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Ireland 10 Days Sept/Oct 2019 -- CONTINUED

People may say we're crazy when they see this trip report -- too much moving around, too much driving -- but I say to each his own! That's what's great about travel -- we all focus on what we'd like to do. SO... here are our ~10 days in Ireland -- our first trip, for our 30th wedding anniversary. Thanks upfront to all posters here who offered wonderful advice and suggestions.

O'Hare to Dublin - Taxi from DUB to City Center
Drop bags at The Dean - "boutique" hotel within walking distance to city center/sites and one where they provide earplugs as a matter of course. I loved the HIP and my husband did not prefer the NOISE. I will stay again 100%. Cool/design rooms, rooftop w/views and a rope swing. Courteous employees pretending I'm hip even tho I'm old.

Walked thru town to Fallon & Byrne on Exchequer Street for Lunch. Grocery/prepared foods to stay/go. 1.50 euro for 1 stalk of corn.
National Gallery self-guided ... hit the highlights (FREE)
Walked St. Stephen's Green & Merion Square. Victorian Doors & Oscar Wilde Statue
Tour @ Christ Church Cathedral (AMAZING docent) Something for everyone ... history, art, architecture, opportunity ring the bells in the tower.

PUBS: Toner's and Doheny & Nesbitt (recommended by friends from Dublin) Classic interiors and friendly locals.

DINNER: The Fish Shop @ 76 Benburb St (very few tables, 100% courtesy staff, EXCELLENT menu options, hip ambiance w/whitewashed walls!)

Skipped breakfast @ Hatch & Son's (St. Stephen's Green location) .. Only coffee spot open = Starbucks....!

Book of Kells =10am Access Tickets LOVED/"antechamber" full of great info/library amazing ...! Calder in the plaza outside.

LUNCH: Dollard & Company: highly recommend ... bakery, butcher, order food to eat in, pizza ovens, etc.... I like to poke through grocery stores and food emporiums when I travel. This was fun.

PUB: Walked along river, ha'penny bridge and thru Temple Bar area (stopped at Merchant Arch for a pint)
on way to Dublin Castle tour (another AMAZING docent -- great variety, something for everyone, recommend)
PUB: Long Haul on walk back to hotel.
On way to dinner:
PUB: The Barge ... fun ambiance, on the canal.
DINNER: The Exchequer in Ranelagh (they have 2 locations) Our "official" anniversary dinner, although we had many haha ... service, food, menu, WINE = TOP SHELF.

After Dinner: PUB: J. O'Connells on walk back to hotel.

Rented Car in Dublin, drove to Kilkenny.
(I drove 100% of the trip; we rented manual. No issues. Rented from Hertz on Haddington Rd, Dublin)
Pouring rain ... walked up to Kilkenny Castle and elected to skip interior... walked park and gardens.
Next up: CASHEL! LOVED this stop.

Had lunch reservations at MIKEY RYAN'S -- again, raining but checked out the herbs and outdoor space out back ... LOVED and will return.
After lunch, Rock of Cashel! A highlight... amazing view of countryside and TWO good docents. Take time to tour the chapel (separate tour & ticket); good information on restoration, etc. Recommend!
After Rock --- T J Ryan Pub (classic interior, friendly bartender & patrons) in town before heading to Kenmare for the night at O Donnabhains.

O Donnabhains was lovely. Clean, friendly, pub on the ground floor that was lively w/fire and trad music. Breakfast in the mornings was served by husband & wife while kids ate in uniforms w/bookbags and then left for school. I am not a B&B lover, but I will return here. Rooms are Spartan but clean.

DINNER @ No. 35 in Kenmare. Lovely ambiance, excellent food, candle lit, affable hosts, service not rushed.
Stopped in a few local pubs for trad music. Easy town to walk. be continued ... out of space!

Posted by
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I love Ireland. Reading your report, just makes me want to go back. Looking forward to the rest. Thanks

Posted by
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May I suggest instead of starting a new "Part 2" thread just make part 2 (and subsequent parts) a reply post in this thread? That way readers don't have to search for the various parts of the trip report when they inevitably get separated.

Posted by
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Nice report. Have added a few items from it for a future trip myself. I agree with Dave in adding your remainder within this thread. I like to write my full report on a Word document, then cut and paste it into my trip report under one heading.

Looking forward to the remainder.

Posted by
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Thanks for your encouragement. This is my first trip report so I'm a novice! Appreciate all the input everyone provide to us so want to share a bit back to everyone.