Ireland Travel Tips
It's said that Ireland, once visited, is never forgotten, and for once the blarney rings true. The Irish landscape has a mythic resonance, the country's history is almost tangible, and its people seem put on earth expressly to restore faith in humanity.
The weather may sometimes give you the impression that you're swimming through an airborne ocean, but the truly luminous greens and afternoons spent holed up in riotous pubs will more than console you for the webbed feet you'll need to grow.
Whether you’re into effects-heavy blockbusters or hip art house flicks, you’ll likely still enjoy the vibe at Dublin’s coolest cinema, the Irish Film Institute (IFI). In the center of Dublin’s ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, December 2011
Ireland is famous
for its music: jigs, polkas, reels. The harp, the accordion, the fiddle.
Traditionally Irish music was based in the community or the extended
family; you invited people over ...
Irish history is a history of rebellion. For centuries the people living on this gorgeous island have fought for their independence from British rule. The biggest mistake you can make today is to ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, July 2012
All great cities have their great river, and Dublin has the Liffey. Throughout history, rivers have been important for trade, transport and water supply. This is why cities cluster around them and ...
Written by Dublin Expert: Rob, Ireland, March 2011
Would you like to sample again some 'Whiskey in the Jar'! Are you a rock music fan or more specifically an Irish Rock and Irish music fan? Well, march is the month to come to Dublin, Ireland; for ...
Every country has its national gallery and usually locates it in its capital city. It’s no surprise to find the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin. What might be surprising is just what a strong ...
Nobody wants to miss an opportunity to party and Dublin’s epic NYE Dublin festival provides a myriad of options for making New Year’s Eve a night to remember. From street markets and movie screenings ...
Cities and their streets are as much victims of fashion and the changing of government policy as the rest of us. Take O’Connell Street in Dublin for example. Editor's Note: This recommendation ...
You can’t get more romantic than the
resting place of Saint Valentine himself (relics of the patron Saint are
located in the Whitefriar Street Church) and Dublin offers the perfect backdrop for ...
For a Catholic country, it is ironic that the two largest cathedrals in Dublin
are both Protestant. But that’s a good indication of its long history
as part of Britain before the struggle for ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, February 2012
Yes, the day of green beer is growing closer, the day of the year when all of Ireland goes crazy for their patron Saint Patrick, he who rid the country of snakes and made it the green and pleasant ...
It is a well-known pattern of cities that over time business changes, industries close down or shift away, and whole areas fall into decline and decay. Rents drop and artists move in. Gradually the ...
While visitors to Dublin flock to marvel at the historic grounds of Dublin Castle, few take the time to wander the castle gardens, a pocket of tranquility despite their central location, and a ...
Given that everyone who visits Dublin
ends up taking a photo of this bridge, I think it’s a little bit unfair
that people often describe it as not very spectacular, or just ‘nice’.
The pretty ...
In 1908 art collector Hugh Lane left his collection to Ireland, which established Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. This gallery of modern and contemporary art includes works by Monet, Manet, Degas ...
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