Ireland Journals

Ireland...Land of A Thousand Welcomes!

A November 2005 trip to Ireland by ladyanne47

Saint Judes Guest House Photo, Galway, Ireland More Photos
Quote: We had a brief visit to Ireland around the winter holidays and found an interesting variety of Pubs and B&B's for wonderful gatherings around the firesides.

Ireland...Land of A Thousand Welcomes!

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Overview

Violent Winter Storm Surf, Dingle Peninsula. Photo, Ireland, Europe
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Ireland has become a "home" to me in the sense that I would rather be there than any other place on earth. No other place in my travels gives such a sense of true peace and contentment. One of it's descriptive names is "The Land of Saints and Scholars" which is quite impressive. Ireland was so cut off from the mainland of Europe that during the fall of Rome, and the destruction of the literary collections in Europe, Ireland's monks and it's abbeys became a haven for saving many manuscripts and important writings of western civilization. The scribes as they were called meticulously transposed these works and preserved them, one being "the Books of Kells" that can be seen at Trinity College in Dublin...Read More

Saint Judes Guest House

Hotel | "St. Jude's B&B Guest House"

Saint Judes Guest House Photo, Galway, Ireland
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St. Jude's B&B Guesthouse in Galway city was the best B&B I stayed in during my whole trip to Ireland. It sounds cliche but I wish I could have taken it along with us as we continued on our trip. I had noticed a posting on igougo.com that raved about St. Jude's after I had already made my reservations at another B&B in Galway city, however, I was able to cancel the previous reservation and booked two nights at St. Jude's and was so happy I did. St. Jude's proved to be everything and more than was expected. An excellent stay for a reasonable price. Other more expensive places did not come close to the quality rooms, central location, food and ambiance of this wonderful B&B. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 16, 2005

Saint Judes Guest House
110 Lower Salthill
Galway, Ireland
+353 (91) 521619

Cregg Castle

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Hotel

Cregg Castle Photo, Galway, Ireland
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Cregg Castle was all that I had hoped it would be: old world, eclectic, and a taste of the real Ireland. It has had mixed reviews, but if you love antiques, "rusticness," traditional Irish music, and lots of animals, you will love Cregg Castle. We were welcomed by Ann Marie into a large lounge with 25-foot ceilings and a roaring fire, big overstuffed chairs and couches, candlelight, and a hot cup of tea. Plus, there was a wonderful huge calico cat to sit on our laps. She advised us to find a place, Regan's Pub, to have dinner, and we then returned to sit around the fire and later to hear Ann Marie and Paddy Broderick play their Irish instruments. It was nice of them to give us a perform...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 20, 2005

Cregg Castle
Corrundulla
Galway, Ireland
+353 (9) 179 1434

McDonagh's

Restaurant

McDonagh's Photo, Ireland, Europe
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McDonagh's, on Quay Street, in the heart of the city center, lives up to its name for the best seafood. I had the tastiest fish-and-chips there. The batter was light and delicious. However, the side dishes were just okay. I did not care for their garlic cheese potatoes. My friend had the plaice grilled and she loved it.

The atmosphere is fun, with lots of seafaring decorations, but the service was just okay, not great. It was reasonable and overall we had a nice time.

Go early, as they do not take reservations and you might have to wait, especially during the high season.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 17, 2005

McDonagh's
22 Quay St
Galway, Ireland
+353 91 565001

Lynch's Cafe

Restaurant

Lynch's Cafe Photo, Galway, Ireland
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Lynch's Cafe was just what we needed. It was recommended by the local folk. Situated upstairs over some shops, it had a nice view of the decorated street and a number of different rooms, with a different ambiance in each. We choose the old-fashioned dark-paneled tea room with an open fire. It had nice green walls, lovely gilded mirrors, and a warm, inviting atmosphere. It was reasonable and was really cafeteria-style. After shopping, it was a nice place to take refuge from the cold day. I had a wonderful hot cup of tea, soup, and dessert. Well nourished and warmed, we were again ready to tackle more shopping and exploring.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 18, 2005

Lynch's Cafe
5 Shop Street
Galway, Ireland
+353 91 569511

Moran's Oyster Cottage

Restaurant | "Moran's Oyster Cottage, The Weir"

Moran's Oyster Cottage Photo, Galway, Ireland
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Moran's Oyster Cottage dates back almost 300 years and is now run by the seventh generation of the Moran family. It is renowned the world over for its superb seafood and environmentally protected oyster beds, which attract people from the five continents, and is open year-round. It is known that kings and queens, princes and princesses, have flown in for these oysters. It is not an exaggeration to say they are the best in the world.

The dining is informal, and the cottage very small and quaint. In warm weather there are many wooden tables outside overlooking the inlet bay. It is very easy to find, between Kinvara and Galway, near Clarinbridge.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 21, 2006

Moran's Oyster Cottage
The Weir, Kilcogan, Co
Galway, Ireland
+353 (91) 796113

Sheridan's Cheesemongers

Attraction | "Sheridan's Cheesemongers, Ltd."

Sheridan's Cheesemongers Photo, Ireland, Europe
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After reading about Sheridan's Cheese Shop on Churchyard St. in Galway City center in a travel guide, we were very interested in finding it right away. Eating different kinds of cheese with good wine was something we were looking forward to on these cold, windy Irish nights. Having asked several local folk, we did find it and was so impressed with this lovely little shop. Visually it was beautiful, as you will see in my photos. The shopkeeper Siefra Kelly was a delight, and she gave us a lecture on each kind of cheese and a small sliver of each to test for ourselves. We ended up with a soft creamy blue cheese, a Durris from Cork, a sharp cheddar touched with cumin, and a goat cheese from Co...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 17, 2005

Sheridan's Cheesemongers
Market Street
Galway, Ireland
+353 91 564829

Galway City Center Sights & Attractions

Attraction | "Galway City Center"

Galway City Center Sights & Attractions Photo, Ireland, Europe
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Galway City Center is the heartbeat of Galway City. It has maintained it's quaint and historical integrity in spite of being a city growing with the inspiration of the many young people who go there to live and to study. The many schools of the Gaelic and Celtic languages have attracted youth from all over Ireland and also students from other countries use Galway city in their study abroad programs. A popular place to learn the historical aspects of the Irish culture, music and language, the city is full of life even though it looms within the ancient stone walls, buildings and churches that are centuries old. It is a place busy with tourism as well, being close by to the Seashore of Galway Ba...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 17, 2005

Galway City Center Sights & Attractions
Quay Street and Eyre Square
Galway, Ireland

Droichead Beag Pub

Attraction | "Droichead Beag (Small Bridge)"

Droichead Beag Pub Photo, Dingle Peninsula, Ireland
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Droichead Beag Pub, also known as the Small Bridge Pub, has to be one of the oldest and best in the wonderful lively village of Dingle on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland. There was old-world charm with stone walls and dark worn wood, mellow yellow walls, and some of the best traditional Irish musicians, such as Eoin Duignan, one of the greatest uillean pipe players in all of Ireland. Nestled next to the turf fire with a Guinness in hand and listening to the haunting mystical sound of Eoins pipes had to be the best Irish moment I experienced in Ireland. Pub hopping in Dingle has to be the best, but if you have to choose one pub to visit, you must go to the Droichead Beag next to the small...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 6, 2006

Droichead Beag Pub
Main Street
Dingle, Kerry, Ireland
+353 (66) 9151723

John Benny Moriarty's Pub

Attraction | "John Benny Moriarty Pub"

John Benny Moriarty's Pub Photo, Dingle Peninsula, Ireland
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John Benny's was recommended to us by our archaeological tour guide who frequents it daily. It's known especially for its great desserts and also for its wonderful ambiance as a typical charming Irish pub and restaurant. Not only is it one of the best eating places in Dingle, but it has some of the best nighttime traditional music in Dingle. Traditional music is played nightly during the season and on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday throughout the year. The food is economical, and if you find a good seat, don't move and plan on a great night of music, song, wine, and food.You will catch Eoin Duignan, a well-known uillean pipe player, there with many other talented musicians from th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 6, 2006

John Benny Moriarty's Pub
Strand St.
Dingle, Kerry, Ireland
+353 (66) 9151215

Ceili House Pub

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Hotel | "Many a fine Pint in an Irish Pub!"

Ceili House Pub Photo, County Donegal, Ireland
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To visit Ireland has to include "many a time" spent in the Irish Pub which you will find just about anywhere, whether it be on a remote road in the middle of nowhere, or in the midst of an Irish city. Irish pubs, to me, represent what Ireland is all about, because it is where you can find the true Irish soul. In other words, it's people. It is not only a place for a tall glass of Guinness, but also a place to find a story, a song, a dance, and a great conversation. Pubs come in all shapes and sizes, some plain and some fancy. Some have a tiny bar and just a few places to sit or stand. It does not matter, they all have the same spirit and life. You will always get a big warm welcome, and after a short ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 17, 2006

Ceili House Pub
Fintown
County Donegal, Ireland

Connemara... Barren and Wild Beauty

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Connemara donkey greeting me
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The first time I experienced Connemara was when I had just arrived in Ireland on my first day's jaunt. It stunned me with it's barren beauty and magical spirit of mountain, fields, and lakes. I had to return, and this time it was still another unique experience in a land that cannot be believed until your own eyes bestow it.It was a cold winter day that started out in dense fog, I prayed that the fog would lift and it did, so drastically it was unbelievable. One moment we could not even see along the roadside, and then as we came around a corner, it was a brighter white. The sun was fighting its way through and then it was a blue sky with wisps of white streaks that soon disappeard as well, ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 7, 2006

Ring of Kerry

Attraction | "The Ring Of Kerry..most sought after Sight!!!"

Muckross House...Muckross Rd. Ring of Kerry Photo, Killarney, Ireland
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The Ring of Kerry is probably the most popular sight that tourist flock to, and it is definitely one of the prettiest in Ireland. I have to say if one is traveling to Ireland for the first time, the Ring of Kerry should be seen. However, be ready if you are going in high season to be over run with tourist buses and people. You may even have to limit your time if you get behind a row of cars and buses.That being said, it is very beautiful. I have gone three times off season, so I had a lovely ride. The only problem was that some of the restaurants like the "Ladies View," on Route N71, will not be open. The only time it is open is from April to October. It also has a nice gift shop attached...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 30, 2006

Ring of Kerry
179 Km Circular Road
Kerry, Ireland