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First time visitors to Ireland by retired couple

S P
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First time visitors to Ireland by retired couple

We are an older couple visiting Ireland for our first short visit in June. It was suggested that using Paddywagon Tours would be a very good way to get a sampler of Ireland and that we should be able to "do" Dublin, on our own, in a day or two. Does anyone have any added pointers for us? Which is the best part of town to focus on? We are not big party-ers but would not want to miss out on a sampling of Irish pub. Any input would be appreciated.

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1. Re: First time visitors to Ireland by retired couple

No, no, no!!!

Paddywagon is not suitable for retired people. You may be very young at heart but I don't think you are that young - with all due respect. They use hostels and have a pretty young clientele.

Its quite easy to go to an Irish pub without a tour operator- we have quite a few here ;o)

There are a lot of tour companies that tour Ireland. Take a look at CIE Tours. They are well established and are a local company www.cietours.com/us/Default.aspx

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2. Re: First time visitors to Ireland by retired couple

How short is short?

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3. Re: First time visitors to Ireland by retired couple

If you want to experience some traditional music in a pub with a group, I would recommend the Traditional Musical Pub Crawl. While you are welcome (but not required) to buy drinks at the pubs, the real emphasis of this tour is on the music. You will find people of all ages on this tour. Should you want to take this tour, be sure to book in advance as it is quite popular.

One caveat--The tour requires walking between the three pubs (a few blocks) and the room used by the tour in each of the pubs is on an upper floor, so you'll need to be able to climb a flight of stairs in the 3 pubs.

www.discoverdublin.ie/musical-pub-crawl/

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4. Re: First time visitors to Ireland by retired couple

Hi

I said retired, not yet dead :-)

I suspect that we can manage all that walking. We are in our upper 60's. Thanks.

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5. Re: First time visitors to Ireland by retired couple

By short I meant that we would arrive late on a Sunday night for which we expect to spend the first night sleeping - we should be bright eyed and bushytailed by Monday morning - and then are gone by Thursday.

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6. Re: First time visitors to Ireland by retired couple

Thank you, we will check it out also.

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7. Re: First time visitors to Ireland by retired couple

To get a feel for Dublin do the HOHO bus tour,covers much of Dublins points of interest & is usually pretty entertaining too!

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8. Re: First time visitors to Ireland by retired couple

Here is a selection of Rail Tours including some offering an overnight at the destination. They are some with the added advantage of an afternoon start. Any of the two and three days ones might work for you.

I would avoid the one day ones, as they are extremely long days with most of time in transit, rather than at the destination:

http://www.railtoursireland.com/

If you have any interest in history/archaeology, you could do a Day Trip by bus to Newgrange/Bru na Boinne in Co Meath, which adjoins Co. Dublin:

http://www.buseireann.ie/inner.php?id=278

http://www.newgrange.com/tours.htm

Or, Glendalough and Co Wicklow, in general:

http://www.buseireann.ie/inner.php?id=278

Other options in the immediate Dublin area using public transport include coastal towns such as Howth, Malahide and Skerries in the north of the county.

Dun Laoghaire, Dalkey, Killiney in south Co Dublin with Bray in northern Co Wicklow.

You can use the DART or Dublin Bus to visit most/all of these:

http://www.dublin.ie/transport/dart.htm

http://www.dublinbus.ie/

A handy little map of Dublin city centre with points of interest:

http://www.guidetodublin.com/map.shtml

And Greater Dublin:

dublintourist.com/maps/county_dublin.shtml

http://www.dun-laoghaire.com/maps/map2.html

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9. Re: First time visitors to Ireland by retired couple

Lots of great suggestions,one point I would like to make though is about Killiney,much as I love the place reaching it from the DART stations involves climbing a pretty steep hill(IMO it is marginally easier to walk there from Dalkey) & being Ireland you seem to be climbing whether you are going to Killiney or from the place!

We've always found the 59 bus an easier way to reach Killiney.

Edited: 24 April 2012, 01:05
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10. Re: First time visitors to Ireland by retired couple

Good point about Killiney, snaefell.

In fact, it might also be worthwhile taking the 46A bus to Dun Laoghaire, for example, and returning by DART. Or, vice versa.

P.S. For our friends from Israel, Dun Laoghaire is pronounced Dun Leery.

Edited: 24 April 2012, 01:29