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11. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

We also stayed at a hostel called Marina House in Dun Laoghaire, which is about a 20-minute DART ride from Dublin city centre. We got a private room for 45 Euro (for both of us!), but maybe you can try to rent a whole dorm room for TPers only. It was a nice, quiet enough place - although we stayed in late October.

Neal says he's in, BTW. Be prepared for beer drinking followed by giggling. I wish I was going too, though...!

[ Edit: Edited at Jul 27, 2006 5:43 AM by tway ]

12. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 10y

There'll be lots of giggling with Nikki around!! I remember at work you knew when she was around even though there were about 100 people on the floor, but the giggle just went through everything. It's got a special frequency.

13. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Well, Jase and I just found out why the room availablity is almost non-existent at the moment... The Ryder Cup Golf Tournament is being held at the Kildare Golf & Country Club in Dublin on Sept. 19-24!

With events like these, hotels like to set aside blocks of rooms and then free them up as cancellations happen. But, the Ryder is big, so I think it's going to mean checking for cancellations often. We didn't realize this when planning our trip. (And, we should have since we would be watching it if staying home.) But, we just might run into Tiger Woods while there... That could be fun...

14. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

I knew there had to be something!

Dun Laoghorie is out of Dublin a bit thats the only thing - it would be fine to travel in and out for some sight seeing but then for drinking thats another matter!! There is availability in The Marina!

Phil/Nikki - what time does the dart run too?

So lm going to have to check the websites day and daily! If anyone gets a room (l would be looking for a double or twin for the night) stick a post in the thread and we all can go look!

[ Edit: Edited at Jul 27, 2006 6:47 AM by Purdy ]

15. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 10y

I think the Dart stops running around midnight (and then starts walking, hahahahaha... Little joke-type jest... Ahahahahaha..)

Unfortunately I can't offer you accomodation, my place is just way too small...

16. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

Phil, we just need to know where to go for accomadation.

We've had a brainstorming session on it accomadation thoughts.

17. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

I'm afraid that having two thread (in two different forums) may start to become very confusing, depending on where info is posted. I am going to "risk" it and break the rules a bit by posting Jase's response from OT in here also. He has linked it, but I beleive it is better here than in OT. I would like to make the suggestion that all pertinent information about accomodations, eateries, pubs, meeting places, etc. be posted here. We can use the OT thread for miscellaneous banter. Hope that sounds fair. I'd hate to have someone really confused because things were hard to follow. ;)

Warning - jase and isa have a few ideas on accomadation

Due to the Ryder Cup being held on the weekend of the impending TP meet up, and lack of room (due to those who follow the biggest golfing event every 2 years) there has been a bit of brain storming.

Now due to the lack of alcahol and coffee (i'm at work and Isa has just got up) these ideas might seem a bit odd, but needs must and all that stuff.

Idea One:
Yeah we managed to come up with more than one - brilliant eh?
The idea would be get together and book a suite, that way we ought to be able to get something central and when the cost is spread we end up paying about the same as a room.
Good points:
should be able to get somewhere central
Everyone is in the same location - so no losing or never finding peopleTeam spirit and all that jazz
Bad points
Lack of personal space,

Idea Two
Now this involves getting accomadation outside the city, as long as everyone is relatively close all taxi's can be shared, thus cutting down the costs.
Good points
Personal privacy
Bad points
Travel time
Not central
could be splintered accross the area

Now if you like any of these just say so or if you have your own idea please put it down.

[ Edit: Edited at Jul 27, 2006 7:36 AM by Isadora ]

18. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Phil (Paradus) noted that out of town can be as expensive as city centre, its the bloody Ryder that has stolen all hotel rooms in Dublin begora!!

If we booked a week later say Friday 29th to Sat 30th Sept - you can get rooms all over the city for anything from 65 Euro for a Jurys upwards (this is for a double room also)

Just throwing ideas out there....

19. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Before we make decisions on what to eat, where to drink etc etc we need to get a round (ish) number of who is actually turning up (and will you be alone or with a friend!) Here's who l think will be there so far:

Isa & Beerman (aka Gretchen & Kris)
Paradus (Phil)
Rraven (Niki)
Jase007 (Jason)
Purdy (Me!! Heather) + one Paul other half
Neal - on behalf of Tway!!
Gelli (Rich)

Well lm counting 9 so far - any body else ANYONE!! I think Q's schedule cannot meet with the dates in September.

So where should we eat (lm gonna worry about accomodation later!) - do we want to do the real proper tourist in Dublin thing and go to Temple Bar - it is quite fun although dont really expect to hear an Irish accent!! I like the Porterhouse pub or Oliver St John O'Grogartys is pretty good - you dont have to dress up jeans and t-shirt fit the bill!! AND plenty of Guinness for Jase!

Where to eat - usually when lm in Dublin we go for Thai food - l think there is a Chilli Club somewhere central which was ok, theres Fitzers which can be a bit expensive, l cant remember names but l know down one of the side streets in Temple Bar there was a lovely Mexican although it was quite small. I think though with our numbers we will have to pre-book a table.

Anyone any suggestions?

And as for our visitors what do you want to see? Ive done pretty much all the sites in Dublin a few times over so l dont really mind what we do at all! Although there must be plenty of pit stops for beverages on the way!! I loved Kilmeinhaim Gaol or do we go en-mass to St James Gate and help Jase pay homage to the amber nectar (actually this may be fun plus you can pull a pint and get a pint at the end of the visit!!) or there is the Viking Experience up by Christchurch l havent done this in about 10 years but it was good when l was a kid interactive exhibitions and the characters of the museum played out by actors!

It would be good to get accomodation pretty near each other with a central meeting spot so that we can get all this fun stuff cramped in - when l put it down in writing there's lots to do and l cant wait!!

What format did other TP meet ups take and if lm being a bossy bitch just tell me lm renouned for being anally organised!!

20. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Hello its me bossy thread stalker bitch!! Just thought of couple of other places to eat now they might be a tad "cheesy" but they are good for groups and do pitchers of beer and cocktails!! TGI Fridays or Captain Americas - both off Grafton Street.. Just more thoughts (lm having a quite afternoon in work!!)

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