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May the 4th be wit ye




May 4 is known worldwide as Star Wars Day. And the reason? “May The Fourth be With You” sounds just like “May the Force Be With You,” and Star Wars fans love nothing better than a good pun.




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Topics: Ireland


5 Tips for Visiting Giant’s Causeway




Like stepping stones leading to the sea, the hexagonal pillars of Giant’s Causeway are like nothing you’ve ever seen. A honeycomb of 40,000 columns poking up along the shore, these formations were created 60 million years ago by molten lava that crystallized into basalt pillars as it hit the frigid waters. If you plan to visit Ireland, this other-worldy attraction is a must. However, here are five tips you’ll need to keep in mind when traveling to Giant’s Causeway:





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Topics: Ireland, Travel Tips


The ‘Reel’ Ireland: Pubs and Traditional Irish Music




If Ireland had a sound, it would be a foot-tapping reel played fast and furiously over the raucous banter of a crowded pub. Often it starts slow and simple with just a guitar but before long fiddlers and accordion players, drummers and banjo strummers are quickening the pace. 




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Why Belfast Is Among 2017’s Top Destinations




When Travel + Leisure announced the 50 Best Places to Travel in 2017, Belfast, Northern Ireland was high on the list of the world’s favorite destinations for food, culture, and entertainment. With two Michelin-starred restaurants and a host of other innovative dining options, there’s a lot of flavors in this former “troubled” city. There are museums and historical attractions a plenty, a rich cultural heritage, and a number of new design-forward architectural treasures.




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Irish Customs: 12 Do’s and Don’ts for Visiting Ireland




While the Irish are typically very social and relaxed, an understanding of the social norms and expectations is always important when visiting a foreign country, especially for the first time. Here is a list of do’s and don’ts and other useful tips when traveling to the Emerald Isle.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Europe, Ireland, Travel Tips


A Traveler’s Tips for Visiting Ireland




From grand castles and sprawling country fields, to busting cities and turn-of-the-century pubs Ireland is a feast for the senses. Imagine sheer cliffs plunging into churning seas and endless green vistas where there are more sheep than people. This is the picture-postcard landscape that first welcomed John and Rosella Valentine on a recent YMT Vacations journey. Just returned, Rosella had this to share about the country, her experiences and the travel tips she picked up along the way:




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Topics: Europe, Ireland, Travel Tips


How to Identify Genuine Waterford Crystal: Ireland’s Treasured Glassware




The name Waterford is synonymous with quality. Created in Waterford, Ireland more than 200 years ago, this well-crafted glassware appeared in the homes of the well-to-do families throughout Europe and even gained the admiration of the royals. Today Waterford crystal is still produced with the same exacting attention to craftsmanship. The stemware remains a highly coveted and collectable brand. Being able to distinguish authentic Waterford pieces from duplicates is a valuable skill and a must for anyone in the market for this beautiful crystalware:




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Topics: Ireland


A Bridge to the Past: Finding Your Irish Heritage




Do you know where you come from? If you’re like more than 47 million other North Americans, you can trace your history back to the Emerald Isle. That’s why trips to Ireland continue to be a favorite of travelers. The idea of walking the same streets as a great-great grandmother or visiting the pub where your great-grandfather once worked links us across oceans and time; and a journey to Ireland often feels like a journey home.




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WiFi, Mobile Phone and Electronic Tips for Ireland




From windswept stretches of rugged coastline to rowdy pubs flowing with Guinness, towering old castles to a romantic countryside where ponies run free, this is Ireland -- the land of your dreams and the trip of your lifetime. So, now that you’ve made your travel plans here are some useful things you’ll need to know for your arrival. From WiFi to cell phones, electrical devices to hair dryers, here are our tips for what to pack, what to know, and what you can expect when you power up on the Emerald Isle.




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Topics: Ireland, Travel Tips


13 Irish Phrases You Need to Learn




There’s nothing quite like the sound of an Irish brogue rolling off the tongue of a silver-headed Dubliner. Before you make your way to the Emerald Isle, here are some of the local expressions you’ll need to acquaint yourself with before your visit:




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Topics: Ireland