Ireland Planning 2019

Aug 28 – Fly to Dublin – arrive 29th

Aug 29 – Rent car at Dublin airport

Can drive by County Cork/Bantry with extra 15 min drive

Arrive around 5PM

Air Bnb  – 2 bedrooms with ensuite bath, just outside Killarney town


Aug 30 – Ring of Kerry Day Tour

Ring of Kerry is pretty much this –

Booked this private tour – 9 hours

Aug 31 – Killarney National Park, Killarney town

Drive there or another tour – would be great to see Gap of Dunloe, the lakes, Ross Castle (whatever we didn’t see in day before) 

Here’s an idea

Sept 1 – drive to Listowel, only a 50 minute drive so suggest we stop in Tralee and/or drive up coast rather than direct inland way.  Also could take more time and drive out Dingle Penninsula. 

AirBnb – John’s house – right outside Listowel

3 bedrooms are pretty similar – each with large bed and two of them also have a single. Two bathrooms.

Horseshoe pub was open Sundays – many things were not. Good music but I don’t think they have it on Sunday. Sounds like John B Keane’s is now open Sundays and Mickey McConnell performs.

Sept 2 – Ballybunion/see area/Bromore Cliffs, visit Angie

Sept 3 – Listowel – John B Keane’s

Sept 4 – Drive to Galway – could stop and see Cliffs of Moher then (we’ll almost go right by) or wait and do a tour out of Galway. Leaning towards doing it this day if timing seems good. This is not fastest route but we get to take a ferry over River Shannon and drive the Wild Atlantic way rather than inland to Limerick. And Doolin is John Prine’s town – although he’ll be in England I think.

Should take all day including Cliffs of Moher. Lunch nearby at Doolin.



Shop Street, etc

Pie Maker restaurant is one idea – we LOVED this.

Best music according to our cousin –  Tig Coili

Great for breakfast – but nothing opens really early in Galway so maybe stock up at least for Bill to eat before 9 or 10… or great for dinner I expect – 

Ard Bia – cool old historical building on the water


Sept 5 

Go for drive to Aughnaure, Ross Demesne and on Lough Carrib – 

 Glenlo Abbey – gorgeous place, great drive there and the Orient Express Railroad cars restaurant. Have reservation for 6:30PM – sorry could not get the 6th.

Sept 6th

open – laundry, drives, walk around Galway, tour 

Baking Class – Homemade scones and bread

Sept 7 – Drive to Mayo

Airbnb in Westport –

This house dates back to 1790 and was originally the forge for the town.

Sept 8 – Doona/Ballycroy/bike rides? – I want to see Doona and Ballycroy, bike rides available or just seeing the area. Doona is where some of our Corrigan ancestors lived. Maybe drive to Belmullet through Doona, Ballycroy Park if no bike ride or those who don’t bike.

Sept 9 – Achill Island – drive to the Island and just take in the scenery, maybe walk the abandoned village, See Claggan, Keel West, Slievemore,  Keem beach (#11 of top 50)

Sept 10 – Croagh Patrick & Westport – climb up part of the mountain and see Westport – or whatever we choose

As far as we (I) got – you can see the tiny statue near the person in bright green jacket.

It got very rocky

Sept 11 – Drive to airport from Westport

Would like to take a longer route to include driving through Glangevlin/Lower Mully in Co Cavan. – an extra hour plus stops for pictures

Radisson Blu at Airport – minutes to the terminal

Would love to get to the Brazen Head pub in Dublin but we can decide then.

Sept 12 – fly home 🙁