There are scheduled nonstop flights from Britain, continental Europe and North America to Dublin and Shannon, and good nonstop connections from Britain and continental Europe to Cork. There are numerous ferry services between Britain and Ireland, and a few between France and Ireland, but it's definitely wise to plan ahead as fares can vary considerably.
Distances are relatively short and there's a good network of roads, but public transportation can be infrequent, expensive or both and - especially with trains - not reach many of the more interesting places.
Having your own transport is a major advantage and it's worth considering car hire for at least part of your trip. The growing network of motorways have cut journey times considerably, but the huge network of secondary and tertiary roads are much better if you want to 'experience' Ireland as you travel - although it is still true that smaller, rural roads can make for difficult driving conditions.
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Overlooking the River Liffey, The Morrison Dublin, Curio Collection by Hilton is ideally located near dining, shopping, and entertainment.
Ireland is safer than most countries in Europe, but normal precautions should be observed. In Dublin, drug-related crime is not uncommon and the city has its fair share of pickpockets and thieves.
Northern Ireland is as safe as anywhere else, but there are areas where the sectarian divide is bitterly pronounced, most notably in parts of Belfast. For the foreseeable future, it's probably best to ensure your visit to Northern Ireland doesn't coincide with the climax of the Orange marching season on 12 July; sectarian passions are usually inflamed and even many Northerners leave the province at this time.
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