Ireland Travel Guide

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Here's three pieces of advice before we kick off:

1) If you happen to be traveling to Muckanaghederdauhaulia, make sure you've got your GPS on you (fancy yourselves asking the locals for directions).
2) When your stomachs are rumbling and you can't help but dine at Kytler's Inn in Kilkenny, don't forget to inquire about its 13th century namesake before you go for your Irish stew (well, it's nothing major, but it might be of interest to you that the original owner was accused of poisoning her four husbands and almost burned for witchcraft).
3) Should you believe Ireland is all about Leprechauns, dusty legends and incomprehensible dialects, please be informed you're very much mistaken there.

After long years of the Troubles, it seems that Ireland can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Of course the status quo still leaves a lot to be desired, but now at least the country is resuming its status as a major European tourist draw. Take a tour round Galway and you'll quickly understand why it's been dubbed one of the eight sexiest cities in the world. Mix with folks in multicultural Cork for a lavish feast of art and cosmopolitan cuisine catering for all tastes. And above all, get a taste of Dublin's artistic scene and vibrant nightlife to see why it's reputedly one of the most youthful cities in Europe.

However, tourist-packed hubs are just part of the Irish experience. Move off the beaten track to discover the more stereotypical, less vociferous aspects of the country, with its ring of coastal mountains, refreshing stretches of greenery, shimmering lakes, and glorious memorials of the past. A particular place of note is the Newgrange passage tomb in County Meath. Constructed around 3200 BC, it is older than Stonehenge and the Giza Pyramids in Egypt. Couple it with the enchanting landscape of Killarney National Park and you're bound to fall head over heels for Ireland. And if it's not for the views, you'll love it for its people. Super friendly, ultra sociable, and although terribly grumpy at times, their endearing manners will make you feel like coming back ASAP.