150 years ago Ireland was a poor country.
Many Irish emigrated to escape starvation. They were welcome wherever
they went. Now we return the favour. Visitors from all parts of
the world are welcome in our country.
Modern Ireland has a healthy economy: We have a cutting-edge hi-tech
industry, no unemployment problems, a well preserved environment,
and a highly developed tourist industry.
They call Ireland the Celtic Tiger because of our rapid economical
Our country is twice the size of Switzerland with half the population.
We are a member of the European Union. Our currency is the Euro.
The Irish are English speakers. The Republic of Ireland was not
involved in World War II. So our cities were not destroyed. We have
beautiful churches and castles fascinating those interested in history
or architecture. Ireland is a country for individualists. Don't
look for the all-inclusive type tourist resorts you find elsewhere.
We have all kinds of accommodations ranging from International
Hotels to low-cost Hostels. Most foreign visitors stay at a Bed-and-Breakfast
with a small number of guest rooms (called Hotel garni in some countries).
You can also rent a self catering apartment or cottage (holiday
home, vacation rental) on a weekly basis (from Saturday to Saturday).
What surprises our foreign visitors: Irish drivers are perhaps
more polite and friendly than drivers anywhere in the world. Where
else would a driver of a slower car go to the far edge of a road
to make overtaking easy when a faster car appears in the mirror?
There are 374 entries in this catalogue. This site is more than
an accommodation directory. It contains editorials dealing with
landscapes and tourist amenities, history and culture, all aspects
of Irish life, travel advice, business opportunities and what visitors
tell on their return from Ireland plus more than a thousand pictures
taken by professionals and amateurs to give you an idea of what
to expect when you come here.
We are going to tell you about our country what you might like
to know and what you need to know when you visit Ireland. Enjoy
some of the six hundred pages of this 26 Megabyte web site!