Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Ireland's a Top Holiday Choice to Be Sure

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Ireland's a Top Holiday Choice to Be Sure

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Byline: COREY BERTALLI @Grafton Travel

WE have all heard of the Emerald Isle and many readers have probably been there. There is something about this small country that keeps us Aussies wanting to go back, could it be the Guinness or is it the welcome you generally receive. Whatever it is, the Irish and their country is a great holiday destination.

Getting to Ireland from Australia is a bit of a marathon. You could not possibly pick a country that is geographically such a long way from Australia. Once you arrive in Ireland though you will want to spend as much time as you can there. Dublin, being the capital, is the best place to start and finish a trip to Ireland.

I would recommend that your first port of call would be to find a local pub and have a pint with a Dubliner. It's typical of Dublin that a meeting between a local and a visitor (where you get some in-the-know tips and local knowledge) has been turned into an event, with the City of A Thousand Welcomes initiative. That's probably why it was voted the Friendliest City in Europe by TripAdvisor twice: Dublin is a city that definitely wants to meet you.

Dublin's a great city to explore on foot. From the gracious city parks of Merrion Square and Iveagh Gardens, to the grand Georgian architecture and alfresco cafe culture of South William and Drury Streets, there's a lot to divert your attention. And don't forget Temple Bar -- a cobblestone cultural enclave of galleries, restaurants, hopping pubs and the lively Meeting House Square.

However there is more to Ireland than just the Guinness Factory. Hiring a car and driving from county to county is a great way to see and experience the landscape. You have that flexibility of stopping when you want and the driving distances are minimal compared to Australia. Accommodation is generally not a problem with most pubs having a room upstairs and there is always a B&B just around the corner. …

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