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Galway, Hostels and Day Trips

Hi everybody,
I am going on an Ireland trip in March 2015 for 8 days. Galway for 4 and Dublin for 4. This is my first trip ever so I am looking for some advice from experienced travelers. I will flying into Dublin and will either take a train or catch a bus from the airport to Galway (flights from the states to Shannon or Knock are way more expensive, that's why I'm choosing Dublin).
I've been looking at staying at either Barnacles Hostel on Quay Street or Kinlay House Hostel by Eyre Square.…

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Bus from Germany to Dublin

Hi There,

I guess I was to stupid to find it, but anyway I didn't. Do you know if there is a bus rout from (South)Germany or eastern France to Ireland. Dublin prefered. I would love to go there in January or maybe Februrary but it should be by bus. Don't ask me why, maybe I just like it the hard way, I don't know...

Beaugart

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Talk to me about Galway

I am going to spend three days in Galway, and traveling by bus. I will be there the beginning of May. I already know I want to see the shrine at Knock. I might take a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher. What else should I do? I love seafood, live music (any kind) and visiting religious sites. Suggestions?

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Planning the first trip

My wife, teenage son and myself are planning a trip to Ireland for June of 2015. This will be our first trip to Ireland, and we're looking for any advice that would help us not make the usual mistakes common for first-time visitors.

Our basic itinerary, as things stand now:

* Dublin; 3 nights, arriving on a Sunday and departing Wednesday
* Cork; 1 night
* Killarney; 2 nights
* Galway; 2 nights

We'd be especially interested in understanding if we are allocating too much or little…

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Trip in September

Two of us planning a trip to Ireland from the U.S. in September for about 2 weeks. Never been there so would love anyone's thoughts on my itinerary. And I have a few questions.
After arriving tour Dublin
overnight in Dublin
Train/Bus to Belfast & Giants Causeway (Railtours Ireland)
overnight in Dublin
Bus tour to Powerscourt & Glendalough

overnight in Dublin
Train to Galway & pick up rental car then drive to Clifden

overnight in Clifden
Tour Connemara

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Dingle Peninsula

Planning trip to Ireland next September. Just now planning my route by reading guidebooks. On page 32 of the Lonely Planet Ireland guidebook, under Itineraries - 1 week Ireland Highlights, it says to go from Slea Head to Killarney via the ferry. That sounds interesting, but I can't find that ferry listed anywhere else. Is that a typo? Or can someone give me more information about that?

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Quaint Villages of Ireland

We embarked on a "Great Value Vacations Quaint Villages of Ireland" tour by car in November, 2014. The Irish people were generally hospitable & friendly. We rented a small car (Skoda Hatchback) from Dan Dooley. It was sufficient enough for my wife & I, our 2 large luggages & 1 carry-on with full coverage & a wi-fi hotspot to access GPS from my phone. Note: Irish country roads can be narrow, so a small car was a good choice. Road signs are in Gaelic & English. Our…

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Dublin Hostel and general advice

Hi. I (24 year old female) will be traveling through Dublin in April for 5 nights solo and am trying to find the right Hostel. I've done quit a bit of searching and the two that are standing out the most right now are the Generator Hostel and Barnacles Temple Bar House. I'm not much of a partier (I like to have a few beers but I'm not about getting stupid drunk). I would love to be able to meet people wherever I stay since I'm a solo traveler and will be there for a few days. I would also love…

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Review of Cosmos Irish Explorer tour October 2014

Summary: The “Irish Explorer” Tour covered approximately 2,000 kilometres.

The weather was always overcast, with occasional light drizzle, but there was no rain when it would have interfered with what we were doing. I had expected this in Ireland in October, but a little sunshine would have been nice.

As far as the tour went, I was rather disappointed, it did not live up to my expectations, particularly after just finishing the Cosmos “Grand Tour of France” (7th October 2014), which was a…

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Additional car rental insurance

I purchased 14 days of a car rental via Lonely Planet for my upcoming vacation to Ireland. After confirming my rental, I then was asked if I was interested in purchasing car rental insurance. The cost of this insurance with a CDW Collision Damage Waiver is more expensive than the car rental itself! Since this is Ireland, my auto insurance and my credit card's insurance won't cover the insurance, so am I:
1. required to purchase some extra insurance? 2. Where is the best place/cheapest…