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Tourism and Entertainement in Ireland
The Republic of Ireland is one of the island extensions of Great Britain. It was ranked the sixth most developed nation in the world based on GBP per capital in 2015. Its capital and largest city is Dublin. This state is located on the Eastern part of the Island and hold over 40% of the country’s population.
Traveling to Ireland
The Coronavirus pandemic has seen movement across Europe and this includes the Republic of Ireland. However, you will need to meet the following requirements to be able to travel to visit or stay in Ireland. Indeed, you must have a passport that will remain valid throughout your stay in the country. Besides tourism visa which is free, you must obtain a visa stating your purpose while in Ireland. You should know that USA citizens are allowed a 90 days visa stay in Ireland.
In addition, you must show proof of adequate funds to cover your stay. Even US citizens will be refused entry if they fail to adequately declare their travel intent or show proof of funds enough to cover their expenses while in the country. Besides the funds to cover your expenses while in the country, every visitor is required to have proof of a return ticket or funds to cover it.
Places to See in Ireland
This country really packs the punch in terms of tourist attraction sites despite its small geography. One of the places to visit is the Cliffs of Moher located in Clare. This 702 ft beauty is the world’s longest cliff. The essence of traveling is to take some time off and recover from the stress of everyday life. The Voya Seaweed Baths in Strandhill is just perfect for this purpose. This steamy mineral bath is made to soothe your aching body.
Britain is also popular for its castles and the Ireland has its own share of it. The Birr Castle may be more of a science center today, it has been the home of the Parsons family for a very long time. Other places to visit in Ireland include The Kilmainham Gaol, The Book of Kells and Trinity College, The Killarney National Park and Muckross House & Gardens, Grafton Street, The Ring of Kerry, Glendalough, Powerscourt House and Gardens, The Little Museum, The Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle and the Blarney Stone, Kinsale, The Dingle Peninsula and the Wild Atlantic Way.
Entertainment in Ireland: Use-Case of Casinos
Casinos are illegal in Ireland according to the law. The restriction on the operation of casinos in this country is very surprising considering the permission of horse racing, greyhound racing, sports betting, Irish national lotteries and online casinos. However, a loophole in the law allows private clubs and other private establishments to operate casinos for their members. Players must register and become members of these clubs to be able to play at these private casinos.
The aim behind this regulation is to ensure safer gambling. Although registration is free, players have to be of legal age to become members of these private clubs. The club is permitted to provide their members with poker rooms, roulette and blackjack tables, and slot machines. Clubs also get to dictate the dressing of their players whenever they want to visit and play. They also offer other side attractions such as musical performance (Opera), light food, a bar and other forms of entertainment.
Most of these private clubs operate as hotels and clubs than casinos. Parnell Plaza, The Great Escape Casino, Timeout Casino and Card Club, Gold Rush Casino, Triton Casino, Fitzpatrick’s Casino, Empire Casino, are some casinos in Ireland. Online Casinos are very legal in Ireland. Online gambling has also led to a number of gambling problems as more people have delved into online gambling due to the restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Entertainment in Ireland: Use-Case of Cinema
Ireland is also popular for its cinemas and movie theaters. This country has the biggest number of cinema goers in the whole of Europe. Its movie experience is outstanding and you should ensure you visit a cinema whenever you are able to visit Ireland. Although the COVID-19 caused them to be closed, they are expected when life returns to normal.
The Cork’s Movie Junction is a drive-in cinema in Ireland. It is open seven nights in a week. To make the most of this cinema, pick up snacks like pizza, popcorn or chips at the drive-thru kiosk, pull up in the parking bay, tune into the “Movie Junction FM” frequency on the car radio, then sit back and enjoy the movie to be shown. This cinema offers canopies to keep you from the rain and also delivers the snacks you order to your car.
There are other cinemas like Lighthouse Cinema, Phoenix Cinema Dingle, Dunmaise Arts Center, IFI movie house, Meeting house square, Stella theater, Century Cinemas, Triskel Arts Center, Eye Cinema, The Sugar Club, Ashford Castle, Lime Tree and many others.
Some of these cinemas offer multiple screens, cafés, bars and an ice cream parlor. For example, Phoenix cinema offers tea and biscuits on Tuesdays. Century cinema shows 3D movies, broadcasts live theater and dance productions on its eight screens. It also has its own ice skating rink.