Tourism Ireland – what’s new??

As we all know, March is Ireland’s famous month – St.Patricks Day is celebrated on March 17th.  Everybody loves to celebrate and we’re all a little bit Irish for the day.

In honor of “our” month, Tourism Ireland visits the US in March each year to promote tourism, bringing some of the top Irish accommodations, attractions, and tour suppliers over to present their latest and greatest.

Ireland enjoyed a record year in 2016 and now welcomes 10% of all American visitors to Europe – despite intense competition from other destinations.

We are happy to share some of the top tourist attractions in Ireland:

Ireland’s Blue Book.  

An absolute must have for your trip to Ireland.  Ireland’s Blue Book is a romantic collection of Irish Country House Hotels, Manor Houses, Castles and Restaurants. Located throughout the island of Ireland these charming and stylish hideaways are the perfect choice for your holiday vacation in Ireland. They are also ideal for a midweek or weekend break and those seeking a romantic getaway.  Activities vary from golf, fishing, spas and cookery schools or just relaxing in warm and comfortable surroundings.

Railtours Ireland First Class:


Railtours Ireland offer one to nine day fully inclusive tour packages designed for the individual traveler.  They cover all the whole country from Northern Ireland’s Ancient East, to the Wild Atlanta Way, adding Donegal this year for the first time ever.  With a combination of fast comfortable trains, luxury coaches, well-appointed hotels, friendly professional hosts, they deliver excellent Irish vacations.  In September, Railtours Ireland offers the very special five-star Emerald Isle Express – a private heritage train, limited to 50 guests which explores Ireland for 7 days, staying at 5 star castles, city and country hotels.


Teeling Whiskey Distillery – Dublin

Teeling are an independent Irish whiskey company dedicated to bringing choice and breadth to the Irish whiskey category through small batch releases of interesting flavorsome bottling.  Our goal is to revive the independent spirit of Dublin.   Since 1782 the Teeling family has been crafting Irish whiskey and it all began with Walter Teeling who set up a craft distillery in 1782 on Marrowbone Lane in the heart of Dublin.  Commencing a 230-year tradition of distilling.  The distillery is open 7 days a week all year for guided tours and tastings.

It is the only working whiskey distillery in Ireland.

Whiskey making:

Park Hotel Kenmare and Samas Spa

The Park Hotel Kenmare is one of Ireland’s premier five star hotels.  Situated on the renowned Ring of Kerry on the wild Atlantic way the hotel is home to 47 rooms and suites and boasts the world renowned SAMAS DELUXE DESTINATION SPA.  Family owned and ran by Francis & John Brennan the resort offers best of luxury accommodation, dining, spa services, a rare place where the decadence of the past is married with the modernism of today.


House of Waterford Crystal – 

Ireland is famous for its’ beautiful Waterford Crystal and the House of Waterford Crystal is home to the largest collection in the world.  Located in Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, which retains much of its’ medieval character together with the graceful buildings from the 18th century, guided tours offer access to all areas of traditional crystal production where visitors can experience, the crafting of this world famous cut crystal. The Crystal Café is located within the House of Waterford Crystal. The menu here offers café-style dining, incorporating a scrumptious menu with our own fresh baking daily.

Epic Ireland – The Irish Emigration museum. 

For those of you who want to go back to your roots and research your ancestry and genealogy, this museum offers a state-of-the-art interactive experience located in the beautiful vaults of the 1820 Custom House Quarter building in Dublin’s Docklands, the original departure point for so many of Irelands emigrants.  It will inspire and guide you on a journey to discover the stories of Irish emigration around the world, from early times to modern day.  Some 1- million people have left Ireland.  You can step through 20 themed galleries to find out why, see how they influenced the world they found, and experience the connection between their descendants and Ireland today.   As part of the museum experience, you can trace your family history at the Irish Family History Center.

There’s so much to see and do in Ireland and we couldn’t possibly cover all the wonderful information available.  Some of the other resorts/activities presented during the event were:

Parknasilla Resort & Spa :

Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel :

Glenlo Abbey Hotel:

Clontarf Castle Hotel:

Ashford Castle and The Lodge at Ashford:

We would love to plan the perfect Ireland vacation for you.!!

All the best

Dervila & Emer

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