10th Jun 2014
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Why Ireland? Why not?
Why Ireland? Why not?

With over two million Australians claiming to have Irish roots, it is hardly surprising that Ireland is such a popular travel destination. Of course, you don’t need to be Irish to enjoy a trip to the Emerald Isle and with the Australian dollar still quite strong against the Euro, there really is nothing stopping you.

Whatever you’re looking for in a holiday, Ireland has it in spades. Maybe you wish to explore your Irish roots, visit friends or family, marvel at the beautiful scenery or simply enjoy the Irish hospitality? Ireland is a land of many contrasts, with the south, or Eire as it’s known, very quintessentially Irish and the north offering a more British culture.

Ireland boasts Dublin as its capital city and what a city it is. Blessed with both historical and cosmopolitan appeal and set on the picturesque River Liffey, Dublin has a magnificent Viking history, is home to the Books of Kells at Trinity College and is where one of Ireland’s best-known exports – Guinness – is not only manufactured, but also tastes the best. Northern Ireland’s capital Belfast, where the Titanic was built, has a rich cultural life which includes many galleries, theatres and a host of year-round festivals.

The island of Ireland is made up of four provinces and 32 counties, and each has it’s own unique charms and traditions. As you travel around the counties, you will visit numerous ancient castles and stately homes, as well as Ireland’s many natural wonders including; the geological phenomenon of the Giant’s Causeway, the Cliffs of Moher which stand 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, the magnificent scenery around the Ring of Kerry and the beautiful white sandy stretches of beach along the Cork/Kerry coast. 

The climate in Ireland is never too hot or too cold... it’s always just right, so any time to visit is the perfect time. During the high season, in summer, you will enjoy long sunny evenings, parks in full bloom and festivals around every corner. As for autumn, spring and winter, you are sure to see Ireland showing off her 40 shades of green. Just remember that it’s the rain which makes the country so green and lush!

With the Australian dollar still being relatively strong against the Euro and the Pound, Ireland is an attractive holiday destination. There’s enough to see and do that you could make Ireland your sole destination, or if you’re looking to maximise the outlay on your international flights, then why not include it in your itinerary when visiting the United Kingdom or the rest of Europe? A number of international airlines, including Etihad and British Airways, fly from Australia to Ireland several times a week. And onward travel to the many exciting European destinations is entirely accessible and affordable by train, plane, ferry or car.

The Irish people are renowned worldwide for their hospitality and wherever you are in Ireland, you will be offered a warm welcome.  The one thing you’ll be sure to return home with is a whole new group of friends.

So, what are you waiting for? Ireland’s waiting for you.





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    particolor
    21st Jun 2014
    8:26am
    Why Australia Why ? Why ??..
    The Units where I live boasts I Hotel for about the same as Irelands.. 100 Ferals Nightly !!!
    particolor
    21st Jun 2014
    8:27am
    PS ..And Most Days ..Until their Dole Runs Out ???
    particolor
    21st Jun 2014
    8:29am
    Any wonder My Picture looks Stunned ??
    particolor
    21st Jun 2014
    8:32am
    More PS..And I'm Part Irish !!!
    MICK
    21st Jun 2014
    9:19am
    I can relate to what you are going through. I had a party house next door to me for 4 years until I eventually forced our council (effectiviely run by the local real estate industry) to publicly outlaw what was always illegal. I may not have my health now but I do have my peace.
    My suggestion for what it is worth is to move particolor. One's existence has to be more than being kept up all night by drunks and gen Y morons thinking they are having a good time by disrespecting everybody around them.
    particolor
    21st Jun 2014
    3:05pm
    Mick You don't know the Half of it !! My friends don't know how I stay here ?? They started putting the Street Urchins in here 6 Years back! This Morning I got called a White Muvver Gubber?? Whatever that is ??? and I never said a word ???? Then one drunk said You called Cops on us ! I said.. I didn't have too, but don't give Me an excuse to call them Again !!.. Then I told Him to get his Oil Leaking Heap of Crap out of the car park,Cant You Read ?? !!.. Its Never dull here Mick !! There at it again over there Today !.. Makes an Irish Pub look like Day Care ??!!
    MICK
    21st Jun 2014
    4:52pm
    With all due respect particolor I think I fully understand what you are going through and unless your situation is any different from mine it is probably never fixing, no matter what you do, because the real estate industry is holding your problem up. So are we talking about 'short term letting' when often large groups show up late Friday and carry on like uncontrollable yobbos until about lunch time Sunday when they pack up and pi** off home?
    If the above describes what is happening and if you are getting bucks, hens, drunken parties, schoolies and the like activities then THIS IS ILLEGAL because I imagine you have a residential zoning. The way I went after a couple of years of banging my head on the wall was to change the language because the events above are FUNCTIONS, actually 'commercial' FUNCTIONS which are condicting activities which commercial premises would not permit. That is the way you need to go.
    Let me know if the above describes your clientelle and which state you are in and I'll help you down the road. It is fixable but remember that somebody is making big money out of what is happening and that is why it is not ending, Expect the police to do nothing and you local deadbeat council to claim "no legislation" (a lie) and look the other way. I know the game.
    As I said it took a few years to kill this and there have been 2 court cases, both of which were won, so councils are on thin ice. And of course we have a new Premier in NSW at least.
    particolor
    21st Jun 2014
    5:18pm
    Mick..EXACTLY !! But Worse !!....I've been here for nearly 20 years and it was built as Units for 55 Year Old People and over !! And that was the case, and it was Heaven for 10 years or so until the Housing Department got Orders or something from Somewhere to House these Ingrates Its Hell now!!..The other morning I went out to NO Petrol and a Screw in the Side of My Drivers side front wheel ?? That was fun !! NOT !!..So I got the Cops !! They gave Me an Incident Report by SMS the following Day and that was it ??.. I just about cant take it anymore !! A neighbour just phoned Me and said... A Case of XXXX just went in there !! Looks like the Cops again tonight " .. Got an Anti Depresent to Spare Mick ??
    MICK
    21st Jun 2014
    9:25am
    If you want to go to Ireland consider signing up to the Travelzoo (US version of) newsletter. In the past week I saw an Ireland offer go through which for around $960 included return flights, accommodation, breakfast and 7 day car hire. You won't find anything anywhere near that sort of price from Australia. Add in flights from here to the US ($1500 return) and add in a trip to the Grand Canyon, Vegas (maybe) and Niagara Falls (Canadian side) and you have a great holiday costing around $3500 plus eats. That's about the return airfare from Australia to Ireland. Not hard to work out really.
    Oars
    21st Jun 2014
    2:24pm
    Unless you are Irish I think it's a waste of time. Better scenery in NZ and the kiwis have more respect for us than the Micks. Sorry Mick- I just thought of that.
    MICK
    21st Jun 2014
    4:54pm
    I love NZ. One of my favourite places. You are on the money Oars. I only offered and the advice to help retirees avoid being ripped off.


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