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Going to Ireland

Old 05-01-05, 10:32 AM
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Going to Ireland

I will be in Ireland for two weeks in July as part of my Intro to History and Literature of Ireland class. I will be spending a week in Dublin and the second week traveling around and attending the Gerald Manley Hopkins Festival in Monasterevin.

Any Irish otters (or anyone else) have any suggestions on what to see and do during my downtime when we aren't on tours.

Already have a trip to the Guinness Brewery planned.
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Old 05-01-05, 10:33 AM
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Drink lots of Guiness.
I always suggest www.virtualtourist.com for people travelling. They have traveller's blogs and great forums there too. I'd suggest scouting it out. Have fun! I'm jealous.
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I've never been, but I hear they have a thing for tourists called a "pub crawl" where you visit many old taverns. If you do it right, you are crawling by the end of it.
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Sweet, that is awesome. I hope you have a good time. I had really hoped to travel to Ireland for a few days at least while I am over here, but unfortunately I won't get the chance.
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I've been to Dublin, it was boring.
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1.) Guinness tour, after the tour have a beer in the Guinness bar on top of the factory where you will have a incredible view of Dublin.

2.) Jameson Whiskey tour, lots of people went with my group and they all loved it.

3.) Dublin City Tour -- Yeah nothing says tourist like sitting on one of these busses but it is the easy way to get a tour of the city and to be able to get from one place to another.
http://www.dublinbus.ie/your_journey..._city_tour.asp

From the tour you should be able to get to any of these sites, it is really handy.

Also check out the Spire and have your picture taken with the statue of James Joyce. Also check out Temple Bar area of Dublin, that is where all the artists and young people hang out a really nice area.

Finally check out Dublin castle and St. Patrick’s cathedral.

My Ireland Pics are Here: Ireland

Have fun, it is going to be a great trip.
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suziq999-- Thanks for the website. Found some interesting facts there and I plan to pass it on to the others in our group.

It looks like it is going to be a busy two weeks.
Week 1
Trinity University, Irish Nationa Library, Irish National Museum, Marrion Square, St Stephens Green, St Patrick's Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral, Guinness Brewery, Dublin Writer's Museum, James Joyce Cultural Centre, Abbey Presbyterian Church.

Attend Plays at the Gate Theatre and Abbey Theatre

A trip to Dun Laoghaire and Sandycove: James Joyce Martello Tower, Men's bathing pool (????)

Trip to River Boyne, Hill of Tara, King William's Glen Drogheda, Monasterbice, Mellifont Abbey.

Trip to Glendalough

Week 2
Train to Kildare, concert Moore Abbey
Hopkins Festival and Day trip to Manynooth
Trip to Killarney
Ring of Kerry
Muckross Abbey, House and Ross Castle

This is what the class will be doing. Not sure how, but according to the instructor we will still have plenty of downtime to do our own thing.

I hope to get the chance to check out Subcity, Forbidden Planet, and The 3rd Place to satisfy my inner geek while I am away.
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My Ireland Pics are Here: Ireland
Some of those pictures are quite nice!
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Some of those pictures are quite nice!

Thank you, I enjoy your pictures as well. I'm insanely jealous!
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Trinity University bookstore (I believe it is called) is pretty cool it looks like something out of Indiana Jones, the books located there are probably hundreds of years old and there are thousands of them.

Also the Ring of Kerry is really beautiful. If you’re on a bus, ask the bus driver which side you should sit on because all the busses go one way. If I remember correctly the busses go counterclockwise around the Kerry peninsula so you would need to sit on the opposite side of the driver

But just to be on the safe side ask the driver.
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what the hell is that thing in picture 53?!?!
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what the hell is that thing in picture 53?!?!
I believe that is an Irish Wolfhoud that lives at the castle that we were staying at.
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