The Leap Card for Tourists: Dublin Unveils All-In-One Travel Pass
Jun20

The Leap Card for Tourists: Dublin Unveils All-In-One Travel Pass

Dublin City has just unveiled a new program that makes it easier for tourists to get around the city. A tourist version of their prepaid travel pass known as the Leap Card is now available at Dublin Airport; and if you’re planning to spend a few days in the city, you’ll travel like a local when you swipe your pass in front of the card reader on buses and trains. Here’s how it works… You purchase a card at...

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Postcard from Ireland: Our Jaunting Car Driver
Jun10

Postcard from Ireland: Our Jaunting Car Driver

This is a picture of Robert–a Jaunting Car Driver in Killarney National Park.  He has been driving in the park for over 45 years, and naturally a wealth of knowledge about the park.  The trip through the park via the Jaunting Car is between one and two hours—depending on what you want to see. Tim — Ft. Lauderdale, FL The Irish Fireside “Postcards from Ireland” series invites readers to submit their memorable travel...

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An Astronaut’s Guide to Ireland: Guinness, Belfast, and the Wild Atlantic Way

He’s photographed Ireland from space, and now Commander Chris Hadfield is taking a closer look at the Emerald Isle… from the ground. His daughter has been studying in there; and when he came for a visit earlier this year, he teamed up with Irish tourism to create this series of videos covering some notable aspects of his trip. Enjoy! Wild Atlantic Way Irish Hurling...

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Digging Up Dublin’s Wonderful Secrets with Pól Ó Conghaile
Mar16

Digging Up Dublin’s Wonderful Secrets with Pól Ó Conghaile

On my first visit to Dublin, I learned everything I needed to know about the city on the Hop On/Off bus. Yep… St Patrick’s Cathedral, Jameson Whiskey, Trinity College, government buildings, a lap around the zoo, and Guinness… add a stroll down Grafton Street to see the street buskers, and my checklist exceeded my expectations. Plus, the charming bus driver left me well-versed in the nicknames for Dublin public art...

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#136 Learning to Speak Irish with Eoin – AUDIO
Mar01

#136 Learning to Speak Irish with Eoin – AUDIO

I must confess; my knowledge of the Irish language tends to be limited to place names and a few simple words like slán (bye) and fir (which means men… as in which door I should enter when I need to use the toilet… for ladies it’s mná). Fortunately, the internet is making learning Irish a bit easier, and Eion from Bitesize Irish Gaelic offers his insights into the Irish languag and teaches us a few handy phrases in...

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An American in Belfast: The Amateur Traveler Talks About Titanic, Murals, Meals, and More – AUDIO
Dec19

An American in Belfast: The Amateur Traveler Talks About Titanic, Murals, Meals, and More – AUDIO

Belfast and Northern Ireland are a bit of a mystery to many North Americans. Questions arise about its safety, its politics, and its “worthiness” as a tourist destination. Many of those uncertainties can be put the rest after hearing Chris Christensen talk to Mary Jo Manzanares about her travels in and around Belfast on the Amateur Traveler Podcast. Mary Jo offers a wonderful perspective on both things to see and do on a...

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