Bunratty Castle and Folk Park Gets Worthy Upgrade
Jul20

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park Gets Worthy Upgrade

I first noticed the changes at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park last summer. Every building in the folk park boasted a fresh coat of paint, the furniture and decorations inside the cottages had gone through a deep cleaning that dislodged years and years of dirt, and there was a new cast of characters roaming the streets. It might not seem like much, but the little upgrades enhanced every moment of the visit. Not only were the buildings...

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Traditional Textile Crafts of Ireland
Jan03

Traditional Textile Crafts of Ireland

The Aran sweaters, Irish lace, woven tweeds, and fine linen stand out among Ireland’s unique history of textiles. The traditions go back generations, and the craftsmanship remains today. Our friends at www.murphyofireland.com put together this informative, interactive story map to show the roots of Ireland’s best-loved textiles. You can view the full-screen version...

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#146 What Is Tax Free and Duty Free Shopping in Ireland? — AUDIO
Sep14

#146 What Is Tax Free and Duty Free Shopping in Ireland? — AUDIO

Michele Erdvig sheds some light on a topic that can save tourists some serious cash on their purchases in Ireland. CLICK for Show Notes 00:00 Liam and the whiskey lady at Shannon Airport Duty Free 01:20 The world’s first airport Duty Free shopping started at Shannon Airport in County Clare in 1947. 01:56 What is Duty Free shopping? How do I shop tax-free in Ireland? What is tax-free shopping? Blogpost...

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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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