Last-modified: 17 Jul 99
Part two of ten.
Frequently Asked Questions on soc.culture.irish with answers.
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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numbers are out of date or just wrong.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,
+353 (1) 676 5871 or +353 (1) 661 6500
In the States
1-800 223 6470
+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
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
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
Subject: 4) What festivals are worth visiting?
[ This needs to be updated and expanded! ]
Music festivals are covered by Ceolas
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...
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)
http://www.Ireland.travel.ie/ [ 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
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.
A good source for Irish poetry (from the living and the dead)
can be found at
http://www.fai.ie/ Football Asosociation of Ireland
http://www.gaa.ie/ The Unofficial GAA site
More sports web links at
An excellent jump list for politics in Ireland is provided by
the UCD Politics Department at
General business info
The government in Dublin
The Constitution (Bunreacht na hÉireann)
End of Irish FAQ part 2