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BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP

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Subject: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: kendall
Date: 22 Apr 11 - 08:40 PM

Jacqui and I are thinking about going to Dublin and Dingles beach. Does anyone know the best way to do that?


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Jeri
Date: 22 Apr 11 - 08:42 PM

I'd probably go with an airplane...


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: kendall
Date: 22 Apr 11 - 09:06 PM

It's over 200 miles and the roads are worse than Cornwall, so we probably will fly.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: michaelr
Date: 22 Apr 11 - 09:46 PM

You could do what I did: fly into Shannon, drive west to Dingle (we took a detour south to Cork), over the Conor Pass to Tarbert, take the ferry to Kilrush, along the coast through Co. Clare (Cliffs of Moher, the Burren) to Galway, then east through Athlone to Dublin.

We took a week to do it. Lovely scenery, great music and wonderful people all along the way. I recommend the Lonely Planet guide.

Cheers,
Michael


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 22 Apr 11 - 09:49 PM

Dingle, as in where my dear ancestors are from? You can go to Garvey's supermarket and sit on Garvey's bench and stay at Garvey's bed and breakfast and I can recommend a very nice B&B by another name in the heart of Dingle..and the husband gives great archeological tours. There is a Garvey's pub somewhere. And Tom Crean's pub in Annascoul..might be a relative. It is totally beautiful there and full of old ruins and oman stones and viking stuff. I might be able to go there in September if my free ticket does not have too many fees added on. And there are Kerry cows here and there which are an almost lost breed but quite adapted to poor vegetation. So I vote that you go. There are not great buses but one goes from Tralee daily I think. mg


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: michaelr
Date: 22 Apr 11 - 09:53 PM

Oh, and Kendall, the roads are not bad at all... except the Conor Pass which is a little hairy, but the views make up for it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 22 Apr 11 - 10:06 PM

Some are literally the primrose path, little lanes lined with primroses..but not the main roads of course. They seemed sort of standard to me but I was on buses and did not drive. mg


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Rapparee
Date: 22 Apr 11 - 11:16 PM

Well, since Dingle is a fishing town there isn't much of a beach there. But Inch Strand is up towards Anascul and they used to do horse racing there in, I think, August.

You CAN drive...but since thee Irish drive on both sides of the road at once I'd suggest that Jacqui do the driving if you rent a car. Another way would be train to Killarney (stop in The Laurels for a pint and perhaps some singing and the Great Southern Hotel for an Irish Coffee, the best in the world in my opinion). Then take a BUS to Dingle. Leave the driving to someone else! And trust me on this -- if you DRIVE the Conor Pass Road you'll have far, far more to do than look at the scenery!

Naytheless, go. Visit Dublin first and get the big city outa your system. Then spend the rest of your time on the Dingle Pennisula -- Ballyferriter, for instance, is Really Deep Gaeltacht.

If you do go to Dingle, look across the harbor to the tower. To the right of the tower is a fence line. Follow that fence all the way down and the white house you see is my wife's family's Olde Homesteade -- they still own it and they turn trespassers over to the Gardi.

But you can get around pretty well by train and bus -- unlike the US. You might also include Cork, Kenmare, Baltimore, Tralee and
Kinsale (not to mention Sneem and the Slieve Mish Mountains) on your trip. Of course, north of there are places like Galway, Sligo, Limerick, and Kinvara. And there's always Waterford and Wexford and Youghal and Wicklow and Cashel and the Bru na Boine and Kilpatrick
and Downpatrick and Croaghpatrick and Kildare (where you can enter the Irish National Stud!) and....

Just go. A hint: fly there on Aer Lingus.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 22 Apr 11 - 11:26 PM

Once you are there though you could only go from Dingle to Ballyferriter twice a week by bus I believe..that is really where my ancestors are from..well, Dunquin, Ballyferriter, probably somewhere between in a place called Maumonorig I think near the Gallarus little stone chapel. I can send you an Mp3 of my song called pride of Dunquin if you would like..likewise a song about leaving Smerwig Harbor..in the area.    mg


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Rapparee
Date: 22 Apr 11 - 11:28 PM

There are also tour boats to the Blaskets (and the Skelligs if you're really that nuts). Read "Peig" and "Twenty Years A-Growing" (and stuff by Robin Flowers) to learn about the Blaskets.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: katlaughing
Date: 22 Apr 11 - 11:30 PM

Jacqui, did you hear that? You can enter Kendall as the Irish National Stud?! That all right with you?**BG**

Whichever you decide, it sounds lovely and I want to see pictures!:-)

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 23 Apr 11 - 01:23 AM

Peig was originally from Dunquin and married into the Blaskets. She lived next to one of my relatives..no..the house he had died in during the famine. And the daughter he had who is the Pride of Dunquin. mg


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 23 Apr 11 - 10:55 AM

We will be spending most of our time in England and just making short side trips to France and Ireland. Three days in Ireland. Being a country boy, I prefer scenery to cities.
What would be the closest airport to Tralee?


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 23 Apr 11 - 11:10 AM

Kerry airport in Farranfore. Ryan air uses it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 23 Apr 11 - 12:15 PM

"Ballyferriter"
If you have time go and see the beehive houses - fascinating historical monuments with spectacular views.
We were camping in the area years ago, and were just eating breakfast when a couple of Americans on bikes stopped and asked in the broadest of accents - "Hi - is this where Ryan's daughter was from?"
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,Leamaneh
Date: 23 Apr 11 - 12:23 PM

Just three days in Ireland? What a shame.

As Peter says, Ryanair flies to Kerry Airport, but, unless you're willing to rise impossibly early to catch the daily 7.30am flight from London Stansted your only other option is the daily 11am flight from Luton. Catch the right train from St. Pancras and Luton's only 25 minutes away.

If you want to catch some great scenery and music sessions, I'd strongly recommend flying to Belfast, hiring a car and taking the coast road all the way round to Derry (from whose airport you can fly back to London).

I'm presuming you're going to be based in London or thereabouts. If not, you'll waste most of those three days travelling back and forth between the UK and Ireland.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 23 Apr 11 - 12:29 PM

think sea. I think there are ferries between France and Cork? Don't know. Then there are probably buses to Tralee. mg


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 23 Apr 11 - 12:34 PM

http://www.irishferries.com/gb/ferry-to-dublin.asp

some ferries between France, Wales and Ireland.

Do you have a strong desire to go to Dublin or is it a logistic? mg


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: jacqui.c
Date: 23 Apr 11 - 12:51 PM

WE will be looking at heading for Ireland from from my daughter's home in Newark, Notts. We really can't afford to spend too long in Ireland - funds and time constraints won't allow for it.

I think that the drive to Dingle from and back to Dublin, where we were thinking of staying, would be too much to do in a day. My memory of the roads in the South West was that they can be quite slow, that was about eight years ago.

To take the ferry from the UK we would have to drive virtually all the way across England and Wales, then spend just over three hours on the ferry. The cost for travel alone would exceed the total cost of a three night break with flights.

What we really need to know is roughly how long it would take to drive from Dublin to Dingle and whether there is a sensible route by public transport that won't cost us an arm and a leg.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 23 Apr 11 - 01:11 PM

Train to Tralee, but from there to Dingle. Irish Rail and Buseireann websites will give the cost and travel time. If you only have three days, you'll be wasting an awful lot of time travelling.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,Leamaneh
Date: 23 Apr 11 - 01:24 PM

It's only 220 miles from Dublin to Dingle, Jacqui, but one hundred of those are on a motorway. The AA (http://www2.aaireland.ie/routes_beta/) reckons you can do this in 4hr 20min, but that doesn't take into account the time of day when you leave Dublin and all manner of hold-ups that might occur on the way. I'd bargain for six hours.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Joe Offer
Date: 23 Apr 11 - 01:51 PM

We flew Continental from Newark to Shannon, and from Dublin to Newark on the return trip. It was a smaller plane - 757, I believe - but it was fine. There seemed to be no problem arranging to arrive at one airport and depart from another. I don't know whether rental car companies would go along with that, though.
Can't say it would be a horrible thing to drive across Ireland twice, if you had to use the same airport for arrival and departure. Those narrow roads sure don't thrill me. I'm glad I wasn't driving. I've sworn I will never drive in Europe.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 23 Apr 11 - 02:04 PM

I've sworn I will never drive in Europe.


It a whole continent with a lot of different countries and a lot of different road infrastructures. You may have made a bit of a hasty decision, based on the irish roads as they were whenever you were here (a few motorway crossing the country and by passes avoiding towns along the way have been put in place during the past decade).


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 23 Apr 11 - 03:14 PM

Joe, I kinda like driving 70 pmh on the "wrong" side of the road.

My main focus is to see some Irish country side, including Dingles Beach and Donnybrook. I would also like to hear some traditional Irish music.
Tell me what you know about those things.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 23 Apr 11 - 03:26 PM

Plenty of music in Ballyferriter and the general Dingle area.

Google Earth/streetview can give you a bit of an indication on what the roads and the countryside will look like along your route.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 23 Apr 11 - 04:34 PM

I think your best bet might be to ask around here and mutual friends and see if anyone in Ireland could drive you around for a couple of days in exchange for gas money and food and lodging. You could have a great time. Dave Ingerson I think is there right now but he has lots of contacts. mg


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: olddude
Date: 23 Apr 11 - 04:43 PM

Been there many times Captain, I will dig out some info and send it to you. I usually fly into Shannon but it depends on what you want to do and see.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 23 Apr 11 - 04:49 PM

I think it's well worth considering using Ryan air to fly from Dub to Kerry and maximise your stay there. A lot more worthwhile than driving through the midlands. But then, I don't like driving very much.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Newport Boy
Date: 23 Apr 11 - 04:57 PM

London-Dublin by train and ferry is easy, convenient times and CHEAP! Details on the wonderful Seat 61 website - it's called
SailRail

Phil


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: michaelr
Date: 23 Apr 11 - 05:22 PM

Wow! SailRail looks great, what a bargain.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: DougR
Date: 23 Apr 11 - 06:02 PM

We drove from Dublin to Killarney, and you are right, Jacqui, it is a long drive. The highway is very good though.

One thing to consider, though, is Kendall's age. I don't recall how old you are old friend, but it's difficult for those 75+ years to get insurance for a rental car in Ireland. I'm not even sure if one 75+ years old can rent a car. I guess Jacqui could drive though. Doesn't sound like you will have a lot of time to be driving around much though. Too bad, it's beautiful country all over but especially in the Dingle area.

DougR


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: catspaw49
Date: 23 Apr 11 - 06:31 PM

Shame its a small beach. I was hoping it was maybe a nude beach. Then Kendall could drive there and say..........yeah, I know, it be bad, but wait for it anyways........................."I drove from Dublin to dangle my dingus on Dingle"


Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: kendall
Date: 23 Apr 11 - 11:10 PM

We've just about settled on flying from East Midlands airport to Dublin on a package deal which includes lodging.
I would like to see some of the country side west of Dublin.
We won't be going to Dingle, too far, too remote. We will be going to Donnybrook.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 24 Apr 11 - 01:07 PM

Any music in the small towns west or south or north of Dublin? I hate cities.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 24 Apr 11 - 01:14 PM

this would be looking into. You'll have to go to the city for it though:

Steeplesessions


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,Leamaneh
Date: 24 Apr 11 - 01:56 PM

I'm puzzled, Kendall. What do you expect to find in Donnybrook? It's only a rather middle- to upper-class suburb on Dublin's southside, clogged with traffic most of the day and home to overpriced restaurants, bars and shops. Unless you're planning on doing a broadcast for RTÉ, which is based there, I'd give it a miss.

Drogheda and Wexford are within easy reach of Dublin - plenty of music in both towns - or you could be in Galway, Sligo, Westport, Carrick-on-Shannon, Enniskillen or Donegal town within three to four hours.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Silas
Date: 24 Apr 11 - 02:00 PM

Dingle, i'm afarid is a shithole. It used to be nice, but now it is an awful place.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: kendall
Date: 24 Apr 11 - 03:32 PM

I only want to have a picture taken in Donnybrook. A fight involving many people is called a "Donnybrook". Leamaneh, your suggestions are just what I wanted. Thanks.

One of my fond wishes is to stand on Dingle beach and sing Song for Ireland. Imagine my disappointment to learn that there is no such place. Sigh.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: michaelr
Date: 24 Apr 11 - 09:33 PM

Kendall, if it's any consolation, you could sit in Shanakyle famine cemetery, Kilrush, and sing "Lone Shanakyle". I did that in 2004. A poignant moment.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: kendall
Date: 25 Apr 11 - 01:45 PM

I was thinking of doing that in Athenry.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Fergie
Date: 25 Apr 11 - 09:10 PM

Hi Kendall & Jacqui

If your in Dublin on Friday night do not miss the Góilín Singers Club. It is very central and you will hear the best traditional singing on offer anywhere. PM me if you want some guidance or need some advice about your time in Dublin.

Fergus


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Fergie
Date: 25 Apr 11 - 09:11 PM

And why in hell is this thread down in the B.S. section?


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 25 Apr 11 - 11:02 PM

Sad you've chosen Donnybrook over Dingle. The Dingle Peninsula (rather than the town) would seem to offer many opportunities for a "Song for Ireland" moment:-

Dingle Beaches

Google Images (Dingle Beaches)

If time constraints mean you can't get far from Dublin, the coast north and south and Dublin Bay itself have many attractions. Further inland Glendalough and the Wicklow Mountains are worth a visit.

Ross


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Silas
Date: 26 Apr 11 - 05:08 AM

There IS a beach in Dingle, however, as a previous poster has said, Inch in the place to go, its really nice.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: kendall
Date: 26 Apr 11 - 08:57 AM

It's over 200 miles from Dublin to Dingle, and I hear the roads really suck from Limerick to Dingle.
We will be doing at least one evening in Dublin. Our hotel is just outside Dublin. It's called IMI and it is on the Sandyford road just off the M 50.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Silas
Date: 26 Apr 11 - 09:19 AM

The Dingle penninsular itself is spectacular and well worth a visit. The roads are not all that bad, and the countryside you pass through makes the journey fly. Its a shame that the planning authorities in Dingle Town have allowed it to degenerate into a dirty smelly tourist trap, it used to be a delightful place to visit, with the highlight of catching a glimps of Fungi, the dingle dolphin.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: harmonic miner
Date: 26 Apr 11 - 09:28 AM

Bus or train to Tralee. Rent a bike there and cycle the rest.


http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/All-Ireland-Coastal-Route-21-Tralee-Ballyferriter

Do it over several days. Great great music


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: kendall
Date: 26 Apr 11 - 09:37 AM

We don't have several days.
Doug, you were right about that age limit to rent a car. 75 is it. I can't believe I no longer qualify!


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Stu
Date: 26 Apr 11 - 11:22 AM

I haven't been to Dingle for about 15 years but I'd suggest sacking Dublin altogether and going straight to the west coast. Dingle was lovely when we went (twice in one holiday as there was so much to see) and Inch Strand was like a piece of heaven on earth (not small either Spaw - a long, wide white sand beach); one of the best places in the world.

As for the driving I really wouldn't worry. Unless you're a really bad driver then the roads aren't so much of a problem. My stepfather helped build the M50 so that should be all right, and the smaller roads are full of interesting sights and views etc.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: jacqui.c
Date: 26 Apr 11 - 11:29 AM

Dublin now booked - that's where we will be based.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Silas
Date: 26 Apr 11 - 11:55 AM

If you are staying in Dublin, you really should visit Glendaloch (SP?) its not too far away and is quite delightful
http://www.visitwicklow.ie/attractions/glendalough.htm


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: kendall
Date: 26 Apr 11 - 01:04 PM

Flights from Midlands into Dublin are quite reasonable but anywhere else in Ireland the price is out of sight.We got the flight and the hotel as a package for $250.. total.
I hate to miss Dingle, but it just won't work this time.
Thanks for all the suggestions, you all have been a big help.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: DougR
Date: 26 Apr 11 - 02:29 PM

Yes, Kendall, I thought the age limit was 75. We were going back to Ireland ourselves this year but my wife doesn't cotton to driving on the wee roads there so we are going to England and France instead. I've always wanted to visit the D-Day beaches in Normandy, and we plan to visit the wee French village where my grandmother's family lived prior to immigrating to the U.S. Sorry for the thread drift. Got carried away. :>)

I know you will enjoy your trip to Ireland. If it weren't so far from Dublin I'd encourage you to visit Galway and the wee town, Clifdon, where my wife and I had a wedding blessing ceremony nine years ago.

DougR


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 26 Apr 11 - 02:48 PM

FWIW Manchester-Kerry airport starts @ €39.99 but it's probably standing-room only


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: jacqui.c
Date: 26 Apr 11 - 03:06 PM

From Newark Manchester is a fair haul before we even GET on the plane.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: kendall
Date: 26 Apr 11 - 04:21 PM

Doug, have you considered touring Ireland by bus or train?


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Stu
Date: 27 Apr 11 - 03:39 AM

Sorry Jacqui, didn't realise you'd booked. I know a nice little French restaurant in Dublin, right next to the gates of Dublin Castle, or alternatively The Porterhouse is a great choice for beer and pubby grub.

Go and see the Book of Kells if you get time.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: kendall
Date: 27 Apr 11 - 07:24 AM

Excellent suggestion, thanks. I love French cuisine.And, the book of kells has always interested me.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: kendall
Date: 27 Apr 11 - 01:32 PM

I'm only interested in places that have live traditional Irish music. I can hear noise anywhere.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: jacqui.c
Date: 27 Apr 11 - 01:56 PM

Got to make sure that Kendall gets to taste proper Guinness. The stuff you get in the UK isn't a patch on the Irish brew - hope that hasn't changed any. Now, the problem will be to get Kendall to drink it at room temperature, not ice cold!


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Diva
Date: 27 Apr 11 - 02:09 PM

I'll second what Fergie said about the Goillin.....the singing is mighty!


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Diva
Date: 27 Apr 11 - 02:09 PM

I'll second what Fergie said about the Goillin.....the singing is mighty!


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Diva
Date: 27 Apr 11 - 02:30 PM

Re singing on Dingle beach......I always wanted to sing Lord Gregory at Capaquin.......only to be told it was the site of a chicken factory.....


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: kendall
Date: 27 Apr 11 - 07:56 PM

I would have a hard time drinking beer at room temperature.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Stu
Date: 28 Apr 11 - 04:40 AM

Ah, but one sip of that Dublin Guinness and you will be a convert . . . Mulligan's serves a very good pint and is a brilliant pub.

If you're a fan of the beer, The Porterhouse is worth a trip just for their Oyster Stout.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Silas
Date: 28 Apr 11 - 05:13 AM

"I would have a hard time drinking beer at room temperature."

That is because you don't drink beer over there, just fizzy lager.
A good pint of english beer is unbeatable - looking forward to half a gallon of Abbots Ale tonight myself!


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 28 Apr 11 - 08:59 AM

I don't drink fizzy lager at all. If I drink beer it is Guinness or sometimes Newcastle Brown.(Ice cold)

My main drink is single malt; either Glen Livet or Glen Fiddich on the rocks.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Silas
Date: 28 Apr 11 - 09:06 AM

Kendall please!

YOU DON'T DRINK SINGLE MALTS WITH ICE!
It's simply not done old chap.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 28 Apr 11 - 09:16 AM

The only acceptable thing to put in a single malt is...........another one.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: jacqui.c
Date: 28 Apr 11 - 10:36 AM

Sorry lads - he's an American, albeit from Maine. They do have some funny ideas over here! At least he doesn't put single malt in coffee.......


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: kendall
Date: 28 Apr 11 - 07:52 PM

More often than not I also use' in place of ice, a bit of water. Now don't try to tell me that's gauche'.

Hell, my brother drinks Black Velvet with Diet Pepsi! He also watches Fox Noise.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: DougR
Date: 28 Apr 11 - 07:52 PM

"Single malt in coffee." Hmm, doesn't sound half bad!

Yes, Kendall, we have considered touring Ireland by bus (not train though)but only Northern Ireland. We were fortunate to see a lot of the Republic prior to my reaching the age of 75 (which I now consider to be quite young).

DougR


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: kendall
Date: 29 Apr 11 - 08:20 PM

I'll match my driving skills with anyone I know.

Anyway, we will be going to Dingle.It's the main reason I want to go to Ireland.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: michaelr
Date: 29 Apr 11 - 08:54 PM

Be sure to take a loop around Dingle Peninsula, Kendall. And since you fancy your driving skills, consider the Conor Pass. It's just north of town, and the views are spectacular.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Silas
Date: 30 Apr 11 - 04:15 AM

If you are going to Dingle, then you MUST go on to Slea Head, that is where the best bits of scenery are in all Ireland.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: kendall
Date: 30 Apr 11 - 09:04 AM

I figure from Dublin to Dingle, then to Athenry and back to Dublin will provide a lot of scenery. I wish we had scheduled more time, but, alas, we didn't.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: jacqui.c
Date: 30 Apr 11 - 11:22 AM

And since you fancy your driving skills, consider the Conor Pass

Kendall won't be driving - he's over 75 and that excludes him from being able to drive the rental. I think, since I will be doing ALL the driving on this trip (in England as well as Ireland) I'll settle for the easier route where I can.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: kendall
Date: 30 Apr 11 - 12:46 PM

She does all the driving here too; I just hold the steering wheel.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,Leamaneh
Date: 30 Apr 11 - 12:51 PM

Sorry, Kendall and Jacqui, but I think you're making a bum move.

The AA reckons you can get from Dublin to Dingle in four hours. I'd suggest it'll take you six and maybe more both ways (with refreshment and photo breaks).

The roads from Dublin to Dingle and back via Athenry pass through some of the blandest countryside in Ireland until you get past Tralee on the first leg.

If you want to see some really great countryside and seascapes, head up from Dublin to Belfast and then Larne (not great views on the way, admittedly), then take the Antrim coast road, the finest coast road in all Ireland. Aim for Cushendall on your first night and Johnny Joe's pub - a great place for music. Then carry on along the coast to The Giant's Causeway and the Bushmills Distillery. Take in Derry's city walls and then hit the splendours of Donegal. In Donegal you've two options: 1) follow the coast up from Letterkenny to Creeslough and then west via Dunfanagh, Falcarragh and Gortahork; or 2) cut inland via the Glenveagh National Park and Mount Errigal. Whichever way you choose you'll end up in Gweedore where Hudai Beag's pub in Bunbeg has a great Monday night session or there's Leo's Tavern in Meenaleck, home of the Clannad family - fine food and sessions at the weekend. Head south from there and you'll end up in Donegal town, worth a stop before taking the road back to Dublin via Enniskillen and the Fermanagh Lakelands.

The route I've suggested can be easily done in three days and, once you've left Larne, take you to some of Ireland's finest sights. The one you're planning will see you sitting staring at motorway junctions and cud-chewing cattle.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 30 Apr 11 - 06:05 PM

We sailed into Dublin from Hollyhead some years back. Stayed overnight in Swords (good session at a pub there) and then drove on to Listowel the next day. We were stopping in Listowel for a while but we did an easy day trip to Dingle via Tralee from there. It's easier than you may think provided you allow enough time. If you do go via Listowel be sure to visit Finuge. Home town of Sean MacCarthy. Whichever way you do it - Enjoy:-)

MP


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: kendall
Date: 30 Apr 11 - 08:03 PM

We don't have three full days, and I really need to visit Dingle.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 01 May 11 - 05:51 AM

It probably would be 3 by road, there and back. Alternatively, I would say, but you are better asking a local, is flying from Dublin to Tralee and hiring a car there. Seems to be plenty of RyanAir flights headed that way.

Cheers

MP


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Silas
Date: 01 May 11 - 06:01 AM

Kendall, wherever you go, you will have a great time. Irish hospitality is no myth, they are a warm and very friendly people and the country is mainly beautiful and unspoilt. I first went in the seventies at the hight of the 'troubles' and we were pretty nervous about being English in Ireland. Well, we had nothing to worry about at all, Most of the Irish were very sorry for US! becuase we had to live in a country run by Thatcher and the tory party!!

Have a great time, you will come back with some wonderful memories.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Richie Black (misused acct, bad email)
Date: 01 May 11 - 06:02 AM

Irish hospitality is great,they provide a lot of it in exchange for euro's.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 01 May 11 - 09:23 AM

We could fly from Dublin to Tralee but it is very expensive, then to hire a car...


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 01 May 11 - 09:27 AM

There seems to be a train from Dublin to Tralee as well. Then I believe the Tralee/Dingle Light Railway MAY be operational but I realy don't know. If it is, that is the type of journey I would love!

MP


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 01 May 11 - 09:28 AM

Or maybe if any of our Irish catters live out west they could pick you up?

MP.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 01 May 11 - 09:32 AM

Tralee-Dingle light railway closed in 1953.

There's a tourist track about a mile long in operation from Tralee to the Blennerville windmill.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 01 May 11 - 09:34 AM

One site said $300.00 plus taxes and fees. Another said no flights at all.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 01 May 11 - 09:39 AM

I was just going off the Tralee blog I saw -

03/16/2008 (4:03 pm)
The current state of the Tralee & Dingle Railway
Filed under: Infrastructure

After reading a report (which I found here by the way) stating that the 5T-engine has been stripped down for inspection last year and that there was work to do on the railtracks I was very keen to see with my own eyes what progress had been made since then. Today I finally had the chance to do so - here are the pictures, first some impressions of the track from Ballyard via the Basin to Blennerville:


I guess there is some renovation and resoration work going on which is why I said it MAY be operational. I would have thought it worth looking in to anyway.

MP


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 01 May 11 - 09:43 AM

There is a bus as well! Look here. Looks like someone else has looked into it too. Let other people do the donkey work :-)

MP


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 01 May 11 - 12:44 PM

I'm having a hell of a time trying to gain simple information. All I'm getting is opinions of other travelers, and I want facts from the bus company.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 01 May 11 - 12:54 PM

http://indigo.ie/~tedcarr/trains1.html


This was supposedly an official site. However, I did not see a date that it was updated so don't take this as gospel.

I agree that train might be your best bet. Tralee was sort of a disappointment to me although I did not explore it..train station is big and you catch buses to Dingle from there..I will look those up shortly. If you stay in the B&B I mentioned (It is also one that Steve what's his name stayed in), the husband will take you on guided archeological tours..a bit heavy on where Ryan's daughter was filmed but very informative. he is a former police chief.

Details of all Iarnród Éireann services available by phoning 1850 366222
or, if calling from outside Ireland, +353 1 8366222.
Timetable valid until 15th Sep. Times subject to change on Bank Holidays.
Check locally for details.

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FRIDAYS

Train Times: Dublin Heuston to Tralee Casement
Dublin Heuston        0830        1050        1335        1520        1730        1835
Portlaoise        0925        -        -        -        1830        -
Thurles        1009        1211        -        1644        1918        1956
Limerick Jct        1031        1233        -        1706        -        -
Mallow(a)        1108        1309        1558        1738        2018        2050
Mallow(d)        1112        1324        1601        1801        2019        2053
Banteer        1127        1339        1616        1816        2035        2108
Millstreet        1140        1353        1629        1830        2048        2121
Rathmore        1151        1405        1640        1842        2059        2132
Killarney        1211        1426        1700        1910        2119        2152
Farranfore        1233        1455        1723        1932        2142        2214
Tralee        1254        1516        1743        1954        2202        2235
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SATURDAYS

Train Times: Dublin Heuston to Tralee Casement
Dublin Heuston        0830        1050        1320        1520        1835
Portlaoise        0925        -        1414        -        -
Thurles        1009        1211        1454        1644        1956
Limerick Jct        1031        1233        1516        1706        -
Mallow(a)        1108        1309        1552        1738        2050
Mallow(d)        1112        1324        1600        1801        2053
Banteer        1127        1339        1615        1816        2108
Millstreet        1140        1353        1629        1830        2121
Rathmore        1151        1405        1640        1842        2132
Killarney        1211        1426        1700        1910        2152
Farranfore        1233        1455        1723        1932        2214
Tralee        1254        1516        1743        1954        2235
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SUNDAYS

Train Times: Dublin Heuston to Tralee Casement
Dublin Heuston        0830        0950        1515        1905
Portlaoise        0921        1049        -        -
Thurles        0956        1133        1636        2029
Limerick Jct        1018        1155        1658        2051
Mallow(a)        1054        1231        1730        2127
Mallow(d)        1055        1321        1745        2129
Banteer        1111        1336        1800        2144
Millstreet        1123        1350        1814        2157
Rathmore        1135        1402        1826        2208
Killarney        1156        1423        1851        2229
Farranfore        1218        1455        1922        2251
Tralee        1239        1515        1944        2312
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MONDAYS

Train Times: Dublin Heuston to Tralee Casement
Dublin Heuston        0830        1050        1320        1520        1835
Portlaoise        0925        -        1414        -        -
Thurles        1009        1211        1454        1644        1956
Limerick Jct        1031        1233        1516        1706        -
Mallow(a)        1108        1309        1552        1738        2050
Mallow(d)        1112        1324        1600        1801        2053
Banteer        1127        1339        1615        1816        2108
Millstreet        1140        1353        1629        1830        2121
Rathmore        1151        1405        1640        1842        2132
Killarney        1211        1426        1700        1910        2152
Farranfore        1233        1455        1723        1932        2214
Tralee        1254        1516        1743        1954        2235
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TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAYS

Train Times: Dublin Heuston to Tralee Casement
Dublin Heuston        0830        1050        1320        1520        1835
Portlaoise        0925        -        1414        -        -
Thurles        1009        1211        1454        1644        1956
Limerick Jct        1031        1233        1516        1706        -
Mallow(a)        1108        1309        1552        1738        2050
Mallow(d)        1112        1324        1600        1801        2053
Banteer        1127        1339        1615        1816        2108
Millstreet        1140        1353        1629        1830        2121
Rathmore        1151        1405        1640        1842        2132
Killarney        1211        1426        1700        1910        2152
Farranfore        1233        1455        1723        1932        2214
Tralee        1254        1516        1743        1954        2235
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Telephone Nos. for Passenger Enquiries
Iarnród Éireann, Casement Station, Tralee
(Mon-Sat: 9:00 to 12:45 and 14:00 to 17:15) -
Tel: (066) 71 23522

24 hr. Talking Timetable: Tel: (066) 71 26555

Telephone No. for Fastrack Enquiries
Tel: (066) 71 23507
Telephone No. for Road Freight Enquiries
Tel: (066) 71 23508



Don't forget to bookmark the Tralee Town Website!


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 01 May 11 - 01:00 PM

http://www.buseireann.ie/pdf/1277889761-275.pdf

SERVICE NUMBER 275 275 275 275 275 275 275 275 275

0715 1015 .... 1445 1600 1730 .... 1220 1600 1730 1915
0730 1030 .... 1455 1615 1740 .... 1230 1610 1740 1925
0745 1045 .... 1510 1630 1755 .... 1245 1625 1755 1940
0810 1110 .... 1530 1650 1815 .... 1305 1645 1815 2000
0835 1135 .... 1555 1715 1840 .... 1330 1710 1840 2025
MONDAY TO SATURDAY SUNDAY
Dingle (The Quay) dep.
Lispole (Keane's)
Annascaul
Camp (Ashes Bar)
Tralee (Bus Station) arr.
‰ = Operates from 27th June to 28th August 2010.
SERVICE NUMBER 275 275 275 275 275 275 275 275 275
FO ‰
.... 1130 1400 1615 1800 2010 .... 1100 1400 1615 1800
.... 1155 1425 1640 1825 2035 .... 1125 1425 1635 1825
.... 1215 1445 1705 1850 2055 .... 1145 1445 1655 1845
.... 1230 1500 1720 1905 2110 .... 1200 1500 1710 1900
.... 1240 1510 1730 1920 2125 .... 1210 1510 1720 1910

this is from dingle to tralee.

What you have to realize is that at least a few years ago there were very few local buses in Dingle. You could possibly hire the B&B guy for a private tour..I would recommend that strongly. He is very genial and knowledgeable and centrally located. Speaking of which, O'Flaherty's pub (located next to Garvey's supermarket) is right next door to their B&B. I personally heard good music there, but it was not life-transforming. Too many flutes. Other music I heard in Dingle was of the pleasant pub variety but nothing spectacular.

MONDAY TO SATURDAY SUNDAY
Tralee (Bus Station) dep.
Camp (Ashes Bar)
Annascaul
Lispole (Keane's)
Dingle (The Quay) arr.
On August Public Holiday Monday, depart Dingle at 1015, 1220, 1600, 1730 & 1915.
On other Public Holidays, depart Dingle at 1015, 1220, 1600 & 1730.
On Public Holidays, depart Tralee at 1100, 1400, 1615 & 1800.
No services on Christmas Day nor St. Stephen's Day.
FO=


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 01 May 11 - 01:07 PM

Rick Steves with Tim Collins, who is the ex police chief I mentioned..

http://www.ricksteves.com/tvr/westirelandrse210_scr.htm

He also has something on hulu.com about Dingle I think.

I will also send you something if you PM me your email about some private family sites..which I never got to visit but hope to on next trip. mg


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 01 May 11 - 01:20 PM

review of Collins BB

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g211861-d664464-Reviews-Kirrary_House_Bed_Breakfast-Dingle_Dingle_Peninsula_County_Kerry.html

She made wonderful breakfasts, although was thinking of not doing that any more. And they may have retired or whatever. But I had a lovely stay there...not a fancy house, and a bit chopped up as some reviews say, but wonderful people and convenient location. And lots of archeological knowledge. mg


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 01 May 11 - 02:09 PM

Thanks, MG. I printed out your post. Still no ticket prices, so guess we will have to wait and make local calls after we get to Dublin.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: kendall
Date: 01 May 11 - 02:28 PM

I have printed out many of your suggestions folk, and I will be taking them with me.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: kendall
Date: 01 May 11 - 05:19 PM

I hate to fly but I'm really looking forward to this trip.

I thank each and every one of you for your input.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 01 May 11 - 06:24 PM

100 :-)

MP


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: kendall
Date: 01 May 11 - 07:08 PM

101?


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Noreen
Date: 01 May 11 - 08:40 PM

When are you going, Kendall?


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: kendall
Date: 01 May 11 - 09:11 PM

I'll PM you. I don't trust this site to be secure.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 01 May 11 - 09:29 PM

I would like a PM too if you don't mind with your email so I can send some stuff. I hope to be there in September. mg


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: jacqui.c
Date: 18 May 11 - 01:06 PM

AT the moment we are in Dingle after a long a very hairy ride. We met ourselves coming a couple of times.
There is traditional music in a pub next door until 11:30 but don't know if we will last that long.
Our rental car is a Ford. I didn't know Ford made pogo sticks; it rides like a damned ox cart.

However, the meal we had in DUBLIN was one of the best I ever ate. The Guinness here is too good!

I'm on Jacqui's laptop and I hate it, so I won't have much to say until I get to a real computer.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: maeve
Date: 18 May 11 - 01:16 PM

It's lovely to hear from you, Kendall. Have a wonderful time!

Maeve


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 18 May 11 - 03:37 PM

I hope you take that Collins tour and see Dunquin and Ballyferriter and Gallarus..not sure they are all on tour...you could ask where Maum on Orig is and that is specifically where my family is from. I think in sight of Gallarus. mg


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: jacqui.c
Date: 18 May 11 - 03:43 PM

Back from a nice meal in a local pub and just finishing off the bottle of wine we had with said meal. I needed that after the drive today - five hours. part motorway but then on N roads and through little towns. The last hour and a half making our way through the mountains on very windy roads with a few hairpin bends thrown in. I could not believe that the speed limit on this last part was 100kmph - 80 was my top speed and less than that, to the annoyance of the following vehicles, on a fair part of the journey. We'll do it all again tomorrow, in the opposite direction.

Himself wants to go to Blarney Castle tomorrow. Trust me, he is NOT going to kiss the Blarney Stone, but we will head that way. Then it's back to Dublin for a last meal at the superb pub we found last night.

We were lucky here with lodging - a nice place right in town and a very reasonable price, compared to other places here. Kendall has recited 'Song For Ireland' in Dingle and so is now on the giddy side of morose. He's also found a major error in the book he is reading. All is just about well in our world........


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: death by whisky
Date: 18 May 11 - 04:42 PM

My band plays every saturday in Murphys, DINGLE,all welcome.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: My guru always said
Date: 19 May 11 - 06:44 AM

There are more photos of Kendall & Jacqui's visit to the Victory in Portsmouth here!


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: kendall
Date: 19 May 11 - 12:08 PM

We are back in Dublin and we are both beyond knackered. we got lost a number of times in such places as Castlemaine and |Agadoe.
I will never drive in Ireland, and \ will never ride with anyone who is driving in Ireland either.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 19 May 11 - 12:54 PM

Well done anyway Kendall - A dream fulfilled? Have a safe journey back to the UK and onward.

Cheers

Dave


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: DougR
Date: 19 May 11 - 02:10 PM

Glad you made it down to Dingle. Unfortunately when we were there it rained, and rained. We stayed at a nice B&B, though and enjoyed as much of Dingle as weather allowed. You're right, of course, driving in Ireland is a challenge for us Americans but I wouldn't take for the experience.

DougR


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Noreen
Date: 19 May 11 - 06:36 PM

Did you think the enhanced security on show in Dublin was because of YOUR visit, Kendall?

Nice of Her Majesty to visit at the same time in the hope of meeting up with you and Jacqui :)

Lovely to meet up with you both again -make sure you have a bit of relaxation for the rest of your holiday!


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: jacqui.c
Date: 20 May 11 - 12:16 AM

I did all the driving - according to the rental company Kendall was too old at 77 to be allowed to drive their car. I've driven in a lot of places and southwest Ireland is about the worst. We had to cover too much distance on narrow winding roads in too short a time. ending up behind a heavy slowed everything right down as there were few passing places, particularly in the glorified roller skate we were in.

The people were great - very friendly and helpful - but Ireland is an expensive place to visit and you need a fair amount of cash as universal use of credit and debit cards hasn't got there yet.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,Diva
Date: 21 May 11 - 03:04 PM

But then again thats just why we love it....wee windy roads and the the quirkiness...and best of all the folk (as in people) well actually its normal to me


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,Diva
Date: 21 May 11 - 03:05 PM

And my idea of hell is the shopping mall that could be anywhere on the planet!


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: kendall
Date: 22 May 11 - 02:03 AM

I agree, Diva. I'm a country boy, and given the right car, (NOT a Ford Fiesta) I like whipping around hair pin turns like I was at Monte Carlo. Cities suck.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,Diva
Date: 23 May 11 - 07:50 AM

Yep best done in a car with good suspension! I don't drive but as navagator I have the unerring knack of finding the single track road with the grass growing up the middle and the stroppy sheep! Despite the rattling round in the tin can I hope you enjoyed your trip!


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: death by whisky
Date: 25 May 11 - 12:08 PM

In defence of Irish roads,all the experienced tarmaccers have gone off to find work elsewhere...


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: kendall
Date: 25 May 11 - 07:47 PM

We are back home where gasoline is under $4.00 a gallon.
It was a wonderful trip and that birthday celebration aboard HMS Victory will never be topped. Thank each and every one of you for making that happen, and a special thanks to Mike O'Connor and the Admiralty.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 25 May 11 - 10:01 PM

Kendall, pick up Peig Sayers' book about Great Blasket Island if you can. It will give you a great flavor and feel for the area. If the weather is fine, you might want to make the crossing to see Great Blasket. A Guide to the Dingle Peninsula is not only a great guidebook, but is full of myths and real history of the area. Many of the spectacular spots on the peninsula were scenes of magic, battle, and romance.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: maeve
Date: 26 May 11 - 06:06 AM

Kendall and Jacqui- Welcome home.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 27 May 11 - 02:23 AM

Oh. Uh.Ooops. Well, the books are certainly good reading, anyway.(Teach me to read half a thread and skip to the end and post)


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 27 May 11 - 08:21 AM

You are forgiven son; now go and post some more. :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 27 May 11 - 11:32 AM

A little absolution now and then is both necessary and fitting.


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