Ireland

Discussion in 'The Pub' started by htm62, Apr 6, 2013.

  1. htm62

    htm62 Member

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    Thanks again guys! Wilerty, probably four of us, all around 50. The other couple is very outdoorsy, the little woman and I are more into experiencing the local flavor, especially musically. A tour has been mentioned and I have been reading up on getting around in a rental, not sure which would suit us best.
     
  2. wilerty

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    The first time I was there in 1982 we rented a car part of the time we were there. Driving there can be very ... "thrilling". The second time in 2007 we took a tour and were very pleased with it. We took a "pub" tour which really meant you did a normal tour during the day, but after dinner we just went out to the local pubs and had a great time. I love Ireland and my ancestors are from County Cork. My thoughts for you would be:
    • Go at least one day before your tour/trip begins because of potential flight screw-ups. I would start in Dublin ... there is a lot to do there.
    • If you are going to drink daily ... consider Jameson ... ;) ... and go to the Distillery in Dublin.
    • Go for at least 9 days if you plan to see both sides of the country.
    • If you take a tour be sure to spend a lot of evenings with the locals ... That's why you are there. There will be many pubs near your hotel.
    • Kiss the Blarney Stone.
    • Buy some Waterford crystal.
    We used CIE Tours and would use them again for sure. I have friends who have also used them. I liked that I didn't have to worry about navigation or the narrow roads, and the tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. When you got to your Hotel they took the luggage up to your room (and down in the morning), they just handed you a key, so there was no check-in, and dinners were included for about half the nights and were very decent. You are always worried when you sign up for one of these that the accommodations or food might be terrible, but we were very satisfied with both. Check out their website:

    http://www.cietours.com/us/ireland/escorted_tour/default.aspx

    I'm 66 ... and if I ever retire, which I doubt ... I will go there every year.
     
  3. hamstrat

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    I love going to Ireland. Especially the West and the south. Favorite places would be Galway City, Cork City, Kinsale, Kilrush, Clifden and the whole of Connemara.

    If I was to live in Europe it would be in Kinsale. I still have close relatives in Cork, Dublin, and Galway and it pains me that I haven't been there for the last 8 years. Soon, though, very soon.

    Everything written here is basically true. Very friendly, talkative people. That is what I liked about Kilrush. We rented a small house about 10 miles outside Kilrush as a base on our last trip and I enjoyed being outside the usual tourist areas.

    Damn...making plans now.

    Oh yeah, have a great time.:drink

    p.s. If you rent a car make sure you are careful in the roundabouts. There are 2 leaving Shannon Airport for practice.
     
  4. PosterBoy

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    It's ok here.

    Don't kiss the Blarney Stone, the locals p*ss on it.
     
  5. Weathered

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    I spent 3 days in Dublin in 2010, and loved every second. I plan on going back to tour the contryside.

    We spent a lot of time in the Temple Bar area, and it's a total tourist trap, but I loved the bars, the music, the people, and the beautiful women. As mentioned above, the people in Ireland are, on the whole, very friendly, especially with a pint or two in them.
     
  6. pedalcr8z

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    Agreed, wasn't a fan of Dublin either. A 1 day Dublin trip will be enough. We stayed at 2 castles, Adare Manor and Mount Juliet which were both simply exquisite. If you're golfers make sure you play Ballybunion and Waterville. Touring the Waterford crystal factory was quite an experience also make sure you drive the Ring of Kerry and certainly have your camera prepared. Be very careful driving as the roads are very tight which is why all the cars driver's side mirrors are all dented. Add driving the opposite direction and it gets pretty hairy at times around hairpin blind turns!
    Make sure you get some Shepherds Pie at a Dublin pub and remember the Guiness there will come up and whack you on the head as it's alcohol content is higher. Bed and breakfasts Inns are a real treat as Irish folks are very gracious hosts and really made us feel like part of the family and very inexpensive. Bring a rain jacket and make sure you bring home an Irish oiled wool sweater from one of the plentiful sweater/wool outlets as they are mini furnaces!
     
  7. Lukeling

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    One of my favourite places I have ever visited. Will go back soon, fantastic people , great culture, music & booze. Loved it.
     
  8. Doodad

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    We are going very soon for a two week exploration of the southwest. Can't wait.
     
  9. Scott Miller

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    Sheesh, I was in Dublin for over 3 weeks on business, and I loved every minute of it. It's an old historical European city with all trimmings, and people speak English! I mean, I love Paris and Barcelona and Venice and all that, but I get tired of communicating in grunts.
     
  10. 84Bravo

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    Spent ten days last September, three in Dublin. One night and one day in Dublin would have been enough...because as others have pointed out, everywhere you go, the people are great. We took the train from Dublin to Sligo, where we rented a car and headed across the border to Fermamagh in search of my relatives. Sligo was a favorite of mine, and everywhere we went in the north was wonderful as well. The Bushmills tour is worth the time. Driving down the Antrim coast is thrilling. Driving there is an unforgettable experience. So is drinking.
     
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    If all you see is Dublin, you'll love it.

    If you go to the rest of Ireland, you'll understand why Dublin is the low point of the trip.
     
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    Well said, so true.
     
  13. Axe

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    We flew in to Dublin the week of the Guinness 250th anniversary. Toured the brewery and then like others here, spent the next 7-8 days working our way down staying in B&Bs and around to Shannon where we eventually flew out of..

    The Castle tour:drink

    Had a blast !!! Highly recommend it.
     

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