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Irish FAQ: Tourism and the Web [2/10]

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Tourism and the Web

1) How can I contact the Irish Tourist Board?
2) How can I contact the Northern Ireland Tourist Board?
3) How can I contact hostels in Ireland?
4) What festivals are worth visiting?
5) Can I visit Ireland on the web?


	[ 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	 numbers are out of date or just wrong. ]


Subject: 1) How can I contact the Irish Tourist Board? 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...]
Subject: 2) How can I contact the Northern Ireland Tourist Board? In Northern Ireland: 59 North Street, Belfast BT1 1NB Tel: (011232) 246609 - Minicom (011232) 233228 Fax: (011232) 240960 US Office: 551 Fifth Avenue, Suite 701 New York, NY 10176 Tel: (212) 922-0101 or (800) 326-0036 Fax: (212) 922-0099 Canadian Office: 111 Avenue Road, Suite 450 Toronto, Ontario M5R 3J8 Tel: (416) 925-6368 Fax: (416) 961-2175
Subject: 3) How can I contact hostels in Ireland? 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.
Subject: 4) What festivals are worth visiting? [ This needs to be updated and expanded! ] Music festivals are covered by Ceolas (http://www.ceolas.org/events/). 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.
Subject: 5) Can I visit Ireland on the web? Yes. Here are a few starting points. This is just a small sampling of what is available. The ever popular yahoo... http://www.yahoo.com/Regional/Countries/Ireland/ http://www.yahoo.com/Regional/Countries/United_Kingdom/Northern_Ireland/ http://www.yahoo.ie/ Telecom Internet's Doras [Irish for "door"] http://doras.tinet.ie/ Links under various categories http://swift.kerna.com/ The World Wide Web Virtual Library's Irish section http://www.itw.ie/Itw/wwwlib.html More links http://www.ceolas.org/IrishNet/ Good starting points for Northern Ireland web links http://www.niweb.com/niid/ CELT - "text material of Irish interest" (successor to Thesaurus Linguarum Hiberniae project) http://www.ucc.ie/celt/ Tourism Information http://www.Ireland.travel.ie/ [ gruesome, but official! ] http://www.interknowledge.com/northern-ireland/ http://www.iol.ie/~discover/ http://www.aerlingus.ie/ http://www.fjiordlands.org/strngfrd/ http://www.hostel.ie/ 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 http://www.scot.demon.co.uk/celtfaq.html (The old version is still available at http://metalab.unc.edu/gaelic/sccfaq.html) Book shops with a Web presence http://www.hannas.ie/ http://www.kennys.ie/ http://www.readireland.ie/ http://www.iol.ie/~readout/gael.html A list of Irish Newspapers and other news media with a presence on the web is available at http://www.enteract.com/~cpm/irish-faq/news.html 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. http://www-cgi.cs.cmu.edu/cgi-bin/book/authorsearch?Yeats http://www-cgi.cs.cmu.edu/cgi-bin/book/search?author=joyce+james&amode=start http://www-cgi.cs.cmu.edu/cgi-bin/book/search?author=Shaw+George+Bernard&mode=start http://www-cgi.cs.cmu.edu/cgi-bin/book/search?author=Swift+Jonathan&amode=start http://www-cgi.cs.cmu.edu/cgi-bin/book/search?author=Wilde+Oscar&amode=start A good source for Irish poetry (from the living and the dead) can be found at http://spinfo1.spinfo.uni-koeln.de/~dm/eire.html Sports http://www.fai.ie/ Football Asosociation of Ireland http://www.gaa.ie/ The Unofficial GAA site More sports web links at http://www.enteract.com/~cpm/irish-faq/sports.html An excellent jump list for politics in Ireland is provided by the UCD Politics Department at http://www.ucd.ie/~politics/irpols.html General business info http://www.itw.ie/ http://www.iol.ie/~aidanh/business/ The government in Dublin http://www.irlgov.ie/ http://www.revenue.ie/ The Constitution (Bunreacht na hÉireann) http://www.maths.tcd.ie/pub/Constitution/ ------------------------------ End of Irish FAQ part 2 ***********************

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