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Adapter Kit: Ireland
by Steenie Harvey

Traveler's tools for living like a local, the book showcases the country's prime locations, including Co. Kerry, the Lakelands, and Co. Clare. It also also offers valuable insight into cornerstones of Irish culture and includes an appendix with information on tour operators, a metric conversion table, emergency telephone numbers, country codes, and more.
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The title, "Travelers' Tales - Ireland, True Stories of Life on the Emerald Isle," is much too bland for such a rich, full book. It is not your usual travel guide but page after page full of the very essence of Ireland. The stories are written by authors as contemporary as Frank McCourt and as ancient as a letter written in the sixth century. They will carry you from the pub to a pilgrimage climbing Crough Patrick.
Gayla Templeton
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For nearly an hour, the armchair tourist can absorb the natural wonders, history and heritage of Ireland's six northern counties. Accompanied by an informative narrative and traditional Irish airs, this very well-done video tape is a great introduction to all of the scenic and cultural attractions that draw thousands of tourists to the north each year.
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Irish Bed & Breakfasts

by F&F Sullivan

This handy guide lists over a hundred bed & breakfast establishments in the Republic and Northern Ireland. It provides useful information on booking reservations, understanding the different types of accommodation and making the most of your holiday. This new edition includes a chapter on self-catering accommodations.
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Travel With Kids: Ireland

Travel with Kids: Ireland is a great DVD both for those seriously contemplating a family visit to Ireland and for armchair families who just want to vicariously enjoy the experience. Following the Roberts family as they explore Ireland's storied history and culture of Ireland, travel hints and tips include suggestions for great accommodations (even staying in a real castle!), transportation, and activities. A bonus "Ireland At Home" section with language, crafts and recipe suggestions rounds out this useful travel prep guide and tribute to all things Irish. Highly recommended. Edited from Midwest Book Review on Amazon.
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Literary Ireland

Tom Kelly - Photographer
Text by Peter Somerville-Large

Third in the acclaimed photographic series of the Emerald Isle, Literary Ireland creates a spectacular album of mood and color with photographs that capture the country's landscapes as noted by her greatest writers, such as Joyce and Yeats. 115 color photos. Maps.
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Wed, Feb 27, 2013

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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