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Old 04-11-2006, 06:12 PM   #1
 
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Hey all, I'm thinking of heading over to an Ireland in the next couple of weeks. I know there's plenty kool places to go over there but where would you recommend going if only there for a week or so. Obviousley I'll start off in Dublin, but I'm not sure what to do after that. There's Kilkenny, Killarney, Cork and Galaway? I'd prefer to just go to one or two places rather than spend my time travelling about, heck I might even stay in Dublin for the whole time!! But for you people that have been before what do you suggest and any hostels, cool pubs, places to recommend?

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I heard nothing but good things about cork. My hostel in Dublin, Avalon House, was 10 euro a night, nice, and advertised a 5 euro bus (one way) to Cork. I was there in Dec. so that could be off season only but worth a look. Its a 5 hour bus ride to Cork.

I also saw some others traveller's pics of Cork and was impressed.

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Avalon House has a "sister" hostel across the river called Abraham House. In the high season it's a little cheaper and a 5min walk from Temple Bar and the Bus Station.
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I personally liked Galway and Dingle and the whole Ring of Kerry area in general a lot more than I liked Cork; don't know why b/c Cork was beautiful too...
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You can always go on day or overnight excursions from dublin. I went on a daytrip to Wicklow and the mountains. They advertise this trips all over the hostels, you'll definately be able to find a something if you're unsure of what you want to see.
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Oh yeah, good point. Very nice area; I loved Glendalough!
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I may be a tad biased but Galway is the best city in Ireland, theres a large student population, loads of pubs, your right beside connemara (that's the place you see on all the postcards of Ireland) and the aran Islands, during the summer theres always some sort of festival on (the arts festival, film fleagh, galway races) and it's really compact you can walk to all the important parts of the city.

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I really enjoyed Killarney, and if you like natural side of things, its a great place to get that too
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A good daytrip getaway from Dublin is hopping on one of those little van tours of Wicklow and Glendalough. It's still one of the most memorable things I've ever done on a trip, and the pictures I have of those areas are still hauntingnly beautiful.
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Wow! this info was great guys!! And I didnt even post the question!! hehe, all this time I've been away I've been studying... this is my last year... and planning my trip, making sure I can fit all the things I wanna see, but being fair to every city/town/country.... this info on Ireland really helped!

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I'm from Dublin so this is coming from the horses mouth !! If I had a week to spend in Ireland I would definitely go west coast. An Ideal trip would take in Counties Kerry, Clare, and Galway. In Kerry definitely drive the ring of Kerry, very picturesque.Millions of tourists cant be wrong. Dingle town is cool too, and the Unesco World Heritage site of the Skellig islands is worth the effort to get a boat out to. That’s the stone beehive huts and monastery perched on the cliffs. Pretty awesome. Kinda Macchu Picchu-like with the ocean crashing on all sides !!! Killarney is good too but perhaps more for the Yanks who like a bit more blarney to their Irish trip. Go from Kerry to Clare ( my Aussie girlfriends favourite place) Clare is great and a stay in Doolin village is a must. Doolin is easy access for the awesome cliffs of Moher and the starkly beautiful burren landscape. Its also a great Traditional music village with excellent musicians in the pubs. Doolin is also a gateway to the Aran Islands, which are a living relic of Irelands past. One of the few places where time seems to have stood still. Its gaelic speaking & just like the postcards. The islands can also be reached from galway. Which brings me on to Galway which is a great place for both the "city" (still a small town feel) trip and the rural flavour. Its definitely a party town.
I would probably avoid on a short trip trying to cover too much ground. Doing Dublin ,Cork and Galway in a week is a bad idea. Don’t try to do too much ….. people like to take things easy in that neck of the woods.
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Well cheers for all your replies!! The thought of travelling round Ireland has really been sold on me now, so I think I'm gonna leave it til after my exams when I can travel for as long as I like and take it all in plus the weather should be a wee bit better-right?? Maybe I'll even get a job in a hostel or bar when I'm over there, that would be sweet!!
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plus the weather should be a wee bit better-right??
Don't bet on it. No matter how hot it is your more than likely to see rain at some stage. Ah sure your trip to Ireland wouldn't be the same without a walk home, warped drunk in the lashing rain.
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