Spotting the Right Signs: On the Road in Ireland

Any of you that have driven round Ireland will know by now that the quality of Irish roads often leaves a lot to be desired. Worse still are the road signs that blatantly lie and send you off in the opposite direction!

Makes you wonder whether there’s leprechauns sneaking around jumbling up the signs when no one’s looking doesn’t it?

If this is one of your bones of contention then we (tentatively!) assure you that all is not lost. There’s a fine article on the Finfacts website, detailing how the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) has put pressure on the Minister for the Environment to do something about the varying quality of roads and signage across the Emerald Isle.

We’d have to agree that it’s about time this was addressed. Some parts of the country, as the article rightly states, have decent signposting. Anyone who’s driven the Ring of Kerry will find it to be pretty user friendly, but try getting out of Dun Laoghaire Port and on to the M50 in a hurry. Not all that easy by any means.

Local authorities seem to be indifferent to the problem in their own areas, so we salute you Annette Devine (IHF President) for challenging the higher authorities to take action…

Hopefully this could be the first sign of change (if you’ll excuse the pun!). It’s about time the Minister of Environment laid out a plan of action for tackling this problem, as it’s not doing tourism in Ireland any good at all, and let’s face it, the Celtic Tiger runs on this valuable industry.

Now, don’t be alarmed if you’re thinking of driving around Ireland by yourself for a holiday, it’s not all bad. In fact, if you’re just out touring for the day and you happen to wander off the beaten track then you might discover some real gems of places that you never knew existed. Sure it’s all part of the fun!

But if in doubt, check out the DoChara website for a comprehensive guide to signs in Ireland…and if you are thinking of hiring a car, visit out Car Rental Ireland page.

Any questions, opinions or stories of mystical journeys into the unknown thanks to Irish signposting?! Drop us an email, we’d be delighted to hear from you whatever it is you want to talk about. Happy navigating!