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Ireland has two official languages, English and Gaeilge (Irish). While everybody learns both at school, less than 5% of the population speaks Gaeilge on a daily basis.

Current Time
If it is 4pm in Dublin, what time is it elsewhere?


February 12-18, 2018 Responsible Travel Week #rtweek18
- How do you translate 'Responsible Travel Week' in Gaeilge (Irish)?

August 2018 National Heritage Week - This annual event encourage the public to experience some of Ireland's heritage, both built and natural, through nationwide talks, walks and other events, usually held outdoors.

clare-poorly-served-by-tourism-industry - @clarechampion outbounding
Visitors Top One Million Mark at Cliffs of Moher
Launch: Burren Way Volunteer Warden Scheme - @irelandways
2,000-year-old bog butter unearthed
Plans for Northern Ireland national parks should be revisited - @ninews
Meet The Lads Who Wrote The Books On Irish Slang
Donegal Ireland & The Wild Atlantic Way, The Road to Mars?
The best place to go wild in Ireland
Cycling around the Loop of love
Tourism will suffer without real support for heritage


Ireland (with filter) @NASAGoddardPix

Recommended listening

Irish History Podcast - @irishhistory

Clare FM - Tunein - @ClareFM

RTE - Podcasts - - @RTEplayer - @RTE2fm - facebook -
The Irish uprising 1916 - One hundred years after the Irish Easter Rising, author Colm Toibin recounts the slow movements for independence that peaked in the rebellion in Dublin in 1916.
Remember, reflect and reimagine-Ireland's Easter Rising - What's to be gained from looking back, to your family roots, to another country?


ireland - Google News

St Patrick's Day in Ireland

National Holiday

March 17 St. Patrick's Day
Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit! = Happy St Patrick's Day to you!
Saint_Patrick - Wikipedia
Twitter hashtag: #StPatricksDay
Follow in St Patrick's footsteps: Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

What began as a religious feast day honoring St Patrick (Patricius, or Padraig) has become an international festival.

‪⚡️ “St Patrick's Day” ‬


Ecotourism Ireland - Catherine Mack
Tourism Pure Walking Holidays - Barry Murphy
Ireland Nature Search

Flickr Groups

Ireland Today
Irish Rugby
Ecotourism Europe




Flag of Ireland
Republic of Ireland
Jocelyn Bell Burnell
Great Famine
Blarney Stone (Cloch na Blarnan)

Geography and Landscape

Ireland lies to the northwest of continental Europe and is surrounded by hundreds of islands and islets.

To the east of Ireland, separated by the Irish Sea, is the island of Great Britain. The sovereign state of Ireland covers five-sixths of the island, with Northern Ireland (part of the United Kingdom) covering the remaining one-sixth of the island, located in the northeast.

Ireland's geography is often referred to as being like a saucer, with mountains to 1,000 meters around much of its coastline (particularly in the West) and a mostly flat midlands. Located at the western extreme of Europe, Ireland has a wet climate, with parts of the western seaboard having an annual rainfall of up to 2000 mm. However, the Gulf Stream ensures that Ireland's climate is mild, with summer temperatures rarely above +25 degrees Celsius and winter rarely below -5 Celsius. Due to its high rainfall, western Ireland's landscape is dominated by Atlantic blanket bogs (peat), with the midlands comprising vast tracts of raised bog. The land improves into fertile agricultural terrain the further south and east one goes.


Michael D. Higgins, President -

Tourism Portals

Ireland - @discoverirl @DiscoverIreland
Discover Northern Ireland
Fáilte Ireland - the National Tourism Development Authority was established in 2003 to promote tourism as a leading component of the Irish economy. Features include environmental guidelines and 2011 Press Releases
Tourism Ireland - Situation and Outlook Analysis Report

More Travel Links

Lonely Planet - Ireland Travellers' Reports

Blogs - flickr - @tourismpure - @OneWildLife - @oliver_moore - @injtokyo


Ireland Green Travel
Sustainable Tourism Ireland
Tourism Pure Walking Holidays
outdoors ireland




Electric Picnic

Sports - @SportsJOEdotie

Hangouts (February 2015)


Buzzword Bingo

Beyond the pale - County - Diaspora - Gaelic - Gaeilge (Irish) - Great Famine - Guinness - Language - Monastery - Potato - Rugby - Snakes - Surfing - Taoiseach - U2 - Uachtaráin (President)- Wild Atlantic Way

Biodiversity Ireland, Summer 2015 @biodatacentre

Ireland's first wildlife inventory reveals it is home to 31,000 species of flora and fauna
Ireland's wildlife audit revealed
Irish Wildlife Trust - Irishwildlife



Tree Council
Biodiversity Watch
I Spy Nature
Irish Peatland Conservation Council
Sustainable Ireland
The Woodland League


Good Food Ireland

Accessible Travel

Disability Access in Ireland

Cycling and Bike hire
Clew Bay Bike Hire
Great Western Greenway (Newport - Mulranny) Cycling & Walking Trail


Ireland has 6 National Parks and 78 Nature Reserves designated under the Wildlife Acts, 1976 and 2000 and various older Acts. All the National Parks and the majority of the reserves are owned by the State. The National Parks and Wildlife Service manages parks and reserves for the benefit of future generations. Ireland's nature reserves are scattered throughout the country, mostly in rural areas although one, North Bull Island, is within Dublin. Five of the National Parks are on the western seaboard, with one in the east, just south of Dublin city.

National Parks - Department of the Environment
National Parks and Wildlife Service
Ballycroy National Park was established in November 1998, it is Ireland’s sixth National Park and is located on the Western seaboard in northwest Mayo.
Killarney National Park
Glenveagh National Park
Connemara National Park
Wicklow Mountains National Park
The Burren National Park

Killarney National Park - -

Calls to end Killarney’s Unesco status due to lack of conservation - Irish Examiner

Lakes in Killarney National Park

National Parks & Wildlife Service sites

For a more complete list of wildlife links go to

Lough Boora Parklands is a wetlands in the centre of Ireland, created from previously cut-away bog. Bord na Móna, the state-owned company for exploiting bogs for turf (a fuel) has now turned Lough Boora into a wildlife reserve which, it is hoped, will soon become Ireland's 7th National Park.

Skellig Michael

Biosphere reserves
North Bull Island



Sustainable land use management for the conservation of freshwater pearl mussel Project acronym: LIFE Kerry (KerryLIFE)

Native Woodland Strategy is Launched
For the first time, a national Native Woodland Strategy 2016-2020 has been published, which sets out a comprehensive, multi-sector vision for Ireland’s native woodlands, and a chartered course for realising that vision. [more]
Download the Native Woodland Strategy 2016-2020 PDF

Political Tours




Silent Valley Mountain Park
St George’s Market - @TEDxStormont


Bundoran - Discover Ireland


October 17 Sustainable Tourism Conference
GeoparkLIFE Sustainable Tourism Conference (PDF)
Burren Ecotourism Network - @BurrenEco - Facebook
The Burren National Park
@BurrenGeopark - @BurrenbeoTrust

Cavan-Monaghan LEADER’s vision is to develop sustainable rural communities throughout the Cavan-Monaghan region through the provision of a programme that will enhance the social, natural, human, physical and financial resources available to individuals and communities.

County Clare

Clare News
Clare Library
Clare Museum -




Cliffs of Moher - The mission at the Cliffs of Moher Visitors' Centre is to develop and improve the delivery of a world class visitor experience in a safe, welcoming and informative manner while adhering to best practice in the conservation of the Cliffs of Moher, their environs and heritage. Our staff aim to be efficient and effective and to ensure that our customers are cared for within a friendly environment by professional staff who take pride in their work place and the service they deliver. During the course of our efforts we will promote the County Clare tourist product for the economic and social benefit of the local and broader community.




Dublin Institute of Technology

Ireland boasts its own indigenous national sports, collectively called Gaelic Games. Gaelic Football, Hurling and Handball are administered by the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association).

Croke Park is located on the north side of Dublin and has a capacity of up to 82,300. In addition to Gaelic sports, Croke Park has played host to Australia’s AFL, NFL Football from the US and boxing legend Muhammad Ali. The venue has also seen performances from the musical talents of U2, Tina Turner and others.

Aviva Stadium (capacity 50,000) replaced the demolished Lansdowne Road stadium as the home of Irish rugby and soccer in 2011.

Ireland is the home of steeplechase horse racing and is a major international breeding and training centre for thoroughbred flat racing - Horse Racing Ireland

Dublin: Cultivate Centre


Dip into 40 shades of green
Discover Killarney & the Ring of Kerry
Greener Side of Ring of Kerry (PDF, 4MB)
Kerry Walking Maps (PDF, 4MB)





Sheep's Head



The Tipperary Food Producers is a network of business working in the Food Sector in County Tipperary. Its objective is to represents, promote and showcase the best of Tipperary Food.



Wicklow Mountains National Park

Wild Atlantic Way



Irish History Podcast - @irishhistory -

Irish Times - Travel - Twitter
David McWilliams

Recommended Viewing - -
Ireland - PBS


Sustainable Ireland
Cultivate Centre Media
Department of the Environment
Ireland's Biodiversity a Multi-billion Euro Asset - Department of the Environment




Gaelic Games Official Website
Sport News - Independent


Irish Rail
Bus Eireann
Rail Users Ireland - Twitter
Irish Ferries - Twitter


Elsewhere on the Web

How to travel to and from Ireland without flying
Enterprise Ireland
Comhaltas Traditional Music
Tourism Pure Walking - Blog - Flickr - Twitter - @irelandhomestay - @ElectricEscapes - @FuchsiaLaneFarm - @culturekitchen2

August 20-28, 2016 National Heritage Week - This annual event encourage the public to experience some of Ireland's heritage, both built and natural, through nationwide talks, walks and other events, usually held outdoors.

Background: National Heritage Week is coordinated by The Heritage Council @heritagehubIRE and its aim is to build awareness and education about our heritage thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation. Each year, during the last week of August, many national and hundreds of local community organisations participate by organising events throughout the country. Many of the events that take place during the week are free and the programme highlights the abundance of great work that is carried out in all communities in Ireland to preserve and promote our natural, built and cultural heritage. The Heritage Council assumed the role of coordinator of National Heritage Week from the Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government in 2005. Since then the week has grown into a highly successful programme of over 1700 events which take place during the last week of August each year. For further information about the Heritage Council including our initiatives, grants programmes, history and structure, visit the Heritage Council website.

Every year millions of Europeans visit historical monuments and sites throughout Europe on European Heritage Days. These are a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union in which over forty countries participate each year. The main aim of European Heritage Days are to promote awareness of our built, natural and cultural heritage and to promote Europe’s common cultural heritage. In Ireland we celebrate European Heritage Days with a full week of events throughout National Heritage Week.
- See more at:

National Heritage Week (Ireland)



Cooking Classes