Guidebook Updates for Ireland

When we learn of important changes to the information in our guidebooks on Ireland, we post them here. (Of course, it’s still smart to reconfirm critical transportation and sightseeing details locally.) Armed with a Rick Steves guidebook and these late-breaking updates, you’re set for a great trip!

Aran Islands

For books printed before November 2014, the following may apply:
Inishmore
  • Sean Cheibh restaurant has closed.
For books printed before November 2013, the following may also apply:
  • Aran Doolin Ferries is no longer in operation.
Inishmore
  • Óstán Árann Hotel has closed.

Belfast

For books printed before November 2014, the following may apply:
  • The tourist information office has moved close to the Linen Hall Library, just across Chichester Street north of City Hall at 8 Donegall Square North. They no longer provide Internet access.
  • The tourist information office’s Historic Belfast Walk tour and the Titanic Explorer hop-on, hop-off bus tours have been discontinued.
For books printed before November 2013, the following may also apply:
  • McConvey Cycles no longer rents bikes.
  • Cayenne restaurant has closed (but plans to reopen in a new location in 2014).
  • Canadian citizens no longer can contact Canada’s honorary consul in Belfast for passport services. Instead, contact the Canadian High Commission in London.

Connemara

For books printed before November 2014, the following may apply:
  • O’Neachtain Tours has closed.
Westport
  • The tourist information office has moved to Bridge Street and has new hours: July–Aug Mon–Sat 9:00–17:30, Sun 10:00–17:30; March–June and Sept–Oct Mon–Fri 9:00–17:30, Sat 9:00–16:30, closed Sun; Nov–Feb Mon–Fri 9:00–16:30, Sat 10:00–13:00, closed Sun.
  • Holy Trinity Church no longer hosts trad music concerts.
For books printed before November 2013, the following may also apply:
Westport
  • Abbeywood House Hostel's office number is 098-25496; please do not call their mobile number for reservations.

Dingle

For books printed before November 2014, the following may apply:
  • Dunbeg Fort, described in my Dingle Peninsula Loop Trip, is currently closed to tourists (for safety, as a big chunk of the fort recently collapsed into the sea).
  • The ferry from Dunquin (Dún Chaoin) is no longer running.

Dublin

For books printed before November 2014, the following may apply:
  • The ferry from Dunquin (Dún Chaoin) is no longer running.
  • Dunbeg Fort, described in my Dingle Peninsula Loop Trip, is currently closed to tourists (for safety, as a big chunk of the fort recently collapsed into the sea).
  • Nede restaurant, in the Temple Bar district, has closed.
For books printed before November 2013, the following may also apply:
  • Dublin Greeters has suspended (and possibly ceased) its operations.
  • The Number 29 Georgian House offers one live guided tour per day at 15:00. It also provides an audioguide.
  • The Brazen Head’s “Food, Folk, and Fairies” evening is now €46, and the phone number for the show has changed to 01/218-8555.

Galway

For books printed before November 2014, the following may apply:
  • An Pucán Pub has closed.

Glendalough and the Wicklow Mountains

For books printed before November 2014, the following may apply:
  • Brook Cottage, in Enniskerry, has closed.

Kilkenny & Cashel

For books printed before November 2014, the following may apply:

Kinsale & nearby

For books printed before November 2014, the following may apply:
  • The Elasnik Internet café has closed.
  • Cucina Café and Stolen Pizza have closed.
For books printed before November 2013, the following may also apply:
  • The Fishy Fishy shop/chippy has closed.
  • An Seanachai pub has closed.
Ardmore
  • Roseville House has closed.

Portrush

For books printed before November 2014, the following may apply:
  • The tourist information office is now located at the Town Hall and has new hours: July–Aug Mon–Sat 9:00–18:00, Sun 11:00–18:00; April–June and Sept Mon–Fri 9:30–17:00, Sat–Sun 12:00–17:00; closed Oct–March.
  • Ardenlee B&B has closed, and Albany Lodge is closing at the end of 2014.
  • Viking Launderette has a new name — Causeway Laundry — and new hours: Mon–Tue and Thu–Fri 9:00–16:30, Wed and Sat 9:00–13:00, closed Sun.
For books printed before November 2013, the following may also apply:
  • Ramore Oriental restaurant has closed.