General Things Chapter 10

Here are some things worth knowing if you want to go out and socialise in Ireland…

“Spend some time getting to know the Irish people. While gazing lovingly into each others' eyes should be a pastime for all honeymooners, it is also pretty amazing to chat with your B&B host over a long breakfast or squeeze next to fiddle player during a traditional Irish session. If you step outside your comfort zone a little, you will find the beauty of Ireland isn't just in the scenery, but also with the people.”

– Stephanie Chastain,.

-Writer for InfinityIreland.

The pub is traditionally the favoured place for socialising and ‘going for a pint’ is something of a national pastime. There are over 10,000 pubs in Ireland, many offering live traditional and modern music as well as pub-grub (food).

Ireland is a safe place so don’t worry – it does not have a reputation for
pickpocketing etc.

You can expect to find every kind of social scene; whether it is ‘South American Night’ or ‘Traditional Music Sessions’ in a certain place. In most cities you’ll find this kind of stuff scattered around.

Depending on where you go you’ll find a whole assortment of things, events and people. There are homosexual, hetrosexual and multicultural bars & nightclubs everywhere.

Regardless of when you are here; there is always some sort of festival on soon.

The average price for a pint or bottle of beer is €4:50. A measure of spirit (25 ml @ 40% alcohol level) – whiskey etc. varies but they’ll usually cost you around €4.

Most nightclubs close at around 2:30am – 3:00am – 4:00am and may not be open some days depending on the club. Depending on the area most bars close at around 11:30pm (midweek) and 12:30am (weekend).
Music venues could be full during any day/night of the week.

During the weekend many city streets have more atmosphere than the bars themselves.

Smoking inside a public place is not permitted.

The police are called Gardaí.

Interesting Fact: ‘Sean’s Bar’, located in Athlone, Co. Westmeath, is Europe’s oldest pub – dating back to 900 A.D.

Ha’penny Bridge is a famous landmark for couples to attach a lock to, and throw the key into the River Liffey as a symbol of everlasting, unbreakable love… An outstanding act on your honeymoon 🙂 If you explore you’ll find all sorts of gestures people do in Ireland.

My advice – travel around Ireland don’t stick to the ‘local’, hear the different accents and meet the different people. As many traveling bloggers would agree; getting out and exploring Dublin City or any location for that matter, is a fantastic way of understanding the culture and finding the hidden gems scattered around the island.

About Ed


Hi.
My name is Ed short for Edgar. Mixed blood of Latvian and Ireland
I have lived in Mullingar town for most of my life. Traveling around the country is my favorite pass time activity, I have been to many places, and love to explore all the nooks & crannies of Ireland. The beauty of Ireland's landscape is unbelievable sometimes you feel like in a different country. From the serenity of the walk at Glendalough to the humbling feeling of being beside Cliffs of Moher is truly amazing to experience.
When I travel throughout Ireland the hospitality is the one thing that stood out most! Cork is my personal favourite as the people are so nice and welcoming my highlight was the Titanic experience where you feel like one of the passengers who are about to board the ship from the heartbreak pier that still stands to this day.
In Ireland you will always get the warmest welcome in any B&B. My other hobbies are cooking horse riding and fishing. I can’t wait to share the experiences with you for your Trip of a lifetime to this amazing Green Isle.
Sláinte (Cheers)

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About Donna


Hey, my name is Donna and I'm from the town of Mullingar in the Heart of Ireland.

One of my passions is exploring and from my experience, Ireland is a beautiful country to explore. I have so many recommendations but for newcomers to Ireland I definitely opt to send you to Westport for Croagh Patrick & Clew Bay, perfect for hiking scenery and beautiful seafood, 

My favorite place in Ireland is Galway City - I love going for a meal with my friends, followed by a stroll down the cobbled streets, before popping into one of the Traditional Irish Pubs like  An Púcan.

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About Rita


Hi, I’m Rita and I am living in Kilkenny, the Marble city.

Born in Portugal, I fell in love with Ireland from the moment I landed here. I intended to stay for 6 months, and 6 years after I just cannot imagine my life without the Irish ‘craic’. 

Working in Events & Tourism for the last years has been so rewarding - bringing people to see all the magical, undiscovered spots in this country is what I wake up for every day. I have made memories that will last a lifetime, and I work towards creating the same experiences for others visiting the Emerald island. 

My favourite place in Ireland is probably the Dingle Peninsula, where bumpy roads bring the Atlantic ocean and green mountains together. The seafood is just as brilliant as the landscape, which I couldn’t forget to mention, being the foodie that I am!

You could say I am biased when I pick Kilkenny as one of my other top spots - I just can’t get enough of this lively mediaeval city branded by its hospitality.

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About Tina


Hi my name is TinaMarie, I have been working in Travel for over 15 years now and still love it as much as when I just started. There is something very special about bringing people to Ireland because we live here we take pride in our wonderful little country and want the whole world to experience what we are lucky enough to have on our doorstep.

Without a shadow of a doubt my favourite county and city in Ireland is Galway simply due to the dual aspect living you can have in this area the beauty and serenity of the Connemara countryside and the diverse cultural living of Galway city. Come and see firsthand how friendly and welcoming the Irish people are , Stop waiting and make the trip of a lifetime!

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About Sinéad


Hey! My name is Sinéad. I'm from Longford, the heart of the midlands. I'm a countryside girl at heart, depsite living in the capital for a few years while studying. I love the hustle bustle of Dublin city centre, there's always so much going on and so much to do. Although, you can't beat the tranquility of the Irish countryside in my opinion!

Apart from my hometown, one of my favorite place in Ireland has got to be 'The Kingdom' (Kerry). The scenery is just unparalleled. From the idyllic wild Atlantic coasts to our selection of well-known mountain ranges, and everything in between. The ring of Kerry is definitely a must see, the nightlife is pretty great too!!

On my weekends I love to cheer on my local Gaelic football teams. I'd definitely recommend catching a GAA match on your travels!

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About Jessica


Hi, my name is Jessica,

I'm from the town of Mullingar, known as the hidden heartlands of Ireland. Travel is my passion, every weekend I try to visit a few different counties here in Ireland and also explore new and exciting countries. Unfortunately there is just not enough time to visit everywhere I want too on our beautiful island of Ireland, Naturally the next best thing is to help make others dreams come true with the trip of a lifetime to our fair isle!

My two favorite places in Ireland is Galway and Kerry. They are full of great culture, food, scenery, and of course many traditional Irish pubs!! There is always a great lively buzz no matter what time of year you visit.

I look forward to working with many of you in the near future to offer my knowledge, guidance and support for your trip of a lifetime.

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About Ronan


Hey!

My name is Ronan and I'm from Mullingar (the heart of the Midlands). I have a passion for travelling and have been all over the world. However, my most favourite place in the world is the west of Ireland along the Wild Atlantic Way. From seeing Basking sharks in Keem bay in Achill Island (Mayo), to having a lovely relaxing pint of Guinness in Salthill in Galway, to taking in the majestic Cliffs of Moher in Clare and kayaking alongside dolphins in Dingle bay (Kerry) - it's all just amazing. Oh, and not to forget the delicious Skellig chocolates while looking out at Skellig Michaeal in Kerry, yum!

I love all things sport and food - when I'm not travelling around Ireland I'm cooking up a storm in the kitchen and watching some local GAA (our national sport). I can't wait to help you out and make your trip to Ireland, the trip of a lifetime!

Céad mile fáilte mo chara - (A thousand welcomes my friend).

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