When on tour in Ireland your rugby tour itinerary will consist of several wonderful sightseeing options.

Over the coming weeks we will be showcasing a few of them for you to see what you can expect on tour in Ireland.

Cliffs of Moher

One of Ireland’s favourite visitor experiences and representing the best of County Clare.  The Cliffs of Moher tower over the rugged West Clare coast.  Walk the safe, paved pathways and view the famous Cliffs on Europe’s western frontier.

Enjoy the spectacular vistas over the Atlantic Ocean and the Aran Islands.  Their natural beauty has inspired artists, musicians, poets, absorbing scientists and geologists, drawn by the unique landscape in which they sit.

The Cliffs of Moher, the most famous cliffs in Ireland, will leave you awestruck, creating memories that will stay with you forever.

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Why are the Cliffs of Moher one of Ireland’s best attraction sites?

The Cliffs rise to 702 feet at their highest point and range for 8 kms over the Atlantic ocean.  The sheer scale and dramatic impact of the cliffs never cease to amaze and delight in equal measure.

Whatever the weather conditions, the Cliffs provide an amazing visual experience.  These Cliffs are a special protected area (SPA) for seabirds with over 20 species represented.

Every year over 30,000 breeding pairs including guillemots, falcons, razorbills, kittiwakes, peregrines and the cute puffins visit the cliffs.

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Aran Islands

The Aran Islands are located just off Galway and Doolin in County Clare.  A true Irish experience awaits, locals speak Irish as well as English in a setting of Celtic churches of historical significance.

One of these is the World Heritage site Dun Aonghasa which is set on dramatic 300 ft cliff edge.  The Aran Islands are a great choice for special holiday or break and has various accommodation options.

Because of its Celtic and Christian heritage, the Aran Islands has an unusually high number of ruins and sacred sites.  Holy Ireland, the Island of saints and scholars has historically centered around Celtic and Christian pilgrimage.

Just by exploring or being on the Aran Islands, one is on a path to connecting with their spiritual innerself and is being ‘blessed’.

Many have been ‘healed’, attend spiritual ceremonies such as the Summer Solstice.  Increasing numbers are getting married on the Aran Islands, city dwellers, business people and people who need time out to think.   They all believe that the islands will give them that.

The Aran Island’s has a strong spiritual appeal expressed in many ways for a diverse range of people.  The umbrella of a cross section of religions and ancient times attracts all sorts of people from various religious denominations.

Each year there are a large number of various groups on pilgrimage on the Aran Islands.

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If it’s peace and solitude that you are looking for on your day tour to the Aran Islans then this is the place for you.

Contact us now for more information about arranging your next rugby tour to Ireland.

On your Rugby Tour to Dublin one of the must see sites is EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum.

All our groups enjoy visiting this wonderful museum, even our very close neighbours from the United Kingdom have mentioned how much they enjoyed it.

Looking To The Past

EPIC is located in one of Dublin’s most historic locations by the banks of the River Liffey.  Custom House Quay was built between 1817 and 1820 to store valuable cargoes of tobacco, tea and spirits.

Designed by the Scottish engineer John Rennie this industrial masterpiece hosted the Crimean War Banquet in 1856, celebrating the return of 3,000 Irish soldiers.

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A Vision For Change

In the early 2000s, the Grade One protected structure was restored by the Dublin Docklands Development Authority.

Irishman Neville Isdell, purchased the building in late 2013 with the intention of developing this magnificent structure into a destination at the social heart of Dublin’s Docklands.

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A Museum For The Future

In 2015, a strategic advisory group was assembled to consult on the development of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum.

The content for the exhibition was drawn up in consultation with a panel of academic and expert advisors.

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Discover Why 10 Million People Left Ireland And The Impact They Had On The World

Irish history should never be a long list of names and dates, it should be an experience.  Get hands on with Irish culture and its past with their fully interactive museum.

Swipe through video galleries, listen to audio from 100 years ago and watch videos that bring Irish history to life.  At the museum you will discover the far reaching influence of Irish history.  In addition the impact the 10 million Irish men and women who left Ireland had on the world.

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You won’t find leprechauns or pots of gold here.  What you will discover is what it means to be Irish.

This travels far beyond the borders of Ireland through the stories of Irish emigrants who became scientists, politicians, poets, artists and even outlaws.

Discover Ireland from the outside in and find out why saying “I’m Irish” is one of the biggest conversation starters.

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For more information on your rugby tour to Dublin or any other destination please do contact us now for more details.

 

 

 

 

With its seaside views and laid-back vibe, Barcelona’s basically a dream come true provided your dreams are filled with influential art, delicious food, and beautiful people.

We have put together 10 things to do under €10 in Barcelona.

1. Get Hip At The Museu d’Historia De Catalunya

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Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a region with its own language, economy, and culture distinct from Spain.  Make sure you know some of the history to help you understand the Catalonian flags flying from balconies all over the city.

Admission is free the first Sunday of every month.

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2. Get Some Fresh Food At Mercado de la Boqueria

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This massive market is stuffed with stalls selling fresh fruits, veggies, olives, preserved foods, hot meals, heart attack-inducing amounts of Jamón & glistening seafood for days.  Even if you don’t end up buying anything, it’s worth just wandering through and checking out the wares.

Rise early in the morning and arrive before the place gets packed with tourists.

3. Take In The Best View Of The City

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This is also an opportunity to indulge your inner history nerd.  On top of Turó de la Rovira Barcelona’s highest hill are anti-aircraft bunkers that survived the Spanish Civil War.

They’re cool for their history, but even more so for the panoramic view of the city.  Make sure you have good footwear, since it’s a solid uphill walk from the Guinardo metro station.

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4. See The City From The Top Of The Cathedral de Barcelona

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For €3, ride the elevator up to the top of a church that broke ground in 1298, go at sunset for an even better view.  The massive cathedral itself is Gothic architecture in all its glory, with towering spires and a soaring, vaulted ceiling.

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5. Music At The Palau de la Música Catalana

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Built in 1908, this Art Nouveau concert hall is so spectacular it’s been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tour the exquisite space for the student price of €9 or receive the student discount for one of the many musical performances that take place throughout the year.  Not a bad idea for 10 things to do under €10 in Barcelona.

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6. Relax In The Parc de la Ciutadella

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This charming park sits on the northeastern edge of the Ciutat Vella.  There’s a zoo, as well as paths to bike, a sweet lake to rent a paddle boat, and pretty green gardens for lounging around when the chaos of the old quarter gets to be too much.

7. Swim In The Mediterranean Sea

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With all the famous artists and whatnot, it’s easy to forget Barcelona is inherently a beach town.

Get yourself to the sea take the Yellow/Line 4 to the Barceloneta stop, which drops you near the sand, and marvel at how many people on the subway are wearing flip-flops.

8. Wander the Parc del Laberint d’Horta

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Live out your David Bowie/Goblin King fantasy in this manicured cypress maze, filled with Greek statues hidden throughout the many twists and turns. Bring a buddy in case you get lost and have to live there forever.

For under €3, the adventure can’t be beaten, take the L3 to station Mundet, where it’s a quick walk away.

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9. Bar Marsella – Barcelona’s Oldest Bar

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Barcelona nightlife requires serious nocturnal skills.  Pro tips include taking a three-hour siesta, going to dinner at 10:30pm and being prepared to see the sunrise.

Start the evening at Bar Marsella, reportedly Barcelona’s oldest, which is as famous for its absinthe.

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10. Basilica Santa Maria del Mar

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In the neighbourhood known as La Ribera (the seashore), you’ll find the Basilica Santa Maria del Mar plus one of the best examples of Catalan Gothic architecture.

With the church’s cornerstone dating from 1329, this massive stone monument with soaring ceilings will without a doubt bring you back down to Earth if Barcelona life gets overwhelming.

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Hopefully 2022 will be the year when the world’s rugby family get back to touring and attending the much loved rugby festivals that teams love to visit.

Here at Irish Rugby Tours we have put together a list of 5 Rugby Festivals for 2022.  If you would like to participate in one of these festivals please do contact us for more information.  If they don’t suit then head along to our website for a full list of festivals that we cater for.

Portugal Rugby Youth Festival

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The Portugal Rugby Youth Festival is one of best rugby tournaments for youth teams (clubs, schools and academies).

This event gives your team an unforgettable experience both on and off the pitch.  Rugby matches against international opponents, exciting leisure time activities and great entertainment – all in Lisbon, one of Europe’s safest and most exciting cities, with its warm weather climate and white sandy beaches.

Ghent Easter Rugby Festival

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Ghent Easter Rugby Festival is held at the Ghent Rugby Club and is run over 2 days, 2022 will be its 34th year. Before the festival there is an evening ceremony so that everyone can say hello.  On the Saturday night party, which is fancy dress, there’s a prize for the best fancy dressed.

In addition you have the massive all you can eat barbecue, hope your eyes aren’t bigger than your stomach.  With over 70 teams attending from all over Europe why not add it to your calendar for next year.  You can expect a pleasant weekend of excellent rugby and meet new rugby fans and friends.

Milano Rugby Festival

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The Milano Rugby Festival is the largest rugby tournament in Italy.  Every year over 1,000 athletes battle it out in more than 150 games.
While the teams are attacking each other on the pitch, off the pitch others are celebrating with 4 days of live music and DJ sets.

During the tournament, fresh Italian sandwiches will be on offer or for the more refined palate, local specialties will be prepared as part of the players menu.  Best bit is, there’s 25,000 litres of beer connected directly to 30 beer pumps to wash it all down!

Krakow Rugby Festival

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The Krakow Rugby Festival is the first tournament of its kind in Poland.  Krakow has been growing as a social rugby destination over the past few years, and it certainly deserves its reputation as a great place to combine playing rugby and socialising.

Only during its second edition the Krakow Rugby Fest attracted teams from England, France, Germany, Holland, Scotland, Wales, and even Venuezuela

Tournoi de Cornouaille U15 & U16s

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The Tournoi De Cornouaille Under 15 and 16s is located at the home of Rugby Club Quimperois, Brittany in France.  This tournament will be in its 19th year and the 2022 festival will take place at Easter.  Quimper is a beautiful Breton town situated on the west coast of France.

Cornouaille region of Brittany about 10 miles from the coast and boasts strong Celtic traditions.  Tournament format is set over 2 days & you are allowed to submit either U15 and/or a U16 team.

So that’s it 5 rugby festivals for 2022, if you you would like to book one of these or another one that takes your fancy do get in touch.  Just to add, none of these festivals are easy and the rugby is pretty decent.

My name is Luke McGill, I am a 15 year old transition year student at St. Mary’s College in Rathmines, Dublin and I’m working with Irish Rugby Tours on work experience.  This is my first ever blog and I would like to talk to you about my top 10 tourist attractions in Ireland.

1. St. James’s Gate Brewery – Dublin

This is Ireland’s most visited fee charging tourist attraction. It is a museum and also an experience to Ireland’s most well-known beverage. You can do numerous activities here such as stout tasting, learn how to pull a pint and have a complimentary pint in the Gravity Bar where you will see the whole of Dublin City from the bar’s panoramic view point.

2. Cliffs of Moher – Co. Clare

The Cliffs of Moher stand at a whopping 702 feet above the Atlantic Ocean in County Clare. The Cliffs have featured in many movies including Harry Potter and is a haven for sea birds with over 20 species represented. From the cliffs you can see the famous Aran Islands which is just a 20 minute sailing from Doolin Bay. This is a must have journey when visiting Ireland as the views are breath-taking.

3. Giants Causeway – Co. Antrim

The Giants Causeway, so beautiful it is no wonder why it’s a World Heritage site. There are no activities you can do here other than jump around on the rocks or sit down and take in this natural beauty. There’s a legend about the Giants Causeway where a giant named Fionn mac Cumhaill built some  steppingstones to reach Scotland to fight a Scottish giant.

4. Dublin Zoo – Dublin

Located in Phoenix Park in the heart of Dublin City is Dublin Zoo. It is Ireland’s most popular family attraction and it had over one million visitors in 2019. It is one of the world’s oldest and also, most popular zoos. It’s home to over 400 animals and opens all year round from 09:30am daily.

5. Blarney Castle & Stone – Co. Cork

Blarney Castle is a medieval stronghold in Blarney in Co. Cork. Originally dating from before AD1200 it was destroyed in 1446 and is now a partial ruin with some rooms still accessible. The Blarney Stone is a block of Bluestone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle. According to the legend, kissing the stone gives the kisser the gift of Gab. Overall the castle is an attractive tourist site in Ireland attracting visitors from all over the world to come and kiss the Blarney Stone.

6. The Book of Kells & Trinity Library – Dublin

The Book of Kells and Trinity College are located in the heart of Dublin City. It is Ireland’s oldest university, one of the country’s ancient treasures. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth 1, the Book of Kells is a precious 9th century manuscript and is noted as the world’s most famous medieval manuscript. You can also get access to the long room which is one of the world’s most beautiful libraries and home to 250,000 of Trinity College’s most ancient books. J.K Rowling took inspiration from the long room for the library in her first Harry Potter movie.

7. Kilmainham Gaol – Dublin

This site is perfect for tourists with interest in Ireland’s troubled history. Here the leaders of the 1916 rising were brought and executed in the prison yard. It was built in 1796 and was a disgusting institution that was home to guilty criminals who were unable to pay their train fares during the famine. There were many public executions at the front of the jail and is a symbol of oppression and persecution.

8. The Ring of Kerry – Co. Kerry

The ring of Kerry is one of Ireland’s most popular drives and is 120 miles long. There are many sights along the way, every turn you take brings a new beautiful treat to the eye. Skellig Ring just off the main route was given a big role in Star Wars, The Force Awakens. It is breath-taking at night when you look up at the sky the stars are shining brightly as there are no buildings blocking the view. It’s best to travel early to avoid traffic and go in the summer months to avoid the rain.

9. Bunratty Castle & Folk Park – Co. Clare

Bunratty Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Built in 1425 and fully restored back to full glory in 1954 now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries and works of art. Across the 26 acres of Folk Park you will find 30 buildings and a “living village”.  Rural farmhouses, village shops and streets are recreated and furnished as they would have appeared at that time. This is a must see as it gives you a beautiful insight of what life was like back then.

10. Westport – Co. Mayo

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Westport is a great little town to visit and is a favourite of mine as my parents used to take my siblings and I here on holiday during the school breaks.  The fun we had on the beaches running free among the dunes playing hide & seek. The town has a lot to offer from an adventure park to coasteering to the Great Western Greenway. In the Georgian town centre, stone bridges link the tree-lined promenade on the banks of the Carrowbeg River. Rockfleet Castle and Burrishoole Abbey, both to the northwest, have ties to the 16th-century pirate queen, Grace O’ Malley.

I hope you have all enjoyed reading about My Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Ireland and you too will get as much fun visiting them as I did.

Luke McGill.

Continuing on from our last blog, World’s Top 5 Women Rugby Players we have now put the World’s Top 5 Rugby Players for you to look over with help from Rugby Onslaught.

There’s going to be some debate over this one, not everyone is going to agree with this, some big names left out.

A team of the best analysts, codebreakers and pundits were chosen to pick the World’s Top 5 Rugby Players in the world in 2020.

The list comprises of the World’s Top 5 Rugby Players in the calendar year of 2020, using code and analytics to work out how, on form, deserves to be in the list.

As from records, here are the World’s Top 5 Rugby Players.  Irish Rugby Tours asks, do you agree?

1. Cheslin Kolbe

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Nothing but class from the Springbok flyer in 2020.  Despite playing no games for the Springboks in 2020, he still had more than enough flashy moments for his domestic club, Toulouse.

One of the memorable moments of 2020 was when he sidestepped Jacob Stockdale in two consecutive games in the Champions Cup.

 

2. Antoine Dupont

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Rugby Onslaught spent hours debating whether this Frenchman should have been Number 1 in this pick.  He has been nothing short of sensational for the men in blue this year.

Dupont has helped France to their strongest campaign in almost a decade, and he helped Toulouse as they dominated their domestic league.

3. Jonny May

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By far the most impressive winger in the Six Nations and Autumn Nations Cup in 2020. His relentless work ethic during lockdown has helped this winger to somehow excel even more.

Although he hasn’t dominated for Gloucester, but his incredible solo try has led him that spot at number 3 in this list

4. Mario Itoje

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The Saracens lock is not everyone’s cup of tea in rugby. However, his non-stop work rate in matches and refusal to leave the opposition alone has made him unstoppable for England.

Mario is without a doubt the first name on the sheet for the Lions against South Africa in 2021.

5. Owen Farrell

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The 29-year-old has captained England to a Six Nations and Autumn Nations Cup title in 2020. His kicking was poor in the final game against France, however, most fans would admit you would die to have someone of Farrell’s calibre in their team.

Almost certain to captain the Lions in 2021.  Best players in the world, Farrell is right up there.

 

 

Rugby might be a power sport, but women’s rugby is proof that the female players are no less than their male counterparts. Their participation in this sport can rightly be called a step in the right direction of gender equality. It’s proof that women are not lagging behind in strength, stamina or passion.

Is rugby the right game for women?  These awesome women who are all mentioned prove all of those stereotypes wrong.

As from records, here are the world’s top five female rugby players.  Irish Rugby Tours asks, do you agree?

1. Emily Scarratt

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Scarratt earned comparisons to Brian O’Driscoll when she first burst on the Test scene as an 18-year-old in 2008, scoring 12 tries in as many games. Ever since, she has ruthlessly stamped her own brand on the women’s game.

Crowned as the world’s best player in 2019, her career has been peppered with individual moments of class which showcase her versatility at outside centre and the last 12 months have been no exception.

2. Poppy Cleall

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The Saracens forward is one of England’s most resourceful players, having moved into her fourth position for her country in 2020.  Having scored a hat-trick in England’s 66-7 drubbing of Wales in last year’s Six Nations, she lined up at number eight for the Red Roses’ return autumn friendly against France.  Poppy has already played prop, lock and flanker for her country.

Her versatility has earned the plaudits of England head coach Simon Middleton, who has hailed Cleall as the “most knowledgeable” player in his squad and has also backed the 28-year-old to be one of the best athletes at the 2021 World Cup.

3. Portia Woodman

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Widely regarded as one of the most destructive wingers in both sevens and XVs formats in the women’s game.  Woodman was named World Rugby’s sevens player of the decade and also won 15s try of the decade for her explosive run in the 2017 World Cup final against England.

The Black Ferns star turns 30 this year but has shown no signs of slowing down in 2020.  Portia set a record of six tries in one match during New Zealand’s Falmer Cup in October.

Her biggest challenge will be to win gold at the postponed Tokyo Olympics, the one medal which still eludes her.

4. Lark Davies

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Not many hookers are found near the top of the try-scoring table.  Lark has just done that in the Premier 15s, England’s women’s premiership.  Her scoring record is nine tries in as many matches for Loughborough Lightning this season.  Her international breakthrough came for the U20 side, for which she made eight appearances.

Lark made her first international start against Italy in the 2018 Women’s Six Nations, her 10th cap overall. She then scored twice in England’s 27-19 win over Canada at Doncaster’s Castle Park in 2018. In 2019 she featured in every game of the Women’s Six Nations, and scored two tries, as the Red Roses won the Grand Slam.

5. Rachel Malcolm

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​Rachel Malcolm made her Scotland Women debut as a replacement in the first Women’s Rugby World Cup Qualifier against Spain at Scotstoun Stadium in November 2016.  She started in the Women’s Six Nations opener against Ireland at Broadwood Stadium in 2017, but sustained and injury that sidelined her for the rest of the campaign.

She took up rugby in 2015 and is currently the captain of Tyrells Premier XVs side Loughborough Lightning.  Rachel has just completed her PhD in environmental physiology and has a sports and exercise science bachelor’s degree and a masters degree in exercise physiology.  She is currently a Lecturer in Applied Sport Science at Nottingham Trent University.

Rugby might be a power sport, but women’s rugby is proof that the female players are no less than their male counterparts. Their participation in this sport can rightly be called a step in the right direction of gender equality. It’s proof that women are not lagging behind in strength, stamina or passion.

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Paris is well known for its food, fashion, beautiful architecture, history… and high prices!

Since the city is the most visited in the world, doing activities might seem out of budget, but the truth is that it is very easy to enjoy your experience 100% on a very low budget.  So here is a list of ten activities under ten euros in Paris.

Have A Drink While Playing Games At Café Oya

A great place if you want to chill with some friends!  Have a drink and play games in a heartwarming environment in the 13th Arrondissement in Paris. This relaxing moment is only €6 for a drink and as much games as you want and located at 25 Rue de la Reine Blanche, 75013 Paris.

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Visit Art Galleries

Art Galleries are free in Paris!  You can find them everywhere in the streets.  Also, most of the Museums are free if you live in the EU and are under 25 years old.  A great opportunity to see the Mona Lisa during your trip!

Watching An Improvisation Battle

For those who like theatre, this for you.  Improvisation battles are very common in Paris.  The public decide of the situations the actors are going to be in, and decide the winner.  A great moment to share full of emotions and laughter.  Cost varies between €0 and €10 depending on the actors and the theatre it’s in.

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Have A Picnic At Champs de Mars

A must do while you are in Paris!  Go to a boulangerie, buy yourself a baguette, some coffee and enjoy the Eiffel Tower while eating local food.  The Champs de Mars, boarding at the foot of the Iron Lady has a great and romantic atmosphere

Visit Montmartre & Buy A Souvenir

Montmartre is full of charms.  It’s a large hill in North Paris, have a walk in the stunning cobbled streets and climb to the amazing Basilica to have a breathtaking view of Paris.

You can also watch artists paint and buy yourself a souvenir in the souvenir shops.

Rent A Bike And Ride Through The City

Paris has very nice bikes itinerary, especially along the Seine.  Rent a bike from “Velib” for €1.70/h or an electric scooter from “lime” for 15 cents/min and have a ride in the beautiful streets of Paris.  These are very easy to find and park so you don’t have to care about it once you are done with your ride!

Panoramic View From The Roof Of The Arc De Triumph

The heart of Paris, the Arc de Triumph.  Built between 1806 and 1836, this Arc have been ordered by the emperor Napoleon Ist; since then, it reminds the French people the victories of the French army.  You can access the top for €13, but if you are under 25 years old it’s €10.  At the top you can see a 360° view of Paris and feel like the city is yours.

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Delicious French Food At The Bouillon Pigalle

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For traditional french food, this is the place to be!  The food is cheap, you can have a full course for €10, it’s the occasion to taste the famous snails or just have a great steak in a fun ambiance with cordial waiters.  It is located in the heart of Pigalle at 22 Boulevard de Clichy, 75018 Paris, very lively spot in Paris.

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Have a drink and watch a movie on the roof of the Moulin Rouge

Located in Pigalle, the Bar a Bulle is a gold nugget.  On the roof of the Moulin Rouge, you can have a drink with your friends in an atypic environment, and when the sun goes down, watch a movie for free (as long as you order a drink) outdoors.  You will find the bar at  4 Bis Cité Véron, 75018 Paris.

Walk In Paris

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You don’t need to plan activities to be amazed by the beauty of the City of Lights.  Paris is well known for its beautiful architectures and streets.  It feels like a postal card where ever you are.  Cross the Pont des Arts, sit in front of Notre Dame, take photos at the Trocadero, wander in the Marais, Paris never disappoints!

Thank you for reading the article!  Here is a link to a very helpful video that tells you what you need to know before you visit Paris.

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Everyone is looking for tips on working from home, can it be made easier? Working from home, online, remotely, or however else you would like to call it has become the new normal. Due to the ongoing open and shut of countries this seems to be how things are for now. It is predicted by 2027 that the majority of the US population will be working from home as well as most of the world really. Remote working and learning seems to be the way of the future for most.

Most will remember the old office work lifestyle, get formally dressed (which means no comfy clothes!), find your way to work in busy morning traffic, work in a room with OTHER people with no social distancing (weird right?), and have some sort of a social life. For now all this now seems like a distant memory we will never get back. The morning rush, bumper to bumper traffic jams and car horns blaring is one thing that won’t be missed, for those who do miss it here’s a small reminder

For those who are now working online, no longer encounter most of these situations. There’s no need to get dressed into any sort of formal clothing or commute to work. It’s now more slide out of bed with messy hair, get a cup of coffee, and sitting in front of a computer working away. It can be difficult for online workers to move from working at the office to working alone at home. This is all relatively new to most and knowing the best practices can be hard. From time to time it can be difficult to know how you should act when working from home.

Personally, I found working from home can be a real challenge for the first few days. Trying to figure out the best place to sit and the easiest ways to do things. I spent time researching online on how to work more efficiently. I found that where you sit and how you work all changes from room to room as well as how you schedule yourself throughout the day. The biggest thing I have discovered is that breaks are important and will keep from slacking.

To make things easier I have come up with a few tips on working from home to make it more enjoyable:

Experiment With How and Where You Work

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Working from home, you have a lot of flexibility over how you work. A normal office worker would have to work at a certain desk, wear certain clothes and act a certain way. You now have more freedom over your choices in where you work, how you work, what you wear, and most aspects of the job really.

One of the first things you should do is to try out different work set-ups and see what works best for you. What room suits you most? What distractions do you need to avoid? Office workers have a specific set of standards they must meet and a certain schedule to keep up with.

As for working from home, you have the ability to choose how your schedule is set up and how you do things. It is easy to assume that working remotely means you sit at a desk all day and not move until your work is completed. This is not true at all! You’ll likely get tired or bored of your work, and may even burn out entirely. Make sure to get up and move around as much as possible. Take a few minutes and walk around to increase your step count! Go outside!

The best practices I have found are to keep to a good schedule. Wake up like any working day, shower, get dressed and make your bed! Making your bed has been proven to put your mind at ease and gets you ready for the day. Doing just these simple tasks will get yourself into a productive working mindset.

Decide on Breaks and Clear Working Hours

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Even though you’re not working from an office, you should still set up some office hours. Deciding on what times you will be working and when you finish for the day. Plan a break halfway through your day and take that time to relax, eat lunch outside or maybe even wash your car yourself instead of using an awful petrol station car wash! (Scratch n’ Shine as their called). It is important to still take a break even though it may feel like you don’t deserve one. Even if the sofa is your new office chair…

Like anyone, you will eventually burn out if you work nine hours straight, just like you would at the office (or anywhere really!!). When finished, make sure you’re done for the day, try not to complete anymore work tasks, just relax. If you set office hours, it is easier for you to go from working to relaxing after a long day. When you leave the office you don’t bring the office home with you, do you? So why do the same now? Bringing work home can cause unnecessary stress and you don’t want to end up like this guy….

Another tip on working from home would be you should share your work hours with your family. They may feel as if you’re always available to them. Make sure they know that you’re at work during certain times of the day and maybe even give them a timetable of when you will be working if needed. This should hopefully (although probably not) reduce family members calling you up to do something when you’re supposed to be working. You’ll get to avoid having to do the dirty dishes or going to the shop as you’re working!

Check In With Your Co-Workers

Girl messaging co-workers

Working alone can be hard for everyone. You should always check in with your workmates and see how they are doing, just asking how someone’s day is going can really help! Letting your team and your boss know what you’re working on as much as possible is important. Send daily updates, so the boss knows what tasks you’re working on throughout the day. This will make it easier for them to know who is working on what each day. It also makes it easier for your co-workers to know who to talk to if they need help. Leave out the fact you might have done that full mornings work in bed half asleep! Turns out working from bed is actually a good thing, but the boss doesn’t need to know that part…

You should also try to be as responsive as possible when someone sends you a message or an update. If you expect fast replies you must give them back! If you’re working on something important and need to some time to focus, just let them know you will get back to them! Otherwise, always be there to help because then you can always ask for help yourself. Working as a team has never been more important than now, and we all need help at some point…

 

A new year and a new touring season for clubs thinking of embarking on their mid or end of season tour.  Here at Irish Rugby Tours we acknowledge that clubs, schools and college/universities will be all on hold until the present situation ceases.

Bearing that in mind we have put together a selection of five coastal rugby touring cities.  Could one of these cities turn into a tour of a lifetime?

1. CAPE TOWN – The Mother City

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Based on the Western Cape of South Africa lies Cape Town.  It is the second-most populous city in South Africa, after Johannesburg and also the legislative capital of South Africa.  Colloquially named the Mother City, it is the largest city of the Western Cape province.

You may ask yourself why is it named so?  The reason is, Cape Town is the original city of South Africa.  It was established in 1652 as a refuelling station for ships bounds for the East (the Spice Route).

Cape town offers you the chance to explore and lose yourself from Nelson Mandela‘s prison cell on Robben Island to the top of Lions Head where the views are stunning and the sunsets are phenomenal for both locals and visitors.

As Rugby is concerned there is no shortage of clubs and schools to accommodate you with post match afterwards.  Get to know your hosts around the Braai with the meat cooking enjoying a cold beer or just a soft drink.

2. AUCKLAND – City of Sails

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Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and contains the country’s busiest international airport.  It’s not the capital city though (that’s Wellington). Located towards the top of the North Island, Auckland is a convenient jumping-off point for travels around the North Island.

More than this, however, Auckland is a lively and naturally beautiful city that offers plenty of attractions for any kind of traveler.  If you’re into good food and buzzing nightlife, you’ll find it here.  Alternatively, if you prefer the outdoors, you can swim in the sea, hike, sail, and more in Auckland.

Maori culture is very important to the country’s history and the people are very proud of it.  Cultural evenings are are great way of learning how the Maori’s have adapted to the new world and at the same time keeping their heritage alive for others to learn their history.

As New Zealand is the #1 Rugby playing country in the world there are plenty of challengers just waiting to show you why, from clubs and the high schools, no match will be soft.  Of course you have the opportunity just before kick off to accept a Haka as your opponents challenge you.

3. SYDNEY – The Harbour City

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Sydney, capital of New South Wales and one of Australia’s largest cities, is best known for its harbour front Sydney Opera House, with a distinctive sail-like design.

Massive Darling Harbour and the smaller Circular Quay port are hubs of waterside life, with the arched Harbour Bridge and esteemed Royal Botanic Garden nearby.   If you fancy climbing Sydney Tower’s outdoor platform, the Skywalk, this offers 360-degree views of the city and suburbs.

With the world famous Bondi Beach on your doorstep offering golden sands, blue waters, surfing the scenery isn’t bad either.

Sydneysiders love their sport and with abundance of sport on offer you are spoilt for choice.  Firstly, Rugby in both codes, Aussie Rules, Soccer, Cricket, Basketball, Baseball and yes even Ice Hockey.  Surely you can’t miss out on this tour, what an experience.

4. LISBON – Lisboetas

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Lisbon is Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city.  From imposing São Jorge Castle, the view encompasses the old city’s pastel-colored buildings, Tagus Estuary and Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge.

Nearby, the National Azulejo Museum displays 5 centuries of decorative ceramic tiles.  Just outside Lisbon is a string of Atlantic beaches, from Cascais to Estoril.

The city and its metropolitan area has a hot dry subtropical or a typical Mediterranean climate with short and very mild winters and warm summers, so even in winter it’s going to be quite good.

Rugby in Lisbon is strongly represented with a large selection of clubs all waiting for the overseas challenge.  Most clubs would be made up of the local habitants and residents who have moved to the city from England or Ireland.

5. ROME – The Eternal City

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Why Rome you ask. The city is only a 50 minute commute to the coast and that is why we have included Rome into our list.

Rome’s history spans 28 centuries.  While Roman mythology dates the founding of Rome at around 753 BC, the site has been inhabited for much longer, making it one of the oldest continuously occupied cities in Europe.

The city’s early population originated from a mix of Latins, Etruscans, and Sabines.  Eventually, the city successively became the capital of the Roman Kingdom, the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire.

There is so much to see in Rome, the history just oozes everywhere you look.  Did you know that modern Rome is built upon the original city?

Now for the Rugby.  There are so many clubs in Rome and they all very good.  The club scene is very strong and all the clubs have age groups to cater any touring sides.  The post match hospitality is second to none as Italian clubs love to embrace the opportunity to welcome their guests to their club.

So why not contact us now to plan ahead to your Rugby Tour of a lifetime.