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Essential Country Information:

Ireland


♦ Capital: Dublin

♦ Currency: Euro €

♦ Time Zone: 0 GMT                           

♦ Phone Code: +353

   

♦ Best time to visit: May to October

♦ Must Taste: Irish Stew

♦ Must Drink: Guinness (Dark beer)

♦ Don't miss: A tour of the Guinness Brewery. 

♦ Number of times visited: 1

Getting there and transportation: As being an island, travelling by air is the simplest option. Aer Lingus is the host airline, and flies to most European destinations and some popular Mediterranean resorts. As well you can reach Dublin, it's capital, from the USA or UAE flying direct. Other European airlines fly there as well as many low cost airlines, of which Ryanair has one of it's biggest based and reaches many capitals and secondary cities in Europe. It's also possible to fly to other cities in Ireland like Shannon or Cork with direct flights with Aer Lingus or Ryanair. 
Aso popular if travelling from the Uk, is to go by Ferry, specially if you taking a car. Irishferries provides frequent trips across the channel.
Transportation within Ireland is easy with modern busses and trains offering visitors easy access to other cities and smaller towns. 
Weather and temperature:  Which ever time of the year you go, be prepared for a little rain, as the country is very green and this means rain is very common, specially in the colder months. Summer's are popular in Dublin though temperatures will be about 20C so it's not an extreme summer. Winter's a less crowded in the city but temperatures can go down to just about freezing. Throughout the rest of the year it's close to 15C with frequent winds, specially if you are visiting coastal cities. 
Food and drink:  Irish produce is increasingly well regarded, with special ettention given to its local meat, poultry and seafood products. Thanks to it's immense farm lands, fertile grounds and abundant precipitation there is a lot of organic farm grown products, being sold in markets along the city which are worth a visit as well. T coastal waters and inland lakes and rivers offer lots of fresh fish, including salmon, trout, lobster, mussels, periwinkles and oysters.
Specialities in Ireland include: Dublin Bay prawns: Otherwise known as "langoustines". Oysters, usually served with soda bread, and accompanied by Guinness.Irish stew,  now mostly made with lamb or juicy beef, and usually served with potatoes, stock, onions, carrots and garlic. Crubeens, pigs' trotters, typically battered. Colcannon, a mixture of mashed potatoes and cabbage cooked together. Wild salmon, look out for it on menus from April to June. White pudding, similar to black pudding, and a common component of full Irish breakfasts. Dublin coddle, a leftover dish, commonly with sausage, bacon, potato and onion.
As for drinks, Guinness: The famous dark beer is present all over the the country. Irish coffee: Strong black coffee, brown sugar and whiskey with cream.
Whiskey: Popular brands include Jameson, John Powers Gold Label, Hewitts, Midleton, Old Bushmills, Paddy, Reserve and Tullamore Dew.

Author's Comment:

Ireland is a perfect gateway for a long weekend away from other busy European cities. It's friendly locals, abundant restaurants, pubs and bars guarantee that your trip will be good fun whatever you decide to do! But not only it's popular for it's drinking habits! Ireland has some incredible green scenery which stretches for miles.Itt's one of the most beautiful landscapes to travel along, transmitting a sense of peace and tranquillity. 

Dublin tourism Information: 

Dublin is the capital of Ireland and it's famous for it's pub culture worldwide, specially it's lively atmosphere at night. Many pubs or bars offer evening entertainment, singing competitions, Karaoke, Gigs, concerts or art exhibitions which go on into the late night. However it's not all about partying Dublin is a very historic city,but becoming a modern metropolis with an increase in foreigners making it their home. It has many cultural events around the year and it's a popular city for fresh produce markets and shopping. 
Transportation: After arriving at the airport head to the outside bus platforms where there are several companies taking you directly into the city centre. For €6 single trip you can take the Airlink which is the most frequent and popular bus to travel to the city within 30-40 min. 
Within the city the public transportation system is run with Trams and Busses. For more info check the following links: Trams and Busses

What to see and do? Although at a first glance not many visitors come to Dublin for it's history, the city hosts many landmarks of interest, museums and great parks to walk around the city.  

The main places include: Dublin Castle, dating to the 13th century. St Patrick’s Cathedral, founded in 1191. Kilmainham Gaol, a former prison in Kilmainham, area of the city, it is now a museum run by the Office of Public Works. The National Museum of Ireland  explores Irish heritage and culture. City parks  include landscaped St Stephen’s Green and huge Phoenix Park, containing Dublin Zoo.
Oscar Wilde's House,  is one of Dublin's Top Tourist Attractions but unfortunately, it is not open to visitors. The house is now home to the American College. It's found opposite the Montclare Hotel, facing Merrion Square.
Perhaps the must do activity is to visit the brewery's and distillery's which Ireland is famous for. The Guinness Storehouse, taking you on a guided tour around the history of the drink, the making and a few sample tasting will get you totally immersed in this popular Irish drink! As well visit The Old Jameson Distillery, an Irish whiskey tourist attraction, show's the making of the spirit and free samples, only for adults! Very popular with visitors worldwide! 
Accommodation: The city has plenty of entertainment to offer and specially at the weekends it's popular for visitor's to fill the streets up, staying in Dublin city centre can be expensive, (€130 per night) so going a little out of the city can be the trick to grab a reasonable Hotel and then pay a little more to get into the city to visit. With the added benefit of exploring more of the city and also being quieter areas out of the centre. (Prices can then be about €60) Bed & Breakfast's are very popular as well as Hostels for those on tight budgets. Also Airbnb is becoming a good option for private accommodation or shared houses. Staying during the week and in the lower season will be much cheaper. 
Recommended duration: Visiting Dublin won't take long, normally visitors go on a long weekend to enjoy the nightlife. It's easy to walk around on foot do the main landmarks of the city and cultural/historical buildings. Depending what's your preference, but 3 nights should be enough. 

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