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EXPLORE Ireland’s EXPLORE
historic castles and beautiful gardens
Ireland’s historic castles and beautiful gardens
A gourmet trail around Ireland
The FOOD Island
Discover Ireland’s love affair with the written word
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04 City Escapes
Ireland’s cities are as diverse as its people, this feature takes you on a tour of some of the unique cities.
31 Ireland – an island of music, song and dance
Famous throughout the world for music, traditional and contemporary, take a look behind the curtain at the very core of Irish music and the musicians, music makers and culture that has people entranced the world over.
09 Houses, Castles and Gardens
Uncover ancient and scenic Ireland through famous landmarks and bountiful gardens.
14 Rooting for the Irish
Visiting Ireland will no doubt be filled with adventure around every turn, but it may also lead you on a path to trace your family history and realize you are not visiting but returning home!
36 Irish Literature – a love affair with the word
To understand the people of Ireland, read some of the famous works of literature, listen to the lyrical Gaelic language and enjoy a night of theater as herein lies the heart of the country.
18 A true food Island
Follow a gastronomic trail of Ireland’s food culture.
41 Home of Titanic
Experience the full story of the most famous ship since Noah’s Ark, celebrated and commemorated in her home city, Belfast.
25 Time to play
Ireland’s green landscape has to be seen to appreciate its beauty and part of this forms a patchwork of world-class golf courses that are just waiting for you to tee off!
45 Useful Information
Everything you need to know for planning your trip to Ireland.
The Dark Hedges, Co. Antrim
Here begins the vacation of a lifetime. Watch your cares melt away as you delve into the vibrant, breathtaking and diverse landscape of this small island nestled on the edge of Europe. Whether you surround yourself in the bustling cityscape of modern Ireland or get lost in the wild green countryside, take a step off the beaten path, follow your senses and discover a land of diverse and uniquely Irish charm. Follow in the footsteps of giants on the Causeway Coast, savor Ireland’s rich tapestry of food and drink in Cork; be captivated by the locals on an afternoon in Dublin; stand in awe at the view from the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare; invigorate your senses in the majestic city of Belfast; or capture a snapshot of the rugged coastline in the West of Ireland. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the Irish welcome and the craic (good fun) with locals, get involved in a traditional music session, or exchange some banter over a few pints. Rest assured you won’t need to ask to be part of Ireland’s culture, you’ll be embraced by it at every turn…and every wrong turn! Whatever your adventure, forget about the route map, turn off the navigation system and leave your destination up to fate and go where Ireland takes you…
If you’ve ever heard of Irish linen, it graces palaces and presidential homes the world over, then Lisburn in Northern Ireland is a must. This is where the lucrative Irish linen industry started back in 1698. At the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum, in the old Market House, you can learn how linen is made.
Molly Malone statue
You’ll meet friendly people as diverse as the cities on your visit to Ireland. This small island, packs a lot when it comes to culture, literature, music and the pure enjoyment of life. Whether you follow the Titanic Trail in Belfast, walk the Walls of Londonderry/ Derry, take the Ulysses iWalk tour in Dublin, go wild at Fota Wildlife Park in Cork, live it up in Limerick, or go in search of some Irish traditional music sessions in Galway – you’ll find it all – and so much more. You may want to come to relax and unwind, enjoy the fabulous food, explore Ireland’s rich cultural heritage, trace your roots, listen to the music, view the breathtaking scenery and enjoy the legendary craic (good fun) in the ubiquitous Irish pubs, if so, you’ll not be disappointed! Muriel Bolger takes you on a whistle stop tour of some of Ireland’s cities.
is the year the Irish Crown Jewels were stolen from Dublin Castle – they have never been recovered!
visit to this city takes you to one of the most vibrant capitals in the world. Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland, dates back to Viking times. Through the centuries it has inspired artists, writers, poets, actors, musicians and great talkers too. Now it’s a unique, upbeat, buzzing and captivating city; yet it still exudes a great sense of Irishness. The essence of Dublin is palpable – in its welcome, its architecture, the names over stores and pubs and in the plaques on the buildings that show where numerous literary and historic figures lived. If you’re after entertainment then there’s plenty of choice. There’s the Abbey Theatre (also known as the National Theatre), The Gate, The O2 and the city’s newest arrival, the Grand Canal Theatre. Why not plan your visit for the Fall to coincide with the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival, Europe’s oldest specialist theater festival? Interested in history? Don’t miss Christ Church Cathedral, Kilmainham Gaol, the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) Museum at Croke Park Stadium, Dublin Castle, Leinster House (where the Irish Government and Senate sit)
or Trinity College, which houses the beautifully illustrated ‘Book of Kells’. Of course Dublin is home to Guinness and at the Guinness Storehouse you can enjoy a pint of ‘the black stuff’ while taking in panoramic views of the city. If whiskey is your tipple then head to the Old Jameson Whiskey Distillery in Smithfield. Three of Ireland’s four Nobel Prize for Literature winners – Shaw, Beckett and Yeats – were from Dublin. With its rich literary heritage, Dublin has been designated a UNESCO City of Literature, – take a literary pub-crawl and join in the fun! Bloomsday is celebrated on June 16th; in memory of the day the fictitious Dubliner Leopold Bloom spent meandering around his city in James Joyce’s famous novel, ‘Ulysses’. There are festivals and venues galore, and there’s no shortage of live music all over the city. The week long Saint Patrick’s Festival is Dublin’s biggest cultural event, culminating with the famous Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17th and in September, the city will host Dublin Contemporary 2011 – the largest contemporary art event that the country has ever seen.
elfast is the capital of Northern Ireland. It’s a bustling city, enjoying a well-earned place on the tourism map of exciting places to go and explore. The giant cranes of Harland & Wolff shipyard are rarely out of sight as they dominate the skyline from every vantage point, shouting proudly of the shipbuilding heritage. That heritage includes the most intriguing and captivating story of all – the building and launching of the RMS Titanic. You can actually walk the regenerated Titanic Quarter with Susie Millar, the great-granddaughter of one of the assistant engineers on the vessel. As in most cities in Ireland, there’s a strong music tradition and Belfast has its own Grand Opera House, the wonderful Waterfront Hall and the Odyssey Arena; all hosting a great variety of entertainment. The Belfast Music Tour will take you on a trip to these iconic venues and enlighten you on the eclectic variety of music on offer. The history of the city abounds and is reflected in the diverse Victorian and Edwardian architecture in the buildings. Take a tour of Belfast City Hall, it is the centerpiece of the city and it sits majestically right in the heart of everything. The city’s museums are worth a visit too and these include the award-winning Ulster Museum in Botanic Gardens and the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum in Cultra, just a little out of the city.
TALL SHiPS RACE 2011
Waterford is known for many things including its crystal and its rich and visible Viking past. Little did the Vikings think as they sailed their longboats up the River Suir that more than eleven hundred years later in 2011, seventy tall ships would follow in their wake. Over 500,000 visitors to Waterford will enjoy this wonderful carnival and spectacle, where arts, culture, fireworks, and of course the stars themselves, the splendid tall ships, will entertain from June 30th-July 3rd. While in Waterford, take a tour of the House of Waterford Crystal and see how it’s made.
Belfast City Hall
is the year that the Palm House in Belfast’s Botanic Gardens was completed and is one of the earliest curvilinear glass and iron structures ever built.
Why not finish a hard day’s sightseeing with a drink at the Crown Bar? Owned by the National Trust, the ornate interior has been enjoyed by patrons since 1885. Look out for the cosy snugs, elaborate stained glass and antique bell system and soak up the atmosphere of bygone days. Of course there’s always something going on when it comes to festivals and you’ll be spoilt for choice in Belfast. The Titanic Festival in April and May and the Ulster Bank Festival at Queen’s in October, which is one of the country’s largest arts events, are two of note.4
A visit to the historic city of Kilkenny, which straddles the Nore River is a nice detour to enjoy. Its famous castle was the home of the Butler family for over 500 years. It’s now owned by the Irish State and you can visit its great halls and spacious gardens along with the Kilkenny Design Craft Centre. The laughter from the Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in June every year can be heard for miles around!
tour of Belfast Hall “Take acenterpiece of Citycity – it is the the and sits majestically right in the heart of everything.
St George’s Market
The Crown Bar
Cork Harbour is said to be the second largest natural harbor in the world after Sydney Harbour, Australia. The motto on the coat of arms of Cork City is ‘Statio Bene Fide Carinis’ which means ‘A Safe Harbor for Ships’.
The English Market St Fin Barre’s Cathedral
ork was recently included in the Lonely Planet Guide as one of the ‘top ten cities in the world to visit’ – a fact that delighted the natives! Cork is the island’s third largest city after Dublin and Belfast. If you like your food then you’ll be in good company here because gastronomy features high on the locals’ list of priorities. Go along to the English Market which has been in the city center since 1788, meet the characters and experience the colors, tastes and flavors there. When it comes to refreshments Murphy’s and Beamish Stouts are both brewed locally and are definitely worth a try! You may be surprised to hear some unusual sounds as you pass through the city because at St Anne’s Church in Shandon visitors are allowed to ring the famous bells. If you have the stamina for climbing the 120 foot tower. It’s worth it for the views alone! For a great day out, take a short train ride to the pretty town of Cobh and visit the exhibition of the RMS Titanic’s final port of call. You’ll experience the very moving Queenstown (the former name for Cobh) Story of irish emigration. The Cork Jazz Festival in October is a definite diary date for music lovers every year, when over 1000 musicians play in various venues throughout the city.
The Galway Races
or a real west of Ireland experience head to Galway. Known as the ‘City of the Tribes’, because traditionally fourteen tribes shared its ruling, Galway is a medieval city with a uniquely cosmopolitan ambience. It’s also the gateway to stunningly beautiful Connemara and is famous for its sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean. By night the city comes alive with many a session of live traditional music to be enjoyed as you meander through the cobbled streets. Eyre Square is the hub of the city, with the Galway Hooker (traditional local fishing vessel) immortalised in sculpture. There’s always something happening in Galway. Take July, when visual arts, drama
and live street performances all make up the Galway Arts Festival, while the Galway Races (horse) attract great crowds for a fun festival, and the Galway Film Fleadh (Festival) showcases new works. In September over 10,000 food lovers enjoy that magical combination of Guinness and oysters at the world-famous international Oyster Festival and writers flock to the Cúirt Literature Festival in April.
night the “Bywith manycity comesof alive a session live music to be enjoyed as you meander through the cobbled streets.
Galway Hookers Unique shop fronts
o get a great welcome and to discover one of the finest examples of a fully intact walled city, visit Londonderry, also known as Derry. The city, which will become the first UK City of Culture in 2013, is built on the River Foyle and is steeped in history – 1,450 years of it – just waiting for you to discover! Take a tour and see how many past events shaped the vibrant city as it is today. Don’t miss the Gothic St Columb’s Cathedral, which dates back to 1633 or the Guildhall with its superb stained glass windows telling stories of the Walled City through the ages. Londonderry was the country’s first ‘planned’ city with four gates and central diamond – thought to be the best way of defence. Stroll around the famous walls and visit the Tower Museum within ‘The Story of Derry’ exhibition as well as the many beautiful and historical buildings and churches around the battlements. For a unique shopping experience, and a coffee break with a panoramic view of the city, don’t miss Austin’s in The Diamond. Its claim to fame is that it’s the world’s oldest independent department store, dating back to 1830.
The city, which will become the first UK City of Culture in 2013, is built on the River Foyle and is steeped in history – 1,450 years of it!
Stained glass windows in the Guildhall
Visit the Walled City of Derry
imerick in the midwest of Ireland is a bustling city on the banks of the majestic River Shannon. The city nestles between areas of outstanding beauty from the Burren in County Clare to the north, to the stunning Ring of Kerry to the south. Its past is etched from Viking and Norman occupations through medieval and Georgian periods to modern times. You don’t need to head to Paris to see Gauguin, Picasso, O’Conor or Yeats, for these gems are among the treasures to be found in the compact Hunt Museum. Thankfully the poverty written about by Frank McCourt is long gone, but you can still take an ‘Angela’s Ashes’ historic Walking Tour and en route discover some of the city’s medieval past in the form of King John’s Castle on King’s Island, a typical Anglo Norman fortification. In springtime the Limerick Riverfest takes place with a variety of water and arts based celebrations for everyone to enjoy, while in July each year locals converge for the Shannon international Music Festival.
Limerick is a true sporting city, and has won the prestigious award of European City of Sport for 2011.
...a range of cities to choose from but be sure to visit more than one as each is uniquely different. Rest assured that whatever city you choose, your trip will immerse you in the unique Irish culture and even though you may try to plan what you will see, you are bound to have some adventures along the way.
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he wild strawberry trees of Kerry and Cork, or the hedgerows in every county made up of fuchsia, ancient hawthorn and a hundred and one wild flowers – no matter what the season, Ireland is ablaze with color. Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in Belfast, with the Lagan running broad and clear beside the rose gardens, or Westmeath’s Tullynally Gardens with its two ornamental lakes complete with haughty swans, or the slice of Victoriana in Dublin known as the Botanic Gardens, offer days of languid serenity. Sometimes it seems as if every field in Ireland has its own castle ruins – some restored to their former glory, some festooned with ivy, totally merging with the landscape. No matter where you go you’ll get
From Carrickfergus Castle in County Antrim, guarding the shores of Belfast Lough, to the magnificence of Powerscourt House and Gardens in County Wicklow, Ireland’s castles, great houses and gardens are a constant source of delight. By Malcolm Rogers.
people to tell you the stories behind the secret gardens, monuments and ruins. The outrageous follies of Tollymore Forest Park, County Down, are said to have inspired both C.S. Lewis (of Chronicles of Narnia fame) and Edward Lear. They may very well awaken the muse in you! Other castles – with attached gardens, orchards and pleasure-domes – will quite simply offer you the most luxurious of accommodation. Castles eventually gave way to more genteel living quarters – tower houses morphed into ‘Big Houses’ with their own extensive lands. These demesnes were soon developed to include groomed parkland and magnificent gardens. Wherever you go, these constant reminders of a checkered past will cast their spell on you. 4
Gardens at Castle Ward, Co. Down
Dunluce Castle, Co. Antrim
Mount Stewart House, Co. Down
century Killyleagh Castle, in County Down, Northern Ireland, is the oldest occupied castle in Ireland. It is still in use as a private home.
Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo
Castle Ward is a National Trust property in County Down overlooking Strangford Lough. The most striking aspect of the house is its dual architecture. While the entrance side of the building has been completed in classical style, the opposite side is distinctly Gothic. The house looks out on landscaped gardens, a fortified tower house, a saw mill and a working corn mill. Just 18 miles further along on the eastern shores of Strangford Lough, County Down, lies Mount Stewart House which boasts a subtle beauty, with history and political relevance in every room. Outside, the beguiling gardens are generally acknowledged as one of the great horticultural collections in Western Europe. Seventy-eight acres comprising formal areas, terracing, pergolas, pavilions, woodland and a water garden encircle a large lake. This sheltered habitat has the serendipity to enjoy a sub-tropical local micro-climate.
in “Graceful livingthe this beautiful land is encapsulated by grand houses once
Muckross House, Co. Kerry
The warm waters of the Gulf Stream first wash Ireland’s shores on its south-westerly aspect, then head directly for Garinish island. Located in the sheltered waters of Bantry Bay, County Cork, Garinish Island’s 37 acres are known to gardeners and plant lovers throughout the world. Here, for a few months every year, this island can lay claim to being one of the most beautiful places in Europe. Its formal gardens, including a Grecian temple, are home to an extraordinarily exotic display of rhododendron, magnolia, azalea and oleander. It is a brilliant synthesis of the Garden of Eden and the End of the World. In the spring, the Burren, County
lived in by the Anglo-Irish ascendancy – or the ‘Raj in the Rain’ as they sometimes called themselves.
Powerscourt House and Gardens, Co. Wicklow
all the extravagant beauty of “Amongstgardens, tales of skullduggery castles and abound. Murder holes are a testament to more turbulent times in the past.
Clare is a riot of colour with sub-tropical plants and Arctic species growing together in profusion. This is a place apart – it won’t remind you of anywhere else on earth; it is simply unique. Powerscourt Gardens in County Wicklow at the foot of the Great Sugar Loaf Mountain has one of the greatest collections of ornamental trees and flowers in Europe. Giant sequoias, dwarf copper chestnuts and a bewildering array of shrubs jostle for space amongst azaleas, magnolia and rhododendrons. All are overlooked by the ballroom where Princess Grace of Monaco famously danced the night away. On the north coast of the island stands a castle which many believe to have one of the most dramatic settings anywhere. Dunluce Castle is perched on a limestone crag on the spectacular Antrim coast.
Set in the rolling landscape of County Monaghan, Castle Leslie has a 300 year history of defending itself against all-comers. Today it offers unique Irish hospitality with luxury accommodation with some great character and characters! Cork city is one of the few places in the world where you’ll see sign posts to two figures of speech. ‘Limerick, Blarney’ declare the signs, and if you’re feeling more talkative than poetic, take the left hand turn. At Blarney Castle you’ll be given the opportunity to increase your eloquence by kissing the Blarney Stone. It’s a long story – almost by definition – as to how the stone gained its remarkable powers. Just be warned – if you want to kiss the Blarney Stone, be prepared to climb up some 85 feet of stone steps. At night, Bunratty Castle in County
acres is the area of gardens at Birr Castle Demesne, County Offaly. The gardens showcase one of the greatest magnolia displays in the country.
Clare, is one of a number of castles where you’ll be able to experience a ‘medieval’ banquet with music, wine and feasting – plus legends, ghosts and tall tales, hidden in the time-darkened walls. And while you are there step back in time at the Folk Village and experience a different time in Ireland’s history. Graceful living in this beautiful land is encapsulated by the grand houses once lived in by the AngloIrish ascendancy. Set in the beautiful Lakes of Killarney, Muckross House in County Kerry was once visited by Queen Victoria. She was completely taken by the stunning beauty of the area – but then who could blame her? An increasing number of Irish castles are refurbished to offer luxurious accommodation. Ashford Castle in Cong, County Mayo is one of the country’s 4 13
most majestic castles with dramatic views over Lough Corrib. Originally built over 700 years ago, today it is one of Europe’s leading resorts. Ballynahinch Castle in beautiful Connemara was once home to pirate queen Grace O’Malley, today, it offers wonderful Irish hospitality, with local fishing and produce in abundance. Nearby is Kylemore Abbey – and its wonderful gardens with its own history all to be explored. Dromoland Castle in County Clare boasts championship golf, stately halls and a timeless atmosphere. While Solis Lough Eske Castle in County Donegal is the newest luxury castle stay to experience, offering country charm and modern comforts. As Frank O’Connor once said, “It would take more than one lifetime to discover the reason for all the ruins in Ireland,” but it can certainly make for a diverting vacation trying at least to scratch the surface. Legends, ghosts, history, tall tales – and luxury living – are all hidden in the grey stones which make up this integral part of Ireland’s landscape.
It’s amazing what you discover when you ﬁnally escape.
is ”C orona North’s personalitytheall through gardens, Altamont. She took over house and which were virtually derelict, when her mother died at 102 and turned it into one of the great Irish gardens. Corona made Altamont blend in with the natural landscape, so it doesn’t feel manufactured. It feels like the Carlow countryside. That’s what I love about Irish gardens, their natural quality. Every visitor says it has a special atmosphere, that’s why so many people come back. Every element you want from a great garden is here, from lovely lawns, flora beds and beautiful woodland going down to the river, to a walled garden and really superb collections, such as the snowdrops, rhododendrons and the fabulous oaks in the arboretum. Every time I am there I feel her personality. Her last words to her oldest friend were, ‘Well, I’ve achieved what I wanted to achieve. It’s safe now’. This is her legacy to us.” Paul Cutler has been head gardener at Altamont Gardens since 1995.
All images Altamont Gardens, Co. Carlow
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Blarney Castle, Co. Cork
Nestled among the breathtaking glens and mountain foothills 30 minutes south of Dublin, The Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt offers guests a glorious golf and spa experience enriched by magniﬁcent scenic views and historic elegance. With 200 lavishly furnished rooms including 124 suites, and 36 holes of championship golf, the resort is a stunning complement to the sublime formal gardens of the 18th century Powerscourt Estate. The Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt is the perfect base for day trips to Wicklow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Belfast while the capital city of Dublin is easily accessed by car or by local train services. Dine in Ireland’s only Gordon Ramsay Restaurant or McGills, the hotel’s traditional Irish pub. Combine the best of Irish scenery and antiquity with the comforts of a spacious, light-infused and thoroughly modern hotel. The Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt - Authentically Irish, Reassuringly Ritz-Carlton For reservations please contact your travel professional, call the Ritz-Carlton on + 353 1 274 8888 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/powerscourt
The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt, County Wicklow; Powerscourt Estate; Enniskerry; Ireland.
Ulster American Folk Park, Co. Tyrone
The National Famine Memorial, Murrisk, Co. Mayo
An old cottage and ruins on the Aran Islands, Co. Galway
Researching your family tree is a golden opportunity to embark on a journey of personal discovery while experiencing a place that was once close to your ancestor’s heart, writes Malcolm Rogers.
he journey into your family history could take you to picturesque towns and scenic parts of Irish countryside where your ancestors once lived. Follow your ancestral trail in Ireland and enjoy a vacation of personal discovery. Who knows what you might find – emigrants have left Ireland and their descendants have become US presidents, film stars, business magnates – oh, and the odd outlaw! From President Andrew Jackson to bushranger Ned Kelly – and don’t forget Princess Grace of Monaco – every corner of Ireland has given the world someone to think about. Of course, you may turn up parts of the family tree which might not be quite so auspicious – but either way, you’ll be chasing your tale! Throughout the world, millions of people have Irish links, or Irish roots – a much splendored gem, with influences running from the ancient Celts to camp-followers of both King James and Oliver Cromwell. Trace your family roots, and who knows, you could be descended from a Celt, a Dane, a Norman, a Scot, a Cromwellian, a United Irishman or a rebel from any century! Mass emigration from Ireland began in the middle of the 18th century, when some quarter of a million people left Ireland to settle in the New World. The main destination for these emigrants was North America, but other destinations included Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand. The major period of mass emigration from Ireland was during the
Great Famine, of 1845 - 1852. The Famine Museum in Strokestown Park House, County Roscommon takes visitors on a fascinating journey back in time to what was a traumatic period in Irish history. For another perspective, the life on board an emigrant ship can be experienced at the Dunbrody Famine Ship exhibit in New Ross, County Wexford. The Dunbrody is a reconstruction of an emigrant ship that carried the Irish to all corners of the world and a visit below decks vividly portrays the cramped conditions of the desperate sea voyage. Visitors to the ship can also access a database of emigrants compiled from ships’ passenger lists free of charge. The database contains three million records of Irish passengers, who disembarked at New York, Boston, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Baltimore. Over 400 years ago, the first Scots-Irish left Northern Ireland and set off to the American shores in search of economic and religious freedom. They helped build a young nation, making notable and lasting contributions. From the signers of the Declaration of Independence to astronauts, frontiersmen Davy Crockett to writers Poe and Twain, as well as 17 of the 43 U.S. Presidents… all are Scots-Irish descendants, so celebrate a great heritage in the land where it all began! The Ulster American Folk Park in County Tyrone tells the story, through its ‘living history’ experience, of the many Scots-Irish who emigrated from the province to America in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Park is centered around 4
US Presidents have been at least partly of Irish ancestry from Andrew Jackson to Barack Obama.
“Emigrants have left Ireland and their descendants have
become US presidents, film stars, business magnates – oh, and the odd outlaw!
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1901 census return for James Joyce’s family
Help is at hand
The following associations may be useful in assisting your search to trace your ancestors in Ireland:
Strokestown Park House and Famine Museum, Co. Roscommon
Search for your Irish roots online before your visit using a database of the largest collection of parish records and other sources on the island of Ireland. Or commission one of our county genealogy centres to research your Irish family history.
The Irish Family History Foundation Tel: +353 (0) 45 433 602 www.rootsireland.ie The Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland www.apgi.ie
“Mass emigration from Ireland began in the middle of the 18th
The Dunbrody replica ship, Co. Wexford
the restored farmhouse of Thomas Mellon who left Tyrone in 1818 and eventually founded the Mellon Bank of Pittsburgh. The whole museum is a dramatic recreation of the life these emigrants made when they reached America, and the life they left behind. Each county on the island of Ireland has a genealogy center manned by a professional genealogist who can assist you in tracing your Irish ancestors, identify an old homestead, locate a family gravestone inscription or even find living relatives. All centers are affiliated with The irish Family History Foundation, the largest online provider of family records. Before your visit to Ireland you might like to conduct some desk research by contacting some of the organizations mentioned at the end of this feature. When you arrive, why not visit the National Archives of ireland on Bishop’s Street, Dublin? Those wishing to see if they are related to a banking tycoon or bank robber can check the census returns from the start of the 20th century or the surveys undertaken from the 1840s to the 1860s (called Griffith’s Valuation) which are held there and the 1901 and 1911 census records for the island of Ireland are also available online. In 18 discoverireland.com
century, when some quarter of a million people left Ireland to settle in the New World.
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Genealogical Office (National Library) Tel: +353 (0) 1 603 0200 www.nli.ie General Register Office Tel: +353 (0) 90 663 2900 www.groireland.ie National Archives Ireland Tel: +353 (0) 1 407 2300 www.nationalarchives.ie
is the year when Ireland’s population was almost twice as large as that of the United States. By 2000, America’s population was about 60 times that of Ireland.
Belfast, the Public Record Office of Northern ireland houses the official archive for Northern Ireland with records of historical, social and cultural importance. The genealogy office at the National Library in Dublin also offers expert advice and guests who stay at The Shelbourne Hotel, also in Dublin, can avail of an on-site genealogist who can assist guests to draw up practical research plans. On the south coast, Cobh Heritage Centre in County Cork has a record finder specifically designed for those with little knowledge of genealogy. Many ways of tracing your family roots in Ireland are available – from surfing the internet to visiting old graveyards in areas where you think your ancestors may have come from. Even if you can’t definitively pin down exactly how, when or why your forbearers packed up and began moving along, you will still receive a fascinating insight into the history and culture of this astounding land. Find your family roots, meet relatives you didn’t know you had and be open to go where Ireland takes you!
The Public Record Office Northern Ireland Tel: +44 (0) 28 9025 5905 www.proni.gov.uk General Register Office Northern Ireland Tel: +44 (0) 28 9025 2000 www.nidirect.gov.uk/gro Ulster Historical Foundation Tel: +44 (0) 28 9066 1988 www.ancestryireland.com The Great Estates of Ashford Castle and Dromoland Castle are renowned for the very best that Ireland has to offer. Guests can enjoy championship golf, health centers, fishing, falconry, equestrian pursuits and gourmet dining in the award winning restaurants, dedicated craftsmanship of a bygone era and spacious accommodation, all combining to offer the unique experience that is ‘The Castle Lifestyle’. Ashford Castle is located on the shores of Lough Corrib in Co. Mayo, half an hour drive from Galway City. Dromoland Castle in Co. Clare is located eight miles from Shannon Airport on its own 440 acre estate.
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Avoca Handweavers Restaurant, Co. Wicklow
Sweet treats to tempt you
ou won’t travel far on the island without discovering a feast of world-class produce. With producers passionate about their artisan food, delightful country houses, award-winning chefs, cozy pubs and the landscape itself, Ireland is truly a food island. From the finest beef produced by grass-fed cattle to the blackberries and garlic that grow wild by the roadside, Ireland’s temperate climate and green land gives us gastronomic perfection. This is Ireland – and it’s impossible not to fall in love with the food.
Indulge your senses on the lush pastures of the island of Ireland where abundant appetites are welcomed with local produce from land and sea. By Jacqueline Strawbridge.
TV chef Rachel Allen also delivers cookery courses in Ballymaloe, Co. Cork
Causeway Cheese Company, Co. Antrim
exploring the food culture
Embracing Ireland’s food culture is easy. Venture out after breakfast – think Norah Brown’s Bushmills porridge from the Grange Lodge in County Tyrone or the organic scrambled egg and smoked salmon from Number 31 in Dublin city – or you might find yourself in one of the country’s many farmers markets. The staggering array of artisan produce on offer, all locally produced from the fertile land, will whet your appetite for the many memorable food experiences ahead.
Market in Belfast is a deliciously fragrant mix of beef from Armagh, sweet bakery and organic fruit and vegetables. Try the fish from Portavogie in County Down – Northern Ireland has some of the finest seafood in the world. Alan Coffey’s cod and crab claws, are snapped up, so get in there early. In Dublin’s Temple Bar Food Market try the sea-fresh Atlantic West Clare Oysters, with soda bread and crisp white wine to wash it down amidst the bustle of orchard and farm produce. Wherever you are in Ireland, you will stumble on a similar farmer’s market, resplendent with relishes, artisan cheeses, organic vegetables and an abundance of homemade produce.
Where the locals take you
At the markets, specialty shops, farms and gourmet cafés, you’ll get chatting to the locals: that’s a given. If you’d planned to go to the wilds of beautiful Donegal, you might find yourself sidetracked as you stop off at Orchard Acre Farm in County Fermanagh, a haven of organic farm-grown produce. Or on the way to the medieval city of Kilkenny you might stumble on the Good Things Café in Durrus, West Cork, which offers a palate-pleasing mix of traditional and modern dishes. There are plenty of places to eat dotted across the land, where delicious food is transferred directly from field to fork with no miles in between. It could take you longer to drive down to Dingle, County Kerry, from Belfast as you find yourself stopping off in Galway to try its succulently fresh oysters; or Fethard, County Tipperary, for its robust Cashel Blue cheese or even enjoying some Linnalla ice-cream from the Burren in County Clare. The beauty of Ireland is that you won’t care. 4 21
At the English Market in Cork city you’ll find culinary gems such as Kay O’Connell’s pristine fish, Bay Lough Cheese from On the Pig’s Back or the glorious fresh herbs, fruit and vegetables from Paddy McDonnell’s stall. Meanwhile, St George’s
English Market, Co. Cork
Naas Farmers Market, Co. Kildare
and it’s “This is Ireland –fall in love impossible not to with the food. ”
Cheese connoisseurs will love Knockdrinna Farmhouse Cheese and Farm Shop in County Kilkenny, where you can sample the delicious array of cheese which is made on-site, as well as local trout, chicken liver pâté, gourmet sausages and chutneys and preserves.
Stop off overnight to rest, and you will find it hard to choose between the countless gourmet country houses around Ireland, where food is grown on the premises or sourced locally. Good Food Ireland members comprise a range of carefully selected providers including artisan producers, restaurants and accommodation providers, all with a passion for the very best of locally produced, Irish produce. From the haven of tranquility that is Coolanowle Country House and Organic Farm in County Carlow, where farmhouse cooking is at its best, or The Old Schoolhouse inn in County Down with wonderful menus prepared by Euro-toque chef Avril Brown, you will be spoilt for choice.
Go on the Wicklow Food Trail and meet the Johnstons at their family farm. The farm produces traditional beef and lamb, presses apple juice and keeps bees to produce its own delicious, runny honey. Gather together these goodies for a picnic packed full of delicious local produce from the beautiful Wicklow area.
restaurants in Ireland currently have a Michelin Star including Deanes restaurant, Belfast and the House Restaurant at the Cliff House Hotel, County Waterford.
up a feast from the sea at The Kitchen in the Castle in historic Howth Castle, County Dublin – whichever school you go to, you will learn cookery skills for life.
When you taste the caliber of produce on offer, you’ll want to find out where it was made and the producers on their farms will happily show you round. For world-class cheeses, go to Jane Murphy’s Ardsallagh goat farm in County Cork for the goat’s cheese or the Causeway Cheese Company in County Antrim for their mild and creamy Drumkeel cheese. Sheridan’s cheesemongers, with shops from Galway to Waterford, source Irish cheeses that are simply stunning, and are well worth a visit. The Burren Smokehouse in County Clare will show how they produce their organic smoked salmon, which goes perfectly with the traditional oatcakes from Ditty’s Bakery in Castledawson, County Londonderry. A drive to Connemara in County Galway will show you the breathtaking landscape where McGeogh’s unique air-dried hill lamb ‘prosciutto’ is produced. Indeed, the meats in Ireland are second-to-none. Get the award-winning sausages from McCartney’s butchers in Moira, County Down or the sweet Fermanagh Black Bacon from O’Doherty’s in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh. Crowe’s Farm in Dundrum, County Tipperary, is a prime example of the care that goes into
Ireland has a lively restaurant scene
learning to cook
Once you taste Irish food, you’ll want to learn how to cook it, and Ireland has some of the best cookery schools in the world. Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork, synonymous with the world-famous Allen family, is a nucleus of everything good that Irish food has to offer. Its fruit and vegetables are grown on the land, their happy hens lay eggs by the dozen and the grass-fed cows are milked every morning. In County Fermanagh, Liz Moore teaches her deliciously modern take on traditional dishes at the Belle isle Cookery School, one of the many gourmet hubs of learning throughout the island of Ireland. Learn how to cook al fresco with Kevin Dundon at Dunbrody Cookery School, County Wexford, or make bread with Catherine Fulvio at Ballyknocken Cookery School, County Wicklow. You can cook
Fishy Fishy Café in Kinsale, County Cork, for pier-side heaven or Mourne Seafood Bar in Belfast in County Antrim and Dundrum and Newcastle in County Down, for faintworthy fish. Or buy it fresh from the fishermen off the piers all around the coast – Howth, County Dublin; Killybegs, County Donegal; Portavogie, County Down; or Dingle, County Kerry, to name a few.
Served with a smile – a wide variety of home-baked breads are always available
Connemara Smokehouse in County Galway will show you how it’s done with its traditional smoked salmon, gravadlax and peppered smoked mackerel, smoked by the same family since 1979. While you’re in the neighborhood, go to the Burren Smokehouse in County Clare for a side of organic smoked salmon.
Slow Food is what the island of Ireland is all about: food that tastes good, and food that has been produced locally with the utmost care.
“Once you taste Irish food, you’ll want to learn how to
Ballyknocken Cookery School, Co. Wicklow
Whether it’s Taste of Dublin (June) or the Belfast Taste and Music Festival (August) with their sensational chefs, restaurants and tasting opportunities; the delightful Apple Blossom Festival (May) in County Armagh or the Galway International Oyster Festival (September) in Galway, there is a festival for every taste and every food pleasure in Ireland.
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producing Irish meat. Their happy pigs are reared organically, foraging for food in the nearby fields. The result is dry-cured bacon and ham that you simply won’t be able to stop eating. Try the artisan breads, meats and cheeses with some homemade chutney from Country Choice in Nenagh, County Tipperary. The famous delicatessen and eatery is run by Mary and Peter Ward, and is stacked to the rafters with the best of Irish food. Organic fruit and vegetables, homemade savory tarts or free-range chicken liver pâté will all vie for your attention, and you won’t want to leave.
cook it, and Ireland has some of the best cookery schools in the world.
following the scent of a trail
Another way to explore the food culture in Ireland is to go on a food trail. The Cork Food trail, or the Cork City iWalk Flavours of Cork, will take you around the region that pioneered the Slow Food movement in Ireland, which defines the notion of ‘from farm to table’. Slow Food is what the island of Ireland is all about:
food that tastes good, and food that has been produced locally with the utmost care, as evidenced at the Burren Slow Food Festival, County Clare (May/June). Meanwhile, Fabulous Food Trails will open your palate to a culinary tour of Dublin, Galway and Connemara to name a few, where you meet passionate producers and purveyors of Irish fare – tasting their food too, of course. The Belfast Bred Walking Tour will take you on a taste tour of the city’s culinary delights, against the dramatic backdrop of the story of Edwardian Belfast and the Titanic. For your very own food trail, the land has kindly furnished us with a pantry of amazing food – hazelnuts, mushrooms, sloes, rowanberries, gooseberries and garlic – all abundant and growing wild for you to pick.
You might well spot one of our top chefs out on your forage, as they are fiercely passionate about sourcing food locally and in season. Dennis Cotter of Cork’s Café Paradiso produces innovative vegetarian dishes, while Derry Clarke of L’Ecrivain in Dublin serves up Michelin-star food at value prices with his three-course lunch special. Truly incredible food is accessible to all in Ireland, and you can eat in the finest restaurants at decent prices if you take advantage of the plethora of early bird menus and specials available. From Oliver Dunne at Bon Appétit in Malahide, County Dublin or Michael Deane at Deanes, Belfast, talented chefs are everywhere – and they are excited about Irish food. For organic and 4 23
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delectable dinners try The Strawberry Tree in County Wicklow, or visit Oregano near Ballyclare, County Antrim, the recent winners of a Bib Gourmand. Using the cream of local produce, Cayenne is a fine example of the quality of dining in Belfast. Meanwhile the House Restaurant at the Cliff House Hotel, near Ardmore in County Waterford, is the proud 2010 winner of a Michelin star.
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An Irishman’s drink
No matter what town or city you are in you’ll want a pint of Guinness, a nip of honeyed Jameson or Bushmills Whiskey or a refreshing glass of Irish apple cider. Pubs across the land will serve them to you with a warm smile – and if you want to see how they’re made, then visit the Jameson Distilleries in Dublin and Midleton, County Cork, and the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin or the Bushmills Distillery in County Antrim. The Biddy Early Brewery produces natural beer in Inagh, near Ennis, County Clare, and is well worth a stop for a glass and a chat. If you’re in Dublin, then a must-see is Porterhouse Brewery, which brews its own stouts, ales and lagers. After your pint, amble home and dream of your Irish breakfast: the irresistible Irish fry with its griddled soda farl, or some Carragheen yogurt drizzled with hand-picked blackberries. You’ll tumble out of bed the next day ready to do it all over again!
Variations to the basic recipe: Apple potato bread – pin out the raw potato bread into a round, place a large blob of stewed apple in the center and then fold the potato bread over into a turnover shape and bake on the griddle until the potato bread is cooked. Add 1 oz of pin head oatmeal or 1¼ oz of cheese to the basic recipe for potato bread and bake on a griddle. Alternatively if you are having a dinner party cut out the potato bread into 1 inch circles approx ½ inch thick, fry off the potato bread and top with bacon and relish, black pudding and homemade brown sauce or scallops.
obert Ditty’s bakery in Castledawson, County Londonderry is famous for its traditional and artisan breads. It’s well worth your while to call into this gem but if you can’t, then try making Ditty’s famous potato bread!
Recipe for Potato Bread
Ingredients • 1 cup mashed floury potato • ¼ cup plain white flour • ½ oz melted butter or olive oil • Pinch of salt Method Boil potatoes, mash and allow to cool. Sift flour and salt and add to potatoes with melted butter or olive oil. Knead into a dough. Divide into portions and pin out into required shapes. Bake on a pre-heated griddle or a heavy pan. For the ultimate potato bread, serve as part of an Ulster Fry. Fry the potato bread in a frying pan straight after the bacon for extra flavour.
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lanning is all well and good but half the fun of Ireland is not knowing what is going to happen next. Just ask the golfers who stopped off for a game at Baltray Golf Course, County Louth, to test their skills on this fine course in Drogheda, whilst on their way to the links gems of Northern Ireland. The course backs onto the neighboring links at Seapoint, but our intrepid golfers somehow managed to wander across the course, which explains why they couldn’t find their hire car when they reached the 18th hole at Seapoint! Luckily, the locals quickly realized what had happened and after giving them a drink at the 19th hole to calm their worries, ferried them back down the road to continue their Irish adventure.
seen on TV, heard or read about. In this case, it is advisable to book a tee-time in advance of your visit, especially at the height of summer when golf mania is in full swing. You can search for availability and book tee-times at www.discoverireland.com/golf where you can find out about Golf Value Passes and also check out any great golf packages. For the most part, you will find it easy to get a game and the local members will be proud to tee up with you and might even stand you a drink afterwards!
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There is a course for every day of the year on the island, and hundreds of great bed and breakfasts nearby or modern resorts offering everything a golfer could possibly need, as well as top-class dining, spas, horse-riding, fishing and more. Dublin is heaven, with 28 fine clubs in the ‘fair city’ alone and another 31 in the rest of the county. North of the city, Malahide, Rush, Skerries and Donabate are worth a visit as are the newer additions such as St Margarets, Roganstown, Hollywood Lakes and Hollystown. There is more to Dublin than the legendary links at Portmarnock where Arnold Palmer partnered Sam Snead to victory in the 1960 World Cup. Try Stackstown, high above the city in the Dublin Mountains, where a young boy named Pádraig Harrington chased rabbits as his father and brothers picked stones to clear the fairways. As you are on vacation, why not treat yourself at the 1,100-acre Carton House 4 27
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Many clubs will rent out excellent sets of golf clubs and you will soon be able to pick them up at Dublin
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It’s easy to get a round of golf at most courses and if you fancy playing in a competition why not tee off with some of the locals during the annual Open Week that most clubs host every year. You’ll find an exhaustive list of fixtures at the Golfing Union of Ireland’s website www.gui.ie. Many visitors want to play Ireland’s world famous links or the championship standard parkland courses that they have
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A visit “Countyto the famous Cliffs of Moher in Clare is obligatory for any visitor. The golf is stunning too, with the new Greg Norman links at Doonbeg.
Hotel in County Kildare or see where the 2011 Solheim Cup players will do battle by visiting the Jack Nicklaus designed Killeen Castle in County Meath? Turning south east, Jack Nicklaus also designed the world-renowned championship course in the beautiful surroundings of Mount Juliet in County Kilkenny. In fact, the south east of the island offers the visitor a very special golfing experience – courses such as Faithlegg House in County Waterford, Mount Wolseley in County Carlow and Seafield Golf and Spa in County Wexford will challenge the golfer and provide a welcome respite in top class, value for money accommodation.
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World-renowned scenery and heritage
With world-renowned scenery and wonderful heritage to explore, do ensure your golf vacation goes beyond the course! Head north from Dublin towards Drogheda, County Louth you can play at Royal Tara in the morning and then investigate the ancient seat of the High Kings of ireland, the Hill of Tara, or the prehistoric passage tombs at Newgrange, County Meath in the afternoon. From here you can meander to Northern Ireland and if you take the coast road in County Down on a clear day, you can see the famous Mountains of Mourne “sweep down to the sea” and tee it up on a host of top courses from Warrenpoint, Kilkeel and Ardglass to the world famous Royal County Down at Newcastle where you could spend a night in luxury at the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa. Belfast is one of Europe’s most vibrant cities and an ideal base for golfing visits. It would be a shame not to enjoy two of the city’s wonderful parkland courses, Royal Belfast (one of the oldest clubs in Ireland) and Belvoir Park, both designed by the great Harry Colt. From here you will be tempted by the great links courses at Portstewart, Castlerock and the internationally renowned, Royal Portrush Golf Club. Or why not take a sightseeing trip along the Causeway Coastal Route to the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the great natural wonders of the world. It would be a shame not to taste the delights on offer at the nearby Bushmills Distillery,
Doonbeg Golf Club, Co. Clare
the testing Glashedy Links, designed by the renowned Irish course architect Pat Ruddy. Alternatively, it would be hard to match the spectacular beauty of the Lough Erne Golf Resort near Enniskillen in County Fermanagh. Designed by Sir Nick Faldo, it’s now a home from home for its touring professional, Rory McIlroy.
Going where the road takes you
Plans can change from one minute to the next, as the German maestro Bernhard Langer discovered when he came to Ireland in search of his first taste of links golf, early in his career. He decided to head for the classic links courses of County Sligo in the windy North West. “I came for a day but ended up staying for a week!” Langer said, recalling his golfing love affair with Rosses Point and Enniscrone. Golf is a popular game in Ireland, and boasting one third of the world’s links courses it’s no wonder why! If your skills are not quite of major championship caliber, you’ll soon forget about your cares and make new friends at the 19th hole. If you manage not to get too distracted by the beauties of County Mayo – Carne Golf Links in remote Belmullet is a must – you’ll eventually end up in Galway, the gateway to the Aran islands and home to the legendary Irish golfer Christy O’Connor Senior. As you’d expect, the golf is magnificent at courses such as Connemara and Bearna with such beautiful scenery and further along to Galway Bay, you might well be entertained by Christy Senior’s nephew, Ryder Cup hero Christy O’Connor Junior. “Bob Hope loved coming to Galway and he always asked me to sing Galway Bay”, Junior recalls. “He’d make me sing it three or four times, so I couldn’t have been that bad.” A visit to the famous Cliffs of Moher in County Clare is obligatory for any visitor. The golf is stunning too, with the new Greg Norman links at Doonbeg 4 29
is the year that Ireland hosted the Ryder Cup. It took place in the K Club, Straffan, County Kildare.
Ballybunion Golf Club, Co. Kerry
which has been producing the finest Irish whiskey for over 400 years. Do make time to escape to Donegal to play the courses at Ballyliffin on the rugged Inishowen Peninsula. Sir Nick Faldo loved it so much he tried unsuccessfully to buy the place. But there were no hard feelings and the six-time major champion ended up renovating the wonderful Old Links which offers a less exacting alternative to
“If your skills are not quite of major championship caliber,
you’ll soon forget about your cares and make new friends at the 19th hole.
complementing the world famous test at Lahinch where Phil Mickelson stopped off to test his game one summer’s day. The town is also famous for its surfing but if you’re worried about the weather, Lahinch’s famous goats will give you the forecast as they lurk near the clubhouse when bad weather is approaching. The story goes that the club secretary, Brud Slattery, got tired of fixing the barometer in the clubhouse and one day taped a note to it which read: “See goats!”
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south takes you to Kerry and Cork, where the golf on offer at Tralee, Waterville, Ballybunion, Fota island or Dooks is every bit as spectacular as the scenery. Then again, you might fall for the attractions of the River Shannon and head off on a cruise up Ireland’s longest waterway to the Lakelands, stopping off for a quick round at Glasson, County Westmeath on the shores of Lough Ree. The island of Ireland may look small on a map, but you’ll soon find there is a whole new world to be discovered and a new adventure waiting around every bend in the road.
Teeing off with the locals
Wherever you choose to play, you’ll never be short of playing partners. Indeed, many visitors had the pleasure of playing with the legendary Lahinch butcher Mick O’Loughlin. When a couple of visitors asked about the chance of a game with some of the local members, club secretary Slattery offered to join them, adding: “And I’ll send one of the caddies up to the village to fetch the butcher.” One of the bemused visitors turned to Slattery and whispered: “Say, if the local butcher is so readily available to play golf, he sure can’t make much money.” To which ‘Brud’ replied: “No, but he sure makes a lot of friends.” Of course, County Clare is famous for the spa town of Lisdoonvarna and if you’re free, single and travelling in September you might give the golf a miss and look for your other half during the month-long Matchmaking Festival. Once you hit Limerick, you’re spoilt for choice about where to go next. The road
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Golfers in Northern Ireland have always punched above their weight with Portrush, on the rugged Antrim coast, producing two major champions. Fred Daly won the British Open in 1947 before Graeme McDowell ended Europe’s 40year drought in the U.S. Open with victory at Pebble Beach in 2010. Asked about the secret of Ulster’s golfing success, McDowell has no doubts. “It has a lot to do with the quality of the links courses in the North”, McDowell says. “Royal Portrush and Portstewart are pretty good places to start. Portrush was my inspiration for falling in love with the sport. When I saw Pebble Beach for the first time, it reminded me a lot of home.” Dungannon’s Darren Clarke loves to spend his down time at Portrush. He’s building a home next to the famous championship links where he can hook up for a game with his former protégé Rory McIlroy, who became the youngest player to win on the US PGA Tour since Tiger Woods. Just a few days before his 21st birthday, golf’s rising star emerged from a slump in form to shoot a closing 62 and claim the 2010 Quail Hollow Championship. His secret? A few rounds of golf at Royal County Down and Royal Portrush during the previous week. “All I concentrated on was going out and playing golf with my buddies”, says Rory, who learned the game at Holywood Golf Club near Belfast. “I played Royal County Down on Thursday and shot a 67 on Portrush on Friday, and I thought, well, if I can shoot 67 around here in a pretty good breeze, I can shoot it anywhere.”
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n Ireland, music has always been far more than mere entertainment or escapism. It’s an intrinsic part of the fabric of Irish society, an essential companion at milestone events and celebrations, and ever-present whenever the Irish are having the craic agus ceol (good fun and music). That music is evident even in the speaking voices and accents of the people; whether the chosen tongue is English, Gaelic or Ulster-Scots, there’s a musicality to the people of this unique island that would be hard to equal anywhere else. Of course Irish people have had centuries of practice at music. Legend has it that the Celtic bards travelled from village to village, trading their talents for bed and board, swapping new songs and tunes along the road, telling the stories of the people and recording them for posterity. The island’s songwriters and poets created a rich treasury of great songs that have themselves travelled far and wide and influenced countless internationallyacclaimed artists, including the inestimable Bob Dylan who was inspired by The Clancy Brothers and Paul Brady and featured many Irish songs in his repertoire. That folk influence runs deep and is an essential part of what makes Irish music such a powerful medium. The affinity that Irish people feel for making music – that is, you might say, in their blood and their bones – has spawned generations of musicians who have electrified the art form both on stage and on disc. The plaintive piping of Liam Óg O’Flynn, and the evocative flute playing of Matt Molloy of the Bothy Band and The Chieftains, have enthralled millions, just as the pioneering rock aesthetics of U2 guitarist The Edge and the blues wail of guitarist Rory Gallagher set new standards in the rock world. The breadth of Irish music is vast: the classical genius of Sir James Galway 34 discoverireland.com
Celtic bards travelled from village to village, trading their talents for bed and board.
has been taken to heart by fans from Seattle to Strabane and Irish soul singer Laura izibor recently sang at The White House for US President Barack Obama. A coveted Oscar was earned by Glen Hansard’s song ‘Falling Slowly’ and that, plus the countless international awards heaped upon U2, Snow Patrol, Clannad, Enya, Van Morrison, Celtic Woman and others, prove how renowned musicians from this island hold their own on the world music stage. The Great Irish Songbook is being rejuvenated daily, not only by the singing of the people of Ireland in bars, houses and at social events like weddings and parties, but in such expressive voices as those of Christy Moore, Sinéad O’Connor, Mary Black, Brian Kennedy and the inimitable Shane MacGowan of the Pogues, himself a songwriter of great genius. It was an Irishman Brendan Graham who co-authored ‘You Raise Me Up’, one of the most ubiquitous and successful songs of recent times, and Pete St John gave us ‘The Fields of Athenry’, a song so convincingly authentic that many assume it comes from centuries back instead of from a modern Dublin song writer. Irish traditional music, meanwhile, has produced ensembles of great subtlety and finesse in Altan, Dervish, Lúnasa, Kíla and, of course, The Chieftains – marvelously inventive bands who have taken their virtuoso playing to the four corners of the globe with remarkable success. So, is it any wonder that so many people from all over the world travel to Ireland in the hope of engaging with the spirit of our music, perhaps even absorbing some of the zest
is the year that the famous guitarist Rory Gallagher was born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal.
with traditional music enthusiasts, and include the Willie Clancy Summer School held each July in Miltown Malbay, County Clare; the Frankie Kennedy Winter School held each December in Gweedore, County Donegal; and the Fiddler’s Green international Festival held each July in Rostrevor, County Down. The music landscape is indeed one of the most satisfying aspects of the island of Ireland, and a visit to Doolin in County Clare or to Gweedore, County Donegal (which spawned not just Clannad and Enya but also Altan and their lead singer and fiddle player Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh among others) should be on the itinerary of any visitor who wants to make contact with the roots of Irish music at its most natural and vibrant. In these and in many other places dotted across the country, casual music sessions can erupt at any time of day or night. It can start with just one lone musician striking up a tune, but in a manner that is both organic and magical, he or she can be joined by others as the music entrances them and their listeners. If anybody feels like getting up for a dance, sure we can make space for that too! The smallest towns and the biggest villages up and down the island offer exhilarating musical experiences in bars, halls and art centers. There can be a céilí (an Irish dance) here, a ballad singsong there, a folk concert around the corner4
Waltons on South Great George’s Street, Dublin is a Mecca for musicians of all ages and is also known as being a leading maker of traditional Irish musical instruments such as tin whistles, harps and bodhrans. If you would like to learn how to play one of these instruments, take a lesson at Waltons renowned music school.
There are lots of free music sessions in virtually every city, including Cork, Galway, Londonderry/ Derry, Belfast and Dublin, and especially in the charming towns and villages of Kerry, Clare, Donegal, Sligo and Antrim, all of which have rich and vibrant music traditions. The magnificent Glór center in Ennis, County Clare is a good spot for traditional music concerts too.
Van Morrison enthusiasts can walk in the legend’s footsteps through the streets of Belfast (some of which are actually mentioned in his songs), as part of the self-guided tour using the Belfast music iPhone application. The Oh Yeah Centre in Belfast, named after a song by Ash, is also worth a stopover, as is The Clarence Hotel in Dublin owned by The Edge and Bono of U2 fame.
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The Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival (February) goes from strength to strength every year, and the Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival (September) brings an exciting blend of folk, country, bluegrass and traditional music to County Longford. Also in September, the Appalachian and Bluegrass Festival in Omagh, County Tyrone features some of the biggest names in bluegrass music.
“Summer schools and the festivals, which celebrate
Glasgowbury Festival, Co. Londonderry
rich heritage of Irish folk and traditional music, are very popular.
…FANS OF OPERA
Ireland is an excellent destination for anyone interested in seeing classic and modern opera works performed by top singers and musicians. Voted among the most popular destinations for music and opera (Frommers Travel Guide), why not experience for yourself the warm welcome, charm and celebration that is the Wexford Festival Opera each October. The West Cork Music Festival in June provides music lovers with a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a feast of top quality music and features top performers from Ireland and throughout the world in the surrounds of stunning Bantry House in West Cork.
Fans of traditional Irish music will not be disappointed with many traditional music festivals taking place throughout the country all year round. Ireland’s ‘trad sessions’, which take place in local pubs and bars, highlight the best of local musical talent and Irish dancing.
A session in Kelly’s Cellars, Belfast
The Long Room, Trinity College Library, Dublin
Malachy Kearns, bodhrán maker
and a jazz festival just over the hill. Virtually every locality has its own annual festival which is bound to feature music of several genres and summer schools can often focus on one particular musical legend or a single stimulating aspect of the unique musical tradition for an entire week. And it’s not all about making careers. There are countless musicians who simply play for the love of the music. They spend hours each day honing their skills on their beloved instrument to the point where their bodhrán (a handheld drum) or Lambeg drum almost seems to become a part of their physical bodies. Music is such an intrinsic part of Irish life that genuine music fans can bear witness as the stars of the future set out on what can often become an epic journey. So somewhere right now, perhaps in the most out-of-the-way spot, there’s a new musician playing his or her accordion or fiddle to a small number of listeners in a modest venue. In years to come, that artist may scale the heights of musical achievement, playing to thousands at music venues across the world. But for now, they are making a unique contribution to a culture that produces more music per square foot than anywhere else on the planet. Music is an intensely colorful thread woven into the tapestry of life throughout the island of Ireland; it is the pulse that quickens the Irish spirit and through which the people of Ireland have nourished the cultural world in ways no one would have imagined possible. And in the immortal words of the legendary Van Morrison, “It’s too late to stop now!”
is the number of holes in the traditional Irish instrument the tin whistle, feadóg in Gaelic.
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from all walks of life and all parts of the world – participating in what is commonly known here as ‘the craic’. A lot of fun! You can’t plan the perfect session, as it takes on a life of its own! The diverse mix of musicians, singers and dancers joining in nightly creates a unique and convivial atmosphere. That’s what keeps it fresh and interesting. It’s different every night, that’s the beauty of it, the spontaneity. I am passionate about Irish traditional music. It’s part of me, an extension of myself, it’s who I am!”
y pub is about traditional music and good conversation, no slot machines or television screens! By the time you’re halfway through your first drink you’re talking to someone! We have music sessions every evening with two or three anchor musicians, though sometimes the least organized sessions can be the best of fun. The quality of the music is rising all the time. Irish traditional music has become so popular worldwide it’s like the League of Nations here at times, with people
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hen it comes to literature, Ireland punches so far above its weight. Take a stroll around the Dublin Writers Museum and you’ll get the picture. Housed in this elegant Georgian mansion are the letters, books, memorabilia and portraits of some of the finest authors, playwrights and poets who ever pushed a pen. Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, Sean O’Casey, George Bernard Shaw, W.B. Yeats, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett to name but a few. You’ll also get a pretty good idea why Dublin has been designated the fourth UNESCO City of Literature (dublincityofliterature.ie), a wonderful (and permanent) accolade that celebrates its unparalleled literary past and vibrant contemporary literary scene. Dublin hosts a comprehensive program of events throughout the year, dedicated to its literary greats.
a love affair with the word
is the year W.B. Yeats was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Four winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature are Irish and while James Joyce mysteriously missed out, his novel ‘Ulysses’ – celebrated magnificently on Bloomsday, the day all the events in the book took place – is generally accepted as the greatest novel of all time. You are invited to the celebration; date: each June 16th, venue: Dublin, dress: Edwardian. The latest Nobel Prize Winner, Seamus Heaney, is one of many acclaimed Irish poets you can hear at readings and literary events around Ireland today, while Roddy Doyle, Sebastian Barry, Colm Tóibín and Dermot Bolger represent another generation of talented novelists to spring from these shores. Take one of the legendary Dublin Literary Tours and you’ll soon pick up one clue as to this state of affairs. As your stout settles on the counter of a pub once lionized by Brendan Behan, Patrick Kavanagh (the rural poet now enjoying a renaissance with fans like Russell Crowe) or Flann O’Brien, be still and listen. It’s going on around you, the crackle of conversation that was food and drink, to those great talents is still buzzing – lively, fun, engaging and warm. Perhaps they are making up for a late start. Until the advent of the early
In Ireland the word has always been revered. Indeed, the more the merrier, and better that they entertain, amuse, beguile and bewitch too. Conversation is an art form, storytelling a living, breathing part of the island’s heritage, the magical landscape an inspiration for lyrical poetry and the language infused with the rhythm and beauty of Gaelic (Irish language), writes Seth Linder.
Armagh Public Library, Armagh city Trinity College is home to the ‘Book of Kells’
It has been “one big céilísaid that Ireland is house and there is still an abundance of great storytellers.
Christians nothing of the island’s rich culture was written down. You can still see one of the earliest books at Dublin’s Trinity College, the beautifully illustrated ‘Book of Kells’ – no wonder the idea caught on. Storytelling has kept Ireland’s history and culture alive. Every village had a céilí house (a social gathering with traditional music and dancing) where stories accompanied song and music long into the night. Stories of local characters, or borrowed from our powerful mythology, like the giant Finn McCool, the legendary ‘Cattle Raid of Cooley’ in County Louth, or the enchanted ‘Children of Lir’ who came to live by Rathlin Island off the spectacular Antrim coast. The céilí house was open to all and the welcome genuine. It has been said that Ireland is one big céilí house and there is still an abundance of great storytellers. Armagh’s Len Graham, for instance, brings Ireland’s heritage to life at events like the International Storytelling Festival (September) on Cape Clear Island off Cork, while the Bard of Armagh festival (November) in the city founded by St Patrick has a humorous take on telling the truth. There’s no better way to fall in love with Ireland’s literature than through its landscape. Stand by the grave of 4
Gaiety Theatre, Dublin
C.S. Lewis statue, Belfast
Enjoy the craic (good fun) on the award-winning Dublin Literary Pub Crawl discounted with a Dublin Pass – available from www.dublinpass.ie. Discover Belfast’s literary associations with Anthony Trollope, Seamus Heaney and many others on the acclaimed Belfast Literary Tour. Take yourself for free by downloading the Belfast Literary Guide from www.gotobelfast.com. Explore the East Belfast childhood of C.S. Lewis (and see the inspiration for Aslan) on special bus tours. To enjoy a cultural vacation learning Irish in the Gaeltacht (Irish speaking area) visit www.gaelsaoire.ie.
W.B. Yeats, the father of Irish poetry, in the church at Drumcliff, County Sligo. Look up at the table mountain of Ben Bulben that dominates the magnificent scenery of Sligo and let your soul soar with the lyrical beauty of Yeats’ poetry. From Sligo town, cycle, walk or drive around the idyllic lakes, woods, mountains, waterfalls and islands of Yeats Country (download the Yeats Passport Trail from www.discoverireland.ie). Whichever way you choose to access them, there are several trail guides specially tailored to take you to those Irish place names referenced in Yeats’ poetry, the magic of which so entranced him. But it’s not just Yeats Country. Limerick city and its medieval heart formed the backdrop of Frank McCourt’s ‘Angela’s Ashes’ while the sleeping giant that is Napoleon’s Nose, part of the spectacular Cave Hill that frames Belfast, inspired Jonathan Swift to write ‘Gulliver’s Travels’. You can trace the poetry of Seamus
Oscar Wilde statue, Dublin
two “Humor and spontaneity,have intrinsically Irish qualities, been central to Irish drama for centuries. They still are.
Belfast’s atmospheric Linen Hall Library has a special C.S. Lewis collection. The wonderful Verbal Arts Centre in the city of Londonderry is exclusively dedicated to the written and spoken word. The James Joyce Cultural Centre, a short stroll from the Dublin Writers Museum, has a fascinating exhibition and archive. Armagh Public Library has many rare books, including a first edition of Gulliver’s Travels, annotated by Jonathan Swift, and Walter Raleigh’s History of the World.
There are always great cuttingedge literary events at Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival (April/May) and the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s (October). The Dublin: One City One Book encourages everyone to read Joseph O’Connor’s ‘Ghost Light’ during the month of April and the Dublin Writers Festival (June) hosts the world’s leading writers. The Yeats International Summer School (July/August) in Sligo Town has a feast of talks and tours. Ireland’s leading writers direct workshops at Writer’s Week in Listowel, County Kerry (June),while the Cúirt Festival in Galway will give you some food for thought! Celebrate Patrick Kavanagh in his home village of Inniskeen in County Monaghan at the annual Kavanagh Weekend in November.
Heaney through the idyllic countryside around Bellaghy in County Londonderry where he grew up and hear him recite his poetry on film at the Bellaghy Bawn Visitor Centre. Or why not walk through the wardrobe into the magical Mourne Mountains of County Down, which inspired C.S. Lewis’ stories of Narnia? Explore the East Belfast childhood of C.S. Lewis (and see the inspiration for Aslan) on special bus tours, which run from June to September. Irish, still the first language in the Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) areas such as the Aran and Achill islands and throughout the west coast, has helped shape the way English is spoken and remains the source of wonderful poems, myths and literature. Listen to poetry readings in Irish in the remote Aran Islands (“…three stepping stones out of Europe” – Seamus Heaney) and you’ll be in touch with a unique heritage. Another language, Ulster-Scots, brought by Scottish Presbyterians to the northern province of Ulster in the 17th and 18th centuries, was the tongue of Ulster’s Weaver Poets. They were celebrated by the influential Belfast poet John Hewitt, in whose honor a famous summer school is held each year in Armagh and who has a community-run pub, dedicated to the arts, named after him in Belfast. Take a ‘wee
danner’ (little walk) through Ulster-Scots speaking areas – the language is currently enjoying a revival and you’ll be amazed at its influence on society today. Humor and spontaneity, two intrinsically Irish qualities, have been central to Irish drama for centuries. They still are. “I have nothing to declare except my genius”, said Oscar Wilde on entering the United States of America. The famous wit that brought plays like ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’ and ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ to life has been reflected in contemporary playwrights like Marie Jones (‘Stones in his Pockets’) and Martin McDonagh (‘The Leenane Trilogy’ and ‘In Bruges’). Marie Jones took the black humor, warmth and storytelling genius of her own Belfast community, and created a new style of theater that has wowed Broadway in New York and the West End in London. The work of the greatest living Irish playwright, Tyrone’s Brian Friel, is known throughout the world. Yes the word is loved in Ireland, but most of all the people of Ireland enjoy sharing a few. Come along and join the never-ending story, and Kerry-born writer John B. Keane will forever be known for his plays, which included The Man from Clare and Big Maggie, which played on Broadway for 63 nights. But possibly his most famous work, The Field, was adapted as a film by director Jim Sheridan and starred Richard Harris and Brenda Fricker.
Patrick Kavanagh was born in this year in Inniskeen, County Monaghan. His most famous poem is ‘The Great Hunger’.
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literature, but most especially our love of storytelling and the impact of two languages, Irish and English, on the way we express ourselves. Growing up on a small farm three miles from anywhere we had nothing else but our music and stories to entertain us. We used to tell stories that lasted days or weeks, almost like an historic soap opera. They could be about anything – local people or places. Every field had a name, ‘the long field’, ‘the wee (small) field’ – and we knew them all. I believe part of the beauty and rhythm of our writing arises from the coming together of English and Irish.
Statue of Patrick Kavanagh by the Grand Canal, Dublin
”Ibelieve there are several influences that have created the Irish gift for
The English language as used in Ireland is full of expressions and phrases from the Irish language so there are two languages going on in a way. The Irish language is very interesting in the sense you stand outside a lot – you don’t say ‘I’m hungry’, you say ‘the hunger is on me’. I think it frees the person up. The mythology of Ireland rivals that of anywhere in the world and a lot of stories come out of that. Then there is the landscape. It has a way of taking your imagination to another place. C.S. Lewis based Narnia on the landscape of lough, mountain and forest near Rostrevor where I live. People say Narnia was not a real place but that’s the magic of our scenery, there’s something transcendental about it.”
‘Gulliver’s Travels’ exhibition at the Saint Patrick’s Trian Visitor Complex, Armagh city
Yeats Statue, Sligo
The Linen Hall Library, Belfast
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hen over 100,000 people lined Belfast Lough to wave RMS Titanic off on her maiden voyage nearly a century ago, they were cheering not just the largest moving man-made object the world had seen but the most luxurious ship ever built. Symbolizing the remarkable innovation, craftsmanship and entrepreneurship that made Harland & Wolff the world’s greatest shipbuilders and Belfast one of the world’s leading industrial cities, the Titanic was a global phenomenon. So much so that the White Star liner’s tragic sinking following a collision with an iceberg – just four days after her final stop at Queenstown (now Cobh) in County Cork – was front page news around the world.
The launch of the Titanic in 1911 prior to fitting out
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the year in which Titanic (the most famous ship in history) was launched in Belfast by Harland & Wolff, the then largest shipyard in the world.
of people around the world, it is only in the city where she was built that you can experience her true magic.
On the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard, the centenary of that maiden voyage will be celebrated and commerated with the opening of an iconic building in April 2012, telling the Titanic Belfast story. The five-storey attraction will not only tell the story of the legendary ship but Belfast’s remarkable industrial and maritime heritage too. Part of the new Titanic Quarter, the largest waterfront development in Europe, and constructed next to the very slipways from which Titanic was launched, the iconic building’s scale and innovative design signal Belfast’s return to the great days of hope and ambition. For the Titanic enthusiast Belfast is a joy with all kinds of tours – walking, boat, bus, car and self guided – around the sites where the ship was built. The atmospheric drawing rooms, where Titanic and the other great liners were designed, remain, as does the 19th century Titanic’s Dock & PumpHouse, now a visitor center, where
Titanic’s superstructure was added. Also here is SS Nomadic, the tender ship which took passengers from Cherbourg to board Titanic; currently undergoing restoration, and which will be open to the public from June to August 2011 prior to the restoration completion in 2012.
On May 31st 1911 the workers of Harland & Wolff and their families gathered to watch Titanic being launched before she was towed to the huge dry dock to be fitted out. To mark the centenary of the launch, National Museums Northern Ireland has developed a major new exhibition at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum in Cultra, just outside Belfast, telling the story of Titanic and her sister ships, from their conception to the present day. Opening on May 31st 2011, it will feature previously unseen artefacts from the White Star Line.
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Nowhere was the loss more keenly felt than in Belfast, where the most famous ship since Noah’s Ark was designed, built and launched and where pride in Titanic and the other great liners that emerged from the city’s shipyards remains tangible today. While the Titanic museums, societies and exhibitions around the world testify to the enduring fascination the ship has for millions
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the former “On the site ofshipyard, Harland & Wolff the centenary of that maiden voyage will be celebrated and commemorated with the opening of an iconic building in April 2012.
in 2012, which will ensure that the full story of Titanic is celebrated and commemorated in her home city.
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In April and May, Belfast’s most famous creation is commemorated at the Titanic Festival and will feature tours, exhibitions, theater and more. You can also relive the experience of passengers boarding at Titanic’s final stop with the Titanic Trail guided tour of Cobh, near Cork city, including the very pier from which Titanic passengers departed, and at Cobh The Queenstown Story exhibition, which also tells the story of Irish emigration. To discover everything from Titanic-inspired events and activities to attractions visit the-titanic.com
My great grandfather was a cabinet maker at Harland & Wolff and worked on Titanic and her sister ship Olympic. We used to play chess on a board he made from off cuts of wood from the Titanic. Interest in Titanic really took off in 1985 when Robert Ballard discovered its wreck. Titanic societies sprang up everywhere. We formed the Ulster (now Belfast) Titanic Society in 1992 to bring home to local people that what happened to Titanic was a disaster; she was not. Today, there is immense pride here in our maritime
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history and the skills of our forefathers who built such magnificent ships. The Titanic story never ends, you keep finding out more and more information. It’s fascinating too, all of human nature is revealed in it. Belfast is now the center of the Titanic story for visitors from around the world. You can still see where she was designed and launched and where her superstructure was then added. Belfast was like the Cape Canaveral of its day and today, on the site Titanic was built, we are now leading the way in research for knowledge-based industries. It’s something we can be very proud of.”
“The world commemorates the tragedy; only we can celebrate the triumph.” Belfast Titanic Society
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crediT cards Any credit card that bears the Visa, Mastercard, or American Express ‘badge’ will be widely accepted in Ireland. Visitors with other cards should ask in advance or see if the card is on display where they wish to use it. cUrrency The euro is the currency of the Republic of Ireland. One euro (e) consists of 100 cent. Notes are e5, e10, e20, e50, e200 and e500. Coins are 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, e1 and e2. In Northern Ireland, the currency is sterling. There are 100 pence to each pound sterling (£). Notes are £5, £10, £20, £50, and £100. Coins are 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2. Tipping In restaurants, when a service charge is not included, 10-15% of the bill is appropriate. Taxi drivers are usually tipped 10% of the fare and hotel porters about e1.50 or £1.00 per bag. In pubs, tipping bar staff is at the customer’s discretion. elecTric cUrrenT The standard electricity supply is 220 volts AC in the Republic of Ireland and 240 volts AC in Northern Ireland (50 cycles). Visitors may require a transformer and plug adaptor (to convert 2-pin plugs to the standard 3-pin plugs) which can be bought at airports or electrical suppliers. Time Ireland is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Clocks are put forward 1 hour mid-March and back 1 hour at the end of October. During summer it stays light until as late as 11pm but by mid-December it can be dark by 4pm. Telephone Mobile/Cell Phones Only digital phones with GSM subscriptions and a roaming agreement will work on the island of Ireland. Visitors should consult with their supplier before leaving. Pay Phones Easy-to-use country calling cards are widely available at many outlets. REPUBLIC OF IRELAND If calling the Republic of Ireland from abroad, all telephone numbers must be prefixed with +353 (drop the first 0 of the number). www.goldenpages.ie NORTHERN IRELAND If calling Northern Ireland from abroad, all telephone numbers must be prefixed with +44 (drop the first 0 of the number). www.yell.com personal safeTy Though the general level of personal safety is high, should you be unfortunate enough to be a victim of crime, contact: REPUBLIC OF IRELAND Irish Tourist Assistance Service (Mon-Fri), 6-7 Hanover Street East, Dublin 2 Tel: +353 (0) 1 661 0562 Email email@example.com www.itas.ie Store Street Garda (Police) Station (Weekend & Public Holidays), Dublin 1 Tel: +353 (0) 1 666 8109 NORTHERN IRELAND Contact the local police station where support will be available. Tel: +44 (0)845 600 8000 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.psni.police.uk emergency Telephone nUmbers REPUBLIC OF IRELAND Emergency Services (Police, Fire, Ambulance, Coastal & Mountain Rescue) Tel: 112 or 999 NORTHERN IRELAND Emergency Services (Police, Fire, Ambulance, Coastal & Mountain Rescue) Tel: 999
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driving A valid US license is sufficient to drive in Ireland. Driving in Ireland is on the left side of the road and seatbelts must be worn at all times, in the front and back of the vehicle. Drivers should note that they are obliged by law to carry their driving license at all times when driving in the Republic of Ireland. Motorcyclists and their passengers must wear helmets. There are very strict laws on drinking alcohol and driving and the best advice is simply “don’t drink alcohol and drive”. The measurement of speed limits on roads in the Republic of Ireland is kilometers per hour (km/h). In the Republic of Ireland, the speed limit is 120km/h on motorways, 100km/h on national roads and 80km/h on non-national roads. Motorists are urged to remember the change of driving laws when crossing into Northern Ireland. In Northern Ireland, the speed limit is 30 miles per hour (mph) in built-up areas 60mph on the open road and 70mph on motorways unless shown otherwise. car renTal Most of the major car rental companies have desks at airports, ferry terminals and cities across Ireland. Some companies do not rent cars to drivers under 21 years or over 70 years but please check with your car rental company before making a booking. All drivers must hold valid licenses. It is advisable to book in advance, especially if you are traveling during the high season. The majority of rental cars are standard shift but automatic cars are available, if booked in advance, for an additional charge. Child seats should also be booked in advance. For insurance reasons you should advise the car rental company if you intend traveling between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The trade organization for the car rental industry in the Republic of Ireland is the Car Rental Council – Tel: +353 (0) 1 676 1690 www.carrentalcouncil.ie In Northern Ireland contact the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association Tel: +44 (0) 1494 434747 www.bvrla.co.uk gas/peTrol There is a good network of gas stations throughout Ireland, selling unleaded gas and diesel. Toll charges There are very few toll roads in Ireland. There are toll charges (c. e2-3) for using the new M50 (Dublin orbital motorway) and M1 Northern Motorway. Tolls for Tunnels and Bridges • East Link Bridge (Dublin) • West Link Bridge (Dublin) • West Link Bridge 2 (Dublin) Motorway Tolls • M1 Toll (Drogheda By-Pass) • M4 Toll (Kilcock - Kinnegad) • M8 Toll (Rathcormac - Fermoy Bypass) Barrier free tolling is in operation on certain motorways in the Republic of Ireland. Ask car rental companies if they provide an Easy Pass with your car. Visit www.eflow.ie for more information. pUblic TransporT The island of Ireland has a reasonably comprehensive public transport system using rail and bus services. The rail network serves many large towns and cities across the island, including the ferry ports of Larne, Belfast, Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Cork and Rosslare. Bus services link to the rail system as well as providing access to ferryports and airports. Recent investment in road and rail has provided more comfort for travelers offered greater frequency of service, improved travel times and opened up new services including the western rail link between Galway and Limerick. Rail and bus fares offer good value for the traveler with various discount tickets available offering unlimited travel on bus and rail services. REPUBLIC OF IRELAND Irish Rail – Iarnród Éireann Tel: +353 (0) 1 836 6222 www.irishrail.ie Irish Bus – Bus Éireann Tel: +353 (0) 1 836 6111 www.buseireann.ie Dublin Bus – Bus Átha Cliath Tel: +353 (0) 1 873 4222 www.dublinbus.ie The Dublin area is served by the ‘Dart’ – Rapid Transit Rail – from Howth to Malahide in north Co. Dublin and Dun Laoghaire to Greystones in Co. Wicklow, serving the south of the county. The Dublin ‘Luas’ tram system is a state-of-theart Light Rail Transit (LRT) system connecting outlying suburbs to Dublin city center with a high capacity, high frequency, high speed service. When in the Republic of Ireland, call Luas on 1800 300 604 or visit www.luas.ie. The Dublin Bike Sharing Scheme, www.dublinbikes.ie, is another good option for traveling around the city. NORTHERN IRELAND Translink Northern Ireland Railways, Ulsterbus, Metro (Belfast’s bus service) Tel: +44 (0) 28 9066 6630 www.translink.co.uk Check for specially discounted fares when travelling by public transport. For instance, the iLink card offers unlimited bus/train travel for 1 day, 1 week or 1 month. TaXis There are metered taxis in Belfast, Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Cork. In other areas, fares should be agreed beforehand. In Belfast and Londonderry/Derry there are share-taxi services which operate like mini-buses. Taxis are usually found at ranks in central locations and do not usually cruise the streets.
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For more information visit www.discoverireland.com/golf genealogy The following associations may be useful in assisting your search to trace your ancestors in Ireland: ALL ISLAND The Irish Family History Foundation Tel: +353 (0) 45 433 602 www.rootsireland.ie The Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland www.apgi.ie REPUBLIC OF IRELAND Genealogical Office (National Library) Tel: +353 (0) 1 603 0200 www.nli.ie The Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland www.apgi.ie National Archives Ireland Tel: +353 (0) 1 407 2300 www.nationalarchives.ie NORTHERN IRELAND The Public Record Office Northern Ireland Tel: +44 (0) 28 9025 5905 www.proni.gov.uk General Register Office Northern Ireland Tel: +44 (0) 28 9025 2000 www.groni.gov.uk Ulster Historical Foundation Tel: +44 (0) 28 9066 1988 www.ancestryireland.com spas Ireland boasts some of the premier wellness centers and spa resorts in Europe, with dreamy pools, jacuzzis which cleanse the soul and a menu of luxurious exotic treatments. The list is endless, but for a taster why not try Temple Spa, Co. Westmeath, Molton Brown Spa at Killarney Plaza, Co. Kerry, Sámas Luxury Spa, Kenmare, Co. Kerry or Culloden Estate & Spa, near Belfast. For more information visit www.discoverireland.com/spa horse riding & horse racing Ireland is a beautiful country to explore on horseback and you will find a large network of friendly equestrian centers, some specializing in family vacations, offering all kinds of horse riding vacations. For more information visit www.discoverireland.com/equestrian or Equestrian 60 discoverireland.com Holidays Ireland at www.ehi.ie. Horse racing is a passion in Ireland and you’ll find several of the world’s most exciting and atmospheric race courses here, from Punchestown and the Curragh in Co. Kildare to Down Royal in Co. Down and the famous Leopardstown and Fairyhouse courses close to Dublin. There is also a number of fabulous horse racing festivals to look out for, including those at Galway and Downpatrick. For further information and a full list of events, contact: Horse Racing Ireland, Tel: +353 (0) 45 455 455 www.goracing.ie Walking By spectacular coastline, over dramatic mountain scenery, over wild moorland, or by tranquil lakes, walking in Ireland is a joy. Look out for a whole network of Waymarked Ways, walking holidays and special festivals through the year. For more information please visit www.discoverireland.com/walking cycling A hugely popular sport in Ireland (which has produced several of the world’s leading cyclists), it is a marvellous way to tour the country. A number of companies provide guided and selfguided cycling tours and you can hire bicycles throughout Ireland. For more information please visit www.discoverireland.com/cycling angling With a huge variety of species of fish to be found in the large network of loughs, rivers and canals and surrounding lakes; a superb infrastructure of angling centers and fishing boat operators; and the beauty of the surroundings, it is not surprising that Ireland has become one of the world’s favorite destinations for game, sea and coarse angling. For more information visit www.discoverireland.com/angling gaelic fooTball/hUrling/ rUgby/soccer The unique Gaelic sports of football and hurling are as exciting as any sport in the world to watch and can be seen at stadiums throughout Ireland as well as at Croke Park in Dublin, home of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) Tel: +353 (0) 1 836 3222 www.gaa.ie RUGBY Ireland’s four provinces – Ulster, Munster, Connacht and Leinster – all have strong rugby teams and the national side, composed of players from all four provinces, is one of the best in the world. Tel: +353 (0) 1 647 3800 www.irishrugby.ie SOCCER Soccer is hugely popular throughout the island of Ireland. Football Association of Ireland (Republic of Ireland) Tel: +353 (0) 1 899 9500 www.fai.ie Irish Football Association (Northern Ireland) Tel: +44 (0) 28 9066 9458 www.irishfa.com crUising and WaTersporTs Ireland’s large network of lakes, rivers and canals is perfect for all kinds of relaxing cruising vacations. Family fun or the ultimate in romantic trips, nothing compares with boating over glorious waterways, passing some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery and stopping at lovely country pubs and restaurants along the way. For navigation advice & information contact: REPUBLIC OF IRELAND www.discoverireland.ie NORTHERN IRELAND Waterways Ireland Tel: +44 (0) 28 6632 3004 www.waterwaysireland.org Inland Waterways Association of Ireland Tel: +44 (0) 28 3832 5329 www.iwai.ie For information on watersports contact: NORTHERN IRELAND Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure Tel: +44 (0) 28 9025 8825 www.dcalni.gov.uk The Countryside Access and Activities Network (CAAN) Tel: +44 (0) 28 9030 3930 www.countrysiderecreation.com Sport Northern Ireland Tel: +44 (0) 28 9038 1222 www.sportni.net horse draWn caravans The most colorful way to enjoy traveling in Ireland, this kind of vacation offers transport and accommodation and allows you to tour the country at your own pace. Don’t forget that you will need to feed, groom and harness your horse! For more information visit www.irishhorsedrawncaravans.com
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In a country where hospitality is second nature, Ireland has a wonderful range of places to stay from the friendliest Bed and Breakfasts in the world to 5-star hotels. Visit www.discoverireland.com/offers for thousands of offers on accommodation in Ireland and to check out a range of attractive inclusive packages available from many tour operators. You can find welcoming Bed and Breakfasts throughout Ireland, even in the most remote areas, with a friendly personal service and delicious full Irish or Ulster Fry breakfasts. To feel part of the countryside, nothing compares with a Farmhouse holiday but book early as they are very popular – it is a great way to get to know local people. Situated in lovely surroundings, Ireland’s elegant Country Houses offer a truly unique place to stay and often provide access to a variety of pursuits from angling to country cooking courses. Book in advance if possible. Inexpensive and comfortable, Ireland’s large network of Hostels gives budget travelers great independence. Facilities vary so check in advance. Camping and Caravanning in Ireland’s 200 sites, usually near the most beautiful scenery, is another way to enjoy the countryside on a budget, while self-catering holidays, in traditional Irish Cottages or modern apartments and chalets can be enjoyed in villages, towns and cities. hoTels & gUesThoUses The Irish Hotels Federation Tel: +353 (0) 1 808 4419 www.irelandhotels.com Northern Ireland Hotels Federation Tel: +44 (0) 28 9077 6635 www.nihf.co.uk Manor House Hotels and Irish Country Hotels Tel: +353 (0) 1 295 8900 www.manorhousehotels.com www.irishcountryhotels.com Ireland’s Blue Book Tel: +353 (0) 1 676 9914 www.irelands-blue-book.ie Good Food Ireland Tel: +353 (0) 53 915 8693 www.goodfoodireland.ie
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If you are planning a break in Ireland, this year’s Irelandhotels.com Guide features close to 800 hotels and guesthouses, which can be booked online, with a great selection of Special O ers at www.irelandhotels.com
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bed & breakfasTs B&B Ireland Tel: +353 (0) 71 982 2222 www.bandbireland.com Northern Ireland Bed & Breakfast Partnership Tel: +44 (0) 28 2177 1308 coUnTry hoUses The Hidden Ireland Guide Tel: +353 (0) 1 662 7166 www.hiddenireland.com hosTels An Óige – Irish Youth Hostel Association Tel: +353 (0) 1 830 4555 www.anoige.ie Independent Holiday Hostels Tel: +353 (0) 1 836 4700 www.hostels-ireland.com Hostelling International Northern Ireland Tel: +44 (0) 28 9032 4733 www.hini.org.uk
camping & caravanning Irish Caravan and Camping Council www.camping-ireland.ie or British Holiday and Home Parks Association Tel: +44 (0) 1452 526911 www.bhhpa.org.uk self-caTering REPUBLIC OF IRELAND Irish Self-Catering Federation Tel: +353 (0) 818 300 186 www.iscf.ie NORTHERN IRELAND The Northern Ireland Self-Catering Holiday Association Tel: +44 (0) 28 9043 6632 www.nischa.com Visit www.discoverireland.com to find a comprehensive list of all approved accommodation on the island of Ireland, including hotels, B&Bs, guesthouses, hostels, self-catering, camping and caravanning.
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Cashel, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland. Phone: +353 (0) 95 31001 Fax: +353 (0) 95 31077 www.cashel-house-hotel.com
CASHEL HOUSE HOTEL
Witness some of the most stunning scenery you’ll find in Ireland in a haven of rest and relaxation.
Parknasilla Hotel & Resort, Sneem, Co. Kerry. Tel: +353 (0) 64 667 5600 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.parknasillahotel.ie
Titanic Trail Daily Guided Walking Tour Cobh, Co. Cork Tel: +353 (0) 87 276 7218 email@example.com www.titanic.ie See Titanic’s birthplace with the direct descendant of a crew member Tel: +44 (0)7852 716655 firstname.lastname@example.org www.titanictours-belfast.co.uk Experience the charm of the Aran Islands
Aran Island Ferries, Galway
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Treasure the memories of Ireland’s oldest working pottery. Discover the secrets that have made the Belleek name famous the world over. Take a personally guided tour through all stages of production and see how our craftspeople delicately apply their creativity to each handmade piece. Marvel at the skill and attention to detail that makes every product bearing the distinctive Belleek back stamp a collector’s item to cherish.
Open all year. Guided tours run every 30 minutes Monday to Friday. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +44 (0) 28 686 59300 +44 (0) 28 686 58501 www.belleek.ie
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Award winning jewellers Nicholas Mosse pottery is hand fashioned and decorated in lively, bright colours from special locally made earthenware. Visit the Pottery, our flagship shop situated in a beautiful old Mill beside the River Nore, with a viewing area, tearoom, bargains seconds area, and textile and homewares section. Bennettsbridge, Co. Kilkenny Tel. +353 (0) 56 7727105 | www.nicholasmosse.com Design, manufacture and repair 38 Prospect Rd, Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland, BT20 5DF Tel: +44 (0) 28 91 270766
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National Library of Ireland
Kildare Street, Dublin 2. www.nli.ie Tel: +353 (0) 1 6030 200 Email: email@example.com
Material available to family history researchers includes the microfilms of Catholic parish registers, copies of the important nineteenth century land valuations (the Tithe Applotment Books and Griffith’s Valuation), trade and social directories, estate records, newspapers and a variety of online resources.
Guinness Storehouse® rises for seven storeys above the heart of Dublin. Within its walls the skills of brewing and fermentation have been passed on from generation to generation of Dubliners since 1759. Now, as Ireland’s number one visitor attraction, Guinness Storehouse® is open to visitors keen to experience every aspect of our fabled craft.
And, it’s the only place in the world where you can learn how to pull, and appreciate, the perfect pint like a true Dublin connoisseur. But you’re not only surrounded by history. Once you enter the spectacular Gravity® Bar, you’ll ﬁnd you’re surrounded by all of Dublin, old and new. To know our city, is to visit Guinness Storehouse®.
GENEALOGY ADVISORY SERVICE
An ideal starting point for first time researchers – experienced Library staff will advise on Genealogy resources available for consultation in the Library and elsewhere. There is also access to a range of finding aids and online resources. Available to personal callers only.
YEATS: THE LIFE AND WORKS WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
The most significant exhibition on the life and works of Ireland’s greatest poet.
DISCOVER YOUR NATIONAL LIBRARY: EXPLORE, REFLECT, CONNECT
The new exhibition using original material and digital interactives invites visitors to explore the richness of the National Library’s collections.
Book online at www.guinness-storehouse.com to skip the queue when you visit and get 10% off adult tickets.
Guinness Storehouse®, St James’s Gate, Dublin 8. Tel: +353 (0) 1 408 4800
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Opening hours: Monday-Wednesday 9.30am-9pm, Thursday-Friday 9.30am-5pm, Saturday 9.30am-1pm (exhibitions open until 4.30pm).