Lucien Bull Irish Inventor | Our Ireland


Lucien Bull Inventor Of High-speed Photography And Improved ElectroCardioGraph Lucien Bull 1876-1972 Pioneer Of High-speed Photography And Inventor Of Improved ElectroCardioGraph Lucien Bull was born on 8 th Jan 1876 in Dublin. In 1894,…


Car Insurance Ireland

Research Irish Car Insurance Quotes

Author Note: The following article is based on the author’s personal experiences and is only intended as a general guide to researching auto insurance in Ireland.)

Irish auto insurance quotations and the various car insurance packages on offer from vendors are competitive and easy to research. Many Irish auto insurance quotes can differ greatly from one insurance provider to the next and it really does pay to shop around.

Some of the main car insurance providers in Ireland are:

  • Quinn Direct
  • Hibernian Car Insurance
  • Allianz Direct
  • One Direct
  • Tesco Car Insurance
  • Irish Motoring
  • AXA Insurance

All of these insurance providers have information on their websites giving details of the insurance packages they have to offer. It’s worth spending the time to read and research these sites in depth so that you can select the insurance provider that best suits your needs and your pocket!

Where To Start Looking For Irish Car Insurance Quotes?

The internet is the best place to start your research for car insurance quotations in Ireland. Using simple on-line forms it is possible to tailor and submit your personal details and instantly receive an insurance quotation. This feature is useful if you have not yet purchased a vehicle but want to accurately estimate the overall cost of running a vehicle in Ireland including your annual car insurance costs. is a good website to start researching your car insurance costs. The only problem with this site is that if your car’s value is less than €4000 they won’t quote you (at the time of writing this article). Pity they don’t tell you this on their home page.
Some Points To Consider When Researching Car Insurance In Ireland

  • Men and Woman’s Insurance Costs Differ: Men’s car insurance is usually more expensive than woman’s comparing similar details. There may be exceptions but this is generally true across the board.
  • On-street Parking Off-street Parking: On-street parking is less desirable that off-street parking because of a perceived higher risk of vandalism, thief or accident. This will possibly increase the cost of your insurance premium slightly.
  • Place of Residence: Urban Dwellers tend to pay a higher auto insurance premium than rural dwellers. Again this has to do with a perceived risk to the vehicle.
  • Engine Size: Vehicle’s with smaller, less powerful engines, usually cost less to insure. 1.2ltr to 1.6ltr engines are the most popular in Ireland at the time of writing this article.
  • Drivers Age: The younger and less experience you have driving the higher your auto insurance quotations will be. This is usually true for young ‘named drivers’ who are the primary insurance holder for a vehicle. In the case of young ‘learner’ drivers seeking insurance under an experienced driver’s cover the cost of insurance can be very low. In this author’s experience this will costing anywhere between €70 and €100 per annum.
  • Making Auto Insurance Claims: Read insurance policies carefully before purchasing. Many have clauses making the person insured responsible for paying a minium amount for damages before the insurance company incurs any costs. For example, your insurance policy covers claims after €200 worth of damages. That means if the garage charges €300 for repairing damages, the insurance company will only pay €100 if your claim is accepted.
  • Get On The Telephone: Once you’ve researched and documented your most suitable quote on-line it is recommended you telephone the insurance company and ask for a quote over the phone. You’ll have to answer all the same questions again but it is possible that you will actually be quoted less than your on-line quote with the same company. If the opposite happens and they are charging more over the phone just go back on-line and complete the transaction there.
  • Be Honest: Finally, be sure that all the information you provide is true. Do not be tempted to give details that are not true to try bring down the cost of your auto insurance quotations. This is unlawful and you will lose out should you try to make a claim and the auto insurance company discovers your details are untrue. Whenever your circumstances change notify your insurance provider immediately so that they can update your records.

Happy and safe motoring in Ireland and good luck with your car insurance quotes!



Dingle Peninsula Ireland | Our Ireland – Part 3

Baile na nGall – Ballydavid Co. Kerry The charming fishing village of Ballydavid (Baile na nGall) is located by the shores of Smerwick Harbour. This little village commands wonderful views of the Three Sisters, Dun… will bring you the complete visitors guide to the Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland. In a country well known for it’s beautiful scenery, the Dingle Peninsula stands out as one of them most…


Friends of mine made a recent trip to Dingle for a family occasion. They were staying for a few days and wanted to see the sights as it was their first time in Dingle….


Driving In Ireland | Our Ireland – Part 3


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ESB & RSA Safer Driving Objectives

A landmark agreement has been reached between the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) to advance their safer driving objectives over the next three years.

The strategic alliance between the two companies will see the introduction of a three year action plan titled ‘Achieving Safe Driving Excellence’ and provide a best practice model for the development of procedures to govern road safety in the workplace.

Electricity Supply Board (ESB) chief executive, Johnny Shine revealed that the ESB are committed to the highest level of safety performance in all its activities which include private and fleet vehicle driving. The implementation of safe driving policies within the ESB between 2003 and 2008 has seen a 60 per cent fall in all serious collisions and a 20 per cent reduction in material damage collisions.

Mr Shine said, “This reduction in fatal collisions and in serious injuries has saved untold human misery and saved the exchequer approximately €28 million. In addition, our motor insurance premium fell to 15 per cent of 2003 levels. Going forward, the ESB is implementing a safe driving programme targeted at improving every facet of driving across its businesses and working towards the elimination of incidents and injuries associated with driving and transport activities. The creation of this strategic alliance with the RSA will allow us to tap into their expertise and will certainly strengthen our safe driving programme”, he added.

Noel Brett, chief executive of the Road Safety Authority (RSA) believes the coalition between the two companies will help to diminish the risk of driving for work not only for the driver, but also for colleagues and members of the public.

Mr Brett said, “As an employer or self-employed person you must, by law, manage the risks that may arise when employees drive for their work. The ESB has pioneered the way in this country when it comes to road safety in the work place. We are delighted with this partnership with ESB. It will ultimately lead to the development of a best practice model for employers to successfully enable them to manage the risks associated with driving for work”.

The agreement will see measures implemented such as the ESB promoting its safe driving programme to other employers, to demonstrate the benefits to employees and the business.

Sharing emergency technology advancements and identifying practical issues within Fleet Management and ways of incorporating them into the ESB vehicle fleet.

Also for the RSA to provide assistance to ESB in developing Safe Road Use training programmes.


The Ancient Game Of Hurling In The IT Age


The ancient heroes of Ireland couldn’t have imagined a game of hurling without the mortal risk that comes with it. Well smartphones have changed all that, and now the only risk hurling sports fans need face is a blister on their swipe finger from over playing this cool GPA Hurling app (by publisher Zoodazzle).

Download the Official GPA Hurling for iOS  and Android 


Your score contributes to your chosen team’s overall score. Who will win between Cork and Waterford in this digital pre-Allianz League final? You Decide!

Download the Official GPA Hurling for iOS  and Android 


Easter 1916 | Our Ireland

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Easter, 1916 I have met them at close of day Coming with vivid faces From counter or desk among grey Eighteenth-century houses. I have passed with a nod of the head Or polite meaningless words, Or have lingered awhile and…

Clips from the Easter rising set to Grace by the Wolfe Tones. To Grace Gifford from Joseph Plunkett, the poet and rebel, the following verse of a poem he wrote to her. The song that follows was written to commemorate…

The Easter Proclamation 1916 On the 24th of April 1916, the Green Harp Flag of the Irish Republic and the Tricolor were hoisted high above the GPO on Sackville Street (now Dublin’s O’Connoll Street, the capital’s main thoroughfare) replacing the…


Travel Links

Below are some links I hope you find useful when visiting Ireland!


Ryanair – Low cost Flights from Europe to Ireland
Aer Lingus – Flights from USA and Europe to Ireland
EasyJet – Low cost flights from Europe to Ireland
Delta – Flights from USA to Ireland
Continental – Flights from USA to Ireland
American Airlines – Flights from USA to Ireland
Irish Airports

Kerry Airport – Kerry Airport, Southwest Ireland
Shannon Airport – US and European Flights
Cork Airport – European Flights
Belfast City Airport – European Flights
City of Derry Airport – European Flights
Belfast International Airport – US and European Flights

Irish Road and Rail Transport

Bus Éireann – Ireland’s national bus service
Irish Rail – Ireland’s national train service
Dublin Bus – Dublin bus service


Irish Ferries – Ferries from the UK and France to Ireland
P&O Ferries – Ferries from the UK to Ireland
Stena Line – Ferries from the UK to Ireland

Weather – Irish weather service – Irish & international weather
Magic Seaweed – Surfing forecasts

Other Great Sites!

For Winter Hikers –