Longing for Ireland

Longing for Ireland

Travel tips for trips to the island of Ireland with Tourism Ireland. Let's explore the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and discover places to visit, eat and stay! Visit ireland.com to plan out your next trip #FillYourHeartWithIreland #LongingForIreland


September 14, 2022 28 min

Three giant mounds stand on top of 3 hills overlooking a bend in the Boyne River. But these three mounds are no ordinary mounds, they have been named as UNESCO World Heritage and figure throughout Irish history, myth, and folklore. So, what makes them so special and why should you visit? 

Today we are joined by Clare Tuffy, from the Office of Public Works at the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre to talk about Ireland’s ancient heritage.


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Guinness – Synonymous with Ireland and a must try when on the island - but what makes it so special? How is it made and what is the story behind it the famous beer?

Today we are joined by Colm O’Connor, Beer Specialist at the Guinness Storehouse to talk about what makes Guinness so special as well as what you can expect when visiting the Home of Guinness in the heart of Dublin.

For more information on the tours on offer visit: guinne...

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July 7, 2022 27 min

U2, The Rolling Stones, Ed Sheeran, and many more have recorded songs or albums at Dublin’s first recording studio, since its founding 40 years ago – but, what makes it so special and why should you visit?

Today we are joined by Aidan Alcock, Director at Windmill Lane Recording Studio to talk about the studio, its history, process, and famous recording artists as well as what you will experience when you visit the studio.

For more in...

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June 16, 2022 21 min

RMS Titanic – the world’s largest ship at its launch has not only left its mark in film culture but also in its birthplace – the city of Belfast – where you now find the world-leading Titanic Experience visitor attraction in the very shipyard where Titanic was built. But what legacy has Titanic left and how can you find its traces and experience this famous ship?

Today we are joined by Scott Shaw, from the Visitor Experience Crew at...

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May 16, 2022 22 min

Beautiful seafood, warming chowder, lamb and beef from the greenest pastures and absolutely delicious derry products… so much to try, yet so little time – so where should you start?

Today we are joined by Suzanne Burns, owner and guide at Kinsale Food Tours, to talk about Irish food; tips on what to try, Irish raw ingredients, and what to bring back when returning from Ireland.

Kinsale Food Tours offer guided food tours of Kinsale an...

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April 8, 2022 39 min

Poetical, political & provocative – Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, W.B. Yeats and many more playwrights come from Ireland, but why are there so many playwrights and what makes Irish theatre so special?

Today we are joined by James Hickson, from the National Theatre of Ireland, the Abbey Theatre, to talk about theatre culture in Ireland and how theatre has influenced Irish culture.

The Abbey Theatre offers plays, classes as well as ...

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March 15, 2022 35 min

Stone age fortresses, endless stone walls, a shipwreck on land and special jumpers – what makes the Aran Islands so special? How do you get there and what should you see?

Today we are joined by Eugene Garrihy and Joan Hamilton, from Doolin2Aran Ferries. The Garrihy family have been sailing the waters between the islands for more than 70 years from Doolin, co. Claire and now offer ferry services between the mainland and the Aran Isla...

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October 1, 2021 36 min

Giant`s Graves, Fairy Trees and Cure Wells - what are they? And how does Celtic History, Mythology and Walking Trails come together in Ireland?

Today we are joined by Martin Bradley, an Ecologist who brings groups on mystical adventures through the countryside surrounding Derry~Londonderry in Northern Ireland. Adventures where every step provides you with glimpses into the mythology of local trees, flora, prehistoric monuments a...

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May 28, 2021 23 min

This episode we will be talking about one of the most famous attractions on the Island of Ireland – a UNESCO world heritage site and a landscape formed by myth and geology.

But what is the Giant's Causeway? How was it formed? And who was the Giant?
To answer these we are joined by Kathryn Weir, Storyteller at The Giant’s Causeway Experience Centre. The centre and site is owned and managed by the National Trust, a charity and mem...

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March 25, 2021 39 min

How do you find a good pub? What should you order in a pub? And what are the top tips when going to a pub?

This time we are joined by Garvan Rushe, owner and guide at Dublin Tour Guide which offers private walking tours of Dublin. Their Pub Tour is a firm favourite amongst travellers for the last ten years.

For more info on Garvan's tours visit: www.dublintourguide.ie

This episode’s Irish word:
Cheers! (to your health)
Sláinte - Pr...

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February 21, 2021 32 min

Who was Saint Patrick? And why is he so important in Ireland? And how should you experience Saint Patrick in Ireland?

This time we are joined by Martina Purdy, former BBC political correspondant, turned nun and now guide at the Saint Patrick Centre as well as the director of the centre, Dr. Tim Campbell.

Bonus info: the Irish name "Niamh" (pronounced "Neeve") means Saint in Irish.

For more info on the tours and the cen...

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December 17, 2020 37 min

What is and was Christmas in Dublin like?

This time we are joined by Mark McKenna and Gerry Dowling, two Dubliners and guides at The Little Museum of Dublin, who will take us back to their childhood Christmases and give their best advice on what to experience in Dublin during Christmas.

Visit The Little Museum of Dublin at www.littlemuseum.ie

This episode’s Irish phrase:
Happy Christmas to you!
Nollaig Shona Duit! (singular)  pronounced...

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October 23, 2020 37 min

What is Halloween? And is it true that it is Irish and not from the US?
 This time we explore the origins and traditions of Halloween.
 We are joined by the expert of everything to do with Irish traditions, Clodagh Doyle, Keeper at the Irish Folklife Division of the National Museum of Ireland. 
 Irish words to learn this episode:
 Samhain (Halloween)
 Barmbrack (a traditional cake)
 Colcannon (potato stew)
 Remember you can do an Irish...

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August 31, 2020 22 min

Today we interview travel writer and photographer, Simone Moelle, and get her top tips for things to do in Dublin, Ireland - featuring great ideas on what to see and where to eat.

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