Travel in Ireland
Some of OUR trips :)
Tour Northern Ireland
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the 17 page - 29 picture tour!
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the 12 page - 16 picture tour! or
Places of the Easter Rising (More Dublin)
Look at the amazing stone age graves in Knowth
YOUR Trip ! :)
There are establishments where for 2 punts a half hour
you can use the internet and email.
Climate and Clothing
It can be cold (cool) in Ireland. But it can
also be hot. It is a good
idea to pack for any eventuality.
[To get the Irish Punt "£" do Alt 156 -
i.e., hold down the Alt key and type 156 on the numeric keypad,
then release the Alt key.]
You don't need checks in punts.
All you need to do is buy your travellers' checks from your bank.
If you get Amex checks
there's an Amex office in Dublin where you can turn them in for a better
rate. The airport rate is lower than a bank though so only cash a few
there and drive to a bank.
You can't get travelors checks in some currancies any more
because they only issue them in Eurodollars. You exchange them in
the country you're visiting, at a bank. In
some remote corners of some countries they perport
to have not ever heard of the Eurodollar at the banks and
refuse to cash them. So get them exchanged while you are
still in the capital.
The UK (including NI) still uses sterling (pounds).
The Republic uses punts (Irish pounds) and is converting to the Eurodollar.
Do NOT cash all your travelers' checks as soon as you get there. If you are going to be
spending all your time in the countryside you might be safe, but if you are
going to be in any
of the major cities--they're just like the big cities in the States.
They have their crime problems. You will have no problem cashing your
checks as you travel in larger cities--banks are the best places.
It has been suggested that
before you leave you go to a place like Thomas Cook and convert about
$100.00 into Irish punts (maybe $200.00 if you are going to arrive on a
"bank holiday") to get you started.
Your bank card will work there, too, in fact it is a good way to buy
the things you will want to bring home. The bank card company does all
the work on translating the punt to Eurodollars to dollars. Take both Visa
and MasterCard as
someplaces take one and not the other. American Express is accepted in Ireland
although MC and Visa are more popular. Do not rent your car on Amex Gold as it
no longer covers the CDL in Ireland--use Visa or MC gold for your car.
MIND YE NOW STAY ON THE LEFT! :-)
are in the Kerry area pay close attention to the signs - the first one is
in English the second one ain't! :-o While the Gaelic road signs
(and they're not just in Kerry but
throughout the West) can be confusing, if you have a good road atlas and
good navigator, you will have no problems. And the folks are super
friendly and helpful to the lost American.
Be careful to stay on the left. It seems the most likely (and dangerous)
times are when you come out of something like a gas
station or shopping strip. You naturally pull to the wrong side of the road.
The roads leave a lot to be desired.
One traveler turned up a sheep
path that looked better than the highway they were on!
Food is fairly good but not universally cheap. If you're eating pub-grub
that's OK, but if you occasionally want a good meal in a class
restaurant (especially in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Belfast, etc.) be
prepared to pay. Go to the pub for
lunch - the food is excellent, CHEAP and you learn alot.
FIANNA does NOT endorse any specific commercial venture. That said:
There are many forms of lodging, one of the most interesting is
the Bed and Breakfast home. For some information, the following
off site pages are interesting:
Bed and Breakfast Information
or go to Town and Country Homes Association
and search for accommodation by county. Select County
first, and pick out towns which are close to your target
area. Each home in the selected town is presented, one at a time, with a
photograph, details of accommodation and cost, and contact
If you're going further afield:
"A San Diego-based company, European B&B & Apartments (TEl: 800-872-2632;
Paris B & B
or Rome B & B
or London B & B depending on
your interest in London, Paris, or Rome) has double room rates ranging from
$65 -$115 in Paris; $90-$120 in Rome; and $125-$150 in London. The firm
represents private residences in each city, all run by English-speaking
families. Properties can be previewed on the Web sites"
"BritRail (888/274-8724) is now good for 2 months
instead of one. Adult prices start at $275 2nd class and $350 1st class for
4 days of rail travel and $340 and $510 for eight days. Most BritRail
passes are now accepted on the new Heathrow Express trains linking that
airport with Paddington Station."
Call the Irish Tourist Board at 1-800-223-6470. Ask them to send you
information about the area you're interested in and ask for their Bed and
Breakfast Guide to Ireland. It is excellent. Gives most of the
places in all given areas. If you order it in the USA, it is free,
you will pay a few pounds in Ireland for it.
GoIreland, the National Tourism Sevice
General Research Tips - GENEALOGY :)
PLAN AHEAd !!!!
Check for all the addresses, some of the phone numbers and hours you'll need.
From the Tourist Board shop in the AIRPORT you can buy an ordnance survey
map for the area you are interested in; it is very detailed and shows
While the 1901 and 1911 Census records are open to the public in Dublin,
the 1911 one is not available to the public in Belfast - though you can see
the 1901 census there. On the other hand, in Dublin, you can only see certain
church registers if you have a permission.
See our page on church records
for more information. In Belfast you can see all the church registers.
When you go to Dublin, you can spend 12 punts (pounds) at the General
Registry Office. The amount is worth it if you get
there when it opens. It closes for lunch and then closes for the day at
4 p.m. You can search the books of
death, marriages, and births since 1864, by surname, and then order the
If you know the townland, then the Deed Office on Henrietta Street (across
the Liffey River, in another part of Dublin) would be a good place. They have
books of land transactions, including major leases, by surname back to the
1700s and by locality. The staff is very helpful and will explain the system.
The National Library, an architectural treasure, houses the parish books
and the newspapers. The staff there is helpful. If you ask for Bernard, he might
let you into the Genealogical Office next door, to see the microfiche on the Rosemary
ffolliott biographical notices for Munster papers, from 1798 into the 1800s. It is
alphabetized but seems to mention only what prominent people thought newsworthy back
The National Archives holds Griffiths Valuations and Tithe Applotment book
microfilm, as well as Will Perogative books and Marriage License indexes.
Now that you've put in a week of solid research it's time to go on out into
the country side, see some highways and byways, walk about where your
ancestors trod, perhaps meet some kin! Take the risk to make friends,
you KNOW you'll be back! :)
I want to stay forever, or DUAL CITIZENSHIP
Many people are interested in Irish citizenship, and wonder about getting
it, and an Irish passport. You can learn about how to obtain them at
our page about dual citizenship.
Among the Finer things ;)
There is an old saying--"There's no Guinness on earth like the
Guinness in Ireland; and there's no Guinness in Ireland like the
Guinness in Dublin." Don't prejudge the dark stuff--it's heavenly. If in
Dublin go to the brewery for the tour--very entertaining and you can
have a taste right where it's brewed.
Traveling Around Ireland
More general information at the Wild Irish Rovers
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