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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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Great! Are you doing self-catering in Clonakilty?


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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.

http://debarra.ie/



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I wish I could be there.

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My wife's still not open to self-catering. I'm not sure how cost effective it would be for only the two of us. We still have 3 nights to plan between Clonakilty and Shannon.

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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. 



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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. 


 Interesting 



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Since we're looking for places to go that we haven't been to before we've decided to spend 2 nights in Tralee after Clonakilty. Although not new, we will spend our last night in Ennis before departing from Shannon. Mizen Head, Sherkin Island, Bere Island/Castlerownbere, and Dursey Island on on our radar for day trips. We tried to get to Dursey Island in 2013 but the cable car was being repaired. It's been a few years since we've used Shannon Airport but I've always preferred it.

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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:

http://www.lartiguemonorail.com/

http://www.kerryguide.com/listowel/

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



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Bob, we sure are missing a lot the first week of June! Rita works in a public school system which limits how early we can get away in June. Looking forward to retirement.

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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



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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 biggrin



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Think everything has already been covered :)

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tony2phones wrote:

Think everything has already been covered :)


 I must be getting good at planning :)



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Suggestions for day trips from Clonakilty, and go!

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http://www.timoleague.ie/abbey/default.html

http://www.megalithicireland.com/Coppinger's%20Court,%20Cork.html

http://www.kilmurry.ie/history/beal_na_blath/beal_na_blath_&_ml_collins.htm

http://www.coppeenheritage.com/local-heritage/kilmichael-ambush

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  biggrin  biggrin

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!  biggrin

Seven Heads, Mizen, Sheeps Head, Beara and the others, but of course!  aww  aww

That's just off the top of my head -- To get you started!  aww   aww   biggrin  aww  aww



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Thanks Bob! You have shared some resources I haven't considered!

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Last year was Malin Head, so Mizen head is a logical destination this year! Looking at Sherkin Island since we've been to Cape Clear Island before. Any feedback on Sherki Island is appreciated.

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To save some money on car rental I've evened out the times to pick up and drop off the car. Arriving in Shannon at 6:15 and not picking up car until 8:30 to avoid being charged an extra day. I've eaten breakfast at Oak Wood Arms before, but that's not practical while waiting on car pick up. What are your opinions on breakfast at the Park Inn vs eating at the airport? I have been underwhelmed with the quality/cost of breakfast at Dublin Airport. Thanks!

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I have not personally eaten there but have heard feedback that it is fine. Since you do not care for breakfast at the airport seems like your best option.


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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!



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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.



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I mis-read your post. It was Dublin that had the so-so breakfast. I've not had breakfast at Shannon Airport. Perhaps you could take a quick look and if it doesn't seem like the place for you, head to the Park Inn instead.

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Breakfast in the airport is expensive and not as good as it used to be, not eaten in the Park but as you say the Oakwood and now the Shannon Springs which has been revamped are too far away.

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