• Emerald Isle
• Two Political Entities: Northern
Ireland and the Republic of
• Prior to 1921, the entire island
was part of and controlled by
• In 1921, 26 counties in the south
were given independence and
became the Republic of Ireland.
• To this day, the UK controls the 6
counties comprising Northern
• 70,280 sq km
• Temperate climate: mild winters,
cool summers; consistently
humid; overcast about half the
Dia Dhiut! Hello!
Heritage & Culture
May you always have work for your hands to do,
May your pockets hold always a coin or two,
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane,
May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain,
May the hand of a friend always be near you,
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
Irish Stew Porter
Potato Bread Cake
Corned Beef Beef
and Cabbage cooked with
The traditional game of Irish Hurling
Irish Hurling is the best Irish cultured
game next to Gaelic Football. and is
heavily promoted by the Gaelic Athletic
Association (GAA). It’s a fast and ferrous
game that will have you either on the
edge of your seat or jumping in the air
like a crazy. It’s a game that has lots of
history and is played nationally in every
Traditional sport of Gaelic Football
Gaelic Football is also extremely
popular in Ireland and is played by
many people and again it’s a sport
with much history and is usually
played with plenty of Irish pride. It’s
very similar and sometime compared
to Aussie Rules football. Just like
hurling it’s a fast game with plenty of
edge, it too is heavily promoted by
Salmon & trout fishing in
Fishing in Ireland is an amazing
experience for it is said that
Ireland has the best Salmon and
Trout fishing in Europe but also for
the breath taking scenery of the
countryside, which is enough to
keep any keen fisherman at the
edge of a river no matter what the
weather or game, is like.
The Fighting Irish – Boxing
Irish people are known as the
Fighting Irish and many of men
became world champion boxers
and became a house hold name.
Boxing clubs in Ireland have
always been popular for many
years and still is producing some
great talented boxers who go onto
compete around the globe.
Pubs are a popular place for the locals to hang out on game days, the weekends, or happy hour.
Most of the time there is Irish Music or a Sports Game to watch for the locals.
They have the most popular Stout in the world – Guinness.
Irish whiskey is probably the best and finest whiskey one can find anywhere on earth due to the
time it takes to create the spirit, its price and its overall taste.
Also a more popular Irish drink in Ireland and almost unknown anywhere else is the spirit called
poteen that was once deemed illegal. Irish poteen is like a moonshine that would be home
brewed and sold from peoples homes.
Irish Car Bombs are an American Drink
St. Patrick’s Day
Celebrates the teachings of Christianity by St. Patrick…the patron Saint of Ireland.
Citizens of Ireland don’t typically wear green on St. Patrick’s day, but they do wear Shamrocks as a
symbol of the teachings of the Holy Trinity, and pin Shamrocks to the outside of their coats or
St. Patrick’s Day is seen as a holy day, and most Christians attend church and have a meal
Green Beer is also an Americanized Irish tradition. It isn’t common to find green beer being served
in pubs, with the exception of a few in Dublin.
It was only in 1995 that the Irish government decided to promote Parades and festivals for St.
Patrick’s Day, with the idea that it could boost tourism.
Before Our Trip
No exit and entrance fees, passport needed.
Passport, visa is not needed unless visit is longer than
Passports can be obtained:
- Online for $79 example: Passport123.com
- State Department (first time must be done in person)
- Processing time standard 4-6 weeks, expedited 2-
- Complete and Submit Form DS-11: Application for
A U.S. Passport
-Submit Evidence of U.S. Citizenship (Birth
-Present Identification (Drivers License)
-Pay the Applicable Fee ($100)
-Provide Two Passport Photos
-Register with the U.S. Embassy
-Makes your whereabouts known
-Contact you in case of emergency
-Help evacuate you in case of over-sees disaster
Do’s and Don’ts
-Pack your carry on bag light (helps when flight is delayed)
-Never change money with “moneychangers”
-Be prepared not to have air conditioning
-Know that even local calls cost money
-Purchase an electrical adapter
-When packing medication make sure to have all prescriptions, notes from your doctor, and
labeled containers with you
-Bring just a few credit cards and travelers checks
-Make sure you have extra passport photos and copies of passport information, helps if
passport is lost
-Make sure to identify all luggage with personal information
-Leave a copy of your travel schedule with family
-Purchase travel insurance
-Special note many banks in Ireland will not accept $100 bills from the US
-999 is 911 in Ireland
*According to travel tips U.S. the top five essentials to travel to Ireland with are: rainwear,
electric adapter, secure money storage, tourist books, and lightweight luggage.
Le do thoil. Please.
Quick Things to Note
• The euro is the currency of the Republic of Ireland - In Northern
Ireland, the currency is sterling.
• The Republic of Ireland has introduced a blanket ban on smoking in
all places of work to protect public health and reduce the incidences
of smoking-related illness. Nil! No!
• English and Irish (Gaelic) are the official languages of the Republic
of Ireland. Street and road signs are all bilingual. In Gaeltacht
areas, Irish is spoken daily; however, everyone also speaks
• In Northern Ireland, English is the official language. The Irish
language, Gaelic, is also taught in many schools. Ulster Scots
(Ullans), spoken in Northern Ireland, is on the increase and is being
taught to those who are keen to explore another facet of their
• Ireland is very student friendly with many attractions offering a
reduced student rate/admission charge on the presentation of a
valid student ID card.
• This entire trip will cost per person: $785.03 flight, € 300 lodging, €
250 transportation, € 360 food, € 350 miscellaneous: € 2,045.03. ~
Bed and Breakfast
Why stay at a B&B?
Most B&B’s are owned by the B&B operators themselves, and they
usually live on the premisis. They usually bring a different perspective to
the job than someone who works a shift behind a hotel reception desk.
The B&B Experience:
Warm and friendly welcome of the Irish people
Savor the experience of staying in an Irish family home
Draw on the local knowledge of your host
Enjoy the unique one on one experience
Learn more about local Irish traditions and culture
Get real value for your money
Types of B&B’s:
Seomra folchta. Bathroom
Total of 10 days touring
The Ring of Kerry
• Drive to Bantry (stop in Kilarney & Kenmare) (2 hrs.
16 mins) – Drive to Cork (1 hr. 25 mins) *stay over*
– Kilarney: Torc Waterfall, Kilarney National Park
– Kenmare: Staigue Fort, Moll’s Gap
– Bantry: French Armada Exhibition Centre, The
Whiddy Island (ferry over)
– Cork: St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, St. Patrick’s
• Roman Catholic 87.4%, Church of Ireland 2.9%, other
Christian 1.9%, other 2.1%, unspecified 1.5%, none 4.2%
• Sunmount B&B
– Phone: 353 (0) 21 45 05442
The Bantry House
St. Fin Bare’s Cathedral Staigue Fort
Blarney -> Westmeath ->
• Drive to Blarney (16 mins) – Drive to Westmeath
(3 hrs. 29 mins) *stay over*
– Blarney: The Blarney Stone
– Westmeath: Locke’s Distillery
• Lough Owel Lodge.
– Phone: 353 (0) 44 93 48714
• Drive to Dublin (stop in Kilkenny & Bray) (1 hr. 8
mins.) – Drive to Galway (2 hrs. 48 mins) *stay
– Dublin: National Botanic Gardens, Historical
Walking Tours of Ireland, The Irish Party
House, Dublin Castle
– Galway: The Aran Islands
• Glen Valley Farmhouse.
– Phone: 353 (0) 95 42269
This trip to Ireland should enable us to learn
Ireland’s cultural heritage by….
the way of life for its residents by…
and the natural resources of the country by….
Most importantly this trip should enable us to
contribute to world peace by….