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9 white-hot restaurants in Ireland

9 white-hot restaurants in Ireland The food scene in Ireland is full of excitement these days, with new restaurants seemingly opening in the big cities every other week, and pockets of dynamism popping up all across the island. Prepare to leave your preconceptions about Irish food behind. Nope, it’s not all bacon and cabbage anymore. Come, and you’ll be immersing yourself in a food culture that’s found its feet and is celebrating the magnificence of ingredients from the Irish land and sea with a newfound confidence. 1. Miyazaki, Cork Photo: Miyazaki Takashi Miyazaki is a Japanese chef based in Cork. For the past few years, he’s been serving his impeccable food in a tiny takeaway with a few stools,…

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9 live music spots in Ireland

9 live music spots in Ireland Music is woven into the tapestry of Ireland. Passing a busker singing on the street, stopping into a pub for a trad session, or scoring tickets to a big-name concert — wherever you go, you’re never too far from a song. In Ireland, music has long been considered a medium for storytelling (and the necessary backdrop to a pint, of course). Folk songs are entwined into the local sense of community, and it doesn’t take much for a sing-song to start spontaneously, anywhere. As a result, there’s perhaps nowhere else in the world where experiencing music live and in the moment is so powerful — or so easy. Here’s a selection of spots…

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9 things I wish I knew in Dublin

9 things I wish I knew in Dublin What comes to mind when someone says ‘Dublin’? Guinness, St. Patrick’s Day, pubs? Literary legends like James Joyce and Oscar Wilde? Maybe one more Guinness? Ireland’s capital definitely has all of the above (and then some), but there’s so much more to this city that teeters on the edge of Europe. Here are 9 things I wish I knew before visiting Dublin. 1. You need to get out of the city. Photo: martinvonpotsah This might seem like a strange tip to start with, but compared to some of its neighboring capital cities like London or Berlin, Dublin is small. All of the major sights are within walking distance — after two…

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Keep costs down in Dublin

Keep costs down in Dublin According to Expatistan, Ireland’s capital city has the 9th highest cost of living in Europe — making it more expensive than Paris or Rome and only slightly cheaper than London. So what’s a backpacker on a shoestring budget to do? Here are 6 tips to help cut costs… 1. Pick up a combination bus transfer at the airport. When you touch down at Dublin Airport, you have two options to get into the city; taxi or bus. A one-way taxi journey will cost you €20 or more. But for an extra €7, you can get return airport transfers on the Airlink bus, which stops a stone’s throw away from all the main hotels and…

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Day trips from Dublin

Day trips from Dublin While Dublin is chock full of things to do, taking a day trip outside the city will add some variety to your travels. Hikes, castles, and beautiful Irish countryside are accessible by public transportation, so grab a day pack and your camera and set off on a one-day adventure! 1. Bray to Greystones Coastal Walk Photo: Giuseppe Milo The Bray to Greystones walk is a relaxed trail that runs beside the Irish Sea south of Dublin. A DART train will drop you off in Bray where you will begin a 7-kilometer walk along the cliffs leading to Greystones. This route has great coastal views and a variety of plant life and birds. Once you arrive…

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Travel guide to Ireland’s cities

Travel guide to Ireland’s cities Travel guide to Ireland’s incredible cities By: Tara Povey Most people who visit Ireland fly into Dublin, and then they’re off to visit the quaint, provincial side of things, as seen in the postcards. But to totally immerse yourself in the Emerald Isle, don’t skip its modern, urban centers. It’s in Ireland’s cities where you’ll find the best nightlife, an enviable food scene, and history in spades. Feature photo: Brian Morrison  Dublin On any trip to Ireland, be sure to reserve at least two days for the island’s largest city. It’s steeped in history, you’ll want to experience the nightlife, and there’s so much to see that you could easily spend the entire trip…

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