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What are the Things to See in Sligo?

Sligo is a beautiful and historic town in the Northwest of Ireland. It is famous for its connections with William Butler Yeats, winner of the noble prize for literature, and national poet of Ireland.

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How Do I Get from Dublin Airport to the City Centre?

Dublin International Airport is approximately 6 miles / 12 kilometres north of Dublin city centre, near a large suburban area called Swords.

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Do I Need a Visa to Visit Ireland from USA?

US citizens, when first planning a visit to Ireland, may ask: "Will I have to apply for a visa"? The answer is no -- if you are a citizen of the United States, and a valid passport holder, you do not need a visa to travel to Ireland. This answer assumes that you have a currently valid U.S. passport and you will be staying for no longer than three months. Note that you will be able to travel freely between Ireland and Northern Ireland. There is no physical border between the two countries.

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How to Plan a Trip to Ireland

During peak tourism periods – June, July and August – flight and accommodation prices  are highest. The surrounding ramp-up and ramp-down tourism periods of April / May and September / October offer cheaper prices and better availability. In late spring, summer and autumn months, daylight in Ireland begins early and lasts long into the evenings. In late June, dawn arrives before 4am and daylight on clear days stretches past midnight (conversely, during the winter holidays, darkness arrives by 4pm).

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What are the Most Popular Attractions in Dublin?

People from around the world enjoy the unique flavour of Guinness Stout. That's why so many are interested in visiting the place where the tradition began. The works of Irish artists from as far back as the 14th century, plus a number of European treasures, can be seen at the The National Gallery. The Dublin zoo is the oldest zoos in all the world, more than 700 hundred animals, including some rare species, live here in a variety of surroundings -- but visit on a weekday to avoid crowds. Don't miss 'Dvblina' multimedia exhibition at ChristChurch, which tells the story of Dublin’s Viking history. The Book of Kells is perhaps the most well-known Irish artistic treasure, this illuminated manuscript from the 9th century is on display at Trinity College. A tour of Dublin's this northside cemetery, where many of Ireland's most prominent figures are buried, is a great way to get an understanding of modern Irish history.

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What Are the Most Common Myths About Ireland?

Ireland has long been known as a land of myth and legend, but there are some misconceptions  you should be aware of before you travel to the Emerald Isle – or you may be in for a surprise! Irish natives don't wear green, unless they are doing it in a fun way on St. Patrick's Day, or at a national sporting event. Even on these occasions, Irish people only wear lots of green as a parody of the national stereotype. In places like the US, the words “Ireland” and “leprechaun” are synonymous. In Ireland, however, leprechauns are nowhere to be seen. At least, not in the flesh. There is no denying that Ireland's culture has long had a close association with alcohol, with the local pub at the centre of social events. In recent times,"binge drinking" has increased among Ireland's youth, but this problem is shared with our neighbour, the United Kingdom and other northern European countries.

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What Should I Pack for a Trip to Ireland?

Ireland has a mild, damp, windy climate that does not reach extremes. Winters are damp, windy and chilly, but usually without much ice or snow. Summers are warm but not too hot, yet still quite damp and windy. The west of Ireland is a little wetter and windier than the east. Summer temperatures typically range between the low 60s and the low 80s Fahrenheit, or low 10s to mid 20s Celsius. Winter temperatures range between just above freezing (rarely below) to highs of 40 or 50 degrees Fahrenheit, or around 10 degrees Celsius.

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Do they Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Ireland?

Yes, St. Patrick's Day originated in Ireland and is celebrated there today, as it has been for hundreds of years. The day commemorates St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. Paddy's Day is a national public holiday, and also a bank holiday, in the Republic of Ireland. Almost all businesses are closed in the Republic of Ireland on Saint Patrick's Day, except for hospitality, like restaurants, pubs, etc. Most large stores are closed, but many supermarkets and grocery stores remain open.

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How Can I Avoid Standing in Line at the Guinness Storehouse?

Catering for over a million visitors each year, the Guinness Storehouse is one of Ireland's most popular attractions. But this Disneyland of Beer has its downsides -- chiefly the queuing, sometimes for an hour or more, to enter. Worse, the Guinness Brewery is in a run-down area of Dublin, with not many amenities around. If you're hungry or thirsty, you won't be able to grab a drink or snack, like a soda or a hot dog while you wait. Fortunately, the smart visitor can avoid waiting in line like a chump! Here are two ways to skip the queues and go right in: Buy your ticket online, from the official Guinness Storehouse website or Buy your ticket as part of your tour.

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Do People Tip in Ireland?

In Ireland, people generally do not tip for many services, except in restaurants and other eateries, and some other exceptions. In restaurants, Irish people typically tip between 10% and 15% of the bill, depending on the service. If you give a 20% tip, great! You may have had excellent customer service! (Or you may have had one pints of Guinness too many!) Taxi Drivers do not expect tips, and many drivers will often round down the bill, especially on longer fares. However, no driver will refuse a tip, even after rounding down the bill. Irish people do not tip the bar staff, no matter how drunk they get!

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