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1 klys  Apr 11, 2014 7:13:58pm

I don’t know if you saw when I posted in the main threads a few days back (and apologies for going semi-OT so soon here!) but I am going to Ireland in May (primarily Dublin, unless we sort things out to do like 3 days outside of it) and have very little idea of what I am planning on doing.

If you have familiarity and the time to make recommendations, I am all ears. :)

2 palmerskiss  Apr 11, 2014 7:58:22pm

re: #1 klys

I don’t know if you saw when I posted in the main threads a few days back (and apologies for going semi-OT so soon here!) but I am going to Ireland in May (primarily Dublin, unless we sort things out to do like 3 days outside of it) and have very little idea of what I am planning on doing.

If you have familiarity and the time to make recommendations, I am all ears. :)

:) you will love Ireland - if you get a chance to go anywhere - have breakfast at bewleys tea company in dublin (temple bar) - have a shopping day to go down grafton street - and look for all the scenes from the movie ‘once’..

while you are there - go to O’connell street and the General Post Office - you can still see the bullet holes from the 1916 rising! on O’Connell street is the ‘floozy in the jacuzzi’ en.wikipedia.org which is Dublin celebrating her millenium with a prostitute in a bath.

Kilmainham Gaol, where Padraig Pearse, and others from the 1916 uprising were held and executed is an eerie place - but if you are a history junky.

The viking exhibit is excellent it takes you back to old viking dublin - but if you get out of the city - new grange has stone buildings that pre-date stone henge.

Clonmacnoise, near Athlone, has a dark ages round tower - built by Christian Monks to protect against viking attacks

down from there on the shannon is Athlone - which is the center of Ireland - and it sits across the Shannon. on the east side is Anglo Ireland - or ‘The Pale’ - and when you cross over the river in the center of town you enter ‘Connaught’ which is ‘beyond the pale’ - this is where Cromwell drove the catholic Irish natives.

seans bar is right on the river - and is the oldest pub in the world - en.wikipedia.org.

from there you can go south to Cork and Kerry, avoid the Blarney stone, instead go to Kylemore Abbey - en.wikipedia.org and Kilkenny castle - en.wikipedia.org

or you can go west to Galway and the Burren, where the earth shows her bones - google.com

from there Galway is an awesome student driven town with a spanish influence (from the spanish armada) with a great night scene - jazz pubs!!!

and the Aran islands, en.wikipedia.org - buy a real Aran jumper!

go for a walk in the forest somewhere - they all smell like mint

have a kebab after going to the pub - its what the Irish do.

if you do go to the north, belfast - go see the murals, but dont go into republican/loyalist pubs no matter what travel company says it is ok - most likely you’ll just be pickpocketed.

get a chain for your wallet and backpack

by a bus and train pass - u can get anywhere on both.

try some irish chocolate (especially a ‘crunchie’ - just trust me - Image: crunchie2.jpg

irish people are friendly and laid back - pickpocketing is your largest concern, they are pro - your keys to your hotel etc - all will be gone - find a way to keep them.

apart from that - it is very family friendly and safe for children. much safer than the U.S.

if you want an adult night out - try temple bar - its a bit touristy now - but worth it for irish craic.

trinity college has a great library - and you can see students drinking beer on the roofs at night - even in summer.

best of luck :)

3 klys  Apr 11, 2014 8:48:15pm

re: #2 palmerskiss

Thank you so so so much.

All of this is going into my trip folder for reference immediately!

4 palmerskiss  Apr 12, 2014 11:35:37am

re: #3 klys

Thank you so so so much.

All of this is going into my trip folder for reference immediately!

you are berry welcome - i’m going to put some more info together for you - of some really cool things to do in dublin that are not touristy

:)


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