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  • Accomodation beside Aran Mór Lighthouse gives an ‘exceptional opportunity’ to stay in a historically interesting house » Inside Ireland
    been retained and enjoy the fact that these properties have not been modernised This is the perfect holiday home for those who want to experience the exceptional feeling of waking up to huge Atlantic waves crashing off cliffs right outside your front door If you want to meditate on the beauty of nature exchange the hustle and bustle of city life for total serenity or just to show off some really amazing pictures on your Facebook page you re heading for the right place Activities available on the island are diving fishing boating mountain climbing and guided walks There is endless opportunity to trek across fields or indeed follow the roads passing cars are so infrequent they re almost a novelty There are three signposted walks on the island and a brochure describing the historical sites you pass is available from Comharchumann Árainn Mhór Time for the pub Luckily by my third night I had had my fill of meditating hiking jogging swimming and all manner of healthy activity and I went to the pub Which was as lively and friendly as you would expect any Donegal pub to be I say luckily because had it not been for this impromptu drinking session I would never have found out from a local man about the steps at the edge of the lighthouse property When you reach the gate to the property if you follow the wall to the end there is a stone staircase that takes you down underneath the cliffs From this position you can gain a different perspective on the beauty of the place I could have sat and watched the crashing waves causing the foam to swirl upwards for hours If you re not sold by now you re a tough customer If you are then let me give you a couple of handy tips How to get there To get to Aranmor you take the Ferry from Burtenport you might want to stock the car with food and drink at Aldi in Dungloe There s only one small shop on the island and the locals tend to do the bulk of their shopping on the main land The Ferry only takes about fifteen minutes to reach the island and you can use that time to forget about time It will soon become an irrelevance as you find yourself in a different world this is island time The Ferry lands in a little village which has a lovely beach and is pretty scenic in its own right It has two pubs both of which are excellent one of them does great food and the other has a beautiful beer garden facing the beach If you like to party there s also the Smugglers Cove disco on a Saturday night There are a number of other pubs scattered round the island and a second village in walking distance of the first which boasts a hotel with an exceptional view from the beer garden There is a perfect balance

    Original URL path: http://insideireland.ie/2013/04/25/accomodation-beside-aran-mor-lighthouse-gives-an-exceptional-opportunity-to-stay-in-a-historically-interesting-house-98676/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Grand and not so Grand Irish Pubs in America… A Kiwi chick’s perspective » Inside Ireland
    menu was good ole American fast food burgers ribs chicken wings and other deep fried goodies The Mexican cuisine was also fairly represented as was vegetarian cuisine something I don t think I would see in a traditional Irish pub well maybe the vegetarian thing I don t think I actually saw many people ordering the Irish items on the menu though I could be wrong it was pretty tricky to see but I did see a few pints of Guinness amongst the various other beers people were drinking around the bar Many of the things I really liked about this place were not very Irish at all All in all it was a pretty typical American Irish pub Though not a single Irish person in sight also quite typical Interesting experience One of the most interesting experiences I say interesting because I still can t decide if I am going to forgive the waiter I had at an Irish pub was in New York By this stage in the trip we had been eating American cuisine for over 2 weeks and we wanted some real vegetables and real food and so we started seeking out Irish pubs so we could get our hands on some shepherd s pies which is also a favourite back home This particular pub was pretty typical décor check Irish beer check Irish food half check What was quite interesting about this pub was that the majority of staff were Indian Asian apart from the two men at the bar Wait for ages It was definitely an oddity even for America and probably explained why there was also a couple of Indian choices on the menu Now for the story of why I may not forgive our delightful waiter We waited for ages for the waiter to come and take our order which is almost unheard in America We were used to only having two minutes to decide what we wanted to eat and were starving so this began to bug us Finally he came over and was half listening to what we were ordering and kept turning to another waiter and giving him instructions obviously a newbie In the process of doing this we had ordered he went off and them 10 minutes later still no food also unusual for America they have the fast service thing down pat Then five minutes later he came up to the table and mumbled out our order then ran off before I got a chance to question my order he had repeated Not what was ordered Thinking he was just in a hurry I didn t go after him and assumed he had misread back to me what I had ordered After all he had repeated it at the time I ordered it correctly What I had ordered was a quesadilla with steak another five minutes later what I got was a steak sandwich with fries Once again he ran off before I could get in a

    Original URL path: http://insideireland.ie/2013/04/19/grand-and-not-so-grand-irish-pubs-in-america-a-kiwi-chicks-perspective-98587/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Belfast needs to experience what The Da Vinci Code did for a Scottish village » Inside Ireland
    around 140 000 a year Such is the power of a global best seller and Hollywood stardust Mass tourism and lets face it we are all tourists from time to time has developed something of a bad reputation Tourists can be a plague of locusts Tourists instead of being people who bring money and employment to places that have little industry and few jobs are viewed as a plague of locusts destroying everything they come into contact with The new café is situated on the first floor of the Cliffs of Moher visitor centre Unfortunately there is some truth to that argument I can remember my father taking me to the Cliffs of Moher in the 1960s and if memory serves me well you could walk up the edge of the cliff and look over There was nobody around now there are car parks and tour coaches a shiny new visitor centre and hoards of people generating loads of noise In the sixties there was no café no paths no toilets and no safety walls but you could enjoy the magnificent solitude of the place and in many ways I wish that could be the case again but it just not possible the number of visitors is too great Will Rosslyn Chapel suffer the same fate To begin with there is the ubiquitous visitor centre I can really do without all the souvenirs and cafes but I looked around and counted at least six people working there people who otherwise may not have jobs and the flood of tourists has paid not only for the visitor centre but for the restoration work that will in time restore the chapel to something approaching its former glory It is also an attraction that needs tour guides It is possible to wander around St Peter s or the other basilicas in Rome and drink in the sheer beauty and opulence of the surroundings but Rosslyn is not like that Outside Rosslyn Church Much of the exterior is covered by scaffolding and the interior including all the stone carvings is covered with yucky 1950 s concrete It was done for the best of reasons to stop the chapel s decay but now looks like a piece of cultural vandalism No it is the stories and legends behind the stonework the death mask of Robert the Bruce the pagan gods the masonic and Templar symbols that make Rosslyn such an extraordinary place It is full of mysteries There are representations of North American fauna that were completed before Columbus ever set foot on the Santa Maria and of course the Holy Grail and even the Ark of the Covenant are rumoured to lie beneath the floor in the closed crypt What s in the crypt We are unlikely to know for sure because the current owner will not give permission to open the crypt up A cynic might say it would kill the golden goose if the crypt was found to contain only the dusty

    Original URL path: http://insideireland.ie/2013/03/18/belfast-needs-to-experience-what-the-da-vinci-code-did-for-a-scottish-village-98037/ (2016-02-11)
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  • TD welcomes start of consultation process for Bus Rapid Transit system in Dublin » Inside Ireland
    consultation on proposals for a Bus Rapid Transit BRT network for Dublin Swiftway BRT is designed to be a high quality high capacity comfortable form of transport offering multi door vehicles off board ticketing and frequent services along key strategic corridors using a priority bus lane It offers the performance and service characteristics of a light rail system like Luas but at about a third of the cost BRT services will connect with the existing bus Luas and rail network in the city The NTA conducted feasibility studies and has identified three emerging preferred routes for BRT in Dublin Blanchardstown to UCD Swords Airport to City Centre Clongriffin to Tallaght This current consultation introduces the concept of BRT to the public and shows people what it will look like and how it will work Once submissions have been received and analysed detailed route proposals and street plans will be produced for a second consultation in a few months time Later in 2014 the NTA will apply for permission to An Bord Pleanála for the Swords Airport to City Centre scheme with applications for the Blanchardstown to UCD and the Clongriffin to Tallaght schemes to follow in 2015 Dublin Bay North Labour TD Sean Kenny said there were excellent proposals which complements the earlier Metro North and Metro West plans While they would operate in a system very similar to the Metro or Luas they are also more effective than extending Luas lines out to the suburbs as far less preparation work or tunnel work would be needed I have been told authoritatively that Dublin Bus will be the service provider of the proposed new service which I would also welcome Public transport services benefitting the community should be run by public bodies for the benefit of the community Sean Kenny TD The National Transport Authority said there are also locations where proposals can be viewed in person until March 14th These locations are the Northside Civic Centre on Bunratty Road in Coolock the Fingal County Council Civic Offices in Swords and also in Blanchardstown the Dublin City Council Civic on Wood Quay the UCD Main Restaurant Building in Belfield and South Dublin County Council Civic Offices in Tallaght Members of the public are invited to review the proposals and submit their suggestions and feedback before the deadline of 5 00pm on Tuesday March 18 2014 Comments Comments are closed Latest Tourism Travel NTA launches new Leap Card App which means card holders can make top up collections using debit cards while they are on their way from A to B The National Transport Authority has launched a new Leap Card App which means that cardholders can make top up or ticket collections using credit or debit cards while they are on their way from A to B or in the comfort of their own homes at night What is the most expensive city in the world for business travel Oslo is the most expensive European city to do business but

    Original URL path: http://insideireland.ie/2014/02/25/td-welcomes-start-of-consultation-process-for-bus-rapid-transit-system-in-dublin-105324/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Death of van driver in Laois means 23 people killed on roads across island of Ireland in January » Inside Ireland
    27th January The accident happened around 6 50am The male driver of the other car was injured and taken to the Mid Western Regional Hospital There was no one else involved in the incident Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to the collision to contact the Gardaí at Newcastlewest on 069 20650 the Garda Confidential Line 1 800 666 111 or any Garda Station Investigations are continuing Co Tipperary An 18 year old man died after the car he was driving crashed on the M7 at Junction 22 Roscrea northbound on Sunday 26th January The driver was pronounced dead at the scene and removed to Limerick Regional Hospital There were three passengers in the car at the time of the crash The two woman aged 20 19 years and one 18 year old man were taken to Portlaoise Hospital but have since been released The M7 was closed for most of the morning of Monday 27th January but has since re opened Witnesses to the collision are asked to contact the Gardai in Nenagh on 067 50450 the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station Co Dublin Gardaí at Clondalkin are appealing for witnesses to a road traffic collision on Friday 17th January 2014 on the Fonthill Road Clondalkin Dublin 22 which later resulted in the death of a teenager An 18 year old woman was struck by a car on the Fonthill Road near the pedestrian crossing from St Johns s Estate around 9 05pm where she was seriously injured and taken to Tallaght hospital The woman later died on Thursday 23rd January 2014 as a result of her injuries Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to the collision or anyone who has any information to contact Clondalkin Garda Station on 01 666 7600 the Garda Confidential Line 1 800 666 111 or any Garda Station Co Kerry A 67 year old man was killed on Thursday 23rd January when the car he was driving crashed on the main Killarney to Cork Road N22 in Co Kerry The man who was the only person in the car was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was removed to Kerry General Hospital January Deaths According to garda figures fifteen people died on the roads in the Republic in January 2014 There have been two fatalities of pedal cyclists North According to PSNI figures eight people have died on roads in Northern Ireland so far in 2014 Earlier on 12th January a senior police officer warned that Northern Ireland was facing a road safety emergency with five road deaths already the same as the whole of January last year Some Northern Ireland deaths A 58 year old who was struck by a car and killed between Newtownhamilton and Belleeks in Co Armagh on Friday 10th January On the same day a 22 year old was killed after the stolen car he was driving collided with a van in south Belfast A 62 year old man Patsy McCrory

    Original URL path: http://insideireland.ie/2014/01/31/death-of-man-in-co-kerry-means-19-people-killed-on-roads-across-island-of-ireland-in-2014-104880/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Gardaí detect 5 drivers in hour using mobile phone and issued over 100 penalty notices on Thursday » Inside Ireland
    Traffic Bureau said that for Gardaí the two central pillars that assist in our campaign to drive down road traffic collisions and fatal injuries are enforcement and education It is through checkpoints such as these that we can carry out both functions simultaneously It is vital that all road users are aware of their surroundings and have optimum reaction times using a mobile phone while driving is a barrier to both of these Every road user must be responsible for their behaviour on the road and mobile phone usage is a serious barrier to safe driving Garda Assistant Commissioner John Twomey Gardaí said checkpoints on the 30th January resulted in the issue of in excess of 100 fixed penalty notices They added that drivers will be detected not just for talking but also for texting browsing or just holding which means two points penalty points and a 60 fine Comments Mick Vines people are very foolish using their phones while driving you can get a bluetooth radio for your car or van for about 130 euro and its no problem to fit it it works out a lot cheaper than to buy a bluetooth unit and have it fitted Gardai should come under the same law i have seen a lot of them talking on the mobile and driving the patrol car at the same time why cant they let the garda who is in the passenger seat talk on the phone Latest Tourism Travel NTA launches new Leap Card App which means card holders can make top up collections using debit cards while they are on their way from A to B The National Transport Authority has launched a new Leap Card App which means that cardholders can make top up or ticket collections using credit or debit cards

    Original URL path: http://insideireland.ie/2014/01/31/gardai-detect-5-drivers-in-hour-using-mobile-phone-and-issued-over-100-penalty-notices-on-thursday-104970/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Minister says 2013 was ‘landmark year for tourism’. » Inside Ireland
    CSO show that when the first nine months of 2013 are compared to 2012 Domestic holiday trips were up by 2 1 The number of overall domestic trips increased by 0 5 Domestic holiday nights increased by 12 5 The average length of stay for domestic holidays increased by 4 3 3 2 days Spending on domestic holidays increased by 7 6 from January to September Hotel Conference Centre bednights grew by 0 3 in 2013 In terms of accommodation Hotel Conference Centre bednights grew by 0 3 bednights with Friends Relatives grew by 0 6 bednights for Self Catering rented houses grew by 13 6 while all other sectors own holiday home guesthouse caravan camping etc grew by 7 7 The Minister said that 2013 was a landmark year for Irish tourism with The Gathering We know that overseas visits grew significantly last year by around 7 and today s figures show that the domestic market also performed well to give further encouragement to the industry The Government has prioritised tourism and that decision is paying dividends Measures like the retention of the 9 VAT rate and continued support for the development of new tourism attractions are all helping to create new jobs and stimulate the economy Minister Ring Comments Comments are closed Latest Tourism Travel NTA launches new Leap Card App which means card holders can make top up collections using debit cards while they are on their way from A to B The National Transport Authority has launched a new Leap Card App which means that cardholders can make top up or ticket collections using credit or debit cards while they are on their way from A to B or in the comfort of their own homes at night What is the most expensive city in the

    Original URL path: http://insideireland.ie/2014/01/24/minister-says-2013-was-landmark-year-for-tourism-104901/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Dublin Zoo, Disney on Ice, Tips for things to do to keep the pickiest of children energized » Inside Ireland
    47 and 39 95 per child as well and if you re interested there is more information on the Ulster Museum website or you can call 028 9044 0000 However if you want a family day without the price tag you can visit the museum any time for FREE 2 Mourne Mountains Co Down If you and your family are seeking a day packed full of new activities the breath taking Mourne Mountains may be the answer to your questions With the mountains the Ring of Gullion and surrounding towns and villages you could spend not one day but numerous exploring this area of outstanding natural beauty Pony trekking bouldering abseiling hill walking canoeing and Ireland s only mountainboarding facility are only a few of the activities this area boasts Tollymore and Castlewellan Forest Parks present unique walks and trails while the tranquil Silent Valley adds to the splendour As many children enjoy a story the Mournes is packed full of local myths and legends including Maggie s leap These are a sure way to get the family into the spirit of exploring When you have finished your day of adventure you could head to Kilkeel Annalong or to the very popular town Newcastle where you will find amusements for the children an outdoor heated swimming pool or alternatively the family could relax by the beach taking in the scenery of the mountains and the stunning Slieve Donard Hotel For more information head to www discovernorthernireland com 3 Dublin Zoo As one of the oldest zoo s in the world and 28 hectares to investigate Dublin zoo offers the family the chance to meet 400 animals some the kids might not have heard about Dublin Zoo elephants Attracting over one million visitors last year Dublin Zoo is the Republic of Ireland s most popular family attraction and if you want to wait until the zoo has an event on you won t have to wait as long as you may have thought On Sunday 27 October 2013 Spooktacular Boo will consist of frightening arts and crafts scary keeper talks and menacing face painting A monster disco will also take place with everyone in fancy dress A family ticket for two adults and two children costs 45 50 while children under 3 go free 4 Disney on Ice Dare To Dream As Mickey Mouse Minnie Donald and Goofy are as popular as ever why not take the kids to see the new ice show as they follow four of Disney s princesses on a fun filled adventure Disney on Ice Alongside old favourites such as Cinderella and Snow White Dare to Dream introduces the relatively new characters of Tiana and Rapunzel Travelling all around the United Kingdom and Ireland this show promises to be the show stopper children dream of Running from Thursday 7 November Sunday 10 November in the Citywest Hotel Dublin and from Thursday 14 November Sunday 17 November at the Odyssey Arena Belfast this spectacular show is sure

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