My Sept RS tour starts in Ennis (30 min bus from Shannon airport). Using miles, I can find better flight to Dublin, rather than to Shannon as recommended. It appears Dublin to Shannon is 4 hours whether by bus or by air. Is there some better way to get to Shannon/Ennis?
I hope this is for 2021. 2020 is very unlikely to be possible.
You can also take a train. You would need to get from the airport in Dublin to the train station (Dublin Heuston), then catch a train to Ennis. The trains are comfortable and reasonable. Irish Rail route map.
The bus is another option (and you can get one from the airport, bypassing the trip into Dublin).
When is your planned trip?
It's anybody's guess if that will be possible. I wouldn't book anything that's nonrefundable.
Probably not going to work. Even if calmed down by then going into the Winter is supposed to start it up again (in a lot of places). They are talking about waves of the virus that come up and have to be beaten back down, with lockdowns and such.
Didn't the US virus plan talk about lasting 18 months? Ah, here it is.
We had a similar travel situation for an Irish Music Tour we took about a year ago. We flew to Dublin, spent a few days there, and then took the bus to Bunratty where our tour started (same bus goes to Ennis). The bus trip was about 4 hours, but the bus was very comfortable and convenient.
I see from the Dublin Coach website that they have currently suspended operations due to COVID-19. Anybody's guess when they start running buses again, but this is a good option, if running.
Check out the bus options. Back in May 2018 we spent a week in Ireland. Our friend missed her flight connection and arrived a day late. We were already in Doolin so she took the bus from the Dublin airport to Ennis - where we picked her up. She said the bus ride (motor coach) was easy and comfortable. Pretty sure is was Dublin Coach #300 (https://www.dublincoach.ie/index.php) Ennis wasn't originally on our itinerary but was an enjoyable surprise.