i will be travelling in the southwest/southeast of Ireland (imagine a line across between Galway and Dublin: from that area and south) during March of 2010 and will happen to be there on St Patricks Day.
I would love to hear your comments on what city is the most fun to be in during that time!? (I probably wont be in Dublin, as that will be my arrival or departure city (beginning or end of trip)
Thanks a bunch in advance!
I just saw your post and will try reply to it later in the day.
You'll have a blast in Ireland around Paddy's Day.
Good choice to avoid Dublin on Paddy's day. It's a great location to be, but the place will be full up (or very nearly) and anywhere that has a bed will hurt your pocket somewhat.
I would suggest over towards the west coast. Maybe Galway or Ennis or Limerick.
The craic over there is really good and as long as you stay away from the big hotels, you should find a 1/2 reasonably priced room. There is a good train service to all three places I've suggested, from Dublin Heuston but to get to Ennis you have to change at Limerick.
It's an amazing experience out there on March 17th, but not cheap.
An proper full Irish breakfast will keep you going till sunset. Hope you're not a vegetarian !
Most of the activities I think happen on the long weekend either side of the 17th. I think Galway is your best bet, just hope it doesn't rain too much! Great city, great buzz, and the parade is usually good and easy to find somewhere from where to see them. Best (crowded) atmosphere will be on Quay Street and the surrounds. It will be very busy though, especially the long weekend, so book well in advance. And have fun!