Pulsating Portugal

Matosinhos Beach

Matosinhos Beach - Irish Rugby Tours, Pulsating Portugal Matosinhos Beach sits to the North of Porto and is made up of a long strip of golden sand that is flanked by a promenade.

Locals flock here, especially in the summer months and you will find lifeguards on duty. This means that there’s a good choice for families with young children who can bathe here with peace of mind.

Beach activities include soccer and volleyball and you will also find lots of opportunities for water sports.

Watch out for the waves you can even go surfing here when it’s good.

Lisbon Oceanarium

Lisbon Oceanarium - Irish Rugby Tours, Pulsating PortugalLisbon Oceanarium is one of the best places to come in the city if you are travelling with children.

The project is dedicated to educating the public on marine conservation.

You will find four separate ecosystems that are divided geographically to represent the Antarctic, Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans.

Just some of the species you will find here include sharks, rays, sea otters, and penguins.

Silves Castle

Castelo de Silves - Irish Rugby Tours, Pulsating PortugalLocated in Xelb, Silves Castle used to be the capital of the Moorish Algarve.

The castle would have stood here to protect the region from intruders although it was later captured by Crusaders.

The architecture here is notable as the building is made from red sandstone.

Don’t miss the Medieval festival that is held here every August.

Evora

Roman Temple At Evora - Irish Rugby Tours, Pulsating PortugalSet in the province of Alentejo is Evora known for its Roman history after the Romans settled here in 57 BC.

As a result, you will find the ruins of a Roman temple here. It’s thought to have been built between the second and third centuries.

After the invasion of Evora by the Romans, it was recaptured by Christian armies, which explains the presence of the Se. A cathedral consecrated in 1204 and built in the Romanesque, baroque, and gothic styles.

Sao Jorge Castle

Sao Jorge Castle - Irish Rugby Tours, Pulsating PortugalSitting on a hill in Lisbon is the Castelo de Sao Jorge. The castle dominates the city skyline and looks over the Baixa district.

The castle has been renovated several times since the 12th century when first built under King Afonso Henriques.

Much of the castle is now open to the public and you can wander along the ancient ramparts as well as take in the ornate tower.

Standing on the ramparts you will get some of the best views of Lisbon that stretch all the way down to the water.

Furnas Lake

Lake Furnas - Irish Rugby Tours, Pulsating PortugalOne of the top spots in Azores is Furnas Lake which is a crater lake known for its blue waters tinged with green. Roam around and find the mud volcanoes and hot springs.

If you like brooding volcanic landscapes, then this is not to be missed.

In addition, you can go hiking past the calderas or take to the waters and go canoeing. This allows you to get up close to the amazing multi-hued waters.

Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

Jeronimos Monastery - Irish Rugby Tours, Pulsating PortugalLocated in Lisbon, the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos is one of one of the most important buildings in all of Portugal.

The church and the adjoining monastery are built in the Manueline style. Much of the interior is ornately decorated, particularly the section known as the South Portal.

There are also monuments here such as the tomb of Vasco de Gama and the famous Portuguese poet Luis de Camoes.

Museum Calouste Gulbenkian

Museum Calouste Gulbenkian - Irish Rugby Tours, Pulsating PortugalOne of the most famous museums in Lisbon is the Museum Calouste Gulbenkian.

The museum has 6,000 artefacts that used to belong to Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian. Gulbenkian was an Armenian national living in Portugal who donated his art collection to the museum before he died.

As a result, you can expect to find an incredible collection that will take you back 4,000 years. All kinds of pieces such as Oriental, Classical and European art are on display for your pleasure.

Some notable pieces include Roman medallions, paintings by Rembrandt and Turner and furniture that would have belonged to Louis XV and XVI.

Bom Jesus do Monte

Santuário do Bom Jesus do Monte - Irish Rugby Tours, Pulsating PortugalBom Jesus do Monte is said to be the grandest of all the religious buildings in Portugal and sits on a slope amidst lush woodlands.

It is six kms outside of Braga and is still a spot of pilgrimage for devotees across the country.

It is made up of a grand stairway and the church of Bom Jesus and you will find a range of smaller chapels here. Also, to be found are fountains and intricate carved scenes from the Bible.

Pilgrims here climb the long staircase made of granite and takes you past the 14 Stations of the Cross.

Palacio Nacional de Sintra

Palacio Nacional de Sintra - Irish Rugby Tours, Pulsating PortugalThe National Palace of Sintra sits on its scenic central square. You will know it as soon as you see it thanks to the massive round chimneys that sprout from the top.

The palace dates from the 14th century and has the claim to fame of being the oldest palace that still stands in Portugal.

It spans several ornately decorated floors, each of which have a different theme. One of the signature features is the Sala dos Brasoes which is the main hall topped with a sparkly dome.

Also make sure you check out the 72 coats of arms on display here if you enjoy your heraldry.

Torre de Belem

Torre de Belém - Irish Rugby Tours, Pulsating PortugalLocated in the Belem district in Lisbon is this iconic tower which was built in 1521.

The aim of the fortification was to guard against an invasion via the River Tagus. The building is considered a master class in how to build a successful fortress.

The tower is designed in the Manueline style and is covered with a picturesque facade.

Make sure not to miss the maritime touches carved into the stone such as ropes and an armillary sphere.

It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site which tells you everything you need to know about its beauty.

Ribeira District

Ribeira District - Irish Rugby Tours, Pulsating PortugalIf you visit Porto then make sure to come to the old quarter of the city which is also known as the Ribeira District.

The area looks out over the scenic River Douro and it is known for its dining and nightlife scene.

The main road of the Ribeira District is called Cais da Ribeira and you will find bars, restaurants, cafes, and pretty monuments like fountains.

If you want to party into the small hours, then this is the place to do it. If you happen to be here for the Festival of St. John on June 23 even better.

This is a large celebration that involves revellers hitting each other on the head using toy hammers made of plastic.

Algarve Beaches

Algarve Beaches - Irish Rugby Tours, Pulsating PortugalDo you know that some of the world’s best and most beautiful beaches are to be found in the Algarve?

There are so many lovely interesting sandy beaches in the Algarve that you will find amongst them a good selection.

Along its 200-kilometre coastline, these beaches vary from the small sheltered coves to broad endless stretches of sea washed sand. The entire coast enjoys a Mediterranean-style microclimate temperatures that vary from 15º C in winter through to 30º C in summer.

Hardly surprising then that the region is a favourite for sun-seekers coming from the most diverse locations.

Impressionable Tantalising Ancient Lovable Young Italy

The Vatican City

Vatican City - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To RomeThe Vatican City is actually its own state within Italy and is the smallest in the world.

When you’re here then you should definitely consider one of the most important religious spots in the world. Located inside its square are powerhouses such as the Piazza San Pietro and St Peter’s Basilica.

You can also take in the majesty of the Vatican Palace. Also recommended is the Sistine Chapel which features the Creation of Adam.

The Colosseum

Colosseum - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To ItalyYou can’t come to Rome and not visit one of the most famous attractions in the world, the mighty Coliseum.

The ruins of what was once a magnificent amphitheatre are one of the greatest historical relics of our time and once it would have had a capacity of over 50,000 spectators.

The amphitheatre is most well known for the gladiator matches. Spectators would spend the day baying for blood and didn’t care who’s it was.

Rome’s Ancient Forum

Rome's Forum - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To RomeJust a stone’s throw from the Colosseum lies the fantastic ruins of Rome’s ancient Forum.

The Roman Forum is another one of Italy’s big hitter attractions and lies between the Capitoline and the Palatine hills in Rome.

This would once have been the centre of the mighty Roman Empire. You can take in the beautiful complex here as well as enjoy views from the terraces all over the wider city.

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To ItalyCinque Terre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as being designated as a national park.

Nestled in Liguria, the ‘Five Lands’ is made up of five distinct villages. These villages sit on top of the craggy cliffs overlooking the famous Italian Riviera.

The five villages include Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore, and Monterosso, and each has its own unique charms and sights.

The area of Cinque Terra sprawls between La Spezia and Levanto.

Here you will find romantic olive groves and traditional eateries. There are Azure sea views all the way along the coast.

Boat Trip Along The Almalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To ItalyThe gorgeous Amalfi Coast is one of the most scenic spots in Italy. If you want to experience as much of it as possible then consider taking a boat trip along the shore line.

A number of companies offer boat rental and you can take in sights such as the towering Lattari Mountains. Plus, you can take in all the various cute coves and inlets as well.

Seemingly out of nowhere traditional Mediterranean villages will appear. Boat tours usually come with food and drinks included so that you can snack on local produce as you take in the views.

Valley Of The Temples

Valley Of the Temples - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To ItalyIf you are going to visit charming Sicily as part of your travels, your first stop needs to be the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento.

Here you will find a huge archaeological complex that has some of the most intact Doric temples that were built here in the 5th century.

One of the best things about the temples here is that they overlook the town below and you can take in the stunning views as you tour the historical site.

Climb Stromboli

Stromboli - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To ItalyOn a visit to Sicily you absolutely can’t miss the chance to climb at least part way up Stromboli, a still active volcano. If you are looking for an easy trek, you can walk 400 meters up the sides of Stromboli by yourself.

Wishing to continue on to the crater which still billows clouds of ash and fire, you will need a certified guide to take you.

To get to the top takes around 3 hours with the descent coming in at around 2 hours, so all in all you need to allow a five to six hour trek in order to see everything.

A slog to the top but it is well worth it for the spectacular views. In addition to saying, I have stood at the top of a live volcano, tick bucket list.

Juliet’s Balcony

Juliet's Balcony - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To ItalyVerona is home to what is said to be the balcony of Juliet, the character made famous in Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet.

Unfortunately, the reality is that the city of Verona bought the home featuring the balcony in 1905.  The purpose of doing this was to make it into an attraction sadly Romeo and Juliet never existed in real life.

Still, the balcony is a pretty spot in the city and couples flock here to declare their love for each other.

If you want to reenact the famous scene, line your lines and away you go.

Pompeii

Pompeii Temple of Apollo - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To ItalyPompeii is famous for the events that took place here in 79 AD, when Mount Vesuvius erupted and covered the town in ash.

The eruption meant that Roman life was captured and frozen in time, and when the site was excavated it offered a glimpse of a bygone era.

If you visit Pompeii today you can expect a kind of open air museum. Here you will find preserved houses, baths, and ancient Roman forums. They are all filled with the relics of the people who were living here when the eruption took place.

Mount Vesuvius

Mount Vesuvius - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To ItalyMount Vesuvius is one of the most famous mountains in the world. Trueof its famous eruption that covered the unsuspecting town of Pompeii in volcanic ash.

Nowadays Vesuvius is mostly considered safe to climb. You can trek to the crater of the mountain which looks like something you would find on the surface of the moon.

Needless to say, the views from the top are just spectacular. The hike is suitable for a range of abilities so you will be well looked after.

Lake Como

Lake Como - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To MilanLake Como in Lombardy spans an amazing 146 square kilometres and is the perfect place to get out on the water and explore Italy by boat.

The area around Lake Como has houses owned by some of the richest celebrities in the world. This tells you everything to know about the kind of views you can expect here.

The landscape surrounding the lake is covered with alpine forest and traditional villages. Plus, dainty ornate houses that make you feel as if you are in a picture postcard version of an Italian masterpiece.

Nearby is Gardaland a huge theme park for all the family, age has no boundary when you want some enjoyment.

Historic Siena

Historic Siena - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To ItalyThe city of Siena is often overlooked in favour of Florence. Although this is unfair as there is a huge amount to see and do here. Parts of the city are as pretty as its neighbouring rival.

The Historic Centre of Siena in particular is well worth a visit. It starts at the Piazza del Campo which leads to a historic district that is covered with Gothic architecture that dates from the 12th century.

This mingles with buildings from the Middle Ages and signature points.  Look out for include the mighty Duomo, the Pinacoteca Nazionale, and the pretty Palazzo Salimbeni.

Saint Mark’s Basilica

St. Marks Basilica - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To VeniceVenice has a range of peerless attractions although perhaps the most famous of these is Saint Mark’s Basilica.This is located on the famed Piazza San Marco or Saint Mark’s Square.

The basilica is the final resting place of Saint Mark the Evangelist and started life as a Byzantine church before being developed over the years.

The church is a work of art in its own right. You will find glittering mosaics and gorgeous marble decorations all over the complex as well as bas-reliefs and touches of gold leaf.

Venice Grand Canal

Venice Grand Canal - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To VeniceThe Grand Canal in Venice is one of the most famous waterways in the world. There are a variety of ways that you can enjoy it.

One of these is to take a water bus known as a vaporetto. This takes in various parts of the canal where you can marvel at the little bridges and traditional Venetian homes.

Another more romantic way to travel around the canal is to take an iconic gondola ride. Here you can imagine that you are back in the Venice of a different time.

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Pisa - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To ItalyThe Leaning Tower of Pisa in Pisa is a fluke of architecture. When the tower was constructed it immediately started to sink into the marshy ground beneath it.

This gave the tower its signature crooked stance. At various times in its existence it has been open and closed to the public as architects struggle to asses its safety.

When the tower is open you can climb to the viewing platform at the top where you can look across all of Pisa.

Blue Grotto Boat Trip

Blue Grotto Capri - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To ItalyOne of the premium sights in Capri is the Blue Grotto, also known as the Grotta Azzurra.

The grotto is the result of a cavern which is filled with water that glows a luminescent blue.

This happens when the sun hits it through shafts in the sides of the rock. The acoustics must be incredible, imagine playing an instrument from the boat.

 

 

Londons’ Fantastic Freebies

Don’t let people put you off with tales of how expensive London is. There’s an incredible array of things to do throughout the city without spending a penny. I have selected fifteen free things to do and see while you are here in the capital.

Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy

Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy - Londons' Fantastic Freebies, Irish Rugby Tours

Sir John Soane was an architect and avid collector of antiquities and art. He merged three houses on Lincoln’s Inn Fields to be his home and museum which he left to the nation in 1837.

Expect to be stunned by the building itself as well as the exhibits, which include the sarcophagus of Seti I in the crypt and Hogarth paintings in the picture gallery. An absolute treasure trove and well worth a visit.

London Roman Baths

Roman Bath The Strand 1841 - Londons' Fantastic Freebies, Irish Rugby Tours

Down a side road, through a tunnel, press a button for a light and you too can find the well-hidden Roman Baths in central London. The first thing to note is that these baths are actually very unlikely to be Roman. Most likely date back to the 16th or early 17th century, but genuinely believed they were much older when discovered in the late 18th century.

Fake Houses

Fake Houses Leinster Gardens - Londons' Fantastic Freebies, Irish Rugby Tours

The Metropolitan Railway, world’s first underground railway began conveying passengers in 1863 with lines constructed using a method called ‘cut and cover’. As the name implies, this involved digging a deep hole to house the underground tracks, and then covering over.

The route of the line between Paddington and Bayswater required the demolition of 23 and 24 Leinster Gardens. It was decided to build a 5ft-thick facade which matched the houses either side of the break. The original locomotives on the Metropolitan and District Line were powered by steam. Although they were fitted with condensers, engines still needed open air stretches of track to disperse the fumes. Walk around to Porchester Gardens you will find a wall with some graffiti written ‘Our hearts are around us’. Look over the wall and all will be revealed.

Clowns Church Service

The Clowns Service - Londons' Fantastic Freebies, Irish Rugby Tours

The first Sunday in February is the annual clowns church service at All Saints, corner Haggerston and Livermere Roads, Hackney. Clowns attend a church service in memory of Joseph Grimaldi. The clowns usually perform for the public after the church service. Arrive early as the press photographers come out in force and take up a large section of the church. When the clowns leave the church, they are usually kind enough to perform for the waiting public in the adjoining church hall. The performance usually lasts around an hour and is great for families. The hall is always packed at the start, but the press do leave and then you can enjoy a family show for free.

Notting Hill Film Locations

Notting Hill Film Locations, Portobello Market -Londons' Fantastic Freebies, Irish Rugby Tours

The 1999 film “Notting Hill” is set in the district of London by the same name where a bookshop owner played by Hugh Grant meets a famous American actress played by Julia Roberts. From Notting Hill Gate Tube Station, 103 Notting Hill Gate you have the Print Room formerly the Coronet Cinema. Afterwards onto Bella and Maxs’ at 91 Lansdowne Road, Rosemead Gardens, Gina’s house and then Portobella Road Market. To finish off you have, The Travel Bookshop now a gift shop, the coffee shop now a hair studio and finally Tony’s Restaurant now a gift shop. To do this tour you would need to be a big fan of the film. All the Locations are close by and it takes about an hour to do.

Princess Diana Memorial Playground

Princess Diana Memorial Playground - Londons' fantastic Freebiees, Irish Rugby Tours

The Diana Memorial Playground is located next to Kensington Palace, the former home of Diana Princess of Wales. It’s a fabulous children’s playground for kids up to 12 years. There are loads for kids to do in the Diana Memorial Playground including playing on the enormous wooden pirate ship. Princess Diana loved children and this playground serves as a fabulous legacy for future generations. The Diana Memorial Playground opened on June 30, 2000 and is a clean, safe, fun place for children under 12 years to play freely.

Fulham Palace

Fulham Palace - Londons' fantastic Freebiees, Irish Rugby Tours

A London palace that’s free to visit? It does exist! Fulham Palace was never a Royal Palace, but it was home to Bishops who were treated just as well. Inside the palace is a simple museum and you can enjoy dressing up and colouring pictures. Take a picnic or grab something from the upscale café and lounge on the lawn. Afterwards head into the landscaped gardens at the far end and use your lunch box to collect fallen bits of ‘nature.’

Victoria and Albert Museum

Victoria And Albert Museum - Londons' Fantastic Freebies, Irish Rugby Tours

Without doubt the world’s best decorative arts museum, the V&A , as it’s generally known, has been open for over 150 years and contains an incredible 4.5 million items. The first floor focuses on Asian, Japanese swords, ancient Chinese ceramics and some European art. Also, you will find plaster casts made from Michelangelo’s David. You might like to note that the fig leaf created in the 19th century was to protect the sensibilities of Victorian visitors. The Ardabil Carpet in the Middle East-focused Jameel Gallery is the world’s oldest, dating from Iran in the 1500s.

The Crypt and Chapel at Saint Pauls Cathedral

St.Pauls Cathedral Crypt Chapel - Londons' Fantastic Freebies, Irish Rugby Tours

Although there is an entry fee to the cathedral itself you can still get to see something for free. Head up the cathedral’s main steps and enter on the left-hand side. Inside you’ll find the line to buy tickets but keep to the left and you can enter St. Dunstan’s Chapel for free at any time. This is open for prayers all day but is well-frequented by visitors too. The chapel was consecrated in 1699 and is named for St Dunstan, a Bishop of London who became Archbishop of Canterbury in 959. The Churchill screen/gates divide the refectory and the crypt so can be seen for free when visiting the cafe/shop/restrooms. The crypt is the largest of its kind in Europe and is the final resting place of a number of prolific Brits including Admiral Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and Sir Christopher Wren himself.

Sir John Soane’s Museum

Soane Museum - Londons' Fantastic Freebies, Irish Rugby Tours

Sir John Soane was an architect and avid collector of antiquities and art. He merged three houses on Lincoln’s Inn Fields to be his home and museum which he left to the nation in 1837. Expect to be stunned by the building itself. In addition you will find which include the sarcophagus of Seti I in the crypt and Hogarth paintings in the picture gallery. An absolute treasure trove and well worth a visit.

The British Museum

British Museum - Londons' Fantastic Freebies, Irish Rugby Tours

The British Museum opened in 1753 and has prided itself on remaining free for all that time. It houses more than an incredible 7 million objects and it would probably take a week to see everything. Also the collection of Egyptian and Greek antiquities is without a doubt amongst the largest and best known in the world. Part of the collection consists of the controversial Elgin Marbles. They were brought back from the Parthenon in Athens by Lord Elgin whilst he was serving as Ambassador to Constantinople. Subsequently they were bought for the museum by the English government.

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square - Londons' Fantastic Freebies, Irish Rugby Tours

Just around the corner from Covent Garden lies the centre of London, Trafalgar Square and its pinnacle attraction Nelson’s Column. Behind the column is the National Gallery, founded in 1824, it houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900. Its collection belongs to the government on behalf of the British public. It is among the most visited art museums in the world, after the Louvre, the British Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Covent Garden

Covent Garden - Londons' Fantastic Freebies, Irish Rugby Tours

Just off Trafalgar Square, lies Covent Garden, a hotbed of modern cafes and restaurants. In the summer is the best time to visit as the place really comes to life. Street musicians and street artists of all genres turn up to show off their very best to entertain the passing crowds. Public participation usually happens when they are asked to help the artists with their performance.

Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard - Londons' Fantsatic Freebies, Irish Rugby Tours

Without doubt one of the best ceremonies in the city. The Changing of the Guard takes place every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 10.30am outside Buckingham Palace. Dressed in full uniform, bearskin hats and red tunics, the Queen’s Guard stomp around in time to music in a display of awesome pageantry. Afterwards they switch responsibilities with one another.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kick Jet Lag In To Touch

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Kick jet lag in to touch with these tips before jetting off on the summer holiday of a lifetime which is one of the best feelings in the world. Spending the first few days battling jet lag not so much.

Also known as ‘desynchronosis’ and ‘flight fatigue’, jet lag is a temporary disorder that causes fatigue, insomnia and sometimes other symptoms. This is due to air travel across different time zones.

It’s caused by a disruption to your circadian rhythm the internal body clock that governs your daily sleep-wake pattern.

Besides fatigue and insomnia, unlucky travellers may experience a number of physical and emotional effects. This includes anxiety, constipation, diarrhoea, confusion, dehydration and headaches.

But can you avoid this one-way ticket to exhaustion?

Here are a few pointers to assist you for a comfortable flight.

1. Stay Hydrated

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Before a flight, it can be tempting to load up on wine and beer to calm your nerves or caffeinated drinks to keep you awake, but this could be doing more harm than good.

Hydration can be key. Your body recovers best when it isn’t depleted of fluids. Tea, coffee and alcohol can dehydrate you, depending on what type you have.

When it comes to choosing from the drinks trolley mid-flight, I would suggest sticking to plain water. This is due to the fact artificial stimulants will affect your ability to sleep and increase jet lag recovery time.

Drink enough water to make sure your urine is a pale straw colour. You might also find that you get more dehydrated when you’re flying and need to drink more than normally.

2. Turn Off Gadgets

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When you arrive at your destination, it can be really tempting to start updating your social media channels and checking up on the day’s news. If you’re planning to get some shut-eye, this can really throw off your sleep schedule.

The blue light emitted by your device can trick your brain into thinking it’s daytime even when it’s not.

If you find yourself awake late in the evening, choose a light evening meal and stretch your legs outdoors instead.

Switch off electronic gadgets and read a book to help you fall asleep.

3. Bring Your Own Pillow

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Try to maintain your personal sleep routine while you’re away from home.

Make time to set out your bedtime stuff, such as your pyjamas and toilet bag, so that things will be ready when you return for the night.

Also, try to preserve your pre-sleep habits and routines. These are important behavioural cues for sleep, so make sure you pack any items which support these behaviours, like photos, books, blankets and consider taking your own pillow.

4. Adjust Your Watch

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A simple but effective trick you can do during your flight is to change your watch, phone and laptop to match the time of your destination.

This will mentally prepare you for the new time zone you’re about to enter.

Imagine what you would be doing at your destination and try to mimic that as much as possible, especially meals and bedtime.

You’ll be amazed at how quickly shifting your mind’s perspective and small actions can help your body adjust to the changes.

5. Snack On Cherries

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Struggling to sleep in your hotel? Instead of ordering room service, try and find a local fruit vendor.

Montmorency tart cherries are one of the few natural sources of melatonin. This hormone is responsible for the regulation of the body’s internal clock and sleep-wake cycle.

Cherries can help improve sleep quality, including sleep efficiency, the number of awakenings at night, nocturnal activity and actual time spent sleeping.

To reap the benefits, have either a handful of cherries as a bedtime snack or swill down a small serving of tart juice.  Subsequently you might just find that it stops you from staring at the ceiling all night.

Tribal County Galway

River Corrib Cruise

Corrib River Cruise - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To Galway

Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a cruise onboard the luxurious all-weather 157 passenger boat, the Corrib Princess.

The Corrib Princess sails from Woodquay in the heart of Galway city. The journey takes passengers along the majestic River Corrib and onto Lough Corrib, Ireland’s largest lake.

It provides visitors with unsurpassed views and natural amenities that make this the most spectacular waterway in Ireland.

The Corrib Princess takes you past castles and various sites of both historical and cultural interest.

If you fancy a drink, apparently the Irish coffee is amazing from the boat’s bar.

Trad On The Prom

Trad On The Prom - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To Galway

MAY 2018 – OCTOBER 2018.

Under one roof performers who have captivated audiences from productions such as Riverdance, The Chieftains and Lord of the Dance have gathered on one stage. Here they present an unforgettable entertainment experience in Galway the City of the Tribes.

The music will touch your soul and the dancing will take your breath away. It’s a truly remarkable experience suitable for all ages and nationalities.

Trad on the Prom showcases the amazing talents of legendary trad musicians. In addition they are joined on stage by an amazing selection of guest musicians and dancers.

The show also features an outstanding array of World Champion Irish dancers.

Now in its fourteenth consecutive season, Trad on the Prom retains its position as Ireland’s number one music, song and dance experience.

Horse Riding

Horse Riding - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To Galway

Discover the natural wonders of the Wild Atlantic Way on this full-day horseback riding adventure from Galway.

Before heading off you will meet your guides and your horse for the day and the guides will make sure that you feel comfortable and safe.

Trek to Omey Island, where you can gallop across the beach and splash through the waves. You will also enjoy spectacular views of the Twelve Bens mountain range.

Suitable for all riding levels. hats and boots will be supplied by the riding centre. Make sure you bring appropriate rain and wind gear.

Pedal Power Pub Crawl

Pedal Power Pub Crawl - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To Galway

Taking in all the sights and sounds of Galway this is a great way to see the city.

The tour goes through Spanish Arch, The Long Walk and Quay Street, ideal for visitors looking for something different.

Available is a 15-seater bike called Big Berta which is great fun. It is the perfect vehicle to tour around Galway in addition to stopping at careful selected pubs.

There’s no party like a Pedal Power Party. Travel around Galway, playing all your own music on your blue tooth speakers.

Paddle Board & Kayaking Adventure

Paddle Board And Kayaking - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To GalwayArrive 15 minutes before time this will give you time to change into wet suit and buoyancy aid for the trip. You will then set off under the leadership of an experienced guide.

You will be provided with all the necessary equipment depending which pursuit you choose.

Your guide will take you to see magnificent scenery from a sea level view. Depending on which location is chosen for the day, this could include sea caves and arches and pristine white sandy beaches.

You might even catch sight of wildlife such as dolphins, seals, and the occasional basking shark.

Whiskey Tour

Irish Whiskey Tour - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To GalwayMeet your local guide in the infamous An Pucan Whiskey Bar. An Pucan is a very friendly, traditional Irish venue and the perfect setting for an intro to the history of Irish whiskey.

Here you will start the proceedings with two local Irish whiskeys. After this the venues are kept a secret which is part of the excitement.

Bar number 2 is a short walk away, your next whiskey bar awaits you for two more beautiful Irish whiskeys.

To finish off proceedings  you will be taken on a stroll through the historic streets to your last venue. Now it’s time to enjoy two more tipples of Irish whiskey.

From here who knows where the night will take you, but you’ll be sure to go home with a smile on your face as well as some great stories.

Galway Races

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One of the greatest weeks in Galway, crowds in their tens of thousands flock religiously each year in August to celebrate this festival of horse racing.

Ladies Day is saved for the Thursday and here you will see the best of the best in fashion being displayed by all the ladies. A lavish prize is bestowed upon the best dressed lady on the day.

The race course dates back to 1869. What is unique about this course is that the last two fences are the closest together than any other race course in the world.

As part of his visit to Ireland in 1979 Pope John Paul 11 celebrated mass at the racecourse for two hundred and eighty thousand people. Afterwards the mayor of Galway then conferred the Freedom of Galway upon the Pontiff.

Walking Tour

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What a great way to discover the rich history and cultural heritage of Galway city. The good thing about Galway is that it’s fairly compact and easy enough to get around on foot.

Whether you choose to go with a tour company or make your own way around the cobblestone streets, it’s a great way of being part of the hustle and bustle.

The advantage of going on your own steam is you can stop and start as you please without feeling you are delaying the group.

However, a tour company would have the advantage of a guide to answer those burning questions and also to add their personal touch with in-depth local knowledge.

Whichever way you choose to go and explore the city, the following should feature highly on your must-see list.

Oh, and don’t forget a good Galway map if you’re opting for a self-guided tour of the city.

InishBofin

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Come and discover Inishbofin or (Inis Bo Finne-Island of the White Cow in Irish), which lies seven miles  off Galway’s north-west coast.

The island is five by three miles long and the main activities on the island today are tourism, farming and fishing.

There are five villages: West Quarter, Fawnmore, Middle Quarter, Cloonamore and Knock.

Inishbofin has lots of interesting things to see and do, such as many species of birds, historical sites, white beaches, swimming, hill walks and shore angling. It is also a centre for traditional Irish music and song with its own Ceilí band.

With this tour you take a bus trip from Galway city to Cleggan Harbour, then a ferry trip over to the island to experience the unique life of this magical island.

Enjoy a delicious light lunch of local foods and craft beer, with a walk around the island before departing by ferry then bus back to Galway city.

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An evening of superb food and wines along with renowned music, song and storytelling. Also there’s intimate bench seating, dim candlelight and long oak tables.

In the tradition of the medieval King Guaire you are welcomed to savour a delicious four course dinner at Dunguaire Castle on the majestic shores of Galway Bay.

Enjoy fine wines, stories and excerpts selected to lift the soul and lighten the heart. When you arrive on the Castle steps the Butler will welcome you and show you into the Castle.

Savour a goblet of mead in the inner quarter while mingling with the Ladies of the Castle.

After a brief history of the Castle and a musical introduction by the Castle Singers, guests climb the stairs to enter the Banquet Hall.

Let the castle’s superb artists inspire you with extracts chosen from the works of great literary writers such as Yeats, Shaw, O’Casey and Synge.

Lovely Derry On The Foyle

The Peace Bridge

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Finally built in 2011 the Peace Bridge opened on the 25th June.

The reason for the bridge was to bring the two communities closer and to live in peace.

Not your standard straight bridge but a bridge with several bends and seats to rest.

It is also the newest of the three bridges in the city.

Free Derry Wall

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The Free Derry Wall is a historical landmark in the Bogside neighbourhood of Derry.

In January 1969 a local activist, who might have been Liam Hillen. Allegedly painted graffiti on a gable wall at the end of a housing terrace stating, “You are now entering Free Derry”.

In August 1969, the “Free Derry” wall was painted white and the “You are now entering Free Derry” was painted instead.

The area in front of the wall became known as Free Derry Corner by the inhabitants.

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In the walled city of Derry is the mother church of the Church of Ireland, Diocese of Derry and Raphoe and the parish church of Templemore.

This Church is in memory to Saint Columba, an Irish monk who established a christian settlement in the area.

St. Columb’s has in its possession many documents dating back from the Siege of Derry.

The Cathedral has in its possession many portraits of William of Orange and the original keys of the city.

Londonderry Apprentice Boys Lodge

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The hall was opened in 1877, dedicated to the memory of the thirteen apprentice boys who closed the city gates in 1688 against Catholic forces.

The hall is an architecturally important building within the walled city.

It now houses the headquarters of the association, with its office and debating chamber it also houses a social club and a museum.

The Tower Museum

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The Tower Museum is a museum on local history in Derry.

The museum is located in Union Hall Place, within a historic tower just inside the city walls, near the Guildhall.

It presents the history of Derry and also has an exhibit on a local shipwreck from the Spanish Armada.

The museum opened in 1992 and has won a number of awards. It also covers the political conflict that has affected the history of the city.

Derry City Walls

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Enjoy a fascinating guided tour along the walls of the city and listen to the old and the new history of Derry.

Derry has become a cosmopolitan and vibrant city. You will hear some of the most interesting stories regarding the troubles and the political struggles.

The guides tell their stories of the city with such pride and passion because as they say this is my home, my city and I love her.

Siege Museum

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The Siege of Londonderry in 1689 is one of the landmark events in British and Irish history.

An event of such importance that its outcome has shaped and continues to shape the history of both Britain and Ireland.

105 days 30,000 Protestant people held the walled city of Londonderry in the face of the Catholic King James II. They held it until the relief fleet broke across the River Foyle and the Jacobite forces commenced their retreat on August 1st, 1689.

Inside the museum is a fascinating history of those days. Well worth a visit to get a feel of what it was like for both sides of the community at that period of time.

Londonderry Guildhall

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Derry’s original 17th-century Guildhall was located in the Diamond area of the Walled City. Its name reflected the status of Londonderry as being founded by the City & Guilds of London.

The Building has been subjected to fire and terror attacks over the years but still remains a focal point in the city.

Originally named Victoria Hall this was discovered due to the fact it was engraved on some foundation stones found during restoration works.

It was badly damaged by fire in Easter 1908 with only the clock tower surviving the fire intact.

The whole building was re-built and renovated after the fire and re-opened in 1912.

Furthermore during the troubles, the building was subjected to terror attacks.

Creggan Country Park

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Enjoy a day out at Creggan Country Park for a wide range of outdoor activities, from orienteering to kayaking.

The instructors will be able to go through all the basics with you if you are a beginner or novice, you’re in safe hands.

For those who would like a bit more action, paint balling is available, all the boys will love that.

Bring an old-fashioned picnic with you and enjoy the delightful countryside around you.

 

 

Limerick – The Treaty County

Adare Manor – Afternoon Tea

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This is a magical setting for an indulgent and unforgettable dining experience, afternoon tea at Adare Manor an absolute delight.

The Gallery at Adare Manor is the perfect marriage of grand scale and exquisite detail. As a result people are flocking to the manor.

Surrounded by magnificent stained glass and ancient wood-carvings and delighted by exceptional tastes and flavours what more would you want.

Aran Islands

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The Aran Islands are 3 rocky isles guarding the mouth of Galway Bay and only 75 minutes from Limerick to Doolin Harbour.

The largest island, Inishmore, is home to the prehistoric fort of Dún Aonghasa, perched on top of a high cliff.

A true Irish experience awaits, locals speak Irish as well as English in a setting of Celtic churches of historical significance.

Easiest way around the Islands is by mini bus where a drop and pick up service is available or on bike at your own leisure.

Bunratty Castle

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This is the fourth castle, the present structure, was built by the MacNamara family after around 1425.

The castle was opened to the public in 1960, sporting furniture, tapestries and works of art dating to around 1600.

Today, the castle is a major tourist attraction, along with Bunratty Folk Park. Both the castle and Bunratty House are open to the public.

The castle is famous for its medieval banquets. Bunratty Folk Park is an open-air museum featuring around 30 buildings, including the Ardcroney Church of Ireland church, which moved here and reopened in 1998.

Cliffs Of Moher

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Only 90 minutes from Limerick the Cliffs Of Moher are one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland.

It also topped a list of attractions in 2006 by drawing almost one million visitors the total visit number is now around 1.5 million per annum.

Furthermore the cliffs are also a signature point on the official Wild Atlantic Way tourist trail.

While the cliffs can be accessed at multiple points there is also an 18km Cliff Walk. Consequently the majority of visitors come to the official visitor centre.

Greyhound Racing

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A night at Limerick Greyhound Stadium provides, live, adrenaline pumped entertainment.

Top class facilities ensure it is comfortable to watch the action from inside and out. A lot of people like to make an evening by going greyhound racing as what they require is at their fingertips.

Available at the Stadium is a restaurant and bar.

Racing takes place on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Gates open at 6:30pm and the first race is at 7:45pm. So, get your friends together and head off for a night at the dogs.

The Hunt Museum

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The Hunt Museum exhibits one of Ireland’s greatest private collections of art and antiquities.

Dating from the Neolithic to the 20th Century, works included are by Renoir, Picasso and Yeats.

The Hunt Museum started up in 1978 in one room, not as old as you think it would be.

John and Gertrude Hunt were collectors and advisors to other collectors of fine art. As John got older he found he had amassed a considerable amount of art.

He asked the Irish Government if they would like the collection but declined.

Two members from what is now University Limerick took the collection and stored in that one room in 1978. The Museum officially opened in 1997.

King John’s Castle

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King John’s Castle is situated in the heart of medieval Limerick City.

Visitors of all ages will find something to inspire and excite them at the brand-new visitor experience at King John’s Castle.

The stunning new exhibition at King John’s Castle brings to life over 800 years of dramatic local history.

John was of course brother to Richard, also known as Richard The Lionheart. There was never any real love between these two brothers.

John was a bad king hated by his people, where Richard was loved but was never home for the people.

Lough Gur Heritage Centre

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The exhibition provides an overview of one of Ireland’s most important archaeological sites.

Lough Gur is at the heart of a remarkable archaeological landscape. In Addition it features sites that represent every major period of human history in Ireland.

The exhibition is suitable for all ages and brings the visitor on a journey through the history of Lough Gur.

Starting during the Mesolithic Era, and progressing until the 19th century.

Visitors to the Centre have an opportunity to actively engage with the exhibition. For Instance they can play a role in forming their individual experience at the centre by choosing which interactive elements to investigate.

Thomond Park

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Follow in the footsteps of the Munster heroes by taking a look behind the scenes at the historic Thomond Park Stadium.

The stadium tour takes you to places usually only accessible to players and officials.

When you walk through the tunnel and up to the pitch you can imagine the crowd shouting Munster Munster from the stands.

Before or afterwards you can enjoy a look round the Museum which shows Munster’s history including that famous win over the All Blacks in 1978.

Wexford-The Sunny South East’s 10 Attractions

Hook Lighthouse

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Explore the oldest operational lighthouse in the world.

Voted one of Ireland’s favourite attractions, Hook Lighthouse in Wexford is truly one of a kind.

Purpose built 800 years ago by the Knight William Marshal. Take a step back in time for a guided tour hearing tales of medieval times and life as a light keeper.

If you are feeling fit climb to the top for a spectacular view of Ireland’s coast line.

Irish National Heritage Park

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Welcome to a journey which will take you through Ireland’s past over 35 acres.

You will see full scale reconstructions of ancient houses, forts and tombs.

A fully reconstructed early Christian monastery, mill, cooking place, Viking boatyard and boats. Ancient bread animals at the Ringfort woodland trails and wildlife.

There’s a defensive ditch built by first Norman invaders to Ireland and a Round Tower memorial to the Crimean War.

Dunbrody Famine Ship

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The Dunbrody Famine Ship is a spectacular feature of the New Ross quayside.

This is one attraction that can’t be missed the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience is a reminder of our history.

Your guide will tell you the history of the boat and what it was like to sail across to America. Life on board was not a pretty one.

Our American guests enjoy this tour. For many of them this is where their ancestors probably sailed from and is a humble experience for them.

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Loftus Hall is one spooky house.

Originally built in 1170 by a Norman knight called Raymond Le Gros.  Gros then changed his name to Redmond because he wanted an Irish identity.

Loftus Hall is Ireland’s most haunted house. You will learn all about the dark side of this house.

For those feeling really brave there is a lockdown at night.

Enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand.

Tintern Abbey

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A Cistercian abbey, founded in 1200 by William, the Earl Marshall, and named after Tintern in Wales.

The remains consist of nave, chancel, tower, chapel and cloister.

The Colclough family occupied this house from the 16th century until 1960s.

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Discover the 400 year old history of Wells House & Gardens.

Uncover the everyday lives of the families who lived in the estate and their famed architect Daniel Robertson.

Giving you a unique insight into the life of previous generations. You can watch falconry shows on the house lawns.

Enniscorty Castle

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Enniscorthy Castle, in the heart of Enniscorthy town.

Originally built in the 13th century, and has been home to Norman knights, English armies, Irish rebels and prisoners.

Visit the dungeon to see the rare medieval wall art The Swordsman.

Pop up to the battlements to marvel at the amazing views of Vinegar Hill Battlefield and Enniscorthy town.

National 1798 Rebellion Centre

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Fanned by flames of Revolution in America and France, the events of 1798 in Ireland are etched forever on Irish history.

On your visit you will meet the key figures of the Rebellion, participate in their state of the art 4D battle of Vinegar Hill.

Discover how weapons from the period worked. Learn in gruesome detail how some 20,000 insurgents faced the might of 10,000 well-trained and well-armed Crown Forces.

The Kennedy Homestead

Kennedy Homestead - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To WexfordThe Kennedy Homestead, birthplace of President John F. Kennedy’s great-grandfather Patrick Kennedy.

In the house you will find the story of five generations of the Kennedy dynasty.

The curators, using the Kennedy Library archival collection in Boston, have created a state of the art interpretative exhibit. It explores the circumstances of Patrick Kennedy’s departure from Ireland in 1848.

Piecing together the story of the most famous Irish–American family through the 20th century to the present day.

Duncannon Fort

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Duncannon Fort is an important sixteenth century coastal bastioned fort.

The fort is one of only three bastioned forts built in County Wexford and the only one which is accessible to the public.

A tapestry telling the story of the Normans arriving in Ireland in the 1100’s can be seen with several others.

 

Dublin – Ireland’s Capital

Guinness Storehouse

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The Guinness Storehouse is the Home of Guinness, where you will discover what goes into the making of each and every pint.

Learn about the incredible brand history stretching over 250 years. Ireland’s number one International Visitor Attraction unfolds its tale across seven floors. Shaped around a giant pint, which, if filled would contain 14.3 million pints of Guinness.

On the fifth floor you can rest and order a pint with some food while being entertained by musicians and traditional dancers.

For those who would like to try and pour a pint for themselves the option is there to see how good they are.

Temple Bar

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Temple Bar is a busy riverside neighbourhood, spread over cobbled pedestrian lanes.

Crowded pubs host live folk music and DJ sets, and diners pack restaurants serving Asian, American and Irish cuisine.

Quirky boutiques stock clothes and crafts by local designers. Dublin’s number one drinking location is packed with visitors daily, morning noon and night it’s never empty.

Dublin Castle

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Dublin Castle was first founded as a major defensive work Meiler Fitzhenry on the orders of King John in 1204.

Sometime after the Normans had invaded in 1169, it was ordered that a castle be built with strong walls and good ditches for the defence of the city.

In 1922 Dublin Castle was eventually given to its people and the new Irish Republic government under Michael Collins.

A guided tour is recommended, you will get to see some exhibits that you would not see just walking around on your own.

Kilmainham Gaol

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Dublin’s Kilmainham Gaol held some of the most famous political and military leaders in Irish history.

They Robert Emmet, Charles Stewart Parnell, the 1916 Rising leaders and Eamon de Valera.

The Gaol was built in 1796 replacing the one which was more of a hovel than a gaol. From that date to 1820, hangings took place outside the front gate once a week.

Men, women and children were not segregated and 5 to a cell was the norm. All they had was the one candle for light and heat.

Most of the time the prisoners were in the dark and cold as they only got one candle every fortnight.

A fascinating tour about the prison and Irish history.

Christ Church Cathedral

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Christ Church Cathedral is one visitor’s attraction that has to be seen.

History walks out from everywhere is this amazing cathedral. The cathedral was probably founded around 1028 and just after 1066 the Norman invasion, it became the property of the French.

Henry 11 is reported to have attended the cathedral for communion after he had Thomas Beckett murdered in Canterbury Cathedral.

The cathedral was originally built in wood, but the Normans rebuilt it in stone.

It’s one place of worship that really is a must when you come to Dublin.

Jameson Distillery

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Originally one of six main whiskey distilleries in Dublin Jameson was founded by John Jameson in 1780.

By 1805 the distillery had become the number one producer in the world.

A visit to the distillery is a must it is an exciting and engaging experience as the staff will tell you.

You will discover how three simple ingredients, water, barley and yeast are transformed into the drink that is known as Jameson Irish Whiskey.

There’s a little sampling to be done too, which can’t be missed.

Dublinia

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Dublinia tells the story of Dublin from the Vikings through the Norman Invasion and through the ages.

You will definitely come away from here knowing so much more of Dublin and the people who lived here and built this city. It is located at Christ Church the crossroads of medieval Dublin.

There are a couple of more exhibitions on show too which would be of interest.

One being the artefacts that have been unearthed over the years such as the skeleton remains of a Viking warrior.

Viking Splash Tours

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Viking Splash Tours is a truly unique experience on land and water. Here you will take in the sights of Dublin during a fun-filled and engaging guided city tour.

Enjoy the sights of Dublin by land and water amphibious vehicles that take you from land to water and back again.

You will experience an unanticipated, enjoyable and informative experience that appeals to young and old alike.

The tour lasts for about 70 mins and the guides are very good. If you’re lucky enough to be chosen you might get the chance to do a bit of steering down the River Liffey.

Aviva Stadium

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Visit the Aviva Stadium for a tour. You will see the press conference room, home dressing rooms, players’ tunnel, dugouts and more.

The Aviva tour guides will bring you around the stadium and entertain you for an hour.

One of the guides is Patrick O’Reilly AKA Ralla. Ralla was kit man to the Irish Rugby team for 15 years and also kit man for two British and Irish Lions tours.

During the tour the team management are usually asked to sit at the media table so that the players can ask a few questions for a bit of craic.

Croke Park

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Croke Park is the home of Ireland’s national game Gaelic Football and Hurling.

Every child in the country is brought up to play both sports just like children in New Zealand are brought up with a rugby ball.

Visit Croke Park on a stadium tour and you will learn all you need to know about this Irish sport.

There’s a chance to do the roof top tour which takes you all round the top of the stadium. This also allows you to walk out onto a podium which overlooks the pitch.

Hurling is the world’s fastest ball game and the ball can travel at speeds, the ball when hit has been clocked at a 100mph.

 

 

Rebel County Cork

Cork English Food Market

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The English Market has been serving the population of Cork City since 1788.

During its life it has survived revolution, war, depression, famine and the boom period. But it has always remained as the hub of the city for its inhabitants to meet and gather.

In recent years the market has even been visited by royalty. Queen Elizabeth 11 of England and just recently her son Prince Charles, Prince of Wales.

So, when in Cork, the market is a must visit, even just to look around.

Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral

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Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral is a Gothic three spiral cathedral in the city of Cork.

It belongs to the Church of Ireland and was completed in on ground that has been a place of worship since the seventh century. Christian use of the site dates back to a seventh-century monastery and was, according to tradition, founded by Finbarr of Cork.

During the medieval period, the site underwent successive wars, waves of church building and damage.

Around 1536, during the Protestant Reformation the cathedral became part of the established church later known as the Church of Ireland.

Blackrock Castle

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Blackrock Castle is a castellated fortification located on the banks of the River Lee.

Originally developed as a coastal defence fortification in the 16th century to protect upper Cork Harbour and port, the site now houses an observatory and visitor centre.

In the late 16th century, the citizens of Cork appealed to Queen Elizabeth I to construct a fort at Blackrock to fight back pirates and other invaders.

Around 1582 a fortification was built on the site and later around 1600, a round tower was constructed to safeguard against pirates carrying away vessels entering the harbour.

The earliest elements of this structure remaining today are a circular tower on the water’s edge.

Mitchelstown Cave

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Mitchelstown Cave was discovered by Michael Condon in 1833.

He came by it while he was out quarrying limestone. He dropped his crowbar into a crevasse and while he moved some rocks to pick it up he looked down into what was a large underground passageway.

Now people from far and near travel to Mitchelstown to see this world famous cave.

Walking in Michael’s footsteps you will come across massive caverns which are covered in fascinating dripstone formations. you will also come across one of Europe’s finest columns called the Tower of Babel.

Concerts are performed underground as the acoustics are incredible.

Spike Island

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Spike Island is an island of 103 acres in Cork Harbour. Originally the site of a monastic settlement, the island is dominated by an 18th-century star fort named Fort Mitchel.

The island’s strategic location within the harbour meant it was used at times for defence and as a prison.

Cork Harbour’s defences faced two threats. Firstly, an attack by war-ships forcing an entry in to the harbour – either in a raid to destroy shipping or to affect a landing of troops.

Secondly, they faced the threat of attack from the land by forces which had been landed at an undefended point along the coast.

Spike Island is now a tourist attraction which attracts thousands, in August 2016 it alone attracted over 10,000 visitors. On show there are prison cells, gun emplacements, and key points of interest.

Cork City Gaol

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Visit this old castle like gaol and imagine what it was like for the inmates to live here during their incarceration for such petty crimes.

The gaol was built in 1824 and took 8 years to finish as the years passed by different wings were added to accommodate extra prisoners.

The warders themselves actually lived inside the prison with their families in rooms just a little bigger than the cells the prisoners were housed in.

When the gaol opened it was home to both male and female but of course in different wings.

In 1927 the gaol became a radio station for what is now the nation’s chief broadcaster.

Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle and the Blarney Stone, everyone wants to kiss the legendary stone. When lying on your back and head back don’t look down, it’s a long way down but don’t worry you’re in safe hands.

The castle that visitors see today is the 3rd castle to be built on the site.

The first castle was built around the 10th century and was a wooden fort. In 1210 the second castle was built this time of stone and then the present castle was built in 1446.

Blarney means persuasive elegance, being able to flatter or charm someone. It comes from the Irish word Bhlarna which means little field, but we all like the first meaning.

Zip Lining

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Who wants to play Tarzan? Zip Lining will give you that chance.

Deep in the Cork countryside you will find zip lining for all levels.

A place where children can be children and adults can be children too. You can climb high into the treetops if you have the nerve, swing into the cargo nets and then zip line. For those scared of heights there are the lower levels where you will feel a little safer.

This is a unique experience for everyone to enjoy, no matter what age you are.

Fota Wildlife Park

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Opened in July 1983 by the President of Ireland, has the primary aim of conservation of global wildlife. It is a joint project of the Zoological Society of Ireland and University College, Cork.

Fota Wildlife Park has more than 70 species of exotic wildlife in open surroundings. Animals include ostriches, giraffes, kangaroos, zebras and antelope.

Most of the animals who inhabit the island are allowed to roam throughout with the exception of the cheetahs and other predators, which have fenced enclosures. Ring-tailed lemurs, wallabies and other animals freely roam the park.

Many of the animals at Fota are under threat of extinction. Fota Wildlife Park is involved in breeding programs for these endangered species, as well as being a breeding source for other zoos around the world.

An Asian sanctuary opened between in 2015 and includes enclosures for tigers and other animals. In 2015 the park was the ninth most popular paid attraction in Ireland, with 436,000 visitors that year.

Cobh Titanic Experience

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Cobh was the last port of call for the Titanic before it set sail for America.

Here you will read about and learn about the last passengers to board the ocean liner.

Upon entry you will be given a boarding ticket with a name of one of those passengers. At the end of the tour you will find out what happened to that person.

It’s a very enjoyable guided tour, not on the same par as the one you probably have seen in Belfast but still worth visiting.