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12 Great Irish Drives: Take a Dip in the Blue Atlantic and Drive the Famous Sky Road in Connemara

For summer 2019, we are partnering with theJournal.ie to bring you 12 Great Irish Drives: the most amazing road trips in the country. Whether it’s with friends, family or by yourself these trips should give you the courage to get in the car and go explore.

This week, Paul Wilson explores Connemara, jutting out into the Atlantic along the Sky Road, with some seafood stops en route.

Name: The Connemara Loop and Sky Road. See a map of our suggested route from Galway city here, and see a close up of the Sky Road itself here.Where: Galway’s west coast.The route: From Galway, take the N59 to Maam Cross. Head onward toward Kil...

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12 Great Irish Drives: Cruise along Louth's Cooley Peninsula with family thrills at Carlingford Lough

For summer 2019, we are partnering with theJournal.ie to bring you 12 Great Irish Drives: the most amazing road trips in the country. Whether it’s with friends, family or by yourself these trips should give you the courage to get in the car and go explore.

This week, Paul Wilson heads for Louth, taking in the thrills of Carlingford Lough and awe-inspiring views along the Cooley Peninsula.

Name: The Cooley Peninsula Scenic Drive. Find a map of our suggested route here, and see a full map of the region here.Where: County Louth, or ‘the wee county’, small but rich in every way.The route: Start at Dundalk on the N52 for the...

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12 Great Irish Drives: Braveheart ruins in Meath's Boyne Valley

For summer 2019, we are partnering with theJournal.ie to bring you 12 Great Irish Drives: the most amazing road trips in the country. Whether it’s with friends, family or by yourself these trips should give you the courage to get in the car and go explore.

This week, Paul Wilson passes by high crosses, passage tombs and blockbuster filming locations in Meath’s Boyne Valley.

Name: The Boyne Valley Drive. See a map of the full route here.Where: Co MeathThe route: From central Dublin head for Blanchardstown, into Meath and the Hill of Tara. Head northwest to Kells and Loughcrew, then back east to Brú na Boinne for Newgrang...

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12 Great Irish Drives: Coastal Scenery on the Hook Peninsula

For summer 2019, we are partnering with the Journal.ie to bring you the 12 Great Irish Drives: the most amazing road trips in the country. Whether it’s with friends, family or by yourself these trips should give you the courage to get in the car and go explore.

This week, Paul Wilson soaks up the coastal scenery on Wexford’s Hook Peninsula, stopping at an 800-year-old lighthouse along the way.

Ring of Hook Lighthouse

Name: The Ring of Hook – see a full map of the route here.

Where: Co Wexford

The route: A loop along the Hook Peninsula, taking in Hook Lighthouse, the oldest operational lighthouse in the world.

What makes it one of Ireland’s Great ...

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First Time Drivers: Advice for Mam and Dad

For young first-time drivers, car insurance can be frustrating and often costly to organize. High-risk factors such as age, limited driving experience, and no previous insurance can drive up premium prices.

One way to help reduce these costs is to add first-time drivers to the parent’s policy. The insurance premium is likely to increase but it’s likely to be less costly than the young driver getting a policy in their own name. Plus, they start to earn named driving experience. This will stand to them when they go to purchase insurance in their own name as they will have a better chance of obtaining a reasonable quote.

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12 Great Irish Drives: Explore the Glacial Fjords at the Inishowen Peninsula

For summer 2019, we are partnering with the Journal.ie to bring you 12 Great Irish Drives: the most amazing road trips in the country. Whether it’s with friends, family or by yourself these trips should give you the courage to get in the car and go explore.

This week, Paul Wilson spins through gorse-lined roads and rugged beauty along the Inishowen Peninsula.

Inishowen Peninsula

Name: The Inishowen Peninsula – see a map of the full route here.

Where: County Donegal, once the forgotten county, the Inishowen Peninsula is a jewel in the driving crown.

The route: From Derry city, past the sparkling Lough Swilly, secluded beaches and Malin Head.

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