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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Jody greets listeners and introduces her guest, Lisa Goodmurphy of Gonewiththefamily.com.
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:
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.
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.
What should you not miss in Cork and Cobh if you love history?
Where did you stay in Dublin?
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.
Do you think that visiting Dublin for St Patrick's Day changed the Dublin experience for you?
When you were planning for your hotels, did you run into booking issues?
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.
Where there experiences that you would have preferred to do over what you actually did?
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
What surprised you when traveling in Ireland?
What tip would give for families not sure about going to Ireland?
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.