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 PĂłl 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 »

Bono and buddies do Grafton St. Christmas Eve 2013

Hey there! I’ve been taking a little break from almost all online activity for the last few days. I’ve been enjoying some time with my family, really getting into the Christmas spirit, and I’ve had my fair share of Christmas food too 🙂 I hope you’ve had a lovely holiday too! It’s nice to see Bono &co have been back ... Read More »

The 10 most viewed posts on GotIreland.com in 2013

most viewed posts on GotIreland.com in 2013

With the end of 2013 in sight I wanted to take a minute to share with you some of the most read content on the site over the past 12 months. Some of this stuff get’s a little lost as the website grows, but it’s worth digging out once in a while, and sharing it with new visitors to the ... 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 »

Northern Ireland’s Great Outdoors – Go Explore It!

Kinbane Castle

It won’t be long now before people are getting busy planning their trips to Ireland for next year, and I wanted to put together a few suggestions for things to do in Northern Ireland. I’m going to be optimistic and say that a wonderful summer is on the way, and with that in mind I’ve come up with a few ... Read More »

New book out: Would you Marry a Farmer? Your chance to win it

would you marry a farmer

***update*** This giveaway is now over, but “Would You Marry a Farmer?” is now available for Kindle users on Amazon.com I have a wonderful book to give away to one lucky reader today. I’ll give you all the details below about how you can get your entry in, but first I want to tell you a little about the book. ... 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 »