Going to Ireland in Nov, Advice?

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  1. Davegrave

    Davegrave Dapper Dan

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    The first week of November my father and I are going to Dublin. First time in Europe for both of us. My first time out of the country at all.
    I'm so excited. My dad travels a lot and has wanted to go to Ireland for years. Well he finally made up his mind to go and his wife just had no desire to go...so I got the spot. :supergrin:

    Anyway, what do I need to know? Obviously no guns or knives...no need to remind me.

    But what else should I know? What about traveling with prescriptions? Do I need the original pill bottles?
    Charging my blackberry? Do i need a special adapter?
    Anyplace I should go given the chance? Best Food? Cheapest Brothel?

    Basically if you have advice I'd love to hear it. Thanks.
     
  2. lanternlad

    lanternlad Mythmatician

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    Don't let people know you're American. If anyone asks, you're Canadian.
     

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    Yeah, or else all them Irish-Muslims will try to smite you.
     
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    Arse!
     
  6. GeorgiaRedfish

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    My bad, Drink A lot.
    And do the Yankee Doodle with a hot girl, with that hot accent.
     
  7. mustang6112

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    Drink a Guinness for me!
    Bring perscription in their original bottles.
    BB should be ok just get an adapter kit for the plug end, should be bale to pick one up at Best Buy or local cell phone dealer.
    Check in with the emabassy 1. so they now you are there and 2. to ask if there is any place specifically to avoid.
    Have fun!
     
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  8. MooseJaw

    MooseJaw NRA Lifer CLM

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    It's a beautiful country with teriific people..

    Friendly..

    Good food..

    Guinness is known as Vitamin G..

    Go to the Museum at the University..

    Take the Guinness Tour..

    Kiss the Blarney Stone..

    Get yourself out to the Cliffs of Mohr..

    Take a Castle Tour..

    The Dancers and Comedians are a hoot..

    And did I say the people are really friendly..



    very nice trip.. if you don't have a great time, it's YOUR fault.. :rofl::wavey:
     
  9. Nestor

    Nestor Lean & Mean

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    Leave Dublin as soon as You will visit the Guinness brewery and go to Cork and to the West Coast.
    It's the true Ireland, not this freaking Dublin.
     
  10. DustyJacket

    DustyJacket Directiv 10-289

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    The list is long....

    Yes, get a power converter and set of plug adapters (ala Radio Shack). they use 220 over there, and the plugs/sockets are different.

    Load up a prepaid VISA with cash and use that.

    Keep receipts so you get a VAT refund.

    Eat pub grub.

    Walk the wall in Derry. (Don't call it Londonderry in most places.)

    Don't forget to drive on the left.

    If you can get into Denegal you can get nice tweed from the source.

    And on and on.

    Here is a short list of some things we did: http://www.dustyjacket.com/ireland/index.html

    I stayed here:

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  11. jdavionic

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    It's been a LONG time since I was there. I went for 2 wks in southern Ireland...flew into Dublin. At the time, the IRA was still prevalent. So when money was delivered or picked up from a business, the armored vehicle was escorted by the military and they were in a heightened state of alert. I don't think that's an issue today.

    That aside. The southern is just beautiful. I believe the economy picked up since I was there. When I was there, there were folks living out of trailers here & there.

    The people were very friendly. Pubs were great with great food. Beef...didn't see any except for Dublin. Everything was fish or lamb.

    It's to know that if someone is talking about a fag, they are likely talking about a cigarette. The first time that came up in a conversation, some guy was complaining that 'these Koreans just sat around puffing their fags all day'. I said...'well, heck I would be pissed off at that too'. Once we broke the barrier, we both cracked up laughing.

    If you're into horses (which I used to ride a lot & train them), it's a great place for cross country riding.

    Driving...the roads in the South are narrow. Also, folks reach a store and just stop and get out. You just deal with it. They are not in a rush to go anywhere either.

    In all, I love the country.
     
  12. norm357

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    Fail.
     
  13. dabigguns357

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    Actually i wouldn't kiss the Blarney stone.I have several friends who are Irish and they all say the same thing.They pee on the stone and stand back while we(Americans)kiss it to give us better speaking skills.


    eeewwwww :puking:
     
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    I recommend a trip to Manchester instead.
     
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    Oh hell no.
     
  16. RHVEtte

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    The IRA's all but gone, and the military doesn't do that kind of guard duty now.

    They're still around. Among other things, they're called "Tinkers," and they're nomads. They've actually had run-ins with the government on several occasions since the trailers are a hazard on the highways. They've tried to make "towns" for them, but everywhere they try it, the townsfolk come down with a bad case of NIMBY. Oh, by the way, if you actually run into one of them, NEVER call them Tinkers to their face. They get offended, though personally I don't get why since it references their immense skill with tin working. They can take a piece of scrap tin and make a completely water tight bucket in 5 minutes.

    YOU MUST EAT LAMB IN IRELAND. It's almost a law or something, not that you'll mind since it's absolutely delicious.

    If you think the smoking bans in the US are nuts, you should see some of the ones in Ireland. Some places you can't smoke in pubs, other places you can only smoke IN them. Screwy.

    You'll see lots of horses there. Watch out for the painted ponies and large boulders on the sides of the roads.

    All good advice. Don't forget to try all the local fare. Fresh fish on the west coast, lamb in the south, etc.

    The beer selection is pretty pathetic in comparison to the US, but they've still got a good variety. It's just made by one of three brewers. Guinness makes, besides Guinness obviously, Smithwick's (Call it Smitticks or nobody will understand what the hell you're talking about.), along with Harp (foul out of the tap, but delicious from a bottle). Other options are Beamish, Murphy's, Carlsberg, Kilkenny, and a couple others whose names I drank away.

    Go to the Old Midleton Distillery. Take the tour and sample the whiskey. Just DO NOT buy it there. You'll see bottles you'll want to sign your car away for, but don't do it. Try Redbreast and Green Spot 8. Both are pot-still Irish whiskeys and Green Spot is damn near impossible to find in the states.

    Go see some real Irish dancing and music. Everyone's heard of Riverdance, but it's not the real thing. Decent dancing and crap music. Just be aware, you may not want to go if you have a heart condition and I'm not talking about the physical exertion, although the smaller performances will ask for volunteers.

    Jack Meade's and Durty Nelly's. Two of the oldest pubs in Ireland and two of the best. It costs 20 Euro to get into JM's, but the first two drinks of your choice are free and they usually have amazing performances.

    Bring a jacket. Bring an umbrella. Bring another umbrella. Bring more batteries than you ever thought you'd need. I went through 48 batteries in 8 hours taking pics (4 AAs at a time.) The batteries over there are dirt cheap and still over-priced. You'll get about 6 shots out of a set, less when it's cold, and less again when you use the flash. On that note, bring a ton of batteries and a nice heavy coat when you visit Kilmainhaim jail in Dublin. Let's just say you'll get to see the remnants of Victorian-era cutting edge medicine.

    Go see Blarney Castle. And Ross Castle (take the jaunting carts.) See the churches. Waterford in particular has some very interesting ones. When in Dublin, call a cab and tell him to take you to "Ireland's Treasured Chest." He'll know what you mean. Then take a walk down Grafton Street. Go see Trinity College and the Book of Kells. Try and look up your family name if your from there. Stay away from the Temple Bar(f) for obvious reasons. Check out the General Post Office and O'Connell Street.

    Try the white pudding. If you can't get up enough nerve to try the black, that's okay, but do not miss out on the wonder of a real Irish breakfast by ignoring the white pudding, oatmeal, and Wheatabix.

    Dublin's the capitol and the most expensive town. Don't buy anything there that you don't have to. A pint of Guinness will run you at least $10 US there.
    Kilkenny is all about Kilkenny castle, but go into town and look for a little side street right off the main road. You'll miss it the first time. Down that street you'll find some of the best little restaurants.
    Killarney's a shopping town. Lots of great deals to be had, but a lot of expensive places, too. You can get darn near anything you want there, though. Only place I ever went where I enjoyed the bar scene. If you want to buy Waterford Crystal, however, you really need to go to Blarney Woolen Mills. Best prices on Irish Crystal, though Waterford brand is no longer in production.
    Galway's a little more hip than the rest of the country. Think of it as Ireland's big College Town. A lot of little hole in the wall places that serve fresh local food. A little different from the rest of Ireland in that it's more like the rest of the world, culinary speaking. Lots of wine and cheese and lighter food.
    Near about the Burrens on the west side of the country, you'll find St. Brigid's Baptismal. Even going to all the churches and religious places in Ireland, that was one of the most emotional. I can't describe it, you HAVE to be there to see it and feel it. It's one of the holiest places in Ireland. On that note, keep an eye out for any trees standing alone in a field or rings of trees. Every now and again you'll find a big old tree standing all alone with some graves under it. Very sacred ground, be very respectful. If you come back to Dublin from Galway, there's a highway that more or less cuts the country in half. Pay attention because you'll notice that the highway jogs right about 30 feet in one spot. Watch for the tree when you get there.

    Oh, and if you ever run into a man by the name of Mickey Nolan, give him 5 Euro and tell him he's responsible for more than a few of the folks from Rose wanting to come back. Best tour guide you'll ever find. I think he's a driver for Galvin's Tours, but I'm not sure.

    I didn't cover nearly half the stuff we did. Mickey was the best thing that could have happened to our trip. This guy is the one Confucius was talking about when he said "If you find a job you love, you will never work a day in your life," and it shows in the quality of his work.
     
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  17. RHVEtte

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    They're pulling your leg. If you're going to pee on the Blarney stone, you'd have to be aiming near straight up. I don't doubt some drunk tried it at one point, but I guarantee they got more on their own shirt than they did on the stone.

    ETA: a couple of other things. No Irishman gives a damn if you're American so long as you show the proper respect. Just because you are a visitor in their country doesn't mean they moonlight as tour guides. They're all very kind and laid back and even the coldest hearted scrooge will warm up to you if you buy them a pint.

    Additionally, if you walk the wall in Derry, look like a real Irishman and kick it when you turn around.

    When you go to the Cliffs of Moher, you can either go left or right. Officially, the right has the better view, but if you go beyond the "Do Not Cross" sign and low fence, the left side is phenomenal.

    Also, check to make sure your model of BB works in Ireland. I think they use GSM so you should be okay, but it never hurts to double check. I rented a world phone and imported my number for the week. Pain free and no worries. Plus the charger had a built in converter. Stick on the plug adapter and it works anywhere in the world which is a big relief since you don't have to trust one of those converters. My roommate for the trip brought his laptop and borrowed my converter when his melted (literally melted. Good thing the desktop was glass.) Mine gave up the ghost a few days later amidst a plume of black smoke.
     
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  18. american lockpicker

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    I seem to remember reading on CPF that TSA doesn't like you taking many batteries on a plane and some lithium ones maybe restricted.
     
  19. mechanica

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    I still wouldn't want to be kissin' the same rock hundreds of thousands of other people have. Herpes free is the way to be.
     
  20. Davegrave

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    Not my choice. Pops is footing the bill and he's set on Dublin. I know he has tours lined up and a lot planned so I'm just looking for extra stuff to throw in.

    I have a good friend that lives in west Cork. I wish I could see him while I'm there. It's been about 10 years.