Thursday, June 22, 2017 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

Ireland-Fun Travel Guide Facts

Dublin, capital of the Republic of Ireland, is on Ireland’s east coast at the mouth of the River Liffey. Officially recognized as being founded over a thousand years ago, in 988, the city takes its name from Gaelic meaning “black pool,” a reference to the dark tidal pool where the River Poddle met the Liffey near the current site of Dublin Castle. Its historic buildings include Dublin Castle, dating to the 13th century, and imposing St. Patrick’s Cathedral founded in 1191.

The population of the Island of Ireland in 2012 was approximately 6.4 million comprising 4.58 million in the Republic of Ireland with another 1.8 million in Northern Ireland.
Guide To Fun Traveling In Ireland

 

Dublin, capital of the Republic of Ireland, is on Ireland’s east coast at the mouth of the River Liffey. Officially recognized as being founded over a thousand years ago, in 988, the city takes its name from Gaelic meaning “black pool,” a reference to the dark tidal pool where the River Poddle met the Liffey near the current site of Dublin Castle. Its historic buildings include Dublin Castle, dating to the 13th century, and imposing St. Patrick’s Cathedral founded in 1191.

The population of the Island of Ireland in 2012 wqas approximately 6.4 million comprising 4.58 million in the Republic of Ireland with another 1.8 million in Northern Ireland.

Dublin Airport is an international airport serving Dublin, the capital city of Ireland. It is operated by DAA. Dublin Airport served almost 28 million passengers in 2016. The airport, headquarters to both Ireland’s flag carrier airline, Aer Lingus, and Ryanair, Europe’s largest low-cost carrier, is located 5.4 miles north of Dublin in Collinstown, Fingal.

The best time to visit Ireland is summer, if you don’t mind the high prices and crowded attractions. You’ll find the warmest weather (average 16°C 60°F) and be able to enjoy the many summertime festivals. August tends to be the wettest month, however. Spring and Fall offer better prices and moderate weather. Average temperature in Spring is 6°C (43°F) and 13°C (55°F) for autumn. If you visit in winter, be prepared for cold, wet weather (5°C 41°F).
Visitors will want to be sure they don’t miss these top tourism attractions in Ireland:

  • Powerscourt Estate – World famous gardens, Ireland’s highest waterfall, 2 championship golf courses and more
  • Trinity College – Ireland’s oldest university and home to the Book of Kells
  • The Aran Islands – Rugged limestone islands off the westernmost coast of Ireland, where all the locals still speak Gaelic
  • Ring of Kerry – Scenic drive through seaside villages and verdant landscapes
  • Giant’s Causeway – Amazing natural basalt columns are a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Dingle – Charming coastal town with loads of friendly pubs
  • Connemara – Everything for the outdoorsman – fishing, golf, hiking in the National Park
  • Guinness Storehouse – Ireland’s most popular attraction, home of the fabled Black Stuff
  • Cliffs of Moher – One of Ireland’s most spectacular (and popular) sights
  • Grafton Street – World famous shopping in Dublin city centre
  • Glendalough – Visit this important 6th century monastery settlement

Don’t leave your electronics at home. Here are the best Irish travel apps you’ll want to download to your iPhone or Android device before your visit.

  • Lynk Taxis – Dublin’s own taxi app
  • Leap Card – Pay discount fares on public transportation
  • Hailo – Prebook your important taxi rides
  • Daft.ie – Holiday rental homes and houses for sale
  • Luas – Dublin’s light rail tram system
  • Irish Rail – Bus and rail service
  • Dublin Bus – Real time bus schedules and planner


For a real Irish experience, you need to try these iconic foods and drinks. Some of these are traditional Irish dishes while some have been “borrowed” from immigrants and neighbors, but they’re all hearty and delicious.

  • Full Irish Breakfast
  • Dublin Coddle
  • Carrageen Mass Pudding
  • Colcannon Irish Whiskey
  • Dublin Lawyer Lobster
  • Guinness
  • Tayto’s Crisps
  • Irish Coffee
  • Fish & Chips
  • Black pudding
  • Doner kebab
  • Cadbury’s chocolate
  • Irish Sausages

Work off some of those Irish sausages and whiskey and enjoy the Irish countryside when you try these outdoor activities.

  • Fishing
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Golfing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Canoeing
  • Surfing

Every country has its own ideas of who should be tipped and how much. Nobody wants to overtip or, worse, be a rude guest in the country. Here’s what to tip in Ireland.

  • Waitstaff – 10%
  • Bartenders – None
  • Taxi Drivers – None
  • Porters -1-2 Euro per bag
  • Tour Guides – 10%

From intimate boutique hotels to luxury accommodations in inspiring Castle Hotels, Ireland plenty of great choices in accommodations for you to relax and unwind.

  • Drury Court Hotel– Based in the heart of Dublin City Centre, Drury Court Hotel is the ideal location for both business and leisure visits to the capital.
  • Clontarf Castle Hotel – Providing an exceptional service in luxury surroundings, Clontarf Castle Hotel is one of Ireland’s leading Castle Hotels
  • Davenport Hotel – A boutique establishment offered by O’Callaghan Hotels Group, Davenport brings a unique blend of old meets new.
  • Stephen’s Green Hotel – Overlooking nine acres of St. Stephen’s Green Park, The Stephen’s Green Hotel is part of the noted O’Callaghan Hotels Group.
  • Trinity Lodge Hotel – Located in the heart of Dublin near Trinity College, Trinity Lodge brings a charming fusion of Georgian elegance and contemporary style.
  • Wynn’s Hotel – Abbey St,Dublin – A prestigious Dublin destination since 1845, Wynn’s is located in the very heart of Dublin – a paradise for shoppers and tourists alike.

From historical sites to lively pubs to the verdant countryside that gives the Emerald Isle its name, visitors to Ireland will find that the the country more than lives up to its reputation. This Ireland travel guide will give you a start on planning your dream Irish holiday.

 

 

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