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1. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 12y

Ok kids...time for me to get serious...HOW cold will it be March 14th to 26th in Ireland? What should I pack? Long flannel underwear? Turtle neck sweaters? Wool overcoat? Warm boots? I won't be outside too much. I would like to look up my family history and see a lot of indoor type things, but I know for many of the beautiful sites of Ireland I will be outdoors. Please, PLEASE be as specific as possible. I travel light, and refuse to bring anything I can't carry with me. This means zero checked luggage. Thank you in advance for any and all pointers:) !

2. Posted by biscuits (Full Member 28 posts) 12y

ah it depends, it snowed yesterday which was odd butit'll be around i'd say 10 to 14 degrees so whatever your used to, but if your here at the time you say, then you'll get caught up in the whole paddys day thing and you'll prob be stuck in a pub full of sweaty men for a day or two!!! shouldnt be overly cold though the only thing really is the rain so watch out for that, as for history you should try the county council type libraries or at least have a look up before you head over and kinda know where the name is common! ish!

3. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 12y

HA! There are worse things than being stuck in a pub with sweaty men ;)
Thank you for the hints. Where I am (Michigan, US)it is -7F right now. We had 8 inches of snow yesterday, 5 in. for today, and up to 12 for tomorrow :( I think anywhere will be warmer than here.
My great-grandmother was born in Shannon, but my time there is limited, good idea though! Thanks again! :)

4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 12y

hey Jo

it's usually more wet than cold here in March, although we're in the middle of a cold snap at the moment.

The weather in Ireland is schizophrenic 90% of the time, so it's always good to have something for all types of weather. The only thing you can be guaranteed is that it wont be hot.

Layers is the key!

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

I recommend windproof!!! It can be quite windy around here at times, and the wind is usually cold....

6. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 12y

Arrrggg! :(
That means....I may have to check a bag. You don't know how much this bothers me. Maybe I can wear ALL the layers there! Then I won't have to pack much ;)

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

My own personal travel trick, yeah. Wear the heaviest things you can find, so you don't have to check them in. What I meant with windproof is something like a light jacket that keeps out the wind... Or maybe a fleece, they are quite light and windproof....

8. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 12y

a body warmer would keep out the cold and wind and isn't as big as a jacket.. otherwise a fleece could be handy but if its wet it could be a pain to dry...

shoe wise - i live in my hiking boots or dark runners ( it means you only need one pair of footwear, if possible make sure they are dark in colour as some pubs / bars can be a bit strict, etc)

you'll probably live in jeans + jumper so you besides that you shouldn't need much more then a dressy top / t - shirt for night, light top for good days, maybe a spare top or jeans, sure you could wash clothes here.

9. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 12y

I was counting on washing clothes I am bringing as little as possible. As luck would have it I have recently lost all my hair, so tada! NO hair supplies needed. Now if I could just find a way to 'compact' some more......

10. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 12y

Damn hair stuff! Always takes up the most room;)

Josette, you could wash stuff, and if you found that there was anything you REALLY needed when you got here, you could buy it here.