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Ireland by intrepid on 21 January 2005 8:21pm
This should probably go in the 'travel' section, but I thought I might get more immediate results if I posted it here.
If a person were to go to Ireland for about a week in the early spring, what should that person see? Thanks.
Re: Ireland by irishmanufan on 21 January 2005 11:10pm
plesanty ot see in dublin , if you like to party temple bar , if you like jhistory and archetecture dublin castle , st patrick catherderal , any of the former millitary barracks around the city i think have historical displays .there are load of oubs of course . there is the national art museum or the national museum right next door to each other on kildare street . i belive guinesses brewery has and excellent tour including a freepint of stout then you could take a train to the west or to the south . one thing to warn you about bring pleanty of money as this is a very expensive country . contatc bord failte the irish tourist board at :http://www.ireland.ie/
Re: Ireland by finnguy on 23 January 2005 4:33pm
Don't forget to head up north, and in particular check out my former city of residence, Belfast.
Re: Ireland by chipmunk on 23 January 2005 4:53pm
Being from Dublin i must say that Temple Bar is a rip off,the restaurants and pubs preys on tourists. You'll get the best pint of Guinness at the Guinness brewery,I hear the Jameson Distillery is quality too. Mary sT. and Henry St. in the North inner city are defnitely worth a look.If you have time, leave Dublin and travel about, you'll experience much more of the Irish way of life.
Re: Ireland by intrepid on 23 January 2005 4:55pm
I just learned that RyanAir is going to start servicing my city, and I could go to and from Dublin for 115 Euros! Yeah, my evolving plan is to see both the Republic and Northern Ireland. In particular I was interested in Belfast, Londonderry and Giant's Causeway. Does it take long to get to Londonderry or Giant's C. from Belfast?
Thanks for the link! Expense is a concern, too, especially for a po person like me. If I go, Dublin is a must, blocked in for 2 days (sorry, but I've only got like a week) I'd probably stick to the cheaper accommodations mostly, and I was wondering how expensive the Republic of Ireland is outside of Dublin. I'm especially interested in in Megalithic and other Ancient Things, which may not be much fun in March weather, I don't know. I'd also like to see Cashell and Cork.
Re: Ireland by finnguy on 23 January 2005 6:03pm
I used to study in Londonderry (although most people there call it Derry). It's a very nice city and well worth seeing. In particular you should walk around the old city walls. Derry is about 90 mins from Belfast by bus - definitely go by bus as opposed to train as the route is extremely long and circuitous.
The Giant's Causeway is also well worth a look. It's only real problem is that it's a little bit out of the way. Your best bet from Belfast is probably to get a bus to Coleraine (again, slower by train) and then look at getting a bus from there to the Giant's Causeway.
Both Derry and the Giant's Causeway are roughly in the same direction from Belfast i.e. north, but you would be a bit pushed to do both justice in one day. Consider travelling to Derry from Belfast via the Giant's Causeway, then overnight in Derry and then have a good look around it the next day.

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Re: Ireland by Ken Dunn on 26 January 2005 1:11am
If you are sailing, the Ulysees (the largest car ferry in the world) goes from Holyhead to Dublin. Stena Line do a crossing from Stranraer into Belfast. P&O do a crossing from Cairnryan to Larne (the shortest of the three) and Larne is closest to the Giants Causeway if you take the Antrim coast road. There is a walk of about 1km from the parking area to the causeway. I don't know about megalithic things near Dublin but the Skerries with its windmill about 20? miles to the North of Dublin is quite nice. Allow for leisurely travel as roads are quite busy or twisty. Dublin Zoo is worth allowing most of a day for. International flights into Eire would probably land at Shannon airport which I think is some some distance out of Dublin. Belfast City airport is about 3 miles from the town centre. Youth hostels do good value accommodation and YHANI may give you a link into their website. I don't know of any campsites in the Dublin area.
Re: Ireland by irishmanufan on 26 January 2005 8:15pm
stena line also have a HSS ( high speed service ) form hollyhead to dun aloghaire which is mear by where i like and is a great place to have a look around on youe way into dublin . actually i agree with chipmunk that temple bar is a bit of a rip off but a lot of tourist do seem to like to go there . seeing as you are into histortic sties ahve a lokk for places like the hil of tara whoich off the op of my head is a celtic site . you can travel for dublin hueston station by train to cork or you can do it by bus from bus aras . here are some web site for the buses and trains in and outside Dublin .
Dublin Bus : http://www.dublinbus.ie/home/

irish bus (Bus Eireann): http://www.buseireann.ie/site/home/

irish railways (Iarnrod Eireann )http://www.irishrail.ie/home/
Re: Ireland by montypython4ever on 26 January 2005 10:53pm
Dublin, how interesting! I've always wanted to see Ireland! Isn't the Bad "Donkey" Cafe in Dublin? I remember my twin was writing a report on that particular Irish town!
Re: Ireland by Ken Dunn on 1 February 2005 11:15pm
This is it Wisey from your item in the travel section.

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