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  1. 1. Our Trip to Ireland!
  2. 2. • Emerald Isle • Two Political Entities: Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland • Prior to 1921, the entire island was part of and controlled by Britain. • 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 Ireland. • 70,280 sq km • Temperate climate: mild winters, cool summers; consistently humid; overcast about half the time. Dia Dhiut! Hello!
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. Traditional Foods Soda Bread Irish Stew Porter Potato Bread Cake Corned Beef Beef and Cabbage cooked with Guiness Potato Soup Bia. Food.
  5. 5. 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 county. 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 the GAA.
  6. 6. Salmon & trout fishing in Ireland 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.
  7. 7. Pub Scene 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 shirts. St. Patrick’s Day is seen as a holy day, and most Christians attend church and have a meal afterward. 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.
  8. 8. Before Our Trip Entry/Exit Requirements No exit and entrance fees, passport needed. Passport, visa is not needed unless visit is longer than 3 months Passports can be obtained: - Online for $79 example: - State Department (first time must be done in person) - Processing time standard 4-6 weeks, expedited 2- 3 weeks - Complete and Submit Form DS-11: Application for A U.S. Passport -Submit Evidence of U.S. Citizenship (Birth Certificate) -Present Identification (Drivers License) -Pay the Applicable Fee ($100) -Provide Two Passport Photos You should: -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
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10. 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 English. • 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 national identity. • 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. ~ $2658.54
  11. 11. 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:  Country Homes  Farmhouses  Town Houses Seomra folchta. Bathroom
  12. 12. Itinerary... Total of 10 days touring The Ring of Kerry which is approximately 125 miles...
  13. 13. Shannon -> Dingle -> • Arrive in Shannon • Drive to Dingle (2 hrs. 38 mins) *stay over* • Moriarty’s Farmhouse B&B. – Phone: 066 915 90 37 • Diving, Boating, Yachting – Dingle Marine Eco Tours (10 euros)
  14. 14. Bantry->Kilarney->Kenmare->Cork-> • 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 Bridge • Roman Catholic 87.4%, Church of Ireland 2.9%, other Christian 1.9%, other 2.1%, unspecified 1.5%, none 4.2% (2006 census) • Sunmount B&B – Phone: 353 (0) 21 45 05442
  15. 15. The Bantry House
  16. 16. Moll’s Gap
  17. 17. St. Fin Bare’s Cathedral Staigue Fort
  18. 18. 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
  19. 19. Locke’s Distillery Blarney Castle
  20. 20. Dublin->Kilkenny->Bray->Galway-> • Drive to Dublin (stop in Kilkenny & Bray) (1 hr. 8 mins.) – Drive to Galway (2 hrs. 48 mins) *stay over* – 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
  21. 21. Dublin Castle Botanical Gardens
  22. 22. Aran Islands Go raibh maith agat! Thank You!
  23. 23. Ennis -> Shannon. • Drive to Ennis (1 hr. 6 mins) *stay over* • Ennis: Cliffs of Moher • Inchiquin View Farmhouse. – Phone: 065 683 77 31 • Drive to Shannon (20 mins)
  24. 24. Cliffs of Moher
  25. 25. This trip to Ireland should enable us to learn about…. 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…. Slan! Goodbye!