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Irish, or Gaelic (gale-ick) is the official language of Ireland, along with English. For centuries, it was the only language spoken but due to the English invasion, it slowly died out and is now only spoken as a first language in certain parts of the country. However, all Irish people learn Gaelic in school from a young age. There are certain Gaelic words that are essential during your self catering Sunlight Properties holiday in Dublin. Below is a list of terms to get you by!
With a whole month to spend in Dublin and the surrounds, you will be spoiled for choice with things to do, and be surprised at how quickly your days will fill up! From the comfort and convenience of your Sunlight Properties short term holiday rental, you will be able to enjoy Dublin like a local! With all the time in the world to discover Dublin and Ireland, there will still be plenty of time for rest and relaxation! Make sure to check out what events and festivals are on during your holiday rental period in Dublin and nearby (click here for the Festivals & Holidays section) so you don't miss out!
Spend your first week enjoying all that Dublin city has to offer. Discover the nooks and crannies of Temple Bar and the south side of the city centre. Enjoy the historical and cultural aspect of Dublin in the many museums and galleries around the city. Don't forget to treat yourself this week, enjoy a relaxing day at Buff Day Spa, find your Zen during a yoga class at the Elbow Room or enjoy a round of golf at one of the many golf clubs close to Dublin city centre. Do whatever it takes to relax and rejuvenate this week, taking advantage of the convenience and luxury of your self catering holiday home.
This week discover ancient and mythological Ireland. Enjoy an early morning trip to the archaeological wonder that is Newgrange in Co Meath. Discover more of Co Meath, which is a short drive from Dublin and your holiday letting. The Boyne Valley, the Hill of Tara, Slane Castle and Kells monastic site are all waiting to be explored. Hire a car and discover this fascinating part of Ireland at your own pace.
To the south of Dublin, Wicklow, “the garden of Ireland” also has a wealth of diverse attractions to be enjoyed. Visit the beautiful, world renowned Powerscourt Gardens and the highest waterfall in Ireland in this stunning estate just outside Enniskerry. Take a trip to the monastic site at Glendalough and hike around the picture perfect lake.
Stay active this week and visit the rugged coastline that Dublin has to offer. Ascend the Howth summit and get a bird's eye view of the Eye of Ireland – the island that lies just off the coast of Dublin. Visit Malahide and explore the castle and park. The pretty, bustling little village of Clontarf is also well worth a visit. Get the Dart from a station close to your holiday rental property on either a Saturday or Sunday so that you can enjoy the Red Stables Food Market in St Anne's Park, Clontarf.
Take part in the many outdoor activities available and make this a holiday to remember! Check out our Health and Wellbeing page for a list of recommendations. Why not give sailing around Dublin Bay a try, or take a leap of faith and zip wire through the forest in the Dublin Mountains?! All of these activities are a short trip from your Sunlight Properties luxury holiday apartment – which means it’s also close to get back to for some rest and relaxation after active days!
Dublin is a fantastic city, but Ireland is a fantastic country! During your Sunlight Properties holiday, rent a car and head north to Northern Ireland for a few days. See the world famous Giant's Causeway, visit Belfast and the Titanic Experience. Alternatively, you can get the train which only takes two hours or join a bus tour.
The west coast of Ireland is a world away from Dublin and buzzing city life. Visit Conemara in Co. Galway and enjoy the isolation and natural beauty that surrounds you. Stop off in Co. Clare for some of the most beautiful coast line in the country. From the awe inspiring Cliffs of Moher to the surfing haven of Lahinch beach, there is something for everyone to enjoy on the west coast of Ireland. You can reach this part of the country by bus, train or hire car from your vacation property in Dublin.
Continue on your trip south and experience the Ring of Kerry, visit Fungi the Dolphin, who has lived off the Dingle Peninsula (An Daingean) for decades. Transport yourself to another world in west Cork and let the spectacular views of Mizen Head, the most southerly point in Ireland, remind you of the beauty and power of Mother Nature. On your way back north, stop off at Blarney Castle on the northern side of Cork city and kiss the famous stone to get the “gift of the gab”! Cork city is just a three hour journey from Dublin, which makes a day trip from your holiday rental home an easy task!
Finally, visit Kilkenny the historic city that dates back to the 6th Century and enjoy this pretty town - visit the castle and experience a night out in one of the many buzzing bars and nightclubs. If you are in Kilkenny in June, be sure not to miss the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival. Kilkenny is just a short two hour drive from your holiday rental apartment in Dublin, and a great day out.
After all that, you will be delighted to get back to the luxury and comfort of your Sunlight Properties holiday rental home!