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Ireland in September 2013

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Ireland in September 2013

Open dates in September this year, Looking for ideas for our first trip to Ireland - 2 active senior couples. One couple interested in a pub crawl, and we'll go along too! Open for adventure, history, fun. Can we do both north and south in 14 days? Is early September better than late September early October? Prefer B&B's. Will rent a car. Thanks for any suggestions.


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1. Re: Ireland in September 2013

For your pub crawl, I recommend the Traditional Musical Pub Crawl. Be sure to make advance bookings--even in September, they could be sold out. www.discoverdublin.ie/musical-pub-crawl/

For your history, I recommend the Historical Walking Tour of Dublin: http://historicaltours.ie/

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Pete McCarthy's eighth rule of travel: "Never pass a bar with your name on it." I trust that at least one of your party has an Irish name.

Matt Molloy's in Westport, Co Mayo highly recommended. He's the pipe player for the Chieftains. Spent my 65th birthday there.

Clamber unaccompanied through the castle at Dundrum Co. Down. Just think of what an inspiration it would have been if you'd grown up playing there.

Drive the Antrim Coast and walk in some of the glens. Try climbing the organ pipes at the Giant's Causeway. (No don't, but its a really neat walk.)

Ah the B&B's. St. Cholestrol's day every day. I believe he was the patron saint of Irish breakfasts.

Drive the ring of Beara and Healy Pass, Co.'s Cork and Kerry. Don't forget McCarthy's Bar in Castletownbere. Pete McCarthy wrote a travel book about it.

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3. Re: Ireland in September 2013

Try and fit in a couple of nights for Clifden during Arts week. Enough going on and enough places around to tick most boxes http://clifdenartsweek.ie/ http://goo.gl/maps/L5ihu

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4. Re: Ireland in September 2013

With 14 days, recommend you concentrate on either "top half" or "bottom half" of the Island, drawing a line west-east Galway-Dublin as a dividing line.

You could do something like this for northern half; it starts in Dublin, travelling up through Belfast, visiting the Causeway coast, then on through Derry to Donegal. Travelling south through Mayo to co. Galway, giving you the option of departing from Dublin or Shannon:


This southerly route starts in Dublin again, and takes you through the Wicklow mountains to co. Kilkenny, which is an attractive city featuring several medieval buildings. On through Cork to co. Kerry (Kenmare and Dingle), before travelling up the west coast to Galway city, and returning to Dublin:


I think I'd prefer early-mid September just to get slightly longer days. For b&bs, have a look at these for inspiration and check reviews here on Tripadvisor to see if they suit you:




For car rental, hope this helps when you come to book:



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5. Re: Ireland in September 2013

The oyster festival in Galway (27-29th Sept) is where I will be heading :)

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6. Re: Ireland in September 2013

Sept is still relatively high season but midweek should be fine. BBs in Galway are good on Fr Griffin rd, Salthill and then College rd. lots of bars on pedestrian streets in Galway so easy to do your own 'crawling' ;-)

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