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Can anyone say anything BAD about IRELAND?

Can anyone say anything BAD about IRELAND?

Old Mar 16th, 2001, 10:17 AM
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Erin -- I spent three weeks wandering by myself in Ireland last September and *loved* it. (I've just posted some of my favorite experiences on the current "best of the best" thread.)

One disappointment, though, was that I found it significantly harder to put together country walks of 2-4 hours in Ireland than in Great Britain. Ireland has a number of long-distance walking paths (the "Dingle Way," "Wicklow Way," etc.), but these are linear or circular on a grand scale. That means you have to retrace your path to get back to your car, if you don't plan to go a long distance. Otherwise, since there's no network of public footpaths through farmers' fields, you are restricted to assembling a walk along country roads in many areas. I did a lot of this (sometimes on my own, sometimes with the aid of guidebooks), but I wish I'd really been able to go cross-country more.

If I missed a trick, somebody please tell me for my next visit! (And -- does N. Ireland have a public footpath system?)
Old Mar 16th, 2001, 12:35 PM
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My first husband was from Northern Ireland. We spend a Christmas holiday there (oh my, back in 1971) and I enjoyed it completely. I met some wonderful people. Like in the US, or probably just about anywhere, you need to be aware of the people with whom you are speaking. It is best to avoid discussions about "the troubles." If you find yourself in such a discussion, the prudent thing to do is shut up. For some folks the hurt goes deep and will not be forgotten. For others, life has moved them quickly past the emotions their parents may have felt. Clearly, it was more top-of-the-news when I was there (Read in your history books about the Rev. Ian Paisley and the first young Catholic women sent to Parliment from Northern Ireland --Burnadette Devlin.) Tourists will enjoy themselves most if they steer clear of politics, whatever their destination. And if you recognize you've fallen in to some sort of political situation, don't even attempt to try to change anyone's mind.
Old Mar 16th, 2001, 01:05 PM
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I enjoyed Ireland, but after hearing all of the rave reviews, I was a little disappointed when I actually arrived. It just simply didn't live up to all of the hype. Scotland on the other hand was far better than anything I had ever heard. I liked Ireland, but loved my stay in Scotland!
Old Mar 20th, 2001, 08:32 AM
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If you want to read the very latest on the foot and mouth crisis that has hit ireland and thousends of people traveling to ireland go to http://www.ireland.travel.ie To put people planning on travelling to ireland in the next few months minds at ease the site has a list of all events, activities etc that have been reopened.

Thats all the bad but with a happy ending
Ireland is the best country in the world
Old Apr 19th, 2001, 10:30 AM
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I have to agree with "been burned". I don't know where the Irish in general get their rep for being so friendly. Also, most of them drive like they're completely nuts! I kissed the ground after I turned in my rental car with no damage! Finally, watch out for the "facilities". Ish!
Old Apr 19th, 2001, 11:22 AM
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I would have to agree with the previous poster, Tammy. I had heard so much hype about the beauty and friendliness of Ireland, that I was actually quite disappointed with what I actually encountered. Don't get me wrong, it's a nice enough country, but it's not someplace that I would run right back to, if ever. Scotland on the other hand is someplace I hope to get to revisit soon. It was an enchanting land with wonderful people to go with the scenery.
Old Apr 19th, 2001, 12:48 PM
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How about the obvious - grotty weather.
Old Apr 30th, 2001, 05:09 AM
Erin H.
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I was in Ireland for 11 days 3 weeks ago and had a wonderful time. I have never been on the other side of the "big pond" before so Ireland, compared to the rest of Europe I am ignorant. I was most sadened with the amount of litter, The lovely locks (sp?) in Galway were backed up with a flotilla of garbage. There were few places of any signifigant population that were not litter shrewn. The drivers are agressive and even driving at 60-70mph they have the need to pass your rental car (most clearly marked with a sticker emblazened on the rear window). Be very carefull crossing a street, the drivers are not pedestrian friendly. And lastly the smoke in the pubs was unbearable, though I am particulary sensetive. We went 3 times, and saved a sweater and pants (in a bag, after futile airing out our window) for these outings. After that we bought cans of Cider to have with our brown bread, smoked salmon and Irish cheese supper at our B&B's (YUM).
The very worst thing of all was our days went by much too fast and our trip is over, I will definatly go back, the positives outweigh the negetives and are easily delt with, though I hope Ireland wakes up with the litter problem...it is a shame to spoil such a lovely country, and oh yes, EVERYONE we met was "just lovely."
Erin H.

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