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Our top ten things to do in Ireland!

I am often asked how I have chosen the top 10 list, that I put up on my blog.  While in college I found it much easier to create a list when I started studying for a test or writing a term paper. Knowing that it is easy to understand why I create a top ten list, now as to how do I decide what goes on the list, simply put it is things I would like to do or have done in Ireland.  I have chosen things on this list either because I have come across them while studying for certifications, personal experience, research, or client recommendations. Each of the item on the top 10 has a link, which will open a new window for more information.

 Let us know what you think of our list in the comments below the list. 

1. Croagh Patrick

‘But the mountain got its name from Ireland’s Patron Saint, St. Patrick. The story goes that after spending 40 days and nights fasting at the mountain peak, St Patrick was set upon by demons and snakes. He promptly banished them from the island. Ireland has been a snake free zone ever since!’

2. Stay in a castle

‘We’ve all heard the stories about “once upon a time” where a Prince heroically saves a Princess in some sort of way and they live together in a magnificent castle, so naturally, fairytale castles hold a special place in our hearts.’

 3. Guinness Storehouse

‘Nearly 6 years ago, I had the opportunity to visit one of the most iconic beer landmarks in the entire world. I was on my first ever trip abroad between my sophomore and junior year of college and had just finished studying abroad in Spain.’

 4. Giant’s Causeway

‘The Giant’s Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking hexagonal columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.

However, legend says that the columns are the remains of a causeway built by a giant (Finn MacCool) to use as a bridge to Scotland. MacCool was challenged to a fight by the Scottish giant Benandonner. MacCool accepted the challenge and built the causeway so the two could meet. However, MacCool outwitted Benandonner, leading him to flee back to Scotland, destroying the causeway along the way so MacCool could not follow.’

5.  Sean’s bar

‘Welcome to Sean’s Bar. Located in the town of Athlone, which is a 90-minute drive due west from Dublin, Sean’s Bar is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland, especially after its claims of being the oldest pub in Ireland were accepted by the Guinness Book of World Records back in 2000.’

6. Ring of Kerry

‘Driving the Ring of Kerry was a fantastic experience full of quintessential Irish sights- colourful towns, green fields, craggy cliffs, small islands, windswept beaches, low mountains, castle ruins, and ancient stone forts.’

 7.  Bushmills Distillery

‘The Old Bushmills Distillery produces single malt—that’s it. “We’ve always stayed true to 100% malted barley,” explains Master Blender Helen Mulholland. That’s really the history of Irish whiskey on the whole as well; at least until the Crown imposed taxes on malted barley. That of course led to an evolution of Irish whiskey based on the usage of unmalted barley’

 8.  Leap Castle

‘There is stiff competition for the title of “Ireland’s Most Haunted Castle”. Yet if the history of the castle is the single deciding factor, then there is only one clear winner, and that is Leap Castle in Offaly. People have dwelt on the site of the castle since at least 500BC, and possibly even back to neolithic times.’

 9.  Spike Island

‘Spike Island sits in Corks harbour, one of the world’s largest natural harbours. It is 104 acres, half a mile in length and one third of a mile in breadth. Its prime location has been the reason for its use as a monastery, defence and prison. Its history is rich and varied. The town of Cobh looks across the harbour to it. In September 2017, at the World Travel Awards, Spike Island was named ‘Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction’, ahead of the Acropolis in Athens, Buckingham Palace in London, and the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It is one of the tourist attractions that Cork has to offer.’

 10. Cliffs of Moher

‘A cold wind blows as I walk along the legendary Cliffs of Moher. The most famous natural landmark in Ireland rises dramatically out of the ocean, waves crashing into rocks far below.’

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Ireland Top 10

I am often asked how I have chosen the top 10 list, that I put up on my blog.  While in college I found it much easier to create a list when I started studying for a test or writing a term paper. Knowing that it is easy to understand why I create a top ten list, now as to how do I decide what goes on the list, simply put it is things I would like to do or have done in Ireland.  I have chosen things on this list either because I have come across them while studying for certifications, personal experience, research, or client recommendations. Each of the item on the top 10 has a link, which will open a new window for more information.

 Let us know what you think of our list in the comments below the list. 

1. Croagh Patrick

2. Stay in a castle

 3. Guinness Storehouse

 4. Giant’s Causeway

5.  Sean’s bar

6. Ring of Kerry

 7.  Bushmills Distillery

 8.  Leap Castle

 9.  Spike Island

 10. Cliffs of Moher

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Spring break: 5 reasons why you should visit Ireland

Growing up i heard stories from my Grandmother that she heard from her mother. I hear similar stories from many people, when i ask why is Ireland on their Travel Wish List. I found this article while reading up on Ireland for a client and thought Now is a great time to consider my spring break plans. you can FIND THE ORIGINAL BLOG HERE

MAIREAD DEENY  ON MARCH 3, 2020

Make your spring break vacation one to remember with a trip to Ireland. Spring is a great time to visit Ireland, apart from the week of St. Patrick’s Day, the crowds are relatively small and some of the best deals on car hire and hotels can be found.

A session in Galway CIty

1. Galway – European Capital of Culture
From music and horseracing to literature and oysters, there’s something for everyone on this part of the Wild Atlantic Way. There’s never been a better time to visit the buzzing city of Galway. It’s been selected as European Capital of Culture for 2020, one of the largest cultural events in the world. It will feature performances from the best of local and national artists, alongside incredible European and international acts.

Guinness Brewery

2. Dublin
Walking along Dublin’s streets, you’ll be taking a journey through history, from the city’s Viking roots to its medieval churches and grand Georgian streets. Take a tour of the city’s most famous whiskey spots with an expert guide. Plenty of companies offer walking tours of Dublin, but few give back to the city like Secret Street Tours. This non-profit employs people who have been affected by homelessness as guides. You’ll see a part of the city through the eyes of a lifelong resident.

If you’d like to see some nature, you can go kayaking in Dalkey. Both of Ireland’s two native seal species – common seals and grey seals – are plentiful in Dublin Bay, and the best way to see them up close is by kayak.

Of course, you can’t visit Dublin without popping in to visit some of its world-famous pubs. Filled to the brim with chatter, laughs and lots of characters.

Surfing Ireland

3. Sligo 
Land and sea meet in dramatic fashion on the coast of Sligo. Strandhill offers the perfect match between western wilderness and modern comforts. You can go surfing in the morning, brunch at Shells Cafe and finish the day with an evening drink next to an open fire at one of the traditional pubs.

For an extra dose of sea life, you can soak away your worries in a seaweed bath in the Voya Spa in Strandhill. It’s not all surfing and mountains, Sligo’s shops, restaurants and pubs will give you plenty to do.

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4. Belfast
History, culture and super-friendly people are what Belfast is all about. Step into living history in Belfast with a black taxi tour. Unique to the city, the tours are run by people who lived through the Troubles and know the city like no other. You’ll learn about Belfast’s past and get a history on their political murals.

Belfast has a food scene that’s getting better by the day with Michelin star restaurants, to market stalls with fresh local produce, to laid-back restaurants with classic dishes. There’s something for everyone’s palette.

Kerry Sheep

5. Kerry
Nestled between Killarney and Kenmare, Killarney National Park is 26,000 acres of forest, mountains and lakes just ready to be explored. If beaches are more your thing, Glanleam Beach is a subtropical paradise on the Wild Atlantic Way. Nestled in a sheltered valley on the Gulf Stream, it’s one of the warmest beaches on the west coast. And then there’s the famous Ring of Kerry touring route that showcases some of the most spectacular sights and quirkiest towns that Kerry has to offer.

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Ireland Specialist

The Ireland Specialist program is an interactive online training program designed to teach the international tourism sector about the island of Ireland as a vation destination. I took classes coving the following subjects .

About Ireland

From the Giant Causeways in the North to Bantry Bay in the Southwest. Ireland is packed with so muc to see and do.

Places to Visit

From breathtaking landscapes and rural idylls to buzzing urban hubs and amazing festivals, it’s all waiting to be discovered.

Things to Do

Ireland offers every visitor a warm welcome. From discovering our iconic landscapes to walking through our buzzing cities: you wont be short of things to do in the island of Ireland.

Places to Stay

The island of Ireland offers many places to stay. From world class luxury hotels to countryside escapes. Ireland has accommodations to suit everyone

Event

Fancy crowning a goat, tackling white wave in a kayak or simply shucking an oyster? Musical. delicious. active and artistic; events in Ireland come in all shapes and sizes.

What New

Discover what’s new on the island of Ireland. Discover exciting vacation ideas and Itineraries in Ireland.

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