Ireland information: useful apps

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Make the most of your trip to the island of Ireland with these helpful apps

Discover Ireland App

It’s Ireland in your pocket! Get up-to-date info on what’s happening, where to stay, places to eat and much more. This handy app also offers easy-to-use maps and Augmented Reality. Available on Android and Apple.

If you're looking for the perfect travel companion along the rugged west coat of Ireland, the Wild Atlantic Way app has everything from places to see, where to sleep and eat, to festivals and events. Available on Android and Apple.

Getting around Ireland

Greater Dublin is criss-crossed with a web of bus routes, and the infinitely useful Dublin Bus App plots them all on a map with bus-stops, timetables, and GPS to alert you to your nearest stop. Dublin Bus app includes a Fare Calculator, Bus Timetables and a Route Planner.

Taking the train? Take the Iarnrod Eireann app, too. It combines timetables with real-time info for all stations in the Republic of Ireland, including the DART and intercity services, and a journey planner to show the distance, time and connection information.

Travel guides

Ireland – Travel Guide is a free and handy introduction to what Ireland has to offer, with everything from walking routes to fishing spots. GoExplore NI is a virtual guide book for your trip to Northern Ireland, and it’s packed with videos, special offers and QR coupons.

Fancy exploring medieval Dublin? The Dublin Walls app uses videos, photos and 3D animation to deftly illustrate the history of the part of the city you’re standing in. Think computer-generated Vikings popping out of the quays and replacing modern buildings as they drop into the ground. And it’s free!

Visiting Cork? This is a handy and free guide to the entire West Cork region. It offers access to up-to-date maps and historical information for all the towns and villages.

The Lakelands Treasure App is a family-friendly app that is both a game and a guide to make the most of your visit to Ireland’s lakelands. Bonus: Once it's downloaded you don’t need WiFi to use it. Enjoy treasure hunts, historical information and lots more.

Audio guides

The My Tour Talk app for Northern Ireland plots audio tours by location on a map. Pay for only the tours you need and listen to the local voices share interesting facts and stories about the area as well as practicalities like directions and parking.

Dip into Ulster Scots Heritage via the very slick and user-friendly Ulster Scots app by My Tour Talk. The app features audio driving guides, interactive mapping and links to events, accommodation and an extensive list of Ulster Scots surnames.

If you’d prefer info via podcast, Irish Fireside has great snippets on Ireland travel and culture with some relevant to Irish-American interests.

The My Irish Guide app provides you with six witty and informative audio-tours (available for in-app purchase) for your visit to Ireland, including the very best pubs, restaurants and attractions around Ireland.

What's On?

So you’re here! Where to go, what to do? We’ve got seriously handy apps if you ever dare suggest you’re bored. The jam-packed Entertainment.ie app lists every screen in every cinema in Ireland, along with music, clubbing, theatre and comedy.

If culture vulture is your middle name, we’d like you to meet the Dublin Culture Trail app. Videos and photographs present Dublin's museums, galleries, and historic buildings, while introducing the people and artists behind them. Details of each venue, location and other nearby attractions will make blazing your own trail easy.

Galway has its very own app from Townapps, giving local information including what's on and what to do across the city.

Eat, drink and stay

So many choices of where to stay. Start with Ireland’s Blue Book app, listing properties all over the island, from manor houses to castles. You can also view galleries and upcoming events at Blue Book properties.

The Restaurants.ie app is heaven-sent for the hungry: tap ‘Near Me’ for a list of restaurants in your vicinity, with cuisine and contact info. Georgina Campbell’s Ireland app allows you to search for places to eat, drink and stay around the country.

Sports

If you’re coming here for the full Ireland experience, you’ll have to catch some sport. Our native Gaelic Games make for some electric matches to watch, so get the Official GAA app for fixtures, results, photos and info on tickets and venues.

Rugby is a not-so-native game but we’re still rather good at it! The Official Irish Rugby app does fixtures, results and player profiles, so you’ll know who to cheer for. If you’re feeling lucky, grab the GoRacing.ie app for Ireland’s horseracing fixtures, festivals and race cards.

Get ready for your Ireland trip

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