Ravenous Traveler: Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Great Irish Food

Irish Breakfast by Nico Kaiser

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland is a ravenous traveler marathon. You wake up to the Dropkick Murphy’s “Cadence to Arms” with all its blaring punk rock and bagpipe beauty, then jump straight into the festivities at Dublin’s Saint Patrick’s Day Festival. But before you finish the first Irish carbomb of the day, you may want to consider checking out Ireland’s traditional foods: They will ... Read Full Article

How Would You Like Your Shamrock? Ask the Ravenous Traveler

Drinking Guinness by BitchBuzz

“How would you like your shamrock,” asked the bartender. It was my first trip to Ireland. I’d ordered a Guinness; I was seventeen; and I had no idea what he was talking about—confused as much by his thick Irish accent as by the question. “How would you like your shamrock,” he asked again. After receiving another blank stare, the bartender shook his head and handed me a perfectly poured Guinness ... Read Full Article

Sláinte! A Visit to the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin

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Guinness and Ireland are inextricably linked and no visit to Dublin is complete without a tour of the famous brewery on St James’s Gate. Only a twenty minute walk from the city center, this historic factory has been brewing Guinness on the site since 1759; though, the origin of the current building is much more recent. I didn’t know what to expect from a tour of the Guinness Storehouse. I thought ... Read Full Article

Glendalough Valley in the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland

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The monastic settlement of the Glendalough Valley in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains is one of the most beautiful and haunting places in Ireland. And, it’s a bit surprising that this isolated area is not far from Dublin, one of Europe’s busiest metropolises. The untouched wilderness of the Glendalough Valley, with its ancient stone buildings, down to earth locals, and circuitous route (there is ... Read Full Article

5 Spots in Dublin for a Great Pint of Guinness

O'Brien's pub

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, people around the world have raised a pint of Guinness, the Irish stout that has been brewed in Dublin since 1759. People who have fallen in love with Guinness often comment that a pint poured anywhere else isn’t the same as one poured in Dublin. While this is true, not all pints in Dublin are equal either. Here are 5 spots for a great pint of Guinness in Dublin on ... Read Full Article

Sights of Literary Dublin

Bloomsday at Davy Byrne's pub

For a reader, there is perhaps no better city in the world than Dublin. Literary sights are integral and plentiful. These are the streets walked by Leopold Bloom, protagonist of James Joyce’s Ulysses; these are the theaters that premiered the groundbreaking works of Synge, Yeats, Shaw and Beckett. Lively, smart Dublin has a long relationship with the written word. It’s probably one of the only ... Read Full Article

Where to Stay in Dublin – Editor’s Picks

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Every traveler has different criteria for where to stay in Dublin. For some people a central location is most important, while others prefer to be off the beaten path. Some want a simple, cozy place to sleep while others are looking for the best amenities and 24-hour room service. Whatever kind of accommodation you’re looking for in Dublin, hotels will all have one thing in common: Irish ... Read Full Article

Which Dublin Pub Crawl is for You?

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I remember one of my first experiences in Dublin, crawling from bar to bar during the Guinness Blues Festival which takes place each year between the months of May and June. Pubs across town host acts small and large -- all blues related -- and Irish and blues enthusiasts alike have yet another excuse to go out pubbing. Not that you need excuses in Dublin, really. If anything you need an excuse ... Read Full Article

Must-See Sights for A Weekend in Dublin

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When you truly love a city, one of the hardest questions to answer is: what are the must-see sights? My answer often depends on my mood and the person asking. There’s climbing to the top of the Sugar Loaf Mountain, exploring locals-only parks, and finding the last few independent bookstores. But if you’re visiting Dublin for the first time, there are some essentials to see first. These must-see ... Read Full Article

Best Day Trips From Dublin

Powerscourt Waterfall

Ancient cultures, wildlife, outdoor adventure ... pick a Dublin day trip category and enjoy. While Ireland's capital city has enough to keep visitors engaged for weeks, it can be illuminating to get outside the city center and see exactly what the picturesque countryside is so famous for. During the years I lived in Dublin, I took many day trips, some of them spectacular, and all of them ... Read Full Article