I've never been, but would love to go one day! I DID plan to visit Dublin when I was in the UK doing my Master's, but for some reasons, my friends and I decided to go to Edinburgh instead. Doh! One of these days, though, for sure ...
What I am DYING to do is come to Ireland for a Haunted Castle OR Irish Pub horse back riding vacation. Unfortunately, they are about $4k (USD) for one week. But THAT is my dream. I have heard that Ireland is absolutely gorgeous. My neice went there with her best friend's family (as they are Irish and have relatives there) and her pics are phenominal. So, the short answer is YES. But I'd love to see the country on horseback.
Oh the West Coast of Ireland is the most stunning place EVER!! I moved here a year ago and am head over heels in love with the place. It really does have the most stunning sea and landscapes and is full of hidden gems. Seriously, it should be at the top of every list of places to go :-D
Not sure if this is the right spelling, but he grew up near a place called Fermoy in County Cork. He left when he was 18 though (over 50 years ago) cos my grandfather was in the police prior to the war, and the family had a lot of trouble from the IRA. We never visited the place he was from on our holidays because of this, so I don't know anything about the place.
I would do that if I went. My dad played hurling for the County Cork under 18 team and he bought me the sticks and schlitter (now that one must be the wrong spelling) and taught me how to play a bit. I wonder if it's still as dangerous as it used to be. He had lots of stories about people getting their head cracked open or their hands broken from a whack with one of the sticks.
He must have been a very good player - Cork are the powerhouse of hurling. I played a little, but it is not the sort of sport you can pick up easily. It is fast and furious - I think that helmets are compulsory, now, but most of my friends had no teeth and crooked noses.
Gaelic Football, on the other hand - I'm 6' 4", so they shoved me straight into the Full Forward position. Happy Days
Anyway, nice chatting, but it is time for my afternoon snooze. Siestas are a great invention
kephrera - your fathers story is not unusual for that period - some bad things happened - but all is well in Cork these days and we woudl love to have you back - Sudidreamer can fill you in on the local activities - I have been in Cork several times and love it
I don't understand the agenda of getting people to visit Ireland especially since we just rip off any tourists who are nice enough to come. I recommend waiting a few years if you want to visit because the country will be on its knees (even more so) and everything will be a lot cheaper.
I thought the Celtic Tiger was on it's knees already. The trouble is so are the rest of us so however much cheaper Ireland gets, most of the rest of us will be that much poorer too so it won't be any help.
Ummm...hmmmm....I wonder if you couldn't say this about ANY country. I've been to a few outside of the U.S. and EVERY place I've been has gouged the tourists. Guess what? It happens here in the US as well....~GASPS from the crowd~ That's right folks, we too, rip off our OWN tourists....
The Irish tourist board are spending a huge amount of money to keep toursits coming to the country, there is evena rumour going around that they are paying internet writers to talk about how good Ireland is in online forums 0=-)
Small world... I had the same thought, but I was there 10 years ago as well. Do you remember the time of year, or specific year you were there? I've been running into more and more odd coincidences lately. (We were there in September of 2000. It was our honeymoon, so its easy for me to remember the dates.)
I have been to Ireland and it was the best vacation of my life. The US dollar was stronger then, so it was more than affordable, and I fell in love with the place and the people. My husband and I took the trip for our honeymoon almost 10 years ago, and we tossed around the idea of attempting to get work visas and never coming home!
I went on a day trip to Dublin from Fishguard some years ago. That was fun. Had fantastic fish and chips at Beschoff's, visited the Guiness Brewery and just wandered round. We did look into going back, but the hotels and guesthouses are terribly expensive, so that for the price of 2 days in Dublin we could get 3 or 4 days in Barcelona or Florence, for example.
Another time, I had a business meeting in a very posh hotel just outside Cork. That was fantastic. The food was excellent and they made their own superb soda bread. I had time off in Cork and enjoyed going to the folk sessions in the pubs. I'd like to go back to Cork and then work my way westwards, trying to find all the little places where folk sessions are spontaneous and not geared to tourists.
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