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Trip Report A Short Report on A Week in Ireland

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What started out as a trip to Switzerland this summer with just my DW and DD went through a number of permutations and ended up as a trip to Dublin, with an extended family group of 10. For half of us this was a first trip to Ireland, for the others the second.
We arrived in Dublin from three different points in the States, most of us on a Monday morning. One big advantage of the cabs here and also in Britain that we have found is that, if asked, many of the cab drivers will give you a bit of a tour as you travel to the hotel. We have had luck with a number of them who take pride in telling you about their city.
Once we arrived at the hotel and had a brief rest different groups of us fanned out over the city. My DW and DD took a walk by Trinity College and up Grafton Street. It was a surprisingly sunny day so St Stephan’s Green at the end of Grafton Street was a busy place during our walk.
When it came time for dinner we found an interesting Italian restaurant Dunne and Creszenzi. Excellent selection of wines and good food.
Tuesday morning we were picked up at the hotel by Paddywagon tours for a trip to Newgrange, Monasterboice, Mellifont Abbey followed by the site of the Battle of the Boyne and the Hill of Tara. The day was typical Irish weather, off and on rain interspersed with a little sun. The highlight of the day was the guided tour of Mellifont Abbey. Our guide was a delightful lady who gave a nice explanation of the history of the Abbey. Our driver, Frank did a nice job getting us to as many of the places we wanted to see as possible in the time allotted. A nice lunch was at The Corkscrew Brasserie in Tullyallen. This was our second visit to Ireland and I am not particularly fond of traditional pub food. However, many of the pubs and restaurants that we visited on both trips had surprisingly diverse menus that kept everyone happy.

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