Getting to Ireland:
The busiest airport is undoubtedly Dublin, which has two modern terminals, but some airlines use Belfast International Airport (Aldergrove), Shannon, Cork and Knock, while a few Irish and British airlines also serve smaller airports such as Belfast George Best City Airport and those in Galway, Sligo, Waterford, Tralee and Derry.
Aer Lingus, the estwhile “national” airline, and Aer Arann, another regional service provider, nowadays face heavy competition on most routes.
Ryanair has become Ireland’s leading airline in recent years.
Dublin and neighbouring Dun Laoghaire service ferries to and from Liverpool, Holyhead in Wales and the Isle of Man.
Belfast and nearby Larne service have ferry links with Stranraer in Scotland, the Isle of Man, Liverpool, and Fleetwood in Lancashire.
Rosslare in Co. Wexford and Ringaskiddy near Cork City service ferry connections with Fishguard in Wales and the French ports of Cherbourg (Normandy) and Roscoff (Brittany).
There has been talk of a new ferry link between Cork and San Sebastian / Donosti in the Basque Country in northern Spain.
The principal ferry companies are Irish Ferries, Stenna Line, P&O, DFDS Seaways, Brittany Ferries and Fastnet Line.