Pricing Update For Family Homes

Posted on May 8, 2019 by

The small island of Ireland is a country of contrasts, so naturally the many homes listed on this site reflect these contrasts admirably. Our extensive listing of Bed and Breakfast homes and Self Catering Accommodation can be found in variable settings; nestled in quiet country villages or located in the heart of sophisticated cities and lively towns and, of course, immersed in an atmosphere of rural tranquility. 

      However, the common factor in the Family Homes of Ireland is the friendly people you will meet and the guaranteed warmth of your welcome – wherever your path may take you. Before traveling please take time to check out Car Rental companies at locations throughout Ireland. If you are interested in making reservations, please use the e-mail addresses provided and you will receive an answer as soon as possible. We also publish a Bed & Breakfast Guide and our 2019 edition can be purchased through our office and in several outlets in Ireland.

Why you should get your kids a refurbished iPhone

Posted on October 17, 2019 by

Kids these days from as ages as young as 10 are looking to get a mobile phone. It is crazy to think this but the fact that many young kids have access to phones it now just a fact of modern life. Most kids will want what their friends have which is usually going to be a iPhone. These are now retailing for as much as €950.00 or if you want to get a phone contract which I don’t think you would for your kid then you will probably pay between €300 – €400 and be on a contract.

There is a way around this problem however and that is to get your kids a refurbished iPhone. If you have an iPhone refurbished it means it is preowned but it is essentially a fully working iPhone for a much cheaper price. For example if you get a iPhone refurbished you can get them for as lost as €300.00 but without any contract obligations. This not only means that you are saving money when buying the phone but more than likely a young child is going to damage anyway at some stage.

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iPhone’s aren’t that sturdy at the best of times and why spend double the amount of money when you know that more than likely it is going to be dropped or in some way damaged by your kids. The best solution is to get a iPhone refurbished and gorilla glass to prevent the screen from scratching. This way when it is dropped the screen should have a good chance of not smashing completely.

For kids it’s all about having an iPhone. They are not really going to be aware nor care about whether it was previously owned or not. A refurbished iPhone still comes in a fancy box which you can wrap up as a gift so they will be just as happy. Your kids won’t even know the difference and you can even use a pay as you go sim card with a refurbished iPhone so you can get a cheaper sim deal.

Another avenue you can tell your kids is that it is recycling and helping the planet. This is another angle that will make the kid feel like they are doing something good for the world. So if you are looking to get your kid a phone without the expensive off the shelf price then this is a great solution!

 

 

 

 

Which Adult Electric Scooter Should You Buy?

Posted on October 16, 2019 by

Electric scooters have taken the world by storm and they look like they are here to stay despite many governments attempts to ban them. The people said no and have continued to purchase and use them despite what the law says. This is not something we encourage but we do think it is time a new law is brought in especially for these new machines but as always the laws are outdated and they attempt to apply old laws to new technology.

Now there are many electric scooter models to choose from but really only a few are worth talking about. Of course you can get the cheap adult electric scooters from China but when there is battery’s involved quality should be important and this is the main difference between the quality of electric scooters. Ideally you want a branded battery that is good quality and that will last the pace. This is why we can narrow down the electric scooters worth talking about to 3 main options which we have listed below:

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Xiaomi M365 electric scooter:

This is the electric scooter for adults that has ruled over the last few years. When people think of adult electric scooters they think of the Xiaomi M365 scooter. It has a range of 30kms and a speed of 30kms and it comes with a LG battery that is very good quality. Xiaomi are a quality brand so this is a safe.

Ninebot Segway ES2:

Made by the same company that own Xiaomi the Ninebot is very similar to the M365 with some minor differences being the design and the lights under the scooter which are pretty cool. Other than that it has the same capabilities and it is essentially the same scooter with a higher price tag.

Megawheels S5-1:

A less well known brand than the other two but a quality adult electric scooter it has the same capabilities as the others and for a much cheaper price tag. At about £100 cheaper on most websites this also comes with an LG battery however the range is slightly less at just 25kms. That said it is a great option to have for those of you on a budget.

So as it stands in 2019 these are the 3 top electric scooters for adults which we recommend. Interested to hear people’s thoughts who have tried these!

 

 

Electric Bike Conversion Kits – Legal Alternative To Electric Scooter?

Posted on April 1, 2019 by

Electric scooters have been getting all the headlines when it comes to electric transport over the last 12 months and we too have covered them extensively on our website. Most of the headlines have been about their legality and how are they going to be governed in the various countries around the world. What is not being discussed however is the alternative of using an electric bike to commute to work. Not only is this a good alternative but they are 100% legal and you can use the bike lanes to get to work.

Is an electric bike conversion kit the way to go?

Electric bikes can be quite expensive, as can your standard bike as it happens however there is a more affordable alternative. That is getting an electric bike conversion kit. What this means is that you can convert your existing bike to an ebike by adding one of these ebike conversion kits. This will make your normal bike into a full electric bike and most of the ebike kits go for £200 – 400 so they are affordable.

While we are big fans of the electric scooters here everything is still up in the air in terms of how legal they are going to be or should we say just where exactly can they be used. We think that the electric bike conversion kits are a safer alternative at the moment and they should be a more attractive option as people are more familiar with a bike than they are with the new scooters.

According to www.ebikeobsessed.co.uk you can get a much greater range using an ebike conversion kit also. Some electric bike kits will allow you to go as far as 70 miles. This again is considerably more than an electric scooter. Most kits will have multiple gear options of you can turn off the assisted motor altogether and just pedal as normal. So this is a great option if you are still on the fence about the electric scooter craze.

 

Electric Scooter Law Hangs In The Balance

Posted on March 28, 2019 by

As electric scooter enthusiasts we are keeping a close eye on how governments around the world are dealing with the sudden electric scooter boom that has taken the world by storm. Here in Ireland it has been announced that they are in fact illegal even though that goes against what is stated in the law here. If you use your push power, or we should we say that if you need to push off your scooter to begin your journey then it should be not classed the same way as a motorbike or car. So this seems like a lack of understanding from the government on their own law.In any case they do not seem too interested in making these a part of our cities which is bizarre considering the traffic laws.

Where do electric scooters go from here?

Well the government has requested that a report be done on how to legislate the electric scooters so there is still hope yet but they were merely stating that under current law that they are illegal on public roads. This is something we strongly disagree with. If you want to ride your electric scooter then you can do so in parks and on private property but most people get them to commute to work and beat the traffic. So I guess we have to wait and see what this report comes back with. It shouldn’t be a big deal to look at  the potential of the electric scooter as a commuting tool and just add some new legislation in but as we are dealing with government nothing is every that easy.

I am sure the big electric scooter companies will be pushing for a new law to be passed allowing the scooters to be used on roads around the world. It is in their best interest and they genuinely think they can help solve many cities with their traffic issues. In any case I can’t picture the Police pulling over everyone on an electric scooter but you never know!

 

 

Why The Adult Electric Scooter Is a Legit Form Of Transport

Posted on February 25, 2019 by

The word is starting to get around that electric scooters are now a legit form of transport. Here in Ireland just yesterday one of the main Irish newspapers the Irish Times had a half page article on the benefits of using an electric scooter. This is great press for the electric scooter industry and it also covered the topic of electric bikes also known as ebikes as they have being getting a lot of press recently also. This is because they are now popping up in major cities around the world as a form of bike rental rather than using traditional bikes.

Cost Saving:

This is the biggest factor when deciding whether an electric scooter is for you. Most adult electric scooters have a range of between 20 – 30kms so if you live near enough to your work place then an adult electric scooter could be a legit way to save a fortune. Think about how much you spend on fuel for your car as well as insurance and NCT? Or how much you pay to use your leap card each week. If you can replace these forms of transport with an adult electric scooter then surely it is a wise investment.

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Eco Friendly:

For those of you who are keen to help save the environment then this is a great direct way to cut down on your own emissions. Instead of driving to work or the shops you can now use your electric scooter which of your emit no emissions. This too can be said if you are a user of the bus or train or even use taxis to get around. If a large percentage of people were to use an electric scooter instead of using other forms of transportation then think of the impact on your local city?

Traffic:

If a percentage of people move to electric scooters instead of using the forms of transport mentioned above then think of the impact on our roads? We could take a huge amount of people off of our roads even in the next year but encouraging people to move to electric scooters. This is a legit option for our government and something that we hope will be looked at as a serious short term solution.

So these are 3 great reasons for you to at least consider using the electric scooter as a form of transport. As mentioned above the article in the Irish Times mentioned www.escooterstore.ie as a leading retailer of these scooters and somewhere you can get more information.

 

How to Choose the hoverboard for You

Posted on January 7, 2019 by

Hoverboards are becoming a popular mode of transportation for people who can’t walk, or who can’t walk very far, on their own as well as being a great toy for the kids. We have teamed up with www.it-directory.ie to get their views on buying the right hoverboard for you. There are many different brands of scooters, such as Hoveround, Bladez, Pacesaver, Invacare, Pride and Guardian. There are also several types of scooters. So many, in fact, that it can be hard to figure out which one you need! Learn how to choose the hoverboard for you:

Basically, a hoverboard is a motorized device that has a body/frame, a seat, two rear wheels, one or two front wheels and handlebars. Most scooters are powered by an electrical system with a rechargeable battery.

To choose the best scooter for you, you’ll first need to determine where you’ll ride it the most. If you can get around your house without the use of a scooter, but you need one for shopping trips and doing errands away from home, then a small “travel scooter” will suit you best. Travel scooters can be “broken down” or taken partially apart so they easily fit inside a trunk. They are made with lightweight materials too, for easy handling.

Even though a travel scooter is small, it can usually go approximately ten to twenty miles on a single charge.

Despite its many pros, one con of a travel hoverboard is that, since it’s made to be light in weight, it doesn’t have a heavy duty suspension or a lot of padding in the seat. This means its ride won’t be as smooth or comfortable as a regular-sized scooter.

The single front wheel gives this type of scooter a tighter turning ability. This feature makes it easier to steer around tight places inside a building. This type of scooter is also suitable for traveling on smooth outdoor surfaces such as concrete, pavement and the like.

For the most stable ride outside on rough, uneven terrain, choose a four-wheeled model. The fourth wheel, of course, adds stability so you won’t have to worry about tipping your scooter over when you’re riding over surfaces that aren’t smooth.

And if you’re an adventuresome soul who wants to get outside and travel on all types of terrain, then an “All Terrain hoverboard” would suit you the best.

Travel scooters are in the small category, while the other varieties of scooters come in medium and large sizes. Medium-sized scooters offer their passengers more comfortable seating and can travel more miles between battery charges. They often sport larger wheels and have a higher speed range, usually up to somewhere around six miles an hour.

Large-sized hoverboards naturally go the fastest, with the average top speed being around eight miles an hour. If this type of transportation device has the necessary lighting and other safety features installed on it, they can be street legal. This could be the right choice if you’re planning on traveling around town.

But, there is even more information to consider when you choose the hoverboard for you. The specific type of disability you have and your physical condition also will play a part in the choosing of a scooter.

Unfortunately, a scooter isn’t the right transportation for everyone. People who can’t sit erect for long periods of time, or who don’t have the dexterity or the strength to operate the controls can’t use hoverboards.

When you call a manufacturer to find out information about a hoverboard, the customer service representative will ask you questions about your disability. He or she isn’t prying. Instead, they need to determine if you can use a scooter. If so, they need to determine which type of their scooters will suit you the best.

Before you make that call, you should speak to your healthcare professional and talk to him/her about your needs. Your doctor can evaluate your situation and make the best recommendations.

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Electric Scooter Laws To Change In 2018 in Ireland

Posted on December 13, 2018 by

A fine Gael minister is seeking clarity on a bill that tells the law of electric scooters on public roads in Ireland. Like many new pieces of technology over the last decade the laws are behind the times and leave certain technologies in a grey area.

Noel Rock saws that this law to is a grey area when it comes to the electric scooter. Now this is not to be confused with a kids electric scooter but the law for electric scooter for adults on public roads here in Ireland.

The adult electric scooters have grown hugely popular in Ireland and in other countries in Europe and could be the answer to taking traffic off of our under pressure road network. The Gardai however say that as the electric scooters are propelled by an electric motor that they will fall under the road traffic law. This would mean that the scooters would need insurance, a license and tax.

Mr. Rock is now pushing a bill through the government to change the law specifically for the electric scooters and this bill will hopefully come into effect in early 2018. For more information on the laws on the electric scooter please visit this RSA link.

 

 

 

The future of personal transport is here – the hoverboard

Posted on December 11, 2018 by

Now this is a generalisation, and it might have to do with what road trip you have in mind, but it’s all about using the right mode of transport for travelling on the road. It is easy to knock in nails with a large spanner, but it’s far simpler with a hammer.

For example, a bike which is built to be capable of around 140mph and travel round corners at, say, 100mph, is maybe inappropriate for commuting, with a riding position which is more suited to the track than getting through traffic on the road. Travelling by motorbike to one’s workplace daily is an ideal way to get used to it, in order to build confidence on country road rides at the weekend, however it’s just not the most ideal road vehicle to use if most of the commute is on roads where the speed limit is 30 mph. A 600cc sports bike is only just starting to warm up at 60mph, and operates more comfortably when travelling at the speed of 80 mph. It can often therefore be difficult to find cheap bike insurance.

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On the other hand, a hoverboard carries its weight a lot lower, and more to the back, which makes it much more responsive. The motorbike’s larger wheels behave similarly to gyroscopes making the bike reluctant to change direction. The small wheels on a hoverboard take a lot less force to change direction allowing the rider more control. hoverboards also have under seat storage as standard and in a lot of cases have a useful additional compartment, so bike tools and luggage can be stowed away rather than the rider having to carry it about. I have owned a hoverboard in the past which I used for commuting while owning a motorbike at the same time, but when this hoverboard was pinched, I did not replace it for a few reasons.

I now have a car as my second vehicle and although I don’t really need it, I enjoy the ease of travelling by car on a longer journey, carrying passengers or even for just being lazy. Of course I realise the car insurance is a lot more expensive than hoverboard insurance and repairs cost more but I have no justification in buying a third vehicle, when I perhaps could be spending the money on home improvements. I realise I could sell the car in order to buy a hoverboard with the proceeds – I may well do this, but there is one thing stopping me.

I like to think of myself as someone more practical rather than a person concerned with merely image. I consider I can think and act as I wish independently without worrying about others’ opinions. But I now realise that status is important to me. Our perceived status affects how we are treated by other people. The simple fact is that arriving at one’s place of employment on a motorbike is kind of fashionable, but arriving on the back of a hoverboard is not. It doesn’t matter that many hoverboards are capable of doing 0-60 in 5 seconds, which is a lot faster than most cars.

I must now admit that I’m reluctant to choose the most suitable vehicle to commute because of what others may think, but nevertheless, this, sadly, is the truth. Although it may sound too trivial a reason for choosing to travel by sports bike or car rather than a hoverboard, the persona I have created to impress others matters greatly and to me and, ultimately, has a strong bearing on many of the choices I make. Read our review of the Xiaomi M365 electric scooter here.

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Product Review: Ninebot ES2 Electric Scooter

Posted on December 10, 2018 by

The Ninebot ES2 is a basic electric scooter designed for those that are eight years or older. The scooter can accommodate riders that weigh up to 125 pounds. You can find the Ninebot ES2 for an average price of $100. Let’s take a look at some of the other features offered by this electric scooter.

*Check out our review of the ninebot electric scooter rival – the Xiaomi M365 Review here*.

The Ninebot ES2 is equipped with a 125-watt variable-speed motor. The motor can power the electric scooter up to speeds of 10 miles per hour. you can easily control the speed of the Ninebot ES2 using a twist-grip throttle. You will also have no trouble stopping the scooter easily thanks to the hand-operated brake.

The Ninebot ES2 electric scooter is equipped with a long-life rechargeable battery. The battery can provide enough power to operate the unit for up to 40 minutes during each charge. The battery provided with the Ninebot ES2 takes about eight hours to recharge completely. The scooter is packaged with two 12-volt sealed lead acid batteries and a charger. You are also provided with the tools when you buy the scooter.

Most designs are equipped with motors that can propel the scooter from a standing position. This isn’t the case with the Ninebot ES2. You will have to travel approximately three miles per hour on your own before the motor will start providing power. You will have to press a trigger on the Ninebot ES2 in order to engage the motor.

The Ninebot ES2 is also equipped with an adjustable handlebar. This enables the electric scooter to accommodate riders of various sizes. Also, you can easily fold the handlebar on the Ninebot ES2. This allows you to store and transport the electric scooter much easier. The front tire of the scooter is a pneumatic tire that measures eight inches in diameter. The rear wheel is made from polyurethane and measures 125 mm.

If you’re in the market for an entry-level electric scooter, then you should take a look at the Ninebot ES2. This design is equipped with a 125-watt variable-speed motor that can power the scooter up to speeds of 10 miles per hour. Also, the Ninebot ES2 has an adjustable handlebar in order to accommodate users of different sizes. You will have to power the machine up to three miles per hour before you can use the trigger to engage the motor.