OT: Ireland

Out of curiousity since lately I have been in :heart: with the idea of visiting Ireland. Has anyone ever been there or does anyone live there for that matter? Is it as beautiful as it is in the pictures :inlove:

I have been to Ireland. I went to Dublin so just got to see thin streets, hotels, pubs & pubs! What I liked most about it is the people. They are very friendly & have a good sence of humour. Would recomend it to anyone.

:teehee: I’ll be there May 17th.

My husband is Irish, and I lived with him in Co. Tyrone for about 7 months. We’re moving back in early 2008.

Yes, it is just as beautiful as the pictures if you visit the right places. My three biggest recommendations are Wicklow, Kerry, and Donegal.

I love Ireland. :heart:

I’d have to agree! I went to Ireland a few years ago. I absolutely LOVED Donegal! :heart: Kerry was beautiful too…however, when we did the Ring of Kerry, it was cloudy and foggy, so we couldn’t get the full effect.

I also really liked Galway, Dublin…heck, I liked it all!

sigh Ireland is my absolute number one international travel destination dream. long sigh

long, pathetic, dramatic sigh :teehee:

It is wonderful. I went for a two week trip to the southwest parts of Ireland, drove all over the place in a tiny rental car. It was AMAZING. beautiful views, incredibly friendly people. Every tiny town had a tourist bureau that could help find B&B’s for the night, suggest food, etc. We went in August so it wasn’t too cold or rainy. We heard great music, saw beautiful churches, and sites, and had great beer.

Go for it!!

You should go!! Early spring and late summer/early fall are the best times to go, in my opinion. And the tickets are usually pretty reasonable around that time, as well. :slight_smile:

Ireland is really really great. I only got a quick glimpse unfortunately, on my way to a theater festival in Scotland. I flew into Dublin, had the most amazing breakfast at a huge old restaurant, then took the train up to Belfast. I had no idea where I was going to stay. The cab driver took me to the tourist bureau and they sent me the sweetest B & B.

I just know I missed out on all the great places and have to go back with my husband this time (whose grandfather ran a funeral home there).
But it is the people that are the best. When I left my cab driver said, “God be with you.” It was just such a wonderful thing to hear.

Besides that, go for the BEER!!!

Ireland is really really great. I only got a quick glimpse unfortunately, on my way to a theater festival in Scotland. I flew into Dublin, had the most amazing breakfast at a huge old restaurant, then took the train up to Belfast. I had no idea where I was going to stay. The cab driver took me to the tourist bureau and they sent me the sweetest B & B. I took a hovercraft over to Scotland then returned the same way and stayed at the same place.

I just know I missed out on all the great places and have to go back with my husband this time (whose grandfather owned a funeral home there).
But it is the people that are the best. I made friends at a pub with a lovely girl who ended up taking me for dinner and driving me home. When I left my cab driver said, “God be with you.” It was just such a wonderful thing to hear.

Besides that, go for the BEER!!! Ummmm creamy delicious Guinness and Murphy’s…

I wouldn’t go this time of year - it’s bl**dy freezing at the minute (I work outdoors).
I would say avoid the really touristy places - they’re the most expensive. Dublin isn’t really representative of the rest of the island so if you do go there try and visit some other places too. Most of the countryside is great, the west is a little “wilder” looking, some places like Co. Wicklow are more “gardeny”. I’d also say don’t forget the North (and I’m not just saying that cos I live there) but many people overlook it and we’ve got some great sights too like the Giant’s Causeway…

Shhh! Lucy, if you start telling people to visit the North, then they actually will! I love that I can visit some of the gorgeous sites in the North, and be one of the only non-Irish people there! :teehee:

I’ve actually never been to the Giant’s Causeway. My husband hasn’t been there since he was in primary school, so he’s going to take me when we go back for a visit in May. I’m excited! :happydance:

As I am of primarily Irish descent (last name is Mullins) I have always dreamed of visiting Ireland. I’ve met many Irish immigrants here and they are truly people after my own heart.

My dad’s retired USAF, and we lived in England for 3 years. We went to Ireland a month before leaving the UK and wished we’d gone years before. The people are genuinely friendly, and the countryside is beyond beautiful. (One of my strongest memories of Ireland was nearly falling into the sea at the Giant’s Causeway and spending the rest of the day in half-soaked jeans…)

Ireland… :heart: :heart: :heart: My gateway to loving Ireland was its music - so in 1989 I went for my first visit (only a few days - Dublin and Galway, IIRC); back again in 1993 for a couple of weeks; and then in 2003 my husband and I had our three-years-late six-day honeymoon in the West of Ireland (he’s 1/4 Irish but thinks of himself as Irish, period, but had never been there - I meanwhile am not at all Irish but have been wearing a Claddagh ring since 1989 as a talisman to assure myself I’ll always have a chance to go back! :heart: ).

DH and I were there just about this time of year four years ago - and yes, we were freezing cold (and I was sure we were going to get blown off the Cliffs of Moher)! But it’s far less touristy out of season, and cheaper.

The only thing that got to me was driving on those twisty narrow roads - I actually don’t drive stick so it was the friend I traveled with in 1993, and DH in 2003, that did the driving, but I was still terrified, between being on the “wrong” :teehee: side of the road and being on narrow roads you couldn’t see ahead on. And don’t get me started on the roundabouts…! :shock:

I spent a week there in 99…It was amazing and beautiful. A friend and I flew into Dublin and spent the week taking buses to different small towns around the country and staying in hostels…no real plans, just wandering. I loved it there and want to go back someday.

I passed through Dublin for a weekend on my way back from Edinburgh. So touristy, so expensive, cursed weak dollar! But on the bright side, I did get lots of men talking to me. I got more flirtation in my weekend in Dublin than I did the whole two weeks in Edinburgh. :teehee: And Edinburgh was full of Europeans cuz it was during the arts festival, so I’m going to conclude through my flawless reasoning that Dublin is high on the flirtatious men scale. :slight_smile:

My dd is living and working in Germany right now. She has gotten to do alot of traveling to other European countries in the 2 1/2 years she’s been there. She says, hands down, Ireland was her most favorite place of all. My dd isn’t one who’s ever shown much of an interest in nature or it’s magesticness. We hauled her up into the beautiful Colorado Rockies countless times as a kid and it never did a thing for her. About Ireland, though, she said the “nature” of it made her feel totally serene inside. She can’t wait to go back some day.

I’ve always felt Ireland calling to me, too. It must be my Irish roots. :smiley:

Dublin is in my experience a rip off anyway - I only lived there for two months but I wasn’t that impressed!

I realise that my weekend in Dublin wasn’t a brilliant representation of Ireland as a whole. I just wanted to get across the sense of humour which nearly all Irish people have. I wasn’t particularly impressed with Dublin anyway & have to go back & take my children.
If you have read Marian Keyes book Angels that is the kind of sense of humour you can expect.
They also have a lovely accent.
If you are looking for somewhere green & lush the North of England isn’t that bad either. Especially the lake district!

Here are some pictures I took while bored in work, we were topsoil stripping so that’'s why there’s lots of soil in the shots. the light’s not too good