This years trip is starting come together. Looking at flying into Shannon 14 June for 15 nights. First 4-5 days look like family time in Westmeath & Longford, followed by 7 nights using Clonakilty as a base for West Cork.
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You'll be wanting to visit Clonakilty's premier Folk club -- DeBarra's --famed for it's Jimi Hendrix connection and Trad sessions. John Spillane appears there the first Thursday of each month, as well, but you probably won't be there for that.
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If you want something different and special I recommend Henry's: http://www.henrys.ie/www.henrys.ie/Welcome.html It is south of Clonakilty on a cliff overlooking the ocean.
Michele Erdvig wrote:If you want something different and special I recommend Henry's: http://www.henrys.ie/www.henrys.ie/Welcome.html It is south of Clonakilty on a cliff overlooking the ocean.
The 1st week of June is the Listowel Writer's Week. There's lots of activities and music going on. Even though you won't make the festival, it's worth some time:
In Tralee, try to make time for: http://www.siamsatire.com/nft/about-the-national-folk-theatre
In and/or nearby: http://www.gokerry.ie/?action=locations&location_id=5&page_id=413
Keep in mind that the Dursey cable car closes for lunch for a couple of hours mid-day. You will need to arrive before or after that. http://www.durseyisland.ie/cable-car-timetable.html
Michele Erdvig wrote:Keep in mind that the Dursey cable car closes for lunch for a couple of hours mid-day. You will need to arrive before or after that. http://www.durseyisland.ie/cable-car-timetable.html
or stay at Windy Point House B+B(I recommended) whose owner Paddy runs the cable car.
You will never miss the cable car
Two rules for Ireland, Take your time & bring a sense of humour
tony2phones wrote:Think everything has already been covered :)
Think everything has already been covered :)
I must be getting good at planning :)
Kilcrea Friary and Castle: http://www.libraryireland.com/SceneryIreland/III-6.php
One of Ireland'smost unique Round Towers -- http://roundtowers.org/kinneigh/index.htm
http://www.megalithicireland.com/Drombeg.htm and the numerous other Cork sites listed
But, particularly -- http://www.megalithicireland.com/Knockdrum%20Stone%20Fort.html -- just outside Castletownshend
http://carriganasscastle.com/ -- in Kealkill, near Bantry and Gougane Barra -- could be part of a 'Loop, taking in Kilmichael and other sites in Coppeen.
Drive the single-lane bridge between Glandore and Union Hall (near Drombeg)
Attend the O'Driscoll Clan gathering, in Baltimore -- Usually the end of June each year-- http://www.odriscoll.ie/news.php?article=Annual-O-Driscoll-Clan-Gathering -- and/or take a boat out to Cape Clear island -- http://www.capeclearisland.ie/index if dates don't align -- You don't need to be related to enjoy the festival, and, as a bonus, the Privately owned, McCarthy Castle is opened to the public this once a year!
Seven Heads, Mizen, Sheeps Head, Beara and the others, but of course!
That's just off the top of my head -- To get you started!
I didn't care for the breakfast at Dublin Airport. I haven't eaten at Shannon. I'm very grouchy when hungry, especially after an overnight flight!
I rarely have the luxury of flying into SNN. The last time I ate a meal there was April of 1999. I used to love the food in the upstairs café above Blarney Woolen Mills in Bunratty -- but they cut back to pastries and drinks some time ago. The pub in SNN's Main hall was pretty decent, if memory serves, but so long ago as to be meaningless. I've heard good things about the Park Inn, but have no personal experience.