By Tadhg Peavoy
Galway, a Norman city on the banks of the River Corrib, in the west of Ireland, knows how to have a good time. Due west of Dublin, the city is reached in a couple of hours’ drive and entices many a Dubliner out west to sample its superb atmosphere and nightlife. Named the City of the Tribes, as a result of it being run by 14 tribes of merchants’ families during its Norman period, the Vikings never made a settlement there, which gives the city a unique feel of being a predominantly Norman town, unlike the other metropolises on the island. Architecturally, it’s a mix of this Norman heritage and the modern architecture that has come to pass in more recent times. MORE


By Tadhg Peavoy
Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, is a city in recovery mode. From 1968 to 1998 it was embroiled in the Troubles as Unionists and Republicans battled over whether the country should remain part of the United Kingdom or join a new united Ireland. Thankfully for all those concerned the war is over and the city is carving out a name for itself as an up-and-coming, trendy metropolis, with lots to see and do, and with plenty of bang for your buck. MORE


By Tadhg Peavoy
Ireland has some fantastic cities: Dublin, Cork, Galway, Belfast and Limerick all have plenty of charm in their own ways. However, the oldest city in the country is in fact Waterford. Just a two-hour drive south from Dublin, Waterford offers a staggering variety of attractions, in the setting of one of the nation’s most beautiful regions, the south east of the country, on the banks of the River Suir. MORE


Travelling is a very personal experience. Different strokes for different folks is the mantra that should always apply: some will want five-star hotels, while others want self-catering, others again want their backpack and ticket to the end of the line. But regardless of what option one takes, an area that one almost always encounters is tour guides. They can be superb, so-so or seriously dull, but a good one can transform a cultural experience from the humdrum and everyday to something very unique. MORE