Irish names sound beautiful, but once you see how they’re spelt, you will probably scratch you head (unless you’re Irish of course!).
So here’s an ultimate guide on how to pronounce the most common Irish female names, along with their meanings! (there’s a challenge at the end! 😎)
Aoife - “eefa” (beautiful radiance)
Saoirse - “seersha” (freedom)
Caoimhe - “kweeva” or “keeva” (beautiful girl)
Róisín - “rosheen” (little rose)
Ciara - “keera” (dark-haired)
Meadhbh - “mave” (intoxicating one)
Niamh - “neev” (brightness, radiance)
Clodagh - “cloh-da” (eqiuivalent to Claudia)
Sinéad - “shin-aid” (equivalent to Janet/Jane)
Gráinne - “grawn-ya” (grace/grain goddess)
: how do you think “Caoilfhionn” is pronounced?
This is another Irish name which means “young, slender thing”... COMMENT DOWN BELOW!! ⚠️⚠️⚠️
The Convention Centre Dublin is Ireland’s only purpose-built convention centre, located in the heart of Dublin city.
Designed by Pritzker award-winning Irish-born architect Kevin Roche, The CCD quickly became a landmark building on Dublin’s skyline when it opened in 2010. Its stunning glass-fronted atrium gives visitors panoramic views of the River Liffey, Dublin city centre and the Wicklow mountains.
The building offers 22 multi-functional rooms suitable for meetings, banquets, conferences and exhibitions of all shapes and sizes, and was designed with the delegate experience in mind.
Recognised as the first carbon neutral constructed convention centre in the world, The CCD’s contemporary design meets the highest standards of environmental sustainability.
By the way, in 2014, XFACTOR auditions took place in the center. 😀
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Dublin loves the little 'uns 🤗, and will enthusiastically 'ooh' and 'aah' at the cuteness of your progeny.
Here are a few options:
✔If your kids are between three and 14, spend an afternoon at Ark Children's Cultural Centre, which runs activities aimed at stimulating participants' interests in science, the environment and the arts – but be sure to book well in advance.
✔Only five minutes’ walk from the Stillorgan stop on the Luas is Imaginosity 🏬, the country’s only designated interactive museum for kids. Over the course of two hours they can learn, have fun and get distracted by the museum’s exhibits and activities.
✔There are loads of ways to discover Dublin's Viking past, but Dublinia, the city’s Viking and medieval museum, has interactive exhibits that are specifically designed to appeal to younger visitors.
✔Dublin Zoo 🦁
A recommended mobile option is a hop-on, hop-off open-top bus tour, which helps you get your bearings and lets the kids enjoy a bit of Dublin from the top deck.
You can use the bus to get to Dublin Zoo, where you can hop aboard the zoo train and visit the animals. There are roughly 400 animals from 100 different species across eight different habitats, which range from an Asian jungle to a family farm, where kids get to meet the inhabitants up close.
✔Make a Splash 💦
Kids of all ages will love a Viking Splash Tour, where you board an amphibious vehicle, put on a plastic Viking hat and roar at passersby as you do a tour of the city before landing in the water at the Grand Canal basin.
✔The AquaZone at the National Aquatic Centre in Blanchardstown has water roller coasters, wave and surf machines, a leisure pool and all types of flumes to keep the kids happy.
✔Across the river from Dublinia is the National Leprechaun Museum, which despite its high-sounding name is really just a romper room for kids with a little bit of Irish folklore thrown in for good measure. ---
Can you add any other activities to this list? 😀
In the past I have pre-booked tours and took organized tours but I've learned that's not the best way.. the best thing to do is hirer a private driver to take you to where you want to go.. you're on your own time schedule and it's a lot cheaper. I wait until I get to the country and I'll check the weather report to see what days I want to do things. You don't want to pre-book a day at the beach and its raining. Tours charge you per person while a driver will charge you only for the car..no matter how many people in the car. For example, on my trip to Cuba, we hired a driver to take us to Vinales and the beaches and it was one flat rate, regardless of people in the car. We got a local to take us all around Cuba in his classic car over a course of two days. Much more worth it!