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Old 04-11-2010, 12:59 PM   #61
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It's a cane of some sort, used by crafty leprechauns! (I think.)
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Old 04-11-2010, 01:09 PM   #62
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Ah, I see. My first guess would've been the skirt thing. But that's Scotland, right?


Anyways, my only advice is not to plan too much. Some of the best things that happen on a trip occur on days where you have time to explore on your own. Perhaps you'll find that pot 'o gold
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Old 04-11-2010, 01:09 PM   #63
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Scottish skirt thing? You mean a kilt?
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Old 04-11-2010, 01:13 PM   #64
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I guess I do But isn't that the thing you bake ceramics in?
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Old 04-11-2010, 01:20 PM   #65
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That's a kiln.

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Old 04-11-2010, 01:37 PM   #66
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Ok, enough of my snark. It's kiln me



I always like hanging around a place more than a day, if possible. Helps you relax and take things in.
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That's what I'm planning on doing for all the cities I'm using as a base for the various things to see, other than Cork.
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Old 04-11-2010, 02:59 PM   #68
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You might need to borrow my noise cancellation headsets.
Now there's an excellent idea! We had a screaming child two rows in front of us on the six-hour flight from Chicago to Shannon--left Chicago at 4:30 p.m., arrived in Shannon at 10:30 p.m. Chicago time, 4:30 a.m. Shannon time. Didn't get much sleep on the flight, thanks to the demon child. Managed to stay awake until about 8:00 p.m. that night in Galway. Everyone in our 40-person tour group looked like shite by the time we packed it in that night, but the next day was much better--and worth it!!
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I know everyone says this but it's totally true....the Guinness in Ireland is so much better than anywhere else. I generally only drink Guinness when I order beer so I'm fairly familiar with it and there was just such a different, smoother taste in Ireland. I really wish I would have tried it with cider but I was just too caught up in the moment of being there to even think about it. I always order a Guinness mix at the pubs here.
I completely agree. After having Guiness in Ireland, I have yet to have one here. It tasted so much better in there.


Go to the Octagon Bar in the Clarence Hotel and have a Cosmo too.
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Yeah, even if I don't end up staying there, I'll pop in for a drink for sure.
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Definitly. We didn't stay there, but we still went to the bar for a drink.
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I keep freaking out about the car thing. (Yeah, I know it's a year away, but what can I say? I tend to freak out about stuff. )

I'm going to plan an alternate itinerary that involves trains and busses, and see how that might work out, if I'm based out of Galway for the first part of the trip, and out of Dublin for the second half. We'll see how much mileage I can get out of day trips.

I know the freedom and flexibility of having the car will likely win out in the end (despite the freaking out and the extra cost), but it'll be nice to have a second option to choose from.

I guess this is the danger of having too much time to plan - completely starting over!
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You should try to go to Wicklow too. And this place called Muckross House, near Killarney/Killarney National Park. You can ride a jaunting car up to it and the gardens are incredible



I LOVED Galway-and also the little village of Claddagh where the claddagh ring began. You could buy yourself one there.

I've been to Ireland twice and I only spent a couple of days in Dublin. Honestly I couldn't wait to get back to the countryside, and I never saw or looked for any U2 related places.
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Also near Galway is the village of Cong. The 1951 John Wayne movie "The Quiet Man" was filmed there, and you can still see several areas that are recognizable from the movie. There's also the ruins of Cong Abbey from the 1100s, which I found fascinating, including the monks' fishing cottage. The face at the top of the gate to the forest trail is Rory O'Connor, the last high kind of Ireland, who died at Cong Abbey.



And a short one-mile walk away is Ashford Castle, which was once the Guiness estate but is now a fancy-schmancy hotel that you can walk around in.

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Hi

Just got back from a week around Ireland except I went on a backpackers bus tour which would be a bit different. Don't spend too much time in Dublin its quite a boring city compared to Cork and Galway. We went through this great little village called Adare thatched cottages really cute.
The dingle pennisula is great, fantastic views, and I don't know if you mentioned Cliffs of Moher (i think you did) but they were amazing.
I think driving will be fine, there is not that much traffic on the road and we covered a fair bit of ground in a bus so car should be much more efficient!

Blarney Castle is very pretty and the grounds are huge. I didn't kiss te stone but walked around and saw the sites, very nice!

If you can get up to Donegal and Derry they are amazing and we saw some of the best irish music in Derry! fantastic!

Like i think Yolland said Ireland is CRAZY expensive. IF you can make your own sandwiches and have fruit, snacks to eat during the day it will cut down some costs as food and drink are terribly expensive!

In Dublin do visit the Guinness factory its really interesting and you get a free pint and great views of the city!

enjoy i loved it!
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