The Irish never need an excuse to celebrate but today's the day many people all over the world will be wearing green and claiming to be Irish. And, why not?
The next best thing to being Irish could well be living in an Irish home for a time. The dream can come true if you arrange a home swap to Ireland or Northern Ireland. Here are a few examples of current home swap offers to tempt you:
Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork - A beautiful seaside house located 45 minutes from Cork City (named among the top 10 best cities to visit in the Lonely Planet guide's 'Best in Travel 2010') and 45 minutes from Cork International airport which has direct connections to London, Amsterdam, Paris, and many more major European cities. Modern three bedroom clean and spacious seaside townhouse situated in a picturesque village in south west Ireland.
Dublin, Co. Dublin - Our house is 80 years old in a peaceful suburb of Dublin city close to the seafront and the historic harbour of Dun Laoghaire. We are within easy reach of the Wicklow mountains and many other attractions. The area offers swimming, sailing, golf, theatre, great restaurants and many interesting sites to visit.
Dun Laoghaire is a perfect starting point for exploring Ireland and is only a three hour ferry ride from Wales.
We have exchanged in Europe, America, Canada and New Zealand. We love to travel and experience living in different cultures and are open to offers from anywhere in the world.
Achill Island, County Mayo - The wild West of Ireland; holiday home only 300 metres to sandy beach on Achill Island.
Achill Island provides activities like surfing, cycling, horse riding, angling, hiking, golf, many sandy beaches (blue flag); it offers some of Ireland's most dramatic coastal walks and treks; the Great western Greenway from Achill to Westport is designed for walkers and cyclists.
Achill is a short drive from many Mayo attractions, including the National Museum of Country Life Ceide Fields, Foxford Woollen Mills and the Ballycroy National Park.
Wilkinstown, Co. Meath - This four bed traditional farmhouse stands on eight acres of landscaped gardens, vegetable patches and prime agricultural land. It combines country with modern living and due to its location and tranquillity it is ideal for visitors who wish to enjoy the Irish countryside; a perfect haven for those who want to escape the chaos of city life for a scenic, yet still convenient location. Local attractions include Newgrange megalithic tomb, Kells castle (Braveheart), golf, great walks and fishing on the River Boyne. Also less than one hour´s drive from Dublin, our rural retreat is a great base for visiting Ireland!
Omagh, Tyrone, Northern Ireland - The cottage is situated just outside the town, right on the edge of the Gortin Glen Forest Park (gateway to the Sperrin Mountains). As well as the many walks and trails in this area of outstanding natural beauty, a major recreational feature of the forest, is the five mile long scenic drive which takes in breath taking views. The kids can also enjoy feeding the resident ducks and reindeers. For the more energetic, there are three mountain bike trails graded from basic, to moderate, to off road for the more experienced.(the nearest can be seen from the kitchen window).
One of the top UK tourist attractions are on our doorstep. For those interested in genealogy and their ancestry, the ULSTER AMERICAN FOLK PARK is located less than 10 minutes away, and the famous TITANIC exhibition in Belfast is under two hours.
For the golf enthusiast there is an 18 hole golf course half a mile from the town and another in nearby Newtownstewart.
For the fisherman, the Strule River, one of the premier salmon and sea trout fisheries in the Northern Hemisphere flows through the town.
Many music, song and literary events including the APPALACHIAN and BLUEGRASS MUSIC FESTIVAL, the Omagh and District Arts Festival and the Midsummer festival are held throughout the year.
Choose Ireland or Northern Ireland from the country list to see many more current home exchange offers.