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Top 10 cool and unusual hotels in Dublin

Top 10 cool and unusual hotels in Dublin Dublin is the beautiful city of song and poetry and the inspiration to many an author over the years – Beckett, Yeats, Joyce… even Irish novelist and playwright Maeve Binchy put the city in the centre of a wonderful yarn or two. From the manicured St Stephens Green to the beautiful architecture of Trinity College and Grafton Street and the vibrant night life of Temple Bar…history aside, this city still has plenty more to offer! Compact, carefree with a unique heart and soul, Dublin is the perfect spot for a rip-roaring, toe-tapping, Guinness-supping weekend city break, and having spent a few years living in the Irish capital, here is my choice for 10 of the best cool, unusual and quirky hotels in Dublin to help you on your way….
The Gibson – hip chic
This ultra modern, glass clad hotel comes complete with a bamboo shaded courtyard, legendary gourmet food from fresh local ingredients and most importantly a chic cocktail bar drawing on some cool A..

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Getting Around Ireland-The More Convenient Way

Getting around Ireland has become far more convenient in the last several years, thanks to the introduction of new highways that connect most major cities of the Emerald Isle. Prior to the construction of major thoroughfares like the M1 and M4, driving from one major hub to another could take the better part of a day or more. Most Irish people over the age of 15 have tales of all-day family drives from their rural villages to Dublin, Galway or Cork, complete with references to cows or sheep blocking traffic on country roads. Back in the day, they'll tell you, going up to the Dublin Zoo meant waking at the crack of dawn and returning well into the middle of the night.
Thankfully, this isn't the case today. In addition to driving, visitors to Ireland can also get around efficiently via trains, buses and even planes.
The Republic of Ireland has three international airports — Dublin, Cork and Shannon — while Northern Ireland (which is technically part of the United Kingdom) h..

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Accommodations in Ireland: B&Bs, Caravans & More

If you are planning a trip and need Ireland accommodation, then you'll be “spoilt for choice” (as the Irish would say) when it comes to the variety of places you can stay during your visit. Tuck yourself away in a quaint country house B&B, save money by cooking for yourself in a rental apartment or live large at a castle hotel. You're sure to find something to suit your taste and budget.
In Ireland, breakfast is often included with the cost of your room. Booking and hotel websites often indicate “bed and breakfast” packages (which for many places is the default package), and if they don't, you will almost always be given an option to add breakfast for an additional fee. Most places offer a hot and cold buffet with the typical Irish breakfast options — fried eggs, bacon, sausages, black and white pudding (another type of sausage), mushrooms, grilled tomato and baked beans.
A typical feature of nearly all rooms, from five-star to super budget, is a tea set: hot water ke..

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Pretzels, Craft and Care Bears in Ireland

Here’s everything on the subject of beer and pubs that grabbed our attention in the last week, along with a couple of more tangential items that nonetheless shine a light. Reuben Gray has been considering the health of RateBeer from an Irish perspective and concludes that it might be looking a touch peaky:
Galway Bay’s Of Foam and Fury has 121 reviews at the moment on Ratebeer. It’s the highest rated Irish beer on the platform. That wouldn’t be too bad except the same beer on Untappd has a whopping 2,726 Ratings at the time of writing this. An interesting thing to point out is that this beer is number two on Untappd for Ireland with GBB’s 200 Fathoms beating it to first place whereas on Ratebeer, 200 Fathoms gets spot number two.

Not exactly about beeer: Jay Brooks at Brookston Beer Bulletin has written a long reflection on the subject of pretzels, a snack closely associated with beer in Germany and the US, with lots of historical information. The best bits are his personal reminisc..

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