The quality of hostel accommodation in Ireland has risen considerably in recent years and they are now a good budget option, and not only for young back packers.
In addition to ultra cheap dormitory accommodation, most now offer en suite bedrooms for those who want value but don’t want to rough it too much.Read More
Irish crystal is renowned for its quality and clarity as well as its beautiful design, and modern styles are now joining the traditional ones we all know.
Crystal is expensive, but its special and will last a long, long time so choosing what to buy and where to buy it is important.Read More
Crystal has been made in Ireland since the late 1700s, when the development of lead crystal made it possible to shape and cut glass as never before.
This is a look not just at the history of glass making in Ireland but at the story of how each individual piece of glass is painstakingly made by hand.Read More
It would be wrong to think Irish glass ends with crystal, there are many talented glass makers working in more contemporary styles.
Many produce one-off pieces that are pieces of art, astonishing in their beauty. Others are making modern styles of home ware that have a unique style.Read More
Ireland has built too many hotels and visitor numbers are likely to drop – that’s bad news for the industry but it’s good news for you.
There are bargains to be had for those willing to shop around. This quick guide to the Irish hotel market will prepare you for the hunt.Read More
Bed and breakfast accommodation is a popular choice for visitors to Ireland and since you will stay in private homes choosing to stay in a B&B will give you a chance to meet with ordinary Irish people.
Standards vary widely as do the friendliness of your hosts, but in general an Irish B&B is a good value, well furnished and pleasant place to stay.Read More
Guest houses differ from B&Bs in that they are not generally family homes, and from hotels because they have fewer facilities.
They differ from each other too – some are modern and impersonal albeit providing good accommodation, others rival the best hotels for comfort and can be very special places to stay.Read More
These accommodations are in some of Ireland oldest and loveliest houses, many of which have been owned by the families who live in them for hundreds of years.
While staying in such places can be a unique experience, it won’t necessarily suit those who insist on having hotel style facilities and services.Read More
Visitors to Ireland from non-EU countries can claim back the VAT (or sales tax) they spend on certain goods in Ireland.
However knowing how to do so and ensuring you have all the necessary documentation requires a little bit of homework – but with VAT rates as high as 21%, this is homework well worth doing.Read More
Renting a house or cottage, or an apartment in a city, is a good option if you are planning to stay in the same part of Ireland for a week or more.
If you are on a tight budget it’s also worth considering other self catering options, like caravan rental or even staying in a tent.Read More
Used as a token of love and friendship this traditional Galway ring can be worn in several different ways to signify the status of the wearer – married/attached or free and looking?!
There are many stories about its origin, some fanciful though even the most likely contender is a tale of adventure and romance.Read More