#153 A Daily Dose of Ireland with Alexa and the Amazon Echo
Jun18

#153 A Daily Dose of Ireland with Alexa and the Amazon Echo

  Here’s an overview of how you can keep up on Irish music, news, weather, books, and travel plans using the Amazon Echo. Audio Version: SHOW NOTES 00:05 Alexa, the Amazon Echo Dot – http://amzn.to/2rtCBtz (affiliate link) 00:10 Shamrock Bot by Rusty Noodle 00:42 Getting an Irish music fix 01:30 Pandora Spotify, TuneIn iHeartRadio 01:37 Accents and languages 01:57 Irish weather 02:20 What time is it? 02:28 Streaming...

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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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Lighten Your Load: Five Things You Should Leave at Home When You Travel to Ireland
Jan18

Lighten Your Load: Five Things You Should Leave at Home When You Travel to Ireland

For the last twenty years, I’ve been hosting visitors to Ireland, and certain items always get packed, but rarely used. Here’s a look at some things you should think twice about before bringing them to the Emerald Isle. Computers Aren’t the Only Way to Go Digital Now that phones and tablets have essentially become handheld computers, the days of carrying an expensive laptop are gone. You’ll have more room, you’ll get through...

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Introducing Some of the Best Irish Travel Blog Nominees
Aug22

Introducing Some of the Best Irish Travel Blog Nominees

It’s awards season for the blogging community in Ireland, and voting has opened in the the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards. In all honesty, awards like these aren’t always perfect at highlighting the best blogs; but with a bit of online exploring, they offer a way to discover some great bloggers. You might remember the Irish Fireside won the the Best Blog of the Diaspora when the category was introduced a few years ago....

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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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