I'd always wanted to visit Ireland. So after talking with 2 friends who also wanted to go, we decided to 'just do it'! We started planning in May and by October, we were on Irish soil!
Me, Betsy, Fayth and Sean O'Doherty at Connor's Pub
We arrived at 530am at Shannon Airport and were forced to learn to drive! Off to Cliffs of Mohr (wrong place to go in the morning....too cloudy and misty).
Day 1 - While waiting at National Airport we went to Applebee's for a quick lunch and a Guiness. Gnome enjoyed it too. We nearly missed the flight and that was our start to having the flight attendants on IcelandAir hate us. First stop was at Cliffs of Mohr. It was cold, foggy, misty and boring.
Day 2 and 3 - Durty Nelly's, Bunratty Woolen Mills and Bunratty Castle - Bunratty Woolen Mills had a sale on Monday so we had to go back!
Day 4 - We visited Debbie Patton's sister on our way to Waterford. We had good intentions of going to the Crystal Factory, but instead we went shopping and discovered Penny's!
Day 5 - We met charming Sean O'Doherty at Aunty Lena's for breakfast and he'd already been on his 2nd Guiness. We had rubber eggs, blood pudding (nasty) and toast for breakfast. We couldn't wait to get to a convenience store for some donuts and strong coffee. Afterwards, we hit Bunratty Woolen Mills again....
Day 6 - Today we ventured out to Kilkenny, western Ireland. It was a beautiful drive and a wonderful city. We even visited another Penney's.
Day 7 - We're leaving Ireland and heading home... We had to get the rental car back by 11am and then it was hurry up and wait at the airport. I got 'selected' to be searched upon arrival, while the other two got their boarding passes. We went through customs where there was a little beagle sniffing our stuff, and the guy at the customs desk asked us 'do you have any liquor', I replied....I drank it all....why are you asking? He wasn't amused. Our flight was 2 hours late leaving Shannon, which in turn made us miss our flight at JFK, which made Fayth become the devil incarnate.... We got a flight from JFK to National.