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BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP

Lonesome EJ 27 May 11 - 11:32 AM
GUEST,kendall 27 May 11 - 08:21 AM
Lonesome EJ 27 May 11 - 02:23 AM
maeve 26 May 11 - 06:06 AM
Lonesome EJ 25 May 11 - 10:01 PM
kendall 25 May 11 - 07:47 PM
death by whisky 25 May 11 - 12:08 PM
GUEST,Diva 23 May 11 - 07:50 AM
kendall 22 May 11 - 02:03 AM
GUEST,Diva 21 May 11 - 03:05 PM
GUEST,Diva 21 May 11 - 03:04 PM
jacqui.c 20 May 11 - 12:16 AM
Noreen 19 May 11 - 06:36 PM
DougR 19 May 11 - 02:10 PM
Dave the Gnome 19 May 11 - 12:54 PM
kendall 19 May 11 - 12:08 PM
My guru always said 19 May 11 - 06:44 AM
death by whisky 18 May 11 - 04:42 PM
jacqui.c 18 May 11 - 03:43 PM
GUEST,mg 18 May 11 - 03:37 PM
maeve 18 May 11 - 01:16 PM
jacqui.c 18 May 11 - 01:06 PM
GUEST,mg 01 May 11 - 09:29 PM
kendall 01 May 11 - 09:11 PM
Noreen 01 May 11 - 08:40 PM
kendall 01 May 11 - 07:08 PM
Dave the Gnome 01 May 11 - 06:24 PM
kendall 01 May 11 - 05:19 PM
kendall 01 May 11 - 02:28 PM
GUEST,kendall 01 May 11 - 02:09 PM
GUEST,mg 01 May 11 - 01:20 PM
GUEST,mg 01 May 11 - 01:07 PM
GUEST,mg 01 May 11 - 01:00 PM
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GUEST,kendall 01 May 11 - 12:44 PM
Dave the Gnome 01 May 11 - 09:43 AM
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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 27 May 11 - 11:32 AM

A little absolution now and then is both necessary and fitting.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 27 May 11 - 08:21 AM

You are forgiven son; now go and post some more. :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 27 May 11 - 02:23 AM

Oh. Uh.Ooops. Well, the books are certainly good reading, anyway.(Teach me to read half a thread and skip to the end and post)


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: maeve
Date: 26 May 11 - 06:06 AM

Kendall and Jacqui- Welcome home.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 25 May 11 - 10:01 PM

Kendall, pick up Peig Sayers' book about Great Blasket Island if you can. It will give you a great flavor and feel for the area. If the weather is fine, you might want to make the crossing to see Great Blasket. A Guide to the Dingle Peninsula is not only a great guidebook, but is full of myths and real history of the area. Many of the spectacular spots on the peninsula were scenes of magic, battle, and romance.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: kendall
Date: 25 May 11 - 07:47 PM

We are back home where gasoline is under $4.00 a gallon.
It was a wonderful trip and that birthday celebration aboard HMS Victory will never be topped. Thank each and every one of you for making that happen, and a special thanks to Mike O'Connor and the Admiralty.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: death by whisky
Date: 25 May 11 - 12:08 PM

In defence of Irish roads,all the experienced tarmaccers have gone off to find work elsewhere...


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,Diva
Date: 23 May 11 - 07:50 AM

Yep best done in a car with good suspension! I don't drive but as navagator I have the unerring knack of finding the single track road with the grass growing up the middle and the stroppy sheep! Despite the rattling round in the tin can I hope you enjoyed your trip!


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: kendall
Date: 22 May 11 - 02:03 AM

I agree, Diva. I'm a country boy, and given the right car, (NOT a Ford Fiesta) I like whipping around hair pin turns like I was at Monte Carlo. Cities suck.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,Diva
Date: 21 May 11 - 03:05 PM

And my idea of hell is the shopping mall that could be anywhere on the planet!


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,Diva
Date: 21 May 11 - 03:04 PM

But then again thats just why we love it....wee windy roads and the the quirkiness...and best of all the folk (as in people) well actually its normal to me


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: jacqui.c
Date: 20 May 11 - 12:16 AM

I did all the driving - according to the rental company Kendall was too old at 77 to be allowed to drive their car. I've driven in a lot of places and southwest Ireland is about the worst. We had to cover too much distance on narrow winding roads in too short a time. ending up behind a heavy slowed everything right down as there were few passing places, particularly in the glorified roller skate we were in.

The people were great - very friendly and helpful - but Ireland is an expensive place to visit and you need a fair amount of cash as universal use of credit and debit cards hasn't got there yet.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Noreen
Date: 19 May 11 - 06:36 PM

Did you think the enhanced security on show in Dublin was because of YOUR visit, Kendall?

Nice of Her Majesty to visit at the same time in the hope of meeting up with you and Jacqui :)

Lovely to meet up with you both again -make sure you have a bit of relaxation for the rest of your holiday!


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: DougR
Date: 19 May 11 - 02:10 PM

Glad you made it down to Dingle. Unfortunately when we were there it rained, and rained. We stayed at a nice B&B, though and enjoyed as much of Dingle as weather allowed. You're right, of course, driving in Ireland is a challenge for us Americans but I wouldn't take for the experience.

DougR


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 19 May 11 - 12:54 PM

Well done anyway Kendall - A dream fulfilled? Have a safe journey back to the UK and onward.

Cheers

Dave


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: kendall
Date: 19 May 11 - 12:08 PM

We are back in Dublin and we are both beyond knackered. we got lost a number of times in such places as Castlemaine and |Agadoe.
I will never drive in Ireland, and \ will never ride with anyone who is driving in Ireland either.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: My guru always said
Date: 19 May 11 - 06:44 AM

There are more photos of Kendall & Jacqui's visit to the Victory in Portsmouth here!


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: death by whisky
Date: 18 May 11 - 04:42 PM

My band plays every saturday in Murphys, DINGLE,all welcome.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: jacqui.c
Date: 18 May 11 - 03:43 PM

Back from a nice meal in a local pub and just finishing off the bottle of wine we had with said meal. I needed that after the drive today - five hours. part motorway but then on N roads and through little towns. The last hour and a half making our way through the mountains on very windy roads with a few hairpin bends thrown in. I could not believe that the speed limit on this last part was 100kmph - 80 was my top speed and less than that, to the annoyance of the following vehicles, on a fair part of the journey. We'll do it all again tomorrow, in the opposite direction.

Himself wants to go to Blarney Castle tomorrow. Trust me, he is NOT going to kiss the Blarney Stone, but we will head that way. Then it's back to Dublin for a last meal at the superb pub we found last night.

We were lucky here with lodging - a nice place right in town and a very reasonable price, compared to other places here. Kendall has recited 'Song For Ireland' in Dingle and so is now on the giddy side of morose. He's also found a major error in the book he is reading. All is just about well in our world........


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 18 May 11 - 03:37 PM

I hope you take that Collins tour and see Dunquin and Ballyferriter and Gallarus..not sure they are all on tour...you could ask where Maum on Orig is and that is specifically where my family is from. I think in sight of Gallarus. mg


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: maeve
Date: 18 May 11 - 01:16 PM

It's lovely to hear from you, Kendall. Have a wonderful time!

Maeve


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: jacqui.c
Date: 18 May 11 - 01:06 PM

AT the moment we are in Dingle after a long a very hairy ride. We met ourselves coming a couple of times.
There is traditional music in a pub next door until 11:30 but don't know if we will last that long.
Our rental car is a Ford. I didn't know Ford made pogo sticks; it rides like a damned ox cart.

However, the meal we had in DUBLIN was one of the best I ever ate. The Guinness here is too good!

I'm on Jacqui's laptop and I hate it, so I won't have much to say until I get to a real computer.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 01 May 11 - 09:29 PM

I would like a PM too if you don't mind with your email so I can send some stuff. I hope to be there in September. mg


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: kendall
Date: 01 May 11 - 09:11 PM

I'll PM you. I don't trust this site to be secure.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Noreen
Date: 01 May 11 - 08:40 PM

When are you going, Kendall?


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: kendall
Date: 01 May 11 - 07:08 PM

101?


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 01 May 11 - 06:24 PM

100 :-)

MP


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: kendall
Date: 01 May 11 - 05:19 PM

I hate to fly but I'm really looking forward to this trip.

I thank each and every one of you for your input.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: kendall
Date: 01 May 11 - 02:28 PM

I have printed out many of your suggestions folk, and I will be taking them with me.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 01 May 11 - 02:09 PM

Thanks, MG. I printed out your post. Still no ticket prices, so guess we will have to wait and make local calls after we get to Dublin.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 01 May 11 - 01:20 PM

review of Collins BB

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g211861-d664464-Reviews-Kirrary_House_Bed_Breakfast-Dingle_Dingle_Peninsula_County_Kerry.html

She made wonderful breakfasts, although was thinking of not doing that any more. And they may have retired or whatever. But I had a lovely stay there...not a fancy house, and a bit chopped up as some reviews say, but wonderful people and convenient location. And lots of archeological knowledge. mg


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 01 May 11 - 01:07 PM

Rick Steves with Tim Collins, who is the ex police chief I mentioned..

http://www.ricksteves.com/tvr/westirelandrse210_scr.htm

He also has something on hulu.com about Dingle I think.

I will also send you something if you PM me your email about some private family sites..which I never got to visit but hope to on next trip. mg


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 01 May 11 - 01:00 PM

http://www.buseireann.ie/pdf/1277889761-275.pdf

SERVICE NUMBER 275 275 275 275 275 275 275 275 275

0715 1015 .... 1445 1600 1730 .... 1220 1600 1730 1915
0730 1030 .... 1455 1615 1740 .... 1230 1610 1740 1925
0745 1045 .... 1510 1630 1755 .... 1245 1625 1755 1940
0810 1110 .... 1530 1650 1815 .... 1305 1645 1815 2000
0835 1135 .... 1555 1715 1840 .... 1330 1710 1840 2025
MONDAY TO SATURDAY SUNDAY
Dingle (The Quay) dep.
Lispole (Keane's)
Annascaul
Camp (Ashes Bar)
Tralee (Bus Station) arr.
‰ = Operates from 27th June to 28th August 2010.
SERVICE NUMBER 275 275 275 275 275 275 275 275 275
FO ‰
.... 1130 1400 1615 1800 2010 .... 1100 1400 1615 1800
.... 1155 1425 1640 1825 2035 .... 1125 1425 1635 1825
.... 1215 1445 1705 1850 2055 .... 1145 1445 1655 1845
.... 1230 1500 1720 1905 2110 .... 1200 1500 1710 1900
.... 1240 1510 1730 1920 2125 .... 1210 1510 1720 1910

this is from dingle to tralee.

What you have to realize is that at least a few years ago there were very few local buses in Dingle. You could possibly hire the B&B guy for a private tour..I would recommend that strongly. He is very genial and knowledgeable and centrally located. Speaking of which, O'Flaherty's pub (located next to Garvey's supermarket) is right next door to their B&B. I personally heard good music there, but it was not life-transforming. Too many flutes. Other music I heard in Dingle was of the pleasant pub variety but nothing spectacular.

MONDAY TO SATURDAY SUNDAY
Tralee (Bus Station) dep.
Camp (Ashes Bar)
Annascaul
Lispole (Keane's)
Dingle (The Quay) arr.
On August Public Holiday Monday, depart Dingle at 1015, 1220, 1600, 1730 & 1915.
On other Public Holidays, depart Dingle at 1015, 1220, 1600 & 1730.
On Public Holidays, depart Tralee at 1100, 1400, 1615 & 1800.
No services on Christmas Day nor St. Stephen's Day.
FO=


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 01 May 11 - 12:54 PM

http://indigo.ie/~tedcarr/trains1.html


This was supposedly an official site. However, I did not see a date that it was updated so don't take this as gospel.

I agree that train might be your best bet. Tralee was sort of a disappointment to me although I did not explore it..train station is big and you catch buses to Dingle from there..I will look those up shortly. If you stay in the B&B I mentioned (It is also one that Steve what's his name stayed in), the husband will take you on guided archeological tours..a bit heavy on where Ryan's daughter was filmed but very informative. he is a former police chief.

Details of all Iarnród Éireann services available by phoning 1850 366222
or, if calling from outside Ireland, +353 1 8366222.
Timetable valid until 15th Sep. Times subject to change on Bank Holidays.
Check locally for details.

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FRIDAYS

Train Times: Dublin Heuston to Tralee Casement
Dublin Heuston        0830        1050        1335        1520        1730        1835
Portlaoise        0925        -        -        -        1830        -
Thurles        1009        1211        -        1644        1918        1956
Limerick Jct        1031        1233        -        1706        -        -
Mallow(a)        1108        1309        1558        1738        2018        2050
Mallow(d)        1112        1324        1601        1801        2019        2053
Banteer        1127        1339        1616        1816        2035        2108
Millstreet        1140        1353        1629        1830        2048        2121
Rathmore        1151        1405        1640        1842        2059        2132
Killarney        1211        1426        1700        1910        2119        2152
Farranfore        1233        1455        1723        1932        2142        2214
Tralee        1254        1516        1743        1954        2202        2235
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SATURDAYS

Train Times: Dublin Heuston to Tralee Casement
Dublin Heuston        0830        1050        1320        1520        1835
Portlaoise        0925        -        1414        -        -
Thurles        1009        1211        1454        1644        1956
Limerick Jct        1031        1233        1516        1706        -
Mallow(a)        1108        1309        1552        1738        2050
Mallow(d)        1112        1324        1600        1801        2053
Banteer        1127        1339        1615        1816        2108
Millstreet        1140        1353        1629        1830        2121
Rathmore        1151        1405        1640        1842        2132
Killarney        1211        1426        1700        1910        2152
Farranfore        1233        1455        1723        1932        2214
Tralee        1254        1516        1743        1954        2235
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SUNDAYS

Train Times: Dublin Heuston to Tralee Casement
Dublin Heuston        0830        0950        1515        1905
Portlaoise        0921        1049        -        -
Thurles        0956        1133        1636        2029
Limerick Jct        1018        1155        1658        2051
Mallow(a)        1054        1231        1730        2127
Mallow(d)        1055        1321        1745        2129
Banteer        1111        1336        1800        2144
Millstreet        1123        1350        1814        2157
Rathmore        1135        1402        1826        2208
Killarney        1156        1423        1851        2229
Farranfore        1218        1455        1922        2251
Tralee        1239        1515        1944        2312
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MONDAYS

Train Times: Dublin Heuston to Tralee Casement
Dublin Heuston        0830        1050        1320        1520        1835
Portlaoise        0925        -        1414        -        -
Thurles        1009        1211        1454        1644        1956
Limerick Jct        1031        1233        1516        1706        -
Mallow(a)        1108        1309        1552        1738        2050
Mallow(d)        1112        1324        1600        1801        2053
Banteer        1127        1339        1615        1816        2108
Millstreet        1140        1353        1629        1830        2121
Rathmore        1151        1405        1640        1842        2132
Killarney        1211        1426        1700        1910        2152
Farranfore        1233        1455        1723        1932        2214
Tralee        1254        1516        1743        1954        2235
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TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAYS

Train Times: Dublin Heuston to Tralee Casement
Dublin Heuston        0830        1050        1320        1520        1835
Portlaoise        0925        -        1414        -        -
Thurles        1009        1211        1454        1644        1956
Limerick Jct        1031        1233        1516        1706        -
Mallow(a)        1108        1309        1552        1738        2050
Mallow(d)        1112        1324        1600        1801        2053
Banteer        1127        1339        1615        1816        2108
Millstreet        1140        1353        1629        1830        2121
Rathmore        1151        1405        1640        1842        2132
Killarney        1211        1426        1700        1910        2152
Farranfore        1233        1455        1723        1932        2214
Tralee        1254        1516        1743        1954        2235
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Telephone Nos. for Passenger Enquiries
Iarnród Éireann, Casement Station, Tralee
(Mon-Sat: 9:00 to 12:45 and 14:00 to 17:15) -
Tel: (066) 71 23522

24 hr. Talking Timetable: Tel: (066) 71 26555

Telephone No. for Fastrack Enquiries
Tel: (066) 71 23507
Telephone No. for Road Freight Enquiries
Tel: (066) 71 23508



Don't forget to bookmark the Tralee Town Website!


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 01 May 11 - 12:44 PM

I'm having a hell of a time trying to gain simple information. All I'm getting is opinions of other travelers, and I want facts from the bus company.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 01 May 11 - 09:43 AM

There is a bus as well! Look here. Looks like someone else has looked into it too. Let other people do the donkey work :-)

MP


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 01 May 11 - 09:39 AM

I was just going off the Tralee blog I saw -

03/16/2008 (4:03 pm)
The current state of the Tralee & Dingle Railway
Filed under: Infrastructure

After reading a report (which I found here by the way) stating that the 5T-engine has been stripped down for inspection last year and that there was work to do on the railtracks I was very keen to see with my own eyes what progress had been made since then. Today I finally had the chance to do so - here are the pictures, first some impressions of the track from Ballyard via the Basin to Blennerville:


I guess there is some renovation and resoration work going on which is why I said it MAY be operational. I would have thought it worth looking in to anyway.

MP


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 01 May 11 - 09:34 AM

One site said $300.00 plus taxes and fees. Another said no flights at all.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 01 May 11 - 09:32 AM

Tralee-Dingle light railway closed in 1953.

There's a tourist track about a mile long in operation from Tralee to the Blennerville windmill.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 01 May 11 - 09:28 AM

Or maybe if any of our Irish catters live out west they could pick you up?

MP.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 01 May 11 - 09:27 AM

There seems to be a train from Dublin to Tralee as well. Then I believe the Tralee/Dingle Light Railway MAY be operational but I realy don't know. If it is, that is the type of journey I would love!

MP


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 01 May 11 - 09:23 AM

We could fly from Dublin to Tralee but it is very expensive, then to hire a car...


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Richie Black (misused acct, bad email)
Date: 01 May 11 - 06:02 AM

Irish hospitality is great,they provide a lot of it in exchange for euro's.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Silas
Date: 01 May 11 - 06:01 AM

Kendall, wherever you go, you will have a great time. Irish hospitality is no myth, they are a warm and very friendly people and the country is mainly beautiful and unspoilt. I first went in the seventies at the hight of the 'troubles' and we were pretty nervous about being English in Ireland. Well, we had nothing to worry about at all, Most of the Irish were very sorry for US! becuase we had to live in a country run by Thatcher and the tory party!!

Have a great time, you will come back with some wonderful memories.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 01 May 11 - 05:51 AM

It probably would be 3 by road, there and back. Alternatively, I would say, but you are better asking a local, is flying from Dublin to Tralee and hiring a car there. Seems to be plenty of RyanAir flights headed that way.

Cheers

MP


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: kendall
Date: 30 Apr 11 - 08:03 PM

We don't have three full days, and I really need to visit Dingle.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 30 Apr 11 - 06:05 PM

We sailed into Dublin from Hollyhead some years back. Stayed overnight in Swords (good session at a pub there) and then drove on to Listowel the next day. We were stopping in Listowel for a while but we did an easy day trip to Dingle via Tralee from there. It's easier than you may think provided you allow enough time. If you do go via Listowel be sure to visit Finuge. Home town of Sean MacCarthy. Whichever way you do it - Enjoy:-)

MP


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: GUEST,Leamaneh
Date: 30 Apr 11 - 12:51 PM

Sorry, Kendall and Jacqui, but I think you're making a bum move.

The AA reckons you can get from Dublin to Dingle in four hours. I'd suggest it'll take you six and maybe more both ways (with refreshment and photo breaks).

The roads from Dublin to Dingle and back via Athenry pass through some of the blandest countryside in Ireland until you get past Tralee on the first leg.

If you want to see some really great countryside and seascapes, head up from Dublin to Belfast and then Larne (not great views on the way, admittedly), then take the Antrim coast road, the finest coast road in all Ireland. Aim for Cushendall on your first night and Johnny Joe's pub - a great place for music. Then carry on along the coast to The Giant's Causeway and the Bushmills Distillery. Take in Derry's city walls and then hit the splendours of Donegal. In Donegal you've two options: 1) follow the coast up from Letterkenny to Creeslough and then west via Dunfanagh, Falcarragh and Gortahork; or 2) cut inland via the Glenveagh National Park and Mount Errigal. Whichever way you choose you'll end up in Gweedore where Hudai Beag's pub in Bunbeg has a great Monday night session or there's Leo's Tavern in Meenaleck, home of the Clannad family - fine food and sessions at the weekend. Head south from there and you'll end up in Donegal town, worth a stop before taking the road back to Dublin via Enniskillen and the Fermanagh Lakelands.

The route I've suggested can be easily done in three days and, once you've left Larne, take you to some of Ireland's finest sights. The one you're planning will see you sitting staring at motorway junctions and cud-chewing cattle.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: kendall
Date: 30 Apr 11 - 12:46 PM

She does all the driving here too; I just hold the steering wheel.


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Subject: RE: BS: Dublin to Dingle Beach, HELP
From: jacqui.c
Date: 30 Apr 11 - 11:22 AM

And since you fancy your driving skills, consider the Conor Pass

Kendall won't be driving - he's over 75 and that excludes him from being able to drive the rental. I think, since I will be doing ALL the driving on this trip (in England as well as Ireland) I'll settle for the easier route where I can.


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