2014 Secret Santa Gift Reports
Dec14

2014 Secret Santa Gift Reports

Our Irish Fireside Secret Santas have been spreading holiday cheer. Here are some gift reports from a few of our participants… including our very first video gift report! (Reports were edited slightly – additional reports will be added as more gifts get delivered) Patti of NH gave me two beautiful ornaments which I have already put on my tree. -- Alesia B I got a cute sea turtle dish and some Christmas napkins from Bonnie!...

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Here Come the Celtic Holiday Giveaways and Special Deals
Nov27

Here Come the Celtic Holiday Giveaways and Special Deals

You want to give the perfect holiday gift, right? Well, before you run off to one of the big retailers, take a moment to check out our Artisan Shop. We’ve got gifts from artists and small business owners who are inspired by Ireland and offer a unique alternative for your holiday shopping. We’ll be offering some fun giveaways and special discounts this week. To find out about those, just sign up for the shop’s e-mail...

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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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#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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Quick and Cheap Meals in Ireland

While touring, sometimes you just need a quick, inexpensive bite. These days, many Irish grocery stores and petrol (gas) stations offer some tasty pre-made meals on-the-go. While some places offer deli-style areas where sandwiches or pre-made dishes are served-to-order, many offer a cooler with sandwiches, salads, and beverages… often near the courtesy counter for quick checkout. Today, I was in the Cashel Tesco and grabbed...

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The Quiet Man Pub for Sale in Cong, Co Mayo, Ireland
Jan01

The Quiet Man Pub for Sale in Cong, Co Mayo, Ireland

Pat Cohan’s Pub played a starring role in the 1952 classic film The Quiet Man… well, the exterior did anyway. In the village of Cong, the building was actually a shop and did not start serving pints until 2008 when it was remodeled into a pub — complete with a replica of the interior featured in the film. The owners are hoping to sell it for €300,000 (about $396,000)… any takers??? More info:...

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