Ireland’s Good Friday drinking ban

With Easter one of the most popular times of the year for people taking a trip to Ireland, it often comes as a surprise to visitors that the country’s bars and restaurants completely shut for Good Friday. In fact, the one thing a visitor to Ireland can not do since the year 1927 is to raise a glass of alcohol in a pub on Good Friday…but that all might be about to change in Dublin this year. Continue reading

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Féile Neidín 2015

The acclaimed Feile Neidin or Kenmare Irish Music Festival is set to take place from the 9th until the 16th April, bringing a celebration of Irish music, song and dance to the stunning setting of Kenmare. The town of Kenmare is located at the gateway to the Ring of Kerry making the town a firm favourite with people taking a vacation in Ireland.

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The Galway Food Festival

The up and coming Galway Food Festival is set to take place in Galway city over Easter weekend from the 2nd until the 6th April. Ideal for those planning on taking a trip to Ireland, the popular Galway Food festival is now in its 4th year. The five day long festival celebrates all things foodie and it aims to showcase Galway’s unique traditions, locally food produce and restaurants to local, national and international audiences.

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100 Best Places to Stay in Ireland

For the discerning traveller among you, McKennas’ Guides have proven to be a popular accessory for anyone planning on making a trip to Ireland. To make the vacation planning process a lot easier, McKennas’ Guides has published its 100 Best Places to Stay in Ireland.

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The world goes green for St. Patrick’s Day

Ahead of the up and coming St. Patrick’s Day, Tourism Ireland have launched a video showcasing footage from its Global Greening initiative, where global landmarks are set to light up green for St. Patrick’s Day.

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Jameson Dublin International Film Festival

The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival returns to Ireland’s capital for 11 days between the 19th & 29th March and will continue to celebrate the best of world film. Since its establishment in 2003, the festival has fast become one of the premier feature film festivals in Ireland and turns the city of Dublin cinematic each spring.

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St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Cork

With a little over a week to go until the big St Patrick’s Day Festival, if you are looking to celebrate Ireland’s National Holiday this year, Cork city has announced a festival fit to rival Dublin’s four- day planned celebration. Cork’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival is expected to commence in the rebel county on Saturday the 14th March. The four-day event is set to run through until the 17th March with an estimated 80,000 visitors expected to visit the city whilst on a vacation in Ireland.

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Planning ahead for the annual 2015 St. Patrick’s Festival

Plans just been revealed for the 2015 four-day St. Patricks’ Day Festival.  It is expected that a half a million people will attend this year’s festival, which will be led by Brendan O’Connor of Mrs. Brown’s Boys fame. Organisers of the 2015 festival are hoping that the four- day festival will generate over €120 million for the Irish economy. This year’s festival takes place from March 14 to 17 and is set to showcase street-theatre, artistic installations as well as world class events.

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Trips to Ireland from overseas have increased by 9%

Trips to Ireland from the UK and North America have increased according to recent CSO figures. The figures for overseas trips to Ireland had increased by more than 123,000 (9.1%), in the period from November 2014 to January 2015 when compared with the same period 12 months previously.

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Ireland is back on the world tourism map with over 7.25 visitors in 2014.

In 2014 an estimated 1.2 million visitors from the United States took a vacation in Ireland. This figure was a 15 percent from 2013 and it set a new record according to Tourism Ireland, who additionally plan to build on those numbers in 2015 with new plans to further promote the Emerald Isle.

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