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Old 02-21-2012, 04:07 PM
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The family is heading over to Ireland in July for 2 weeks, and we'd like some suggestions on what to see, and what not to see. Of course, there's the usual list of "must do's," but over the years, we've found that some things are overstated, and I'd prefer not to burn time taking the time to see something that's a disappointment.

We're also interested is stuff that's "off the radar" so-to-speak..You know, those hidden gems that folks find by coincidence. Any incredible restaurants that are a must go? Pubs? My son is an avid golfer and fisherman. Must play courses? Is boating an option?

Any input would be most appreciated...It'll be our first time there, so we want to make sure we plan well...While 2 weeks seems like a long time, it goes by in a flash!
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Old 02-21-2012, 04:27 PM
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I was in Dublin a few years ago - but only for a day waiting on a flight.... Enjoy the trip..

I hear the courses in Ireland are better than Scotland ... Pour me a Harp !!!!
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"Need Suggestions for trip to Ireland".

Start drinking now, and until you land. And then, start drinking.
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Old 02-21-2012, 04:43 PM
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Stay at Dromoland Castle.
That would be cool. I stayed there. In Dublin at Trinity the "Book of Kells" is on display. In my mind that is a must see. Also if you are a cigar smoker there is a great cigar shop by Trinity. I would also go by "The Post Office" where the revolt of 1916 started. St. Patrick Cathedral in Dublin is also worth the time. If you go over to Dromoland Castle about half way there is the Irish Nation Stud Farm. If you love horses this is a great tour. The city of Limerick which was the setting for the book Angela's Ashes is a cool city to visit also. The river Shannon runs through it and it is a very fast moving river. Also in Limerick they have a few ruins of Roman walls that surrounded the city. If I think of anything more I will post.
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Old 02-21-2012, 04:45 PM
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http://www.thetemplebarpub.com/

Must have a drink at the Temple Bar
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Old 02-21-2012, 04:51 PM
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I've spent a lot of time in Ireland and much prefer the west coast. Connemara is a favorite. West Cork is nice also.
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Old 02-21-2012, 04:57 PM
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Check the PBS web-site for The Seasoned Traveler and other traveling show's.
Very informative some very interesting,some very boring.
But they do vary from I'm a tourist to I got a backpack drop me here
for a day.
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I stayed at Dromoland Castle for my honeymoon... I'd go back in heartbeat. Amazing place.

Do the typical touristy things if you can: Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry, Blarney Castle, Book of Kells

Galway and Connamarra are a must. If I went back, I'd never leave Galway (my ancestral home, along with Roscommon).

If you make it to the West Coast, the Waterford Crystal factory is pretty cool. The Innishannon House Hotel is pretty cool as well.

If you want an off-the-grid type town, check out Ardmore. Some of my best memories come from that sleepy coastal town. We stayed in a converted monastery, but the name escapes me. Very cool little place.
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I don't think the Waterford Crystal factory is around anymore, they filed for bankruptcy a few years ago and the last Waterford Crystal I saw was made in Romania. However, they west coast is very cool, Galway and Connamera are my favorite areas. Go down to Watertown and sit along the harbor on park benches that statues of Charlie Chaplin sitting with you, beautiful place.
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Thanks everyone...Anyone been to Dingle or Mermaid Island?
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My dad lived in Ireland for about 10 years, so I spent alot of time there growing up.

You must go to West Cork County. Its got to be among the most beautiful places on earth. Stop in Glandore, Union Hall, Castletownshend and Skibbereen on the way to Baltimore. Rent a boat in Baltimore Harbor for the day and go exploring.

Plenty of Pub eats and small places to stay along the way.
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