Probably the biggest issue you need to be aware of would be that the pubs are closed up tight on Good Friday in Ireland.
Otherwise it would depend on what type of experience you're looking for, regardless of whether it's Easter or another time of year. Big city versus smaller towns and villages, or a combination of both like many people enjoy. The country is small enough that you can do both unless you're just in Ireland for a couple days.
How much time do you have for your visit?
We're gonna be in Ireland from the Monday before easter to Monday after. Not much time. This is our second trip, We were there for 3 week honeymoon 5 years ago. After reading up some today, it looks like it might be meaningful to be in Dublin and attend the Easter Sunday 1916 ceremony in front of the Old Post Office. Has anyone done that before?
We are not even sure that they have 1916 ceremonies, it seems so insignificant these days when we haven't even got a proper government. Why even bother to celebrate 1916. It certainly isn't a 'free state' any more, we have sold our independence to the EU.
"After reading up some today, it looks like it might be meaningful to be in Dublin and attend the Easter Sunday 1916 ceremony in front of the Old Post Office."
I thought that would take place on Easter Monday rather than the Sunday, but maybe someone local can confirm.
To go back to your original question, is there some part of Ireland you really enjoyed during your previous visit? A week would certainly give you time to drive out somewhere and enjoy 3-4 nights and then return to Dublin for the weekend.
I can confirm the 1916 commemoration and military parade outside the G.P.O. takes place on Easter Sunday. There may be other events on Monday!
The Military parades were stopped for many years due to "The Troubles" but have been held every year since the 90th anniversary in 2006!
By the way, anytime I've been it's mainly tourists watching the events. You will probably be tapped on the shoulder by some local and asked "what's going on?"
There will be a big screen erected but try and get to the barrier early for photo opportunities!
Thanks for everyone's help so far. We rented a car for Monday-Friday and will be back to Dublin Friday evening through Monday mid-day. Looks like most everything is on a normal schedule Sat, Sun, Mon. Does anyone have suggestions for Easter weekend in the city beyond the 1916 commemoration which I think we'll like? We are planning to stay in South City Center.
As for the rest of the time - I was trying to plan to see some different sites than before. We missed Glendalough last time, so that will probably be a day for us, I think. My husband really enjoyed touring Kinsale with Don Herlihy. He also liked the traditional music pub crawl in Dublin. We liked New Grange, Rock of Cashel, Aran Islands, Hill of Slaine, and climbing around in ruins in general. We spent time on the Dingle peninsula, but skipped the ring of Kerry, so that is possible. I was thinking to maybe head up to County Mayo instead of towards the southwest, but really, we're open. We enjoy hearing great stories. Really, just listing all these options confirms that we can't go wrong in Ireland. Any suggestions for an easy four days? Thanks for replying - and sorry this is rambling.
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