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Questions about transportation/food/things to do in Galway, Dublin and Cork


Hello everyone,

I posted on the old form a couple of months ago wanting to know how accessible Ireland is for someone with a disability (because I have Cerebral Palsy that affects my mobility) and at that time I was considering applying to go on a study abroad trip to Ireland that is offered through my university. Since then, I have met with the trip directors and discussed my disability with them and considering the itinerary for the trip and my state of mobility, they did not forsee any difficulties with me participating fully in the trip. A week ago, I was formally accepted to go on the trip and I am SO excited! It's been a lifelong dream of mine to go to Ireland.

The trip is 6 weeks long, and I'll spend two weeks each in Dublin. Cork and Galway, with a weekend excursion to the Aran Islands. I will be housed in university facilities for all of those locations (except for the Aran Islands, where I will stay in a B+B) because the group that I will be traveling with will be staying at university campuses in these locations.

I will be receiving college credits during this trip, so a lot of my mornings will be spent doing coursework but the majority of my afternoons and evenings will be free. I'd really welcome some suggestions on some cool, inexpensive things to do in any of the places that I will be staying. I am an avid music lover, actually taking courses in Music Industry here at my school since that is the field I aspire to work in after graduation, so I would paricularly be interested in anything related to music, such as good pubs to go to for live music, good places to buy Irish music CD's, musical instrument shops, etc. I have some vague ideas of places that I would like to check out, but I also would like to avoid wandering around aimlessly if I can help it :)

As far as transportation goes, I have heard that the bus system in Ireland is a great way to travel. I have good endurance and plan on walking a lot of places, but as far as a bus goes, I use a small lightweight walker to get around most of the time....do you think the bus drivers would be patient while I folded up the walker and brought it on the bus with me? What about a cab service? As far as the drivers there, are they pretty knowledgable about the area, if I was to just give them an address or a name of a pub would they be able to get me there without any problems?

Lastly, what about food? I'm a college student on a budget, so I won't be looking to eat out at expensive restaurants except on maybe the last night in a certain city or something like that, so for the most part, I'm looking for something inexpensive, and I will probably look into buying some food at an Irish grocery store that I can keep in my room. I'm not one to eat really big meals, so I was planning on having a breakfast in my room, a snack for midday, and then a larger dinner out somewhere inexpensive each day, but I'm not sure if that would get too pricey. As part of the cost of the trip, I'll be given a 60 Euro food allowance per week, which seems kind of skimpy to me, and is one of the reasons why I'll probably be shopping for some stuff at an Irish grocery store.

Also, I have been teaching myself Irish Gaelic for a while now and would love to go somewhere that it is still extensively spoken. I know there are certain regions in Ireland where it is still like this, but are they all pretty far from either Dublin, Cork or Galway?

Thanks so much! This site is such a wonderful resource!

Sarah

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As for food in Galway.........All I can say is McDonaugh's !!!!


Wonderful Fish and Chips !!!! Also the food at Quay's Bar is really good, but on the pricey side.


I'm sure others will chime in, but I loved these places !!!


Cheers !
Mark



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Sarah,


Congratulations on being accepted for such a special trip to Ireland. I do remember your previous posting but I can't recall the time of year you will be in Ireland. That would make a difference as to what is open.


There are many day trips available from Galway, Cork and Dublin that may suit you, especially on the weekends. You might also want to check on some sort of a bus/rail pass. Go to my "Transport" page and click through to the bus and rail sites for info on those.


There are excellent tourist offices in the cities you will be staying. Make it a point to visit them for lots of up to date info and help with whatever you need while you are in Ireland. If you haven't yet done so, you should call Tourism Ireland now and have them send you lots of info: 1-800-223-6470 (US & Canada). Ask them for walking maps of each city, if available.


I have found the Irish people to be very kind and patient especially when dealing with people with special needs. I don't think you need worry about taking a bit extra time getting on and off buses, etc. Taxi drivers are generally very knowledgable about the areas they cover. 


You are right that you have a very skimpy budget for food. You will obviously have to suplement that 60 euro per week from your own pocket. Food in Ireland can be quite expensive. Go to my "Money" & "Tips & Tricks" pages for more on that. Dinner is the most expensive meal to eat out. Lunch can be had for half the cost. Also, try for "early bird" dinners or eat in pubs which offer lower cost meals.


If you plan on seeing a lot of different sites you may want to buy a Heritage Card: http://www.heritageireland.ie/ It can save you a lot of money.


For more info on the Gaeltacht areas:


http://www.udaras.ie/


http://www.udaras.ie/udaras/priontail.asp?priontail=oifigb


To listen to Irish Gaelic radio: http://www.rte.ie/rnag/


I hope that gets you started. I'm sure you will have more questions as your trip progresses.


Michele


 


 



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Gaelic is spoken in the Aran islands.  Also, parts of Galway County are "gaeltaecht," meaning Gaelic-speaking.  Parts of Connemara are signed only in Gaelic.


The least expensive food in restaurants is usually ethnic--pizza, Indian, etc.  While bicycle touring with friends last summer, we found ourselves often splitting meals--they were large enough even after cycling all day!  Pubs are also comparatively cheaper, although cost more than you might think.



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Congratulations, Sarah --- what a great experience you're going to have!  Six weeks sounds fantastic, and it's great that the time will be divided amongst three very different locations.   


Regarding your food questions, do you know if the university housing where you'll be staying also has student cafeterias and/or meal plans?  If so, you may find it less expensive than eating in restaurants or pubs.  Your idea of buying some groceries and preparing some of your own meals is also probably cost-effective.  Since almost all college students are broke (or at least on a tight budget)  , your fellow students at each school will no doubt be able to recommend the best inexpensive places to get nourishment.  They should also be able to advise you on where to find a pub with good music, good music stores, etc.  I don't think you'll end up wandering around aimlessly.   As you get to know the other students I think you'll find they will help you alot.


When are you going (You must be so excited!!)? 


Maggie



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Hi there again,

I'm going to actually register here, so I'm not "Anonymous" anymore ;) I will be in Ireland from June 14-July 29. Since regular classes shouldn't be in session during that time for Irish students, I don't know if the dining halls on the campuses that I am staying on will be open or not. Maybe they will be if there is a summer school period going on or something. Thanks for all of your replies, I really appreciate them!

Sarah

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Sarah,


I think you will have a wonderful adventure! Please let us know if you need any other info. We will look forward to hearing about your trip upon your return.


Michele



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