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Ireland is often called the Emerald Isle because of the powerful
greenness of its countryside.
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Ireland is a part of the British Isles geographically.
Politically, the island is divided into Northern Ireland, a
constituent part of the United Kingdom; and the
independent state of
Ireland (Eire, in Irish).
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The term 'Republic of Ireland' is a description of the State of
Ireland, as outlined in the Republic of Ireland Act 1948; often used to distinguish the
state from the island of Ireland as a whole.
The Irish state comprises 26 of the 32 counties of the island of
Ireland; including part of the province of Ulster.
Northern Ireland is the remaining six counties of Ulster, in the
north-eastern part of the island.
Take a virtual tour of Northern Ireland, courtesy of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.
Ruled by England for more than 400 years, the republic gained
independence in 1922, after a long and violent struggle.
Ireland is a land of mountains, lakes, and rolling farmland, with
an ancient history and world-famous literary tradition.
Scenic attractions include the romantic Lakes of Killarney; the lush
Wicklow Mountains; and the Cliffs of Moher, that rise from the sea in a five-mile wall.
Bord Failte - the Irish Tourist Board. Plenty of fine ideas of what to do and where to go
on holiday in the republic.
Farmhouse Bed and Breakfasts
Enjoy Ireland at it's best by staying in a traditional farmhouse and
driving around the countryside.
Ireland Travel Tips
Ireland is relatively small but there is a vast amount of interesting
places to visit, so make sure to plan your trip to take in as much of the country and
culture as possible. Plan a trip to the native Irish speaking islands off the west coast,
they are rugged and beautiful.
Visit Killarney in March or April. It is less crowded, doesn't rain as
much and most plants are in full bloom. Otherwise, come in October during the deer rutting
By Killarney Photo Guide.
In Ireland, get to the west as quickly as possible. It's wetter,
wilder and a whole lot more fun. More country pubs, atmosphere and exciting scenery.
Galway, Clare, Kerry and Donegal are all worthwhile.
Airlines and Airports:
Flights to Dublin from the England are cheap, especially if you use the charters from
Manchester or Luton.
Shannon International Airport is 22 km from Limerick.
US immigration pre-clearance is available to passengers travelling to the USA from Ireland
at Dublin or Shannon airports.
Aircoach - Dublin Airport:
Airport shuttle to Dublin city centre. Travel to and from Cork, Portlaoise, or Belfast for
a flat fare of €5 single or €8 return. As the coaches have GPS on board, there's also
a Live Position feature, which you can view online, powered by WS2.
If you're travelling to Dublin from England by boat, the ferry
terminal is at Dun Laoghaire; 10 km to the south of the capital. Trains and buses connect
the terminal with Dublin.
The train to Cork is one of the most popular routes on Irish Railways
Car Hire Ireland:
Part of the Europcar network in Ireland, offering customers a choice of eleven locations
around the Emerald Isle: Athlone, Cavan, Cork Airport, Dublin Airport, Dublin City Centre,
Galway City, Ireland West Knock Airport, Kerry Airport, Navan, Shannon Airport, and
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Cities in Ireland.
Donegal, Dun Laoghaire, Dundalk,
The Blarney Castle, in County Cork, was probably built in the 15th
According to legend, if you kiss the stone in the tower of the castle
you'll receive the gift of the gab - witty speech that sounds both flattering and
The capital of the Republic of Ireland is known as the Town of the
Ford of the Hurdles, in Gaelic - Baile Atha Cliath.
Dublin faces the Irish Sea, on the coast of eastern- central Ireland.
The River Liffey runs through the city.
Dublin was the European City of Culture in 1991, but its status as a
seat of culture is permanent.
An annual theatre festival is held in Dublin every autumn, and the
city also hosts an international film festival and opera season in the spring. The major
concert venue is the National Concert Hall.
Dublin's historic area is south of the Liffey.
Dublin Castle was where the city started. Built in the early 1200s,
the castle has been rebuilt and added to over the centuries.
The castle was the seat of the British viceroy of Ireland until 1922,
when it was handed over to the newly formed Irish Free State, and is now used for
ceremonial functions, and the inauguration of the country's president.
Numerous churches and public buildings are also in the old city.
Dublin's Phoenix Park, in the western suburbs of the city, is one of
Europe's largest city parks.
Once a royal hunting ground the park now contains Dublin Zoo and the
residence of the president of the Irish Republic.
Situated near Phoenix Park is the 100-m-long Hole-In-The-Wall public
house; believed to be Europe's longest.
Entertainment in Dublin
Dublin has become the centre of the Europe's computer software
industry, and the money generated has rejuvenated the city and its entertainment sector.
Dublin is one of the most happening centres in Europe at the moment;
they're even turning away stag parties from England.
The Irish capital is an extremely compact city, so you can see loads and have an awful lot
of fun in a short space of time.
Temple Bar is Dublin's bustling cultural, residential and small business district.
Comprising 28 acres, this area is brimming with arts, culture and entertainment along with
some of Dublin's top restaurants, cafes, bars, hotels and shops.
Hotels in Dublin.
Limerick is situated at the head of the estuary of the River
Shannon, in the south-west of the Republic of Ireland.
The city is dived into three sections:
English Town, on King's Island, was founded by William de Burgh; who
built the Castle of King John to defend it.
Irish Town, the oldest part of the city, dates from the 9th century.
Newtown-Pery, to the south of Irish Town, dates from 1769.
County Clare has a living Gaelic tradition, which can be heard and
seen in its music and arts.
With the recent upsurge of interest in all things Irish, Clare's
cultural heritage is proving to be very popular with visitors.
Some of the villages and towns of Clare like Doolin and Miltown Malbay are becoming world
famous, mostly for the traditional music played in local pubs during holiday season.
Named after the town of Donegal, County Donegal is a part of the
province of Ulster.
County Donegal is the most mountainous in Ulster, consisting of two
ranges of low mountains; the Derryveagh Mountains in the north and the Bluestack Mountains
in the south.
Explore Donegals hidden treasures along its six fabulous touring routes;
experiencing Irish Culture at its best along the Wild Atlantic Way.
Inishowen boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Ireland. Be sure to venture on the
Inishowen 100 scenic driving route, to appreciate the natural scenic beauty and historical
gems the Donegal peninsula has to offer.
Galway is in the west of Ireland, on Galway Bay; famous for its
horse racing festival.
The old town has a Spanish influence; until the 17th century Galway
was a major trading partner with Spain.
Galway City is itself a vibrant place with many things to see and do.
Like County Clare, Galway has some of Ireland's most spectacular scenery, especially
Connemara and the nearby Aran Islands.
Galway East is famous for its rich heritage, variety of
activities, and local and international festivals. It is also conveniently located for
easy day trips to Connemara, The Burren, Aran Islands and Westport.
Galway East Tourism:
The official tourism website for Galway East provides details on accommodation, holiday
packages, activities and visitor attractions in the region.
O'Donnabhain's - Kenmare:
Pub and Guesthouse in Kenmare, Co. Kerry. With its bric-a-brac, open fires and wooden
beams, the bar exudes old world charm, has fine food and drinks and a great atmosphere
which makes O'Donnabhains popular with the locals and visitors alike.
Armagh is built on numerous hills and has been the seat of the
Catholic primacy of all Ireland since the days of St Patrick, who built his first church
There are two important churches on the hills of Armagh: St Patrick's
Church of Ireland Cathedral stands on the site of the cathedral built by St Patrick; and
St Patrick's Roman Catholic Cathedral, with its twin spires, raises from another hill.
All you need to know about Castlebar, Co. Mayo; including what's on and where to stay.
An extensive database of useful tourist information for visitors to Ireland.
Older than Stonehenge, the giant megalithic tomb of Newgrange was probably erected about
3,200 BC (in calendar years). It is one of a group of 40 passage tombs including Knowth
and Dowth, that are enclosed on three sides by the river Boyne.
The official languages of Ireland are Irish and English. Although
attempts have been made to popularise Gaelic as the national tongue, most of the people
continue to use English. Irish is mostly spoken in the western rural areas.
Irish Literary Giants
There must be something in the water used in the beer. Ireland has
produced many famous writers, poets, and dramatists - not all of them habitual boozers.
St Patrick's Day
The national day of Ireland is celebrated on March 17th. The Legend is
as murky as an empty glass of Guinness, but it's a good excuse for the Irish to party.
What's making the news in Northern Ireland.
Current news and feature articles on Ireland.
Vagabond Tours of
Four wheel-drive adventures in Ireland - departing from Dublin to the west and south - for
four of five days of breathtaking scenery, relaxing exercise, local culture and cosy
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