Temple Bar: Dublin’s Cultural Quarter

Author: , September 27th, 2015

Temple Var, Dublin

Dublin is lively enough as it is, but on the streets of Temple Bar, the world-famous Irish craic rules at any time of day. Flowing towards the Irish Sea, the River Liffey marks the district’s northern border; towards the South, Dame Street reigns in Dublin’s cultural quarter.

There may just be an estimated 3,000 people living in the area, but they’re usually very welcoming towards new faces – often up for a chat, most of them are more than happy to make new friends over a pint.

Wandering over via the Ha’penny Bridge – one of the city’s most photographed bridges, named after the toll that had to be paid until 1919 – walking down the cobbled streets and into Temple Bar is like stepping into all the stories ever told about Irish culture.

By Stefanie Gerdes – Full Story at Gay Star News | Ireland Gay Travel Resources

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Let’s All Go to Ireland to Celebrate!

Author: , June 6th, 2015


We can’t think of a better or more appropriate time to visit IRELAND than this year.

IrelandChange your plans of going to Australia or Paris or South America and go to IRELAND this year and show them how much you love IRELAND and thank them for doing what the people of IRELAND did for the LGBT community in their recent voting.

We are really sick and tired of the religious idiots always shoving their views about ‘activist’ judges, etc. cramming their views for different countries and now they are beside themselves to think that the general population of an entire country actually voted YES for same-sex marriage and in IRELAND of all places. Sad to think that in many American cities, the LGBT community cannot even have a float in the Saint Patrick’s Day parade but in IRELAND, they can get legally married.


If you have never been to IRELAND, you have really missed out on a lot. The people are some of the friendliest in the entire world. We will not even go into the hundreds of things to see in do there as it would take a whole book.

Best to just check it out online and go from there. We have never heard one bad thing from travelers who have visited IRELAND. Their pubs and food are delicious and their country is filled with breath-taking views that will fill several of your digital camera chips.

IrelandThere are over 50 Gay owned and Gay friendly accommodations to stay that are listed on purpleroofs. From small cottages and Inns on the seacoast and in the countryside to the larger grand hotels in the major cities, you will not have any troubles find the perfect one just for you.

Some of the better websites to check out before going to IRELAND are:






And of course the very first website you need to check out is www.purpleroofs.com to find the accommodations that is just perfect for you.


Always remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone.
TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-Winning, Celebrity Travel Columnists. Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.comor visit their website at: http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

Don and RayAlways remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married).

Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

Ireland Gay Travel Resources

Dublin Like a Local

Author: , March 22nd, 2015

Aifric ChriodainTo celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, Aifric Chriodain, a Trinity College Dublin student shares her love of her buzzing hometown/

I’ve lived here since… I was born – I’m a true ‘Dub’!

Dublin’s best-kept secret is… Vintage Cocktail Club. It’s behind a black unmarked door in Temple Bar – ring the bell and it’s a gorgeous three-storey speakeasy-type-place with a huge cocktail menu.

My favorite queer bar has to be… Mother on Saturdays. It has the best DJs and the coolest regulars of any gay night in town. The best time to go is around 1am; cover is [euro]10 and the club stays open until 4 (most clubs in Dublin shut at 3). I’d also recommend Panti Bliss’s famous Pantibar. The drag show starts at half 9-10pm and features Panti and guests, and is packed out every week. Cheap drinks and great buzz means Pantibar is unmissable of a Saturday.

My favourite place to people-watch is… Grogan’s and Pygmalion on South William Street have big smoking areas and are great for spotting hipsters. For a more traditional Irish vibe try the Stag’s Head.

By Aifric Chriodain – Full Story at Gay Star News | Ireland Gay Travel Resources

Driving Around Ireland

Author: , February 2nd, 2015


It is hard to believe, but despite taking numerous trips to the UK and Europe, I had never been to Ireland — and that needed to change. This New Year’s, rather than head to a sunny destination, where hotel prices and airfare were exorbitant, I decided to book an eight-night stay to explore the Emerald Isle. I wanted to enjoy the famed countryside, medieval castles, and the newly vibrant cities of Dublin and Belfast. Also, I wanted an overseas destination that — in winter — would not be freezing cold. Ireland fit the bill perfectly.

I wanted to experience the northern coast of Ireland as well as the west. For the north, this meant starting my experience in Belfast: a small, lovely city with a handful of attractions. While Belfast boasts a nice mix of bars, some decent restaurants, the Titanic Museum (on the site where the ship was built), and the outdoor peace murals (commemorating those who died during the Northern Ireland civil war period of conflict between loyalists — to the UK — and secessionists), one can explore these in a day or two.

The Benedicts of Belfast, Hilton, and Europe Hotels all are good options in Belfast. I chose to stay at the Benedicts and, while the rooms are basic, the location is great, and the hotel boasts a very popular Irish bar and restaurant which comes alive most evenings. So one does not need to go far to experience traditional Irish music, dance, and beer. It draws both locals and tourists, and is great fun (or craic, as they say there).

By Jim Sherman – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Ireland Gay Travel Resources

Exploring Dublin on the Cheap

Author: , January 5th, 2015

Dublin Ireland - Apple Maps

Dublin is rightfully high on many travelers’ lists, and this at-once ancient and modern city is full of welcoming people and a rich culture that stretches back for millennia. While there’s more to do in Dublin than one trip often allows, here are some budget-friendly tips that won’t disappoint.

1: Get a Dublin Pass

The Dublin Pass card covers admission to 33 of Dublin’s top attractions, including the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Zoo, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Kilmainhan Gaol, Malahide Castle, and the National Museum of Ireland. Cards are available in multiple day passes, and start at [euro]39 per adult/[euro]21 per child for a day ([euro]105 per adult for 6 days.) Pro tip: Plan your daily itinerary beforehand to make sure the pass will result in savings.

2: Get around with a LEAP Card

A LEAP Card allows visitors to use buses, the Luas tram services and DART, and Commuter Rail in Dublin for 72 hours for [euro]19.50. Cards are sold at the 24-hour SPAR retail shop in the arrivals hall at the Dublin Airport in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, or at the Travel Information Desk in Terminal 1. Depending on your itinerary, this can save quite a bit in transportation fares.

By Steve Larese – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Ireland Gay Travel Resources

Image via Apple Maps

Irish Catholic Students March in Gay Pride Parade

Author: , September 6th, 2014

Catholic School marches in prideThe principal of St. Paul’s High School in County Armagh – one of Ireland’s largest Catholic secondary schools – has defended his decision to have a group of students represent the school at a gay pride parade in Newry last weekend.

The students were accompanied by their principal Jarlath Burns who is known to be a passionate defender of Catholic education.

The school had sent a message on Facebook inviting Year 13 and 14 students to represent their school at the march saying: ‘We are proud to be a school that embraces diversity and promotes inclusivity, further demonstrating commitment to our Catholic ethos… The rainbow flag will be flown at the school to mark our support for equality for all.’

By Sylvia Tan – Full Story at Gay Star News | Ireland Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Image via Facebook/St Paul’s Bessbrook

Visiting Wilde Dublin

Author: , September 4th, 2014

Oscar Wilde statue, DublinIt’s with a reflective heart that I stand in the corner of Oscar Wilde’s childhood home of 1 Merrion Square. Located on the most fashionable side of Dublin, an area once envied for its location near the Duke of Leinster’s residence. The gracious Georgian townhouse now feels like an empty shell of how I had pictured it before stepping through the front door. After 23 years of being left in disrepair, the American College Dublin worked to completely renovate the property, and, while much credit is due, the College stopped providing tours after a few short years. Now, the building has been completely taken over as a sterile campus. But I am lucky still, as Oscar Wilde Tours provides us access to explore the building, a privilege that few, even the Oscar Wilde Society, enjoy.

I am greeted by one of the few portraits known of Oscar Wilde’s mother, Lady Jane Wilde, the famous nationalist, essayist, and poet, and then by a stunning stained-glass window that represents The Happy Prince. I marvel at how perfectly the arched window represents the themes of the short story–the deep class divides of Victorian times and the visceral struggle of the Irish famine, all done in a Gaudi-meets-Jill Thompson fashion. The sun shines through the blue glass, illuminating snowy dust particles flowing toward a staircase that leads to the second floor. I walk up slowly, picturing a young Oscar Wilde jetting up the stairs just home from school, and I trace my finger along the Georgian-yellow wall.

A woman from the college is following closely behind making sure we’re out by the time she has a conference call. “We don’t normally do tours,” she repeats excessively. She bookends each detail she points out with the same phrase: “We’re a private institution.” Ignoring her warnings that we can’t spend too much time, I sit in the corner of Lady Jane Wilde’s parlor. It was in this room that Lady Wilde held her famous gatherings, where the greatest literary and political minds converged in Ireland. It’s here, in this very corner, in which a young Oscar Wilde would have sat quietly and listened to the goings-on of the time, and very likely where Oscar picked up his knack for dialogue, wit, and the powerful sense of observation that he carried with him until the day he died.

By Joseph Pedro – Full Story at Passport | Ireland Gay Travel Resources

Dublin Celebrates Gay Theatre This Month

Author: , May 10th, 2014

Gay Film FestivalThings are “rarely pure and never simple” at the International Dublin Gay Theater Festival. The festival was established in 2004 to commemorate the 151st anniversary of the birth of Oscar Wilde, and it aims to present new Irish and international works with broad gay themes.

Whether a play is by an LGBT writer, has particular gay relevance, or includes performances by openly gay people, it can be featured in this annual event that attracts an international crowd to the Irish capital. Immerse yourself in the rich history of queerness and theatre, from May 5-18.

By Joseph Pedro – Passport Magazine | Ireland Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Anchor House B&B, Dublin, Ireland

Author: , March 1st, 2014

Anchor House B&B - Dublin IrelandPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Regarded as 1 of Dublin’s Most Carming B&B’s: The Anchor Guesthouse is perfectly situated in the city centre, 200 metres from the central bus station tram stop, to the rear of Gandon’s Custom House. Rates quoted are room only per night. Full or Continental breakfast is available daily, if required.

See the Anchor House B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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8 Restaurants for Dublin in Autumn

Author: , October 22nd, 2013

Dublin, IrelandWe’ve all been tempted by those incredibly affordable airfare deals to Ireland. But with most of them falling in the autumn and winter months, you might be wondering what to see and do once you get there – and how many sweaters and coats you’ll have to pack. Thankfully, Dubliners take to the streets through the winter months, bundling up for plenty of outdoor activities, including al fresco dining. Thankfully, eating outdoors in the Irish capital doesn’t have to result in frostbitten fingers and hypothermia – if you take a few cues from the locals. The following local favorites take care to keep their open-air spaces and their patrons warm, regardless of the season.


Come on the weekend for Odessa’s acclaimed brunch menu, served in the earth- and sand-hued dining room. After you’ve licked what remains of the Vietnamese Chicken Brunch off of your plate, head up to the fourth-floor Roof Bar for a Sparkling Mojito – a prosecco twist on the classic cocktail. Navigate a seat within sight of the fireplace and close to a heating lamp for both warmth and ambiance. Dublin 2, near Dame Street.

Authored By Masha Vapnitchnaia – See the Full Story at Shermans Travel Blog

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