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From rockin' Dublin to the remote Aran Islands, the Ould Sod offers some top-notch and diverse travel experiences, from high luxe to high adventure.

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Comment by Sarah Coghill on February 19, 2011 at 8:08am

Photographs from the hauntingly beautiful Antrim Coast of Northern Island. The Giants Causeway is other-worldly at dusk, and the coastline looks ever-more dramatic under stormy skies. Click here to view the image collection:

Antrim Coast Ireland gallery

I am based in Copenhagen and take on photography commissions worldwide. To see more travel images, visit the 'recent work' or 'portfolio' sections of my website www.whitelightgallery.com

Comment by overlandertv on September 16, 2010 at 11:40pm
Comment by Allan Lynch on September 1, 2010 at 4:54pm
Allie - I haven't been back since the economy tanked. Fingers crossed. The sad thing was the speed with which the Irish economy grew. What goes up fast, tends to drop equally fast, if not faster. It seems to me that bankers in the US and UK and some other countries got into a pissing match to see who could be the most outrageous in their deals and bonuses and now the rest of the world is paying the price for their astonishingly unbanker-like behaviour and the blind eye given by their political friends. Last summer a friend of mine was buying shares in Lloyd's bank for 63 p!! They hadn't been that low in 200 years.

Thank gawd that in the 1990s, Canada had a self-made billionaire for a finance minister. When our chartered banks went to the government asking for deregulation so they could operate like the US and other international banks, he said no. Our banks are steady as a rock and kicking off bigger profits than ever.

When did bankers stop acting like bankers and become speculators? Pity they can't be jailed for their actions.
Comment by Allie McCoy on September 1, 2010 at 1:28pm
I hope Irish Tourism's plan works. Ten years ago Ireland's economy was growing at a healthy pace, but I have read that now the Republic of Ireland is hurting as badly as the United States, or maybe even worse.
Comment by Allan Lynch on August 29, 2010 at 10:31am
Ed, what the travel figures don't tell you is that a lot of the travel from the UK to Ireland is of ex-pat's returning home for visits to family and friends. With the UK's shaky economy and job losses, many of those traditional travelers may be sitting on their cash or looking for work. There is a very large Irish community in the UK, just as there is in North America. There are five million people in Ireland, but 45 million of us with Irish roots in North America. A few years ago Irish Tourism began a campaign to target foreign-based Irish to return home to visit and to channel as much business as possible (opening branch plants, etc) to the homeland.
Comment by Ed Wetschler on August 29, 2010 at 9:33am
The number of visitors to Ireland declined 20% for the first half of 2010 vs. first half of 2009. Visitors from Canada and the USA are up a smidgeon, but numbers from Europe, especially the UK, are way down. I can't figure out if this is just because of the recession or if there's also some shift in travel preferences, a la early 1990s, when everyone decided to go to Tuscany.
Comment by Ed Wetschler on August 12, 2010 at 11:56am
NEW TAXES ON FLYING

The Baltimore Sun complains about "Europe's relatively new national visitor levies designed not only for revenue but also to discourage air travel. The UK's "air passenger duty" is the worst: Starting November, it will hit travelers leaving UK airports on flights to the United States with a stiff duty of 60 pounds (about $96) in economy class and 120 pounds in any premium class, including premium economy. Ireland imposes a less onerous tax of 10 euros (about $14) and Germany appears about to assess a similar levy of 26 euros (about $36) on air passengers." How will these taxes affect your travel?
Comment by Michelle on April 11, 2010 at 4:57am
Am off to Dublin on a TwitTrip from the 27th-30 April and am looking for tweets telling me your top tips.

Send me your recommendations for quirky and unusual places to go and things to see at http://twitter.com/thetraveleditor.
Comment by Dr. Jessie Voigts on April 10, 2010 at 8:39pm
please check out http://www.IrishFireside.com for fantastic Ireland Travel tips! it's one of my very favorite sites.
Comment by Denise J. Dube on March 22, 2010 at 2:17pm
Don't forget to hit Temple Bar for a drink and/or the experience. Gallaghy's Boxty House for traditional and not-so-traditional Irish fare. When your done touch the marble bar top at Davy Byrnes Pub. James Joyce was a regular there.
 

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