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Lonely Planet: Ireland Paperback – 31 Mar 2000


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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 4th Revised edition edition (31 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0864427530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0864427533
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 13 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)



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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jun 2002
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This guide to Ireland looks at the country in fine detail and provides all the information you possibly need for your trip. There are sections on eating out, accomodation, and places of interest. Even the smallest of towns seems to be included with information on B&B's and prices. Places that are not worth seeing are also included, just so you don't end up wasting your time. I also found the history and general sections on Ireland very interesting. This is a wonderful read containing detailed maps and information.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Davis on 3 Mar 2004
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Amazon have linked this review to the 2008 Edition as well as the 2004 one, so I am expanding the review to include both Editions. Don't buy anything except the most up to date edition.

2008 Edition (Village with painted houses on cover) Review.

Two editions later my review title from 2004 still works pretty well: This is the best laid out Guidebook going, with Lonely Planet's trademark plans of towns, villages and popular sites with all the places of interest, accommodations , bars etc show. There are excellent contents pages at the front to take you to the place in Ireland you want to get to and a good index at the back. There are short Irish history, culture etc sections to give you a feel for the country at the front. All the technical stuff: how to get to Ireland, insurance, visas etc is at the back.

This edition of the guidebook is more streetwise. Its writing, previously pretty anonymous, has aquired a relaxed modern Irish feel that makes it a lot easier to read through. There were seven researchers working on this edition, and it shows. Time and again this Guidebook goes the extra distance and gives you useful nuggets of information that will make you trip easier, more enjoyable or both. However, in order to provide more information on main tourist destinations some less popular places have been left out. The Guidebook is not as comprehensive as it used to be.

Despite all those researchers some information is as much as five years out of date, but overall this is now (as of early 2008) the most up to date Guidebbok to Ireland for budget travellers.

It is now completely internet friendly with web addresses all over the place.

While not being perfect this is as good as Guidebooks get.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Traveller on 24 July 2008
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Bought this book because of the good review it had on Amazon. It proved to be invaluable on our recent holiday in Ireland and I would heartily recommend it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ms. C. J. Tuke on 1 Sep 2009
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A huge book but with very little detail on what you should go and visit in each area. Classic lonely planet but always feel you are going to miss on on some really good stuff as it doesn't fit neatly into one of the LP categories
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Delphine on 21 Jan 2010
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I would be very surprised if the author has been to Galway since the last edition of this Guide. How much research would it take to find out that Bold Art Gallery has been closed since early 2009 or that Bistro Jackie has not exited since 2008?
He misses the real gems too, which to me looks like he hasn't even browsed off the beaten track. For instance shops like Twice as Nice (a great vintage shop which sells great Jewellery), Judy Greene's (who is a world famous local potter), Cloon Keen (a local perfumer, whose candles and body care are amazing and locally made), Griffins Bakery (which makes legendary bread and is steeped in tradition), and the Oslo Pub which brews their own beer. Yes they are harder to find....but isn't that a travel journalists job?
My suggestion is don't bother with the book, Bord Failte will have the same advice or even try tripadvisor.
A huge disappointment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mangodancer1 on 11 July 2010
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We were visiting Southern Ireland - County clare, for the first time. I enjoyed the occasional tongue in cheek style of this guide, and the information was very useful. In fact the guide became our Oracle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Mylchreest on 3 April 2010
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When you receive this guide the first thing that strikes you before opening its pages is how much (due to its thickness) there seems to need to be said, described & guided about Ireland! It's a great place & deserves more attention from those that appreciate people, culture & fantastic landscapes. The LP Ireland guide is the one to buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tarajoanne on 31 July 2009
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Reading this beforehand was a bit of a chore but gave us an idea of what to look out for. But on holiday it was fantastic to quickly look up where we were, what to do and how to avoid crowds and traffic etc. We wouldn't have enjoyed our holiday as much without it!
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