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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-03 05:31 PM
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Is Ireland worth a trip in January?
A friend is contemplating this because the airfares are so low.

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michaelbmoore Donating Member (127 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-03 05:33 PM
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1. Ireland any time of year
is heaven compared to anywhere else. Go to Galway and get a nice sweater.
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Padraig18 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-03 05:33 PM
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2. No!
Trust me on this one, lass! June, however, is a marvelous time to visit. :)
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Capn Sunshine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-03 05:34 PM
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3. SURE! And add the layover in Greenland!
it's totally cheap
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SiobhanClancy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-03 05:35 PM
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4. Ireland is always worth a trip...
how can anyone doubt it? :) I've been over lots of times in Jan/Feb....a good time to avoid the tourists.
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Bozola Donating Member (992 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-03 05:37 PM
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5. foolish question..


when you're in a Irish pub, it matters not what the weather is outside.
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DUreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-03 05:53 PM
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6. Unless you're a smoker
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SiobhanClancy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-03 06:00 PM
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10. Smokers should be ok till mid-Feb if not later...
The smoking ban is still tied up in legal wrangles,as I understand.
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Maeve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-03 05:55 PM
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7. Be aware that the days are very short in winter
There is a REASON why there is a single word that means both "afternoon" and "evening" in Irish. And some of the tourist places may be closed/have very short hours--check ahead. But, as already noted, the weather inside a pub is always the same, the music is still played and it all really depends on what your interests are!
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Padraig18 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-03 05:56 PM
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8. Take long underwear, a rain coat and a good anti-fungal agent!
:P
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Maeve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-03 06:06 PM
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11. You realize, of course, that the above advice
Goes equally well in August.... :crazy:
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Padraig18 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-03 06:17 PM
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13. LOL!
Aye! :P
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greatauntoftriplets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-03 05:57 PM
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9. It'll be cold and damp. The damp will cut right through you.
In all likelihood, it will be green and extremely friendly (well, Ireland is always friendly). There probably will be few tourists, but your friend might encounter a bit of snow. As someone above said, the pubs always will be warm.

As I am typing this, I am enjoying the scent of some Irish turf in my fire. Makes me nostalgiac.
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Padraig18 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-03 06:19 PM
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14. In the truest sense of the word, ...
Edited on Sun Nov-30-03 06:20 PM by Padraig18
... Ireland is always 'warm', because the Irish heart is so. The saying goes that you can come to Ireland, but you can never truly leave. :)

PS--- Travelers please note: the Irish, unlike many Europeans, actually like Americans.
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crimson333 Donating Member (760 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-03 06:44 PM
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20. I was there a couple of weeks ago
I agree everyone I met was great. I also found it easy to get around in a wheel chair when I needed to use one.
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TreasonousBastard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-03 06:10 PM
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12. Never been to Ireland, but...
I have been to France, Netherlands, Spain, Scotland, Germany, Czechia, and a few other places in mid-winter.

No, you may not want to walk around too much if the weather's really bad, but you'll enjoy the tourist-free life and the locals are a lot less hassled and harried and have some time to sit down and talk to you.

And a lot of other stuff besides airfare is cheaper, too. Dropping into any town and easily finding a cheap room and half empty restaurants is a distinct pleasure. Everywhere I've been, owners and staff love to relax and talk to off-season tourists when the crush is off.

My advice is usually to enjoy that half of the stuff you would do indoors in any season.

I spent a week in Italy one August, when it poured every day. Wanna talk about pissed!

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greatauntoftriplets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-03 06:26 PM
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15. Turn on your sound and check out this link. It is great.
Same to Siobhan and Padraig. I love this.

http://www.allcladdagh.com/webcam.htm
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Maeve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-03 06:35 PM
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17. I always listen to trad when I'm on the computer
Liveireland.com or accuRadio.com's Celtic channel (They also have a Celtic channel on AccuHolidays.com)
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greatauntoftriplets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-03 06:37 PM
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18. Thanks, Maeve.
I love listening to this guy's voice, even if he is selling jewelry.
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Maeve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-03 06:39 PM
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19. I totally understand!
That lilt, that warmth...sigh.
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SmileyBoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-03 06:32 PM
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16. It's 50 degrees in Dublin in January compared to 10 in Fargo.
Edited on Sun Nov-30-03 06:33 PM by northwest
Basically, I could travel almost anywhere in January (save for Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vladivostok) and see an improvement in the weather. So I could contemplate a January vacation to Ireland if I wanted to.

But I'd rather go to Hawaii. ;-)
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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-03 07:01 PM
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21. Thanks, I've passed all your responses on
I guess I expected cool, rainy weather...

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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-03 07:09 PM
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22. Yes. definitely, I've been there in February.
Go for it.
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Scott Lee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-03 09:14 PM
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23. go this month for Winter Solstice - to Bru Na Boyne
And see if you can get in to see the Winter Solstice illumination of the celtic building on the river. Every year at that time the sun creeps in to light up the interior of a normally dark structure.

I was there, but in August :(


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SheilaT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-01-03 06:35 AM
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24. Go. Ireland is fabulous any time of year.
The best thing about going somewhere in the off season is that you don't have expectations of perfect weather. And as others have pointed out, even though some tourist things will be closed, everything will be cheaper and no crowds.

In 1989 we did a giant family visit there (16 people, two vans) the last two weeks of April. Every day it got greener and greener, and the second week thousands of baby lambs and cows (cattle?) had been born, so there were all these babies frolicking about the landscape. On April 30th, in Dublin, it SNOWED! This in a city where palm trees grow!

It was a fantastic visit.
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-01-03 06:39 AM
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25. Definitely. I was there in February.
But it does get bitter cold at night.
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