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Visiting Eire In October

Discussion in 'On Tour' started by Ben Naga, Sep 17, 2007.

  1. Ben Naga

    Ben Naga Guest

    I am in Eire at the beginning of October (6th to 16th) with a friend and fellow Roy Harper "fan". It's a first visit for us both, and current plans are to spend Sat eve 6th, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday in Dublin, moving on into the countryside - details pretty fluid so far - on the Wednesday for the remainder of our stay.

    So what would be nice, if anyone cares to do so, would be either or both of the following.

    1. Some suggestions for interesting things to see/places to visit.

    2. Chance to meet up and make friends with like minded (?) people.

    Please dip your toe in the water with an e-mail, PM, post, whatever.

    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 17, 2007
  2. Wee Steve

    Wee Steve Computer stained fingers

    Visiting Eire

    The stupid reply to make is "It all depends what you're looking for ..." so I won't bother with that.

    I've only been to Eire 4 times and enjoyed each visit immensely, and decided that the further west, the better it got. My tastes are for traditional sounds, Guinness and dramatic scenery.

    There are some obvious centres of traditional music, but you're likely to find something wherever you go, if that's what you want.
    Although it's become a bit formulaic/adjusted to suit the tourist, Co. Clare, and Doolin in particular, has some great venues, and if the craic fails (unlikely) the scenery will compensate. There are (or at least were) at least three good music pubs in Doolin - O'Connors can be a bit "plastic" but McDermott's and McGann's are good fun.
    Apart from Doolin, Lisdoonvarna and Ballyvaughan are good places to try - as long as it's not mating season in Lisdoonvarna (beware the Matchmakers Festival, qv - but it should be over by October). Kilfenora is a tiny place with one great pub, and then there are the more touristy places like Kilkee.

    I wouldn't add much more, since my experience is quite limited. Co. Kerry has some brilliant places too: Kenmare is a good centre. Friends of mine rave about the Dingle peninsula too, both as a place to see but also for the craic.
    Further north, I've also heard good things about Galway City - busy, studentish and fun, apparently.

    And I said somewhere else, if you're after decent beer beyond Guinnes or Beamish, the Biddy Early brewery in Inagh, Co. Clare, is well worth the trip.

  3. Shane

    Shane Computer stained fingers

    when you leave dublin will you have a car? i would agree with the poster above that the farther west you go the better except that the midlands are mostly uninteresting and should be skipped if you have limited time. the peninsulas of cork and kerry are my own favorite part of the country - the scenery is impressive and theres some lovely little towns and villages you could stay in, of these i would recommend kilcrohane on the sheeps head for a stay (although theres not much there its just really nice - two nice pubs to go for a pint in). realistically you would probably need a car for this although there is public transport. cork is a nice city and west cork and kerry are not too far from there. visitors seem to like galway and it has a few nice pubs and a bit of a buzz. connemara to the west of galway city is very beautiful, as is county mayo next door. it might be worth bearing the thought in mind that you could probably leave dublin earlier if you feel you've had enough - it will take a few hours to get to the west from dublin.
  4. Bob Jacobs

    Bob Jacobs Ride away in style

    Visiting Ireland

    My Irish friends never call it Eire - always Ireland. They say that only the English call it Eire, for some reason. While in Dublin, I'd definitely check out who's playing at Vicar St, where I caught John Martyn by chance a few years ago. JM is touring Ireland this autumn, so worth checking his itinerary, if you like his material and style these days.... When I visited Ireland with friends in the '80s, we stayed in a Victorian style guest house. My car was broken into in the middle of the night. I was advised by the Gardai that any "out of town" registration tends to be targeted, so don't leave anything in the boot or visible in the car.

    After a drunken week in Dublin, we drove to Killarney and had another wonderful week doing the Ring of Kerry, Limerick, the Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare and Blarney Castle in Co Cork. Killarney itself was a wonderful little town, full of bars and music. I have subsequently been told by Irish friends that Galway is not to be missed, and there's a great Steve Earle song that supports this view. Then, of course, there is Co Cork, with Cork itself and Clonakilty for the Roy Harper afficionado, not that I've yet been there myself.

    Wherever you go, you're bound to have a wonderful time. The people really are as friendly as reputation says.

  5. Ben Naga

    Ben Naga Guest

    Hey, thanks both. This is just the kind of solid info that I was looking for. And yes, we'll have a car - and now some places to point it at. Not that I want to discourage anyone else's two penn'orth. I take it no one objects to me cutting n pasting their posts to the bloke I'm travelling with so he can be poking his nose into a map book. He's the one with the car, and lives a way from here; we won't be meeting up again face to face till the night before we sail over.

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