Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

  • Announcements:
  • Come explore the new Fodor’s Forum
    by ibobi Fodor's Editor | Posted on Dec 4, 17 at 08:03 PM
  • New Fodor’s forum -- coming soon!
    by ibobi Fodor's Editor | Posted on Nov 29, 17 at 08:01 PM
View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Overnight stop from Berlin to Paris
  2. 2 AOL EMAIL ☎ 1~844~853:3131 Password Reset Contact Now ☎ AOL Tec*h CALL.☎M3*
  3. 3 St, Goar or Bacharach
  4. 4 Ham tacos and the toilet isn't sucking mud
  5. 5 Lisbon stay - Olissippo Lapa Palace vs NH Collection Lisboa Liberdade
  6. 6 Barcelona to Malaga
  7. 7 Trip Report Paris November 2017
  8. 8 Getting around Lisbon
  9. 9 Trip Report A Merry marvelousmouse, and (likely more than one) cup of good cheer!
  10. 10 HOW MUCH SHOULD I TIP THE PILOT
  11. 11 Milan airport--which one
  12. 12 Christmas in Granada....food!
  13. 13 Which Area in London?
  14. 14 Best area to stay in Amsterdam for a first time visitor
  15. 15 Paris Apartment
  16. 16 Overwhelmed with planning! Need help from Italy experts.
  17. 17 Where to Visit in Normandy & Brittany
  18. 18 Mid-May stay in Lauterbrunnen or Murren
  19. 19 Visit to France
  20. 20 First time in Spain
  21. 21 Can only visit one (maybe two) cities. Which one?
  22. 22 Lorie Valley and Beyond
  23. 23 Trains - website?
  24. 24 Trip Report London 'Tube-less', Fine dining, Fun excursions plus a GTG
  25. 25 GTG Paris December 2017
View next 25 » Back to the top

Bucket list trip to Ireland - need so much help!

Jump to last reply

After years of researching my family tree and traveling to other parts of Europe, I've finally given in to the brick wall and have decided to go to Ireland while I still have legs, even if I don't have all the answers!
I know I will be flamed for this, but we definitely will NOT rent a car. We are in our early 70's, hubby has had some health issues this past year, and we just want to have as stress-free a trip as possible.
I've looked into various tours, but none of them go to the places I want to see but do go to shopping areas we're not interested in.
After years of genealogy research, I have some specific areas that are of high importance to me, so this will not only be a "vacation" but a trip to visit and pay homage to my heritage. All of my dad's grandparents came to the U.S. because of the Hunger, but they spoke very little of their past.

I plan to start with 3 - 4 days in Dublin, do a day trip to Newgrange and visit the genealogists for further research at the National Library. We aren't confined to any schedule, so we can spend 2 - 3 weeks in Ireland. Money would be our only constraint!

The places on my must-see list after Dublin are: (1) the CLONMEL area (my grandmother apparently spoke often of CLONMEL and CLERIHAN, but we're not sure WHO came from there - most likely Casey/Ryan) (2) COBH, to see the Queenstown Museum and visit the port where so many left from, (3) KILLARNEY for the park and Dingle Peninsula , (4) Bunratty Folk Park (?), (5) GALWAY area for Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands and because I'm also a Joyce descendant (!), (6) County Mayo - possibly Westport, my Murphy/Cooney g-grandparents were from CASTLEBAR and LAGHTMACDURKAN ( stone walls from the old homestead are still standing there and I'd also like to see the Museum of Country Life)), (7) STROKESTOWN for the Famine Museum and because we have a strong clue that a g-grandparent may have been from County Roscommon, then back to Dublin airport for flight home.

I've been looking into trains/buses to base cities, then plan to take day tours and/or private transportation.

I'm thinking of going late April/early May or late August/early September 2016. One of the problems I'm finding is how to plan around the days when public transportation is at a minimum, like Sundays.

I've been playing with an itinerary that goes Dublin (3-4 nights), Clonmel or Cashel (2 nights), Cork or Cobh (2 nights), Killarney (3 nights), Limerick or Galway (2 -3 nights), Westport or Castlebar (3 nights), Strokestown (1-2 nights), Dublin airport last night.

Of course, we could go in the opposite direction, whichever would be the most convenient for getting back to the airport. I'd like to build in extra days in case we have genealogy luck in Dublin, and if we don't we can just take in a few extra days taking in some scenery and enjoying the pubs.

I know it's a lot to ask, but if any of you have any suggestions as to bus or train routes, private drivers or daytours, places to stay in city centers near transportation, etc. I'd greatly appreciate it. I'm also open to any suggestions as to things or places to avoid and places that I should include.

I'm afraid this will not only be our first visit to Ireland but probably our only visit due to age and declining health, so I want to do it right. BTW, we live in Central Florida so can fly Aer Lingus direct to Dublin out of Orlando, which will help.

So there you have it. I want to see the parts of Ireland four of my great-parents left in the 1850's through my own eyes, to bring it full-circle so to speak. I look forward to hearing any recommendations you have.
Joyce

20 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement