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Posted on : 24-09-2010 | By : Nathan | In : Travelogue


I recently returned home from one heck of a 10 day trip to the Emerald Isle ! The “reason” for the trip was to visit Niamh’s newest nephew William, and attend his Christening. Even though the trip was only for 10 days, we managed to pack in tons of fun sites and adventures.

Dusty, one of Niamh and I’s good friends, didn’t have much going on so he decided to join us for the trip as well. And with Niamh’s best friends Dee and Noel at the helm of our various road trips, how could we go wrong ;) Check out this summary of the trip, day by day:

Day 1:
- 2 hour convertible ride in rainy 60 degree weather through the Dublin Mountains
- Irish breakfast (fry) with white and black pudding
- Night at Sippers  – Proper welcome w/Guinness and Oysters

Day 2:
- Noel & Dee’s Condo
- Guinness Storehouse Tour
- Temple Bar area (including Goggerty’s & Ring a Ding sing-along)

Day 3:
- Rock of Cashel
- Cork – stayed at Ashley Hotel (click for review)
- Supermac’s for lunch
- Blarney castle and stone (I kissed the wrong stone)
- Oval bar and Oshea’s pubs

Day 4:
- Kinsale and Charles Fort
- Kilkenny Castle and town
- Bociellos for dinner & night on the town

Day 5:
- Christening and after-party

Day 6:
- Viking Splash Tour
- Dublin Tour (Molly Malone, Spire, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Etc….)
- Ate at the Chipper and watched “the Van”

Day 7:
- Bunratty Folk Park and Castle
- Knapogue Medieval Banquet (served mead, sang, and danced)
- Stayed at the Monkswell B & B (lock in)

Day 8:
- Quin Abbey
- Cliffs of Moher
- Burreen (limestone rocks)
- Lisdonvarnagh (matchmaker convention)
- The Bog (drove by)

Day 9:
- Citywest golf outing
- Dublin (Carroll’s gifts, Petersons, Porterhouse, Temple Bar, etc)
- FXB steakhouse for dinner (click for my review)

Overall, this was one of the best trips to Ireland I have ever had. Noel gets a special thanks for getting us a free cart rental at the golf course … even though he scored 0 skins out of 18 holes, he is still a winner in by book. I want to thank Niamh’s family for putting up with our “shenanigans” and also Dee and Noel for handling all of the navigation, organization, and trips out and everything.

Unordinary: Apparently there is a raging debate between who has the best ketchup in Ireland. Half of the people think it is “Chef’s” and the other half think it is “Heinz”. Well, allow me to be the tie-breaking vote: click here to find out !

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