Thursday, June 4, 2009

Wanted: Suggestions for my Trip to Ireland

The excitement is nearing the unbearable point!  I leave for Ireland in just over a week.  This will be my second trip to the Emerald Isle, but my last trip was pretty short.  This time I'll be traveling and blogging for nearly two weeks.  And, of course, I'll be tweeting, too!
I've gotten some good itinerary suggestions so far...

@HiddenEurope tweeted:
  • @AKNickerson For yr Ireland journey look west for remote villages to catch the flavour of a country changing quickly. Especially Co. Donegal
  • @AKNickerson Thanks. Our favourite Donegal areas: 1 Greencastle to Malin Head 2 Church Hill & Glenveagh 3 West from Killybegs & Ardara

@IrishFireside suggests:
  • @AKNickerson Connemara for certain. How far north or south are you planning to go?

@Marilyneb also weighed in:
  • @AKNickerson maybe bit out of your way, but Sligo for WB Yeats Grave; also Trinity College in Dublin - Book of Kells

@VacationKids offers:

And @KateLordBrown offered:
  • @AKNickerson Swim with dolphin in Dingle, Avoca blankets, oysters in Galway, cocktails at Clarence in Dublin.
@MyMelange is always helpful...
  • @AKNickerson Only one. It is THE most important one too. Listen up- pay attention. DRINK LOTS OF GUINNESS!!! That's all folks.

I was also looking for Ireland tweeters, and @RTFelton pointed me in the right direction:

I still have some free time in my schedule, though.  So, I ask you, dear readers...

If you've been to Ireland, what was the best part of your trip?  If you've blogged about your trip, please include links to your posts, too!
And if you haven't been, what tops your list when you go one day?


Todd Felton said...

Angela - this is one trip where you may have to buy an extra ticket just for the books to bring. Or buy a kindle. I agree with Hidden Europe, head to the west. My favorite places are the Aran Islands (try Inis Meain rather than Inis Moir), Galway, Mayo, and Sligo. I suggest bring JM Synge's Travels in Wicklow, West Kerry, and Connemara. It's a brilliant book full of observation and wit. I would also pack a collection of Yeats poems and the Norton anthology of Modern Irish Drama. Maybe George Moore's The Untilled Field and a collection of Irish short stories. Okay, you see why my wife laughs at my suitcase when I travel.

Angela K. Nickerson said...

Update: 10:15 am

So, I'm getting great suggestions on Twitter this morning. Here are a few...

@CharlieConnelly: 'Ulysses' - Bloomsday is on June 16th. McCarthy's Bar. A Star Called Henry. Patrick Kavanagh and Seamus Heaney for poetry.

@CharlieConnelly also sent me this link:

It hadn't even occurred to me that I'd be there for Bloomsday! My Modern Irish Lit Class will be so handy! :)

@iKangaroo: both of these tours are good: , reading material: Portrait of the Artist- easy Joyce read

I'm not a pub-crawl kind of girl, but I think iKangaroo is right: that tour sounds great!

@KateLordBrown: McCarthy's Bar? Anything by Colm Toibin. John O'Donohue 'Anam Cara'.

I've read McCarthy's Bar and loved it!

Angela K. Nickerson said...

Update: 11:30 am

More in via Twitter and Facebook:

@Diddlyi: a sunday evening listening to traditional Irish music in the Cobblestone in Dublin. Remember your session etiquette there tho!


@AKNickerson here's more on trad music sessions

Thanks for that! I fully intend to load up on traditional music. :)

And on Facebook:

Suzanne Rowan Kelleher:
I lived in Ireland for five years. Have a pint of Guinness for me!

Cathleen Randall:
Ireland is AWESOME! Make sure to have tea (anything really, not just cream tea) every day. Eat the full Irish breakfast if you want. Make sure to go to Kerry. In Dublin go to the National (something) museum and look at all the Celtic gold! Buy linens and woolens.

Alex Robertson Textor had several hotel suggestions for Dublin:
Waltons, Waterloo House, Eliza Lodge and Grafton House were the stand-out mid-range places on my hotel reviewing trip there (Aug 2005). A lot can change in four years, though. Trust and hope the above are still decent.

Angela K. Nickerson said...

Update: 1:30 pm

From Twitter:

@Garret_Turley suggests:
Definitely a couple of days on the north antrim coast with carrick-a-rede ropebridge, giant's causeway & bushmills distillery

From Facebook:

Rich Whitaker:
have fun. that's a great trip. besides Dublin, my fav spots in Ireland are Kinsale and the Dingle Peninsula.

Allison Wedell Schumacher:
I'm so jealous!!! Have a wonderful and safe trip.

Amy Rea:
Have a FABULOUS time! It's been way too long since I went to Ireland, but I had such a wonderful trip.

JessieV said...

TOO fun! you'll have a blast. when i go?? i'll eat eat eat. have fun!

Rocky said...

I appreciate the labour you have put in developing this blog. Nice and informative.

Angela K. Nickerson said...

From my blog at, I also got this advice from a Galway native:

Mary Wilkinson says:

Angela, you have to come to Galway. Maybe you will be here for The Arts Festival? Also, visit the Burren, walk along the Flaggy Shore and have mussels in Ballyvaughan, in Co. Clare, take a walk on Fanore Beach and visit the Aran Islands, preferably not Inis Mor. Anything else I can think of I will let you know. Mp

Angela K. Nickerson said...

Even more tweets to share:

From @VecchiaCasa:
@AKNickerson Definately visit Donegal and it's stunning beaches.

And @WanderMom:
@AKNickerson concert at Slane Castle? I know Oasis r playing there soon. Trim castle (neat cafes just outside it), Newgrange and Tara

@AKNickerson And u should check out Termonfeckin. Just because it's the best place name ever. Makes my kids laugh every time we drive thru

@AKNickerson just realized: you'll be in Dublin for Bloomsday? 6/16? There's usually fun joyce-themed events.

Angela K. Nickerson said...

From @WanderMom:
@AKNickerson if you need to stop at sligo city hall, check out the mayoral chain donated by my great-great-grandfather

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