Ireland: Driving on Right and Left?

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  1. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    So I was watching a Netflix DVD last night called In Search of Ancient Ireland. (pretty good 3 hour show, BTW). As they drove around Ireland to the various historical sights, I noticed that most of the time they drove on the left, but sometimes they drove on the right.

    I looked it up on Google, and found some discussion about how Ireland began switching to right hand traffic on some urban roads in 2012 to encourage tourism.

    The show was made back in 2002, and doesn't differentiate between Ireland and Northern Ireland, because it is about history of the island in general.

    What is the real story? Left or right?
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  2. Famous

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    Yep & begorra & shur dont we have wee leprachauns at the bottom of the rainbow with pots of gold:freaky
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    I should have checked the dates of those articles. Probably April 1. (April Fool's Day)

    Still, why would they be driving on the right in that documentary? Film reversed maybe? There was clearly a yellow line down the middle, so it wasn't a divided road. City buses and everything.
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  4. Famous

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    Havent seen that film

    I must have a look

    No we drive on tbe left due to the fact that we were conquered for 800 years by our next door neighbours

    Shur why dont you come over sometime and have a look for yourself

    We do use both sides of the road (and sometimes the ditches) during the roadracing which I suggest is worth a look while you are here
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    Actually, that is why I'm asking. I will be coming over for the 2015 IOM TT, followed by a few weeks of aimless wandering around Ireland, Scotland, England, and Wales. We'll be on bikes/foot for the race, then renting the cheapest car we can find for the remainder. I don't want to get run over by a lorrie. :lol3
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    Whatever you rent/buy, get a sticker at eye level saying "keep on left"
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    Until you're on one of the right drive roads, then put a piece of duct tape over it.
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    Depends on how many pints we have consumed as to which side of the road we ride on here in rural Ireland
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    Now that actually makes sense. :freaky
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    If it is a highway with more than 1 lane going each direction it may appear they are traveling on the right as you have more than one lane.
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  11. High Country Herb

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    In the show, they were driving on the right in a city. There was a double yellow center line, and an oncoming city bus passed on their left.

    The only thing I can figure is that they were following one of the archaeologists as they left a foreign country on their way to Ireland. There was a lot of discussion about Vikings and Romans, so it could have been linked to that.
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    Never heard of anywhere here changing it about although it's possible they where in a one way system and the bus was coming down a bus lane or something.
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    Are you serious?

    See ya soon,
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    Just started researching Ireland as I'm planning on doing the same thing! I want to do Ireland for 4-5 days, hit up the IOMTT and then head over to England for a few days. I was planning on renting a bike, but it looks like I'll be sticking to a cheap rental car. Maybe we can get a group of ADVriders together while we're there for a few drinks :freaky
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    Call to my place.
    We have people here all the time.
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    Yes
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    Got a place for me to crash? :D

    I've heard good things about Cork. I'd like to rent a car and make my way down there and then up to Killarney and the Cliffs of Moher. Basically just circle the entire country. Now I just need to work on saving my pennies so I can afford it!
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  18. High Country Herb

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    That would be great.

    We will arrive in Dublin Saturday June 6, 2015, then catch the ferry from Belfast to IOM on Mad Sunday.

    We'll leave IOM Saturday after the TT, and probably be heading towards Cork the following Monday or Tuesday. It would be great to meet up with some of you.

    I saw something about oyster farms down near Cork I would like to see as well.
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