Things to do and Visit in Ireland ( North and South)

Dear Reader,

I have been receiving a few leaflets from both the Northern Irish Tourist Board and the Irish Tourist Board with information on things to do, special offers and even a competitions to win a Holiday Break( yeah!)
One of the events that caught my eye are the anual bog snorkling competitions in Northern Ireland,
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) will once again be hosting the annual International Bog Day event at Peatlands Park, near Dungannon to celebrate the importance and beauty of bogs. The day also includes the Northern Ireland Bog Snorkelling Championships which attracts competitors from all over Ireland.

Competitors have to swim 2 lengths of a 60-yard bog drain with the aid of a snorkel, mask and flippers and without using any conventional swimming strokes. Anyone over the age of 12 can have a go – and the good news is – it’s free to enter! Location: Peatlands Country Park Contact: Colin Gates 028 3885 1102
You can watch a Tube Video of last year’s event here :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGz9ee1Bgkw

There is lot’s to do,  things to visit, shops to visit, Museum to see, Beaches, or just chilling out..
The main website is http://www.discoverireland.com/
From there  you can then select the Northern Irish Tourist Board Or the Southern Irish Tourist Board.

At http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/journey there is contest to win a week end away in Northern  Ireland every month, so why not put your name in, someone has to win it!

I has heard something about free travel for over the 66 year olds, and after searching the Southern Irish Tourist board for a while, I found the information :
http://www.discoverireland.com/us/ireland-plan-your-visit/facts/golden-trekker/
and then discovered (:) ) that there is something similar available in Northern Ireland, http://www.discoverireland.com/us/campaigns/golden-trekker/northern-ireland/
Once you have the Free travel pass, there are other attractions you can go to/visit that are free too, so don’t delay, get that pass today!

Today is Friday, and The Oxegen Festival is just around the corner..

Though we have had some beautiful weather and one was starting to think it was going to be sunscreen and sunhats this year, unless the weather magically changes, it looks like we’re back to all too familiar wellies and raingear.
So what is this Festival all about?
Ireland’s Oxegen Festival is always one of the can’t-be-beat best concerts in Northern Europe, and 2010’s lineup isn’t set yet, but you can bet it’ll be set to sizzle Dublin with over 100 acts and 80,000 rockers at this sells-out-fast event featuring confirmed concerts from Jay Z, Muze, Black Eyed Peas, Eminem, Kasabian, Florence and the Machine, Stereophonics, Paolo Nutini and Faithless. Last year’s lineup included Bloc Party, Elbow, Razorlight, Kings of Leon, TV on the Radio (love ’em), Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Manic Street Preachers, oldies but greaties like Jane’s Addiction, Nine Inch Nails and the Pet Shop Boys (the latter two were also at other European concerts last summer, and you’ll see similar duplication this year) and there will be, as they say, so much more.

Oxegen Festival Camping and Dates
The Oxegen Festival is July 9-11 in 2010. Overnight camping at Punchestown Racecourse, Naas, County Kildare for those doing the entire weekend of the Oxegen Festival (and everyone does) opens at noon on Thursday, July 8, and closes at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, July 12. Oxegen Festival ticket prices haven’t changed since 2008 and are €224.50 total for three days of music *and* overnight camping (yes, camping is included). For €20 more, buy a four-day ticket to start the music festival fun on Thursday and camp that night, too.

Have a lovely WE..
Katleen

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