Hi! Hubby and I are considering a brief trip to Dublin over New Year's - positives and negatives?? Any suggested day trips? We do have family there that we could spend New Year's Day with and will likely be returning to the states on the second…. appreciate any advice or suggestions!
Jen-I don't see a down side, in particular if you have family there. I took a look, and it appears that Kilmainham Gaol will be open (it's closed Dec 24-25-26) and if you and your husband have not seen it, it's really a great view on Irish history. I think it would be good to be in Dublin when it's not peak season! As long as you don't mind the weather, sounds great. I highly recommend a day trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland, if that interests you. In Dublin there's excellent museums, the Book of Kells at Trinity College, and good restaurants.
I think it's a great idea! I don't think there are any negatives - other than it will be dark at about 4ish, and it might just be very wet, very windy and very cold! But that just makes the soup and warm dinner even more delicious! Dublin City have really pushed the city as a new years destination in recent years. So there will be plenty of events on, see http://www.visitdublin.com/event/nye_dublin for info, though I see there isn't info set for this year. Keep an eye out for that. Last years events looked like great fun. A lot of the attractions will be open (limited hours perhaps), but they will be very quiet compared to summer.
Day trips to Belfast or Glendalough could be done? Have a look at Wild Rover Tours who do both.
Hope that helps.
If I could be cold and wet in Seattle or cold and wet in Dublin, I'd choose Dublin.