Ireland Travel Guide

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Ireland (Irish: Eire) is part of an island situated in the North Atlantic Ocean in northwest Europe. The Irish Sea separates Ireland from Great Britain. The distance by popular ferry route from the capital city of Dublin to Liverpool is approximately 220 km (137 miles) – although this is not the narrowest point between the two countries. The Republic of Ireland covers the majority of the island and Northern Ireland (which is part of the United Kingdom) occupies the northeast portion.



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The Republic of Ireland joined the EU in 1973 and currency is the euro.  English is the main spoken language, although Gaelic (Irish) is also spoken.
Ireland, also known as the Emerald Isle for it’s lush green countryside, is much-loved for many reasons including its friendly and outgoing people, lively Irish folk music, St Patrick’s Day celebrations, Guinness and leprechauns (often in that order!)!

Any trip to Ireland will usually include a visit to the lovely capital city of Dublin with all its famous sights.


The southwest of Ireland encompasses the Cork Kerry area, which is one of the most popular destinations in Ireland for its miles of beautiful coastline, mountains, rivers and lakes. County Cork is popular for outdoor activities and water sports, including golf, cycling, hiking and fishing. The area also offers plenty of cultural activities with its many museums and castles.  Blarney Castle is the location of the famous Blarney Stone where, according to legend, kissing the stone will bestow great powers of conversation, or fill you ‘full of the Blarney’.


On the west coast of Ireland the medieval city of Galway is a thriving cosmopolitan and cultural centre.  The area offers many musical events and festivals, live pub music, buskers, and theatre. Galway is convenient for making a trip to nearby islands, such as the Aran Islands that are located just off the entrance to Galway bay. The famous annual Galway (horse) Races during July and August attract visitors from across the globe.


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Visitors with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are entitled to free emergency medical care, but this should never be used in place of comprehensive travel insurance.  For example, the EHIC does not cover travel problems such as lost or stolen luggage or property, cancellation and curtailment, and expensive matters like personal liability, legal costs, ongoing or non-urgent medical care, air ambulance and medical repatriation.



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