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First Trip to Europe - Ireland

A March 2008 trip to Dublin by Kevinmcc

St. Kevins Monastery Photo, Dublin, Ireland More Photos
Quote: Over the course of ten days I saw the beauty of Ireland.

First Trip to Europe - Ireland

Overview

St. Kevin's Monastery Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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I went over to Ireland with my girlfriend and we were lucky enough to stay with her second cousins for most of the nights we were there. It is a tough place to visit from the United States right now based on the exchange rates but you can manage if you go in knowing that. Overall ours was a ten day trip with 6 nights spent in the farm country of County Carlow an hour South of Dublin. We also spent 2 nights in Dublin and 2 in the West Country- Galway and Lahinch. It was our first time in Ireland so I think we crammed a lot into our stay but we definitely look forward to seeing what we missed when we return.Quick Tips: Don't spend more than 2 days in Dublin. It is a city rich and tradition...Read More

Malahide Castle

Attraction

Malahide Castle Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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Located on a beautiful estate this castle is only recently uninhabited. The same family lived there for over 500 years until around 1970. The inside of the Castle is just like an old mansion with antique furnitrue and many paintings of the family through the years. The best part of the trip for me was the bus tour from Dublin. We had a live commentator who did a spectactular job of relating history and anectodotal information about the region around Dublin. The rooms are full of a mix of furniture that has a feel of turn of the 20th century. I am a 26 year old male and I wasn't as interested in seeing them but my 26 year old girlfriend was intrigued in the antiquity. I also ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 5, 2008

Malahide Castle
Malahide
Dublin, Ireland
+353 (1) 846-2184

Trinity College Library Shop Photo,
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Class was in session when we were there so it looked just like any other University in a city. The place to visit here is the Library which holds the Book of Kells. This is a book written by a contingent of Monks who's sole duty in life was to complete this rendition of the Gospels. You begin by walking through a series of rooms that puts the book in context for you. They show you how painstaking the process of creating this book was yet how beautiful the work is. The rooms highlight the different paintings contained in the book which highlight various Gospel stories and themes. The last room has a couple pages turned from the book itself. Over a thousand years old it is hard not to appreciate ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 5, 2008

Trinity College Library Shop
Old Library
Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 608 2308

Cliffs of Moher

Attraction

Cliffs of Moher Photo, County Clare, Ireland
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Absolutely must see from the West Country. Walk right up to teh edge and look down onto the amazing rocky coastline on th Atlantic. There could be a thousand people there but the serenity of the Cliffs will haveyou feeling like you are the only one there. Definitely one of the most amazing views I have ever taken in. Look down and see the waves crashing hundreds of feet below. Marvel at the thousands of years of erosion seen in the face of the cliffs. Shops and restaurants have been added, tastefully done to take almost noting away from the ambiance. Enjoy.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 5, 2008

Cliffs of Moher
Southwestern Edge of the Burren Region
County Clare, Ireland

Róisin Dubh's

Attraction | "Roisin Dubh"

Róisin Dubh's Photo, Galway, Ireland
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One of the more known pubs in Galway. You walk into a typical irish pub. Wood floors wood walls, but further back on the main floor is a large room where the live music plays. Great local band the night I was there. Later on the DJ came on and played some random random American music. Made for a really fun night. Lots of dancing lots of drinking. Great Guinness on tap obviously.Upstairs there is an outside part of the bar that is great on a nice day or helpful to anyone looking to have a smoke. Alot of big Irish acts play there. Look up the schedule if you are interested. One of the few bars in Galway without a line on a big Saturday night, but that was simply b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 6, 2008

Róisin Dubh's
8 Lower Dominick St
Galway, Ireland
+353 91 586540

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Kevinmcc

Kevinmcc
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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