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10 alternative facts about Ireland's top 10 destinations for tourists

All the important cultural facts tourists need to know.

EARLIER TODAY, THE esteemed travellers over at TripAdvisor named their favourite Irish destinations to visit.

Now, this might influence some travel plans of future guests to our fair island – so here are some facts they might not know about the top 10:

1. Killarney – Michael Fassbender grew up there

Killarney Lake November 2005 Source: mozzercork

Reason to top any list, let’s be fair. We know what you’re up to, TripAdvisor.

2. Dublin – people say “crips” here instead of crisps 

Walking on the beach (In Explore 08/04/2014) Source: j0sh (www.pixael.com)

And nobody bats an eyelid.

This is by far the most culturally relevant fact tourists need to know about our capital city.

3. Dingle – Fungi the dolphin has been hanging around Dingle since 1984

File Pics Fungie Celebrates 30 years in Dingle. Source: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland!

He’s way past the life expectancy for a dolphin, but he keeps chilling out in the bay. He swims beside fishing boats coming in and out of the harbour.

He’s basically a local legend.

4. Galway – the best fish and chips in the world is from McDonagh’s

mi1_182 Source: Mcdonaghs

It’s a fact. Get ‘em while they are hot.

5. Donegal Town – you might struggle to catch 50 Shades in the cinema


Although, we’re sure you can rent it – it’ll be out on DVD by the time you visit.

6. Westport – Croagh Patrick is just 10km west of the town if you fancy a pilgrimage 

Croagh Patrick Source: IrishFireside

Yes, pilgrimages for all.

7. Cork – a Butter Museum actually exists in the city


Yes, you read that correctly. A BUTTER MUSEUM.

8. Sligo – people from here are called ‘Sligonians’

200609 Irlanda backpacker Source: surfstyle

It really is that simple.

9. Doolin – an internationally successful Playstation game was based in the town

Doolin Source: Flickr

Wait. What? Uh huh. The PS3 game ‘Folklore’ was set in Doolin, Clare and involved the characters “seeking the memories of the dead” in a Celtic setting. Cool.

10. Tralee – every summer, the town goes absolutely mad


The annual Rose of Tralee Festival is one of the cultural highlights this country has to offer. Watch out for the kitsch dress up and general level of cringe from the rest of the country.

So, there you have it. Enjoy Ireland sensibly.

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David Elkin

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