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Ireland in Nov. 1 - Feb. 14

I could us some help from the people around Adare. I found a good deal on air, hotel and air fare for 6 nights in Adare Manor.

My question is how is the weather at that time of year? If not when would be the best time?
Is there decent (cheap) places to eat, all my cash goes to to the LT.

We would like to see as much as we can in those 6 days. Knowing very little about the country but we are trying to learn, is Adare Manor located in a good spot for day trips?

Any help would be great and add to our trip. If we do this it would be a suprise 30th anniversary gift for my wife.


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Re: Ireland in Nov. 1 - Feb. 14

May be helpful for the weather..
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Re: Ireland in Nov. 1 - Feb. 14

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Looks like a nice place. I am sure Mark Maloney will be able to give you more info. At that time of year I would not expect a lot of sunshine - there is a reason it is the Emerald Isle. The train is a good way to get around and you could do day trips to Cork and Dublin. There wil be rugby matches on at that time of year.

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Re: Ireland in Nov. 1 - Feb. 14

THANKS!!

A little cool is OK but I am hoping we would not get soaked. The weather link was a big help and I had not thought of the train.


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Re: Ireland in Nov. 1 - Feb. 14

hi steve,
Great to see you chose a beautiful place to stay, very centrally located for touring the south and west coast of Ireland, a car or m/cycle is a must as i presume you will be flying into Shannon airport which is 40 minutes away from Adare. Weather in early November can be pleasant, generally a little colder and is more favorable than February which can be wet, windy and bitterly cold.
Food is expensive but quiet reasonable places can be found, mid day meals and pub grub
Places to see I would suggest:-
Kerry. The Ring of Kerry, Killarney, Kenmare, Killorglin [Famous Puck Fair], Dingle and Tralee [home of the rose of Tralee]. etc
Cork. The Ring of Beara, Glengarriff and Bantry etc
Clare. The Cliff of Moher, Lisdoonvarna, Lahinch, The Burren etc..
Galway. Galway City and Connemara etc.
Mayo, Sligo and Donegal.

I like near Cork City and I think touring the south west of Ireland would be achievable and be in your time frame.[Cork, Kerry and Clare]
Hopefully this may answer some of your questions/queries and a nice way to spend you 30 year anniversary.

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Re: Ireland in Nov. 1 - Feb. 14

We liked the city of Cork very much and it's well worth at least half a day exploring on foot. Look out for ship's bollards sticking out of the sidewalk in some parts - they're old docks that have been converted to wide streets. If you're going to that neck of the woods you shouldn't miss Blarney, which is just outside Cork, but make sure you get there as early as you can so that you can explore the castle and grounds before the tourist coaches arrive.

The area around Killarney is very nice but, when we were there in the mid-nineties, the road surfaces were not very good away from the main roads. Killarney itself isn't bad but we found the pestering of the horse & carriage drivers tiresome. I doubt if they'll be there in the same numbers in November, though.

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Thanks everyone, The deal sounds too good to pass up.


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Re: Ireland in Nov. 1 - Feb. 14

Good part of Ireland to be based. Close to my favourite parts, the South and West coasts. Adare manor has a very good name. Hire a car, reasonable cheap by European standards to ensure the best flexabiity. Some wonderful spots off the beaten track. Previous mails state the obvious like visiting Cork and Kerry but dont forget county Clare, my favourite bit.
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Re: Ireland in Nov. 1 - Feb. 14

Ooops, apologies to champagnecharley, he did in fact mention Clare.


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Speaking of Clare, don't miss a Banquet in Bunratty Castle.
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Re: Ireland in Nov. 1 - Feb. 14

sounds like an awesome trip..like to see some pics too..
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Re: Ireland in Nov. 1 - Feb. 14

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I found a good deal on air, hotel and air fare for 6 nights in Adare Manor.
Mind sharing the costs and where you found the good deal?

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Re: Ireland in Nov. 1 - Feb. 14

Steve,
If you get to Cork be sure and also visit Kobh which was the last port of call for the Titanic. There are great walking tours of this seaport and it's very enjoyable.

Also, even if crystal isn't your bag, do visit the Waterford factory. You walk though the plant and actually see grinding & polishing of crystal by hand with just some lines to guide the artisans.

Also visit the Midleton Distillery near Cork. If you have a designated driver, you get to sample a number of spirits!

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