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Old 07-21-2014, 09:52 AM   #21
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We spent 3 months in Ireland on a company paid work trip. We stayed just outside of Dublin but on the Luas line (by far the best way to get into Dublin proper).

On weekends we traveled around the southern parts of Ireland. Favorite places were Galway (go to the Cupan Tae there for tea/snacks), driving the ring of Kerry (scary), and walking this very cool cliff/sea path starting in Bray (IIRC).

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Old 07-22-2014, 06:43 PM   #22
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Wow...lots of great ideas and suggestions. Very helpful ...thank you!


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We just got back from Ireland. We flew into Shannon and rented a car. We took a bus to Dublin and flew out of Dublin.
Absolutely cliffs of Moher, and just exploring Western Ireland is well worth the effort. Literally, just drive where the whim takes you. Hard to pick wrong.
One thing;
The Irish drive on the wrong side of the road, and they drive like they stole it. Really. One kind native explained; right of way is decided by determination, speed and size unless you are a Guinness beer truck, then even the Queen's motorcade will give right of way. And, they love round abouts. Round abouts are a good place to check your courage and meet people. Mainly irate people, but still.......... Driving in Western Ireland was mainly an adventure, we didn't drive in Dublin; I would not suggest anyone but a suicidal manic depressive race car driver even attempt it. Dublin has nifty hop on hop off buses that take you just about wherever you want to go.
We didn't get North or South, just cut right through the middle, so I guess we'll have to go back.
The people are friendly and helpful. I think we saw more Americans in Dublin than we did in New York.
We managed a "private" tour of Parliament, probably the highlight of our trip. The museum right next to Parliament is worth at least half a day.
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The people are friendly and helpful.

^This. We took the train down to Rosslare in order to board a ferry for a trip to Normandy. During the walk from the train station to our B&B we had six pedestrians ask if we needed help with our luggage (we were each lugging two bags).

Didn't get quite the same response in France.
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Dublin is great and well worth a visit. I'd ship the hostels and look for nice small hotels. Driving in the city is tough, but easy between cities. Remember you'll be driving on the other side of the road and most cars are stick shift. Nevertheless, driving beats the train. Enjoy your stay!


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I am thinking of traveling to Dublin in July and have a bit more mundane question.

What's the power/electric situation there? Will I need a converter for my US gadgets? If so, any recommendations?
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I am thinking of traveling to Dublin in July and have a bit more mundane question.

What's the power/electric situation there? Will I need a converter for my US gadgets? If so, any recommendations?
There are different kind of adapters... and depending on the electronics you may only need a plug adapter... **Most** modern electronics automatically handle the higher voltage, 50hz. But not all. You'll need to look at the power plugs you have. Some more sensitive equipment might need a transformer type power adapter.

If it uses USB to charge - you can buy a simple plug-to-usb adapter - and charge everything with that.

Looking at my laptop plug, for example - the brick portion of the plug says its rated for 110-220v, 50-60hz... so I'd only need a plug conversion adapter - not an adapter with a transformer. My other devices (camera, cell, tablet, etc) all have usb chargers.
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Old 12-04-2014, 10:38 AM   #28
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Regarding electricity in Ireland. It's 220v while the USA is 110v. However, many electronic devices such as laptops, iPads, etc. will support the range of voltage and will work. You'll just need a cheap UK plug adapter because the sockets are different. Check the voltage requirements on your gadgets first. If they don't support 220v you'll need a converter.

Note: many Irish sockets have a switch. Make sure it's on to avoid wasting time...plugged in, but not powering.


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Old 12-04-2014, 11:09 AM   #29
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Let me google that for you.....

Electrical Plug/Outlet and Voltage Information for Ireland (Éire) : Adaptelec.com, International Electrical Specialists
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This is what I used, worked fine. http://www.amazon.com/Ceptics-Ground.../dp/B0080R95XI
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