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Ireland March 2005

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1. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Hello! I will be in Ireland for 16 days in March...any and ALL advice/tips/ideas/suggestions would be greatly appreciated! I have a place to stay...everything else is play by ear.

2. Posted by Monalisa (Budding Member 17 posts) 11y

Hello!

Where will you be staying exactly ?

I visited Ireland in September 2003. Perhaps I can give you some tips. First of all all of the island is absolutely stunning! Everyone is charming. I've been to Europe 5 times and this is my favorite place.

Will you have a car ?

Are you planning to go to Northern Ireland ? You have to. It is spectacular.

If you have questions let me know.

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

The Mourne mountains are magnificent, and I must say Belfast has a charm of its own. We did Dublin in a flash, and I missed St. Michan's because it was closed on the Monday, but just walking around is beautiful in and of itself. And the people are fantastic!

4. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

Talk to Nikki (user - Raven), and maybe also WeeJoe and Smythy who are the resident expert/locals. They can probably give you different places ideas to the standard stuff you find in tourist guides etc, and let you know whats overrated etc.

But in fairness, you can't really go wrong in Ireland.

5. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

I am staying with friends of the family, 4 days in Belfast then onto Shannon. I would really like to see the Book of Kels, the Giants Causeway and at least one castle. I know I won't be there nearly long enough to see everything....I am a Art/History buff so anything along those lines would be great!
I won't be doing any of the driving -I am a terrible driver..36 accidents and counting:(
The girl I am staying with in Belfast wants to take me to London..wouldn't that take too long? I kind of just wanted to concentrate on Ireland....
I also wanted to ask about laptops? Should I take mine or no? I have enough memory cards for the digital camera..so I don't have to keep d/l to take more...I prefer to pack light. If I can't carry it with me...then I don't need it:)
Thank you all so much for responding!

6. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Hi Josette,

I'm Irish and I know almost every part of the country. Make sure to visit Kerry and West Cork - the mountains are breathtaking.
If you like cycling rent a bike and do the Ring of Kerry.

Galway is a lovely arty city with great pubs and restaurants, lots of little art galleries, good theatre and very good nightlife!
From there, go out to visit Connemara, and maybe take a boat trip to the Aran Islands (definitely worth a visit!)

Cork is quite a cool city also. It's the European Capital of Culture for 2005 so there's a lot going on there this yr.

Dublin also hs a lot to offer but it doesnt have the relaxed pace that you will find in other Irish cities. Still worth a trip though!

Try to get up North if possible. Antrim is a beautiful part of the country.

Hope that helps!
Enjoy your trip. If you want to experience real Irish hospitality Kerry is the place to go! :)

7. Posted by Monalisa (Budding Member 17 posts) 11y

Hello!
Take the marine drive north from Larne and you will pass through beautiful villages and the view is spectacular. Visit the Giant Causeway, cross the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge, walk on the Mountains of Mourne. On the West go to Donegal where you can buy wool sweater. Nearby there is Sliege League, the highest cliff of Europe. It's absolutely a must! Galway is very nice with lots of shops and terrasse. Dingle Peninsula is a beautiful drive too plus the village has lots of restaurants and pubs. Temple Bar is the place to go in Dublin to have a beer at night.

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

Hi J,

I have lived in Dublin all my life so if u need to know anything about it let me know. If you are heading toward Shannon and you are interested in seeing castles, you can go to bunratty castle which is in the area. Don’t know much about the history there but you can book a meal and eat it banquet style with entertainment. Never been but heard it can be quite fun. Dromoland castle is also in the area, this is now a 5 star hotel and George W Bush stayed there last year. Also close by are The Cliffs of Moher which you have to see, they speak for themselves. In Dublin for history, start outside the General Post Office i.e. The GPO, about ½ up O’Connel St on the left, you can miss it. This is a very important building as it is where the Irish Rebels in 1916 held out against the British until their surrender. If you have ever seen the movie “Michael Collins”, this is where the movie opens. There is also the proclamation for the Irish Republic inside, walk down O’Connell St and see the statue of Daniel O’Connell at the bridge and look for the bullet holes in the surrounding angels on the plinth from 1916. You are then 5 mins walk from Trinity College where you can go in and see the huge and beautiful old library which houses The Book of Kells. I would recommend you see Kilmainham Jail, where the Irish Rebels who included the 1st president of Ireland, Eamon De Valera were housed and executed, Eamon De V wasn’t I think as he was born in America. This is a must to see as I find it very interesting, guided tours are available.

Would not recommend you bringing your laptop, there are many places that can burn your photos onto disk for you if you need.

Hope you have a great time, let me know if you need anymore info