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Lsupimp
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June 2016 Ireland Vacation Review
This was easily the most enjoyable trip of my life. Edging out Moorea/Bora Bora and Kauai by a wide margin.

Hotels:
The Dublin Shelbourne: You will not find a better combination of Irish elegance and down-to-earth Irish authenticity as you will here. The service and staff are impeccable. This is now one of my favorite hotels on Earth. The rooms are great, the beds are wonderful and the restaurants and bars are epic. Obviously, the location is top notch with quick access to restaurants, pubs, the Dart station and Grafton Street, as well as St Stephen's Green for that morning run.


Dromoland Castle
, County Clare. A day or two here is enough unless you want quiet reflection. It's absolutely gorgeous and the rooms are spacious and refined.It has dozens of rooms and is like a maze, it takes a while to get a lay of the land. When a helicopter lands outside your room, dropping off guests, you know you are in a nice spot. Or better yet, when a horsemen and hounds meet your party at the gates as you arrive and escort you in, you may be at a nice place. Sleeping with perfect quiet, with the windows open, on a quiet Irish night was absolute perfection. The Michelin star reputation doesn't hurt for you foodies.




Non pub highlights:
Dinner at Guinness Storehouse and drinks at the Gravity Bar:


Jameson Distellery:


Favorite outdoor activities:

Bray to Grey Stones cliff walk/run:


Glendalough


Cliffs Of Moher:


Cycling around Doolin and the Burrens:


These were a few of the highlights. As everyone who frequents Ireland says, it is not the beautifully green Emerald Island that makes it such a special place, it is the unique warmth and inner beauty of the Irish people. That's what makes it worth being your next trip.


I will never forget how I was treated by total strangers as I left the airport in Shannon:







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DoUrden
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re: June 2016 Ireland Vacation Review
WOW looks great, thank you for sharing. This part of the world is not yet on my radar but will be at some point.


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TheIndulger
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re: June 2016 Ireland Vacation Review
The Irish people are just so friendly and hilarious to talk to.

it was definitely my favorite place I've been to in Europe, and probably favorite foreign country I've been to anywhere.


Bestbank Tiger
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re: June 2016 Ireland Vacation Review
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The Irish people are just so friendly and hilarious to talk to.



My parish priest is from Ireland. He's awesome.


TheIndulger
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Yeah, I remember taking the shuttle from the airport to the city center. When I got off the shuttle, I went to the driver and said, "I'm looking for Essex street." His reply was, "Oh really, lad? Thanks for sharing." Then laughed and told me where to go.

I got to the hotel and walked up to the bartender to check in to the room. I said, "I'm staying in a room here tonight." He said, "That's really great, lad. I'm happy for you." Then he laughed and got me checked in.

They call it "taking a piss", or just giving someone a hard time.


TheDiesel
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re: June 2016 Ireland Vacation Review
The people make Ireland a very special place. I loved every second I was there.


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soccerfüt
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re: June 2016 Ireland Vacation Review
I've been a couple of times. It is wonderful.

Thanks for your highlights.

I only first went because Mrs. Füt has some Irish heritage.

I'll go back again. Consider going, you'll not regret it.

It can be expensive, I've never tried it on a budget.

Sláinte!
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TigerTattle
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re: June 2016 Ireland Vacation Review
If I had it to do over, I'd have skipped the three days in England and split our two weeks evenly between Ireland and Scotland. Loved them both, but the Irish were the most cheerful and friendly we met on our trip. Glad you had a great time.


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cajunangelle
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re: June 2016 Ireland Vacation Review
Can I go next time?


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