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Quick weekend trip to Ireland to celebrate the big 3-0...stay in Dublin or head west?

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Hey guys, my husband is turning 30 at the beginning of March (8th) and I'd like to plan a trip to Ireland for the weekend. I've made one Ireland trip before, visiting Dingle, Galway, Cliffs of Moher, etc and loved it. I had thought Dingle would be a great place to take my husband, BUT....

I checked on RyanAir (We live outside of Brussels) and they are only flying into and out of Shannon on Friday-Monday. SO.....

We will have to fly into Dublin. We can probably fly in on Wednesday night, and then we need to fly out on Sunday night. We can fly out of Dublin, or we can fly out of Shannon.

We want "laid back," a "taste of Ireland," your typical stuff: trad sessions, conversations with friendly locals, guinness...but *I* want lovely scenery, sheep, etc. as well. We've had fun touring breweries before; we like really interesting history stuff but easily suffer from "history fatigue"

So, here are my thoughts.

Weds p.m. : fly into Dublin, happy bday
Thursday: Explore Dublin
Friday: Train to Galway, rent car, drive to pretty area in Connemara?
Saturday: Connemara
Sunday: Gradually drive down to Shannon, fly out of shannon in p.m. (around 7)

or....we could fly into Dublin, spend 1 or 2 nights in Dublin, and then spend the rest of the time somewhere near Dublin that would'nt require a car or anything.....then fly out of Dublin sunday night....

Anyway, does anyone have any suggestions/input? I just don't see us needing more than 1 day in Dublin, since we really don't know anything about literature, etc.


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