Ireland

Ireland

Etymology

The modern Irish Éire evolved from the Old Irish word Ériu, which was the name of a Gaelic goddess. Ériu is generally believed to have been the matron goddess of Ireland, a goddess of sovereignty, or simply a goddess of the land. The origin of Ériu has been traced to the Proto-Celtic reconstruction *Φīwerjon- (nominative singular Φīwerjū < Pre-Proto-Celtic -jō).[1] This suggests a descent from the Proto-Indo-European reconstruction *piHwerjon-, likely related to the adjectival stem *piHwer- (cf. Sanskrit pīvan, pīvarī and pīvara meaning “fat, full, abounding”). This would suggest a meaning of “abundant land”. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Dublin Local History Meetup – This is a group for anyone interested in the history of Dublin city and county. Come along if you want to share stories about the people and places – or if you want to learn more about this fine city! [meetup]

Dublin Node js Meetup – Hello all Noders! Node.js Dublin is a monthly meetup for all things Node.js, we have been running this meetup for two years now, and are still going strong. If you interested in Node.js, and want to hear top quality talks, join our Node family. [meetup]

Entrepreneurs Anonymous Dublin –  Are you interested in becoming an entrepreneur and would like to meet likeminded people in the same situation? [meetup]

Events, Drinks and Dancing in Dublin – This is a group that anyone can join. It intends to bring people/friends together for great socializing events. So if you are living in or close to Dublin and you would like to go to fun events where people/friends socialize, this may be a good group for you. [meetup]

Fun Events for Singles over 40 – This is a social group based in Dublin for anyone over 40 who is single, separated, divorced, widowed or dating, and is interested in having fun. [meetup]

The Singles Club – This a group for anyone interested in the topics of dating & relationships. Where single people can get together and chat about their struggles and triumphs and have fun meeting like minded people. [meetup]

Wicklow Hiking and Adventure Group – Wicklow hiking and adventure group is for people of all ages who enjoy the great outdoors. We have had people on our hikes from age 15 to 74, all are welcome! The social aspect of our group is hugely important and the laid back convivial atmosphere is paramount to what we do. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Another Friend – If you want to meet a new friend for fun, friendship, travelling, love and romance or simply a pal to email, then look no further. As they say, there’s someone for everyone, and you’ll find them at AnotherFriend.com. The purpose of AnotherFriend.com is all about connecting people. We get a buzz out of bringing single people from all over Ireland and beyond together in a fun and secure online environment. [another friend]

Connecting Singles Ireland – A 100% free Online Dating service for Ireland singles with loads of quality features to help you connect with friends in Ireland and worldwide. Many online dating sites claim to be free, and then surprise you with charges for features such as emailing, chat, IM, etc. [connecting singles]

Dating Ireland – Are you looking to find the love of your life? Yes? Then, this is the perfect free dating site for you in Ireland and Northern Ireland! Our online dating site is easy to use, fast speed, safe and successful to change your love life completely! [dating 24]

Elite Singles Ireland – EliteSingles is the dating agency for Irish men and women who are serious about finding a happy, long-term relationship. We believe that lasting love starts with a compatible match, so we take your location, personality, lifestyle and dating ambitions into account; it’s an intelligent matchmaking formula we know works. Part of Affinitas GmbH – one of Europe’s leading networks of dating sites – we create over 2000 couples every month on average, in more than 20 countries worldwide. [elite singles]

Match Ireland – Match.com are proud that their dating site has brought many couples together over the years. Read their stories about their match.com experience. [match]

Spark – The main difference with Spark! can be summed up in one word – quality. Unlike other sites, we manually screen every profile and photo before it goes live on the site. We have strict rules – no married people, no sexual profiles. Another difference is that other dating sites make you subscribe to read and reply to messages, but on Spark! any member can reply. This ensures you get more responses. [spark dating]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Extreme Ireland – Painted with a mythological past, Ireland has peaked the curiosity of millions. Quiet and tranquil, the island is gifted with a kaleidoscope of greens and a variety of natural landscapes. From winding rivers to rugged mountains and sandy beaches fringing the shores, Ireland hypnotizes and possesses those who travel here with its sheer beauty. [extreme ireland]

Footfalls Walking Holidays – Enjoy an eight-day guided walking vacation along part of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. This popular walking tour takes you through three spectacular counties along the south-west and west of Ireland, Cork, Kerry and Clare. Holiday itinerary includes Cobh, Kinsale, Sheep’s Head Peninsula, Beara Peninsula, Skellig Michael, Dingle Peninsula, Burren, Cliffs of Moher and Poulnabrone Dolmen and more.. [walking hiking ireland]

Hillwalk Tours – A hiking tour where you decide how far to walk each day, and with whom. A hiking tour where the only timetable that matters is your timetable. Here at Hillwalk Tours – Ireland, our goal is to make your hiking trip a happy one. [hillwalk tours]

Pat Liddy’s Walking Tours of Dublin – Experience the charming individuality of Dublin on its streets, behind its facades, in its hidden corners and in its fascinating stories and history. We are a well-established and award-winning walking tour company with a host of well-trained and highy-acclaimed tour guides who will share their passion for Dublin with you. [pat liddy’s walking tours of dublin]

Tailor Made Tours – We offer the same routes now, through an ever-changing landscape. While the mountains and coastline remain the same, the rural face has seen the boom of the Celtic Tiger years, the subsequent decline and an indelible change to our social fabric. In places and infrastructure, the country reflects the furiously changing pace of the greater world, the collapse in the last decade of our economy and that of our EU partners, and now the slow regrowth to something more normal. [tailor-madetours]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Aran Islands – Embark on a ferry at Rossaveal and let yourself be taken to a place where even the wind speaks Gaelic. The three barren islands floating at the mouth of Galway Bay are a realm of stone forts and seaweed growing out of lifeless rock, as well as home to the smallest church in the world and a rusting shipwreck sitting on the shore of Inisheer. [open travel]

Bend of the Boyne – Brú na Bóinne – a place where all modern architects should pay tribute to the prehistoric pioneers. Covering 780ha and containing around 40 passage graves, it’s not only the largest megalithic sites in Europe but also one that predates even the Egyptian pyramids. [open travel]

Blarney Castle & Rock – No visit to Ireland is complete without sightseeing the Blarney Castle. Set in idyllic Irish countryside and wrapped with acres of woodland, it makes an enjoyable trip. This medieval stronghold’s major attraction is probably the Blarney Stone, an ancient Scottish piece of rock which, as the story goes, is supposed to grant the ‘gift of gab’ to anyone who kisses it. [open travel]

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park – Two things come courtesy of Ireland’s premier visitor attraction – an inspiring visit to the acclaimed 15th century Bunratty Castle and heaps of fun at the 19th century Bunratty Folk Park. As the most complete medieval fortress in Ireland, the castle boasts some remarkable examples of tapestries, furnishings, and works of art which aptly capture the essence and mood of the 15th and 16th century. [open travel]

Cliffs of Moher – At some points you can walk just centimeters from the edge that plunges abruptly into the raging Atlantic, and they say it takes around 7 seconds to fall down the 200-meter, entirely vertical wall. Beware. Such wild, overwhelming beauty can’t go without claiming its toll, and as you saunter along the 8-kilometer stretch of the Moher Cliffs, every watchful step you take is accompanied with utmost awe over their treacherousness and majesty. [open travel]

Clonmacnoise – When exploring Ireland have a peek at Clonmacnoise monastery. Although it is really not on the way, it’s surely worth both the time and the gas. Situated on the ancient crossroads of the River Shannon and the Esker Way, the complex has survived numerous raids and invasions. Today remains present the most significant monastic foundation of the Celtic Church on Irish soil. [open travel]

Connemara National Park – Connemara has always been considered the emerald gem stone of Ireland. This natural terrain with its, in the words of Oscar Wilde, savage beauty is a green wonderland of sights and adventure. Clothed in ever changing colors and the dominant feature of the Twelve Bens mountain range, the area is a perfect hiking destination. [open travel]

Dublin Castle – Initially the fortified seat of the British rule in Ireland, today the Dublin Castle is the prime Irish government complex. The city of Dublin got its name from the Dubh Linn or, as the name translates, Black Pool on the site of the present Castle Gardens. Enjoy some guided tours of the State Apartments whose function is to host Presidential inaugurations, ceremonials and other official engagements. [open travel]

Glendalough – Just a stone’s throw from Dublin, the glacially sculpted valley of Glendalough is perhaps the most rewarding day trip you can make in the area. Once you get enveloped with the blissful silence of the place, it is easy to understand why a hermit priest St Kevin chose it as the perfect setting for his monastic settlement (which is now one of the most important early Christian sites in Ireland). [open travel]

Glór Irish Music Centre – You think a pint of Guinness in Dublin and a glimpse of cliffs in County Clare is enough to get the spirit of Ireland? Shame on you. To redeem your mistake pay at least a short visit to Ennis, which, in fact, can be walked all over in a hour or so. But it’s not size that matters here. This bustling market town is a stronghold of traditional music, with a thriving Rock music scene, the annual Fleadh Nua festival, and many remarkable artists in residence. [open travel]

Guinness Storehouse – All you wanted to know about stout but you were just too thirsty to ask can be learned at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. You will be instructed on topics from how the beer is made to the ancient craft of barrel-making, all conveyed to you in a massive seven-storey building of former Guinness fermentation plant remodeled into the shape of a giant pint. [open travel]

Holy Cross Abbey – With a particle of the Holy Rood enshrined, the Holy Cross Abbey has always been one of the most frequented places of pilgrimage on the Emerald Island. The sanctuary is a restored Cistercian monastery dating back to the 12th century and situated near Thurles upon the River Suir. Thousands of visitors arrive every year to admire the wonderful structure and its mural paintings, fine carvings and scenic location. [open travel]

Inishbofin – The island of the white cow’ as the name explains, is an inspirational heaven for artists and photographers. Located about 8 kilometers (5 miles) off the coast of Connemara, the 5 by 3 km little island has been long favored by fishermen, exiled monks and fugitive pirates. Today it is the home of 200 inhabitants and an important center of traditional Irish music. [open travel]

Ireland’s School of Falconry at Ashford Castle – You’ve seen it in plentiful movies. You’ve always envied the characters who hesitantly blew candles in their moonlit chambers just to get a wink of vigilant sleep tossing and turning in their huge four poster beds. Now you can try it yourself in the luxurious 5 star Ashford Castle dating back to 1228. The authentic decoration of adorable suites, the abundance of activities on the premises, and the vistas around just can’t be given justice with mere words. [open travel]

Killarney National Park – The true nature enthusiasts shall find their piece of green heaven here! The 10,000-hectare park area soothes the senses of any townee with mountains, vast moorland, woods, rumbling waterways, parks and gardens. [open travel]

Kilmainham Gaol – What a morbid idea, you’d say, to visit a jail on you emerald holiday! The squeamish types may dock themselves in the National Irish Museum in Dublin, but those with a penchant for a real and at the same time thrilling lesson in Irish history, will you please follow the warder? One of the largest disused prisons in Europe, Killmainham has witness all stages of the country’s turbulent passage from the late eighteenth century marked by the United Irish Rebellion of 1796 to the early twentieth century that saw infamous executions of Civil War prisoners. Creepy, but worth it. [open travel]

Lough Tay (Guinness Lake) – Driving south out of Dublin swing by and take a look at Lough Tay. The small but scenic lake in the Wicklow Mountains gets its name from the Guinness family whose estate borders with it. The northern coastline is edged with a strap of amazingly white sand imported by the landowners. Admired from the nearby mountains, the lake bears similarity to a huge glass of Guinness topped with a brim of foam. [open travel]

Muckross Head – Grab your ropes and off you go! The Muckross Head Peninsula presents one of the best rock-climbing spots in Ireland. Notable for the multi-layered horizontal structure of sand and mudstone, the crag offers endless breaks and overhangs to cling to. The climbs are usually 10 to 20m in height but quite strenuous due to the overhanging form. [open travel]

National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock – On the 21st of August, 1879, altogether 15 people witness a miraculous apparition of the Virgin Mary, St Joseph, and St John the Evangelist at the south gable of Knock Parish Church. From then on, partly down to the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1979 and Mother Teresa of Calcutta in 1993, which inspired an even more passionate devotion, Knock has developed the status of a globally recognized Marian Shrine called on by one and a half million pilgrims annually. [open travel]

Rock of Cashel – Its origins shrouded in legend, the Rock of Cashel looms over the province of Munster like a fairytale castle of a wizard. Boasting one of the most exquisite collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture in Europe, the complex is unquestionably among the top five visitor attractions in Ireland. [open travel]

Skellig Michael – Jutting out steeply from the Atlantic Ocean about 12 km off the Irish coast, Michael’s Rock attracts with its remoteness and mystery. The island, often veiled with clouds, is a home to mysterious 7th century monastic remains. Little is known about the brotherhood and their practices but the Spartan conditions inside the monastery and the beehive stone huts do make you think of the ascetic and deeply-devoted life of the early Irish Christians. [open travel]

Slieve League – Strangely enough, reaching almost three times higher than the Cliffs of Moher, Slieve League is by far less popular than Clare’s famous attraction. But you know what, gaping down Europe’s sixth-highest sea cliff is a lot more thrilling without hordes of overenthusiastic tourists gasping in awe behind your back. [open travel]

Temple Bar Area – In for some big pubbing, clubbing and culture with the capital “C”? Spreading on the south bank of the River Liffey in central Dublin, the Temple Bar is where you sample Irishness at its most quintessential and intimate. [open travel]

The brainchild of Bishop Michael Browne – the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St. Nicholas was intended to be ‘solid, dignified and worthy of Galway’. And it surely is with its large octagonal copper dome rising high above the roofs of the medieval city. The interior filled with cut-stone and wood carvings along with wall paintings, mosaics and rose windows is a fine example of Irish workmanship. [open travel]

The Old Jameson Distillery – For the ultimate whiskey tasting experience make for the Old Jameson Distillery. You will be entertained, enlightened on malting, fermenting as well as maturing and maybe even granted with a much envied personalized Whiskey Taster Certificate. [open travel]

Festivals

Festivals

Cat Laughs Comedy Festival – 2nd – 6th June 2016Irelands favourite festival, The Cat Laughs Festival is an acclaimed comedy festival in the atmospheric setting of the charming and intimate medieval city of Kilkenny. The festival takes place on the June bank holiday weekend and was founded in 1994 in response to the burgeoning wealth of Irish comic talent. [irish tourism]

Cork Jazz Festival – Guinness Cork Jazz Festival takes place in late October each year in Ireland’s scenic southern capital of Cork. It is one of Ireland’s flagship arts and cultural events, attracting visitors from all over the world. The festival  has gone from  strength to strength with a outstanding programme of world class jazz and jazz related sounds in over 90 venues. [irish tourism]

Dublin Writers Week – Founded in 1998 the Dublin Writers’ Festival gathers many of the world’s best writers to discuss, debate, delight, provoke and enthral their audiences. Labelled by the media as ‘boasting a stunning array of top international literary talent’ and ‘the country’s most successful and easily the best annual literary event’. [irish tourism]

Fleadh Cheoil Na Heireann – Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann (Festival of music in Ireland) has been running for over 60 years across Ireland but crosses the border to Derry for the first time in 2013 . The goal of the Fleadh Cheoil has been to establish standards in Irish traditional music through competition. There are various stages to the competition. In Ireland there are county and provincial competitions leading to the All-Ireland Fleadh. [irish tourism]

Galway Oyster Festival – Every September since 1954, Clarenbrige in Galway has come alive with seafood & oysters as it celebrates the Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival, the most internationally recognised food festival in Ireland and the world’s longest running International Oyster Festival. Any why is the Clarenbridge Oyster so famous? Well, quiet simply for the taste – it’s unrivaled. [irish tourism]

Galway Races – Ireland’s biggest and most famous racing festival is held in Ballybrit Racecourse, Galway during the last week of July every year and involves seven days of unrivalled action. This year’s festival will run from 29th July until 04th August 2013. Some 250,000 people attend the Galway Races throughout the week and is a joyous, fun-filled seven days where people might leave with a few less Euros than they had when they arrived but they also leave with having made new friends and a great memories! [irish tourism]

Kilkenny Arts Festival – Now entering its 40th year, the Kilkenny Arts Festival was originally founded by a group of classical music enthusiasts. In later years the festival has broadened its programming and you can now indulge in a feast of artistic pursuits including classical music ,theatre ,dance , literature, visual art and craft. [irish tourism]

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival – The world famous Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival draws huge crowds of over 20,000 people to the busy pubs and hotels every year during the whole month of September. They come for love, dancing, music, racing and a good time, and they don’t leave disappointed! Matchmaking is one of Ireland’s oldest traditions and a good deal of it has taken place in Lisdoonvarna during September and early October. [irish tourism]

Listowel Writers Week – Listowel Writers’ Week is an international acclaimed 5-day literary festival devoted to bringing together writers and audiences at unique and innovative events in the historic and intimate surroundings of Listowel, County Kerry. [irish tourism]

National Ploughing Championship – The National Ploughing festival exhibits a cross – section of everything associated with rural Ireland. From the national ploughing finals in tractor, vintage and horse ploughing, an 80 acre trade show of agriculture machinery, lifestyle ,livestock, leisure, forestry, bio-energy, garden, home, food fair, craft village. [irish tourism]

Puck Fair – Puck Fair is one of Ireland’s oldest festivals, celebrating 400 years in 2013 with a four day festival. Only in Ireland would a wild mountain goat be crowned King and reign over a town for 3 days? Killorglin – where a goat is King and the people act the goat! The first day of Puck Fair has for 400 years been called the Gathering Day which makes Puck Fair the original and oldest Gathering Festival in Ireland. [irish tourism]

Rose of Tralee – The Rose of Tralee International Festival is one of Ireland’s largest and longest running festivals. It features the selection of the Rose of Tralee, an international event that involves young women of Irish descent from Ireland and around the world. Every year more than 30 International Roses come to Tralee, supported by friends and family. [irish tourism]

St. Patricks Festival – 17th March 2016Celebrate Irelands national holiday – the day when everybody is a little bit Irish! Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March, the anniversary of his death. It commemorates Saint Patrick (c. AD 387–461), the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. [irish tourism]

Wexford Festival Opera – The Wexford Festival Opera is an opera festival that takes place in the town of Wexford in South-Eastern Ireland during the months of October and November. The Festival began under Tom Walsh and a group of opera lovers who quickly generated considerable interest by programming unusual and rare works, a typical festival staging three operas. [irish tourism]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Bicycle – Travelling Ireland on a bicycle is an interesting proposition and has been a preferred mode of transport for touring students in the 1970s and 1980s. Then the “Celtic Tiger” roared, “no-frills-airlines” brought a massive influx of visitors and suddenly road traffic exploded, making riding a bicycle on many roads definitely an adventure sport. [about travel]

Buses – By far the most sensible, budget-friendly and convenient way to travel Ireland without a rental car is … using the bus, in Dublin and nationwide. Cross country services are numerous and a variety of ticket options, though at times confusing, can make bus travel very economical. Connections between the major towns are generally fast, frequent and reliable. [about travel]

Gipsy Caravans – Gipsy Caravans were long touted as the “typical Irish holiday” (though most Irish people would not agree) and acquired an air of ethnic eco-tourism. Generally a very unique way, to see a small part of the island. Temporary “gipsies” will have to stick to a certain area and a selection of roads. Consider this mode of transport only if you want to spend lots of quality time with your travelling companions! [about travel]

Hitch-hiking – While hitch-hiking should not be considered especially dangerous in Ireland, the usual precautions should be taken. But even the most optimistic hitch-hiker will soon find that the reluctance to pick up strangers has increased in Irish drivers. [about travel]

Railways – While it is not impossible to travel Ireland by rail, the choice of places to visit will be limited. Generally the railway will bring you to a central destination and from there you will have to rely on other modes of transport. More than likely buses. Add the fact that Irish railways are not known for either cheap fares or luxury and bus travel becomes a sensible option in many cases. [about travel]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

AWS Ireland Usergroup – This is the AWS User Group Network.  We’re a community of engineers, developers and business professionals meeting to share ideas & learn from each other and from leading figures in the AWS technology space. [meetup]

Machine Learning Dublin – This is a last-Monday-of-the-month meetup group open to professionals and students interested in Machine Learning in any of its forms. There are presentations by selected guest speakers on different topics, and networking. [meetup]

MMUG-Dublin – MMUG Dublin is a group for Designers and Developers interested in learning more about and sharing their experiences using Adobe and related software products for the web and devices.[meetup]

ProducTank Dublin – ProductTank provides an opportunity for Product Managers in Dublin to exchange ideas and experiences about Product Design, Development and Management, Business Modelling, Metrics, User Experience and all the other things that get us excited. [meetup]

Ruby Ireland – Ruby Ireland is a developer group for anyone interested in Ruby or Rails in Ireland of all levels. We’ll look to organise some fun meetups for 2013 around this awesome language and community! [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

American Expats in Ireland – The American Expats in Ireland is an informal gathering of Americans living abroad in Ireland. We are a friendly bunch just looking to chat and have a few laughs.  Whether you’re new to Ireland, or you’ve been here awhile, living away from home can be a bit rough from time to time. [meetup]

Dublin Expats – This is a group for expats to meet up with other expats, share tips and advice, speak about their home countries, talk about why the Irish are so Irish. [meetup]

Dublin Girl Gone International – Girl Gone International Dublin is for like-minded women who love the international lifestyle and all it encompasses – travel, moving abroad, coming home again, girlfriends all over the world and of course, having fun! [meetup]

Internationals in Dublin – We are a friendly group that welcomes internationals and locals with an international outlook who are keen to socialize. We enjoy meeting regularly to chat, have interesting conversations and meet new friends in an informal and friendly atmosphere. [meetup]

Language Exchange Ireland – Join us to practise and improve your target language while meeting new people!Every Monday in Dtwo at 6.30pm and every Thursday in the Turks Head at 6.30pm. [meetup]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Dublin International Gay Social Group (D.IG.S.) – Firstly can I say that the objective of this group is not a matchmaking/dating group so singles and couples are all welcome. It is intended to be a complement to the Gay scene in Dublin, sometimes we use gay venues and sometimes we don’t depending on each type of meetup. [meetup]

GayDublin – Dublin is not a ghost town for gay people. We want to promote events, parties and sport. all together to meet people and have a good time, sharing hobbyes, interests . [meetup]

LGBTwentiesThirties Dublin – For LGBT 20/30 something ladies looking to make new friends and get to a lot of different events around Dublin. [meetup]

Out and About Gay Hiking – Out and About is a friendly Dublin-based hiking group for the gay and lesbian community and their friends. This is a group for anyone interested in hiking, hillwalking, mountaineering or camping. All skills levels are welcome. [meetup]

Running Amach-LGBTQ Women’s Social Networking Club – This group is for WOMEN who identify as LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, or Questioning). It’s a Social Club for adult women (must be over 18 years of age) who want to meet new people, develop new friendships, participate in common interest activities (the possibilities are endless), network, share resources, build ‘a sense of community’ and have a bit of Craic! [meetup]

Resources

Resources

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