Ireland Vacation Report from Lisa @GoneWithFamily | Traveling in Ireland Podcast

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Recorded: Sunday, April 17, 2016 1 pm CSTIreland Vacation Report from Lisa @GoneWithFamily | Traveling in Ireland Podcast

In this episode, Jody is joined by Lisa Goodmurphy from gonewiththefamily.com who took an 8-day Spring Break Ireland vacation (which included St. Patrick's Day!) with her family. She's here to talk about her trip and give recommendations and advice about traveling in Ireland.

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00:00
Intro

Jody greets listeners and introduces her guest, Lisa Goodmurphy of Gonewiththefamily.com.

01:01
Planning a St. Patrick's Day trip to Ireland:

Because they had kids with them, they wanted to find activities for St Patrick's Day that didn't involve heavy drinking and parties. They decided to travel to Killarney instead of staying in Dublin for St. Patrick's Day. Some of the places they visited included:

  • Dublin
  • Killarney
  • County Wicklow
  • Cork
  • Cobh
  • Blarney Castle
  • Dromoland Castle
  • Cliffs of Mohr

09:20
What were you expecting when you went to Killarney for St Patrick's Day?

We saw a small community parade. The kind of parade that you would see in smaller towns, it was nice. After the parade, we relaxed with a walk because we didn't want to get the car out again because the streets were still blocked off and busy due to the parade.

13:42
Blarney and Cobh:

They visited Blarney Castle; decided not to kiss the Blarney Stone. Shopping at Blarney Woolen Mills. Then went to Cobh to visit the Museums.

16:01
What should you not miss in Cork and Cobh if you love history?

17:45
Where did you stay in Dublin?

The Fitzwilliam Hotel Dublin. It has a great location so you can walk to places because you don't want to drive in Dublin because it is really nerve-racking.

19:30
What is like to be in Dublin right after St. Patrick's Day?

A lot was still happening due to festivals that were going on. Lots of carnivals for the kids, live music, streets were still closed off and lots of people. However, not nearly as many people as on St. Patrick's Day itself.

20:20
Do you think that visiting Dublin for St Patrick's Day changed the Dublin experience for you?

No, even though there were a lot of people, we still found it easy to do activities and did not have to wait in long lines. The crowds are concentrated on March 17 on the Temple bar area, but the rest of the weekend it was not that busy.

22:23
When you were planning for your hotels, did you run into booking issues?

It wasn't too bad. The only issue we had was finding a way to stay at Dromoland Castle. I booked 2-3 months ahead of time. St Patrick's Day was not as busy as I thought it would be.

24:36
If you had to do it again, what would you change?

If I didn't have to be in Killarney a certain day, I would have liked 10 night to 2 weeks so that my family could have seen more.

25:55
Where there experiences that you would have preferred to do over what you actually did?

Ireland is one of the few countries were I have loved everything that I have done. I was glad to do everything we did. Even the things we did before.

27:30
What were your top experiences?

  • St. Patrick's Day Parade (Especially in a smaller community instead of Dublin)
  • Cliffs of Mohr
  • Connecting to my heritage in Wicklow

29:55
What surprised you when traveling in Ireland?

The people being so understanding, helpful and friendly. They are used to tourist and will go out of their way to help them. Also, don't trust the GPS in Ireland. Use a paper map.

34:04
What tip would give for families not sure about going to Ireland?

Do it! But realize that you can't do it all in one trip. You will definately want to go back.

35:13
Final Closing Remarks and Next Blab Promo

Visit Lisa's website to read more about Lisa's trip at www.gonewiththefamily.com.

  • Next Blab will be May 1 at 2 pm CST. Guest to be announced.

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