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Fun things to do in Ireland? What are the secret things only locals do?

What are some fun things to do in Ireland which tourists rarely experience?

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The secret things? Well I am usually out and about three or four nights a week in Dublin city and I have a few favourite haunts that are just off the tourist trail - including a members-only club. One of them is a regular jazz gig and another is a DJ night that specializes in swing, jump jive and world grooves. I'd be prepared to bring adventurous travellers along for the ride :)
Something that in deeply ingrained in Irish Culture is sport and is a part of daily life, if not as in taking part, then in conversation, or watched over a pint in the pub or maybe at the bookies with a bet on the side. A great sporting tradition which maybe not seen by most tourists, and yet in Ireland there is one of Europe's oldest field games, recorded in folklore over 2000 years ago, 'Hurling' was cited in the Brehon Laws during the 8th century as a way to settle disputes, now today it is Ireland's offical game.
Another sport unique to Ireland is 'Gaelic Football' which in appearances looks like a mixture of soccer and rugby but is old than both of these. Consult for further info.
There are many other sports in Ireland which would be more familiar to a visitor of these shores yet will have a distinctly Irish flavour. Being an island has the benefit of many watersports, sailing, surfing, canoeing and diving, and on land horse racing, hillwalking, climbing, rallying and motor racing.
But one that I am particularly interested in is 'Real Road Racing' - motorcycle racing on closed public roads is something to be experienced and witnessed.
hi! There are plenty of things you can do and that tourists don't. If you are in Dublin and you like hiking you can experience the walk from Bray to Graystone, or go hiking in the Wicklow mountains.In the city of Dublin you can experience the numerous pubs, and if you just go far from the main tourist attractions, you will find pubs attended mostly by locals, where to listen to nice gigs. There are also numerous and funny comedies shows going on all week in different pubs, which I recommend.If you like surfing I advice to go to County Sligo (rosses points) or to Donegal, only crazy local surf there even in the winter. You can also choose to attend local festivals in the wetern Ireland which are attended mostly by locals, like the Galway art festival in the summer.
On of the first things you'll need to do is get out of Dublin! The capital has about a day's worth of interesting historical sites, and maybe an experimental night's worth of drinking in Templebar, but other than that its a dead, franchised and visitor-unfriendly desertscape - If you only have a day or two, get out to Howth or Wicklow, which are nearby areas of quite outstanding natural beauty; If you have some more time, go west to Galway for a really lively and young town with beautiful medieval architecture and an amazing pubscene (A really good pub is spectacularly hard to find in Dublin), bordering the Irish speaking areas and on the edge of amazing Connemara; or South to Cork 'The other capital' Where you'll be a stone's throw away from some of the most spectacular locations in Ireland (the postcard stuff) whilst remaining close to a moderate sized city. Travel can be less convenient than one would imagine, but once you open your eyes to possibilities outside the Pale (Dublin area)you can't go wrong with seeing the very best parts of Ireland.
It looks like Nigel covered all the bases, but climbing Croagh Patrick is what tourists do but mostly the irish love doing that as well. I've never done it ... just one look at the steep climb and I was a gonner. The best would be just to travel to remote places, find 'Fairy Rings', explore beaches and do it mostly on foot. You are bound to find the 'real' Ireland that way. Good luck and enjoy. :)
Well outdoor activities are a must in Ireland, fresh uncrowded experiences on europes and once the worlds edge, with the top class horse breeders and forgiving mild weather.. leasurely horse rides throughout the celtic land come ride through, streams, forrests, beachs, burren lands, rich fields full of heritage sites and wildlife hedge rows is all possible to meet in a short ride especialy in the west of Ireland a must for families. For the more exstreme the alantic beachs in Ireland lend themself to the best kite surfing in the world strip along the long white sand beachs or hit the waves for a another high octane challenge.

Lots of other outdoor activites: Surfing, Canoing white Water & Sea, Walking, Climbing, Paintballing, Fishing, Golf, Caving, Sailing, Dolfin Watching, Cycling are all available within 10 mins of me..

For the sports fan "Hurling" an Irish field game, Hurling combines the skills of baseball, hockey, and lacrosse. Its the worlds fastest field game and mighty electrified with skill and frantic scoring while still a clean fair game shows the might of Irish warriors even today. - view a quick video, but their is nothing like seeing a sport that fast in person.. it still makes my hair stand up each match.

I have yet to meet a non national that didnt spend the rest of their stay talking about it.

Mostly the true attraction of Ireland is constant changing scene and landscape the green Island offers, always in 4 hours drive you can cross to either side of the island. You could spend a month in one town if you wanted and not do the same thing in a day, also Ireland sport a high class public transport system worthy of private business class comforts all linked together bus, train, ferry, airport, hit the islands on the west on touch the edge of the world. Everywhere you'll see rural locations untouched by the industrial revolutions, unlike those ravaged in other european nations.

In Ireland greatest secret is that there is nothing the locals do that we wont invite you along to us everyones Irish, every week we've a world famous Irish festival full of wholesome craic within never more then 2 hours of scenic drive, along the journey you'll quickly understand why so many of the worlds top artisans got their inspiration from growing up in this surround.

Artisans are everywhere in each town and citie each with its own songs, stories and heros from world class musicans to long story tellers. World famous spoken Tales of Mystery, Magic & Fairies truly a must for kids, high class Drama & musicals and live music in every corner and so much to offer in a small area.

My best tip is to get out of Dublin and find what made Ireland famous, the Irish culture in is best in the west, come & join us :)

Free feel have me help make your trip the one to remember
Wow, that was impressively exaggerated. It's nice to here such enthusiasm, but you will not be forgiven if you build a visitor's expectation up too highly. Exaggeration is one thing, but incorrect information won't be appreciated:

'a high class public transport system worthy of private business class comforts all linked together bus, train, ferry, airport, ... Everywhere you'll see rural locations untouched by the industrial revolutions, unlike those ravaged in other european nations.'

That's right, you said that Ireland has a 'high class public transport system' - not for a 1st-class or even European country. I'd hope every Irish person realised this! Bus and train linked, you say?! Can you buy a bus ticket and train ticket in the one ticket? Are bus and train stations right beside each other? The ridiculous thing is that they're run by the state-run transport company, but their divided, so you can't get one ticket for a journey which includes, say, a bus ride and then a train ride.


And another, more subtle mistake, is thinking that the Irish landscape is virgin. You are the naive mother of a distant daughter. The Irish landscape, although not dotted with heavy industry (oh yes, thank God for that, otherwise we'd have to stop importing nearly everything we consume!), is truly polluted and ravaged. An ostensible desert in some parts. You see those bare mountains and empty fields? They use to be covered in oak and elk forests, housing most of Ireland's wildlife, which has been struggling to survive for two centuries, at least, at this point. Just look at the placenames that reflect the unique natural features that the place use to have before the trees were fell to produce the British navy. You can look up the history of this yourself - not only interesting, but important to know. Beside deforestation, Irish policies for conservation were disgusting up until recently, and that's not to say that now they're up to European standard or even enforced. Run-off from fertilised fields have turned many once bountiful streams and rivers into dead waters.
Thank you for your black balling me.

Our bus and train service is top class for a public service how often do you get an executive bus with leather trim, curtains etc... on other public systems, we're on the eurolines systems too. From any airport theres a bus every 20 mins, if not less. In all directions. Theres hourly bus services between all mayor towns and cities in a pretty well covered network most stations about 80% are both bus and train and then local public systems like the Luas, Dart and City buses, many even smaller ones with large taxi ranks, and YES you can get a hop on and hop off bus and train passes for both or either in weekly to monthly versions. Or even for the very well known Paddie Wagon private bus service tours, and extra buses are swiftly provided as needed, if they are filled. I've travel quiet abit viva public transport and Irish services rank very high stations are nearly always attended and helpfull, the fleets are 70% brand new within (10 years) and modern, and well kept. rarely that much off time. I dont use a car, I have a fold up bike and bring it on the public transport network everywhere its quite a freedom. Also helping to reduce my carbon footprint.

6.3 million tourists per decade, must be wrong so. Problems with farmers using too much nitrates on farmland... this is a problem quickly being adressed but is no where near as polluted as neighbouring industral and farming countries and I am quite aware of this problem as im a champaigner for cleaning up Irelands act and have lived with memembers of the Irish Envoirmental Agentancy, the eu waterways directive is now in place in ireland, I'm also a memember of an outdoor club and have been camping since I was 5 with my family, and still take off each long weekend. Irish waters are clean for fishing and water sports. If you want more information feel free to visit the non-tourist focused for offical information.

As you'll see their are minor issues to be dealt with. why this must take away from the question... What locals do?

Seems I forgot one. :P Your in safe hands in Ireland if theres a problem we'll be the first to tell you ;), but Irelands no black forrest industral region I know I've been there. very few mines, and pollutants as pointed out by our above man irelands second biggest industry is tourism after farming, yep their all the sure signs of a industral kip.. :P
and also 'dead waters??' I would find this a little dishonest wouldn't you??... I think you should check with the message your sending people, mine is correct.

Maybe you should come visit my home town of ennis Irish tidy towns Champions many times in a row and two times International Entente Florale Champions voted one of the cleanest and best towns in europe to live in. I think your too focused on the neigitive, but dont get me wrong I would love ireland to be even better
Thank you for your black balling me.

Our bus and train service is top class for a public service how often do you get an executive bus with leather trim, curtains etc... on other public systems, we're on the eurolines systems too. From any airport theres a bus every 20 mins, if not less. In all directions. Theres hourly bus services between all mayor towns and cities in a pretty well covered network most stations about 80% are both bus and train and then local public systems like the Luas, Dart and City buses, many even smaller ones with large taxi ranks, and YES you can get a hop on and hop off bus and train passes for both or either in weekly to monthly versions. Or even for the very well known Paddie Wagon private bus service tours, and extra buses are swiftly provided as needed, if they are filled. I've travel quiet abit viva public transport and Irish services rank very high stations are nearly always attended and helpfull, the fleets are 70% brand new within (10 years) and modern, and well kept. rarely that much off time. I dont use a car, I have a fold up bike and bring it on the public transport network everywhere its quite a freedom. Also helping to reduce my carbon footprint.

6.3 million tourists per decade, must be wrong so. Problems with farmers using too much nitrates on farmland... this is a problem quickly being adressed but is no where near as polluted as neighbouring industral and farming countries and I am quite aware of this problem as im a champaigner for cleaning up Irelands act and have lived with memembers of the Irish Envoirmental Agentancy, the eu waterways directive is now in place in ireland, I'm also a memember of an outdoor club and have been camping since I was 5 with my family, and still take off each long weekend. Irish waters are clean for fishing and water sports. If you want more information feel free to visit the non-tourist focused for offical information.

As you'll see their are minor issues to be dealt with. why this must take away from the question... What locals do?

Seems I forgot one. :P Your in safe hands in Ireland if theres a problem we'll be the first to tell you ;), but Irelands no black forrest industral region I know I've been there. very few mines, and pollutants as pointed out by our above man irelands second biggest industry is tourism after farming, yep their all the sure signs of a industral kip.. :P

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