For information on travel in the Irish Republic, contact Tourism Ireland, the international marketing authority for Fáilte Ireland (pronounced fal-cha), as the tourist information network is called within the Republic of Ireland. They have two websites, one for people logging on internationally (www.discoverireland.com) and one for people logging on domestically (www.discoverireland.ie). Information on travel in the north is available from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.
Northern Ireland Tourist Board (59 North St., Belfast, BT1 1NB. 028/9023–1221. www.discovernorthernireland.com.)
Tourism Ireland (www.ireland.com.)
Tourism Ireland New York Office (345 Park Ave., 17th fl., New York, NY, 10154. 212/418–0800 or 800/SHAMROCK. www.ireland.com.)
Discover Ireland (1890/324–583. www.discoverireland.ie.)
Online Travel Tools
The main website for the Irish tourist board, Tourism Ireland is www.discoverireland.com; this is meant for people logging on internationally. Fáilte Ireland (the National Tourism Development Authority) sponsors Discover Ireland, at www.discoverireland.ie, which is geared for people logging on domestically. For lots of entertaining bits—Irish and otherwise—visit www.irishabroad.com. The website www.ireland-information.com is dedicated to providing as many free resources and as much free information about Ireland as possible on an array of topics from genealogy to shopping. For a central directory of links to all things Irish, log on to www.finditireland.com. Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is an association that promotes the music, culture, and art of Ireland, and its website www.comhaltas.ie has helpful news about the Irish traditional music scene. For listings of all music, film, and theater events and festivals, see www.entertainment.ie. For general information on Irish current affairs, sports, entertainment, and more, log on to www.ireland.com. Keep in mind that many of the leading newspapers of Ireland have websites, which can be gold mines of timely information. See, for example, the Irish Times' website, www.irishtimes.com. To keep Irish people abroad up to date on events at home, visit www.irishcentral.com.
Officially designated Heritage Towns are featured on www.heritagetowns.com. A range of heritage attractions are flagged on www.heritageisland.com, while www.heritageireland.ie is the website for the prime heritage attractions in the care of the Irish State, from the Rock of Cashel to Killarney National Park. For more information on counties in the west of Ireland, try www.discoverireland.com/west. A handy regional site for the area near Shannon Airport is www.shannonregiontourism.com, while www.visitdublin.com has all you need to know about the capital. Portions of the Tourism Ireland's eloquent magazine, Ireland of the Welcomes, are available online at www.irelandofthewelcomes.com. Castle lovers will enjoy www.celticcastles.com, while foodies should check out www.bordbia.ie and www. goodfoodireland.ie .
Google. Google does currency conversion. Just type in the amount you want to convert and an explanation of how you want it converted (e.g., "14 Swiss francs in dollars"), and then voilà. www.google.com.
Oanda.com. On this site, you can also print out a handy table with the current day's conversion rates. www.oanda.com.
XE.com. This is a good currency conversion website. www.xe.com.
Transportation Security Administration (www.tsa.gov.)
Timeanddate.com. This site can help you figure out the correct time anywhere. www.timeanddate.com/worldclock.
Accuweather.com. This is one of the better independent weather-forecasting services. www.accuweather.com.
Weather.com. This is the website for the Weather Channel. www.weather.com.
CIA World Factbook. A good website if you need some quick facts and figures, this noted resource has profiles of every country in the world. www.cia.gov.
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