Guinness Factory, Dublin, Ireland

Arthur Guinness

It’s a must! You can’t go to Dublin and not visit the Guinness Factory. Whenyou enter the building in a section of Dublin called St. James’s Gate. The option offered is a guided tour or just do it yourself, roam around the seven floors of the building, take your time and see what goes into making Guinness Ireland’s favorite beer.

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Dublin, Ireland — arrival day and touring

The Merrion Hotel in Dublin

We left JFK, New York at 9:30 p.m.; our flight arrived in Dublin, Ireland at 9:00 a.m. the next morning, allowing for a five-hour time change and a six-hour flight.

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Kissing the Blarney Stone in Ireland

Blarney Castle in County Cork

A Bucket List is a wonderful thing. For those of you who have started one, either mentally or on paper, you might want to consider visiting Ireland. Kissing the Blarney Stone in Ireland was my number one, on the top of my list, top of the morning to you all, for 2013.

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Discovering Ireland’s ancient mysteries

River, Fiddler's Creek

On our first trip to Ireland, more than a decade ago, the megalithic tomb at Newgrange was our first stop—literally. We learned how to drive on the “wrong” side of the road on the 30-mile trip from the Dublin airport. It was an amazing introduction to what has become a real love affair.

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Titanic centennial is commemorated in U.S. museums

Titanic frenzy is picking up steam. One hundred years ago on April 12 the Titanic sailed and sank, but people are still fascinated by the fateful journey and stories of people who sailed on its maiden voyage.
To commemorate the importance of this historic event, the private Titanic Foundation Ltd. in Belfast, Northern Ireland, will open a museum on March 31, 2012, in the city where the ship was built and launched.

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“Flying boats” made Foynes, Ireland center of aviation world

If you visit the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula in southern Ireland be sure to visit the Foynes Flying Boat Museum in County Limerick. Here you’ll learn about the nostalgic era when Foynes was the center of the aviation world, from 1939 to 1945. Housed in the original terminal building, the Flying museum opened in 1989 and features the only full scale replica of a Boeing B314 in world.

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