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1. Posted by melpunk (Budding Member 42 posts) 9y

Hiya

I want to go for St Patrick's in Ireland next year. Where's the best place to be besides Dublin?

I'm also gonna take the opportunity to travel around the country a bit. Which cities should I visit for approx 3 - 4 days?

Gotta love the Irish accent!!

Mel

2. Posted by pjdscott (Budding Member 31 posts) 9y

Galway or Cork - Galway is compact, yet has a great vibrancy. Cork is somewhat bigger (although small by European standards) and has a good variety of accommodation and entertainment. I would also suggest Belfast for something different - although tourist numbers are increasing, not that many venture into the 6 counties and you'll get a warm welcome.

Peter

3. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 9y

this is a very good point, id forgotten about st pats day... its in april right?? what date? i want to go now :D

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

I thought it was the 17th of March

5. Posted by lehcargiar (Budding Member 62 posts) 9y

It is the 17th of March. It's on a Monday this year so long weekend, woo!!

Definitely go to Galway, it's the only place to be on Paddy's day. It has a great mix of traditional Irish music etc and good nightclubs. If the weather is good (hahaha!), everybody will be outside the pubs or down at the Spanish Arch drinking. If it's raining too heavily, everybody will be inside the pubs drinking. You can't go wrong!! Cork is also a lovely city, but it's a bit more spread out than Galway so there's more chance that you'll miss out on something good. I would definitely recommend spending a bit of time there on your trip though. I wouldn't spend too much time in Dublin to be honest if I were you. It's overpriced and it's just another city but on a smaller and dirtier scale.

What's the story with people loving the irish accent?!

6. Posted by Siobh (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y

Ditto to the last post. Galway is your only man. Maybe not for actual St. Patricks day though, it get a bit craaaazy. Dublin is better for paddys.

7. Posted by pjdscott (Budding Member 31 posts) 9y

Quoting Utrecht

I thought it was the 17th of March

Normally you would be right but it's a moveable feast! In 2008 the religious feast of St. Patrick will be held on 15th March since 17th March is Holy Monday in Holy Week. However, the civic celebrations will happen as usual on 17th March, so if you wawnt to mix both, get here by the 15th and leave after the 17th.

Here's a link to the organizer's site:
http://www.stpatricksday.ie/cms/events.html

If you didn't believe me about the 15th...?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick's_Day

not that Wiki is always right!

Peter

8. Posted by melpunk (Budding Member 42 posts) 9y

craaaazy is good isn't it? i'm sold on galway.

is 3 days enough to see the city? what about dublin - how many days needed?

the irish accent is just soooo .... hot. i have no idea why but girls just dig it.

9. Posted by Siobh (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y

Galway is tiny so three days is plenty to see it (good luck wanting to leave though, it's addictive). There are so many great things to do from galway, like going to the Aran Islands but it depends on what you want to do really! Dublin I'm not sure, two or three days I'd imagine. Even though you could spend longer if you have the time.

G'luck

10. Posted by Lorcan (Budding Member 59 posts) 9y

Galway is by far the best place. im at college there...so im not biased in any way....