who was making her first trip across the pond to Ireland. Dorothy had a few questions about what to expect in Ireland and I was happy to be able to help her plan a little bit of her trip, including a couple of places to see, ... Read More »

Irish souvenir ideas : here’s what you said

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One of the most popular posts on this site is one I wrote about a year ago – Unique Irish Gifts To Give Your Loved Ones. You’ll find some good suggestions in the article, and some in the comments section too, for things you can bring back with you from Ireland. However, with such a high demand for information like ... Read More »

Where to find traditional Irish food in Ireland

Irish Stew and Guinness

Dorothy, from New England, was recently in touch via Facebook with a few questions before she left for her vacation to Ireland. Like most tourists, Dorothy probably wants to experience a real taste of Ireland while there. She asked: I would like to try some Irish food and drink…traditional, or popular with locals. What would you suggest? These days restaurants ... Read More »

Have you ever been to Ireland? Can you help with some trip planning advice?

The excitement and anticipation of planning a trip anywhere, can frequently be coupled with a little bit of angst and nervousness. Chances are you’re spending quite a bit of money, maybe year’s worth of savings, and this may be a once in a lifetime trip, which you want to go off without a hitch. That’s why getting some great travel ... 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 »

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 »

Reading Rick Steves’ Ireland on the Kindle Fire – what I found

Rick Steves Ireland

I bought my wife a Kindle Fire HD for Christmas, and until now I haven’t had much opportunity to use it. I used it to browse a couple of websites, checked Facebook on it, and watched a couple of Netflix shows on there, but until tonight I’ve never used it for reading books or magazines, which is probably one of ... Read More »

Hiring a car in Ireland…a must for seeing the country

Celtic High Cross

When my daughter picked us up from the airport in Dublin, speeding off onto the motorways of Ireland, my dad and I were second guessing our plans to hire a car on our own. First off if you’re not familiar with a right hand drive on the left side of the road, you may be a bit daunted but don’t ... Read More »