It’s Back! The Irish Fireside Secret Santa Gift Exchange
Nov08

It’s Back! The Irish Fireside Secret Santa Gift Exchange

We’re bringing back our little tradition known as the Irish Fireside Secret Santa Gift Exchange. Since 2009, it’s become a fun way for our online community to step away from their screens and earbuds and get a dose of real, offline interaction. Here’s how it works… participants get the name and address of another Irish Firesider (those are folks from around the world who have a passion for Ireland and all-things-Irish)....

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10 Postcard-Perfect, but Often-Overlooked, Spots in Ireland
Sep08

10 Postcard-Perfect, but Often-Overlooked, Spots in Ireland

When you dream of visiting Ireland, you likely imagine magical spots where green hills meet dramatic skies or untamed seas, where castles rest in peaceful valleys or on commanding cliffs, or where lone church steeples stand alongside mountain ridges or overlooking enchanted rivers. On the Emerald Isle, these dreams take shape and wait for you to discover them. Today with the help of the Ireland Travel Kit, I introduce you to ten...

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Unlimited Internet Access in Ireland Without the Risk of Extra Fees
Jul26

Unlimited Internet Access in Ireland Without the Risk of Extra Fees

The first time I traveled to Ireland with a smartphone, I set up an international data plan and STILL came home with a $650 phone bill. OUCH! I easily talked my carrier down to around $200, but I will never forget how the first glance at that bill made my stomach swell uncomfortably into my throat. Internet options for travelers to Ireland have improved greatly over the years, but outside of free WiFi in hotels and some businesses, I...

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#152 Medications and Your Trip to Ireland – Audio
Jun04

#152 Medications and Your Trip to Ireland – Audio

Whether it’s prescriptions or over-the-counter, you’ll need to know how to pack them, what you can bring, where you can get more, and what to do if you need an emergency...

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#151 Powering Your Electronics in Ireland – Audio
Jun04

#151 Powering Your Electronics in Ireland – Audio

Whether it’s your phone, tablet, laptop, curling iron, or sleep apnea machine, here’s a look at how you can power up all your devices while visiting the Emerald Isle. SHOW NOTES 00:24 Ireland’s wall outlets/sockets are the same as the United Kingdom and therefore do not fit plugs from North America, Australia, or many other countries without an adapter. 00:40 Ireland’s outlets carry 220V compared to 110V in North America. 01:05 Make...

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The Ring Forts of Cahersiveen, County Kerry
Apr16

The Ring Forts of Cahersiveen, County Kerry

Along the Ring of Kerry near the village of Cahersiveen, there are two ancient ring forts worthy of a stop. The forts share a gravel car park and require a short, rewarding walk. Cahergal Fort has been restored and offers Ireland’s most impressive restoration of what the early Irish achieved using dry, stacked stone. The 10 foot thick walls reach a height of nearly 20 feet, and visitors can climb the “stepped” design...

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