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11. Posted by Signari (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y

Hey

Speaking as a Dub it is mental everywhere that day. But I nearly always go to Kilkenny is wicked good for Paddy's Day. Enjoy where ever you go and if you want to get a drink bring a bottle of your own trust me.

Sig

12. Posted by Signari (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y

Hey melpunk

Am reading further down you will do galway city in a day. Dublin in 3 trust me.

13. Posted by emmamac (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

Im from Dublin and live in the city centre and I would recommend Galway also. There's a much better atmosphere. Dublin will be very crowded and when large number of people drink alcohol all day, things can get pretty messy. If you can fly directly to the west I'd recommend Galway for a few days and then spend sometime in Clare or Mayo or Sligo and perhaps visit Dublin another time. Accomodation, flights and restaurants in Dublin during that period will be more expensive and hard to get. But even if you go to Galway, you will probably need to book something early aswell.

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

hi everyone thanks for all the tips. they weren't lying when they said the irish are a friendly bunch!

i bought an outbound ticket to dublin on impulse, but inbound's not purchased yet. so what's the best way to get to galway from dublin? bus seems much cheaper.

15. Posted by Sio (Budding Member 31 posts) 8y

Train is better because its comfy..and well..a train! But the bus is fine and a lot cheaper. You can go with one of two companies. Bus Eireann is the government owned one which stops a fair bit and the one I would reccommend is CityLink. Less stops I think. And possibly cheaper too.

16. Posted by pjdscott (Budding Member 31 posts) 8y

melpunk - you could spend weeks in Dublin and still not see everything. It also depends on your interests and expectations but there is something for everyone here. Hopefully you'll want to return again and sample some more! One thing to remember about travelling to Galway form Dublin is that the train prices are fairly constant, not like in the UK. You don't get *heavily* penalised if you get your ticket on the day of travel, or even before departure.
http://www.irishrail.ie/

However, do avoid leaving Dublin on a Friday afternoon or evening (by any mode of transport) since there is a general exodus of country peopple goig home for the weekend.

Quoting melpunk

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?

17. Posted by bajka (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Hi
Anywhere you go in Ireland during St. Patricks celebrations is going to be grand, however, if you are planning to go to Dublin or Belfast you are going to struggle to find reasonable accomodation at this point (Dec 15 07). About all that is left are very, very expensive rooms or (if you are lucky) dorm beds in hostels. My husband and I had thought about going west, but have too many aging relatives to visit in the east. If you do go to Belfast, you will be pleasantly surprised at what a fabulous city it is. There are many things to see and do, as well as a great night life. I do believe Mama Mia is playing that week at the Odyssey. Belfast and Dublin both have " hop and stop" tour buses that run a pretty good schedule, even in March, an awesome way to see and explore. Also, you will find that flying into Belfast International Airport (Aldergrove) is a much more relaxed experience than flying into the hustle and bustle of Dublin. There is a bus service beteen the airport and Belfast city center that is very good. Also, the train is a great way to travel between Belfast abd Dublin. The more you can plan and book ahead online, the smoother time you will have when you arrive for your holiday!

Hope this helps!
Eileen

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

thanks everyone for the very helpful tips. i've booked tickets to dublin and will be heading to galway for a few days in between. really looking forward to pints and pints of guinness and seeing green leprechauns. (:

19. Posted by desmondus (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y

Quoting bajka

[i]Anywhere you go in Ireland during St. Patricks celebrations is going to be grand, however, if you are planning to go to Dublin or Belfast you are going to struggle to find reasonable accomodation at this point (Dec 15 07).[i]

Getting accommodation in Belfast at any time is hard. Its turning into a tourist hotspot and is underserved in the B&B and hotel industry. Its a great town and good place to stop over on a trip from Ireland to Scotland because of the ferry.

Galway wins hands down over Dublin for me any time.
Cork is nice too, but I lived there for a few years so perhaps take it for granted.

20. Posted by collins810 (Budding Member 15 posts) 8y

ya def go to Galway of Cork