• Posted:Wednesday, July 1, 2009
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Raise a glass to the green green fields of Ireland

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Raise a glass to the green green fields of Ireland
For those of us who are keen on backpacker travel, Ireland has always been a wonderful place to visit. The rolling green hills you see on the postcards really do look that good - and indeed even better - in person, while the people are some of the friendliest in the world.

It may only be a small country, but it's steeped in history and there's a wonderful contrast between bustling cities such as Dublin, the seaside towns and the rural villages.

A new advertising campaign has now been launched in a bid to attract more people to pay a visit and Tourism Ireland is attempting to highlight some of the "hidden gems" that are on offer.

It's teaming up with Stena Line - the ferry company - to entice Britons in particular to make the short journey across the sea. They say using the ferry is a cheap travel option and allows you to take as much luggage as you want.

In terms of things to see and do, they have highlighted an island-hopping tour of the west coast - dubbed the Connemara Safari - which offers sights such as wild dolphins, basking sharks and grey seals.

The campaign also points travellers in the direction of Limerick's Milk Market, where some of the best cheese, fish and seaweed in Ireland is on offer.

But of course, if you find yourself staying in hostels in Dublin you must remember that no visit is complete without a trip to the Guinness Brewery - home of the unofficial (or is it actually official?) national drink.

Sam Buckley
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