Ireland - Home Of Blarney And Craic.

Trip Start Feb 01, 2005
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Trip End Dec 31, 2018


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Monday, July 18, 2005

After three wonderful hectic days with Martin and Heike, it was off to Dublin, Ireland via Ryan Air with tickets bought on the Internet for less than a Pound each (plus taxes)!! We spent a week in Ireland, a very funny, perplexing and picturesque place. The accents are lovely and lilting, the people friendly and we actually got to enjoy a pint or two of Guinness with the locals and many Australians, as Ireland is full of them.

We chose to do a three day backpacker bus tour of the southwest and a one day tour to Belfast in the North with Paddywagon tours. The rest of our time was spent in Dublin.
 
Besides being cheap Paddywagon tours proved to be an excellent choice. The other travellers were mostly young, friendly and wouldn't let us get to bed before 2.00 am - we had to go night clubbing with them! We stayed in hostel dormitories and our driver Don, Irish through and through, did the commentating as he drove the bus, which included profanities when traffic cut him off etc. Plenty of "craic" (Irish for humour) with Don and the Paddywagon crew!

We kissed the Blarney stone, wandered around Galway and Kilarney, saw lots of castles and Irish history, were overawed by the cliffs of Moher and danced in nightclubs to the early hours.

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dubliner
dubliner on

Just to let you know...
What a lovely accurate description of a trip to Ireland!

Just one correction for you guys - it's a snug, not a snog. Snog is a kiss in Ireland. Snug is a cosy corner of a pub.

Also, down south we would welcome Northerners be they Protestant or Catholic. The hatred up there luckily has gone from the South (with the exception of the odd nutcase who is just looking for someone to hate).

heatheravan
heatheravan on

Thanks for the feedback
Yeah, a snog is a kiss in Oz too, so figured thats what it was called. Anyhow have taken it on board and adjusted our text a little. As to the political one, your comments are pleasing, it seems the future maybe rosier. Thank you

NorthernJohn on

Hey Guys,
I really enjoy your blog but am a bit let down by how you have described my homeland. We dont want to belong to anyone and things are not as how you described them in the North, please have a little more respect on how you write about other countries long history. Britian arrived in Rep of Ireland in 1169 and were there until 1922.

heatheravan
heatheravan on

Hello Northern John, thanks for the feedback. Back in 2005 we were using internet cafe's to write the blog, so by necessity we needed to keep them brief. For that reason we only mentioned the period in which the Protestants gained control. We have now added that they started to arrive in the 12th centuary. We have also split the story between the two individual locations. We are not sure what your comments in regard to respect relate to and would be happy to respond to a clarification. Cheers

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