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Feb 13th, 2013, 03:58 PM
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ireland..first 2 weeks or last 2weeks of september

planning to visit this sept for 2 weeks. is there any significant difference between these two time periods?
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Feb 13th, 2013, 09:25 PM
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>>is there any significant difference between these two time periods? <<

Absolutely no way to know until the 15th of Sept. Then you might have an idea which two weeks would be nicer. The difference could be this much ||, or no difference at all, or the beginning of the month could be better, or the end of the month could be better.

And historical averages won't tell you anything - other than what happens on average

Go when it is most convenient for you . . .
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Feb 15th, 2013, 04:48 AM
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great, thanks guys.
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Feb 15th, 2013, 05:34 AM
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The only other factor is light - days do start getting shorter the second half of the month, so you will have less daylight to sightsee. However, prices for airfare will likely be lower, as well.
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Feb 16th, 2013, 02:43 AM
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In September 2009 we spent 5 days in Ireland from September 16-21 and the weather was wonderful. In September 2010 we arrived on September 28th and spent 8 days visiting and the weather was much more rainy and colder. As janisj said you really can not be sure of the weather but you do have a bigger chance of cooler weather at the end of September, from my experience. Enjoy your trip, I hope you will love Ireland as much as we did.
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Feb 16th, 2013, 04:22 AM
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Makes No Difference at All.. Not one of the past 10 years have been the same other than the sun shines, it rains and the sun shines again. It can be windy, Ireland is first hit for the Atlantic after all. Sunrise to Sunset is 2 hours shorter at the end of the month than the beginning but 8am to 7pm daylight (of varying degrees) throughout the month so unless you aim to be on the road after 7pm and before 7,30am then you wont notice the change.
Personally we will as usual be in Clifden for Arts Week at some point between 19th-29th and other local trips will be based on festival/event dates rather than sunrise/set times.
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Feb 16th, 2013, 08:35 AM
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"but you do have a bigger chance of cooler weather at the end of September, from my experience."

Experience over two visits is merely anecdotal. It honestly makes no difference. Or more accurately, it might make a difference, but what that difference is you can't possibly know until next Sept.
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Feb 16th, 2013, 09:29 AM
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janisj Just wanted to give my experience as an example. I certainly am not a local nor an expert. We definitely have learned Irish weather is ever changing.

hdavig, you will enjoy your visit to Ireland no matter what the weather will hold for you.
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Feb 16th, 2013, 10:11 AM
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The only things I would look at are:

Convenience and costs of flights
If something you really wants to see or do if open fewer days or hours later in the month

There is no way of telling in advance what the weather will be - (or even in the morning) and Ireland in general has quite mild weather all year round - a little more warmish in midsummer and a little more coolish in midwinter and damp (mist, drizzle, light rain, heavier rain - with sunny intervals and gray skies - almost every day).
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