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Your treasured memories of IRELAND, and your BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT?

Your treasured memories of IRELAND, and your BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT?

Jul 22nd, 2005, 08:36 AM
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Melissa - see this thread for what to eat in Ireland

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Jul 22nd, 2005, 12:32 PM
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CAILIN and GREENDRAGON: I'm getting hungry! Thanks!

CAILIN: You have a great name. Actually that's what I named one of my daughters. Is it a common name in Ireland? Here in the USA the name "Caitlin" is more popular, so my daughter's name is usually spelled wrong, to her dismay. She likes her name though, it's pretty.
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Jul 25th, 2005, 02:46 AM
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Melissa - it's not actually my name I'm afraid. It's just the Irish translation for "girl". It is used as a name here but it's not very common. Caitlin isn't very common either.
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Jul 25th, 2005, 06:33 AM
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As I recall from my scant Irish lessons, cailin is pronounced cah-LEEN, thus similar to the 'Colleen' we use when we imagine the Irish talking about girls... "she's such a pretty colleen!"

Am I right?
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Jul 25th, 2005, 08:39 AM
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that's right GreenDragon
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Jul 25th, 2005, 10:22 AM
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Go raibh maith 'ad!

(Thank you!)
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Jul 25th, 2005, 10:37 AM
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Interesting about the pronunciation of Cailin in Gaelic. In the USA, of course, it is pronounced KAY-lin, which has a nice sound.
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Jul 26th, 2005, 05:15 AM
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GreenDragon - please don't think me picky but the correct way to say/write Thank you in Irish is

Go raibh maith agat

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Jul 26th, 2005, 01:03 PM
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(giggle) I couldn't remember how to spell it (go figure) so I looked it up on an Irish language website -- must be a contraction of some sort. Thanks! I'd rather know the correct way.

Now, how do you pronounce it???

goh rye mah agat?
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Jul 27th, 2005, 01:19 AM
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Now there's a question. Irish isn't a language that conforms very well to phonetics, but I'll make a stab at it -

Guh (as in shrug of the shoulders UH), rev (as in what you do to an engine??), ma (where the 'a' has an awwww sound), a guh (same UH as above) th.

Now run it all together........

Sounds right to me, but then its easy when you think you know how!?!?
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Jul 27th, 2005, 01:30 AM
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One point to note is that how Irish words are pronounced all depends on where in Ireland you are. The way I have shown to pronounce it is the way it is taught (not very well i might say), in school.

Some other useless information is that the litteral translation of Go raibh maith agat, would be something like Goodness to you, or Goodness upon you. One of the meanings of the word 'maith' in Irish is good or goodness.

Another Irish saying that uses this word is 'maith an cailin', which means 'good girl', from which the Irish get the slang word for a girl friend which is 'Mot', which sounds the same as the irish word maith.

The word 'agat' means 'to you'.
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Jul 28th, 2005, 01:45 PM
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Sorry just getting back to reading these.
Yes, we were a bit fast-paced, but we loved it. While we would have liked to spend more time in certain places, I feel it's a balance - we saw what we wanted, but if we go back we know where to spend more time. Hopefully you got a chuckle out of the trip report, it was quite a humorous trip.

Also, for pictures, I think I posted a link in my trip report thread also (near the very end because I just recently got them online). But, see if this works - these are only 1/3 of the pictures I took, but includes some great Cliffs ones.

I can't get enough of them - Ireland is so beautiful.
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Jul 28th, 2005, 05:22 PM
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Sorry for not spotting your questions to me sooner.
"Repeatable" music and craic in McGann's, Doolin - what I meant was that the music and craic will probably still be there if you go next week, next month or next year. I meant this as a contrast to the fox and cubs - I suspect I could go back to the same place a hundred times and not be blessed with this experience again.
You asked if the "scene" in McGann's would be of any interest to your 19 and 20 year olds. It's not an age thing, it depends on their tastes. I know people of all ages who would run a mile to get away from the music that's played in all the pubs in Doolin, but it suited me and the hundreds of others who stayed. A fair number of people were in their late teens or early twenties - my guess is that people who overnight in Doolin are mosre likely to be student / gap year types - there are very few "business traveller" type hotels nearby.
You also asked for my opinion on the single best place to visit in Scotland. Aw, that's no' fair. Tell you what, give me a few days to think about it and I'll post a new thread with my top ten places. Please note there are lots of places in Scotland I haven't been to yet - I've only lived here 45 years.
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Jul 31st, 2005, 05:54 PM
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Your TREASURED memories are in my DREAMS now, for real! I dreamed of Ireland last night...it was green and rocky and sunlit with blue waters. (Not a drop of rain in my dreams!)

What do you think of this updated itinerary? We want to allow time to find hidden treasures and enjoy chatting with the Irish locals. Gotta find biologist hubby a few trees and a toad.

FLY into Shannon. Rent car.
DRIVE to Lisdoonvarna.

-The Burren
-Cliffs of Moher
-Dunguaire castle medieval banquet
-pub music

3 nights: DINGLE
-Dingle Peninsula
-Great Blasket Island
-pub music

-Killarney National Park walk
-Beara Peninsula or
Ring of Kerry
-Ceim Hill Museum
(near Skibbereen)

1 night: CASHEL
-Rock of Cashel
-Bru Boru musical dance troupe
(in the Cultural Centre)

2 nights: TRIM
-Trim Castle
-Newgrange (Bru na Boinne)

3 nights: Northern Ireland:
-Belfast visit (Irish grandmother
grew up here)
-Lurgan visit (Irish grandmother
was born here)
-Ulster Folk And Transport Museum
(between Belfast and Bangor)
-Muckross House and Gardens??
-Antrim Coast drive??

1 night: DUBLIN

FLY home from Dublin!

PROBLEM: For us, this is still going too fast! The 3-night stays look good to me. This allows time to settle in and get to know a place. I don't like the 1- and 2-night stays, too rushed for us.

Would anybody recommend that we just SKIP KENMARE and add 1 night to DINGLE and 1 night to DUBLIN? With 4 nights in Dingle, we could do the Killarney National Park as a day-trip from Dingle?

If we had 2 nights in Dublin instead of only 1 we might actually see something!

It is also possible to use GALWAY as a stopover instead of CASHEL. (A stopover between Kenmare and Trim.)

ANY SUGGESTIONS for my itinerary? Thanks a million!

AMYPRIB: Awesome pix, thanks for sharing them!

CRAIGELLACHIE: Did you post that new thread with your top 10 for Scotland? You promised! I'm looking forward to it. It's going to be the start of my "Scotland" folder. Hubby and I take turns choosing our vacation spots. Ireland is my pick, then it's his turn, then my turn again...

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Aug 2nd, 2005, 05:27 PM
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(And anyone else who's watching)
top ten places (give or take) in Scotland are here


You have no idea how long it took to trim this down to only ten
To be honest I enjoyed the challenge and I'm working on ten top tips for visitors to Scotland, seen through the eyes of a native. If this is well received I'll apply for sponsorship from the Scottish Tourist Board.
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Aug 4th, 2005, 12:30 AM
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Craigellachie, just finished reading your top 11 for Scotland! YES, you did it! Thank you! How come Scotland doesn't have its own section? I'm glad I "met" you here. Your top 11 list has started my Scotland file.

I always wanted to go to Ireland all my life, and now I'm going next summer. My Irish grandmother intrigued me with the way she and her sisters kept their Irish brogue and their love for Ireland even after living in the USA for many years.

There is something about Scotland that has intrigued me for years. I have to go over there and see for myself what it's really like. I'm glad I have your list of favorites.

Have you met any Scottish ghosts of ancestors yet? I've read too many Scottish romance novels. I need to see the real country that has inspired half of the novels in the romance section to take place in Scotland. What's going on over there, Craigellachie, for real?
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Aug 4th, 2005, 09:50 PM
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*Beara Peninsula (stone circles, Healey Pass, Kilcaherine cemetary)
*Mizen Head - thrilling
*Baltimore, plus ferry to Sherkin Island
Note: There is another island, Cape Clear, which is a Gaeltacht area and can be reached by ferry from Baltimore or Schull. You can search for info on the Baltimore (fishing village) area on the internet. One of my favorite things in Baltimore was the Bebhinn Marten sweater outlet on the road into town. Fabulous sweaters in colors inspired by the countryside. I bought a few; my favorite is in the greens and lavenders of the heather in the area. Another has fuchsia flowers (they are everywhere) over a white background.

* West Cork Arts Center in Skibbereen. Bought several pieces of one-of jewelry and received a letter from the craftsman after I got home. Cool.
* Cemetaries and stone circles

I drove through the town that has the museum that you are interested in but cannot remember the name right now. I think it might be Union Hall. It's not far from Baltimore/Skibbereen. I'll try to find it on a map and let you know.

I had good meals in Ireland. Baltimore: Casey's Hotel, wonderful fresh fish and vegetables while enjoying a lovely view of the sun setting over the water with mountains in the background. Lobster dinner at The Heron's Cove, a B&B in Goleen--water view again. A fun guesthouse-restaurant in Timoleague.

Oh gee, I want to go back.

You may as well add rain to your dream because you will most certainly get some, but it may be just an Irish misty type. It's Ireland, after all.

And you probably won't have to work very hard at getting lost. It was really easy for me but it is an island and not all that large so you'll find your way after a bit.

Don't remember any disappointments.

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Aug 4th, 2005, 10:26 PM
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Most treasured:

Muckross house in Killarney and the Killarney Park hotel

Rock of Kashel

Driving through the scenic towns

Ditto the comments about sleeping in a castle. Visiting Dromoland was one of my happiest life's memories

Only one thing I wish I'd done differently- less time in Dublin (this is a personal choice as the countryside is too beautiful, must make best use of your time when visiting)

That I ate haggis, ick ick ick

Can't wait to go back.....
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Aug 4th, 2005, 10:33 PM
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Okay, I just wanted to add that I loved Blarney castle. It was quite beautiful to me. I didn't do the touristy thing like kissing the oral herpes infested Blarney stone but I was just enchanted by the castle and it's grounds will the lovely moss covered ponds. It was like a fairy tale to me
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