For information on travel in Ireland, contact Tourism Ireland, the international marketing authority for both Fáilte Ireland (pronounced fal-cha), as the tourism development authority is called within the Republic of Ireland, and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. Tourism Ireland’s website is designed for international travelers planning their trip. Fáilte Ireland runs the network of tourist information offices under the logo Discover Ireland. It's especially useful for those already in the country looking for activities and seasonal events. Information on travel in the North is available from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.
Discover Ireland. 1890/324–583; www.discoverireland.ie.
Tourism NI. 59 North St., Belfast, Co. Down, 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, New York, 10154. 212/418–0800; 800/SHAMROCK; www.ireland.com.
Online Travel Tools
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 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 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's 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 discounted heritage attractions are flagged on www.heritageisland.com, while www.heritageireland.ie is the website for the prime heritage attractions under state management, from the Rock of Cashel to Killarney National Park.
The website 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 enjoy www.celticcastles.com, while foodies should check out www.bordbia.ieand www.goodfoodireland.ie.