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How the story of Brian Boru led to Conan visiting Ennis, Ireland!

Conan O'Brien visiting Ennis, Ireland

You already know Ireland: it’s a country of smiles, laughter and people swingin’ and dancin’ to sing-songs where the traditional Irish instruments being strummed hold just as much character as the people dancing to their harmonies. There are a lot of odd stereotypes of Irish people but that one, at least, holds true. Yes, I…

What EVERYONE is learning about IRELAND from Normal People!

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With most of Ireland still restricted, most people have taken to Netflix, Disney+ or Amazon Prime to catch up on the latest trending movie or series. By now, most of us have seen, or at least heard of Tiger King, and are learning more and more about Michael Jordan’s last dance. But there is one…

How an American Grandmother Discovered Guinness For The First Time!

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It’s no secret that Americans have a deep fascination with Ireland. With many people claiming Irish descent they swarm Ireland every summer making the bulk of Ireland’s tourism industry. Many Irish students go to enjoy sunny American beaches on their J1’s as Americans come over to see our monuments and partake in our culture. One…

My Favourite Virtual Tours Right Now – Virtual Travel

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You know what I’m not looking forward to?  All the engaging small talk of what we got up to during our time stuck at home in quarantine.  I’m sure we all have a friend that will excite us with his riveting talk of an intensive online course in marketing or the new LinkedIn badges she’s…

5 things to do in Ireland during the Summer months!

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Ireland’s culture, for all the grand attributes you can spout, is hardly mysterious. It’s everywhere.  Any high sun, sunset or sea breeze and you’ll find yourself reflecting on a grand memory you’ve made on it’s historic land, and even the ones you wish to make.  It’s familiar to all who have yearned for love, found…

Coronavirus Travel – Should travel plans be made for later in the year?

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We all love to travel, explore new cultures and do tours of our favourite cities and attractions.  We love the excitement of packing.  Whether it’s hot or crispy cold, we love that blast of air that hits you when you exit the plane. We love encountering interesting characters along the way, be it a funny…

COVID-19 – Advice for those anxious about 2020 travel plans!

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For anybody who had hoped to travel in 2020, this blog is for you. Ollie’s Tours is a small tour operator based in a beautiful medieval town called Ennis located in the south-west of Ireland.  We offer walking, food and culture tours of the town and rely on international tourists for our business.  Since the recent…

GAA 101 – Your Guide To Understanding Irish Sports

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 What Is The GAA? The Gaelic Athletic Association, or GAA, consists of four indigenous Irish games: Hurling, Gaelic Football, Handball and Rounders. Hurling and football are the most widely played, with some matches shown all around the world. Handball and Rounders, despite not being as common, are equally as fascinating. What Is Handball & Rounders? Handball…

How to Woo your other half this Valentine’s Weekend in County Clare

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a couple sitting in front of the Cliffs of MoherPhoto Credit: @danielle_georgiana This year in 2020, Valentine’s Day falls beautifully on a Friday, perfect timing for a romantic weekend away. To put it bluntly, I love where I am…