5 Tips for Using Dublin Bikes
Oct30

5 Tips for Using Dublin Bikes

  Emily Westbrooks tells us, “One of the best ways to get around Dublin City Centre is on a Dublin Bike. The rental bikes arrived in Dublin last year, and they’re a huge hit!” Emily gives us five excellent tips for a smooth ride at www.fromchinavillage.com/2011/10/dublin-bikes/ Emily Westbrooks is a freelance writer from Maine who now lives in Dublin. She writes daily about her life and travels on her blog, From...

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Booking a B&B… on Your iPhone!
Jul21

Booking a B&B… on Your iPhone!

Most of us have gotten used to inspecting B&Bs online before we book, but now, we can even do it from our smart phones. B&B Ireland now offers a free app in the iTunes Store that lets you browse and book B&Bs from your iPhone or iPod Touch. I’ve noodled around with it a bit, and I’m happy to say it delivers a clean interface with an abundance of features. All the Features of the Website Firstly, hat’s off...

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2011 Emerald Awards
Jun25

2011 Emerald Awards

Every year I present awards for the “best of the best” in Ireland. From lodgings to restaurants to pubs. I am extremely particular about places that I personally recommend. Even more so for those receiving an award. For 2011 I am pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 Emerald Awards. Congratulations to all the winners! Hotel of the Year: Kilronan Castle in Ballyfarnon, Co. Roscommon Guesthouse of the Year:...

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Celtic Music for Mother’s Day
May06

Celtic Music for Mother’s Day

In Ireland, Mothers’ Day is traditionally celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent, which means it falls in March or April. In the Irish diaspora, though, in places such as the United States, Canada, and points beyond, it is often marked in the second Sunday in May. If you’d like a bit of music to go along, give a listen. Susan McKeown, Robin Spielberg, and Cathie Ryan each brought different experiences as mothers, daughters, and...

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Going 3D for Michael Flatley’s New Irish Dance Extravaganza
Mar23

Going 3D for Michael Flatley’s New Irish Dance Extravaganza

Michael Flatley doesn’t do things small. The dancer who launched onto the world’s stage with “Riverdance” and then with his breakaway hit “Lord of the Dance” has turned his show into a concert-style movie… in 3-D at that. Firstly, it’s a fan show. Those who love Irish dance extravaganzas and/or Michael Flatley will not be disappointed. It’s got sparkly costumes, extreme theatrical...

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GPS in Ireland… on Your Smart Phone with CoPilot Live
Feb08

GPS in Ireland… on Your Smart Phone with CoPilot Live

I resisted using GPS in Ireland for years… I told myself that getting lost was half the fun! That can be true, but the romance of aimlessly wandering Ireland wears off when you find yourself stranded on a lonely road in the middle of the night in the rain. Today, I mix it up a bit. For touring, I avoid turning on the GPS, and savor those moments when I’m not quite sure where I am. But when I need to get somewhere…...

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