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Q&A: What is Tax-Free Shopping in Ireland?
Nov18

Q&A: What is Tax-Free Shopping in Ireland?

Could you explain VAT refunds on purchased items for tourists in Ireland? - Angela via email One of the advantages of shopping in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland for Americans and other non-European Union residents is that certain purchases can be bought tax-free. It’s a great opportunity to save on your purchases. However, it’s not available for every item or at every location, and it requires a bit of...

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It’s Irish Fireside Secret Santa Time

Back in 2009, we started a little tradition called the Irish Fireside Secret Santa Gift Exchange. And it’s been a greatly anticipated holiday activity ever since. Here’s how it works… participants get the name and address of another Irish Fireside member, and they send them a gift valued at about $10 (approximately €8.00 or £6.25). When everyone does what they’re supposed to… everyone who signs up gives...

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#139 Exploring “Delightful Dublin with Emily Westbrooks” — AUDIO
Oct02

#139 Exploring “Delightful Dublin with Emily Westbrooks” — AUDIO

The pages of “Delightful Dublin” feel like you’re spending a day exploring a Dublin neighborhood with a good friend showing you her favorite places to eat, shop, play, and meet people. I’ve been lucky enough to chat with author Emily Westbrooks about her beloved city. Have a listen and feel free to review the show notes: CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON below to listen...

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Live Chat! Take a Virtual Trip to Milwaukee Irish Fest
Aug14

Live Chat! Take a Virtual Trip to Milwaukee Irish Fest

I’m teaming up with Jody from Ireland Family Travel and Eoin from Bitesize Irish Gaelic this Saturday at Milwaukee Irish Fest at 5pm CST for a casual meetup. Can’t make it to Milwaukee? You can join us live on Google Hangouts. When the time comes you’ll be able to watch it LIVE in the box above. OR you can visit the Google Hangout page at https://plus.google.com/events/c4ntpcmmkash991ijk19f9mec5s Enjoy this post?If...

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Best Boutique Hostels and Unique Budget Stays Along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way
Aug01

Best Boutique Hostels and Unique Budget Stays Along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

When I suggested we stay in hostels on our Wild Atlantic Way trip, Liam groaned, “I did hostels thirty years ago. I’m waaaaaay beyond the age of traveling like that.” He proceeded to recount tales of waking up to a goat in his room, a bathroom with a clear glass door that didn’t lock, and a blanket covered in creepy-crawlies. I assured him I had vetted the properties on my list and, at the very least, promised clean rooms with no...

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