Posts Tagged ‘ireland’

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

V Australia’s Best of Dublin Experiences

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When visiting Dublin, by flying with V Australia and our partner airline Etihad Airways, you need to know where to go right? So here are a few key things that you simply must have on your travel-to-do-list!

Dublin’s BEST pint:
Kehoe’s on Anne St is a perennial favourite amongst Dubliners and fills each night after work. With a great mix of locals, the cosy pub is a good place to escape tourist hub Temple Bar and enjoy an expertly poured pint!

Dublin’s BEST shopping:
Home to a thriving market culture don’t leave Dublin without visiting locals favourite the Moore St markets. The busy market is open Monday through Saturday, walk the cobblestone streets and sample a great mix of food cultures from around the world. Close to bars and restaurants, the market turns into a popular meeting point for locals on Friday and Saturday nights.

Dublin’s BEST Irish stew:
Visit O’Shea’s Merchant Hotel at 19 Talbot St for a warm Irish welcome and tasty lamb stew. Close to everything the popular bar features live music every night with traditional dancing on Thursdays and plenty of Irish banter.

Dublin’s BEST tour:
The Guinness Brewery of course! Learn how to craft the perfect brew and take an entertaining look at the history of Guinness. Work your way (and your appetite) up the seven-story building to a pint of Guinness and your favourite stout infused meal at the Gravity bar, which boasts 360° views of Dublin city and beyond.

But these are only scratching the surface of what you can do in Dublin – Tell us your ‘best of Dublin’ experiences in the comments below!

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V Australia and our partner Etihad Airways, fly to Dublin and for a short time only we can offer the following:

Sydney to Dublin from AUD$1939* Economy Return

Book online or visit your travel agent before the 18th April PLUS when you book economy tickets through your travel agent, you can receive a free upgrade to premium economy (conditions apply, see your travel agent for more details)

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The valley area of Glendalough

Monday, April 4th, 2011

V Australia: Inspiring Your Dublin Ireland Holiday Experience

Our one-stop flights to Ireland will have you on the ground enjoying some Irish craic in no time at all. Find inspiration on the best things to do in Dublin here.

A typical day in Dublin isn’t as wet as the rest of the Ireland would have you believe, but you should still come prepared. Spend a morning working out the lay of the land, walking the cobblestone streets and talking to locals, who, much like the city itself are full of charm and personality.

For the best breakfast in Dublin head to Bewley’s on Grafton St (Leffey St end) and order their right of passage full Irish breakfast. At around 10 euro, the poached eggs, grilled bacon and pork sausages along with roast tomato, mushrooms, toast and of course (gulp) black pudding represents great value. For those who aren’t nursing a hangover, there’s also a great selection of yoghurt, bagels, pancakes and porridge.

Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol

A must see on any visitors list, the Kilmainham Gaol (now a museum) offers an insightful and at times moving look at the history of Ireland’s nationalism. A prison for almost 128 years, many of Ireland’s rebellion leaders were residents at one time or another. Accessible by tour only, make sure you arrive early in the summer as it gets very busy, and bring a jacket – as it gets surprisingly cold inside!

Situated at the mouth of the Liffey River, Dublin is the place to go for fresh seafood. Salmon and cod are the most popular, along with scallops, lobster, mussels and oysters and keep your eyes open for Dublin Bay prawns – yum! It’s hard to imagine anyone could be hungry after such a big breakfast but great value fish and chips can be found wrapped in butchers paper with chunky chips and sinful batter at Leo Burdock’s, 2 Werburgh St.

The most important day on the Irish calendar is of course, March 17, St Patrick’s Day. Having just missed the official celebrations, you can still find plenty of Irish spirit. Join locals at one of the popular pubs along Harcourt, Camden and Leeson streets for a game of rugby and post match pint.

For traditional Dublin fare, Gallagher’s Boxty House is hard to beat. Sit by the peat fire and find comfort in their Irish stew, Gaelic pancakes and bread and butter pudding.

These are only a tiny snapshot as to what you can do once you land in Emerald Isle, and we’d love to hear what your favourite places are in Dublin!

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V Australia and our partner Etihad Airways, fly to Dublin and for a short time only we can offer the following:

Sydney to Dublin from AUD$1939* Economy Return

Book online or visit your travel agent before the 18th April PLUS when you book economy tickets through your travel agent, you can receive a free upgrade to premium economy (conditions apply, see your travel agent for more details)

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Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Irish Flashmob celebrates St Patrick’s Day in Sydney

Over 100 dancers took the opportunity of St Patricks Day 2011 to bring some Irish cheer to Sydney, with an impromptu flashmob at Sydney Central Train Station.
Have a watch of the video and be inspired to fly to the Emerald Isle – air fares flying V Australia can be found at VAustralia.com

St Patricks Day 2011 Flashmob. Central Station, Sydney, Australia

Do you have Ireland on your list of places to visit?