Dublin Airport – Tips for Arrival and Departure
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Dublin Airport – Tips for Arrival and Departure

Please allow yourself a minimum of 3.5 hours to depart Ireland from Dublin Airport to the US when traveling from May thru October. Even in January, Aer Lingus recommends 3 hours.  Unlike many international airports with many multiple terminals, the Dublin airport has two, aptly named Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Terminal 2, which opened…

Exploring Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, County Galway
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Exploring Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, County Galway

Kylemore Abbey is one of the most recognized buildings in all of Ireland. This romantic castle, nestled at the base of a mountain on the edge of a glistening lake in the wilds of Connemara, brings to mind fairy tales, stories of everlasting devotion and, as with all good stories, tragedy. The story of Kylemore ticks all…

Stepping Aboard a Flying Boat in Foynes
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Stepping Aboard a Flying Boat in Foynes

Imagine stepping on board a plane and instead of seeing row upon row of seats, you see a cabin split into sections, each holding no more than a dozen passengers. In one section sit dining tables, complete with linen cloths, while another section replaces half of the available seating with bunk beds. The ‘first class…

2 Fun Ways to Meet Fungi, the Famous Dingle Dolphin
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2 Fun Ways to Meet Fungi, the Famous Dingle Dolphin

As if 2020 didn’t bring about enough disaster, late in the year Dingle’s famous dolphin, Fungi, disappeared, never to be seen again. While many hope he just left the waters of Dingle to join a pod of dolphin, it is much more likely that Fungi raced beside his favorite boats as a final goodbye, then…

Dingle Itinerary : 2 Days in Dingle
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Dingle Itinerary : 2 Days in Dingle

One of the most common questions I receive when helping people plan their Ireland family vacations is, “We want to visit Dingle. Can we do it in a day trip from Killarney/ Adare/ Cork?” I answer honestly – yes, you can. But you will likely feel rushed, and you may have to cut short or…

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Stroll Through Ireland’s History at Craggaunowen

Ireland has an amazingly vast history for such a small island. Celts, Picts, Vikings, Normans, and the English all called Ireland theirs at one time or another. A stroll through Ireland’s history at Craggaunowen takes you from the late Bronze age (1200-500 BC) through the Elizabethan Period (1558-1603) in an interactive history lesson that is…

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Staying at Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny

Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny is the perfect hotel for your visit to the north of County Donegal, Glenveagh National Park, and the stunning Inishowen Peninsula. The hotel is easy to find as you enter Letterkenny via the N56 or N13/14 and is just east of the Port Bridge Roundabout and its stunning Polestar sculpture….

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Cliffs of Moher Cruise – a New View of Ireland’s Most Popular Destination

It’s one of Ireland’s top destinations, visited by nearly one million people annually. No one can deny the Cliffs of Moher are simply stunning. Standing high above the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean, you can see for miles along the coast and even across the water as far as the Aran Islands on a…

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Irish Night at Bunratty Castle – Craic for the Whole Family

Bunratty Castle is familiar to visitors to western Ireland. Located just south of the Shannon Airport, you pass the majestic castle walls on your way to Limerick and destinations south. Famous for their Medieval Banquets, which are fabulous but not a great option with young children, Bunratty Castle also offers a less expensive and livelier…

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Scenic Slea Head Drive on the Dingle Peninsula

I’ve had the great fortune to drive the Dingle Peninsula twice; the first time in 2002 when I made my first trip- solo- to Ireland, and more recently with my daughters.  Each time the breathtaking scenery has left me entranced.  Photo after photo of rugged shorelines, crashing waves, and sites so ancient the time elapsed…

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Visiting Kilkenny Castle – Updated

Our tour with IrishTourism.com began in Kilkenny and we couldn’t leave without revisiting the castle, where quite a bit has changed since our first visit to Kilkenny Castle in 2008. The biggest change is that my children are older.  While they still loved the play area on the grounds, they also enjoyed walking the many…

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Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel in Adare ~ Simply Magical

After crossing the glorious south of Ireland during our family vacation with IrishTourism.com, I knew that I could expect the hotels on our itinerary to be family friendly with a full service of amenities and spacious rooms.  But even knowing that didn’t prepare me for the room I walked in to in Adare.  If you…

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Dingle Skellig Hotel – a Lovely Stay on Dingle Bay

A quick jaunt from Killarney or Limerick, the Dingle peninsula is a terrific destination during an Ireland family vacation.  The Dingle Skellig Hotel, perched on the edge of Dingle Bay, offers spacious family rooms, a tasty breakfast buffet and is an easy 5 minute walk from the center of Dingle town. Staying at Dingle Skellig…

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The Chocolate Garden of Ireland – A Sweet Stop in County Wicklow

Beyond being a chocolate shop and cafe, the Chocolate Garden of Ireland can take you ‘behind the scenes’ of chocolate making. Participate in a Chocolate Workshop and learn where this tasty treat comes from, why really good chocolate costs more and even make your own souvenir chocolate to take home! A Sweet Stop at the…

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Modern Comfort for Families at the Hotel Kilkenny

An easy drive from Dublin, Kilkenny is a terrific base for touring Ireland’s southeast counties.  Located just off the city’s ‘Ring Road’ – the road that circles the town- the Hotel Kilkenny offers modern comfort and amenities for an Ireland family vacation. Staying at Hotel Kilkenny The Hotel Kilkenny was booked as part of our…

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Visiting Dan O’Hara’s Cottage in Connemara

The Irish are natural storytellers, and often their tales are best told through song.  Such is the ballad of Dan O’Hara. For refusing to pay increased rent (due to increasing the windows size in his cottage), Dan and his family were evicted and forced to emigrate to New York.  Dan’s wife and three of his…

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