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Ireland in March 2014

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Ireland in March 2014

My husband and I will be visiting Ireland for the first time in March 2014. We are flying in to Dublin on March 13th and plan on staying a couple of days in the city (being St. Patrick's Day we thought it would be a good party). We have reservations at the Conrad??

Monday 3/17

I need some advice on our next move - We are renting a car Monday morning (17th) and plan to drive to Kilkenny, Wexford or Waterford...What would be the best place to spend the night...We are looking for a 4-5* B&B or Hotel that is in walking distance to the town and many pubs? Is the Waterford factory worth touring?

Tuesday 3/18

Drive to Killarney and tour the Dingle Peninsula- Stay at the Pax House and explore the town of Dingle

Wednesday 3/19

Drive to County Clare - Want to see the Cliffs of Moher - Maybe stay in Ennis? or is there another little town with good food and pubs? Again, looking for a nice B&B or Hotel within walking distance.

Thursday 3/20- Fly out of Shannon around 11am

Thank you for any help with this plan....

Laura

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1. Re: Ireland in March 2014

Where to stay depends on which of the three towns you land in, but as for the Waterford factory - yes, it was one of the highlights of our visit to Waterford.

Many people who visit the Cliffs stay in Ennis, but I've never...we always stay in Galway or Killarney as the Cliffs aren't really a favorite spot.

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2. Re: Ireland in March 2014

I'm sure you know that St Patrick's Day is Monday 17th, which is when the Parade takes place . . . . although it appears there are events taking place over the weekend :

http://www.stpatricksfestival.ie/events

You aren't really leaving yourselves much time to see other areas of the country.

17th : if you drive to Kilkenny, which is around 2hr drive from Dublin, you could spend rest of the day looking around the city.

18th : Kilkenny to Dingle is 4-hr drive (Waterford-Dingle is about same length drive) so that doesn't leave you much time to see Dingle at all - and if you stopped at Cashel, this would add further 2hrs to your day.

19th : Dingle to Cliffs is around 3.5hr drive; allow approx 2hrs at the Cliffs, 1hr back to Ennis. It makes sense to stay in Ennis if you're leaving at 11am from Shannon, as you'll have to check-in by 8am. Ennis is 20-minute drive from Shannon.

I'd be tempted to leave Dublin on 16th, drive down to Kilkenny or Cashel, then spend 2 nights in Dingle, 1 night in Ennis. I promise you, you won't regret spending 2 night at Pax Guest House, and there's so much to discover and enjoy on Dingle Peninsula particularly if you appreciate the outdoors, beautiful beaches, walking or hiking etc . It seems a shame to travel such a long way, and spend so little time there!

http://www.dingle-peninsula.ie/beaches.html

dodingle.com/Activities/water_sport_activiti…

http://www.dingle-peninsula.ie/

http://www.dingle-peninsula.ie/history.html

http://www.dingleway.net/

http://www.dingle-peninsula.ie/cosan.html

My photos of Pax :

flickr.com/photos/…

Favourite places to eat / shop etc in Dingle, plus sites/sight on Slea Head, which lies west of Dingle town, and really needs minimum half a day to explore :

tripadvisor.co.uk/GoListDetail-i19068-Best_o…

tripadvisor.co.uk/GoListDetail-i19854-Dingle…

flickr.com/photos/…

Have a think, let us know what you want to see/experience in Ireland :-)

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3. Re: Ireland in March 2014

Hi JaysBarr

Just noticed you are picking up your car on the morning of the 17th. Just 2 things jump out at me - 1st you'll miss the St Patricks day parade :-( and 2nd because of the parade a lot of streets will be closed in and around the city. Where are you planning on collecting your car?

Btw you are right, the weekend of The St Patricks festival is great fun! Here's a link to the festival website so you can see what's on.

http://www.stpatricksfestival.ie/

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4. Re: Ireland in March 2014

Apologies, JaysBarr4

In replying to your post, I was thinking more what I would like to do in the circumstances, rather than considering your wish to experience St Patrick's Day in Dublin. . . .

If you want to see the Parade on 17th, it doesn't leave very much time at all to see other areas in Ireland, however : 48hrs??

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5. Re: Ireland in March 2014

Dublin is not the only place on the island with a Parade on the 17th.. I have never been to Kilkenny or Waterford on the 17th so can't comment but not sure I would want to be in Dublin that afternoon. Galway and Limerick are the two main parades I tend to recommend.

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6. Re: Ireland in March 2014

The Dublin parade is great - you just need to get in early and hold onto a good spot - then leave afterwards before it gets messy with all the revellers!

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7. Re: Ireland in March 2014

Wow! Thank you for all the great info- I was afraid that we may be rushing things - I am not huge on parade's so skipping on the 17th may be the best.

We are getting the car from the Dublin Airport.

I think that we may adjust and get our to town on Sunday the 16th - Drive to Kilkenny and Waterford ...Spend the night.

Monday 17th - Drive to Dingle and explore - Stay 2 nights at Pax

Wed 18th - Drive to see the Cliffs and stay in Ennis.

Fly out Thursday.

Thanks for all your great advice!

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8. Re: Ireland in March 2014

One more thought - If we do leave Dublin on the 16th - What is the best place to spend St. Patrick's Day?

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10. Re: Ireland in March 2014

You have a 4 hour dash from Waterford to Dingle on the 17th not sure if any parade can fit into there. Then on the 17th you have 2 nights before moving to Ennis on the 18th .. good trick if you can pull it?? and fly out on the 19th..

Either I am missing something or the plan is out somewhere??