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Galway Bay and other misconceptions

A May 1995 trip to Galway by Languedoc

Inismore Harbor, Aran Islands Photo, Galway, Ireland More Photos
Quote: Why I went to Ireland and why I don't intend to return.

Galway Bay and other misconceptions

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Most of my moments in Ireland were negative. A terrible trip.

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The inn is very nice with a view across the broad harbor on the main island in the group. It has about six rooms as I remember, a sitting room and a dining room. See my further comments on the experience, though.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on September 1, 2000

Ard Einne Inn
Aran Islands
Galway, Ireland

Walking

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When I got off the ferry from near Galway to the Aran Islands, I asked a man with a horse-drawn cart how much he charged to take me to the Ard Einne Inn and he said $20. I asked how far it is and he said two miles. I asked the driver of a tour van how much he charged and he said he wasn't going that way. As I turned to leave he said that I should just walk since it wasn't far. So I did, and it was indeed a pleasant walk. Then I walked back to town to have lunch so that by the end of the day I had walked six miles. That was the best part of my trip.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 1, 2000

Inismore Harbor, Aran Islands Photo, Galway, Ireland
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I came to Ireland thinking I might want to live there since the country does not charge income taxes to writers, artists and composers. But three days in Galway and an overnight visit to the Aran Islands sucked the life out of that idea. Galway seemed filled to overflowing with people who drink too much, who rear undisciplined children, who litter indiscriminately (I watched as a couple peeled the wrappings off their candy bars and dropped them right behind an elderly man picking up litter in a park). I asked the owner of a bookstore about the law for writers and he said that it was a good law but no writer he knew of had made a go of it in Ireland; they all leave after a while. He said Frederic...Read More

Irish Tourist Board

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There's a message from my trip to other travel writers, and that is to be careful when dealing with the government tourist agency of a country. Being a professional travel writer can get you free access to story material, which means (sometimes) free air transportation, local guide services, hotel rooms, rental cars and meals. But nothing in life is free, and it is best to keep that in mind. I had never been to Ireland but other writers and photographers had told me how easy the Irish Tourist Board was to work with and that they couldn't give air fare but they provided free rental cars, lodging and meals. So I contacted the tourist board in New York with my credentials and assignment, and was told ...Read More

Irish trains

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Since I wasn't having a bunch of fun in Ireland, it was no surprise that the ferry leaving the Aran Islands was 20 minutes late. When we arrived on the mainland some distance from Galway, the bus to town wasn't waiting for us. My train was supposed to leave for Dublin at 11 a.m., and here it was almost noon. The bus eventually arrived and when it stopped in Galway I went loping around the corner and up the street with my bulky bag, and arrived in the railway station huffing and puffing. 'Is there a later train to Dublin?' I asked the young woman. 'No, but why don't you take this one?' she asked. 'This one?' I parroted. 'Which one is this''?' 'The 11 o'cl...Read More