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What Are The Top 5 Places to Visit Outside Dublin – A Locals Choice

Top 5 places to visit outside Dublin

The tourism industry in Ireland is on another level. People from East to West come pouring in to see our cultural heritage, often times this being their own cultural heritage, and even partaking in it with the spectacle of dance and merry song. With half-built construction projects still casting a shadow among different parts of…

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…

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…

How to enjoy Ireland’s Friendliest Town

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2017 was the year that brought Ennis, Co. Clare the title of ‘Ireland’s Friendliest Town‘. Having grown up in this town, this award did not come as a shock to me. Here are 5 ways you can enjoy Ireland’s Friendliest Town #5 – The Lively Pub Atmosphere Ennis is traditionally famous for being a market town…