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Trip List by NoNoNanette

10 Days in Beautiful Southern Ireland

9 Jul 2008  My first visit to the Land of My People!
3.0 of 5 stars based on 4 votes

We had quite the adventure! 3 nights in Temple Bar/Dublin, 5 nights on a Paddywagon Tour, then 2 nights in Trinity College area/Dublin

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Dublin, County Clare, Annascaul, Galway, County Offaly
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Never been before
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Seniors, Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Summer
  • 1. Traditional Irish Music Pub Crawl
    Traditional Irish Musical Pub Crawl, Dublin

    This was alot of fun. Hit 3 separate bars..... Oliver St. John Gogarty, Ha'Penny Bridge Bar and Brannigan's Beer Emporium.

  • 2. 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour
    1916 Rebellion Walking Tour, Dublin

    This was the ULTIMATE!!!!!! Our guide, and author of "The Easter Rising...A Guide to Dublin in 1916", Lorcan Collins was amazing. I found it to be a very emotional and informative couple of hours. This tour is a MUST!

  • 3. Trinity College
    Trinity College, Dublin

    A lovely bar owner from BANKER'S on Trinity Street (neat place, great food), gave us tickets to see the Book of Kells exhibit and The Long Room. Both were absolutely mind-boggling!

  • 4. Old Jameson Distillery
    The Old Jameson Distillery, Dublin

    We skipped the tour, but sipped on a Reserve 12 year old that was only available at that location. Yummy. Beautiful bar.

  • 5. Gravity Bar @ the Guinness Storehouse
    Guinness Storehouse, Dublin

    Fun concept.... all glass, located on the 7th floor of the Brewery. Sadly, it was raining and cloudy when I was up there, otherwise, the photo ops would have been FABULOUS!

  • 6. St. Michan's Church
    St. Michan's Church, Dublin

    Our delightful guide, Peter, took us into the tombs. This was really neat! Although I had sworn that I wouldn't, I touched the hand of the "Crusader".

    There's alot of history here.... the Sheares Brothers (Irish Freedom Fighters) are buried here. In the church itself, Handel played his "Messiah" for the first time. This was a great day. (Jameson's is right across the street.... I needed a belt after those mummies!)

  • 7. Cliffs of Moher
    Cliffs of Moher, County Clare


  • 8. Annascaul
    Annascaul, Dingle Peninsula

    A truly beautiful place, located on the Dingle Peninsula.

    This was my favorite little town. With a population of only 900, they had seven pubs!

    Our favorite pub was HANAFIN'S. I thouroughly enjoyed meeting Mrs. Hanafin. She could have been my own dear mother!

  • 9. Barnacle's Temple Bar House
    Barnacles Hostel Temple Bar, Dublin

    We stayed here our first 3 nights. We enjoyed a private room with a bunk bed and private bathroom. Location couldn't be beat for "party time"

  • 10. Ashfield House
    Ashfield Hostel, Dublin

    LOVED this hostel! We enjoyed a private room with 2 twin beds and our own bathroom. The location couldn't be beat. Upon my next trip to Dublin, I'll probably end up here.

  • 11. Galway

    We partied for HOURS with locals at The Weigh Inn, which was located on the Bay. These folks were celebrating the "NO" vote on the European Union Lisbon Treaty. My friend and I didn't spend a penny.... they even fed us! What a warm welcome to a fun, fun town!

  • 12. Clonmacnoise
    Clonmacnoise, County Offaly

    Founded in the 5th Century. A truly magical place on the River Shannon. The site has churches, towers, stone crosses and grave slabs dating from the 10th to 17th Century. I've presently got a picture of it as my desktop.

  • 13. Historical Walking Tour

    This was a perfect 2 hour walking tour given by a Trinity College History Graduate. We did Trinity College Campus, Old Parliament House, Temple Bar, City Hall, Dublin Castle and Christ Church Cathedral.

    This was a perfect way to "get our feet wet" upon arrival in Dublin. Our guide was a sweet gal, Cliona. (Gaelic spelling is" Cliondka")

  • 14. St. Stephen's Green
    St. Stephen's Green, Dublin

    Pretty park. Live music.

  • 15. Paddywagon Tours

    We did the 6 DAY SOUTHERN TOUR. This company basically caters towards young backpackers who stay in dormitory style hostels.

    We opted to pany extra and stay in Bed and Breakfasts. The accomodations were lovely!

    We basically used this company as a form of "transportation". I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these folks to fellow travelers.


    Here's a link to my Ireland photos. You have to register, but they won't spam you.