Ireland on a Budget
Jul10

Ireland on a Budget

This summer I’ve started a new project that centers on Ireland’s best budget accommodations. It’s been an interesting task; and I’ve been quite pleased with some of the places I’ve visited — most for under €25 per person!!! This research has opened my eyes to some absolutely outstanding places to stay that are under the radar of the average visitor… I had almost resigned myself to believing...

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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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Follow in the Footsteps of Irish Saints: Beautiful and “Blessed” Places to Add to Your Ireland Itinerary
Feb24

Follow in the Footsteps of Irish Saints: Beautiful and “Blessed” Places to Add to Your Ireland Itinerary

With over 300 saints directly associated with the island, Ireland earned the title of “the land of saints and scholars.” However from a global perspective, St Patrick maintains celebrity status among Irish saints…after all, he’s the guy who gives the world an excuse to party every March 17th, right? I thought I take a moment to introduce you to a few wonderful places in Ireland that are associated Irish saints:...

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Q&A: What’s a Good Golf Course for a Beginner Golfer in Ireland?
Feb16

Q&A: What’s a Good Golf Course for a Beginner Golfer in Ireland?

What’s a good golf course for a very amateur golfer? — Mike via email There is no shortage of golf courses in Ireland, and they range from basic courses to some of the best links courses in the world. Since you don’t have a particular course in mind, I would recommend checking with your accommodation hosts. They will know nearby courses that will suit your needs and will not require a time-consuming trek to reach a golf course....

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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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Q&A: What’s It Like to Travel Ireland in the Winter?
Jan29

Q&A: What’s It Like to Travel Ireland in the Winter?

We’re planning our first trip to Ireland, and we’re thinking of taking advantage of the lower prices in the winter. Is this a bad idea? Will it be a rainy mess? — Kerri from Ohio via email Your question arrived at the perfect time. At this very moment, I’m in Ireland… in the dead of winter… and you know what? It’s not bad, but it’s definitely different from other times during the year....

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