Joanne Socha

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The minute I stepped off the plane I had a real sense of the Irish experience - on the way to my hotel in Dublin my driver gave me a tour of the City, pointing out U2's recording studio, Techie Co's, Georgian architecture. The people are very warm - the Bellman at my first hotel hugged me goodbye!
I love to stay in the heart of a City, and in Dublin staying across from St. Stephen's green was perfect - within walking distance of great reastaurants, shopping, Trinity College (go to the library in Long Room!) and Pubs ;)

For a wonderful fusion of ancient Ireland with modern luxuries, stay at at a fabulous castle on the West Coast (2 1/2 hour drive from Dublin) and feel like you are in Downton Abbey for a day. Experience a hawk walk, lawns and gardens. Take a private lesson with a golf pro.

Go to Belfast and see Titanic Belfast Museum. Irish? Do a genealogy tour and embrace your roots - perhaps there is a castle in your past after all?
I love the sheep that resemble stuffed animals, ruins, and of course the Irish Sea.
Get your Guiness Factory 'on'.
Go to Iveagh Gardens - secret gardens in the city owned by Guiness Family.
Wander the Georgian Mile ("Georgian Dublin") for examples of Georgian Architecture.
You can take the commuter rail along coast of Irish sea and hop off in cute little fishing villages (Hoath in North) or Kiliney in South -
Drive by Bono’s gate and Roundwood where Daniel Day Lewis spends 6 mos/year.
Take a day trip to the Irish Countryside and South Dublin – County Wicklow:
Glendalough Monastery – incredible ruins and Celtic headstones (Braveheart wedding ceremony filmed here)
Powerscourt Estate and Gardens – Eat at Avoca Restaurant – all fresh salads and hearty shepard's pie.
Powerscourt Hotel and Spa – if flying out of Dublin this is great for final night stay.....
But if you can end your trip on the West Coast, I suggest flying out of Shannon Airport – it is a user friendly airport with pre-customs clearance which is a total delight for those not having Global Entry.
Don't skip the Cliffs of Moher – moody, moving views of the sea that will make you want to live forever. Stunning, must see really. You can see the Aran Islands – take boat out to Inishmore for day or overnight.
Finally, shop at Kildare Village Chic Outlet – luxury tax free shopping outlet/60% off – on way from Dublin to West Coast.

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