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Lonely Planet Ireland - 2008

Seven authors, over 200 days of research, countless gallons of the black stuff; interviews with celebrity chefs, mural artists and fiddlers. Here’s what many consider the definitive guide!
Click here for Lonely Planet - Ireland.

The Bridgestone Guides are the leading guides to Irish food and hospitality. This guide is the definitive directory of Ireland's leading contemporary restaurants. It features each restaurant on a separate page and includes opening hours, a price guide and brief directions.
Click here for Best Restaurants.

One of a new generation of highly visual encyclopaedic guidebooks that guarantees you'll make the most of your visit. Over 750 colour photographs taken specially for this guide. Easy to use 3-D aerial views. Survival guide showing how to use local currency, transport systems and telephones.
Click here for Eyewitness Ireland.

No matter what your budget or whether it's your first trip or fifteenth, Fodor's Gold Guides get you where you want to go. In this completely up-to-date guide Fodors' experts who live in Ireland give you the inside track, showing you all the things to see and do -- from must-see sights to off-the-beaten-path adventures. "The king of guidebooks." - Newsweek
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Ireland for Dummies
by Elizabeth Albertson

• Down-to-earth trip-planning advice
• What you shouldn’t miss—and what you can skip
• The best hotels and restaurants for every budget
• Handy Post-it Flags to mark your favorite pages

I read carefully their descriptions of popular and off-the-beaten-path sights, and advice for first-time visitors to the Emerald Isle. This book earns high praise. I agree with the authors' priorities, and they cover the must-see places and must-do activities with style. Reading this book, I was ready to throw my passport and some clothes into a bag and head to Ireland again, myself.
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Portrait of Ireland
by Lisa Gerard-Sharp and Tim Perry

Essentially a travel guide in a large format...beautiful images are married to very readable text and interesting sidebars and facts. Printed on glossy, coffee-table-book paper, the pictures really jump out, grab you, and drag you into the incredible scenery and history of one of the most spellbinding islands on earth. Amazon Reviewer
Click here for Portait

If you decide to do any hiking you will need maps.You should have a large scale ordnance map.
The OSI (Ordnance Survey Ireland) - Discovery series covers every inch. They are available for portions of every county and scaled 1:50,000 (inches). An example is Map number 51 - West Clare and a bit of Galway - includes the following towns and features: Aran Isles, Lisdoonvarna, Burren, Ballyvaghan, Kilfenora, Carran, Black Head, Doolin and Inishmore. If you would like to get these in advance and use them to plan your visit, we finally found where to get them! - just click here
OSI Discovery Maps.

Walking Ireland
by Tom Lawton

Introduces the reader to 25 superb walking routes stretching from Wicklow in a clockwise arc around to Connemara.
This is a practical, clearly detailed information guide for all walkers.

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Culture Shock
by Patricia Levy.

We have this book and it's a gem. We now wish we had this up-dated edition. But don't take our word for it - here's another opinion from an amazon reviewer: This is not your average travel book containing descriptions of places, events, lodging, exchange rates, etc. Instead, it gives the nitty gritty on how to conduct yourself in your day-to-day life. Especially enjoyable was the chapter entitled "Paddies", which gives a valuable groundwork in dispelling myths and stereotypes surrounding the Irish and Ireland. Entertaining and informative, this book will help visitors to Ireland get more out of their visit.
Click here for Culture Shock.

Irish Pubs Guide
by Barrie Pepper

Irish Pubs is a guide to the author's personal list of the top 100 pubs and inns in Ireland. He tells you how to find each pub, its facilities and what you can eat and drink, its history, its owners and maybe an anecdote or two.
Click here for Pubs Guide.

A complete handbook, covering every corner of the island, North and South. Includes up-to-date reviews of places to eat, drink and stay, suitable for all budgets. Practical guides, colour photos and more than 40 maps included.
Click here for Rough Guide.

McCarthy's Bar
by Pete McCarthy

Hilarious account of a trip that followed almost the same route we did.
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Fri, Jul 10, 2015

The Galway Hooker

This unique vessel, with its distinctive curved lines and bright red sails, originated in the village of Claddagh. During the 19th century, hookers supported a significant fishing industry and also carried goods, livestock and fuel. Seán Rainey is remembered for building the last of the original boats, the Truelight, for Martin Oliver who was to become the last king of the Claddagh; as king, he was entitled to white sails on his boat. Since the mid seventies, many of the old sailing craft which were on the verge of extinction have been lovingly restored and new ones have been built. During the summer months they can be seen at festivals such a Cruinniú na mBád - the Gathering of the Boats - in Kinvara.

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