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Westport Sea2Summit adventure race allows athletes to experience the beauty of Ireland

Westport Sea2Summit adventure race allows athletes to experience the beauty of Ireland Nov 1st, 2011 at 4:00PM: Held in Westport, Ireland, the Westport Sea2Summit adventure race will take place on Saturday, November 12, 2011. The race incorporates some of the biggest thrills in Westport, including Croagh Patrick, Clew Bay, the Sheaffry Mountains, and the new greenway. Two separate races, each with three categories, will include road running, cycling, mountain hiking, obstacle courses, and a sea run...

Video: Chaos breaks out in Dublin, Ireland, as severe flooding brings the city to a standstill

Oct 25th, 2011 at 1:00PM: On October 24, 2011, major flooding to Dublin, Ireland, caused the Dublin City Council to put into action its major emergency plan. Homes, cars, major roads, and even shopping centers were submerged underwater as rainfall failed to cease. In some areas of the city, inflatable boats had to be used to rescue stranded motorists, while roads leading out of the city experienced 3-hour delays. A number...

Historic structures in Ireland may lose protection

Historic structures in Ireland may lose protection Sep 17th, 2011 at 12:00PM: Archaeologists are speaking out against a plan by the government of the Republic of Ireland to "delist" historic and archaeological sites that date to after 1700. This would mean there will be no government protection for many of Ireland's historic homes, holy wells, and other bits of architecture, such as this funky milestone at Howth, photographed by William Murphy. The Institute of...

Visa-free travel by the numbers

Visa-free travel by the numbers Aug 15th, 2011 at 11:30AM: Visa-free travel is easy travel. Procuring visas takes time, energy, and money, and is beyond debate a pain for frequent travelers. The erection of visa barriers responds to a number of factors, though it can be said without too many qualifications that the citizens of rich countries tend to have a much easier time accessing the world visa-free than do the citizens of poor countries. The...

Discoveries at a Templar abbey in Ireland

Discoveries at a Templar abbey in Ireland Jul 3rd, 2011 at 9:00AM: Mourne Abbey in County Cork, Ireland, has been the focus of an archaeological excavation to discover more about the history of this medieval religious center. The abbey was built around 1199 by the Knights Templar. After the rulers of Europe turned on the Templars and destroyed the order in 1307, resulting in 700 years of conspiracy theories, the abbey was handed over to the Knights...

Photo of the day - Lonesome cow in Ireland

Photo of the day - Lonesome cow in Ireland May 13th, 2011 at 5:00PM: Oh to be a lonesome cow in Ireland. Upon second though, not really. The solitary bovine life probably isn't much fun. Let's rephrase: Oh to be a lonesome Irish cow with views like these, with a blue sea stretching out to the horizon and a brisk wind aloft. Flickr user t3mujin snapped this photograph in County Clare, on the west coast of Ireland. Its composition and bold colors are...

Belfast airport now charging for smoking

Belfast airport now charging for smoking May 7th, 2011 at 9:00AM: Belfast International Airport has introduced a new charge. After deciding to charge people £1 ($1.64) to drop off passengers and £1 for a clear plastic bag to put liquids in, now passengers are going to be charged £1 to use the smoking areas. Airport officials defend the charges saying it costs them extra to maintain separate smoking areas, which are used only by a minority of...

American Civil War anniversary remembered. . .in Dublin

American Civil War anniversary remembered. . .in Dublin Apr 16th, 2011 at 1:00PM: As the United States begins a series of commemorations of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, this momentous conflict is even being marked beyond the nation's borders. This weekend the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin is having a series of events to mark the contribution of Irish immigrants on both sides of the Civil War. While most Irish immigrants went to the industrial North and...

Bargain shopping for castles - a fire sale on Ireland real estate

Bargain shopping for castles - a fire sale on Ireland real estate Mar 24th, 2011 at 10:00AM: The great recession hit Ireland especially hard. Irish bankers lent money they didn't have to people that spent it on speculative real estate made more expensive by the Irish bankers flooding the market with the money they didn't have. Basically, cash became too accessible and property prices skyrocketed. This is the nature of any proper bubble. Like the tulips in 17th century Holland or a Jose...

Photo of the Day - 51 Irish coffees for St. Patrick's Day

Photo of the Day - 51 Irish coffees for St. Patrick's Day Mar 17th, 2011 at 5:00PM: Happy St. Patrick's Day! If you're celebrating today in America, you're probably planning to drink green beer or a nice pint of Guinness, but why not warm up with an Irish coffee, spiked with whiskey (Irish, of course)? In today's Photo of the Day, Flickr user jrodmanjr snapped these 51 coffees in action at San Francisco's Buena Vista Cafe, which claims to have brought the drink to the United...

Top 5 Dublin pubs

Top 5 Dublin pubs Mar 7th, 2011 at 10:00AM: Dublin is the land of the pub. Several Irish revolutions began in Dublin's public houses and many of Ireland's literary giants frequently socialized over pints of the black stuff. To truly understand Ireland, pull up a chair at one of these 5 great pubs and watch the craic swirl around you. With St. Patricks Day quickly approaching, get in the spirit by checking out these top Dublin pubs. 5....

Five ways to get more European stamps in your passport

Five ways to get more European stamps in your passport Mar 2nd, 2011 at 10:30AM: Lake Ohrid, Macedonia. Yesterday, I wrote about the fact that European passport stamps have become harder and harder to get. The expansion of the Schengen zone has reduced the number of times tourists are compelled to show their passports to immigration officials. For most Americans on multi-country European itineraries, a passport will be stamped just twice: upon arrival and upon departure....

Schengen and the disappearance of European passport stamps

Schengen and the disappearance of European passport stamps Mar 1st, 2011 at 10:00AM: Creative new use for border crossing posts at German/Austrian border. In the late 1980s, an American spending a summer traveling across Europe with a Eurailpass would see his or her passport stamped possibly dozens of times. With a few exceptions, every time a border was crossed, an immigration agent would pop his or her head into a train compartment, look at everyone's passports, in most...

Five things to do in (and around) Dublin, even in the rainy winter

Five things to do in (and around) Dublin, even in the rainy winter Feb 24th, 2011 at 12:00PM: Ah, Dublin. Home to Guinness, a Leprechaun museum, an absurdly tall spire and the famous / infamous Temple Bar quarter. It's also home to around 300 days of cloudy or rainy weather, which begs the question: why are you fixing to fork out hundreds, possibly thousands more just to visit in the summer? There's no question that the weather in Europe is far more palatable in the spring and summer...

Ireland's Powerscourt Estate: beauty, luxury, and a Ritz-Carlton just an hour from Dublin

Ireland's Powerscourt Estate: beauty, luxury, and a Ritz-Carlton just an hour from Dublin Feb 23rd, 2011 at 12:00PM: Myself, like many Americans, fantasize about visiting Ireland. We've all seen the calendars scattered throughout malls and bookstores -- cover to cover spreads of lush, green flora, craggy hills and the occasional Leprechaun. We all think we know what Irish music is thanks to the soundtrack of Boondock Saints. And the seasoned travelers in attendance know that DUB is one of the, if not the,...

St. Patricks Day in Dublin - 10 spectacular events

St. Patricks Day in Dublin - 10 spectacular events Feb 22nd, 2011 at 11:00AM: With St. Patrick's Day less than a month away, it may be time to start making some serious plans. If you have tired of drinking stale green beer and attending arbitrary parades that rarely coincide with the real St. Patty's Day, then maybe it is time to celebrate the Irish festival in the land where it all began - Ireland. In a country with pubs older than the Magna Carta, history abounds....

Why You Should Go to Belfast Right Now

Why You Should Go to Belfast Right Now Nov 24th, 2010 at 10:00AM: There's a second-floor lounge across the street from Belfast's ornate city hall. It looks like a lot of cosmopolitan lounges in any capital city on the planet: colored backlighting, sleek banquettes, and electonica seeping from the speakers. But Apartment, as it's called, is kind of radical. Why? Because of the floor-to-ceiling front windows. To understand why these windows are so...

Weekend travel media's top five

Weekend travel media's top five Jun 1st, 2010 at 8:30AM: Here are some keepers from this past weekend's English-language newspaper travel sections. 1. In the Financial Times, Philip Horne writes a fascinating North Dakota pilgrimage story that traces Theodore Roosevelt's tenure in the Peace Garden State. 2. In the Guardian, Haroon Siddique writes about the Bed&Fed phenomenon (a couchsurfing/hostelling hybrid) across the UK and Ireland. 3....

Love the past? There's a new website for you

Love the past? There's a new website for you Apr 18th, 2010 at 1:00PM: Hotels have review sites, restaurants have review sites, heck even strip clubs have review sites, so why not ancient monuments? The folks at Current Publishing, who publish two of the UK's most popular archaeology magazines, Current Archaeology and World Archaeology, have started a website so people can review archaeological attractions in England, Scotland, Ireland (North and Republic), Wales,...

Worst travel mistakes of the 2000's: Driving through Dingle

Worst travel mistakes of the 2000's: Driving through Dingle Jan 1st, 2010 at 9:30AM: Let me be clear about one thing before I launch into my story: I do know how to drive. I have a valid driver's license and while I don't own a car, I believe I've had a hand in keeping Zipcar in business this year. I know how to drive manual cars and actually learned how to drive on a Toyota Celica two-door manual shift, so it would stand to reason that I can operate a stick-shift on any car in...

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