OE Related Links
(Compiled during my Irish OE 2003/04)
(quite a lot of them!)

Ireland - Attractions & Tours, Shops, Comedy,
Job Sites, Accommodation, Transport,
Maps, Misc.

Britain - England, Scotland, Wales, Misc.
Sweden - Stockholm
France - Paris
The Isle of Man

Favourites / Must See


Attractions, Tours etc

(Co. Dublin and Antrim listed first, then the remainder alphabetically)

Co. Dublin:

Dublin City Attractions:
Ambassador Theatre
Bewley's Cafes
Celtic Whiskey Shop
Chester Beatty Library
Christ Church Cathedral
Dublin Castle
Dublin City Bus Tour
Dublin City on Ice - now called 'Smithfield on Ice'
Dublin Literary Pub Crawl
Dublin Zoo
Guinness Storehouse / Guinness
Kilmainham Gaol (2) / Protect Kilmainham Gaol Campaign
Marino Casino
Museum of Archaeology and History
Musical Pub Crawl
National Botanic Gardens
Old Jameson Distillery
Olympia Theatre
Phoenix Park
Ragús, Irish Dance Show (Dublin & Aran Islands)
Rathfarnham Castle
Royal Canal & Grand Canal
Smithfield Chimney Viewing Tower
St. Stephens Green Shopping Centre
Taylors Irish Night Banquet & Show, Taylors Three Rock Pub
Temple Bar
The Comedy Improv
The Powerscourt Centre
The Waterways Visitors Centre
Trinity College Dublin (TCD) / Visitor Centre / Book of Kells
Viking Splash Tours
Walk Macabre (Ghost Walk)
Zozimus's Ghostly Experience (Ghost Walk)

Dublin City Info:
Dublin City Centre Map
Dublin Tourism Centres
Visit Dublin

Dublin Transport:
Dublin Bus
Irish Rail - DART
The Luas


Darkey Kelley's (Harding Hotel)
International Bar (comedy and music)
Knightsbridge Bar, Arlington Hotel
(live music and traditional dance)
Messrs Maguire's  (pub and micro-brewery; live music),
Burgh Quay, Dublin
Oliver St. John Gogarty's Bar (2) (live music)
The Brazen Head (The oldest pub in Dublin; live music)
The Bankers / Improv @ The Bankers
The Castle Inn
The Ha'penny Bridge Inn, Temple Bar, Dublin
The Porterhouse Bar and Brewing Company
The Westin Hotel / 'The Mint' Bar
Vicar Street (modern pub and entertainment venue)

Dublin Literary Pub Crawl
Musical Pub Crawl, Dublin
Dublin Pub Scene
Online.ie - Live Traditional Music, throughout Ireland
SureItsIrish - live Irish music in Dublin

Outside Dublin City:
Dalkey Village (2) / Dalkey Island (2)
Dun Laoghaire (VisitDublin.com)
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Tourism
Dunsink Observatory
Fingal Region
Malahide Castle (2)
Skerries / Skerries Mills / Skerries Islands
Swords Castle


Co. Antrim (Northern Ireland):

Belfast City:
Belfast City
Belfast City Maps - PDF, Interactive

Belfast Castle
Black Taxi Tours
Belfast City Hall
Botanic Gardens & Palm House
Crown Liquor Saloon
Lagan Weir
Ulster Museum

Outside Belfast:
Bushmills Distillery
Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge
Carrickfergus Castle
Dunluce Castle
Mussenden's Temple
The Causeway Coast
The Giant's Causeway Visitor's Centre


Co. Clare
Aillwee Caves, The Burren
Bunratty Castle and Folk park , Bunratty
Cliffs of Moher / Cliffs of Moher Cruise
Doolin / Doolin Ferries to Aran Islands
Knappogue Castle / Medieval Banquets , Quin
The Burren (2) / Burren Forts
The Burren Centre / Burren Exposure
The Rock Shop, Liscannor

Co. Cork
Beara Peninsula
Blarney Castle
Charles Fort
Drombeg Stone Circle
Prince August Toy Soldier Factory, near Macroom
The Peoples Republic of Cork (online shop)

Co. Derry  (Northern Ireland)
Derry City
The Saddler's House B&B - Derry

Co. Donegal
Donegal Castle
Donegal Parian China
Dunree Fort
Glenveagh National Park
Grianán of Aileách
Inishowen Peninsula
Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival, Ballyshannon
Slieve League

Co. Down (Northern Ireland)
Ards Peninsula
Ballycopeland Windmill
Barholm Hostel, Portaferry
Mount Stewart House / Estate
Mourne Mountains / Silent Valley
Nendrum Monastic Site
Portaferry Car Ferry
Scrabo Hill Country Park & Tower

Co. Fermanagh (Northern Ireland)
Belleek Pottery
Drumskinny Stone Circle

Co. Galway
Aran Islands
Aran Island Ferries
Aran Islands Map and Info
Aer Arann Islands
Aughnanure Castle (2)
Corrib Princess , Galway
Galway Sights
Kylemore Abbey, Connemara
Lally Tours (e.g. Connemara Tour)
Man of Aran Cottage, Kilmurvey, Inishmor, Aran Islands
Ragús, Irish Dance Show, Dublin & Inishmor (Aran Islands)Roundstone Music, Craft and Fashion Store
The Old Galway City Bus Tour
The King’s Head (pub)
Turoe Stone

Co. Kerry
Beara Peninsula
Dingle Peninsula (2)
Feehans Boats / Skellig Boats , Ballinskelligs
Great Blasket Island / The Blaskets
Kerry Crafted Glass, Killarney
Muckross Estate, The Ring of Kerry
Ross Castle, Killarney
Skellig Experience Centre, Portmagee, Ring of Kerry
Skellig Michael (Island)
The Blasket Centre, Dunquin, Dingle Peninsula
The Ring of Kerry  (site includes cool aerial photo of Skellig Michael)
The Waterfront B&B , Portmagee

Co. Kilkenny
Dunmore Cave
Jerpoint Abbey
Kilkenny Castle (2)

Co. Limerick
Adare (2)
Abbey Villa B&B , Adare
Lough Gur

Co. Louth
Proleek Dolmen, Dundalk

Co. Mayo

Achill Island
Ashford Castle, Cong
Céide Fields (2)
Croagh Patrick

Co. Meath
Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre - Newgrange and Knowth
Bison / Buffalo - see directions here
Dowth / Knowth / Newgrange (2)
Hill of Tara (2, 3)
Loughcrew (2)
Millmount Museum and Martello Tower, Drogheda
Mythical Ireland - misc. stuffs, including Newgrange
Old Mellifont Abbey
Slane / Slane Castle (2) / Hill of Slane
Slane Farm Hostel, Slane
Trim / Trim Castle (2)

Co. Offaly
Bord ná Mona Shannonbridge / Clonmacnoise Bog Railway
Birr Castle

Co. Sligo
Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery
Creevykeel Court Tomb
Knocknarea Cairn

Co. Tipperary
Cahir Castle
Mitchelstown Cave
Rock of Cashel
Swiss Cottage

Co. Tyrone (Northern Ireland)
Beaghmore Stone Circles

Co. Waterford
MacMurrough Farm Hostel , New Ross
Nire Valley Drive
Waterford Crystal Factory

Co. Westmeath
Mullingar Pewter Centre

Co. Wexford
Hook Peninsula
Irish National Heritage Park

Co. Wicklow
Powerscourt Estate
St Kevin's Hermitages/Cillíns , Glendalough (accommodation)

(Counties Armagh, Carlow, Cavan, Kildare,
Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Monaghan,
and Roscommon are not listed!)


Places I stayed and Recommend:
Abbey Villa B&B , Adare, Co. Limerick
MacMurrough Farm Hostel , New Ross, Co. Wexford
Slane Farm Hostel, Slane, Co. Meath
St Kevin's Hermitages/Cillíns , Glendalough, Co. Wicklow
The Saddler's House B&B - Derry, Co. Derry
The Waterfront B&B, Portmagee, Co. Kerry

Accommodation Search:
Daft.ie - Flats, Apartments etc

Hostel Ireland
Hostels-Ireland (IHH)
Ireland YHA Hostels

Bed and Breakfasts:
Family Homes of Ireland (B&Bs)
Town and Country (B&Bs)
Irish B'n'B
Ireland B&B Network
Ireland B&B List

Shops etc

An Pucan Craft Shop, Kilronan and Kilmurvey, Inishmore, Aran Islands, Co. Galway
Bewley's Cafes, Dublin
Bunratty Mead & Liqueur Company, Bunratty, Co. Clare
Butlers Chocolates / Butlers Chocolate Cafe, Dublin
Carroll's Irish Gift Stores
Celtic Whiskey Shop , Dublin, Co. Dublin
Eason Bookstores
Giles Norman - Black and White photography, Powerscourt Shopping Centre, Dublin
Hodges and Figgis Bookstores
Kerry Crafted Glass, Killarney, Co. Kerry
O'Brien Studios - The Lawrence Collection - 1890 Sepia-tone Photographs!, Studio @ Bunratty Folk Park
Prince August Toy Soldier Factory, near Macroom, Co. Cork
The Peoples Republic of Cork (online shop - clothing etc)
The Rock Shop, Liscannor, Co. Clare
The Stonecutters Kitchen Restaurant, Doolin. Co. Clare
Thornton's Chocolates
Visual Instinct - Honor Hale's Glass Crafts, Powerscourt Shopping Centre, Dublin
Waterstones Bookstores

Comedians / Comedy

Anne Gildea
Bill Bailey (UK)
Barry Murphy
Dave McSavage
David O'Doherty
Deidre O'Kane
Dermot Carmody
Dylan Moran
Flight of the Conchords (from New Zealand)
Tara Flynn
Tommy Tiernan

Battle of the Axe, at The Ha'penny Bridge Inn, Temple Bar, Dublin
DubLinks - Dublin Comedy
The Comedy Improv, International Bar, Dublin
Improv @ The Bankers, Dublin
Online.ie - Comedy shows, throughout Ireland
Vicar Street, Pub and entertainment venue, Dublin

Father Ted (2), Feck.net (incl. filming locations)
Black Books Quotes

Job Sites (for Ireland)

Acumen Recruit
Bond Personnel
Contact Recruitment
DB Recruitment
Eden Recruitment
Employ Ireland
Go Jobsite
Grafton Group
HWA People
Irish Jobs
Jobs Ireland
My Job
Noel Recruitment
Recruit Ireland
Reed Personnel
Computing Related:
Computer Futures
Computer People
IT Alliance Group
IT People
Microsoft Ireland
Net Nation
Soft Skills
The IT Job board

CXC (Consultants Exchange) - 'Umbrella' Company
Working Ireland
www.iol.ie/~discover/jobs.htm (incl Visa info etc)


Bus / Coach:
Aircoach - from Dublin Airport
Bus Eireann - The Irish Bus System
CIE Tours - Coach tours of Ireland
CityLink - Dublin Airport - Dublin City - Galway City
Dublin Bus
Eurolines - Coach connections to UK/Europe

Irish Ferries
Stenaline - Ferries

Aer Lingus
LastMinute.com - Cheap Flights
Ryanair - Irish Budget Airline

DART - Dublin Area Rapid Transit (Dublin trains)
Irish Rail (Iarnród Éireann)
Luas - Dublin Tram / Light-Rail System

Rental Cars:
Sixt Rental Cars - cheap!


Maps (on this site)
Misc Maps - incl. old ones
Old Dublin City Walls (on this site)
The Old Map Company (UK, Ireland and Isle of Man)

Misc Ireland

AA Ireland
Band of Friends - Rory Gallagher Tribute Band
Belleek Pottery
Bank Holidays (2)
Bonus Print.ie - Digital Photo Printing
Bulmers Cider
Bushmills Whiskey
Cara Craft - Irish Souvenirs (clothing)
Columbus World Travel Guide - Ireland
Cow Parade (Ireland)
CD Wow - Online CD Retailer
Discover Northern Ireland
Duchas / Heritage Card
Dublin Elevation light show
Epicurean Food Hall
Fantasy Jack Palance - Ireland Photos
Film Info - Movie timetables
Ghost Walks of Britain and Ireland
Giles Norman - Black and White photography, Dublin
Golden Pages (incl. Whitepages too)
Government of Ireland - Department of Foreign Affairs
Heritage Ireland
Heritage Towns
IrelandsEye.com - Misc Ireland Info
Ireland top of Rip-off League!
Ireland Trivia
(incl. fact that Dublin Mountains
Irish Embassy's Visa office, London
Irish Revenue Service
Irish Weather (RTE)
Jameson Whiskey

Live Irish Music in Dublin
Lough Neagh
Medieval Banquets
Mona Lisa (Italian Restaurant)
Murphy's Cat Laughs Comedy Festival
Mythical Ireland
Name Nerds - Irish
National Trust - Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland Tourist Board
New Zealand Ireland Association (NZIA), Dublin
New Zealand Ireland Connection
Online.ie - Irish News site and free webmail service
Pigsback and Pigsback Connect
Poco Loco Mexican Restaurant, Dublin
Rory Gallagher - Biography etc
Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival
Sixt Car Rentals -  Cheap (but they muck you around a bit!)
Stone Pages Ireland
SwiftCall - cheap phone calling cards
The Devil's Horsemen
The General Post Office (GPO), Dublin
'The Pale' - a history
The Waterways Visitors Centre, Dublin
Ticket Master.ie - concert ticket reseller etc
Tullamore Dew (Whiskey)
UGC Cinemas
Visit Ireland
Visual Instinct - Honor Hale's Glass Crafts, Dublin
Yahoo Weather
Water Ways Ireland

Bison / Buffalo in Co. Meath - here and here
(to find, head north from Dublin, through Ashbourne and look for
Hunky Dory / Buffalo signs to the left about 1 km or so out of town)

Consulate-General of Ireland:
6th floor, 18 Shortland Street (PO Box 279) Auckland 1001
Tel: (09) 302 2867
Fax: (09) 302 2420
E-mail: consul@ireland.co.nz
Office hours: 8.30 a.m.-5.30 p.m., Mon-Fri excluding Public Holidays

Recommended Books about Ireland:
Round Ireland with a Fridge, By Tony Hawks
McCarthy's Bar: A Journey of Discovery in Ireland, by Pete McCarthy
Hot Footing around the Emerald Isle, by Ian Middleton
Angela's Ashes: A Memoir, by Frank McCourt
Last of the Donkey Pilgrims, Kevin O'Hara
Ireland, Guidebook by Lonely Planet
Eyewitness Travel Guide: Ireland, Guidebook by DK

Recommended Irish Movies:
Veronica Guerin (Drama/Thriller/True Story)
Evelyn (Drama/True Story)
Magdalene Sisters (Drama/True Story)
In the Name of the Father (Drama/True Story)
Intermission (Action/Comedy)
The Actors (Comedy)
Commitments (Musical Comedy)

  UK Miscellaneous 

Astral Travels
Bank Holidays
Bed and Breakfasts UK
BeenThere-DoneThat.org.uk - The unofficial guide to Britain / Their Transport Guide
channel4.com - Black Books
Clappers Tickets - Free tickets for TV filming sessions
Environment and Heritage Service (UK)
Ghost Walks of Britain and Ireland
Guide Friday
National Express - British Buses/Coaches
National Rail
National Trust (British Heritage)
NZ Embassy - UK
Visit Britain


London Attractions:
Banqueting House
Battersea power station
British Museum
Buckingham Palace & The Royal Mews
Greenwich & Royal Observatory
Hampton Court Palace
Hard Rock Cafe & The Vault
Horse Guards Parade
Hyde Park
Jack the Ripper walking tour (The Original London Walks)
Marble Arch
Parliament House & Big Ben Clock Tower
(Palace of Westminster)
Piccadilly Circus (Panorama View)
Reduced Shakespeare Company
Shell Electric Storm
St. James' Palace
The Big Bus Company
The London Eye / Millennium Wheel
The National Gallery
Tower Bridge
Tower of London
Trafalgar Square
Westminster Abbey
Windsor Castle

London Transport:
London Underground
Transport for London

Outside London:
Bath / Roman Baths
Magna Carta (Salisbury)
Old Sarum
Sally Lunn's, Oxford
Salisbury Cathedral
Silbury Hill

English Heritage
Irish Embassy's Visa office, London
Paddington Bear
Teddington Studios


Bed and breakfasts - Edinburgh
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Melville Guest House, Edinburgh
Mercat Tours / The Vaults
Witchery Tours / Murder and Mystery Tour
Edinburgh Castle
Royal Mile (2)
Palace of Holyroodhouse
Scottish Whisky Heritage Centre
Royal Yacht Britannia
Tron Kirk
Craigmillar Castle
Edinburgh and Lothians Tourist Board
Ghost Walks of Britain and Ireland

Scottish Highlands:
The Legend of Nessie
Loch Ness Guide
Loch Ness (2)
Edradour Distillery
Eilean Donan Castle
Isle of Skye
Urquhart Castle (2)
Fort Augustus
Glen Nevis
Glen Coe (2)
Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye

National Trust of Scotland
Historic Scotland
Stirling Castle (2)
(also info on www.trossachs.org.uk )
Doune Castle
The Trossachs
Dumbarton Castle
Prestwick Airport
Undiscovered Scotland
Scotland Carhire



CADW - Welsh Heritage Service
Visit Britain
Visit Wales
'Holme-Lea Guest House', Barmouth

Caernarfon (2)
Manorbier Castle
Pembrokeshire National Park
Pembroke Castle
Caerphilly Castle
Conwy Valley / Conwy
Harlech Castle
Portmeirion Village
Vale of Rheidol Railway

Great Little Trains of Wales

  Stockholm, Sweden 

Stockholm Sightseeing
Stockholm Transport
Tunnelbana - Subway/Metro system

Stockholm Street Map
Sweden Map

Gamla Stan - The Old Town of Stockholm
The Royal Palace (2)
Vasamuseet - The Vasa Ship Museum
Historika Museet / The Gold Room - Museum of
of National Antiquities
Dalarö Village
Kaknästornet TV Tower

Handfaste - Swedish Souvenirs, Gamla Stan
Dalecarlian horses

  Isle of Man 

The Isle of Man Three Legs Emblem
Government Tourism Site
Visit Isle of Man
Manx National Heritage

Isle of Man Stamps

Glens on the Isle of Man (PDF)
Island Glens
Peel Castle
Tynwald Hill
Manx Museum
Great Laxey Wheel

Kerrowgarrow Farm B&B Greeba, Douglas, Isle of Man
Kerrowgarrow Farm B&B in Greeba, near St. Johns. 


Paris Tourism
Street Map
Paris Public Transport
Good Accommodation Guide - Paris

Notre-Dame Cathedral & Crypte Archéologique
Sainte-Chapelle (2)
Ile St-Louis and Ile de la Cité
Palais Royal
Jardin des Tuileries

Place de la Concorde
Champs Elysées
Arc de Triomphe
Eiffel tower
Hôtel des Invalides
Moulin Rouge
Jardin des Plantes
Arenes de Lutece
The Pantheon
Montparnasse / Cimetière du Montparnasse
Latin Quarter
Statue of Liberty


Lonely Planet.com - Travel Ticker
Endeavour Replica
Wasting the Dawn (Dan Keating's circle of sites about The Doors, Rory Gallagher etc)
Flight of the Conchords (NZ Comedy Act I saw in Dublin)
Ghost Walks of Britain and Ireland
Downunder Insurance - The Big OE Policy
Top Deck - Tours.  Visa info also available under Europe section
Visa and Passport Requirements for the EU
Contiki - Tours
BusAbout Tours
The Endeavour (replica)
World Weather
Frommers - Destination Europe
NZ MFAT Travel Advice
NZ Embassy - UK
EU Visas
How to Work Legally in Europe Without a Visa
NZ Embassies in Western Europe
Lonely Planet
DK Travel Guides
Yahoo Travel
Yahoo Weather
Worldwide Guide to Electric Plugs/Sockets

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