Hawkins St and the Theatre Royal

If there was ever a place that 'progress' did nothing to improve, it has to be Hawkins St, and in particular the site of the lamented Theatre Royal in Dublin. …

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The Wonderful Barn

Built on the original grounds of Castletown House, this amazing and beautifully named building really is wonderful and well worth a post all of its own. Famine Relief When we …

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Elephants at Dublin Zoo

Being an elephant in Dublin Zoo in the past was not much fun, confined for life to a tiny concrete enclosure, but things have improved considerably. …

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Kissing the Blarney Stone

People flock still to kiss the famous stone and, allegedly, gain the gift of loquaciousness. These days they are far less likely to injure themselves in the process! …

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Jerpoint Abbey

Jerpoint Abbey was founded in the 1160s by Cistercians, a contemplative order of monks which originated in France, on land granted by the King of Ossory, Donal Mac Gilla Patric. It is beautifully …

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10 Money Saving Tips for Visiting Ireland

Your precious vacation is for enjoying treats, having a little more luxury than normal and being able to relax – you don’t want to compromise that with penny pinching, but …

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A really great Irish vacation video – I love it!

A wonderful video of the three weeks a Canadian couple spent visiting Ireland. A must see for anyone planning a trip, for anyone who lives in Ireland or really …

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Christmas in Ireland

Christmas is a major event in Ireland, both as a holiday and as an occasion for frenzied shopping and overindulgence - much as it is everywhere else! However many old traditions …

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10 Outstanding Luxury Hotels in Ireland

These are hotels that will make you feel pampered and special and lucky in locations you are quite likely to visit on a tour of Ireland. Naturally they all have …

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Rock of Dunamase

Dunamase Castle, built on a high limestone outcrop overlooking a flat plain, has been a ruin for almost 700 years, but is still worth seeing. There is a magical atmosphere …

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The Heritage Card

If you are touring Ireland for more than a couple of days, this card will certainly save you money, possibly quite a lot of money! It is easy to buy, a …

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A Guide to Touring Ireland with Kids

Children are welcomed almost everywhere in Ireland, but touring anywhere as a family can have its moments! We've loads of advice and tips here to keep you keep everyone safe, happy …

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Ireland for Free!

The fact that all these places are completely free to visit does not in any way make them inferior - some of the most popular visitor attractions in Ireland are …

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Traditional Foods of Ireland

From Irish stew to soda bread, black pudding to drisheen, these are some of the dishes and recipes that Irish people have cooked for generations. There is nothing fancy about traditional …

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Irish Road Signs & Traffic Signals

Many Irish road signs - such as the STOP sign - will be familiar, but there are others which are not so readily identified and you need to know about. Traffic …

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O’Bama and other Irish presidents

Many US presidents have had connections to Ireland, from Andrew Jackson in the early 18th century right up to Barack Obama. But none of them is Irish man with the …

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A Walk around James Joyce’s Dublin

This walk takes you on a stroll around Dublin to places associated with James Joyce or with characters from his books or short stories. Although it's primarily aimed at Joyce fans, …

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Loughcrew

While the tour groups and crowds build up at Newgrange, you can slip quietly past and go instead to Loughcrew, where there are megalithic remains of equal interest without the …

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Ring of Kerry Tour

The Ring of Kerry is one of the great drives of the world and a must see for many visitors to Ireland. But it can get crowded, especially at high …

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Ogham

Ogham is an ancient form of writing, which takes the form of linear cuts made in stone. It is found in Ireland on stones dating back 1500 to 2500 years. It …

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20 Recommended Places to Eat in Cork

This selection of 20 great places to eat in Cork city has everything from market stalls to sushi bars, from the best places for dinner on a budget to …

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When & Where to Fish in Ireland

Despite declining stocks of some fish, Ireland remains an excellent fishing destination, whether you are an angler in search of trout and salmon or prefer the salt water, either from …

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Brú na Bóinne

The cluster of ancient structures around Bru na Boinne are designated as a World Heritage Site pre-date the pyramids and are extremely sophisticated in their construction. They also show that the …

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Explore Yeats Country

WB Yeats is one of the most romantic poets ever and this is his ancestral home, a place he dearly loved and where he is buried. Add lovely unspoiled countryside, good …

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Cobh Heritage Centre

This fascinating centre tells the often tragic story of Irish emigration in a most vivid way and also commemorates the departure of the Titanic from Cove on its final voyage. Not …

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Kilkenny Castle

One of the earliest and most important Norman castles in Ireland sits high on a hill overlooking the river Nore at the heart of the city that grew up around …

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The National Stud and Japanese Gardens

If Kildare is the home of the horse in Ireland, this is it's headquarters. With stallions, mares and foals to see and a museum celebrating the history of the horse …

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Choosing a Tour Operator

Picking the right tour company to organise your trip to Ireland is the first major decision you take when planning your vacation - and possibly the most important. This isn't an …

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Skellig Michael

Skellig Micheal is a World heritage site, site of an ancient Christian monastery and an important wild bird sanctuary. And now a Star Wars location. But it's more than that, it's …

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History of Irish Food

The food people ate in the past in Ireland has always been closely interwoven with other aspects of our history, particularly so because for a signigicant chunk of our history …

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Irish First Names

An introduction to the origin and meaning of baby names or Christian names in Ireland. …

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Irish Place Names

The origin and meaning of place names in Ireland can be tricky to decipher, but they are a vivid reminder of our varied past, with names of Gaelic, Anglo-Norman, English, …

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When to Visit Ireland

When choosing the best time to visit Ireland you need to take account of the weather, but since nobody comes here for sunshine the more important things to consider and …

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Packing for Ireland

It's tempting to bring nothing but waterproof gear when packing for a trip to Ireland, but the sun does shine sometimes - honestly! We've some useful tips here, whether you are …

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Fast Facts about Ireland: People & Society

Ireland's population is growing for the first time in over 150 years, which is affecting just about every aspect of life here. The changes are reflected in stats about births, marriages …

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Irish Stew

The ingredients are simple, lamb, potato, onion and carrot, but the result is a hearty and warming dish which the Irish have enjoyed for generations. There are probably as many stew …

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How to Behave in Ireland!

People in Ireland are generally pretty laid back and casual but it is useful for visitors to know how a little about to behave in social situations. There is info here …

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Charles Fort & James Fort

Charles Fort is a massive structure, with walls up to 6m thick and five defensive bastions around its perimeter. Its star shape provided better defenses than earlier round forts, and …

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Irish National Heritage Park

The history of early Ireland is brought vividly to life here, through reconstructed buildings and re-enactments of the life and work of Irish people in the distant past. Although there are …

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Killary Adventure Centre

Located on the shore of the remote and lovely Killary Fjord, this busy and popular adventure centre offers, among other things, kayaking, wind surfing, high ropes, a climbing tower, Hobie …

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National Print Museum

This fascinating museum tells the story of book and newspaper printing in Ireland with a collection of printing presses, woodblocks and old printed items. Time it right and you may even …

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The Island Golf Club

A less well known links golf course than many other in Ireland, The Island is a classic links course more than 100 years old. Build in an estuary, the course is …

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Emo Court

Emo Court is a Gandon designed Georgian house at the centre of a huge landscaped estate of gardens, walks and grand vistas. There is an arboretu with some splendid specimen trees …

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Errislannan Manor

Connemara ponies are a favourite all over the world, and it's not surprising, they are well-mannered, versatile and very beautiful. There is little to beat riding them over their home territory, …

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Ulster American Folk Park

The Ulster American Folk Park tells, in a vivid and entertaining fashion, the parallel stories of emigration from Ireland and the discovery of the American West. Split into two sections, covering …

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Ailwee Caves

Ailwee Caves are Ireland's largest cave system, deep beneath the Burren in Co Clare, and can be explored during a guided tour. There is a good cafe on the site and …

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Delphi Activity Centre

Delphi Adventure centre is located in one of the most remote and beautiful parts of Ireland and provides a range of water sports and mountain activities for both adults and …

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Origin & Meaning of Irish Surnames

Although many of the most common surnames or family names in Ireland have a history that stretches back to our Celtic ancestors, quite a few are not of Gaelic origin …

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Traditional Irish Christmas Cake

Made with plenty of fruit, nuts and Irish Whiskey and topped with marzipan and white frosting, the Christmas cake is a central part of Christmas in Ireland. This recipe is a …

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Hurling: A traditional Irish Sport

Hurling is a traditional Irish sport whose origins go back more than 700 years and which is still hugely popular today. Its a fast paced and exciting game, played by amateurs …

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Irish Road Bowling

Rad bowling is a very old sport, now played mainly in Cork and Armagh, in which a cast iron ball is thrown along a route which follows public roads. It's something …

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The Dublin Pass: Is it worth it?

The Dublin Pass is a widely advertised card which gives free entry to many of Dublin's major tourist attractions. At first glance it seems like a no-brainer to get this …

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Forgotten Irish Town Names

Hello, I’m trying to identify a town or district from 1665 in County Armagh. It was listed on the Hearth Money Rolls as Ballynegirne or BallynGirney. Do you recognize these …

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Village Education

Did nuns teach children in Irish villages during the early 20th century? …

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December visit

Hello, we are planning a Christmas trip to Ireland with our four grown kids (mid 20s). We are booked in Dublin from Dec. 24-Dec. 30, but then my husband and …

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4 day itinerary question

Hi, Thank you for this site. It has been helpful! We are arriving in Shannon on this Thursday night. We plan to follow your Burren journey. Not sure if we …

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Food in Pubs after 9pm

At several different pubs in the north-west of Ireland we were told it is illegal for them to serve food after 9pm. What is the reason for this? Does it …

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Hypothetical: Sheep Herding in Ireland

If, hypothetically, a young American man were interested in the humble endeavor of sheep herding in rural Ireland, but didn’t really have any pertinent experience, what’s the likelihood that he …

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Doneraile Court & Wildlife Park

This walled park, extending over more than 400 acres and bisected by the Awbeg River has formal gardens, sweeping parkland vistas, groves of ancient trees, river cascades and lakes, deer and cattle …

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Tivoli Theatre

At various times housing a political movement, piles of grain, a variety theatre, one of the first cinemas in Dublin and a now defunct newspaper, this building's replacement was definitely …

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Clifden: Not changed at all?

At first glance Clifden seems to have changed little since the 1960s, but looks a little closer and there has been a transformation …

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Colclough Walled Garden

The work of heroic local volunteers has seen this typical Georgian walled garden, with both ornamental and kitchen gardens, transformed from overgrown ruin to its current magnificence. …

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