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Ideas to compliment our tour of Ireland?

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Ideas to compliment our tour of Ireland?

We'll be staying (ever so briefly) at the following hotels during a group tour with friends for part of our 11 nights and would appreciate any recommendations on pubs, specialty stores, or any must-see sights in these areas other than (or better than!) what we are scheduled to see in the organized tours below. Sorry for the lengthy post but would very much appreciate any advice on other must-see's or any of the already-planned options that are not so must-see...

Dublin - Arlington Hotel (2 nights).

Organized tour includes Hill of Tara, Boyne Valley to see the ancient passage tombs of Newgrange, Knowth. Then back to Dublin to see the GPO, National Brewery, and Guinness brewery.

Youghal - Sir Walter Releigh Hotel (1 night)

Morning in Cork City on our own, host recommends St Finbarr's Cathedral, Grand Parade shopping area and the river Lee. Later Fota House & Zoo followed by Jameson Distillery. Then pubbing or beachcombing after dinner?

Ennis - Temple Gate Hotel (2 nights)

Day tour of West Clare Peninsula, Keane country. Lunch at lighthouse pub, tour Bridges of Ross & Loop Head Lighthouse.

Spend a few hours in Galway, the group is doing a wine tasting at Sheridan's, other ideas for a couple hours?

Aran Islands - Aran Islands Hotel (2 nights)

We have a full day to ourselves so ideas welcome.

Back to Galway on the ferry and we will tour the famous Burren region of County Clare. Ballyvaughan, Lisdoonvarna, and the Cliffs of Moher.

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1. Re: Ideas to compliment our tour of Ireland?

In Cork, the English Market would be a must-see for me. Even Queen Elizabeth of Britain thought so when she visited Cork last year!

http://www.englishmarket.ie/ (Ignore Rick Sten, as a general rule,but this time I agree with him)

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2. Re: Ideas to compliment our tour of Ireland?

Thanks, we'll make plan to visit there!

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3. Re: Ideas to compliment our tour of Ireland?

While in Cork we'll also be touring St Finbarr's Cathedral, Grand Parade shopping area and the river Lee in the morning followed by a tour of the Fota House & Zoo then the Jameson Distillery. Is the Fota House & Zoo worth seeing or should we use that time to see other sights/areas and meet the group at the JD?

TIA

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4. Re: Ideas to compliment our tour of Ireland?

The Distillery in in Midleton, not Cork itself. I love Fota, the zoo is more of a park, where the animals have plenty space to roam about, but again its not in Cork city.

Grand Parade doesn't really have too many shops, but it's around the corner from the main street.

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5. Re: Ideas to compliment our tour of Ireland?

Leaving tomorrow, any input on these other areas appreciated!

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