Everything was going great until we were about the leave the airport…
May12

Everything was going great until we were about the leave the airport…

You know how sometimes you end up doing something foolish; and it’s made worse because it’s going to be costly, and you only have yourself to blame? Last week Liam and I arrived at Shannon Airport, cruised through immigration and customs, collected our luggage, and caught the shuttle to our rental car without a single issue. It wasn’t until we were loading the car that we realized that THREE bottles of Irish whiskey we purchased...

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Could My Perfect Irish Holiday Rental Be a Scam?
Apr21

Could My Perfect Irish Holiday Rental Be a Scam?

My heart sunk when I received an email in February from a reader named Dana… She found the perfect Dublin vacation rental property on VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner), which is part of HomeAway — both are well-known, trusted vacation rental websites. When she inquired, the property manager wrote back with bad news. The townhouse of her dreams was no longer available. However, she was directed to another property listed on a...

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Q&A: What kind of adapter do I need to keep my electronics charged in Ireland?
Apr07

Q&A: What kind of adapter do I need to keep my electronics charged in Ireland?

We’re from the U.S., and we’ll be traveling Ireland with our iphones and ipad. What kind of adapter do we need? — Marie There are two things you need to know before “plugging” in your devices in Ireland: Ireland’s wall outlets/sockets deliver 220 volts (countries like the US and Canada only use 110 volts). Ireland’s wall outlets/sockets are the same as the ones used in the UK and handful of...

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Postcard from Ireland: Claregalway Friary
Apr06

Postcard from Ireland: Claregalway Friary

Claregalway is a small town, 10 miles north of Galway city and is home to the ruins of Claregalway friary. The Claregalway Friary is a medieval Franciscan abbey and can be seen from the main road through Claregalway. Today, the abbey buildings and grounds are open to the public free of charge. The burial grounds surrounding the building are maintained and still in use. Submitted by Patrick Dinneen – www.photoblog.ie The Irish Fireside...

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Celebrating a Hundred Years in Music at Ireland’s National Concert Hall
Mar23

Celebrating a Hundred Years in Music at Ireland’s National Concert Hall

The centenary of the Easter Rising in 1916 is being marked by talks, plays, books, seminars, parades, speeches, art works, and many other ways across Ireland and through its diaspora across the world. In the heart of Dublin City, Ireland’s National Concert Hall is joining in with a series if concerts running from 28 March through 3 April in Dublin, a concert in London on 29 April, and three longer running projects across the year of...

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#148 Explore the Best Irish Castles for Kids with Jody Halsted – Audio
Mar14

#148 Explore the Best Irish Castles for Kids with Jody Halsted – Audio

Jody Halsted answers Max’s question about choosing the best castles for kids in Ireland.   CLICK FOR SHOW NOTES 00:00 Intro 00:23 What are the best Irish castles for kids? Jody Halsted from www.IrelandFamilyVacations.com Episode #115 Fairy Hunting with the Family in Ireland – http://irishfireside.com/2011/07/04/119-fairy-hunting-with-the-family-in-ireland/ Episode #125 Your Smartphone in Ireland and the best apps for Irish...

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