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[ Telephone numbers are given with the international dialling code preceded by a '+' and area codes enclosed in brackets '(' and ')'. Put a zero in front of Irish area codes if you are dialling from Ireland. Please let me know if any of these numbers are out of date or just wrong. ]
BORD FÁILTE (The Irish Tourist Board), Head Office, Baggot Street Bridge, Dublin 2, Ireland. +353 (1) 676 5871 or +353 (1) 661 6500 In the States 1-800 223 6470 also +1 (212) 418 0800 +1 (416) 929 2777
[ I've deleted the numbers for other countries because I've no way of checking them without straining my telephone bill. If anyone comes across a brochure or the like with the numbers, please let me know...]
In Northern Ireland:
59 North Street, Belfast BT1 1NB
Tel: (011232) 246609 - Minicom (011232) 233228
Fax: (011232) 240960
551 Fifth Avenue, Suite 701
New York, NY 10176
Tel: (212) 922-0101 or (800) 326-0036
Fax: (212) 922-0099
111 Avenue Road, Suite 450
Toronto, Ontario M5R 3J8
Tel: (416) 925-6368
Fax: (416) 961-2175
IRISH YOUTH HOSTEL ASSOCIATION,
An Oige, Head Office, 61 Mountjoy Street,
Dublin 7, Ireland.
Membership required. 43 Hostels in Republic.
Tel +353 (1) 830 4555.
Fax +353 (1) 830 5808.
Telex 32988 IYHA EI
YOUTH HOSTEL ASSOCIATION OF NORTHERN IRELAND.
YHIANI, 56 Bradbury Place, Belfast BT7 1RU, Northern Ireland
Tel +44 (232) 324 733.
Fax +44 (232) 439 699
Membership required. 6 hostels in Northern Ireland
Be aware that the hostels affiliated to these two
official organisations usually have a curfew around 11pm!
IRISH BUDGET HOSTELS LTD.
Kinlay House, 2-12 Lord Edward Street, Dublin 2. Ireland.
Tel +353 (1) 269 7696.
Fax +353 (1) 269 7704
No membership required. 26 hostels in Republic.
INDEPENDENT HOLIDAY HOSTELS OF IRELAND
57 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin, 1. Ireland.
Tel +353 (1) 836 4700
No membership required.
INDEPENDENT HOSTEL OWNERS INFORMATION OFFICE
Dooley Hostel, Glencolumcille, Co. Donegal
Tel +353 (73) 30130
No membership required.
Gulliver is a reservations database for Ireland run by the Tourist Board. It covers hotels, guest houses, car hire etc. All Bord Failte international offices are connected to Gulliver. Call on 1-800-600-800 in Ireland or +353 (1) 284 1765 outside Ireland to make a reservation using a credit card number to guarantee arrival.
[ This needs to be updated and expanded! ]
Music festivals are covered by ceolas at http://celtic.stanford.edu/ceolas.html
Bord Fáilte publish a booklet called "Calendar of Events" with hundreds of festivals around the country. You should be able to get a copy from your nearest Irish Tourist Board office.
Yes. Here are a few starting points. This is just a small sampling of what is available.
The ever popular yahoo...
Telecom Internet's Doras [Irish for "door"]
Links under various categories
The World Wide Web Virtual Library's Irish section
Good starting points for Northern Ireland web links
CELT - "text material of Irish interest" (successor to Thesaurus Linguarum Hiberniae project)
[ gruesome, but official! ]
The soc.culture.celtic FAQ (large chunks of this FAQ are taken from it!) should remind
you that Ireland is only one country with Celtic roots. The current version is at
(The old version is still available at
Book shops with a Web presence
Irish Newspapers on the Web
Some Irish writers are lucky enough (through fame and timely death) to have their work
on the web. There's a search engine at Carnegie-Mellon that can help find them.
A good source for Irish poetry (from the living and the dead) can be found at
An excellent jump list for politics in Ireland is provided by the UCD Politics
General business info
The government in Dublin
The Constitution (Bunreacht na hÉireann)
There are news recordings in English and Irish from RTE Radio on the World Radio
The site is a RealAudio site so you'll need the RealAudio player.
If you really want to go to town you can also view today's Aertel teletext
at RTE's own web site.