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The Book of Kells

The most richly decorated medieval manuscript on the planet, The Book of Kells remains one of Ireland’s most popular attractions.

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The Guinness Storehouse

Learn how they make the oozy black stuff in this interactive visitors centre.

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Malahide Castle

Malahide Castle is set on 250 acres of park land in the picturesque seaside town of Malahide.

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Temple Bar

Temple Bar is Dubln’s Bohemian district, bustling with pubs, cafes, restaurants and craft shops on busy cobbled streets.

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Custom House

Completed in 1791, this structure, with its beautiful classical façade, is one of Dublin’s most prominent waterfront buildings.

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Kilmainham Gaol. Image by Sean Munson.

Kilmainham Gaol

This famous prison has captured a special place in the history of the Irish struggle for independence.

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The Iveagh Gardens

This  sumptuous Victorian park, once the private delight of a wealthy Dublin elite, is today free to everyone.

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Trinity College

Trinity College

The oldest college in Ireland is a magical step back in time, situated on a peaceful, picturesque campus in the middle of Dublin City.

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Grafton Street. Image by Wynnert

Grafton Street

Grafton Street is Dublin’s premier and most stylish shopping street.

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Chester Beatty Library. Image by William Murphy

Chester Beatty Library

The Chester Beatty library, former European museum of the year, contains many internationally important artefacts.

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National Museum of Ireland

National Museum of Ireland

The historical and archaeological treasures of Ireland are housed in this extraordinary Victorian Palladian style building.

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National Botanic Gardens

National Botanic Gardens

On the banks of the Tolka River near the Glasnevin cemetery, you can find the National Botanic Gardens, established in 1795 by the Royal Dublin Society.

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The Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry is a hugely popular road route through the southwest of Ireland that encompasses some of Ireland’s best scenery and heritage.

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Blarney Castle and Blarney Stone

Blarney Castle in Cork is most famous for its “Stone of Eloquence”, known internationally as the Blarney Stone.

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The Rock of Cashel

The word Cashel is derived from a Gaelic  word meaning “fortress” and it’s not hard to see why.

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Bunratty Castle. Image by John Menard

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

Overlooking the River Shannon, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park is one of the country’s top visitor attractions.

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The Cliffs of Moher

These sea cliffs are five miles long and soar 700 feet above the crashing waves.

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Glendalough Co. Wicklow by Matt Rudge

Glendalough

The ancient beauty spot of Glendalough is a popular retreat for Ireland’s city dwellers.

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Newgrange

Built 1,000 years before Stonehenge, Newgrange is Ireland’s best-known prehistoric monument.

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Galway waterfront. Image by Gary Tanner.

Galway City

Galway City prides itself on being the bohemian Irish city, where people can let their hair down.

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Mural  of The Beatles. Photo by Beverley Goodwin

The Belfast Murals

The West Belfast areas of Shankhill Road and Falls Road are decorated with a variety of wall murals.

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The Burren

The Burren

This other-worldly landscape was created in the ice age by karstic limestone rock.

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The Giant's Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway is a  unique and spectacular geological formation.

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Connemara National Park

This protected wilderness area is a region of great, remote natural beauty, in one of the most westerly regions of Ireland.

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Tips for Visitors

Ireland has no shortage of castles — there are approximately a thousand castles spread throughout the island, though no complete and accurate list exists.

Sounds fantastic? There’s a snag — the majority of Ireland’s castles lie in ruins. Castle ruins have their own, abandoned, ivy-covered charm, and some ruins are tremendously more impressive than others.

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Living in the United States, you can be forgiven for believing that Irish people only eat potatoes, cabbage and corned beef! But if you’re planning a trip to Ireland, don’t worry — the food on offer in Ireland is widely varied to suit a variety of tastes and is generally delicious.

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Ireland may be a relatively small island, but it has a long, rich history and a modern, vibrant, English-speaking Eurozone economy, with particularly close social and economic ties to both the US and the UK.

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Don’t hire a car directly from the airport

If you’re arriving directly from the US, you’re going to be jetlagged. Make your first night in Ireland car free. Public transport from all of the airports is good, and there’s always a lot to do in the vicinity of the airports.

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Introduction by Michael

In 2013, I corresponded  back and forth with Patrick O’Leary, a Human Resources manager for UPS in Louisville, Kentucky, who is a highly organized guy.

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Can You Tour Ireland in One Week?

The Short Answer

Yes, many visitors see much of Ireland in a seven-day tour. Some visitors even travel to all 32 counties of Ireland within seven days. However, most one-week tours focus on a maximum of three of Ireland’s five main regions.

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Is Ireland a Nice Place to Visit?

The Short Answer

For some, Ireland is the most beautiful country in the world, regardless of its weather. Most return visitors to Ireland say that the friendliness of the Irish people is what made their experience great.

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What is the Weather like in Ireland?

I’m Travelling to Ireland in May / July / November / [Insert Month Here] – What Will the Weather Be Like?

It will probably be raining.

Just kidding … but there is a large chance that you will see rain if you visit in November, December, January or February.

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How to Use Your U.S. Cellphone in Ireland
If you intend to travel to Ireland and use your cellphone — be warned. You could face a bill of hundreds, even thousands, of dollars. The bill will be even greater if you call other Americans on their US cellphones while they are in Ireland.

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Is Ireland a Good Place for a Honeymoon?

The Short Answer

YES – if you want to enjoy your honeymoon in a serenely beautiful land of ancient heritage and romantic dreams.

NO – if you want to relax on a tropical beach soaking up the hot sun.

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Where Can I Get a List of all the Shops in the Dundrum Town Centre?

The Short Answer

Right here at Choose Ireland – read our article about the Dundrum Shopping Centre, which contains a list of all the shops.

The Long Answer

Uh, that’s it. Sorry the list isn’t on this page — it’s easier to maintain if it’s on the main Dundrum Town Centre page.

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Can I Visit Ireland with a Dog or Cat?

The Short Answer

Yes, providing your dog or cat meets the regulations listed below.

Make sure your pet:

  • is at least three months old
  • has a microchip ID
  • has a rabies vaccination
  • has a follow-up blood at least three after the vaccination, to ensure it is successful
  • has a European PETS passport (the vaccination is a precondition)
  • has been treated for dog for tick and tapeworm

The Barking Mad Answer

The law in the Republic of Ireland may sound crazily strict — but for good reason, since the country has been successful in keeping rabies out of the country.

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What Adventure Sports Can I Do in Ireland?

The Short Answer

These following list is only a sample:

  • Big Wave Surfing
  • Paragliding
  • Canoeing
  • Sailing
  • Water skiing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Hang Gliding
  • Rock Climbing
  • Gorge walking
  • Kite buggying
  • River tubing
  • Zip lining
  • Zorbing
  • & More

 

Top Tips for Adventure Sport / Extreme Sport Nuts Who Plan to Visit Ireland

  • Most adventure sports are best enjoyed during the season from March through October, with the exception of caving.
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Is Ireland a Good Place for a Walking Holiday?

The Short Answer

Yes! If you like walking in the open air, you’ll love the panoramic paths, magical mountain trails and historic country roads of Ireland.

The Tough as Old Boots Answer

All across the country, there are walking trails to match your desired level of exercise.

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Is Ireland Good for Cycling?

The Short Answer

OMG yes! It’s as if Ireland’s landscape was created for cyclists!

The Pedal to the Metal Answer

The gently sloping hills and glorious flat roads connect a perfectly spaced collection of cities, towns and villages.

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Is Horseback Riding Popular in Ireland?

The Short Answer

Yes, horses, horse riding, breeding and racing occupy a place at the very heart of Irish history.

The Straight from the Horse’s Mouth Answer

Down through the centuries, horses have carried warriors into battle, pulled the ploughs of the country’s farmers in the fields as well as the carriages of nobility in the streets of Ireland’s cities.

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cloud sunshine icon Ireland's Climate

Seasons Average temperatures
Spring (Mar - May) High 520F 110C
Low 410F 50C
Summer (June - Aug) High 660F 190C
Low 500F 100C
Autumn (Sept - Nov) High 550F 130C
Low 450C 70C
Winter (Dec - Feb) High 480F 90C
Low 370F 30C
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Sample One Week Itinerary

  • Drive from Kilkenny to the Rock of Cashel
  • Lunch in Cashel town
  • Drive from Cashel to Dungarvan
  • Have dinner and stay in Dungarvan
  • Drive from Dingle to Cliffs of Moher(via Tarbert ferry), lunch en route
  • Drive from Cliffs of Moher to Lisdoonvarna
  • Have dinner and stay in Lisdoonvarna
  • Drive from Lisdoonvarna through the Burren to Galway City
  • Have lunch in Salthill
  • Visit Connemara and Kylemore Abbey
  • Return for dinner and stay in Galway
  • Drive from Galway to Dublin Airport via the M6 motorway
  • Visit Clonmacnoise, just off the halfway point of the route, and have lunch
  • Continue to Dublin airport
  • Goodbye - until next time!

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