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Ireland in February - are we crazy?

Madison, NJ
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Ireland in February - are we crazy?

We are two teachers in our mid-50's and the February break is the only time the trip is within our budget (darn those kids in college...). We will go anyway, BUT-

Will it be dark, dank, wet and cold?

We will have a car and visit the places everyone suggests.

Shannon or Dublin airport?

Thank you for your help.


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1. Re: Ireland in February - are we crazy?

In Dublin the rainfall is more or less the same in every month, in the West it is wetter in February than later in the Spring, but less wet than in November-January.

it won't be as cold as New Jersey.

It is on the dark side, but already days will be brighter than at Christmas. It does cut short scenic sightseeing though, not so much of an issue in the city.

Saginaw, Michigan
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2. Re: Ireland in February - are we crazy?

Have a look at these questions for guidance:


All things weather here:


including short monthly summaries for past few years:


This will give you a general idea of daylight hours in the west of Ireland:


Have a look at KthSch's Trip Reports from January/February 2010:


If you do a search for 'Trip Report February', I'm sure you'll find others, also.

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3. Re: Ireland in February - are we crazy?

My first trip to Ireland was in January/February of 2009 (great airfare!). I so loved it that I've been back 5 more times since!

Just embrace the weather and season. Perhaps focus a bit more on Dublin and/or other city destinations. But it's all good!


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4. Re: Ireland in February - are we crazy?

You could fly open Jaw Shannon - Dublin and work a arc between. Shannon is a kinder introduction to Irish driving or an easier departure airport. I was stuck in Killarney Feb 2007 and had a great time with the locals. Ireland play Italy on the 11th in the Rugby 6 nations if you are in Dublin and have an interest.

Rye, United Kingdom
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5. Re: Ireland in February - are we crazy?

My first visit was in January 2010, and although the weather was very mixed, flooding of roads, torrential rain, and snow, etc, we still had a lovely time. The only problem in non-peak times is that some tourist attractions are shut. It fueled my appetite for Ireland so that I'm going in 2 weeks time ;)

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6. Re: Ireland in February - are we crazy?

We've been to Ireland four times, and only in the "off" seasons, as we live and work in a tourist destination ourselves. Yes, there may be many places that are closed, and yes, the days are short (by Irish standards) but we've never lacked for things to do or see. And just like on Cape Cod, the off season offers more time to get into good conversations with the people you meet.


In February, the southwest area of Ireland was starting to bloom - at least a minth or 2 ahead of what we're used to. That in itself was a treat!

My suggestion - don't hesitate - embrace the weather, as Keith says!

Bring along a few extra pairs of warm socks - or buy them there...

Regarding the airport, you may find it's cheaper & more convenient to do DUB, even if it's the west you're headed to.

Hope you have a great trip!

Madison, NJ
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7. Re: Ireland in February - are we crazy?

Thanks, everyone! We have been to Europe twice in February and loved the peace and quiet, as well as walking right into the attractions with no lines.

So we are going to Ireland in February. Open jaw jacked the fare up, so we will make a loop. Fares to Ireland are a fraction of the other European cities.

Now to start an itinerary - I did answer the 13 questions; sounds as though I need to get a book and to keep reading here.

Wellfleetian, I have spent my whole life visiting my relatives in Wellfleet at all times of year.

Thanks for the help, everyone!

Saginaw, Michigan
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8. Re: Ireland in February - are we crazy?


I was thinking in particular of the question in relation to your interests. That would help with suggestions to point you in the direction of certain places, around which you could build a rough draft of an itinerary.

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