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The waterway was opened in 1994 and links Lower and Upper Lough Erne in County Fermanagh to the Shannon River in the South, creating Europe's longest leisure waterway. What better way to see some of the best scenery Ireland has to offer than taking a cruise along this stretch of water? There's lots of information on companies renting boats, cruisers, and barges. The user guide offers an account of one person's voyage along the waterway, and includes the villages and towns he passes through, places of interest, the local wildlife, and some of the characters he meets along the way. So if you want to find the Mucky Duck pub, or the barracks, which were the inspiration for John McGahern's famous novel, or you just want a relaxing break, this might be the holiday for you.
This site showcases the Gaeltacht areas of Ireland including Donegal, Mayo, Galway, Kerry, Cork, Waterford, and Meath. Gaeltacht is the name given to the parts of Ireland where the Irish language is still spoken and where you can experience Ireland's rich Celtic heritage and culture in a very different way. Each area is dealt with separately and contains details of events, activities, travel, and accommodation. The site can be viewed in both Irish and English and each section has a simple Irish phrase that any visitor can use on their travels to these regions. So if you want to trek around the majestic mountains of Corca Dhuibhne in Kerry, buy a handcrafted timber mobile from Ben and Bridie Brittain of Waterford, or want to find out more about the Gaeltacht, then this site is worth a visit.
This initiative by the children and teachers of Inver National School to integrate information technology into their lives has demonstrated how it is possible to overcome rural isolation and experience other cultures through Internet based collaborative projects. These collaborations have involved the exchange of soft toys called Travel Buddies, photographs, and local artifacts, as well as email and video conferencing. There are lots of individual contributions from the students, offering a unique and personal perspective of their locality. This is a great way to use the internet to exchange cultural ideals and differences. Take some time to have a look and share with the children, parents, and teachers of Inver.
Okay, so you think you are Dilbert, and your boss is suspiciously like The Boss, and every Dilbert comic strip bears a remarkable similarity to your office? If this sounds familiar it might be time to check out e-jits.com for some more workplace lunacy. There are all kinds of jokes, some good, some bad, and some real classics. If you feel lost among all the buzzwords around the office check out their alternative workplace vocabulary. If you have a few strange phrases from your own office, feel free to share. E-jits.com shares its easy to follow guide to becoming an Internet guru, but don't give up your job just yet!
Scroll is an Internet magazine that started last year (the successor to Scrollbar) to showcase work for people looking for careers in publishing, writing, or design. Sponsored by the Dun Laoghaire Vocational Education Committee, Scroll features articles, short stories, and poems. Catch a review of a local movie, dance group, or theatre. The magazine is updated each week with new material from writing groups, publishers, and individuals. The site offers readers a varied and interesting mix of material and is worth visiting time and again to see what this vibrant writing community has to offer.
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