A guide to Irish drinks

A guide to Irish drinks

It's a widespread stereotype that the Irish love their drinks, and there is a grain of truth in that. When you have countless great pubs where the craic never stops, of course you will be tempted to taste some of the alcoholic beverages on the menu. And of course, Irish drinks are famous worldwide for being really good, and this goes for both alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages. So if you find yourself in a cozy Irish pub, what should you order? If you want to experience the Irish way of l... [ read more ]

What to do in Ireland in winter

What to do in Ireland in winter

For many people, traveling in winter to countries where winter involves cold weather, rain or snow can be pretty uncomfortable. Trying to get some sightseeing done when your toes and nose are freezing off or when your shoes are in perpetual danger of being soaked in the slush is not very pleasant. Ireland's winter weather is no wonderland, but that doesn't mean that you can't or shouldn't travel there in winter! Even if you won't be able to run down grassy hills or enjoy a spot of sunlight o... [ read more ]

Historic Ireland: a guide to the Rock of Cashel

Historic Ireland: a guide to the Rock of Cashel

When the historical treasures of a regular small town are unveiled to the world at large, tourism doesn't stay blind to it for long, and sometimes the very things that made the town special are lost in the process of commercialization. But this is not the case with Cashel, a small Irish town that is home to some of the most stunning historical sites in Ireland. Cashel, in County Tipperary, has managed to preserve it sleepy, authentic small town feel even though it has become a very popular t... [ read more ]

Fascinating Irish customs you’ve (probably) never heard of

Fascinating Irish customs you’ve (probably) never heard of

Just because Ireland is a well off, modern country, it doesn't mean that old traditions and century old customs have no more place in the lives of the Irish. Ireland has one of the most fascinating folklores and folk traditions in Europe, and luckily enough, there are lots of people in Ireland and places where these old tales haven't been forgotten yet, and are celebrated and passed on to the young. Even if you won't be able to witness all of these ancient traditions yourself, get to know so... [ read more ]

Top 5 sights in Donegal

Top 5 sights in Donegal

Ireland has its fair share of unique and unusual places, but nothing is more out of the ordinary as Donegal, the northernmost area of the country. Donegal, or "Dún na nGall" in Irish, means the Fort of the Foreigners, but older Irish speakers usually refer to it by a much older name: Tír Chonaill, the land of Conal. Another, perhaps more fitting name is the forgotten country, as many of the inhabitants call it, because Donegal seems to be cut of from the country, and sometimes seems to ha... [ read more ]

The most interesting museums in Ireland

The most interesting museums in Ireland

Many people go to Ireland because of its amazing natural attractions, castles, green countryside and of course, many great pubs. But if you are a culture seeker, there's also a lot waiting for you on the Emerald Island. Ireland's museums are a great way of experience part of the local culture, art and history, and you can spend many pleasant hours browsing through interesting collections on various topics. Most towns and cities in Ireland have at least a small museum where local artifacts ar... [ read more ]

A traveler’s guide to Irish slang

A traveler’s guide to Irish slang

Irish slang, or as academics call it, Hiberno English, is one of the things about Ireland that endears this green country to travelers to all over the world. Sure, many of the slang words used by Irish people are not unique to Irish English, but not knowing them can and will cause some confusion to those who are are not aware of the colloquialisms and obscure words that they hear from the mouths of the natives. So if you've ever been confused when chit chatting with the locals in an Irish pub, t... [ read more ]

The most beautiful churches in Ireland

The most beautiful churches in Ireland

Religion has long been an important part of Irish cultural identity, and while that doesn't mean that religion is a common small talk topic at the pub, anyone who has traveled to Ireland can see that religious architecture and places with spiritual meaning are quite easy to find wherever you go. Even if you are interested in churches only as far as architecture goes, there are a lot of religious buildings that can catch the eye of the traveler in Ireland. Century old churches in a variety of... [ read more ]

The most amazing castle banquets in Ireland

The most amazing castle banquets in Ireland

Medieval banquets were not exactly models of sanitation and polite table manners, but anyone who has been a medieval feast depicted film or read a description of one in a book couldn't fail to appreciate the grandeur and ceremoniousness of an event like this. Ditch the unhealthy food and add some cutlery, keep the decor and a medieval banquet suddenly doesn't sound that bad. The old rulers and nobility of Ireland have probably partook in many a banquet in their lifetimes, and you can do the ... [ read more ]