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!

Across Ireland

  • 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of several major historical events on both sides of the Irish border. Commemorations of the struggle for Irish Independence (centered around the 1916 Easter Uprising) will peak in the Republic of Ireland around late April and early May. Events marking the opposite cause (maintaining the union with Britain, centered around the 1916 Battle of the Somme) will peak in Northern Ireland from early July through early August. Throughout the year, and on both sides of the border, expect parades, marches, and other expressions of cultural identity that could complicate travel plans — but could also be trip-enriching experiences. Check the evolving schedule of events with the Irish tourist board (which has info on events on Northern Ireland as well as the Republic).

For books printed before November 2015, the following may apply:

  • The correct phone number for the US Embassy in Dublin is +353 01/630-6200.

Aran Islands

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

  • Sean Cheibh restaurant in Inishmore has closed.

Belfast

For books printed before November 2015, the following may apply:

  • Historical Pub Tours of Belfast is now only operating for big groups that have been pre-booked.

For books printed before November 2014, the following may also 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.

Connemara

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

  • O’Neachtain Tours has closed.
  • Westport's 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 in Westport no longer hosts trad music concerts.

County Clare

For books printed before November 2015, the following may apply:

  • The Loft restaurant in Ennis has closed.

Derry

For books printed before November 2015, the following may apply:

  • The Museum of Free Derry, which closed in 2015, may reopen in 2016.
  • Mandarin Palace Chinese restaurant has closed following a fire.

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

  • The Traditional Irish Musical Pub Crawl that starts at Gogarty's Pub has gone up €1 to €13 (Rick Steves readers still get a discount with the online voucher code listed in the book).

For books printed before November 2015, the following may apply:

  • The Bookstore Upstairs shop near Trinity College has closed.
  • The O2 Theatre is now called the "3 Arena" and has a new website: www.3arena.ie.
  • Bewley's Café on Grafton Street has closed, as have Walters Public House and Restaurant, The Eagle House, and Daniels Restaurant & Wine Bar in Dun Laoghaire.

For books printed before March 2015, the following may also apply:

  • Stena Line no longer operates a fast ferry between Dun Laoghaire and Holyhead (Wales).

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

  • Nede restaurant, in the Temple Bar district, has closed.

Galway

For books printed before November 2015, the following may apply:

  • Elwood's Grill on Forster Street has closed.

For books printed before November 2014, the following may also 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 2015, the following may apply:

  • Hoby's Restaurant in Kinsale has closed.
  • Spike Island Boat Tours in Cobh have been discontinued.

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

  • The Elasnik Internet café has closed.
  • Cucina Café and Stolen Pizza have closed.

Portrush

For books printed before November 2015, the following may apply:

  • Rathlin Manor House on Rathlin Island has closed.
  • The Dunluce Centre kids' fun zone has closed.

For books printed before November 2014, the following may also 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.

Trim

For books printed before November 2015, the following may apply:

  • The Power and Glory exhibit next to Trim Castle has closed.