Escape to Ireland this summer for Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon and treat yourself to a once in a lifetime holiday that combines running, traveling, dining, adventure, exploration and so much more!
Visiting Ireland for the First Time? Here are some hints at what to pack:
- Passport if travelling from outside of Ireland
- Running shoes and kit (obviously!)
- Raincoat – you’ll likely need it even in the middle of summer
- UK/Ireland electrical adapter
- A sense of humour – mostly needed for cab rides, carrying on in a pub, and to help ensure a good time. Tip: the Irish often sprinkle their conversations with curse words. Don’t be offended, they’re just being emphatic.
Irish Fun Facts:
- Nearly 80 million people worldwide can claim to be part of, or descended from Irish roots, with about 41 million of those in the US alone.
- 7.3 million tourists visit Ireland each year – more than the population itself!
While in town, check out the Top 10 Things to Do:
- Enjoy the Craic in Temple Bar
- Catch a local jam session – live music is a-plenty in Dublin!
- When visiting an island nation, there’s nothing better than feasting on the sea’s bounty… sink your teeth into a freshly caught cod or gobble up those delicious Galway Bay oysters – a true delicacy. There’s certainly more to Ireland than a land of potatoes and coddle, so pop into a local eatery and get a taste of it all!
- Or, if time permits, cook your own wonderful meal! Take an Irish cooking class.
- Join the 240,000 other golf fanatics that take to Ireland’s famous golf courses each year. With over 400 clubs, including a third of the world’s natural links, there’s plenty of teeing off to be had!
- Walk through picture perfect harbor towns of County Cork, and revel in the foodie haven that is Cork City. Cork has a buffet of dining choices from cheap cafes to gourmet restaurants; and the freshest covered produce market, English Market.
- Upgrade your casual stroll to a full on hike along the Causeway Coastal Walk. Be prepared with walking boots and a backpack full of supplies, for you never know what you’ll come across on this 16K scenic hike.
- Can’t get enough of the music scene in Dublin? Head to Galway for a city so engrossed with music – everything from traditional Irish folk, to modern U2 hits—it can be heard miles away. Or venture to Doolin in County Clare, the unofficial capital of Irish music.
- Take a step back in time in Kilkenny and stroll through a medieval city complete with a regal castle, a huge medieval cathedral, and a prevailing sense of craftsmanship with vendors selling their unique wares in shops and boutiques throughout the city.
- Northern Ireland is technically part of the UK, while the Republic of Ireland is independent. Visit Belfast, the capital city of Northern Ireland and take a black taxi tour to get a better understanding of the bitter divide between the Republican and Loyalists. Be sure to see the murals along Falls Road.
- Head to County Meath to see the enormous Neolithic necropolis, Brú na Bóinne. Complete with a round white stone wall and grass dome, the site predates the Pyramids by six centuries and is still perfectly intact. Amazing.
- State dignitaries, world politicos, actors and college students alike have all sought out the infamous Blarney Stone. Legend has it that one kiss of the stone at Blarney Castle and you are blessed with the gift of eloquence. Go on, pucker up!
- Start: 8:30am St Stephen’s Green South
- Finish: Earlsfort Terrace
- 3rd & 4th August 2013
- Location: Burlington Hotel – Dublin
- Date: 3rd & 4th August 2013
- Expo Hours: 11am-5pm Saturday & Sunday