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A little late posting...Ireland 2008 with photos...


Hello, Wow, am I late on this or what! Since I'm heading to Ireland in just a few weeks I thought I should finally get these posted.

I spent 16 days in Ireland in October 2008 with my mom and dad. My dear husband is not a big traveler...

Dublin (3 nights) (Great hotel)
* O'Callahan's Davenport, nicely located. Walking distance to several pubs and sites. (Merrion Square, gov't buildings etc). Also extremely close to hop on hop off bus...

Avoca (1 night) (Rockfield House (Great B&B)
* A must see for mom (Ballykissangel)...Bally K. a show on PBS. Took photos of the famous sites from the show, including Fitzgerald and we didn't even go inside the pub! No reason...it just never struck any of us to go inside...

* Visited Cahir Castle and Swiss Cottage. Enjoyed them both!

Cashel (1 night)
* Stayed at Joy's Rockside  House...it's really Rockside! Great B&B. Cashel is an easy walking town...one night was perfect!

* visited Cobh

Kinsale (2 nights) (Tierney's Guest House)
* I loved the location of this "B&B". No central sitting area and the rooms were very small. They were very clean and the "keepers" were very nice. I would stay here again. I loved that we could walk everywhere! Our first dinner was right across the street The Shack, and it was good!!!
Did a walking tour, visited Charles Fort, which I loved!

Kenmare (3 nights) (Abbey's Court)
* Spent three nights in their apartment. We were able to shop for food and cook at "home". It included a washer and dryer too!!! From here we did the ROK. Kenmare is a really nice town! Great shops, restaurants etc. There was a farmers market and if we weren't heading out for ROK we would have spent more time at it...

Dingle (2 nights) (Fiuise B&B)...owners were not at all hospitable like others in Ireland...the place was immaculate and spacious!
* Here we did the Dingle Loop...Beehive huts, and other sites along the loop. Gorgeous and easy drive.

Ballyvaughan (1 night)
* Nice little town. (little)...stopped for a night on our way to Irishtown, where my paternal grandmother was born).

Cong (2 nights) (Ashford Castle need I say anything more)
* This was a surprise for mom & dad...BUT mom kept looking at our itinerary and couldn't figure out where 2 nights were...so in our Kenmare apartment I finally had to tell her about it... were tears shed.??? yes, tears of joy were shed. Ashford Castle was unbelievable. The food, the rooms the views everything!
We were suppose to drive out to Connemara...but decided to spend time at the castle...fortunately our trip in a couple weeks will take us to Connemara!
Bunratty (1 night), Bunratty Lodge (excellent)
* at the lodge (aka B&B) I was given the Maureen O'Hara room. This place was super clean, and nice room!

Mom and i were looking for a place to eat while dad rested at the B&B. We drove up this hill and were in the woods and came upon The Red Door...it was really deserted...a women came out and we felt super uncomfortable so we left. It seemed a little swanky too and I was dressed like a slob with a baseball hat and all. We ended up eating at a hotel and thought it was going to be horrible..it was amazing! (Sorry I can't remember the name.)

Overall, I loved all the places we stayed except for Dingle...I enjoyed every meal in Ireland except for the Meetings of the River restaurant... I liked Out of the Blue in Dingle. Next time I will keep track of the names so I can be more helpful!!!

http://irelandinoctober2008.shutterfly.com/pictures/8

-- Edited by Maggie117 on Sunday 12th of September 2010 07:55:36 PM

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Those are GREAT photos! Thanks for posting

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Thank you and you're welcome! Sorry there are so many...I actually took out tons!!! :)

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Maggie,

Thanks! Better late than never. I will have a look at your photos as soon as I have a moment. You must be counting down the days now.

Michele

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Michele,

I am counting the days!!! 19 left!!!!

Maggie

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Maggie

Great photos, I enjoyed looking through them, especially as you covered some places we stayed at in September 08-aahh, the memories! We absolutely loved Ashford Castle, it was one of the highlights of our trip. As you say, the food, the rooms, the views......fantastic. We didn't dine in the formal dining room, as my husband hadn't wanted to pack the appropriate shirt, jacket and tie (we were away for 6 weeks so luggage space was at a premium) but we enjoyed our "finger food" in the lounge, listening to an excellent pianist on the grand piano. The grounds look beautiful as ever, even more so with the autumn colours well and truly setting in.

All the best for your next trip-enjoy!!

Regards, Meredith

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Thanks Meredith!!! Our next trip will be fabulous!!! I'm getting my clothes ready and just bought two new pairs of shoes!!! One day I'll return to the Castle with mom and maybe a niece or nephew. it's really a place to be enjoyed by many!!!

Maggie

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