Q&A: How Much of a Tip Should I Leave in Ireland?
Feb17

Q&A: How Much of a Tip Should I Leave in Ireland?

I’m an American, and I’m unsure of what is expected in terms of tipping waiters, waitresses, bartenders, taxi drivers, etc. in Ireland. – Barbara Tipping in Ireland is truly at your discretion and intended to show your appreciation for good service… which differs a bit from the US where many workers, especially wait staff, rely primarily on tips for their income. Irish servers earn a wage comparable to other...

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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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Q&A: How Much Does a Trip to Ireland Cost?
Feb05

Q&A: How Much Does a Trip to Ireland Cost?

How Much Does a Trip to Ireland Cost? – Tony via e-mail This is one of the first questions people ask when they start planning a trip. Each visit is unique, so there’s no universal answer, but let me get the conversation started. Remember, several factors come into play that affect the cost, such as how long you stay, what type of accommodations you prefer, what kind of dining you choose, what type of transportation you...

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10 Tips that Will Make Your Trip to Ireland More Affordable
Aug13

10 Tips that Will Make Your Trip to Ireland More Affordable

So you’ve been stashing away a some cash from every paycheck for a trip to Ireland. Congratulations! You, like most of us, understand the piggy bank method of saving, and it works… it just requires patience and diligence. What many people don’t realize is that there is more than one way to finance your travel. To help me get to Ireland more often, I’ve employed a few tactics that supplement my savings efforts...

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#125 Your Smartphone in Ireland and the Best Apps for Irish Travel – VIDEO & AUDIO VERSIONS
Apr01

#125 Your Smartphone in Ireland and the Best Apps for Irish Travel – VIDEO & AUDIO VERSIONS

Episode Guide – Podcast #125 Your Smartphone in Ireland and the Best Apps for Irish Travel In this episode, I chat with Jody Halsted and Stephanie Chastain about smartphones in Ireland and the best apps for Irish travel CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON below to listen. http://www.irishfireside.com/podcasts/125irishfiresidesmartphones2.mp3 Or watch it as a video…   Our Podcasts are available on iTunes – here’s our...

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#124 When is the Best Time to Visit Ireland? – VIDEO
Feb13

#124 When is the Best Time to Visit Ireland? – VIDEO

There are plenty of things to consider to help you choose WHEN you should plan your trip! In this video episode Corey considers a several factors that may influence when you will plan your trip. When people ask: “When is the best time to visit Ireland?” Most of them really just want to know: “When am I least likely to get wet?” So to answer that question, rainfall is a pretty good place to start. RAINFALL Let’s look at rainfall data...

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