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ireland is much more than an emerald isle suspended FROM THE ARCHES OF RAINBOWS. ireland is a joyous state of mind encouraged by a slower pace and an appreciation
of the moment at hand. home at first lets you discover the ireland of your dreams.
pictured is afternoon tea taken at the blue door in adare, central ireland.

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INTRODUCTION: WHY WE GO TO IRELAND —

Contradictions, Contributions, Conversations

          Green as emeralds? White as potatoes? Golden at the rainbow’s end? Orange in the northeast? Home both to the wee people and the Giants’ Causeway. Ireland is 1/6 part of Britain and 5/6 part of the New Europe. The Irish economy, still tied to thatched cottage farmsteads, now also has a hi-tech cottage industry. 
          Gaelic traditions, British dominations, and American relations all continue to work their considerable influence. Social life here revolves at least as much around the congregation at the pub as around the mob at the church. Irish sport is best known for racehorses and hurling, but visitors will remember its excellent fishing, fine walking, and world-class golf.
          The contradictions and variety that make up the unique Irish temperament are to be seen everywhere in the Irish culture. Wonderfully, this special character is best enjoyed in Ireland where the landscape is as varied and different and grand as its people.

(For more on this theme, see: ST. PATRICK.)

Antiques shop, Central Ireland. Photo  Home At First.
ANTIQUES SHOP
CENTRAL IRELAND
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In our customers' own words—

          "We had a wonderful week in Ireland. Out every day early and back late each night. Our travels to us to the Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, Kilkenny town, the priory at Kells, Gowran Park race track, the Silvermine Mountains, and Dublin. I was in more churches in eight days than I've been in the last 40 years, and I consumed more Guinness than I usually drink in 6 months."

— M. Scanlon, Pennsylvania


 
         "Thank you for the trip of a lifetime!"                — P. Fitzgerald, Maryland

          "Thank you for all your arrangements. We especially appreciated all the
information you gave us about the area and Irish life. We have many lovely
memories of the people, who were pleasant and friendly, and the scenery."

— D. Sullivan, Colorado

 

HOME AT FIRST has lodging locations in 4 scenic rural regions of Ireland plus in apartments in central Dublin:
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CENTRAL IRELAND
— COUNTIES TIPPERARY & CLARE —
 

        This is Ireland's heartland, home of our most popular Irish program, in Counties Tipperary and Clare, the geographic center of the Republic of Ireland. This central location is ideal for exploring throughout most of Ireland in a series of day trips from your lodging. Discover a nearly endless variety of scenery, enjoy a mix of traditional rural and modern urban cultures, and experience a wealth of activities and touring adventures here in the Irish heartland and beyond to three seacoasts and to the border with the North.

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NOTE: For those not wishing to drive themselves in Ireland, we offer drivers and driver/guides available for hire at most times of year.

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Do you want to see castles? From your cottage home in Central Ireland you can visit dozens, including Dunguaire Castle, County Galway. Photo  Home At First.
DUNGUAIRE CASTLE
One of many castles within a day-trip
of our cottages in Central Ireland.

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Like surprises? Ireland's full of 'em. Watch for palm trees and alps in County Cork, and buildings of every color in the rainbow, like O'Neill's Bar and Restaurant on the Beara Peninsula. Oh, expect plenty of rainbows, too! Photo  Home At First.
— O'Neill's Bar & Restaurant
Allihies, Co. Cork. Proof that every-
thing in Ireland isn't emerald green,
but every place is always welcoming.

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SOUTHWESTERN IRELAND
— COUNTIES CORK & KERRY —

        Along Ireland's rugged southwestern coastline you find some of the country's most varied and dramatic scenery, from the placid bay at Bantry to the rugged mountains and headlands of the Beara and Iveragh Peninsulas. Opportunities for golf, hiking, fishing, touring, and fine eating abound in the southern quarter of the Emerald Isle. Our County Cork and County Kerry locations are picturesque, convenient bases for exploring Ireland's south from Blarney Castle to Killarney National Park and the famed touring rings of Kerry and Dingle.

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NORTHWESTERN IRELAND
— COUNTIES DONEGAL & SLIGO —

Like a vacation castle without surprises? Ireland has these, too, and Home At First guests love 'em. Take this popular home by Sligo Bay in Northwestern Ireland. (Bob & Pat and Jax & Jack did!) Thanks, for loaning us the picture!
— NEAR SLIGO, NW IRELAND
 
At the end of a busy day,
there's no place like home.

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        The northwest coast offers some of Ireland's most spectacular scenery: the mountainous coastal peninsulas jutting into the Atlantic. Links golf, fine fishing, top-notch touring, and excellent eating make this least visited corner of the Irish Republic an undiscovered treasure. Our cottages are located near the county towns of Donegal and Sligo, convenient touring centers for exploring the rugged and rural counties of Ireland's northwestern quarter — from Galway and Mayo through Sligo to Donegal and across the border into western Northern Ireland.

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The 40,000 basalt pillars of the Giant's Causeway comprise the most famous landmark in Northern Ireland. Along with the Causeway Coast of County Antrim, the Giant's Causeway has been a listed World Heritage Site since 1986. Home at First has had lodgings within a few minutes drive of the Giant's Causeway since 1992. Photo  Home At First.
— THE GIANT'S CAUSEWAY —
Northern Ireland's world-class
scenery just down the road from
Home At First's cottages.

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NORTHERN IRELAND
COUNTIES ANTRIM & LONDONDERRY

        There's more remarkable scenery here on the Antrim coast of Northern Ireland: the rugged shoreline of the Giant's Causeway looking northeast toward Scotland. As always, challenging links golf, fresh- and saltwater fishing, touring, and excellent eating are main attractions in this corner of the Emerald Isle which is part of the United Kingdom. Our County Antrim & County Londonderry villages are pretty coastal towns convenient for exploring the far north of Ireland.

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DUBLIN CITY
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        Ireland's cultural, political, and population center. Located on the River Liffey near its mouth with the Irish Sea in east central Ireland, Dublin is an important port with close proximity and passenger ferries to Britain. Dublin's airport is the nation's busiest. But then, everything about Dublin is Ireland's busiest. In a largely rural country, Dublin houses approximately one-quarter of Ireland's residents. Chaotic is Dublin's activity; youthful is its age; hip is its attitude. Nightlife is important, but the bars and pubs are busy during daylight, too. Literature and theatre are its traditional cultural calling cards, but music, dance, and higher education draw more popular attention. Alcohol — particularly Guinness, brewed just south of the Liffey — is as important as food as a reason for social gathering.
        Home At First lodgings in Dublin are convenient central city apartments on both sides of the Liffey. A car is a nuisance here. Walking is easy and easily augmented by buses and trams.

 Dublin's Temple Bar tourist area. Photo  Home At First.
DUBLIN'S TEMPLE BAR
Once Dublin's edgy center of art, culture, and fashion,
Temple Bar has become a commercial tourist center
built on its former reputation full of expensive
shops, pricey restaurants, and pubs where
visitors go to people watch and to be seen.

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        Our apartments maybe rented for as few as

 

three days, although a visit to Dublin may deserve more time. As such, adding a visit to Dublin to a stay of a week or more at any of the four rural Ireland locations Home At First offers may be an ideal way to experience both the heartland and the heartbeat of Ireland.

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