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Posted: 1/20/2009 5:36:09 PM
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And no I am not leaving the US to live there. Their gun laws suck.

I've always wanted to visit and after recently discovering that my ancestry is from Londonderry, Northern Ireland, I really want to visit.

I've known that my ancestry is from Ireland and Scotland but never knew exactly where. I'm still working on the Scotland part.

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Posted: 1/20/2009 5:41:40 PM
Never been there, but from what I hear, they have lots of little men running around in green tights, carrying pots of Gold. If you catch them, you can have their lucky charms.
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Posted: 1/20/2009 5:42:56 PM
Go to Dublin, Waterford, and the Cliffs of Moher.

College St. in Dublin is amusing to say the least.
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Posted: 1/20/2009 6:02:10 PM
I've been to Londonderry 5 times in the past 10 years. Very cool town. There are a lot of things to do in the city, and some great attractions just a short drive away. The Tower Hotel is really nice and central to downtown. I've also been to Dublin, Belfast, Shannon, Donegal. Well worth the trip to at least see it once. The people are great too.

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Posted: 1/20/2009 6:13:48 PM
Well instead of asking all these Americans, you could ask all the actual born there / lived there Paddies in the UK hometown forum.
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I've heard that in Dublin city limits you're never more than 90 ft from a pub.

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Posted: 1/20/2009 6:16:58 PM
I hear that beers are eight dollars in Dublin
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Tag for pics of red head green eyed Irish girls.
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Posted: 1/20/2009 6:23:07 PM
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Originally Posted By 1catquak:
Tag for pics of red head green eyed Irish girls.


It'll be a long wait, no one I know in Ireland has red hair and green eyes… blonde to brown and blue or brown eyes are nearly all of the population.
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Posted: 1/20/2009 6:26:00 PM
Originally Posted By Nutro:
And no I am not leaving the US to live there. Their gun laws suck.

I've always wanted to visit and after recently discovering that my ancestry is from Londonderry, Northern Ireland, I really want to visit.

I've known that my ancestry is from Ireland and Scotland but never knew exactly where. I'm still working on the Scotland part.



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Posted: 1/20/2009 6:33:26 PM
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Well instead of asking all these Americans, you could ask all the actual born there / lived there Paddies in the UK hometown forum.


I honestly didn't know there was one
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Posted: 1/20/2009 6:34:12 PM
Originally Posted By Nutro:
Originally Posted By vito113:
Well instead of asking all these Americans, you could ask all the actual born there / lived there Paddies in the UK hometown forum.


I honestly didn't know there was one


You'll find us all in here…

http://www.ar15.com/forums/forum.html?b=8&f=5

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Posted: 1/20/2009 6:40:07 PM
I've never been either...but that's about to change! The wife bought tickets for us to go in May for a week!

Flying into Dublin, Spending the night, then driving around for the next five days seeing the sights...should be fun!
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My wife is visiting her family in Limavady, Derry Londonderry Stroke City right now, her and my daughter got there this morning.

Great place to visit, but I would not live there. Too friggin' cloudy, almost every single friggin' day. Not to mention the politics...
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Posted: 1/20/2009 6:41:56 PM
Originally Posted By VACaver:
I've never been either...but that's about to change! The wife bought tickets for us to go in May for a week!

Flying into Dublin, Spending the night, then driving around for the next five days seeing the sights...should be fun!


Stay off the roads after 10pm, they are rather 'exciting' with drunk/stoned drivers… Driving standards in Ireland are shockingly bad, high accident rates.
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Posted: 1/20/2009 6:44:38 PM
Originally Posted By vito113:
Originally Posted By VACaver:
I've never been either...but that's about to change! The wife bought tickets for us to go in May for a week!

Flying into Dublin, Spending the night, then driving around for the next five days seeing the sights...should be fun!


Stay off the roads after 10pm, they are rather 'exciting' with drunk/stoned drivers… Driving standards in Ireland are shockingly bad, high accident rates.


Thanks for the advice...I doubt if I'll be in any condition to drive by that time of night

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Posted: 1/20/2009 6:45:56 PM
Originally Posted By vito113:
Originally Posted By VACaver:
I've never been either...but that's about to change! The wife bought tickets for us to go in May for a week!

Flying into Dublin, Spending the night, then driving around for the next five days seeing the sights...should be fun!


Stay off the roads after 10pm, they are rather 'exciting' with drunk/stoned drivers… Driving standards in Ireland are shockingly bad, high accident rates.



You ain't kidding Andy, every time I'm over there they're always going on about somebody killed on the roads on the radio...



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Posted: 1/20/2009 6:48:23 PM
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Originally Posted By vito113:
Originally Posted By VACaver:
I've never been either...but that's about to change! The wife bought tickets for us to go in May for a week!

Flying into Dublin, Spending the night, then driving around for the next five days seeing the sights...should be fun!


Stay off the roads after 10pm, they are rather 'exciting' with drunk/stoned drivers… Driving standards in Ireland are shockingly bad, high accident rates.


Yes, even in the daytime it's scary. If you ever rent (aka 'hire') a car in Ireland, it is worth the peace of mind to buy the extra insurance. Those credit card deals where you are automatically insured if you book with their card specifically exclude the Republic of Ireland usually.
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Posted: 1/20/2009 6:48:53 PM
Originally Posted By DOW:
Originally Posted By vito113:
Originally Posted By VACaver:
I've never been either...but that's about to change! The wife bought tickets for us to go in May for a week!

Flying into Dublin, Spending the night, then driving around for the next five days seeing the sights...should be fun!


Stay off the roads after 10pm, they are rather 'exciting' with drunk/stoned drivers… Driving standards in Ireland are shockingly bad, high accident rates.



You ain't kidding Andy, every time I'm over there they're always going on about somebody killed on the roads on the radio...






Its because they drive on the wrong side of the road.

Scotch/Irish here. Never been there but plan to change that one day.
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Posted: 1/20/2009 6:50:48 PM
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Originally Posted By DOW:
Originally Posted By vito113:
Originally Posted By VACaver:
I've never been either...but that's about to change! The wife bought tickets for us to go in May for a week!

Flying into Dublin, Spending the night, then driving around for the next five days seeing the sights...should be fun!


Stay off the roads after 10pm, they are rather 'exciting' with drunk/stoned drivers… Driving standards in Ireland are shockingly bad, high accident rates.



You ain't kidding Andy, every time I'm over there they're always going on about somebody killed on the roads on the radio...







Last time I was over there were three fatal crashes in the local area in two weeks, 12 dead, 7 in one car!
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They had a rather graphic anti-drunk driving PSA a while back. It involved a car cartwheeling through a stone fence and hitting a small child.

ETA: This is the one
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I went over in 1989 (ancient history, I know) for three weeks with a group of fellow Hibernian-Americans I knew from college and we had a great time.

We flew into Shannon and took a train to Tipperary, a little town called Killenaule where a friend of ours had moved after high school. We spent a week there and were apparently of big local interest. My buddy's girlfriend went into a store to buy cough drops and two days later a lady none of us had ever met asked her out of the blue if she was feeling better. We spent every night in our friend's pub, drinking, telling stories and singing, and everyday getting out and seeing the sights or just walking through the local countrysides where there are lots of horse farms/ranches. We took a day trip to The Rock of Cashel (Carraig Padraig) which was just amazing. The US is such a young country that something 100 years old is fenced off and made much of, but over there it's not even considered any kind of historical at all until it's at least 800 years old or so.

After Tipperary, we went to Dublin, Belfast, Galway and Headford. Dublin was a blast, and we saw Bono from U2 outside Windmill Lane Studios. Belfast was fun, and was a bit of a culture shock after spending time with my friends in the Republic. No Harp on tap, just Bass. Galway is just beautiful. Everywhere we went people were great to us, we ate well and really enjoyed ourselves. Just outside of Headford is the tomb of the Lynch family, one of the original 14 tribes of Galway. The tomb is at the site of a destroyed abbey that Cromwell's merry band wrecked and then murdered the monks. We were told that bones from the monks are still found out in the fields around the place from time to time, a shoulder blade here or a femur there.

Ireland is beautiful and the people are great. I would go for sure if you're able.
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I have a possibly dumb question.

Many years ago I asked about visiting Ireland on another forum and was told to stay away from Northern Ireland. Is there any truth to that?
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Originally Posted By Nutro:
I have a possibly dumb question.

Many years ago I asked about visiting Ireland on another forum and was told to stay away from Northern Ireland. Is there any truth to that?


The troubles are a done deal for the most part, it's completely safe. Go and enjoy.

ETA

See my post above about my wife and 4 y/o daughter arriving in Northern Ireland (Derry is up north) today - If I weren't certain they would be totally safe they wouldn't have gone, at least not without me.

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Originally Posted By Nutro:
I have a possibly dumb question.

Many years ago I asked about visiting Ireland on another forum and was told to stay away from Northern Ireland. Is there any truth to that?


I went to Belfast, but didn't go to the really hard sectarian neighborhoods. That was then, and things are supposed to be a lot better now.

I'd still stay away from Falls Road and the Shankill, though.
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I've been to Dublin and Kilkenny. Dublin is an international city, lots of tourists and foreigners trying to make money, but it is still "Irish". Beers cost about seven bucks for a twenty ounce pint. Everyone drinks Guinness or Budweiser (go figure, but it is brewed there).

Kilkenny was a different feel, fewer foreigners, more Irish.

Check out Glendalough if you can. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glendalough
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Originally Posted By DOW:
Originally Posted By vito113:
Originally Posted By VACaver:
I've never been either...but that's about to change! The wife bought tickets for us to go in May for a week!

Flying into Dublin, Spending the night, then driving around for the next five days seeing the sights...should be fun!


Stay off the roads after 10pm, they are rather 'exciting' with drunk/stoned drivers… Driving standards in Ireland are shockingly bad, high accident rates.



You ain't kidding Andy, every time I'm over there they're always going on about somebody killed on the roads on the radio...






Its because they drive on the wrong side of the road.

Scotch/Irish here. Never been there but plan to change that one day.


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In Ireland this is a two way street, I kid you not.


In Northern Ireland check out the Giants Causeway.



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It's green in Ireland. Very green.

My mother was born and raised in County Kilkenny and my father lived in Cork for a while after he retired from the military.

The Irish are a funny lot. They cry when they drink and they laugh when they fight.

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Originally Posted By xdalfalkif:
I've been to Dublin and Kilkenny. Dublin is an international city, lots of tourists and foreigners trying to make money, but it is still "Irish". Beers cost about seven bucks for a twenty ounce pint. Everyone drinks Guinness or Budweiser (go figure, but it is brewed there).

Kilkenny was a different feel, fewer foreigners, more Irish.

Check out Glendalough if you can. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glendalough
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/43/Glendalough4259.JPG/800px-Glendalough4259.JPG




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Originally Posted By Nutro:
I have a possibly dumb question.

Many years ago I asked about visiting Ireland on another forum and was told to stay away from Northern Ireland. Is there any truth to that?


I went to Belfast, but didn't go to the really hard sectarian neighborhoods. That was then, and things are supposed to be a lot better now.

I'd still stay away from Falls Road and the Shankill, though.


Northern Ireland is easy…

If you're Catholic, stay out of the areas with red, white and blue painted kerbs…

If you're Protestant, stay out of the areas with green, white and orange painted kerbs…

Easy!
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Last time I was in Ireland (in the mid-80s) the Irish pound cost less than $1, and a pint of beer cost around 1 pound.
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Originally Posted By Nutro:
And no I am not leaving the US to live there. Their gun laws suck.

I've always wanted to visit and after recently discovering that my ancestry is from Londonderry, Northern Ireland, I really want to visit.

I've known that my ancestry is from Ireland and Scotland but never knew exactly where. I'm still working on the Scotland part.



Sounds like you're Scots-Irish or Ulster Scots. Those people were offered land in northern Ireland (Ulster) to help the English occupy the land and hold off the Catholic Irish. The arrangement sucked so many Ulster Scots left for America for the wilderness areas, namely central PA, WV, the mountain backwoods of VA, NC, KY and TN.
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And no I am not leaving the US to live there. Their gun laws suck.

I've always wanted to visit and after recently discovering that my ancestry is from Londonderry, Northern Ireland, I really want to visit.

I've known that my ancestry is from Ireland and Scotland but never knew exactly where. I'm still working on the Scotland part.



Sounds like you're Scots-Irish or Ulster Scots. Those people were offered land in northern Ireland (Ulster) to help the English occupy the land and hold off the Catholic Irish. The arrangement sucked so many Ulster Scots left for America for the wilderness areas, namely central PA, WV, the mountain backwoods of VA, NC, KY and TN.
Yep. For a variety of reasons, the Scots-Irish (Ulster Scots) in America have typically forgotten or mistaken their actual ancestry.

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just went there in june and yes it was expensive as hell for drinks but the guinness there tasted like it had just fell from heaven into your pint glass.. (the guinness brewery brews 3 million pints a day, 1 million of those are consumed in ireland)



i would recommend spending most of your time in dublin. we spent two weeks driving around the country and it gets tiring after a few days
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Originally Posted By Nutro:
And no I am not leaving the US to live there. Their gun laws suck.

I've always wanted to visit and after recently discovering that my ancestry is from Londonderry, Northern Ireland, I really want to visit.

I've known that my ancestry is from Ireland and Scotland but never knew exactly where. I'm still working on the Scotland part.



Sounds like you're Scots-Irish or Ulster Scots. Those people were offered land in northern Ireland (Ulster) to help the English occupy the land and hold off the Catholic Irish. The arrangement sucked so many Ulster Scots left for America for the wilderness areas, namely central PA, WV, the mountain backwoods of VA, NC, KY and TN.
Yep. For a variety of reasons, the Scots-Irish (Ulster Scots) in America have typically forgotten or mistaken their actual ancestry.





And yes, I am having a hell of a time trying to trace back