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    Irish vacation rental tips

     Beware of bargain-priced vacation developments, which in some cases are abandoned ghost estates built during the country’s economic boom that have been rebranded as “holiday cottages.”

     If you find a property on a rental site, do a Web search for details on the owner. Landlords are often happy to cut out the middle man, and you’ll get a better rate.

     Almost every byroad in the country has Google Street View. Take a look to see if your property has a postcard location before you book.

    Online resources

    www.shamrockcottages.co.uk

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    Tends to offer authentic gems rather than generic properties. The author found Dromana here. Other sites:

    www.hogansirishcottages.com

    www.rent.ie/holiday-homes

    www.homeaway.co.uk